In my previous Valentine’s post, I showed everyone that I had recieved a Treasure X Gold dig kit. So I made some time before bed to dig for my creature!
When you open the box you get this gold wrapped brick and a sheet of the possible things that could be in your brick. Once you take the gold wrap off you are left with your digging tool and a plaster brick.
I highly recommend digging in a bathtub or sink. Its makes clean up so much easier. Once you are set up let the digging commence!
It looks like I got a 2 headed snake creature. In each brick there is a head, torso, and tail. There is also a special item piece as well.
According to the series sheet I have strike two from the serpent raiders and serpent scales as my special item.
It was a very fun adventure. It’s also fun to know that there are different series and limited edition treasure x bricks. I was able to find some at my local store in the collectible toys/trading cards area, you can also see some available here for online purchase.
“I found winter!” That was my wake up this morning from my boyfriend as he was trying unbury my car. I knew it had snowed but I wasn’t expecting this much as well as dropping temperatures.
After a hair raising adventure to get some food we decided to just stay in and be cozy the rest of the weekend. While we were out driving in the snow in search of food, we found this cereal.
It tastes like a weird red velvet cereal. It wasnt as crunchy as normal Cap’n Crunch but it was delicious! After a quick bowl I busted out my movie marathon collection.
I’ve always wanted the whole Studio Ghibli collection but, it’s a little pricey as a boxed set. So I started buying them one at a time from Walmart. After Kiki’s Delivery Service we took a little break from the movie marathon.
Nothing says “good clean fun” like tequila and juice. I dont really use measuring devices for cocktails unless it’s a very specific recipe. I just pour until it looks like enough. This particular concoction is lime juice, tequila, and ruby red grapefruit juice.
Now that the holidays are finally winding down, I can finally share some of my works in progress. Many of these are presents from Christmas or projects I’ve had around and haven’t been able to do much about completing it.
First up is my current list of plants for my upcoming gardening bonanza. I was inspired a bit by the arrival of Jung Seeds & Plants book. I love flipping through the pages and seeing new and interesting seeds for sale. I am also a little bit more excited to start planning now because my boyfriend has agreed to build me a fancy raised garden bed this year. He also has given me run of the whole yard so I will be planting a lot. This also does not account for what I may also be able to plant at my Grandparent’s house this year, but I suspect it will be similar to last year’s arrangement, as well as the regular tending to the other plants already in their yard.
I also have this adorable Woodland Creatures knitting kit! I actually got it a while ago but because I have never knitted before I’m a little nervous about starting it. The kit comes with a booklet of 12 patterns and vague-ish instructions for each creature. The kit only contains enough yarn for the fox and the doe. So I’ve been studying up on the language and techniques needed to get my cute little buddies assembled.
This is my new diamond puzzle that my boyfriend got to me for Christmas. I haven’t had an oppertunity to work on it as I need to first flatten out the canvas. It should be flat enough in another few days to start working on it. I’m really excited because I’ve seen pictures of this particular puzzle in its completion and its really pretty.
This is the pattern for my new cross stitch pattern. 2 years ago I had a really elaborate peacock cross stitch that I was diligently working on it for a year and a half before I realized I made a major error. As in the only way to fix it would be to undo almost half of the piece. Its been sitting in a box since then. So I recently got the urge to cross stitch again but I needed something new. The yellow in the pattern are the stitches I’ve already added to the cloth.
Its looking pretty good so far. Its a lot slower progress than I’d like but I’m definitely not in a rush to finish this. I just get extra excited when it starts to look like something. lol
I have been researching for my next mythical creature, the manticore. I have several ideas but none have really been to my liking yet. I immediately think about one in an attack posebut I feel like its too ordinary. I’ve also thought about drawing one in a more restful/sleeping pose. I’ll keep playing around with it more and we’ll see what turns out to be the best one. Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated!
I have also started to brain storm some ideas for a new banner and thumbnail icon for Katagi’s Kreations. I love my little dragon but I need something a little different. I really want soemthing that better portrays my blog’s theme.
This holiday season has been such a blur for me. Working in retail for the big Christmas holiday, working through the early hours of the morning to get all the clearance marked the day after Christmas, and preparing for a funeral. A few days before Christmas my Great Uncle had passed away. It has been very difficult for my Grandfather as this was his younger brother. It made for a very somber holiday family time. So in an effort to cheer myself up I bought 2 cutetitos.
Now I know you are thinking “What the heck is a cutetito?” Basically its a cute small stuffed animal that’s wrapped up in a tortilla blanket. The fun part is that you have no idea which animal you have until you open it up and remove the foil wrapper.
The first cutetito I opened up after the I got home from the funeral viewing. And it happened to be Puppito! Yes all the animals in this series have names. And their rarity is measured in spiciness. For example, Puppito has an orange chili pepper which make him a mild or common one to find.
The second one I opened when I got home from the funeral and wake. I was already pretty tired and sore for escorting my grnadparents everywhere I almost forgot to open my cutetito. I’m really glad I remembered because this one is definitely my favorite out of the two, it’s Pigito!
Pigito is a purple chili pepper which is medium or uncommon within Series 1. I’m not really sure when (or if) there is a Series 2 yet, but I’ll definitely get a few if there is some.
Together these 2 cutetitos at least made my day a little better before attempting to relax for the evening. I’m hoping to get a few more before they are totally gone because I realized that Peppito is a Chihuahua and would love to have that one!
Here’s hoping I can start the new year off on a much happier and more productive note. Happy New Year to everyone out there and I’ll see you in 2019!
This is my latest Kreation for my Mythical Creatures Challenge. This one was a tough one for me cause I feel like I’ve already drawn a ton of angels in my lifetime. After what felt like endless searching for an angel anything that called out to me, I finally decided to just do a basic angel but try out some different brushes/textures.
Normally when I hop on the computer to draw I tend to stick to felt tip or fine tip markers, maybe a little paint and palette smearing for a background and I call it good. I may have gone a little crazy on trying to use different brushes though. I used the Airbrush in different greys for the background which I’m starting to like a whole lot more than just solid color smears. I used the water painting brush for the wings. It took a little getting used to but i do like how the there is some slight texture to the wings. The halo, hairs, face, and gown were all done with the acrylic brush. This one was quite the challenge for me because I ended up having to use the palette to smooth things out so that it didn’t look too lumpy. All the speckles were done with a gloop pen. To be honest, I’d never heard of this one before so I was intrigued to use it. Its a little weird but it does a decent job of getting the speckled texture across. Definitely will need to play with this gloop pen some more. The most difficult one by far was adding texture to the halo. I usuall have a really hard time getting the right shade to make metallic come across, so I figured why not sparkle pen? needless to say I will probably not be using that again. It was difficult because i didn’t want things to fall too far outside the halo but at the same time I wanted an even distribution of glitter.
With the up coming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I will be making a mega post since I am unsure of what I will be able to do/not do because of my retail work schedule and coordinating family time. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
A while ago I recieved a small diamond puzzle kit. I’ve always wanted to try one but the ones I liked were either too complicated or too expensive for a beginner attempt. Luckily I came across an offer where all you had to pay was the shipping and handling. So I found this neat design.
I really like the design. It didnt look too awful or childish and it was one that the whole picture is not a diamond painting. Meaning that only the unicorn was part of the diamond painting, the background was just there for a complete finished look. Plus it was a complete kit with all diamond colors as well as wax, stylus pen, and tray.
After several youtube tips and tricks videos, I finally had a good grasp on what to do and in what order. First and most importantly the pattern is sticky and needs to be kept covered as much as possible. Theres a plastic cover that comes with the picture so that makes things easy. Another helpful tip is to work from the outside of the picture towards the middle.
After the first color I was very skeptical about these paintings. But I pressed on with a few more colors.
After the 3rd color though I was hooked. The picture was starting to take shape and I was actually upset that I had to stop and go to bed. I really wanted to finish my unicorn! After a solid 6 hours of sleep I woke up refreshed and ready to finish this piece.
In total this took about 9 hours to complete. Which was more then enough to keep me occupied for a while. It was nice to get the chance to try this out on a smaller beginner level picture before I take the plunge and do a much large piece.
I hope you have been enjoying reading my blog. Next week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Black Friday. I work in retail so there will not be a new post next week. After this week work should die down a bit and I can return in December. Until then Happy Thanksgiving and good luck in your holiday shopping adventures!
I work in retail and I knew the month of October would be extra busy and the beginning of holiday stress. I decided to give a virtual marathon a try to help keep myself at least partially distracted. I used the Yes.Fit app and synced my fitbit to the app and away I went.
There are many different races to choose from, different locations and length of race. I eventually decided on running the everglades. What really helped me the most was that you are able to view the race with a Google maps sort of perspective from your current location on the race map.
It took me 28 days from start to finish and I feel quite accomplished. It was nice to get the workouts done on my time and at my pace. It was also nice to track my progress during all the chaos at work.
Earlier this week my medal arrived in the mail! It has these neat blue panels that look really amazing when held up to the light.
Overall I was really happy to try something new and slightly out of my comfort zone. It worked out well as a distraction from the stress and anxiety of pre holiday season workdays. I now find that I need to think about what race I should do next to be me distracted during the holiday season. Until then I shall enjoy my shiny new medal.
This is my latest Kreation for my Mythical Creatures Challenge. Most creatures on the list I am familiar with to some degree (I know a little of the history or I know it by a different name, etc.) but this Baku creature was completely unheard to me before this challenge. So I had to do a little bit of research before I came up with concepts.
Basically Baku is a dream eater/nightmare eater(a brief history if you are interested https://tinyurl.com/ya4x4ndl).
My immediate first thought was of Gengar and his dream eater abilities as well as this shirt that I own.
I decided I should combine the 2 creatures together for this piece. I think it turned out fairly well, even if it is the wrong pokemon :-P. Heres hoping that the next mythical creature is something just as interesting!