What’s been blooming with me in May!

Hard to believe a whole month has passed in just a BLINK! Here’s one of my monthly catchup posts to see what I was up to, and some of my favourites for the month!

I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up on my 2020 mood blanket! As a recap, it WAS to be knit a square a day to match my mood for last year. Life got a bit loopy naturally, and I dropped the project for a bit. It’s over 3/4 done now, and I should be able to ACTUALLY finish it in a few weeks!!

I have SO many other projects I really want to get to (need to get back on track with the craft everyday thing!), but I’m focused on getting my rainbow on and done first.

Celebrated Mother’s day virtually again! My parents live out of province anyways, but we’re under really tight lockdown restrictions in Manitoba at the moment so no in person hugs. YET!

Came across this picture of me and mom many, many years ago. 🙂 Her hair is a perm here which is funny because it’s my exact real hair. Who would’ve known?!

Made delicious cinnamon rolls for World Baking Day on May 16th! I used the Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but swapped out the dairy and eggs for vegan equivalents and dumped in a pile of sprinkles. They were absolutely FABULOUS!!

The weather is really heating up outside and the cherry blossom and deer friends have come to play! Trying to sneak out every chance I get and capture moments like THESE:

Sugar the kitty had a big scare in the middle of the month and nearly ate string from box packaging. I was able to pull it out of her mouth (in consultation with a vet) and she’s 100% okay and happy as can be. But they were some of the most terrifying days of my life. Will be doing a post to share the scary “tail”!

Hug and love your sweet pets constantly! <3

And lastly, the biggest moment of the month – well year! – I got VACCINATED! I am looking forward to getting my second shot in the next few weeks, and then plenty of hugs and happiness to come!

If you haven’t yet, please get your shot to help others. It takes only a couple of minutes and then we’ll soon be back to doing what we love with the people we love.

By the way, these super kawaii masks are from Blippo Kawaii Shop! :3

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Now for some favourite things this month:

What I’ve been watching: I’ve been on a Star Trek kick! Every couple of years I started from THE BEGINNING with The Original Series (the one with good ol’ Captain Kirk for all of the non-Trekkies) and attempting to do a full walkthrough of the series while I’m still working from home. I am, in fact, a gigantic geek. 🙂

Eating: Two Rivers Flavoured Coffee Pods for Keurig from Amazon & homemade Cinnamon Buns

Video Games: New Pokemon Snap for Switch! The original Pokemon Snap for N64 was one of my favourites as a kid, and this is a modernized take. The graphic are absolutely stunning, and has many hours of gameplay. It’s a good game to pick up for just a couple of minutes a day to focus and relax. If you enjoy Pokemon games and collecting, it’s incredibly fun.

That’s all for now! I’m off to enjoy the great outdoors. xox

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Crafting 365 ~ Week 2: Let Me Take You to Rainbow Brite!

My big project for the week was knitting up this Rainbow Brite softie! Thought she would be a super fun way to add some colour back to January ~ which can be a little bit grey and sad.

If you’ve never explored Rainbowland, let me take you to the world of 80s nostalgic joy where Rainbow Brite and her friends destroy evil and bring colour back to a once desolate place!

I think I’m going to need to make a little Twink softie so she’s not lonely. 🙂

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Crafting 365 ~ Week 1

Making another go at Crafting 365 in 2021! It’s an idea based on an old Flickr group where you share a pic of your daily creativity adventures (remember Flickr ~ an awesome photo-sharing community before Instagram?! Such good times!) The idea is just to do SOMETHING crafty a day and build creativity ~ whether it’s a couple of rows of knitting, a whole dang blanket, s batch of cookies, or rainbowfying something or another.

I’ve attempted this a few times, but usually don’t chronicle my adventures very well. In fact, I actually started this blog to start sharing my daily craft adventures. Hoping this year I will get a LITTLE bit better at sharing! But unlike other years, I’m not putting any pressure on myself this year like I’ve done before. I spent weeks once making an outlined list of all the things I wanted to accomplish back in 2019, and that’s just… NOT happening! I’m here for a good time, not a tedious tear-filled time.

So here’s week ONE of 2021! I’d be happy to never knit a blanket or hat ever again, and little projects are much more my thing. I was feeling adding some excitement to my life, so I went with Pokemon-themed knitted softies, which I love them because they are so colourful. And I could continue them for a million years and never be done knitting Pokemon (there are over NINE-HUNDRED Pokemon now…!)

I also started journaling (another long-time goal!), finished almost two rows of last years’ Mood Blanket, and even baked some bagels. So, pretty good start hey 2021?!

My journal!

I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Moleskine and have always wanted one! They are very pricey but exceptional quality, and this years’ special edition includes some darling Maneki-neko (Japanese lucky cats!) so thought I’d treat myself! I made sure that the covers are made of synthetic material – not “mole skin” or leather.

This bagel recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction! They are exceptionally easy and delicious.
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My Super Sweet Knit Gingerbread House

I didn’t get up to quite as much Christmas baking as I did last year – which I think people are thankful for (my mom still had stuff in the freezer until like April)!! Instead, I turned to a much healthier option: yarntastic treats!

My big goodie this year was the gingerbread house I knit-baked for my Oma. I really enjoyed creating a real one last year and ended up giving it to her to enjoy so I thought creating a permanent one would be fun.Let’s take a look!

The pattern was based on this one by Frankie Brown – which I tweaked a bit, because I’ll admit, I’m not a great pattern follower (what’s life without whimsy?!) :D.

The house is covered from top to bottom in sugary treats, friendly Christmas friends (a snowman and gingerbread man), and gifties and goodies galore.

I started this project back in November and thought it was only going to take a couple of days… hahaha! Then I ran out of yarn and had to order some more – which turned into a weeks-long journey of tracking my package heading back and forth aimlessly across the country. Of course, the one thing that I needed got LOST! Eventually the yarn got to me and I finished it up late into the evening before it was to get delivered.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Oma absolutely loves it, and can’t wait to visit it in a few months for post-COVID late Christmas celebrations!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 19: Books I’m Reading

One of the things still on my pandemic to-do list is still to READ MORE! I’m a person who is ALWAYS doing 20 things at a time, so doing something simple like sitting down to relax and read is a bit tough for me because it’s so focused on ONLY one thing! But once I do get in the reading zone, I LOVE being able to drift off to dreamy worlds or be inspired by creative ideas!

I have a number of books on the go right now. Lately I’ve been unwinding with crafty books and old friends… let’s take a look!

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi ~ I grew up on the Sailor Moon 90s anime (and absolutely inhaled the fanfiction!), and surprisingly never picked up the Manga until very recently (despite knowing most of the plot variations and gawking over the pretty art!) I was shocked at how much I fell in love with it myself and am loving escaping into a positive girl power monster fighting world!

Love at First Stitch by Tilly and the Buttons ~ I’m in the process of learning machine sewing with an ultimate goal of sewing my own dresses (a lot of work to go haha!) but this book came highly recommended. I love Tilly’s blog and the book is just as beautifully written and filled with amazing dress-making patterns and tips for the beginner like me to pro seamstresses!

More Felt Friends from Japan by Naomi Tabatha ~ This book is glossy and stuffed with patterns for ultra colourful kawaii felties and other projects that look like they pop out of my dreams! This is a sequel (hence the more of course!) to “Felt Friends from Japan” which I am very eager to pick up!

Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec ~ These are the cutest itty-bitty knit(tys!) I came across the Mochimochiland website and it was another GET OUT OF MY BRAIN moment! They’re amazing projects which are all knit in the round, which I don’t have a ton of experience with, but practice makes perfect and I’m so excited to accomplish all of these.

It’s endless craft books over here! I’ll never have a proper Instagram worthy house because there is always an EXPLOSION of unfinished projects… what did I say? I start projects and then finish them 6 months down the line!

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