October Blogging Challenge! Day 12: Weekend Highlights

Happy Monday!! I might be part of the very small minority of people who actually enjoys a nice fresh new week to reset and get excited about life again! Even better is when a Monday happens to be a day off like today! Today is Thanksgiving Monday over here in Canada, and it’s a day off of work or school for most people. So three day weekend means an extra fun challenge post for today which is to talk about weekend highlights!!

Thanksgiving is definitely different this year because of COVID-19. Usually my family would celebrate over at my Oma’s place with oodles of stuffing and pie. This year was obviously quieter.

Saturday

It was so weird getting a chance to sleep in and know that I had THREE FULL DAYS of whatever the heck I wanted. I spent Saturday mostly relaxing, cleaning up, and going for a long run/walk through the neighbourhood.

I did enjoy the 30 seconds of organization where everything was in its place!

Sunday

I had been meaning this past week to buy the ingredients to try my hand at baking a pumpkin pie… But I ended up completely forgetting! I still whipped up a pie… although he’s much cuter, and has FAR less calories ;).

Please meet Gourdon (you know, gourd-!):

I knitted him up in about an hour, using Lion Brand Super Bulky yarn. Sugar has been enjoying attacking and cuddling up with him as well!

Monday

Sugar and I had a lazy food coma kind of day! What’s thanksgiving without an overstuffed tummy?! Sugar had Turkey Friskies of course, and I had a huge rice and veggie stir fry – which I forgot to take a pic of because I was so excited to eat it (sigh!)

Then we played some video games (Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure) and cleaned up again.

Then I reminisced about how it was physically possible for three days to pass by in two minutes, because it was an amazing weekend.

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Hello 2020!

2020 has been great so far! Although it seems I accidentally fell asleep at 7 and missed the fireworks! Oops! What a start!

I had the day off of work today, so I took down the Christmas tree to get a new start, cleaned the house, and then spent most of the day crafting! I even got a run in! I feel so accomplished this year already!

There are a lot of goals I have for this year: be ridiculously colourful, fight my anxiety, less tv/computer, and be positive! But my biggest resolution again is to just simply BE CREATIVE!

I finished up a knitted sweater for Sugar that I had started a couple of weeks ago. I used a simple pet sweater pattern which is made for tiny puppies that I made a bit bigger to fit an 8 pound cat (you can find the pattern here!). But so far Sugar is NOT a fan and I can’t get her to model it! So you’re going to have to do with a pic of a unicorn in a sweater instead!

A while back I picked up an amazing book called Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects by Sarah Goldschadt that I’m planning to make use of this year as well. I LOVE this book so far as it’s exactly what it says on the tin – a quick craft (jewellery, home decor, cute toys, etc) for every day of the year. Each week is broken up into a theme, for example this week is Snowflakes! It’ll be great if I hit an inspiration slump again and it’ll hopefully spur on some more projects! I’m going to do my best to work cover to cover. Today’s project was making this really cute Snowflake Barette that I’m going to wear to work tomorrow:

So much I still want to do today! Trying to squeeze in some more fun before back to work tomorrow, as I feel really reinvigorated! Lots of love and wishes to you all this year!!

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Today is your lucky day! ♧ St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Rainbows, chocolate coins, and good luck galore! I’m not Irish, but it’s just a fun day to celebrate SOMETHING even it’s just because you can!

This years’ celebrations fall on a weekend so there’s lots of time to throw together a super fun party (I’m celebrating with my cat so there’s no excuse!)

I completely forgot to pick up some Lucky Charms ~ so I made my own (sort of – they’re probably not AS tasty!):

They’re after me Lucky Charms!

Everything – the bowl, spoon, and marshmallow charms (no cereal bits here either ;)) – is completely made of felt with stuffing on the inside. It’s nice and squishy so I may never get it back from Sugar! Yes that’s also a leprechaun hat you’re spotting!

I also made a tasty shamrock shaped pizza:

Obviously pizza is not very Irish, but jalapenos are playing along with the green theme! You could also try green peppers, avocado, or even rainbow vegetables to try to find the pot of gold at the end!

This awesome and very easy recipe comes from good ol’ Good Housekeeping – which you can find here!

How else to become absolutely giddy as a leprechaun?!

♧ Add a dash of green dye to your morning cup of milk or evening bevvie!
♧ Or maybe a dash of Bailey’s Irish Creme in your coffee or hot chocolate would pick you up 🙂
♧ Add some rainbow to your eyeshadow or nails as rainbows scream St. Patty’s as well!

And remember to wear that green so you don’t get pinched 😉

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Feltie Friday: Animal Crossing plush!

For the past couple days I’ve been busy working on some mini-plush based on my favourite video game series of all time: Animal Crossing!

What’s not to love about a world where you can become best friends with sassy purple cats and t-shirt wearing alligators, send refrigerators through the mail, and pay off the mortgage on your own home whenever you darn well want to (or not)?!

I created three of my favourite villagers: Bunnie (my all-time favourite since 2002!), Cookie, and darling Rosie (who left my village a few months ago and I’M STILL CRUSHED) and some of the other things that you’ll encounter around town. Even that damn dreaded pitfall.

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Whipple: Super Sweet Crafty Creations!

A few years ago I was surfing the net and saw pictures of plastic phone cases coated with realistic looking whipped cream with sweets on top and my sweet tooth went wild! A way to have your cake without the guilt?! Turns out the creation of yummy treat-covered objects (usually phone cases, jars, and the like) is a craft called “decoden“, which is a term that originated in Japan for decorating anything with other cute things! Now I’m by NO MEANS an expert in decoden, but I enjoy buying the creme and cabochens (they are little clay decorations used to make the treats even more fun!) and whipping up something tasty!

Whipple is a brand from Japan which allows you to create adorable decorative desserts from a boxed kit. I purchased my Whipple Starter Kit last year (I got the English kit for around $26 CAD on Amazon), but only got around to using it this weekend. The English kit is definitely aimed more for kids, as you can see by the packaging. The original Japanese kits are a bit more generic age-wise in my opinion so I don’t think that it’s strictly a “kids” craft toy.

The kit comes with the necessary plastic pieces, Whipple creme (clay cream) and pastry bag, and decorations to create four cakes, a cupcake, a wearable ring, a ice cream keychain, and a macaron keychain – exactly as shown above. If you count them, that’s definitely EIGHT not nine as the box says (unless they’re counting the big wedding cake as two separate creations…)

There is a little paper guide that is filled with picture-filled instructions and honestly it seemed a bit overwhelming at first (hence why it took a YEAR for me to get around to using it!) But once I read through a few times, it was as easy as pie! But I do still think the instructions are a bit unclear and took me a bunch of experimenting to figure out what worked. While it gives pictograph on how to hold the bag, but I feel this would be tricky for younger kids. There is a little practice guide which teaches you how to hold the bag and squeeze it out to create a star, swirl, sideways star, and spiral.

The Whipple creme comes almost ready to use (just needs some… kneading) and once you’ve setup an area that can get a bit messy you’re good to go! I do think you have to create everything at once because once the creme dries (it dries pretty quick, although it remains “squishy” for a longer time), it would be a pain to wipe off the dried nozzle. I was rather worried that I’d run out of creme, but there was almost half a bag left so I ended up using the rest on some other decoden crafts. Whipple does sell replacement creme (but it’s rather pricey at $16 for a bag!)

The whole kit took me about an hour from start to finish (I went SLOW – just as the instructions urge) and I have a ton of cute new decorations! However, as cute as the keychains and ring are, they are FAR too flimsy to actually be practical.

There are a few other kits (which range from $20-$40). But I think now that I have a hang of the process, I would probably order a Japanese Whipple kit (from ebay) as there are plenty more options for crafts (in addition to being less pricey overall).

Here is Whipple in action from their official Youtube channel!

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