Friday, June 29, 2012

A Quick Smile: Gameboy Style

I saw this on my feed today on Tiny Cartridge (post here!) and it definitely made me smile. Quote: “My Mom helping me through a hard level in Super Mario Land on the day Nintendo Gameboy was released." Cute!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What I Wore: Gyspy Sandals & Mocs

I have a semi-strict dress code policy at my new job, so when I can wear whatever I want on my days off, I feel spoiled for choice. (Is that the right way to use that phrase?!) I never know what to pick! Well, whatever, this is what I picked on Saturday. Dress: Heritage (so sad they closed at the Mall of America!) | Shoes: Minnetonka | Necklace: Betsey | Cardigan: Delia's | Slip: thrifted | Star Pin: 6%dokidoki | Gypsy Sandals: Mine!

Do you love the little crocheted sandals? They were so fun to make! I bought the Gleeful Things pattern off of Ravelry ($6 for three different patterns!) HERE and whipped them up in about two hours or so the other morning. I want to make ones with smaller straps to wear on my hands for dance.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Intermittent Kitten TGIF

Chester is dreaming of his weekend - which is no different than his weekdays - and hopes you had a great Friday!
Thursday, June 21, 2012


I've gone doily crazy! After I finished my heart doily, it made me totally itchy to bust out all the tiny hooks and do more more more. The first doily I ever made was last summer - and it was part of one of my first posts!

Crochet Doily

I found the pattern on Ravelry, as always - you can see it here: Petite Pineapple Doily. Clearly, mine didn't turn out as petite or quarter-sized as the picture, but I might have used a way bigger size thread than the pattern called for. I was given a huge garbage bag full of crochet thread from my aunt and most of them had no labels on them any more.

Tiny Crochet Hooks

I got to use my tiny little hook case! My mom got this for me from Hobby Lobby last year. I'm terrified to use those tiny little hooks! For the project, I used a trust #6. Not too tiny.

Crochet Doily and Candle

See how NOT quarter-sized this is? That's ok - I wanted it this big. I do have to block it still, buuuut I hate blocking. I wish there was a place I could just send it and pay $5 for them to block it perfectly for me.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I Wore: For Pho!

It's been about 100 million degrees out lately (read: 90 and humid, awful in MN), so I've had to ditch my love of layers and leggings and sweaters and dress for the weather.

 First of all, I treated myself to these little Minnetonka Moccasin slip-ons and I'm in love. So comfortable, especially when I'm on my feet all day. The dress is Mustard Seed brand and the little crochet cardigan is a brand that I do not know, whoops! My necklace is an OLD Hot Topic goodie.

Also, there's nothing like enjoying the 90+ degree weather than a big bowl of pho! Yum~ I got out of work early yesterday, so my friend Britt and I ran over to the pho restaurant in town for a late lunch. The spicier the better.

Monday, June 18, 2012


As you can see by my lack of posts lately, I haven't had much time for anything besides work, dance, sleep, and driving. Things are a little quieter now and I finally had a few hours to do some crochet! This little doily only took about two hours. It's tiny, perfect size for a coaster. The pattern is found here and I want to make a million more in bigger and smaller sizes and pretty colors.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New Layout on

Ta-da! Just a quick redesign - nothing too big, but I'm pretty happy with the change. New header, using tape images from Pugly Pixel, new sidebar buttons, and a strawberry-y color scheme. Up next: creating new buttons for my sponsor page and figuring out why Blogger adds an extra "br" or two for no reason.
Hope you are all having a fantastic day! I have this Thursday off from work, so I'm playing on my blog, making some bagel sandwiches, and finishing up some cross-stitch projects I've been working on. ♥

Washi Tape Crochet Hook Case

Crochet Hook Case 

So, like any good craft blogger, I've become more than a little interested in washi tape. I bought my first roll in Japan, actually - in the tiny little shop I visited in Koenji - and then the other that I have is just from Target.

The thing is, though - what do I do with this tape? I don't scrap book. I don't really send that much mail at all. Uhh.. so both rolls of tape both have been sitting around untouched for a while. Until Tuesday! I got bored and started lining the inside of my lime green crochet hook case. The thing is cheap plastic and incredibly loud when I pick it up, so I thought maybe the thick tape would muffle the sound. Not really, but it was really cute! I got carried away and did the whole outside, too. I finally spared a little bit of the strawberry washi tape from Koenji for one strip on the front of the case.

Washi Tape Case Decoration

I like it! It took maybe ten minutes total and now I have a brand new case. I want more and more tape to cover and decorate all the things in my house. I did try to copy miss Twinkie Chan and tape up an actual hook. It looked sweet, but it only lasted like two half double crochets until I unwrapped it all. Too distracting for me!

Washi Tape Crochet Hook
Sunday, June 3, 2012

Arcades in Japan: Purikura, Video Games & UFO Catchers

East Shinjuku Taito Game Station

Arcades in Japan are in no way as crazy as they were during the 80s & 90s, but the game centers today are still way more popular than they are in the US. The arcades cater to a lot of different types of crowds - not just the old retro-gamer fanatics and creepy otaku, but also to teenage girls, couples on dates, and salary-man relaxing after a long day at the office. Besides the classic and new games (from fighting titles to strategy card collecting games; from trivia quizzes to virtual horse racing), places such as Taito Game Station and Club Sega have entire floors dedicated to purikura picture booths and UFO catchers, which feature prizes like Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Gloomy Bear, and collectables for all the moe-fans of the world.

When Mark and I went to Japan, we spent a good amount of time in arcades in the area. Besides the two mentioned above, some other game centers we visited Namco Nakano, Adores Kabukicho, and a Game Goose in Koenji. Here are some pictures I took from all the locations:


Tokyo Video Game Arcade

Persona 3 Fighting Game Tokyo
This guy was playing the new Persona 3 fighting game in Shibuya and we creepy watched for a second.

Tokyo Arcade

Japan Retro Video Games

AKB48 Taiko Drum Master
The AKB48-ified Taiko Drum Master that I loved in the Nishi Shinjuku Club Sega.

Video Game Arcade in Shinjuku

Japan Arcade

Club Sega Shinjuku
I watched Mark for a second then I was distracted by a cute girl destroying at Tetris around the corner.

Japanese Video Game Arcade

Tokyo Video Games

Club Sega Shinjuku

The arcades we visited were pretty fun -- bright, busy, crowded, and really, really loud. Imagine hundreds of video game cabinets at full blast, accompanied by arcade attendants shouting, sometimes with megaphones. The only thing that wasn't amazing was the cigarette smoke, especially in the video game floors. No ventilation, tight spaces, and tons of sweaty guys smoking. Hm..


Arcades in Tokyo

Rilakkuma Toy
He was walking around that podium. Reminded me of Blade Runner a little bit.

UFO Catcher

UFO catchers are a little different than ones you see in the US. The prizes are a lot cooler, for one thing, but they take a lot more strategy and players are more wiling to shovel in the 100Y coins to get what they want. I won one toy - and Mark and I tried all vacation, it felt like - and it took about 1000Y to finally work it out. I ended up using the claw to push the stuffed Gloomy Bear through the bottom of the game, instead of picking it up and pulling it out.

Toys in Japan

Nakano NAMCO Arcade
A lot of the catchers had food inside, instead of toys.

Japanese UFO Catchers

Cute Toys in Japan
I love that yellow cat.

Kawaii Japan

Japanese Arcade

San-X Sentimental Circus UFO Catcher
I saw a lot of San-X Sentimental Circus stuff.

Japan Arcade Tokyo

Gloomy Bear UFO Catcher bunny
Markie tried very hard to win me prizes, but it is hard!

Chocolate Gloomy Bear
My Gloomy that I won all by myself on the last day there in Kabukicho Taito Game Station. The game attendant cheered when I showed her, it was awesome.


Purikura Arcade

Any good Japan dork knows all there is to know about Purikura. These are like photo booths here, but 100 times more fun. You have an entire booth to stand up in and they can fit around five girls. You choose your backgrounds, take the pictures in the bright-white booth, and then go around the cabinet to the other side to deco your pictures up. It's pretty fun, and usually only about 500Y or so. You can also get the photos emailed to you or sent to your phone, which is cool, too!

Shibuya Purikura

Purikura Photo Booth Tokyo
I LOVE PURIKURA - editing my photos at the Club Sega in Shibuya.

Purikura Tokyo
My finished product.

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