Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Happy Birthday Animals!

Wow guys!

Isn't it hard to believe that, at least 3 of our Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends, are already a year old today?

On June 19, 2017 - shortly before the end of the #Kawaii365 project, I was deciding what to draw for the day's project. I had already been thinking of some potential hybrids between various animals, and doodled these first 3 characters of the series:

Unicat seems to have stayed pretty well the same (yes, I *am already aware of UniKitty from the Lego movie, as well as the Caticorn design on drinkware - it's a free world and we're all designers with similar thoughts).

Dogosaur got a much bigger head and different face... being part Stegosaurus, he seemed like he needed red eyes.

And Rabbird might be the most significant change, as here, I had her shaped like a potato with no legs, hahaha! Not sure how I planned to get around that one!


Here is a closer-up picture of the original sketches:

Since June 19 last year, these guys have come a long way - 9 more were created, and they have their own blog, a facebook group, merchandise, a Patreon page, two coloring books, a Buzzfeed Quiz, and soon-to-be web comic! 

Also, Rob & I will be voicing them later on, as we move toward possible animation. These cute/weird animals have become an integral part of daily life :)

Look at the subtle changes in each one nowadays. They've come a long way, and they're going further!


Another interesting thing about June 19, is that it's also the birthday of one of my best and longest-running friends, Sabrina! (✿◠‿◠)  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧


To celebrate the 'birthday' of the Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends, please enjoy sharing this kawaii birthday card I animated!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Cutting Back on Coffee

To an addict, it isn't easy to do... 

A caffeine addict, that is. And yes, it is a real thing, especially among people like me with depression issues. I feel tired and 'exhausted' most of the time, and adult life takes a toll, so I self-medicate with hot, fragrant coffee.

Designed by Daryl Januszewski for Etsy

I should not be describing coffee in such a nice way though, since lately it feels like it's been trying to kill me! In May of last year, I had to go to the ER because of an issue likely caused by higher blood pressure, partly caused by too much coffee. You can read about it here. The Red Deer Regional Hospital is amazing, and their staff are the tops!

Anyhow, during this time of last year, I was scared enough (especially with my husband's advice) to cut back on coffee, and I did.... for awhile. Then, time went on, I slowly forgot about the seriousness of this issue, and I let stress take over my life again, and began self-medicating with one of my favorite warm beverages - coffee. 

As you can see, I've loved this beverage for so long now, that it's even become a muse in my art. This sounds like a really radical thing to say about a beverage, but it's actually become a huge part of my lifestyle, to the point that I purchase clothes based on it, have coffee shop loyalty/points cards, etc. 

However, now it feels like a sort of PSA time. I'd like to help you guys maybe not make the same mistake I did. The mistake I made was not drinking coffee - it an awesome drink, and one of the most popular, worldwide - my mistake, was not knowing when to stop. Here are some of the symptoms, side effects and behaviors that you need to watch for:

Feeling a 'need' for coffee to get through the day.
Not wanting to get out of bed until thinking about how coffee would help (depression).
Feeling really irritable without a recent caffeine 'fix' - then after having one, becoming even more irritable, cranky, etc, creating a cycle.
Having frequent upset stomach ('acidity'), heartburn, nausea, or indigestion.
Trouble falling asleep at night, or even being able to relax in the evening.
Finding yourself drinking upward of 3 cups per day.
Having 'jitters' or shakes, some of which severe.
Heart palpitations, racing heart or feeling high blood pressure.
Difficulty focusing, feeling tired or having 'brain fog'.
Having a 'crash & burn effect' when the caffeine wears off.
Being very irritable or even standoffish with other people (this was a huge wakeup call for me, when multiple people, including Rob, told me I came across as being rude & selfish when I've been drinking coffee).
Signs of dehydration, including painful kidneys, lethargy, infrequent urination, lightheadedness, even bad breath sometimes.
☕ Heightened blood pressure is dangerous, because in addition to possibility of strokes & heart attacks, there is also increased bleeding.

The above are all things I've actually felt, done and gone through. I want to share these with you to keep you from suffering some of these same issues. As you read from my article in May of last year, heavy bleeding (caused by higher blood pressure) could've ended my life, and thankfully it didn't. Also, I've caused my own misery on the nights I'm sitting in bed with a 'puke bucket' at 1am, as I shake violently. And the most personally painful, is the feedback from people I care about - I've become an unlikeable asshole. I really don't want to lose the people I care about most, so this is something I need to change! I've got the power to change, and so do you [if you're wanting to cut back on coffee]. 

Now I'm going to share 4 helpful tips with you:

1) Try to keep coffee out of your house, to cut back on the temptation.
2) Start your day with a refreshing cup of water (drink the whole thing shortly after waking).
3) When you do go for coffee, try to get it in the late morning (around your first work break of the day) and then 'nurse' it for awhile... keep it to just that one. When you enjoy it slowly (especially if you need to microwave it), it feels like more than one cup ;)
4) To keep energy up throughout the day, exercise! Or watch a funny video, dance, sing, go for a beautiful walk, laugh with a friend, or do some light chores to get your energy back.

Giving up our reliance on a substance, an outside source, is a step in the right direction for our mental health. You can do it!

Daryl J.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Kawaii Liquid Eyeliner - A Belated Review Wednesday

Hi everyone, and welcome to another [belated] Review Wednesday! (✿◠‿◠)

 Today we'll have a brief review of this kawaii girl eyeliner that I got off of Amazon. For a homely girl, I really do love makeup and of course I love anything this cute!

First, I did a quick application video:

Sorry for it being so rushed - just as a busy person, half the battle is finding time to do stuff like this. I kept the rest of my face naked on purpose so there was no competing makeup that might take the attention off the eye liner ≧◡≦

So first, let's get the awkward close-ups out of the way, lol haha. I swept it on with a vague 'crescent moon' shape (rounded and pointing up at outer corners). Also, because I have small eyes, it's not advisable for me to let the eyeliner go right to the inner corners of the eye...

The brush was a little harder than expected, and slightly scratchy. That's okay though - I'm only saying it feels firmer on my lids, because I'm mentally comparing it to another liquid eyeliner I have, which has a very soft, pliable brush. This kawaii one is still able to 'sweep' the lid!

Anyway, in a way, this look is a more subtle take on the classic cat eye.

I bought this, because her simple and elegant cuteness was too much to resist!

I mean, just look at the beautiful details on her dress...

And those tiny, pink lips - squee!

The details on the back - small and hard to zoom in on, so here are the details:

The company is called YANQINA, they are a beauty/cosmetic company that operates out of China, and you can order online from them, here: YANQINA eyeliner dolls

I admit, before opening this, I made a false assumption that her entire 'hair' would come off. Instead, just the lid comes off and does not leave her 'bald'. You can see the line now.

Here are some other varieties of her:

I also noticed, when the bottle moves, this one has a shaker/mixer - reminds me of older bottles of nail polish and brings back memories (whatever happened to those little metal beads, anyway...?)

Anyways, thank you so much for finding time to sit with me today and learn more about these kawaii lil' eyeliner dolls by YANQINA! I'll definitely be making good use of this one ^_^

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Hello Kitty Candy Tin - A Belated Review Wednesday

Hi all!

Thank you for tuning in here today, and sorry it's a day late. As they say - 'Better late than never, right?'

So today's 'Review Wednesday' is a Hello Kitty candy tin. I bought it for about $4 at Sunrise Records [here in Red Deer, Alberta].

The thing that really drew me to this one, was her colorful, Mexican-style 'mask face' (made me think of the movie Coco). This style has a tie to Dia de Muertos celebrations. As a spiritual person and open-minded skeptic of the supernatural, this appeals to me.

And on the back, is the manufacturer/distributor information: 

I was surprised to find that the candies inside, are orange, green and blue - there must be cultural significance to this, as per the overall style. I thought they might've been red or pink:

When you look closer, you can see that the candies are flower-shaped... which again, ties into the cultural style significance (like the flowers around her eyes):

And when I tasted them, they were all slightly sour, with a good deal of 'sweet'. Each color tasted pretty well the same (in most times, that's the case. It's just something I check for with multi-colored candies).  Now, this tin and her remaining candies, can sit in the same drawer as the nail polish which I use for adding some sparkle to Christmas cards which I make & sell.

Thank you for enjoying a [belated] Review Wednesday with me today... if you'd like a candy tin like this one, they are available at most Sunrise Records stores.

Daryl J.

Happy Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

As you know, today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, and that's cause for celebration! Especially if you're in a hot part of the world and enjoying a very warm June 7th.


And if you're familiar with Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends, then you might already know how excited Elefox is today, now that he can freely indulge in his favorite treat!

See his full blogpost here


Friday, 25 May 2018

Taurus Horoscope

Hi Taurus friends! Sorry this post is so belated - there were a few personal factors and all I can say is, thank you for the patience, and I'm terribly embarrassed! 


Taurus (April 20-May 20) – You tend to be an enigma to a lot of people, because people born between these dates tend to be an embodiment of both quiet/intellectual and outgoing/physical. It really just depends on some factors, such as: Who you’re with, how tired you are (or your mood in general), and where you are (party vs. work). So you could just as easily kill it at soccer as you could finish a good book in one day.

Many people who know you, find this combination of brain and body to be quite alluring. That is paired with your naturally strong features and intense eyes, which naturally inspire trust and attraction in others. To top that off, you have an impeccable sense of style (like the 70s singer Cher) and are always on fleek. You’ve always been great with numbers (you’d make a great banker!) so you are a naturally hard worker because you want to save. So your high-fashion outfits are often bought in thrift shops or even made with your own creativity.

In addition to being great with knowing how to earn and save your money, you are also every boss’ dream employee. You’re a fast learner, patient & tolerant, willing to work long hours and rarely call to take time off. It’s not surprising to see your face in every ‘Employee of The Month’ picture ^_^

As a friend, Taurus persons are reliable and honest, and comfortable enough with emotions that you can be an excellent shoulder to cry on when needed. You have the immense patience to sit on the phone and listen to a troubled friend. As a lover, you are incredibly loyal and romantic, as well as very erotic and sensual – one of the true masters of seduction.

Best sign compatibility: Sensual people like Pisces, Virgo, other Taurus and Capricorn.

Celebs who share your sign: Cher, Penelope Cruz, Enrique Iglesias, George Lucas.

Colors associated with you: Deep shades, such as brown and very deep blue.

Best idea for a pet: A loyal cat or small dog, preferably soft and fluffy.

You can get some cute printable wall art from Etsy here:

Or, you could also get a super cute tee from RedBubble here:

And again, thank you so much for your patience!
xoxo, Daryl J.