Catching Up On Cross Stitching!

I have been very busy with work and going on vacation but that hasn't stopped me from really going all in to my Stitch the Pokedex challenge with full force. For those of you that may not know what I am referring to please see this post

Below are a gallery of images of the Pokemon I have completed thus far:

From left to right:

  • #001 - #003
    • Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, and Mega-Venusaur (not listed in Pokedex)
  • #004 - #006
    • Carmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Mega-Charizard X and Mega-Charizard Y (not listed in Pokedex)
  • #007 - #009
    • Squirttle, Wartortle, Blastoise, and Mega-Blastoise (not listed in Pokedex)
  • #010 - #012
    • Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree

I've been enjoying streaming my challenge but I've found that I like to complete the outlines prior to actually streaming them so it's better visually for viewers. So below are the outlines of the ones I've completed. You will see double for some as I'm adding in their Alola versions so that I am going in the order of the Pokedex. 

I have definitely found that stitching the outlines first is going to help me get through these faster than going one by one. It also motivates me to create content based on these pieces --whether that is live streaming or creating youtube videos. 

Once I finish up the other full sheet I will then start streaming this batch in between working on more outlines. I'm super excited to work on these. Keep an eye out on my Twitter for stream announcements, follow my Twitch Channel to know when I go live, or keep up to date with pictures of my work on my Instagram!

Also as a little extra here is a picture of a Top Llama charm that I created for a very good friend of mine. Fun Fact: This little guy has officially gone on his first trip to Europe!

My Spring Vacation Haul!

The boo and I went on vacation down to LA to visit Universal with some friends (my first time to the one in Hollywood and his last visit was when he was 9 years old!) and then we travelled over to Anaheim to spend the remaining days in the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. 

I, of course, spent way too much money on some goodies but this time around I tried to be practical with my spending and taking the time to walk around and think about the things I was buying before going up to the register. Let's go over what I purchased (without adding in the cost because it would just make me cry.)

UNIVERSAL: 

From left to right:

  • Eeveelution Purse (Purchased at Citywalk)
  • Set of 4 Pokemon Pins
  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses Keychain
  • Death Eater Patch
  • 2 Pack of Deathly Hallows mini notebooks
  • Minions Week View Calendar
  • Luna Lovegood Interactive Wand (her second wand)
  • Gryffindor Notebook with metal crest
  • Gryffindor Bookmark
  • Gryffindor Red Leather Notebook
  • Hogwarts Houses Mini Pins
  • Minions Mousepad To-do List
  • Minions To-do List Notebook

DISNEY PARKS:

From left to right:

  • Aladdin VHS Notebook
  • Hidden Mickeys Location Book
  • Mickey Mouse Rainbow and Black mini backpack with fuzzy Mickey zipper charm
  • Mickey Icecream Pin
  • Mickey Oh Boy Pin
  • Disney Parks Trashcan Highlighter Set
  • New Mickey Mouse Cartoon Pen set
  • Metal 3-D Puzzle
    • Haunted Mansion (Gift for a friend)
    • Cinderella Castle
    • Sleeping Beauty Castle
    • Disney Parks Monorail
    • Space Mountain
    • Mickey's Fun Wheel

There were a few items that weren't pictured that I purchased, will mix both parks for this one since it's not a lot. 

  • Gryffindor Zip Up Hoodie
  • Gray Disneyland Hoodie
  • Black Disneyland Varsity Sweater
  • Lion King VHS Notebook
  • Several new postcard art prints (will show my collection in a future post)

Overall my trip down to SoCal was a huge success and I had a lot of fun meeting new friends, seeing old ones, and just being surrounded by my happy place. Remember to always believe in magic and take the time to have fun!

I'm Tired Of...

  • The excuses I've let myself get in the habit of using far too often. 
  • Putting all of my heart and passion into something that I didn't create or that I don't own. 
  • Wasting my days away with browsing on the internet instead of creating something.
  • Getting jealous of others success simply because I'm too afraid to give it a go on my own.
  • Not taking better care of myself.
  • Letting negativity cloud my thoughts.

This is just a sample of some of the things I'm tired of. This came about as I was thinking about the fact that I'll be 31 this year and I don't feel like I have a lot to show for it. I also have so many ideas of things I want to do and accomplish but I just constantly give excuses. I see friends and peers I look up to accomplishing so much with a full plate of their own and I hit a tipping point.

Do I want my personal legacy to be "She was full of ideas but never took the initiative to do anything with them" or do I want it to be "She lived her life to the fullest and pursued her passions."

Now pursuing passions doesn't mean that you're all in or nothing at all. I know several people who manage their day jobs while also managing their personal projects on the side. Would I like my passions to be my full time gig? Of course, who wouldn't? But right now I want them to be something where I can escape from the everyday things that I do, to give myself time to not wallow on things that I just cannot control, and instead focus on what I CAN control and pour my heart into that. 

I'm taking steps to do just that but I felt that I just needed to get that out of my system as a way to motivate myself to DO the things I keep saying I want to do but never actually pursue it. 

I'm going to quit living in the village of "What Ifs" and got out and explore the land of "Unlimited Possibilities." I hope that you do the same for yourself too.

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Friday Faves: Studio Ghibli Films

One of the studios that continues to be a huge inspiration for me is Studio Ghibli. The animation and storytelling are so beautifully done that I can watch the movies over and over and still feel like I haven't caught every detail. Since I recently rewatched one of the movies on this list I thought I should put together a favorite's list of Studio Ghibli films, enjoy!


5. Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke was my very first exposure to Studio Ghibli. It was an intense ride but I'll never forget the incredible story and just how beautiful all of the sequences were. The story it told was definitely the most violent but also really thought provoking. Highlighting how as man continued to evolve he did not always take into account how his actions affected those around him, including the earth and all of its creatures. 


4. Spirited Away

As someone who used to move around quite a bit, I felt that I could truly relate to the main character Chihiro who felt like she was at the whim of others and unable to make her own mark. But she also remembered those who were truly important to her. It is at times that we tend to forget those who've helped us along the way but in the fleeting moments when we remember it's something to treasure. 


3. Whisper of the Heart

I remember coming across this when I worked at Blockbuster and not really knowing what it was about. Soon I fell in love with the story being able to relate to the main character, , who wanted nothing more than to pour her heart into a story that she created. Knowing that nothing is perfect the first go around and that the journey to reaching your dreams feels even better when you have a companion to be your rock along the way. 


2. Porco Rosso

The greatest man to fight fascism was Porco Rosso. I'll admit that the first go around of watching this movie I didn't truly "get" it. But I slowly grew to love Porco Rosso and all of his shenanigans, though I still have a lot of questions about how he became a pig and what exactly happened at the end. Nonetheless I still find things that excite me in the movie and that I've missed previously.


1. Kiki's Delivery Service

This movie is forever my number one favorite Ghibli film of all time. As a creative and just someone who normally feels lost in a world that tries to pigeonhole her I can really related to Kiki's struggle with who she is. Not only that but who she is meant to be and where her life is heading. It is a roller coaster of emotions that continues to strike a cord with me no matter how many times I watch it. For those of you that feel lost who want to find some inspiration then this is the movie for you. 


I hope you enjoyed my list. Of course there are many amazing films from Studio Ghibli that it is truly difficult to narrow it down to just a top five but I'd love to know what are some of your favorite Studio Ghibli movies? Is there one that you tend to rewatch time and again and always feels like its a new experience all over again?