Saturday, February 15, 2014

Unplanned Trips and More Crocheting

Hello pixies! (From now on I'll be calling strangers/bloghoppers pixies) =D

Hope everything's well with you, whoever you are and wherever you may be. I've got lots of things to talk about, with some pictures to make my blog entry look like it's not text-heavy.

So a week ago, last Saturday to be exact, I met up with my college friends. Last time we saw each other was days before the end of 2013. During that time, we made plans to see each other as often as possible this year. That means a meet-up once a month or once every two months.

Last month, I sent them individual messages confirming their "availability" dates. We came up with a February meetup which is supposed to be an art session. This art session is sort of a way for us to hone our artistic skills. So we decided the place and time.

But, during the actual meetup day, one of us came up with the idea to check out the National Museum. Guess what? We immediately agreed because it will be fun to go on a field trip with no reason at all. We're not doing it for a project but for fun and it will be a bonding experience for all of us. 

We checked if the museum is open on Saturdays and we were in luck, it was! So we hailed a cab and we were off to our destination.

There were lots of things to see and it will take a LOT of time if I'm to explain it one by one. In place of explanations, I'm sharing to you some of the pictures I took during the National Museum trip:

The Philippine eagle is half my size!

Our main goal when we went there is to look at the original Spoliarium painting made by Juan Luna. Luckily we have found it.

My friends and I also can't resist posing for some pics.It's actually permitted as long as we don't touch any of the stuffs on display.

After a long afternoon of roaming around inside the museum, we decide to have dinner. Our original plan is to drop by Manila Zoo but we only have an hour before its closing time. So we went straight to Harbor Square instead (near Manila Bay and CCP) and from there we had our dinner and dessert.

It was a fun night. These girls are like my sisters and I'm so happy to have spent a fun afternoon and evening with them. Our next meet will be on the first day next month. It will be our post-Valentine's meet.

Now, there are also other stuffs that I recently made. One of them is, surprise, surprise, and amigurumi. This time I got inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's famous created character Totoro. The one in the picutre below is already in the hands of my 9-year old niece but I am also selling another one on my etsy store.

The price is a bit higher because I find that in amigurumi, the smaller the size is, the harder to make it. Hopefully someone who's obsessed with Totoro will find and decide to buy it.

Aside from this Totoro amigurumi,another thing that kept me occupied was  a commissioned work by my friend Nanz to make a Despicable Me Minion inspired hat for her MSD size ball-jointed doll. It turned out good and I'm glad she liked it. I still have it with me so I'll give it to her on our next dinner meet which is before the month ends.

I'm also posting here a sock monkey hat for SD size BJD which is for sale on my shop.

The doll modeling the hat here is my very own BJD Fritz. His face-up was done by my friend Mari. Check her instagram account if you want to commission her for BJD face-ups - @kyophile

I guess that's all I have to say for now. It's time for me to catch up with some series and check some emails.
Have a good day and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Monday, February 3, 2014

It's Fab Feb

Manila weather is slightly shifting from super cold to super hot. This means that summer is fast approaching. I don't have any summer vacation plans so I've been thinking of things to do to occupy my time. Anyway enough about summer, let me share what I did last weekend.  I spent most of my time bonding with my niece. I haven't seen her since last Christmas and I missed her so much. I taught her how to play chess and we also played game apps from my phone and tablet.

So the month of February started few days ago, and at the beginning of the month I wrote an article about Gifts for Men. I discovered a lot of items that I myself wanted. I'm not a guy but there are some items I mentioned there that can be given to ladies like me as well especially if you're into games, books, and gadgets. For those who want to have ideas on what to give on cupid's favorite day, head over to my hubpage account linked at the sidebar.

Alright, if you've read my other posts, you'll know that I'm fond of amigurumi nowadays. My first attempt was a success and so I continued doing so. I made some revisions on the bunny pattern to make a bear ears instead of bunny ears and I'm proud of its outcome.

These two are of the size of a key chain or key charm which I'll be giving as gifts for friends. However I didn't put any hook because these will be used as doll props. I decided to start selling these kinds of amigurumi in my etsy shop so if you're interested, watch out for it.

I also searched for crochet free patterns for amigurumi projects and found an easy owl pattern for beginners like me.
Since I don't have a yellow felt cloth available in my craft kit, I used a crochet thread to make the beak part instead. I'm happy that it turned out okay and it still looks like an owl.

If you want the amigurumi pattern for this one or other free crochet patterns, you can visit this link.

Have a great day! May the odds be ever in your favor!