Make your own mermaid!

This lovely box has been with me since my last birthday (thank you Maryam!) but somehow I couldn’t find enough time to start working on it. Finally, two weeks ago enough was enough! On a Saturday afternoon, equipped with a cup of tea, I lift the lid carefully…

box.jpgDespite a small size, the tin contains a lot of treasures: colourful sequins and beads, wavy yellow wool and even needles. Not to mention the doll itself and her ready to make mermaid outfit. Everything you need to finish this small project is there!

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The instructions, with a photo for every step, are easy to follow so you don’t need to have any experience in crafts.

Possibly the only thing you need to add from yourself is a bit of patience. Sawing on the sequins takes some time because you need to put them on both sides. But it is up to you how many you go for so if you are very impatient, you can always cut some corners.

And if you want to go more creative, you can decorate her even further because the box contains more sequins and beads than you need!

My beautiful mermaid is now ready and, as you can see in the photo, she is quite happy. If I were still a child I think I would really love to play with her!

 

Amigurumi bunny gang

After I made my first crochet bunny, which my friends really liked, I have ended up making some more. At least one more still to go…

But anyway, here is the whole bunny gang 🙂

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All the patterns (bunny, dress, overalls, shoes) come from Amigurumi To Go!

What has Donald Duck in common with Buddhism?

Well, until now I would say – nothing. But if you ever happen to be in George Town, the capital city of Penang, go to The Kek Lok Si Temple to discover the connection.

But if you are not patient enough, here is the answer:

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Yep, Donald Duck, together with Minnie Mouse and a random pig, are hanging around the temple grounds!

The strangest taxidermy ever

If you like vintage things, you should visit Hastings. Its old streets are full of small shops with truly unique and random stuff. Just like this taxidermy of a… shaved cat. Even the rest of stuffed animals seems to be a bit shocked.

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I love Google Cultural Institute

From time to time we make those tiny discoveries that make us very, very happy. So happy that we want to jump high into the sky, laugh very loud or just share our joy with others at the Speakers’ Corner if our extroversion level is high. Since my is not, I will stick to this post.

So you are probably wondering what made me so happy. Surprisingly, it was… Google. And not because a location on Google maps is matching an actual place. That would not be enough. But Google Cultural Institute is more than I need.

A single web-site full of stories and collections from around the world that you can discover with a single click. And the content is really interesting, just have a look at this article about 10 Amazing Facts About Colour Blue.

They are also working with various museums to capture the finest details of artworks from their collection which means once you fully zoomed in, you can see every single brush stroke! Yes, you can see more than in a museum!

I will not fall asleep today from all that excitement… It is too much…

The least caffeine in 25 years

My history of caffeine intake is quite long. It started more than 25 years ago when, probably still as a toddler, I drunk my very first cup of black tea. Sometimes with some sugar or milk, it became my regular beverage celebrated few times a day.

And once I became a teenager I could finally put my hands on coffee, another wonderful drink which would give you even more pleasure. Years of seeing my family members indulging in this aromatic, dark liquid, simply programmed my to follow their habit.

Going decaf

So when two weeks ago I finally replaced my morning coffee with a decaf one, I was a bit concerned about my well-being. Because when you cut on caffeine, you get quite nasty withdrawal symptoms which can last for weeks or even months. And I would be getting now the least amount of caffeine in quarter century.

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But thanks God, it has not been that bad. The very first week was the most challenging. Most of time I felt really tired, with an occasional mild headache and a weak feeling of annoyance. In the second week I am still a bit tired but my over well-being is better than a week ago. Perhaps it is thanks to a very deep sleep I have been getting now – I guess my body is now recovering from all those years of stimulation!

An advice

If you are thinking of eliminating or limiting amount of caffeine in your life, don’t go cold turkey. It might be too much to handle and you will quickly revert back to your habit just to avoid all the nasty symptoms.

A better approach is step by step cut on caffeine. In my case I split the detox into three stages which I spread over five months:

  • replaced half of my black teas with caffeine-free beverages like fruit or herbal teas
  • replaced the outstanding black teas with caffeine-free beverages
  • replaced my morning coffee with a decaf one

It simply makes the whole process much easier to handle as you can read in my previous posts (first stage summary and second stage summary). But if you want to go or you went cold turkey, share your experience in the comments. I would love to know about it!

Amigurumi dress me bunny

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To develop my crochet skills, I decide to make a stuffed toy. It was a bit challenging because of working in rounds most of time, but the final effect is very rewarding. Have a look yourself!

Bare in mind it is the very first toy I have ever made. And as far as I know single crochet stitch, I have never used it this way.

If you want to make a similar one, the pattern comes from amigurumitogo.com blog. You will need yarn, safety eyes, snap closures, a needle and a hook.

Good luck!