Things I’m currently about

Hobonichi-ing 

I’ve taken to sitting at Starbucks and killing time during lunch. My favorite thing to do is watch YouTube videos (thank you for the free Wi-Fi Starbucks), and decorating my Hobonichi with washi tape. It’s pretty soothing, and definitely stress relieving. Decorating with washi is a way for my brain to take a break from how angry my work makes me. /Angst

This Hi-Tec C Coleto Pen 

muji on the left, coleto on the right

  It’s replaced my very old multicolor pen from Muji. Jann of Project Dollhouse loves the pilot Hi-Tec C, and I knew I had to try it. I liked that I could pick the ink cartridge colors and size, and the pen case. I ordered the pink coleto with Black, Purple, Cherry Pink, Apple Green, and Aqua Blue ink, all in 0.3 mm. I’m a huge fan of the black, purple, and cherry pink. I probably could have done without the green and the blue. The Cherry Pink shade actually reminds me of a pen I had when I was either in elementary school or junior high school – it’s the same shade of this scented pen I had. Literally, when I look at my writing using the Cherry Pink ink, I can remember the odd artificial cherry/strawberry scented ink of my youth. 

Stardew Valley

I’m not sure exactly how many hours I’ve logged on this PC game, but I’m near the end of my first winter. If you love Harvest Moon and Rune Factory, you will LOVE this game. It’s kind of a Harvest Moon, Rune Factory, and dare I say an Animal Crossing hybrid. The graphics remind me of old PC games (think mid-90s) or Super Nintendo games. It doesn’t bother me much, because this sort of retro graphics has its own charm and it’s nostalgic. The game itself is immersive and full of surprises. Without spoiling too much, here are some pros and cons to the game so far:
Pros

  • The accessible areas are huge. Way bigger than any harvest moon game maps.
  • There is a ton of content and areas to unlock.
  • There are a ton of cut scenes, not just limited to with the bachelors or bachelorettes. The characters each have depth and backstories. They have realistic problems, and to befriend them is to learn more about them.
  • You’re limited to two gifts a week per person. (Huge plus). I hate having to make daily rounds to distribute gifts to all the townsfolk.
  • Regardless of your gender, it looks like you can court any of the bachelors or bachelorettes.
  • There are tons of quests and events
  • It almost feels like an open-world game.

Cons

  • Because the game is still fairly new, I’ve encountered some glitches. But I believe the game has continued to release updates to fix this.
  • Fishing is the Worst. The absolute Worst.

Only two more days till the weekend!

New year, new other stuff.

It’s only been five days into 2016, and my brain already feels burnt out. I go through ups and downs a lot, and during my downs, all I want to do is turn on one of my favorite youtubers and listen to their vlog style videos as a playlist while I crochet, color, or dress my dolls. Now, I’m adding journaling to the activity list!

Jann from Project Dollhouse introduced me to the wonderfully colorful and cute world of journaling, planners, and stationary. I needed a new planner for 2016, and I wanted an upgrade from the MUJI planner I had been using for 2015.

With Jann’s help, I settled on the Hobonichi Techo (^^ Hobonichi 2016! The above are stock photos, because I am not a journaling wizard – LOOK HOW CUTE). The Hobonichi Techo has so much potential. Also, maybe if I doodle in it for the whole year, my drawing skillz will be much improved XD.IMG_5792.JPGI doodled on today’s daily page (if you look closely at the rainbow portion on top, there’s some ink transfer from the page across from it D:. I decided to draw over it, instead of write over it). It’s a portrait of Finley ^^. I was surprised by how relaxing it was to fill in today’s page. IMG_5791.jpgI also wanted to share some more shawls I made with the crochet thread I have! I’ve fine-tuned the pattern for the shawl, so now it’s a proper shawl (a triangle shape, instead of an odd trapezoid). I like how delicate things made with crochet thread are, but I’m not the biggest fan of working with tiny hooks and what is basically string :-/ . These two shawls are listed on my etsy store (and there’s also a coupon code “Blythenewyear” for 15% off at the moment). I’m still slowly working through my giant plastic tub of yarn, but I’m running out of ideas on what to make.

On a side note, looking at my dolly shelf now, I’m pretty happy with the girls I have. XD I’m not sure if this is denial, because I’m trying really hard not to expand my collection in the year of 2016 (minus the preordered girl in February). All I need is a wig for Marshall Lee, that I’ve been putting off making for months.