Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Review of Cute Animal Trinkets from Sunrise Records

Hi everybody!

Thank you for tuning in here today and sharing my joy about these new kawaii cuties, from Rob and from my mum for my recent birthday. I took pictures awhile ago while opening them, but it's been awhile since I'd be able to find time to film with them, too.

Please enjoy this brief and slightly awkward video above, lol. They're all too adorable not to share with someone, eh? 

Have a lovely day!

My 30th Birthday

As many of you sweet friends know, I turned 30 at the end of February! I've been dealing with mixed emotions about leaving my 20s... I am grieving the loss of what many call 'the best years of life'. I don't know how they flew by so fast!

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I also am excited about entering a new decade, a new chance to be a mature, responsible and successful adult. Plus, Rob is super romantic and booked us at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta. They surprised me with delicious cake and a beautifully-decorated room!

Overall, I suppose I really don't feel overly different than I did at 29. I just feel now is the time to be more mature and responsible. I'm a legitimate adult!

Rob has now been with me for 10 of my thirty birthdays. This Hello Kitty is from when I turned 21: 

No automatic alt text available. Rob surprised me with her.

Anyhow, to commemorate entering my 3rd decade of life, I did this mixed media art project:

Every image is a snapshot of my life in that year/age. Some are digital edits of photos (many of which were either 110 film, or 35mm), and some are pencil sketches or digital illustrations. 

Although there are 30 images in total here, this project still manages to simplify my life in a way. That's kind of what I was going for - this was meant to hit the highlights. 

Thank you for reading with me here today 😍

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Buzzfeed Quiz: Which Zoo'd Character Are You?

There are 12 characters in this series, all created from 2 different animals! For instance, one of the most popular right now is the soft, fluffy and shy Rabbird - a cross between a dove and a bunny!

Each animal hybrid [friend] has a distinct personality all their own! And every fan of this series can relate to at least one of them, if not more. 

How will you know what you have in common, and with whom? Just take this Buzzfeed Quiz here to find out!

It's just 7 simple visual questions, in this order: Fave Color, Dream Career, Fave Food, Best Music, Nicest Place, Best Shape and Your Zodiac Sign.

Share your results on the facebook group Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends

And while you're on our sweet facebook group, please take a moment to guess on this poll:

Monday, 5 March 2018

How to Use Emoji Respectfully And Sailor Moon Games

Hello, konnichiwa friends 😍😍

I recently read an article in a local [Canadian] newspaper, and it was about some people using emoji in a way that got them in some legal trouble. A recent example was between two men texting, and one sent 2 knife emoji with an eggplant. It was presumed the sender was threatening to injure or remove the genitals of the recipient, and he got charged for threats and harassment.

The article is written by Toronto's Liz Braun, and you can read the full article here:

I had a very strong urge to share this with you guys, the readers, because I understand that the use of these kawaii little images has become a fundamental part of our digital communication. And sometimes, we send something meant sarcastically or ironically, and without tone of voice or facial expression to back up the meaning, it can be taken way out of context. And - that may get you charged ☹

Please note - I'm not telling you how to live! Just want you to be careful. Something else that really caught my eye in this article, is how emoji are used around the world. According to SwiftKey research, various regions favor some of these tiny cartoons over others...

  • Canadians (like me!) tend to over-use the poop emoji in communications, hahaha!
  • In Australia, they favor emoji related to booze & drugs, wow! 
  • In France (and probably throughout romantic Europe), heart emoji are commonly used. 
  • Russians (surprisingly, maybe?) use very romantic emoji quite often.
  • Middle-Eastern/Arabic cultures seem to favor the floral/plant ones in communications.
  • Malaysian people seem to like cute farm animals and lots of hand gestures.
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And, in other news, I found some pretty cool Sailor Moon-themed games online recently. For Christmas, my husband got me some Sailor Moon DVDs because it's one of my favorite childhood shows - after all, it was my first exposure to anime!

Self-portrait of me at age 10, in my Sailor Moon costume!

Anyhow, we play video games around here, because we're cool 😎 And while playing retro games on our Sega Genesis, I got to thinking about how fun it would be to play a Sailor-Moon themed game so I looked online and found 2. One is an adorable dress-up themed game, so I 'made' all 5 sailor senshi scouts:

Which one is your favorite? (I've always been partial to Sailor Mars. It's probably those red shoes).

And for when you're in a more aggressive mood, there is a Mortal Kombat sort of style game as well, called Sailor Moon Fights. It is complete with the theme music and even audio in Japanese! It's got a lot of show (flashing stars) and it's controlled just using keyboard buttons. 

Hope you enjoy! Have a great day, lovelies!


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Pisces Horoscope


Pisces (February 19-March 20) – Hello gentle mermaid. Yours is the second-most emotional sign in the zodiac (with Cancer coming in at number one), so be careful who you spend your time with. Your smiles and laughter are pure, and your heart-felt love is genuine… in a way you’re like a supernatural being sent to Earth to teach us how to love again (like in the late 90s space film, The Fifth Element). Only a few people are worthy of your presence. If they take advantage of and mistreat you, then they need to take a hike.

Pisces people are known for being sensitive, shy and easily-wounded, but on the flip side you’re a tidal wave force to be reckoned with! There’s a lot of badassery gushing from actors like Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris, badass Eleven actor Millie Bobby Brown, and singers like Rihanna and even tattoo artist Kat Von D. So don’t let people assume because you’re quiet and emotional that you’re easy to take advantage of – you have a seething inner force as strong as an angry typhoon. You just prefer not to use it often, because you genuinely don’t want to harm others. You’re a natural lover and very nurturing.

When it comes to dating, your gentle beauty brings all the boys to the yard and it’s painfully difficult to turn down some of the offers. However, you have so much love to give and you make an excellent life partner, so save that for the person who is truly worth it – someone who respects you and loves you so tenderly. You can build a beautiful life together.

As per careers, for a gentle sensitive Pisces, becoming a musician is often a great choice because you can put your feelings into words and accompanying music. However, being famous for it is a whole different story, since the lime light can be overwhelming at times. Some customer service jobs suit you because you’re a good listener and offer gentle advice, but retail and food service are poor choices because customers can be downright mean and nasty there. You deserve a career that doesn’t make you cry. You’re actually very good at managing money. It’s just hard trying not to spend your savings on things that you want, like those cute shoes.

Best sign compatibility: ‘Sensitives’ like Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn and Virgo.

Celebs who share your sign: Drew Barrymore, Rihanna, Albert Einstein, Millie Bobby Brown.

Colors associated with you: The whole rainbow and anything shimmery.

Best idea for a pet: Cute ‘little pets’ like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs or bunnies.

Want to get an astrology tee shirt like your favorite over-the-top blogger? 

Get the one pictured about from my RedBubble shop:

Or if you like things like wall art, you can get some at:

There is also astrology-based art prints on my deviantArt page! 

Don't forget to look at my previous post about my 30th birthday this month - you'll gain access to a free birthday eCard/video!

Monday, 12 February 2018

February Birthday

If you were born on February 25, then we're birthday twins! Hello 😃

With my 30th birthday fast approaching (less than 2 weeks from today), I'm getting a little extra about the whole thing! I'll admit, part of me is grieving the loss of my twenties, which many people say are the best years of their lives. 

I'm also somewhat excited about becoming an official adult. Yes I know.... people in their 20s are technically adults, but for some reason I feel like this was the decade for me to find myself. And now that I really know who I am, what I like/dislike, what my boundaries and limits are, etc. I feel more ready to start the next decade of my life. 

To kick start the celebrations, I've ordered me a shirt with my zodiac sign on it, and yes I did design this one: 

Yes, I am posing with a Hello Kitty. Real mature.

So being that everybody has a zodiac sign, feel free to find yours in my RedBubble shop here. If you're not a big fan of wearing cartoon characters, there are also typography ones available.

Anyhow, the tee shirt isn't the only artistic thing I've done to celebrate the month of my birthday. I also went to Old Navy and picked up some adorable party hats, which happen to be plain colors with gold trim; a perfect canvas! It's been too long since I doodled a kawaii face on something with a marker, so I playfully vandalized each hat, with a face that I think matches the color's feeling for each:

And yes, I plan to wear one, or at least make other people wear them when Rob & I go visit my family then. There ain't no party like a kawaii party!


I'd love to share a freebie with you lovely people, because you're awesome! This is an animated birthday card that I created, and you can share with someone special on their special day.

If you prefer the actual birthday video card without all the blog stuff around it, get it here from my YouTube channel.

Are you also a Pisces mermaid? Then stay tuned to this blog, as soon the horoscope for us will be uploaded ^_^ 

And if your birthday is any time this month, Happy Birthday!!