My first memories of Hello Kitty were back in the early 90s with an adorable little show called Hello Kitty and Friends which aired on YTV here in Canada! They were a series of short episodes based on popular fairytales – like Snow White and my favourite Alice and Wonderland. Do you remember this?!?
I remember waking up BRIGHT and early to catch them and one of my strongest childhood memories was being absolutely terrified of the Big Clock episode!
Sanrio has been dousing the world in PURE KAWAII CUTENESS since the 1970s, and despite being a lifelong fan, I only started avidly collecting Hello Kitty stuff back in 2015/2016. Before that you’ll be surprised to know that I was living a very frugal minimalist life (I’ve really made up for it since then ;))!
I think I have a couple of hundred Kitty (and and her friends!) items now – from purses, plushies, stationery, to my microwave, books, and a toilet paper cover… anything you can IMAGINE (I’ll catalogue it all eventually)! She’s an icon for positivity and fills me with pure nostalgic happiness and makes it impossible to have a bad day anymore!
So are you ready to fall down the rabbit hole into her cute little world?!
Here are some pics of what I was up to this week! Probably easier to share my craft-ventures in a sum up post rather than a ton of posts.
This was a good but very busy week… and it was FLIPPIN COLD here! COLDER THAN MINUS 40 celsius this morning with windchill (for the American folks conveniently that’s also -40 Fahrenheit!) Now I’m from Winnipeg, Canada, which has at times been colder than Mars, but that’s still not something you ever get used to! So I’ve been stuck inside most of the week (darn ;)).
Luckily that left lots of time for cleaning…
And did lots of creating:
Got a delivery of new yarn so I got seriously back into knitting as well this week!
Also did some decorating around my little pink house! Valentine’s decorating for most is my year round decor so I’m on cloud 9 stocking up on all sorts of goodies!!
That was a pretty busy week! Could’ve used an extra day in there for sure. Time to do it all again! 😀
Yesterday I turned 29!! Which I can’t even really believe! When I was a kid, 29 seemed the most ridiculous age possible~ so far away and SO OLD AND MATURE. I DEFINITELY feel young at heart and happier than ever. I didn’t spend my actual birthday doing anything SUPER AWESOME because I had to work and then went to sleep very early.
BUT…. TODAY WAS VERY EXCITING! And full of sprinkles and rainbows and excitement!
I made some homemade ice cream very first thing this morning. Because it’s my birthday! So ice cream is a must! 😀
There are only two ingredients needed: heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. With a handmixer, whip the heavy cream (half a litre / 16 ounces) until you get little peaks. Then add in a whole can of the sweetened condensed milk until the mixture thickens up.
Finally, add in your favourite flavours! I added in sprinkles into this batch, but other favourites are broken up peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, broken cookie bits, the possibilities are totally endless and yummy. Throw it in the freezer for a few hours until it’s fully frozen and THAT’S IT (I don’t even buy ice cream anymore because I can make infinite ice cream)!!!
Next up… I baked my colourful cake!! I ended up using a cake mix (which of course is far easier, but honestly just as tasty). I added 1 1/4 cups of water, 1/3 cup of avocado oil, and 3 eggs, mixed and tah-dah!
By this time, I was HUNGRY! So I saved a little bit of the cake batter and made Hello Kitty waffles!! I’ve had my Hello Kitty waffle maker for a while, but haven’t had a chance to actual use it yet. I added MORE sprinkles for more fun. Look how cute and colourful!!!
I spent ALL morning in the kitchen baking again and I *think* I’ve got all my Christmas goodies done for this year (if only because I don’t have an inch of freezer or cupboard space left!) So favourite foods seems like the perfect prompt for today!! Let me tell you… I have a MAJOR sweet tooth! All my trips to the dentist as a kid are proof of that!
Here are my top ten favourites:
Waffles (with extra extra butter and syrup!)
Bagels – I usually add sprinkles for extra fun!
Cupcakes – the more frosting the better!
Ice cream sandwiches – the best kind of sandwich for sure! I made this one from a recipe from the Hello Kitty Baking Book (link to Amazon)!
Fish and Chips – so yummy and greasy! This is from my favourite little restaurant – Fergie’s Fish N Chips
Strawberries – so sweet and good for you! Especially with whipped cream!
Pizza – I LOVE pizza and don’t think I could ever get sick of it. It’s one of my favourite things to cook too! I made this Pikachu Pizza a couple years ago (with vegan cheese!)
Japanese sweets! – They’re so yummy and very different! My favourites are Sakupan (adorable chocolate panda cookies), Strawberry Pocky, and anything ramune (it’s a bubbly lemon-limey flavour)!
This has always been one of my favourite things to learn about people… What’s in your bag used to be a huge feature on personal webpages back in the 90s/early 2000s, and probably what got me fully obsessed with the internet in the first place. I just think it’s really an interesting personal look at what people behind the screen are really like!
I really looove novelty handbags (especially delicious looking ones)! I have so many, even though I tend to stick with the exact same one for months at a time. They’re fun for coordinating outfits and scream FUN!
But right now, this is the bag that I’m using for work:
It’s not quite as fun on the outside (but it is VERY pink as strangers tell me all the time!). At least the insides are full of excitement:
Hello Kitty wallet and phone case (who else?!)
My little donut pouch holds bobby pins and other doo-dads
Lipchap, lipchap, and an extra lipchap! I’m addicted
Hair bows, clips, and hair ties
My work ID and sparkly pink lanyard (yes, I’m the buildings pink girl)
Candy, candy, candy. These are some yummy Japanese sweets I got from my absolute favourite shop.
The bottom of the bag (fortunately I didn’t dump it out!) is a ton of loose change, more bobby pins, hair ties, and who else knows what!