Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Reviewing Cookies and Candy

Yum, I love sweets!

So that's why our October 18th, 2017 Review Wednesday video is about A Couple of Squares cookies (yes, again) and 2 Kracie DIY Candy Kits.

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Anyhow, before the 8-minute video plays below, I'd like to give a quick review of the project.

Firstly it was a pleasure to enjoy some cookies with Rob. The DIY kits however, aren't really his thing (and that's okay). I always enjoy them on some level, but alas I only ever succeeded at one of them, which was the ice cream kit I put together last year. I'd probably make that one again someday.

So I didn't end up tasting them after all - they looked pretty awful when I was done, but they did smell really nice & fruity, like Kool-Aid mix (boy does that bring back memories!).

Without further ado, here is the video of our taste test (cookies) and my attempt at Kracie Popin DIY candy hahaha, lol.


And with Halloween around the corner...

Let's take a look at these adorable Zoo'd characters in their costumes!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Halloween Decor and Clothing

Boo! 🎃

Okay, good evening... it is now October 16th, and we're just over 2 weeks away from Halloween!

If you know me, then you know I'm obsessed with this holiday. I plan costumes all year, live to be spooked by jump scares (which I love-hate) and enjoy decorating with spiders & cobwebs. I relate to Monster High and Hotel Transylvania characters, because in school I was always 'the weird girl' at the back of the class, who hung out with 'the strange crowd'...

Anyhow, I digress.

What I wanted to tell you, is that I created 2 designs for Halloween 2017, and here is one via Zazzle:

Vintage Halloween Paper Cup

And this same green, black & orange design is available on leggings from my RedBubble shop; along with some purple ones (witches and skulls). 


And in other news...

Here is a hint at this year's costume....

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Any guesses?

More hints to follow...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Review of Twozies

Hello, konnichiwa friends!

Firstly, sorry for this being a belated Review Wednesday (for yesterday). It's gotten pretty busy here lately, and the weekly review hasn't left my mind. It's still in there somewhere 😊

Anyhow, shortly after Sunrise Records opened here in Red Deer, I bought one of the sets of 'Twozies' available. I've never really heard of them before, but from what I can tell, they're really kawaii!

Normally I would do a video of the 'box opening', but I've been suffering with a period since yesterday (cramps aren't as bad today, but I still look awful!) so it's going to be in pictures:

Close-up of the box; it's about 4in and cube-shaped. I'm intrigued.

After removing the plastic, found this intriguing card that says 'two cool!'

Got the other cards out now; one is a comprehensive list of possible characters to collect.

Aha! So my 'Twozies' are in the yellow plastic (it took me awhile to figure out how to open the box).

I can see some vague facial features now...

Awww! It looks like a baby in a giraffe hat, with a panda teddy!

A close-up, which is blurry but makes them look huge :)

So it looks like I got Jangles (the kid) and Pandle (the teddy). I thought the kids & teddies were supposed to match, lol.

If you're wondering why I've been so busy, it's because I've been dealing with recent Etsy sales, and a few client projects, both on & off Fiverr. It's awesome to be so busy working, but sometimes regularly scheduled posts end up late. Thank you so much for your patience 😍

Anyhow, while I had an extra half hour, I decided to *finally get our Halloween decorations out of the trunk and put them out. I understand some people wait until much closer to October 31, or don't bother with it at all. Usually, Rob & I even have them up before his October 5th birthday. And today is the 12th! Only 19 days until Halloween (and 7 days before I paint at Art Battle International).

So here are the pictures of our condo, all 'decked out' for Halloween! 🎃

I was trying to keep it simple, but I may have gotten a little carried away with this year. Halloween is, after all, my second-favorite time of year!

And speaking of Etsy... do you love to color in pictures? Then come grab your Halloween Adult Coloring Book! Below are some examples of pictures colored in from it:

And there are many more to enjoy!

Thank you for joining us on this lovely Thursday evening in October :) 

xoxo, Daryl J.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Halloween Movies

Hello friends!

Today's Review Wednesday is a little bit different. But first, let's look at this super kawaii Sailor Moon café in Japan. There are 4 of them to enjoy!! The link will take you to Dose's video.

Sailor Moon Café

Visit this Cute Sailor Moon Cafe
Luna candy drink.

And now, for our list of Halloween movies for fans of this spooky time of year!

If you're a fan of less scary, more 'spoopy' movies, try these:

  • Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2
  • Monster High: Ghouls Rule (the cute monsters and humans come to learn the meaning of Halloween)
  • Beetlejuice
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Ghostbusters 1 and 2
  • Anything by Tim Burton, like 'Nightmare Before Christmas' or 'Frankenweenie' or 'ParaNorman'
  • Casper (the animated/live action 1995 film)
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And if you want a cute and fun classic, try the 1966 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'

If you'd like to see something moderately scary:

  • The Gremlins (which actually 'takes place' around Christmas)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Child's Play
  • The 1990 two-part series of IT
  • Any of the Paranormal Activity series
  • Unfriended
  • Fright Night (another 80s classic)
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Insidious trilogy (the 'tip toe' song will get stuck in your head)
  • Poltergeist (great special effects in 1982!)
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And if you're incredibly brave, don't mind jump-scares and lots of blood:

  • The 2017 remake of IT
  • The Conjuring
  • The Exorcist
  • Sinister
  • The Ring
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999 remake)
  • The Grudge
  • Mirrors and Mirrors 2
  • One Missed Call
  • Pretty much anything by Stephen King
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If you're a 'weeaboo' (or otaku) like me, then check out last year's horrific list of Japanese Halloween movies

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Please Pray for Las Vegas

Today's "Are They Kawaii?" post is cancelled, for something far more serious.

Just yesterday, (literally), my husband & I were discussing the possibility of going to Las Vegas for our early new year trip with his family. We were discussing things like cost of food, and what the weather would be like. Little did we know, that just hours later, a lone gunman would open fire from a hotel room onto a concert of innocent people.

Now, 59 innocent people have lost their lives, and upward of 500 people are suffering injuries. This didn't have to happen. Rob & I were saying, since it was so easy to do this from a hotel (unnamed in this post), that all hotels, everywhere, should implement checking people's items much like at airport security. If his luggage were checked, this might not have happened. I digress.

If you are one of the injured and traumatized victims, I am so sorry. If you lost a loved one, I'm very sorry for your loss. The world is praying with you and for you.

Even if you aren't really affected directly, please reach out to those who are, and let them know they're not suffering alone. In the wake of potential WWIII, frequent terrorist attacks, and natural disasters, the world needs to pull together. Please pray for the victims.

I'd also like to acknowledge the officer who suffered in Edmonton this weekend, at the hands of a suspected terrorist, who then ploughed into a group of people with a U-Haul truck. Prayers for everyone who suffered.

Please stay safe, and know you are loved.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Delayed Review Wednesday

Hello, thank you for joining us on this Review Wednesday 😍

I'd love to have a video or photos of a kawaii foods item or fashion for you today. However, I am currently recovering from a partial toenail removal and will mostly just be chilling with my modelling clay.

Why modelling clay?

Because, as you know, I am designing some adorably funny cartoon characters. There are 12 of them, animal hybrids, and they are called Zoo'd. My amazingly talented and hilarious husband Rob is going to help me voice some of them. And though we will soon be doing a video of this, I wanted to make the characters feel more 'real' to us by being able to hold them. So here are the first 3 - Dogosaur, Pandaroo, and Elefox:

Okay, I'm going to rest my foot and work toward recovery. Thank you so much for stopping in today. Have a great rest of your week xoxo

Daryl J.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Libra Horoscope

Libra (Sept. 23-October 22) – Of the 3 air signs, yours is the deepest and most emotional. This makes sense in a way because yours is the literal sign of balance, and you’re balanced right between talkative Gemini and cool Aquarius. This makes you automatically compatible with both of them – for friendship and for love.

However when it comes to love for Libras, you find yourself drawn more toward exciting fire signs or sensitive water signs to share life with. This sign is the universal sign of marriage and partnership, so you seek out someone that will keep you stimulated for decades to come. They need to be physically attractive (even ‘adorable’), smart and funny, kind-hearted and independent enough that they don’t put emotional demands on you. Once you find that cutie who can hold their own, they also end up holding your heart. Many say yours is the most romantic sign in the zodiac, so that person will be lucky when you find them (◡‿◡✿)

People who are friends with Libras are also lucky, because you’re a natural social butterfly and genuinely enjoy the company of other human beings. This desire to have lots of close friends makes you a gentle, fun person to be around (for fear of accidentally pushing them away) and you tend to be very forgiving. And sometimes, maybe too forgiving. If someone is being a malicious gossip, then she’s not worth keeping in your roster of pals.

At work, Libras tend to be cool-headed and focused – for the most part, anyway. Sometimes it’s temping to get caught up in office gossip or chilling with a work bestie. You can also be naturally flirtatious which can sometimes give co-workers and bosses a broken heart. Great job choices for you are ones where you can answer phones or otherwise greet clients, because you love dealing with people. You also gravitate toward sales jobs.

Best sign compatibility: Other intellectuals like Gemini, Aquarius or another Libra.

Celebs who share your sign: Kate Winslet, Mario Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne.

Colors associated with you: Pretty colors like soft pink, sky blue, and lavender.

Best idea for a pet: A good-looking pet such as a poodle or show cat.

Do you love being a Libra? Then show it off! 

Get a kawaii Libra tee from RedBubble!

Or, get a cute frameable saying about your sign:

You can also get some cute kitchen items, such as a mug or fridge magnet here at deviantArt

Do you love to collect cute stuff? Are you a fan of kawaii culture (K-Pop? Anime?) Then get featured on this blog and be seen by thousands of readers!