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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Let’s Rewatch Sailor Moon! ☽

Hope everyone is doing as well as they possibly can! Certainly the latest turn of events in the world is something that nobody was expecting. But instead of wallowing, we should make the best of the moments where we have a bit more opportunity to relax and stay healthy (for ourselves, and of course for others)!

Finding an ongoing project is something that I need to fill the time and stave off boredom, so I’ve chosen to rewatch one of my all-time favourite TV shows ~ SAILOR MOON! Sailor Moon is the type of sheer positivity, motivation, and overcoming something dark and unknown that we all need right now so I thought it was appropriate!

If you’ve never watched (or need refresh!), Sailor Moon is an anime show that originated in Japan in the 1990s, and then was initially brought to North America by DiC in 1995. The show is about a clumsy 14-year-old girls’ adventures with her friends, cat, school, and well… badass enemies to destroy and a love story that spans a whole millenia – and was a huge hit and began many kids’ anime journeys. The more you watch, the deeper the story is and the love remains just as strong to this day. Let’s take a look!!

What are you doing to fill the time in lockdown?!

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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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Day 20 of the 30 day blog challenge!

Day 20 – What Makes You Happy

This seems like a great topic for Christmas!! SOOO many things make be unbelievably happy, I can’t JUST pick one thing! When life gets tough it’s good to remember all these great things.

Pink, rainbows, BRIGHT colours! Baking! Oodles of frosting! Candy and cake and cookies!

My cat! Unicorns! MAGIC!

My happy pink little house! Flowers! Blasting music and dancing around with the curtains open for all to see!

Hello Kitty, collecting plushies, toys, and kawaii things! Video games! Things that remind me of my happy childhood!

Texting silly memes with friends! Looong walks in the forest! Dressing up, especially in BIG POOFY DRESSES! Hot rainy days and splashing barefoot in puddles! Creating cute things for other people! The craft aisle! Taking pictures! Kindness and silliness… really it goes on and on. You may “grow up”, but keep loving what you love to the extreme.

Hope your Christmas is filled with all sorts of things that make YOU happy as can be! 🙂

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