Moodboard: Too Cute To Care

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It seems like my tough girl side is showing in this month’s moodboard. So watch out, because I’m too cute to care!

*I’ve been craving sweets, and Pocky isn’t cutting it! I’ve had red velvet cupcakes and made some yummy brownies from scratch recently. I recommend everyone eat cake, whenever you want…even for breakfast (I do).

*Clearly I’m loving green hair! I just got mine dyed mint green, and its awesome! (Thanks Kristyn!) I’ve had my eye on Enchanted Forest from Manic Panic…maybe for fall. Also, I wouldn’t mind being a Blythe doll when I grow up! Have you seen Littlest Pet Shop?

*My life revolves around My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. It’s Amelia’s favorite show! I think Pinkie Pie is her favorite (mine too). I want to draw a pony that looks like me. I wonder what my cutie mark would be?! What would your cutie mark be?

*I can never get enough Sailor Moon! I saw a box set of the first 6 manga the other day. I only have the first 4. Also, I saw on Instagram where someone wrote an after story arc and is selling it….but Chibi Usa is my least favorite character. My favorite character is hard to pick…probably Sailor Venus or Saturn. Who is your favorite character?

What kind of mood are you in?

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DSCN1215This past week Amelia attended her very first concert. My husband plays in the band Thrift Store Cowboys, and they were having a free outdoor show at the Buddy Holly Center here in town. Amelia didn’t really know what to think of all the people and the loud music, but she had fun and got to see her friend Lucille.

DSCN1219My husband is the bass player in the bright yellow t-shirt.

It was nice to get out of the house, see friends, have a beer, and watch my husband’s band. I hadn’t seen them in about a year, since they played the Buddy Holly Summer Showcase the year before.

Have you seen any shows this summer?

 

Manga Quest: Kitchen Princess

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It’s no secret that I like cute things. Add in baking + romance and you get Kitchen Princess. Kitchen Princess is a shoujo manga written by Miyuki Kobayashi and drawn by Natsumi Ando. This manga started my obsession with wanting to eat flan, and made creme brûlée take a back seat.

Sadly I am missing a few volumes from my collection: 2, 3, and 6. My manga quest is to buy these volumes and re-read this adorable, feel-good manga.

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Kitchen Princess is about an aspiring young chef with a flawless since of taste and a heart of gold searching for her “Flan Prince”. This mission takes her to the prestigious Seika Academy, where she faces many challenges and love interests.

If that doesn’t have you sold, there are super cute recipes at the end of each volume.

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Do you have any manga to recommend for my next Manga Quest?

That’s What She Said Sunday

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The first time I heard of Felicia Day, was when my friend T had us all watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. (It’s hilarious, you should watch it).

Then I discovered she was a potential in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (only one of my favorite shows ever!).

Then she was cute and quirky in Eureka. Seriously Holly and Fargo are super cute!

Then I started following her on Twitter and Instagram.

Then she popped up in an episode of Supernatural, where she was super awesome and hilarious. I also wish I had her apartment in that episode (The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragon Tattoo), and if I start talking to Hermione like she’s my conscious you’ll know where that came from…

Then my husband mentioned The Guild, which I’ve only watched a few episodes of, but seems pretty funny. Although I am not a gamer, my husband and most of my friends are, so I sorta understand what is going on.

Then I saw her video about what her definition of a geek is, and was kinda blown away with her conviction.

I like that she has the guts to do her own thing, and not care what anyone thinks of her. I believe everyone should be that way. It’s a hard thing to do, especially when you’re into something unconventional, not mainstream, or whatever.

I think it’s easier to be who you are and like whatever the hell you like, when you find your people. You know the people who like the things you like, and will support you and encourage you to just be awesome.

 So go on being you, and being happy. Find your people, and encourage each other. Ignore the haters, they’re probably at home doing whatever they’re hating on you about in secret because they are too scared to be themselves.

 Things I like to do that may not be considered “cool”: read manga, watch anime, play cute video games, watch Korean dramedies, watch tons of sci-fi shows, dye my hair crazy colors, not dress my age….

What things do you like or do that may not be considered “cool” or “mainstream”, even “geeky”?

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I know this isn’t this best picture, hello blurry, but I’ve been trying to capture this crazy face Amelia makes. She makes this face when she’s super excited about something. Usually her arms are straight out with her little fists clenched like she’s Hulking out. Sometimes she is Hulking out, especially if you try and take away her spoon.

Lately, I’ve been looking on Pinterest for Halloween costume ideas for Amelia. There are so many cute ideas that I’m going to have a hard time narrowing it down.

I don’t remember what my first costume was, I’ll have to see if my mom remembers.
What was your first Halloween costume? What are you going to dress up as this year (if you dress up)?

PS Some of you may be thinking it’s too early to be thinking about Halloween costumes, but I’m already getting into full fall mode. I’m already wishing for pumpkin spice lattes and cardigan weather. It’s my favorite time of the year, so excuse my crazy 😉

That’s What She Said Sunday

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When I started college in 2001, I was a psychology major, but I found the classes boring and lost interest. I was discussing changing my major with a friend, who suggested graphic design. The selling point was being able to work from home in my underwear, which sounded like a dream job.

I enjoyed the freedom of being a studio art major, and trying all sorts of new things from painting, ceramics, and screen printing. I carried this huge hot pink carpet bag and a tool box that I had taped pictures of Daniel Johns from Silverchair all over it. I made lots of friends and drank tons of coffee.

One thing I did not enjoy was most of my graphic design classes. I only specialized in graphic design, which meant taking a few more classes in that field than the other studio classes. I even had a professor tell me I would never make it as a graphic designer, and he was right. I interned at a local ad agency and hated every minute I wasted there. I didn’t like the stress of pumping out a million logos in a short amount of time, and I didn’t like trying to create for others.

Picture 8Me in 2006 at work.

My last year of college I took at job at a new pottery studio not far from the university. I taught people to paint on pottery, fired up the kiln, designed ads, taught workshops, pretty much helped out with everything. When I graduated in 2006, I stayed and took on teaching private art lessons once a week to Pre-K through 3rd graders, and the occasional private lessons for older kids. I never dreaded going to work, and even though I didn’t make very much money I felt accomplished and happy.

Life happens and it was time for me to move on to a new city and do some traveling. But I think about how happy and fulfilling that job was, and how I’ve been searching for another like it since.

Someday, I would love to open a studio and teach people with a passion for art, but right now I am happy being a mom and making dolls. The journey to where I am now has been a pretty rocky one, but it makes me appreciate what I have even more. I guess the moral of the story is, find what makes you happy even if the journey is a long one.

What is your passion? Dream job? I’d love to hear about it.

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DSCN1123My friend T took this photo of us at the farmer’s market last weekend. Amelia slept through most of it, and then woke up all sassy right before we left. Can you believe she will be 8 months old on Sunday? Pretty soon I will be planning her 1st birthday party!

She is super curious and standing up by herself for over a minute. I’m teaching her patty cakes, and trying to get her to say DaDa. Sometimes she will rawr at me like a baby dinosaur. She learned that from watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which is a PBS cartoon based on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. She’s the funniest baby, and has the cutest giggle.

What were your favorite tv shows growing up?

Amelia mostly watches My Little Pony Friendship is magic. I’m pretty sure she will be the friendliest kid around, that will be able to dance you into the ground (she gets that from her dad).

I enjoyed watching Sailor Moon, Jem and the Holograms, and Kids Incorporated when I was a kiddo.