Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Celebrating A 1-Year Anniversary

Hi everyone, today is an exciting day (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Though it's hard to believe, today marks the one year (already!) since I completed the year-long, cute art project dubbed Kawaii365. If you live in Red Deer, you might remember seeing random 'cute art' in public places around the city, including stickers, doodles on random objects, and even charms made from clay!

You can see my very first [of the 365 of them] at this link here - http://kawaii365.blogspot.com/2016/07/first-one-of-365.html

I know, it's shocking that it's from 2016... when I first started this blog, it was motivated by reading that book, Unstuck, by Noah Scalin, that Rob & I won at that adult coloring event at our library.

Excitedly, I jumped in head-first and just wanted to 'go for it'. Truthfully, I wasn't sure if anyone would even notice me doing this project... even if I just did it for the sake of doing it, and it never got known, that was okay. At the time, this blog only had a handful of total views... in fact, I celebrated when we hit around 500. That was super-exciting! Now, this blog has seen nearly 26,000! Yay!

One of the most major highlights, was getting this project featured on the author's blog, surprisingly not that far into this project... I'm super glad that happened, because it inspired me and motivated me to keep it up for the entire year! See it here: https://makesomething365.blogspot.com/2016/07/kawaii365.html

The year flew by really quick, and though there were admittedly days when I felt less motivated, I literally never decided to 'put it off' or skip a day. This project was great for mental health (I deal with depression, anxiety and minor ADHD symptoms) because it made me accountable. This gave me an actual goal to work toward, and something that was all my own, and was a great outlet to express feelings, thoughts, ideas and other things happening in my life at the time...

Anyway, for the very last project (#365), I used a shoebox and some random leftovers from the stuff I bought at Dollar Tree, and made a miniature museum dedicated to the previous year. Around this time, I had also started my Patreon Page,  and shared it on there, too.

Let's look at the museum's first video and second video, one year apart...

Anyway, realizing exactly one year has gone by already, blows my mind. I still recall the nervous excitement I felt while being interviewed to be featured in a couple of local publications here in our city: 


In other news, 

Rob & I visited a cat café today, and they happened to have Kitten Tuesday. Here are some clips from our adorable experience (✿ )

Thank you, domo arigato! 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Double Feature Friday!

Hello lovely friends ≧◡≦

First of all, I'd like to sincerely thank you guys for your patience with me. When this blog began in the Summer of 2016 (about 2 years ago now), I had basically promised to be more 'present' with you... to keep you entertained, as you come back to this cute blog again & again, to enjoy more stuff.

And yet, as a 30-year-old person, adulting has kept me so busy, that sadly, this blog - my baby! - often seems to take a back burner and that's not cool. So as I squeeze in time (even before bed or early in the morning before work), I appreciate that you still come back here, even when it's been weeks since the last post. Thank you!

Okay so, Feature Fridays were a really big thing here on this blog for some time, and one of my favorite things for quite awhile, was to reach out to others in the 'kawaii' community, whether they be fellow artists, musicians, bloggers, fashion moguls, YouTubers or super fans of the culture.

My life is going to get even busier than usual, since soon I'm taking a cartooning course at the college to improve my skills for the Zoo'd Animal Hybrid Friends. So this will be one of the last Feature Fridays for awhile... and because my 'to-do' book has become back-logged, I'm doubling this one.

First up is a super cute YouTube channel I found accidentally awhile back, and she goes by Nightcore Stern. This channel is so nice because she adds a 'cute' element to classic pop songs, by speeding them up and adding some fun K-Pop style overlays, and if you're okay with very high soprano voices, then you'll also appreciate this. The thing that really gets me happy about this channel, is the cute anime-looking characters that are used as the background visuals for each song/video. Here is an example:

And in the interest of keeping things quick here, our next runner-up is a cute travel site called 'Our Kawaii Tokyo'. I like it because - though I haven't yet had a chance to visit Japan - this site is informative and sweet, with ideas on things to do when visiting. It's run by two girls named Ashley and Kaila, based in Japan and in the Philippines. Definitely worth checking out!

From the Our Kawai Tokyo blog

Thank you for checking out this fun post, and watch for more coming soon! Even when you don't see anything new from me in awhile, be sure that this blog - and you - are always on my mind! 

Daryl J.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Hello Kitty Train

Konnichiwa everyone! 

Or should I be saying, 'All aboooooard!'

Today's article is about a super cute train that I just read about in a local newspaper, here in Alberta. My husband Rob knows I adore Hello Kitty, so he showed me this article.

Anyway, sadly this train is not available in Alberta - I really wish it was! It's actually in Fukuoka, Japan. This awesome and kawaii train will begin service on June 30, which is tomorrow already! Boy the citizens sure are lucky!

Not surprisingly, tickets for this are already sold out. 

The outside of the bullet train is pink & white with pictures of Hello Kitty on the sides, and the interior is gentle and comfortable, with a subtle Hello Kitty theme. In car 2 (from the front), there is a statue of Hello Kitty available for tourists to pose with. I'm looking forward to Instagram exploding with selfies from this train (ノヮ)ノ*:・゚✧

It will operate one round trip a day from Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station. This sounds like something worth checking out, if you're ever heading to Japan.

Here is a slightly closer picture of the newspaper article: 

Sorry it is kind of blurry. Our camera has a million settings and I often struggle to find 'the right one'.

Thank you so much for reading here, today!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Cute and Practical Gifts

Hi everyone!

Hope you are well? (✿◠‿◠)

As you know, Rob & I were recently at The Market here in Red Deer. There was a lot of art available in a variety of popular formats, primarily coloring pages, fridge magnets, and greeting cards. The coolest thing about the greeting cards is that just recently, all 12 signs became available in birthday cards - so get that cute Cancer-crab a personalized card!

Each card has it's own personalized caption inside

Our table started out looking very nice at the beginning of the day. 

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Then the rain came...

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 Sadly, this meant that the items ended up spending the majority of the day, in shelter... and some even got wet! à²¥_ಥ

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Now everything is in clear-out mode! The greeting cards are ALL now only $1 - this includes all the new astrology birthday cards, the original birthday cards, thank you cards and all Christmas card designs. They need to go!

The magnets are now all only 50c - hurry, because they are popular. Same goes for the coloring pages (3 kawaii styles and 2 sea-themed ones available); they are 50c and go quickly, so hurry.

The book marks are now gone.

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These are a great idea for little thank you gifts, or 'just because' gifts... or heck, they can be add-ons to a gift basket or a fun treat for yourself! (´Ï‰`)


In addition, the paintings are still for sale and received minimal water damage from that silly rain! Each of these painting was originally set at $40, but since the rain, you can have them for only $15 each. 

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If you are in Red Deer, the transaction can be in person. If you are not in Red Deer, Alberta - then let me know and we can set up a transaction, specific to you, on Etsy ðŸ˜ 



My husband Rob is a collector of some really cool local history books. They are coveted, and if you are interested in any of them, he will make you a deal. He also has some DVDs and a CD or 2 in this treasure trove. To get something cool and one-of-a-kind, email Rob at thebear104@hotmail.com to set up a time to come look :D

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Thank you!