Hello, everyone! I had a really lovely outing today. It was raining hard (a tropical storm is passing by this weekend) so Christopher dropped me off at Dollar Tree before work, and I took a car back. It felt so nice out with the rain. It was early, too, and I’d gotten up at 6:00am so most of my chores were done when we left the house shortly past 8:30am. I felt very happy and light.
This was my outfit for this rainy day! 🐸☔️ I didn’t actually take my Build-A-Bear bearlien with me, but I held them for the photo because I love them so much.
I was rocking a bit of subtle pride with my new Pride month kandi necklace and pan socks. 🌈✨💕
I only went to Five Below and Dollar Tree, but I found SO so many things, I was so very happy!
On a weird random note, I saw this at Five Below. You’re welcome. 🧀
(I really wanted to know if they tasted like cheese, but not for $4.00.)
After shopping there and at Dollar Tree, I went inside Publix for a small lunch and ate it outside watching the absolute downpour and reading Twitter. 🍗🥤
Then I came home with the groceries and all my treasures, which I’d like to share with you now. First in my haul is this whole bunch of Arthur stuff! It’s all from Dollar Tree.
I intend to paint the suncatcher with Poscas, and probably the canvas too. Some stuff is for relaxing, one of the books is for my library, while the other two are for scrapbooking. Might use the Colorforms for that as well.
Next, and one of my favorite things, is this massive variety of playing cards and flash cards:
Cards such as these are one of my favorite scrapbooking/collage tools! There’s Disney, Fisher Price/Little People, Dr. Seuss, Crayola, animals, dinosaurs, nature, and more!
Next, here’s some Arthur and Berenstain Bears puzzles!
Believe it or not I use this for scrapbooking as well. 😁
More scrapbooking supplies —a few cute greeting cards; rainbow, snail and space squirrel cutouts (can you imagine my luck?!) and a little book with very nice pages for making my collages:
These next ones were very interesting and I had never seen them before. Fantasy, dinosaur and space felt scenes by Crayola! 🌈✨ Will probably be used for scrapbooking as well.
Here’s some cute stickers ✨💕
Next is this dry-erase pocket. I wanted it to hold my daily to-do list!
Which, by the way; looks like this:
And now… for the real treasures… the Jurassic World Dominion goodies!!
Finally, FINALLY found some!! 😭💕💕💕 The photo speaks for itself! There’s a mini dry-erase board, a velvet art poster, figurines, a towel, Captivz eggs, and stickers! Here is a close-up of one of my favorite finds:
And of the Kinder Joy “egg”:
The figure in the Kinder Joy egg was honestly a real disappointment but I was still so excited to find it anyway. A much better prize are these coins from the much bigger eggs I shared recently, which come with some really good gummies too!
The coins are just like the Mario Wonder Ball ones (same company). Heavy, real metal. Beautiful!
I’ll end this photo set with a final pic of Squeak, the candy warden! 🐊🌈✨
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have a very lovely evening and weekend!
Happy Sunday, everyone! More and more, you can feel spring in the air. Of course, with it also approaches hurricane season, and since it’s Florida, unbearable heat. Still, I try to find enjoyment in the changes.
This was a very busy week. Less art got done, but it was productive in other ways. I felt pretty unwell and cranky on the weekend due to my period and the hecticness that surrounded it, but I’m trying to do my best.
🌈 Monday 🌈
Monday I worked on art, on chores, played a little more of my Code: Realize fandisc, and I went out for a long walk. The weather was lovely, I felt pretty happy.
I had a pretty colorful outfit on this day, which included one of the designs I created myself for ODU:
During my walk, a tree I often come across was in full bloom, the floor completely covered in its flowers. It was a pretty sight.
At the store I got a new drying mat since our current one doesn’t really match the kitchen:
And, as it often happens when the spring items come out, I got my hands on two snail items! A decorative towel…
…and my favorite, a little welcome stone! I placed it next to all the other snail things:
I walked for like three hours, and came home starving. So I had a snack of crackers with pate and cheese, strawberries, and a little wine:
I also acquired these hilarious little alien things to have fun with later during the week:
Here’s a little random something from last week which I forgot to share. Diesel arrived! The box he came in is really, really nice:
The face design is wonderful, it’s very encouraging to see how much they’ve listened to customer feedback on the new line.
Next week the others should be arriving, I’m very excited about that.
🌈 Tuesday 🌈
On Tuesday I placed an order for some items I want to bring during the (sometimes quite long) car rides that happen every weekend. My husband and our partner always sit in the front, so I’m a bit bored in the back seat. I do love the seating arrangement, as it makes me feel very small and happy. It definitely appeals to my inner child. But I want to make it more fun and cozy to be there, and to that end, I ordered these things:
I also got a pink trash container (not pictured). The other things, as you can see, are a seatbelt cover (because it really digs into my shoulder sometimes) a lap desk for my iPad/coloring books/sketchbooks, etc, and an organizer with a little tray. You’ll see a bit further down how I used it.
On this day the little aliens or “soots” as Christopher calls them began popping up all over the house:
They are still being discovered 😁
Also, two games arrived. The one I am most excited about is the collector’s edition of Rune Factory 5! And the other one is Grow: Song Of The Evertree.
🌈 Wednesday 🌈
I can tell in retrospective that Wednesday is the day I started to get REALLY cranky from PMS. I think we were all cranky this week, and I feel that it is my own crankiness kinda being passed around like a cold, so I feel responsible. 😞 But good things happened anyway.
First, I have a very cute photo of Kotoko being harassed:
We went to a very flat and blah park on this day. It did have an interesting rock formation, so at least I took a photo of that:
The park was otherwise boring and not one I want to return to. But this was the first time our partner made an attempt at running since hurting his ankle so badly, and the fact that he could do it without issues was a major highlight of the day as it had been a lingering worry all this time.
In the evening, I felt too crappy to make dinner, so I whined my way into having another Happy Meal while the Mario Kart toys are still available, and this was provided, in spite of me being such a pain in the ass this week. It cheered me up a lot.
For the toy, I got Peach!
🌈 Thursday 🌈
Thursday I went on my longest walk of the week. I walked for about three and a half hours. Here’s a squirrel I saw on the way to Walmart:
On the way back, it had started to sprinkle. These crows were eager to drink the drops, and stood with their beaks open and heads upturned:
I got a few things at Walmart. A black dress, a Yu Yu Hakusho shirt for me and a Cowboy Bebop one for Christopher (Walmart is getting to be really good for anime shirts) some bows, a new blanket and a Turning Red blind box:
I was hoping to get Mei’s panda form but I got this… oh well lol.
After I got home we went out to dinner and then to a huge liquor store to get wine for tomorrow.
🌈 Friday 🌈
Friday evening was really nice! It was the long awaited Kirby release day. As soon as Christopher got home, I had a spread of snacks and wine and his coffee all set up.
It was just him and our partner playing co-opt while I watched and drank my entire bottle of wine, but that suited me fine!
Rosie joined us:
The game was my mom’s birthday present for Christopher. He really liked it.
Once they were done playing and my bottle of wine was totally polished off, I went to drunkenly make dinner. I made way too much and destroyed the kitchen in the process, but it was pretty good:
🌈 Saturday 🌈
Saturday was our weekly adventure day, and a LOT of fun! I got to use my new little setup for the first time. Now I can play my Switch without getting car sick:
You can’t see it here, but my little pink trash can hangs from the other seat. I also have a colorful pillow and my blanket in the back seat, and a coloring book in the pocket of the passenger seat. It feels very cozy.
The first stop was lunch. I had a hot dog. Christopher even went to the car to get Mignon for me so I could take this picture. When he does little things like that for me it makes me so happy.
Next stop was a record store, where Christopher bought me this World Of Warcraft soundtrack CD and Free To Be You And Me vinyl record:
We walked around a sorta ritzy but pretty dead mall. It made for some nice liminal pictures:
After that we went to Barnes & Noble. It was a particularly nice B&N, with TONS of toys. I bought this book while we were there:
As a lover of their Seekers bear series, I was very excited to find another Erin Hunter series about bears. But when I began to flip through it, after purchase, I noticed a vibe that was much more Warriors than Seekers. I guess we will see.
When he and my husband came back to find me, our partner had a little flower for me. I later gave the flower to Mignon. Unfortunately for my bunny, the flower had multiple ant residents, which then became residents of Mignon.
After the bookstore we went to a wonderful vintage toy store. I was too tired by this point to get pics, though.
At home I had an early dinner with Mignon and played a bit more of the Code Realize fandisc.
Mignon got into the cookies…
Overall a pleasant and happy Saturday. Today ended up being super stressful though, since our entire house is being repainted. The painters are coming tomorrow, so today was dedicated to moving anything that can be in their way. I also spent hours working on my bookkeeping, for taxes, had cramps all day, and this week I have an appointment with the social security office and I have to pack to visit my mom for her birthday.
It was a cranky and tiring day for the three of us and I guess this coming week may be a bit stressful still. So art may be slower and I may be quieter overall. Please bear with me.
I’ll see you next week with another weekly summary post, or maybe sooner if I can manage to sneak a post in!
Today is finally over. It was an incredible, wonderful day! Christopher and I are both so exhausted we can hardly move or think straight. We had a lovely time with our friend doing all sorts of fun things, but I don’t think what we were doing mattered that much, just that we were together.
We really missed the sorts of days we’ve been having. I think we both thought at times maybe days like these were gone permanently. And, the exact way these days used to be, is in fact gone. Things change, those are memories. But I think these are even happier days and happier memories. I want to make so many more.
My day was off to a good start right from the get-go. I took my walk and came across a squirrel friend who had a big nut:
After my walk I did all my chores and changed into the outfit I prepared for today. I felt pretty cute in it.
Then I played Legend of Mana and worked on today’s warm-up while we waited for our friend to arrive to spend the day with us. Christopher also showed me a bunch of fun YouTube videos and we enjoyed that little time together.
Finally our friend was there and we headed out to a train store I’d long wanted to take Christopher to, but it was shut down for COVID until recently. I brought Heidi along today!
The train place certainly was fun, I took a lot of pictures:
They had a bunch of Thomas items but no Thomas Wood or Thomas Wooden Railway. However, these O-Gauge of James made my heart leap. I wish I could have bought either of them, I just love James so much.
But, I’ll always have my little wooden James, the first train Christopher ever bought me, on our outing to the train museum, and he will always be very special to me.
After the train store, our friend took us to a French place he knew well. It had a lovely atmosphere and the food was amazing (in particular, the cheese plate we started with) but service was rather poor. They were having a party, and it slowed things down to the point that we didn’t get our cheese plate until the 35 minute mark, maybe longer? And our main meal 15 minutes after that or so. We were so desperately hungry by then.
I forget what I ate… some sort of crépe. It was good and that’s all that matters.
After this, we went to the house to hang out a little. Christopher napped while we checked the needed ingredients for dinner. Then we woke him up and dragged him out with us to shop for what we were missing.
I helped my best with dinner, while Christopher and our friend took care of the meat –the hard part– and some other stuff. I prepared rice (poorly, Christopher had to save it) and made pretty good chimichurri.
The picaña was amazing:
Here it is served with the rice and beans:
And a final photo of it by itself (no Heidi) for good measure. It was so good, I can’t post just one!
I am WAY too full. But, my heart is also full. I feel so loved and looked after, and so happy. In a little bit I’m gonna be watching anime with Christopher while we cuddle, and then I’ll be falling asleep with these warm happy feelings. Tomorrow I’ll wake up full of energy and start the day with my walk… then the lawn… then some art. It’s a good life lately.
Hello again! 👋 I hope everyone had a good day! Mine was great, even if I overslept as I mentioned earlier. Hopefully tomorrow I won’t sleep in! 😅
I felt extremely cute today. 😌 Also, it’s only two weeks til fall, so screw it, I’m using Halloween frames because purple:
Before making our dinner, I went out for a walk about an hour before sunset. The weather was actually nice, temperature wise! There was a cool breeze. Of course the downside was that for half of that time it was raining, as in, absolutely pouring, with strong winds and lots of thunder and lighting. Still, it felt like SUCH good snail weather! So I visited that spot again, and…
BEHOLD! I am victorious on my latest snail hunt!
It is not smart really, to go out in such weather, but I felt so cute with my jumper and my goat-patterned boots and my rainbow umbrella on one hand, and my little critter-keeper swinging on the other, snail hunting. Walking right into puddles of fast running water with such nice boots is a very nice “Little” feeling. 🥰
Here’s the new gang. Snails are simple creatures. Placed upon food after their ordeal, they immediately eat. I love them and their two brain cells.
I did lots of chores today and finished the daily warm-up too. Now that I’ve had dinner I’m doing my best to finish drinking my daily water, then we can watch anime (currently watching Lovely Complex) and finally, go to bed with my current book to get a little closer to the end of War In Hagwood! Maybe I’ll even finish it.
Goodnight, everyone. I’ll be here again tomorrow with some more nonsense.
It was a good one, for sure! Here’s my outfit for the day. We went to lunch at Chuy’s earlier, then I enjoyed another long walk by myself. I’m not sure if the weather became more tolerable or if I finally decided that I was getting just too depressed indoors. My clothes were literally drenched in sweat upon my return. But, I am happy, and I enjoyed wearing this even though it was a bit warm:
More urban wildlife spotted. He was big!
As I mentioned, Blue came in! Here she is:
I love her! I gotta get around to posting a video of all her cool sounds and movements.
My preorder of Kitaria Fables also came in, as I mentioned yesterday. I can’t wait to play it!
During my walk I came across this shirt at Five Below. I was bummed they didn’t have my size, it was the only one left, but I got it anyway to use as a sleepshirt. I always need more of those!
I bought other clothes during my walk. It was a very rare moment of seeing something in a store window and almost screaming. I’m very picky with clothes since as you know I have a completely bizarre wardrobe. Now, these items I won’t post just yet. I’ll share them as I create outfits with them. 😏
I sold more commissions today, and, and… something AMAZING happened!!
It’s done!! It’s DONE!! 🥳🎊🎉🎈 Now I don’t owe my friend any more money. I can start saving to look after my mom!
I also finished the daily warm-up and now I have a giant pile of chores to tackle… but I feel happy and full of energy. I can’t wait to greet the day tomorrow! I feel like I can do anything! ✊
I got suddenly taken to the mall by Christopher and he bought me new skirtalls?! What?! 😭😭😭
Really wasn’t expecting today to go in this direction, I’m losing my s**t from utter delight!
That aside –I completed all the YCHs today! Over the past 30 days I have done 42 commissions/gift art, some fairly complex and with multiple characters. I’m not counting multiple book illustrations in that! Holy crap. I’ve never been so happy or confident in my artistic abilities before. Thank you for supporting me on my journey!
Hi hi, everyone! 👋 Yesterday was pretty fun. After breakfast, some house chores and yard work, Christopher and I picked up our friend and the three of us went to IKEA. I brought Anise with me and put together a new outfit!
We had swedish meatballs and such for lunch and then walked around. I found some wild snail art on a fridge!
My main goal for this outing was to measure some bunk beds, see them in person, and decide which one I’m going to put in my studio. In the end, I settled for this one:
The upper area will be mostly for my stuffed animals, except in cases where I really need to have someone there. But that will not be its primary purpose. Anyway, it was out of stock, which I expected. It should be coming back later this month.
Totally unrelated but one of the Bluey showrunners or something (verified account) liked one of my tweets with a Bluey plush and a freaking ODU ONESIE on it and I had a moment of both glee and utter panic:
I was happy and also had an urge to block him out of sheer panic. It was like “He noticed me!!” 😀 “NOOO PLEASE DON’T NOTICE MY CRINGE” 😱
Anyhow, that’s it for today. I did also gets plenty more commission progress done. Hopefully my goals of posting all overdue work this week can be reached! Goodnight, everyone.
Yesterday afternoon, before our date night, Christopher drove me around for a little bit so I could take care of some errands. I wore my new dino shirt for the first time. I love it!
My errands were all fun ones. I went to JoAnn where I was both delighted and a bit eye-rolly at all the Pride stuff. Michaels, Target, JoAnn, have all embraced this. Unsurprisingly, Hobby Lobby has not. You can find some very obviously pride rainbow ribbon, but I think they just consider that “rainbow” and that’s it. However, particularly Target and JoAnn, carry items with the newer, updated Pride flag, with the Trans and Ace flags, and I know, I KNOW it’s all capitalist pandering, but at the end of the day it still makes me happy.
So now I have another pair of Pan socks, a more random rainbow hearts pair of socks, and that’s actually all I bought in that regard though I enjoyed seeing everything else they carried.
I bought their last two bags of Alpha beads because I’m determined to make necklaces for all my toys and stuffies that do not have them before this week is over. The paw and candy beads I’ll probably use for stuff for myself… the bells are for my stuffies too.
After JoAnn we went to Petsmart together, where I bought several toys for the cats (well, really, it’s for Tomoyo, whom I’m trying to shower with love and attention.) Then we went to Kimchi Mart and I got a whole bunch of yummy goodies.
In the evening we had a leisurely dinner, and then watched The Blair Witch Project, which I had never seen. It was pretty damn good. It was a wonderful night together, just the two of us. Watching horror movies with Christopher is one of my most favorite things.
Here is what I made for myself with my new beads today (Friday), having finally had a chance for some “me” time. A bracelet and a new necklace:
I also finally made necklaces for all my toys as planned. No one is unnamed. It’s a small indulgent activity but it really fills me with happiness.
Later in the day, my Amazon package with the new drawer-sorting things arrived. I forget what you call them, but my socks and underwear are nicely sorted now:
I can’t really say why, but this sort of thing is very relaxing for me, it’s kinda like… defragmenting my brain. Remember when defragging your hard drive was a thing you had to do? 😁 It feels like that. I’m also in the process of sorting all my necklaces and bracelets. ✨
That’s it for this post… hope everyone has a great weekend!
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