Ai-Kon 2019 Haul!

This past weekend was my second trip to Ai-Kon, the annual anime convention in my lovely city of Winnipeg, Canada! I went last year and was dying to go back immediately afterwards!

I was only able to go on the Friday this year because of other plans, but I was going to make my most of my couple of hours there. Fortunately my office is just a couple of blocks away so I was able to pop over at lunch to get registered (while getting caught in a torrential downpour!) and check it out quick. Then the moment it was hometime, I ran back over to get the fun started!

I decided to dress as casual Usagi Tsukino (the civilian identity of the one and only Sailor Moon!) for an extra fun-vention and so that I could sneakily wear it to work and not have to change after! I’ve always loved Usagi’s day to day outfits in the anime because they are so easy to put together, and I had everything I needed for this one and could also play undercover as Sailor Moon. Well, sort of – the odango might have given me away a little!

My big reason for going to conventions – aside from being surrounded by a sea of other happy like-minded people – is the marketplace! I’m a big collector of everything kawaii and plushie, and having it all out in front of me is my idea of paradise!

I went a bit plushie crazy and adopted *cough* 10 new friends! Unicorns and Lopeusa’s and Korilakkumas, oh my!

Hard to believe I only got TWO Pokemon things ~ Espeon and Ditto as Sylveon. There were a lot of vendors selling Pokemon plush this year, so yay for my self control because I wanted SO MANY!

My favourite find of the day was Kojika no Latte  – a little deer plush made by Amuse! I’ve been wanting her for a very long time and couldn’t even find one on ebay so I almost passed out (fawns are my favourite :3). Finding some Molang things was cool too, because I don’t have anything of him yet.

That Unicorn no Cony is MASSIVE and so snuggly. The best thing was me struggling with her half way through downtown trying to catch the bus after!

I also found these mega cute Sanrio buttons! I was so excited to find Keroppi and Chococat pins (my favourite character!).

I also picked up a blind box! It’s a Re-Ment Sanrio snowglobe. I have terrible luck with these to be honest and always get the one that I don’t really prefer… Nothing changes! I ended up getting Marroncream ~ she’s a sweet little French bunny girl which is one of the lesser known Sanrio characters. She’s actually growing on me a bit after learning more about her so I promise the initial disappointment has passed!

Last but not least, the SWEETS! *_*

I’m still working on opening them all! The Sakura Sake Kitkits are unfortunately a bit of a disappointment :/ They smell overwhelmingly like sake, but only have the faintest Sakura taste. They’re quite refreshing, but not really what I thought. Japanese Kitkats are always very hit and miss anyways ~ but I love testing them! So far, the strawberry shake sweets and the Fujiya Milky x Sanrio chocolates are my favourite.

It was a great day! Will definitely be back next year and hope to take in more of the panels and experiences over the full weekend.

As a side note, I think I might expand my blog into reviews of toys and Japanese sweets because I adore them to a ridiculous degree. So watch out! 🙂 xoxo

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Once you grow up, you can never go back (or why I collect toys as an adult!)

If you’ve read through any of my posts or pictures, you may have noticed that I have a rather large collection of toys! In fact, my entire house is like falling down a rabbit hole into a world of dizzyingly bright nostalgia and squeeful kawaii happiness! I’m also an adult with a job, mortgage, and child to take care of (okay she has four legs, is covered in fur, and has a MEAN tuna addiction! ^_^)

Don’t worry – I know you probably have questions! I’ve heard ALL the ‘why don’t you grow up already?!’, ‘what’s wrong with you?’, ‘is this a weird AHEM… fetish thing?’ comments. The answers: I’m a proper tax paying awesome adult, absolutely nothing is wrong about things people enjoy, and nope it’s not (if it’s your fetish and it’s legal do your thing – but it’s not for me).

People have many reasons for collecting (and they’re all great!) For me, I collect toys because I really love reliving those feelings of the happy days of my carefree whimsy-filled childhood in the 1990s, enjoy the thrill finding THAT special thing in a shop, getting to buy all the stuff I circled in toy catalogues but couldn’t have as a kid, and then have fun displaying them in my home as they’re a piece of who I am! There’s also maybe a little bit of hope that they’ll be worth a FORTUNE one day! 😀

You’re never too old for doing what you love, but you ARE really crotchety if you’re truly bothered by something that makes others happy.

Here’s some of the stuff I get to come home and enjoy everyday!

Oh! I also have an Instagram dedicated to my toys and toy thrifting adventures that you can follow!

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Gotta make ’em all… 151 Pokemon plushies!

I started a new project this week dedicated to one of my longest obsessions – POKEMON! I had this crazy idea to create all of the Pokemon in teeny tiny feltie form.

Here are the starters… Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle and their evolutions!

Felt Starter Pokemon~ Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle and their evolutions!
The first nine!

I’m hoping to get about one feltie friend done a day, and then will be done in six months (or so!) Right now, I’m just doing the original 151… because there are currently 721 Pokemon and that would take a LIFETIME!!

I’m going to try and post my adventures in felt Pokemon every Friday… so hello Feltie Friday!

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Day 11 of the 30 day blog challenge!

Day 11 – 10 Favourite Foods!

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:

Stock photo from Google!

Waffles (with extra extra butter and syrup!)

Bagels – I usually add sprinkles for extra fun!

Cupcakes – the more frosting the better!

Stock photo found on Google 🙂

Sushi

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!)

Gummy candies!

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)!

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