Friday, 23 June 2017

Windstorm in Red Deer

Hello everyone, I would like to sincerely apologize for the lack of activity on this blog in the last few days. I am working to catch up on the daily art projects and blog posts. We have unfortunately missed a Review Wednesday and a Feature Friday since the windstorm that hit our humble Alberta city on Tuesday night.

Due to a small tornado sweeping through, our computer got fried and we were without it for a little while. In a way it was good, because I was able to catch up more on housework and hobbies, as well as extra time with Rob. On the downside, a lot my income is made from art sales and commissioned work, so now I am a little poorer.

Anyway, I would like to be able to have this blog properly back up and running some time this weekend (Monday at the latest). Despite lack of internet access, I have still been making and photographing the #Kawaii365 art projects for you, and will be happy to share when there is more time.

This evening we are going on a date to Art Battle Championships, and tomorrow I work at my retail job. Thank you so much for your loyalty and patience, it means a lot 💖 😍

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Letters Around The House

Today was about discovery rather than creation.

And that sense of new perspective actually greatly motivates new ideas. This is great news because soon there will be new items in my Etsy shop and RedBubble shop. I'll share when they're live.

So if you're a regular reader of this blog, then you'll know it started by motivation from author and artist Noah Scalin, when I won a copy of his book "Unstuck" from an adult coloring event (thanks to my hubby Rob's idea). And so one of the major projects in this book is called 'Urban Alphabet'. It's where you find all 26 letters (and extras if preferred, like numbers and grammar) in your environment. I had been putting it off because I envisioned it having to be while outside. And then today it dawned on me...

I could do this around the house!!

Can you guess how long it took to photograph all these items?  (Correct guesses will get you a coloring sheet, so let us know what you think is the answer in the comments below).

And if you're curious about what each 'letter' is, then here's a list of each household item:

A - my Eiffel Tower trinket box
B - heart-shaped salt crystal lamp
C - handle to a record player
D - side of electric shaver
E - the side of our front hall table (structure)
F - a toothbrush
G - a roll of clear tape
H - close-up of an H-shaped textile
I - my husband's work tie
J - a small wall hook
K - open pair of scissors
L - hands on a clock (what good timing, haha)
M - piano keys close up
N - a skinny wooden dog figurine
O - a kawaii donut
P - part of a cordless phone bases
Q - the toilet flusher
R - Febreze can close up
S- laundry hook
T- handle of a water jug
U - little hook on back of trash can
V- lampshade
W- close-up of diffuser sticks
X - my keyboard stand
Y - side of a remote caddy
Z - my left foot (in my house sandals)

Wow - it looks like I'm obsessed with the Roman alphabet here!

So for today's #Kawaii365 project, I made the word Kawaii out of the alphabetical items pictured - this was by far one of the cooler and enveloping projects from this book. It took real effort and made me truly think from a different perspective. I got to see our home from a perspective like a visitor or young child. And the photography of totally random stuff was fun too. Aside from drawing, I also enjoy creative processes like photography and photo editing. So please enjoy:

And in other news, there's a new type of yoga sweeping the nation, and it involves baby goats! Whaaaat? It's absolutely true! I recently heard about. At first, I thought it could be scary since goats love to head-butt. But then I saw video coverage of it, and who knew it would be so cute?

Of course, baby goats themselves are super cute (with those energetic little bodies, high-pitched baa's and crazy antics) and with yoga already being very pleasurable, then this isn't surprising. Thank you for sharing this, RM Videos!

Thank you for reading here today - have a great day xoxo

Friday, 16 June 2017

Cute Comedy and New Ideas

Hello, good evening!

It's just after 8pm here in Alberta, Canada and I've been away for almost a couple of days now. I have been feeling 'under the weather' (not sure if very minor food poisoning or IBS symptoms). And after a good nap and some time resting this afternoon after work, I feel better. The Gravol helped too.

While I was thinking, I came up with some cool new ideas for wall art in my Etsy shop, as well as 2 new characters for tee designs in my RedBubble shop. You will see them come to full fruition soon ;)

In the meantime, today's #Kawaii365 project (June 16) is a quick digital sketch of me sitting in bed and having thoughts of new creative concepts. I really like hybrids and fusions...

I like hybrids in animals, hybrids between humans and animals (or humans and robots, aliens, etc.) And I like fusions in food (like Butter Chicken pizza) and in music (pop with hip-hop vocals).

Yesterday's post was missed altogether due to busy-ness and starting to feel unwell. So here also is June 15's #Kawaii365 project:

Today is also Feature Friday!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

And it is a pleasure to feature Fruity Cuties, which is a comedic site filled with kawaii jokes! If you're maybe wondering, 'What are kawaii jokes?' then look here:

So silly, and yet so adorbs!! In many instances, their appearance + descriptions are a play on words, and all of them are based on various food items, not unlike yummy Shopkins!

If animation is more your thing, then you'll enjoy these funny moving puns [below]!

In addition to funny comics, holiday-themed puns, and cute animation, this Fruity Cuties site offers viewers some extra goodies, such as wallpapers.

Preview image

The above is just one of many examples!

And if you so choose, there is also hilariously charming merch. on their store here

Fruity Cuties button badges - Blueberry, Pear, Pumpkin and Lemon (This button badge set is 5 pounds UK, about 8 dollars US).

That's all the time we have for today - remember to be kind to one another, and have a great weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

More Hello Kitty Candy

Hello sweeties!

Yes I did - find even more Hello Kitty candy. That must literally be the best thing to review - it's always fun and sweet 🍓

This time it was from a trip to a convenience store to buy lotto tickets. While Rob was doing that, I perused the candy aisle (I'm 29 and still do that!) - staring back at me was a bright and cheery Hello Kitty bouncy ball, attached to a wand of candy. It was under $3 so I went for it! See the taste test in the video here:

I look 'not-so-pretty' this evening, even with a bit of makeup on, because I've been having congestion and a fever. It's likely just my Spring allergies, or maybe a cold (since I work PT in customer service and so does Rob. We contract a lot of illness from the public).

Anyway, in addition to a tasty-sweet review, I'd also like to share today's #Kawaii365 art project, which is a group of frog friends, inspired by the #OrigamiChallenge - if you'd like to make your own and share them with me, I'd be happy to share them on this blog and social media with your info [so people can see how talented you are] (✿◠‿◠)

So I made all 6 of them by practicing origami skills, and then taped a business card to each one so this project can inspire more people. Also I went to a dollar store and got some 'googly eyes' to make them more endearing and life-like. I can see this becoming a new hobby :)

Thank you for stopping by today to read here! Your love and support means a lot. If you would like to help this blog grow faster and do more (for your entertainment and inspiration), then please see the bottom of this page for the link to Patreon.

Have an awesome day!
Daryl J.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Kawaii Animals

Hello sweet friends!

Today is promising to be busy, so this will be fairly brief 😊

So this morning I worked until about 1pm, and then while I was waiting at the bus stop to go home, it was raining. Glancing at the ground, I noticed a pattern forming on the cement.

It looked like 2 dots for 'eyes' and a tiny Pikachu style nose. Though they were scientifically 'just rain drops', there was an indescribable level of cuteness - so after getting home, I elaborated a little on what was seen outside. I added to the 'nose' and added some pink cheeks.

Because the face was general, I wasn't sure what animal it would go with, so I picked 4 popular kawaii animals, as seen here (and written next to each in Kanji).

From clockwise: A puppy, a bunny, a kitty and a hamster. This was more of a study of features and drawing techniques than a finished product. Just wanted to share!

Well, have an awesome day xoxo

Monday, 12 June 2017

Funny Tee Shirts

Hello sweet lovely friends!

How are you doing today? Let's forget it's Monday for a moment and enjoy a cute kitten video first:

And because today is Monday, we are doing another 'Are They Kawaii?' post v(=∩_∩=)フ

Today we will talk about two amazing men from the popular and superbly talented group Pentatonix. Their names are Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi. They hail from Texas and have been friends for a super long time.

Scott Hoying     Mitch Grassi

When not singing with Pentatonix (also known as PTX), they run a colorful, fun, and charming YouTube channel called Super Fruit (in the URL, the 'e' in Super is stylized as a '3').

I love their videos because they are so down to Earth and yet so full of whimsy! An example is the recent 'Ball Pit' one here:

In the video, Mitch is clearly holding up a beautifully-drawn Moe girl anime poster. Pretty kawaii-hot! I'm also very fond of this Tokyo teaser - EEEEE!!!!

After all that amazingness, do you still have trouble believing these cuties could be considered part of 'kawaii'? Then look at their avatars!

Image result for super fruit and then this one: Image result for super fruit

Some pretty talented artists captured them beautifully!

Now go and enjoy their singing voices!

On a side note, I'm excited to say my 3x mini book lights finally showed up! As per why I need 3 of them, well for that, you'll need to keep following this blog until July 10 of this year. It's a special surprise.

And for today's #Kawaii365 project, I've made 2 distinctly different tee shirt decals. One embodies the sweet, innocent, feminine, girly and gentle side with a strawberry.

And the other shirt? Well it embodies that spicy, passionate, sultry and sassy side!

We all have both of these sides in our personalities [in varying degrees], whether or not we care to admit it ≧◡≦

Which side do you show more of?

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Toonie Swim at the Collicutt Centre

Hello sweet lovelies!

How are you this fine Sunday?

We're going to keep today's #Kawaii365 project fairly brief - we now have less than 1 month for this project. It is so mind-blowing how quickly [almost] a year went by already.

So Rob & I started this morning with a $2/person deal at our local swimming pool 😍 Such a great deal, and it's our favorite pool in Red Deer too. We stayed for an hour and a half.

Then we went for a brief lunch and then to Starbucks, where he got a Frappuccino and a donut, and while I sat with him (I cannot ingest Starbucks coffee for some reason - my body is really intolerant), I drew our fond and recent memories from today.

Treat each other with kindness, and have a nice sleep tonight. Remember, the weekend is only 5 days away from now ;)

Daryl J.