A Lovely Little Valentine’s Catchup!

Happy Valentine’s Day lovely friends! <3

Outside there is a polar vortex and it’s been nearly MINUS FIFTY with windchill for the past couple of weeks. I am completely stuck inside and really been missing being able to go for my outside adventures in the forests to unwind a little bit.

But at least it’s toasty warm and I’ve been keeping busy doing all sorts of things that I love! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

♡ Decorating the house for Valentine’s Day (it doesn’t really take much to love it up ;))

♡ Learning German on Duolingo!

♡ Celebrating Sugar’s THIRD birthday (which was on the 11th~ she’s truly a little Love Baby)! She got piles of treats and a new cat hammock that she’s never going to use!

♡ Baking a bunch of bread!

♡ Collecting all of the Valentiney boxes of chocolate on Animal Crossing!

Lots of love on this lovely day! <3 Erika and Sugar

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 17: Outfit of the Day!

Slightly late with my post, as usual! :’) Yesterday’s October Blogging Challenge prompt was Outfit of the Day! Perfect timing too, as it happened to coincide with the Sweetest Day of the Year ~ well according to the internet! Apparently Sweetest Day is all about giving candies to loves and friends, and I thought that was cute. We definitely need more LOVE and sweets in October!

So I used Sweetest Day as my outfit inspo! The dress was my very first ever Lolita dress from Bodyline which I thought would fit perfectly! Can never pass up an opportunity for frills and sweets!

Dress: Bodyline

Tights: Ardene

Jumper: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

Bag: I believe off of Wish a couple of years ago. Was a nice surprise to find a bunch of sweets I had stashed in there! Apparently I haven’t used it in a while!

Accessories: The cake slice headband and donut brooch were made by me, and then various other trinkets, and of course the Ring Pop!

And just for fun, a surprise Sugar vs. sugar attack!!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 15: Thankful Thursday

I try my best to keep my blog and my life as upbeat and sunshiney as possible even when it’s really tough! That said, this week has been a CHALLENGING one and put my life view to the test!

We’re all at month SEVEN of the pandemic and I think it is really taking a toll on all of us lately. For me, I miss my family so much (even though they pop every couple of weeks when they pop in for groceries), work is difficult and people seem to be at each other’s throats, the news of the world is hard to watch, and I just miss having that freedom to do little things on a whim. I’ve broken down a couple of times this week ~ but then come back to reality…

I AM very fortunate (and I know others sadly aren’t in the same place). This IS temporary. We WILL be okay in the end!!

But painful weeks like this have made me truly think about all the things I am truly THANKFUL for and what brings me back to my happy place! I find it important to list out the things that brighten up my day and it doesn’t take long before it is LONG!

  • My cat ~ she always knows when I need an extra cuddle
  • Rainbows ~ they always seem to jump out at the most necessary time!
  • Family
  • Internet friends!! <3 No matter what, they ALWAYS brighten up my day.
  • Creating! Shutting out the real world and being transported into a magical world of my own creative mind and seeing what comes out in yarn, felt, drawn form!
  • My happy little house
  • Being healthy!
  • Positivity and happy moments! Lots of them to come 🙂
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Sunday Snaps for the end of summer!

Tomorrow is officially the last day of summer! I’m very excited for all the changes autumn will bring! It certainly looks like autumn here already. Just in the past day the trees have all started going from green to orange and leaves are falling! Yay for crunchy leaf piles!! I feel like autumn is really ENERGIZING me and I managed to accomplish a lot this week.

I’ve been trying to get outside as much as I can and saying hi to the friendly neighbourhood animal pals. These guys were having a blast with the leaves:

Sugar is definitely entertained watching the leaves fall from the window as well:

I’ve also been in a cleaning mood, and reorganized the closet today. Time to pull out the toasty warm cardigans again!

Did a ton of creating as well ~ I’m so glad to be back at it! Spent a lot of time knitting and getting caught up on the 2020 Mood Blanket:

Sugar and binged a bunch of Studio Ghibli Films! Didn’t realize that they are on Netflix now so it was a huge treat.

Which inspired me to make a Totoro feltie! Here he is in progress (while watching Arrietty sew in The Secret World of Arrietty):

Bought a Hello Kitty Perler Bead kit so also been tinkering with that a bit too ( you can get your own here!):

My parents were in town this week as well, so I had the privilege of babysitting my sweet pup Heidi, who lives with my parents at their cottage. I’ve missed the heck out of her this year so it was nice catching up!

The rainbow blanket has been great for some of the chilly nights we’ve been having lately ~ and I love it! Bye summer, see ya next year!

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Things I’m LOVING this September!

Pretty sunrises, fawns, Nescafe Rich instant coffee, knitting, watching Superstore on Amazon Prime, the smell of fresh baked bread, wearing cozy sweaters, cuddling with Sugar on chilly nights, the long weekend ahead, pretty face masks, and of course good health!

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