Sunday, 15 October 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #260 Finally back!

You will never catch me doing this - I hate heights, and don't have the physical strength to do it!
Feels like ages since I last blogged! My mega meds did their job, although I seemed to skip a day of wanting to climb walls (which is absolutely horrid and have no idea how drug addicts cope with that symptom) and instead have an extra 2 days of feeling bleh. It could just have been bad timing, as the weather was quite bad (go me for having a body as a weather vane), but I'll happily take it than constantly needing to do something due to constant restlessness. 

I had a day of two where I could game (yay!) which was mostly tablet games as anything else involved too many screen changes, or weird screen changes that I just can't cope with after my mega strong meds. I then hit the stage of being unable to stand anything with a screen, so I caught up on my review reading, which was fun. I did manage a tiny bit of work on this blanket, which I hope to finish soon, life depending of course! 
It's far bigger than this now, just having got an updated photo to hand

The next few months are quite busy with a secret project which I can reveal in January - it's not as exciting as it sounds, but is going to take a lot of my energy. There's also something super fun on my horizon, which isn't craft but it's gaming! 

A game I'm currently working my way through is Atelier Rorona, a Japanese role-playing game on the PS3 (the worst in the series as it's severely time restricted which I hate. Thankfully the others aren't so bad, according to reviews). 
It's alchemy based, so there are lots of recipes to create new items (once I've gathered the supplies from either the various locations to travel in or bought them in town), some monsters to slay, and people to chat with. All highly enjoyable...except the time limit to completing the mandatory tasks is severely limiting and makes it not the most enjoyable game in the world. Up until this morning I wasn't go to replay it, but I might now I've finally (at assignment 10 of 12) worked out thanks to the internet how to craft new weapons and defence clothing! It makes it heaps easier! 
I only persevered at the start because Rorona is adorable, and a character in later games.
However, later this week I'm getting a new console! I'm not saying which just yet, that'll be revealed (& hinted at) in a few days. ^u^ It feels like I've been breathing research about the console all week, which was needed to figure out which edition to get, but I made up my mind last night. So excited!

After pre-scheduling some book reviews this morning, it's almost lunch time! Time for anime after, then easy gaming & crochet. Hope you've all had a great weekend!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Going quite until Friday!


I wish I could say the title was for something amazing - it kind of is, but the side effects of my mega strong meds that I need today aren't the most pleasant (though I absolutely couldn't do without it, so it's a fair trade to feel extra rubbish for a few days for many more days benefit.) I may appear on Twitter before Friday, but won't be blogging until then. Hopefully I'll have some fun craft progress to share with you! Hope you all have a super weekend and stay well!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #259 All blogged out


So I'd planned to do a blog post today about the lovely stay in a Hilton hotel I had in August, but the 2 feature posts which I had to do on Nayu's Reading Corner took an insane amount of time to format (I'll link when one is up because it's about World Animal Day on 4th October), so I have no time left to do the post I'd wanted. Hopefully that will be the next post.

After lunch (coming shortly) I'll be playing in 2 online gaming events, with plans to do crochet tonight! That's if nothing else comes up/my body decides it wants a quieter eve.



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #268 Having a break in Costa...

Which one did I have? Sadly no prizes for guessing!
...that's Costa Coffee not a holiday in Costa Del Sol (or whatever it's called). This is an interim post until the next one which is all about cupcakes! I wanted to put something up, so thought about what I've done recently and thought I'd share a supremely delicious drink I had recently from Costa. I know that Starbucks does similar style drinks, and I'm sure other big and little coffee companies will too.
I had one like this, but this isn't mine or my hand. Thank you unknown person!
Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of drinking the mint chocolate chip Frostino! Look at the green minty goodness (FYI goodness as in it tasted good. It does have calcium, which is good for us, and mint is refreshing...that's about all the nutritional type of goodness I can think of! It is vegetarian but not vegan)! I wanted something refreshing, and love mint flavoured things, so thought why not? The straw is wide enough to suck up the tiny chocolate chips for most mouthfuls; there's no skimping in the amount of chips either! It's my new favourite flavour for iced milkshake type drinks. What's yours? 
I was looking for an empty costa cup, but came across this saying and thought it was perfect for this post! Substitute coffee for tea/herbal tea/hot chocolate/any drink you like!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #267 A Not Entirely Stubborn Cat

Don't be fooled by the cuteness! Inside that adorable furball is a diamond strength personality who does what she wants when she want!
Happy Monday! In my previous post  A Stubborn Cat I detailed just how fussy my cat has been recently with her dry food. I'm sure all you pet owners can relate to your beloved (if sometimes a little frustrating) critter going through a phase of not enjoying something eaten loads of times in the past. Well, I have news...

...is she eating all her biscuits???

and it is good news! Upon adding the multicoloured biscuits to her mix Belle happily gobbled up her dry biscuits - yay! 
Whoohoo!
That was cause for celebration ^u^ It's possible she started eating because a) family were back from being on holiday b) because she felt like it, but whatever the reason I'm just glad she's pestering me less for food which is clearly there but she isn't eating. If her bowl is empty,  it stays empty until food time! If not, I just remind her there is good food there which she ate some earlier in the day. Cats are very fickle, but I am a strong (mean/stubborn) owner! 
So true! Switch your favourite animal for cat if you prefer another. Or add others if you adore more than 1 - for me it's also zebra finches!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #266 A Stubborn Cat

My adorable kitty! (Yes I'm very biased)
Those of you who follow me on  Twitter know that during the last week my cat has been reluctant to eat her dry food. She has 2 types of biscuits at the moment, one is a high protein variety, both she's happily eaten before. Okay, so she usually has a 3rd type (one with multicoloured biscuits), but even with that she's eaten the rest. 
Multicoloured cat kibble! I use natural coloured food (I think it's natural...it definitely has green bits in).

My family went on holiday last week and Belle decided to stop eating the dry food. I wasn't able to go out and get the 3rd type to create  her perfect mix. I didn't worry that much because she does this from time to time - she hates a change in routine and family being out is a change. This is the cat who picks up a few biscuits in her mouth and purposefully drops them on the floor for fun. Not eating dry food isn't unheard of, just annoying.
This, an empty cat bowl, is what I'd wanted to see over the last few days.
It meant that she kept asking for food, and I'm mean so didn't give in to the mega cute eyes and pleading cries. Some of my family may give in, some definitely won't. I don't because she has eaten the biscuits before, she's just being fussy! 

On Sunday there was a bit of progress, she actually ate some! No empty plate, but it was less full. It only lasted one meal though. 

So this morning my family return...and Belle finally starts eating a few biscuits. Cats! They may not be able to talk (unfortunately), but they know how to protest against things they don't like. I'd love to hear if your pet does something similar. 

I'd planned to post last week, but I wasn't feeling well so took it easy ^o^  Plan on posting around the weekend so long as nothing else crops up! I will be posting about the mocha cupcakes I made yesterday.  See the follow up post A Not Entirely Stubborn Cat for details on whether she ate her food or not after new biscuits were added!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #265 Happily busy!

How can you resist me?
Hope you've all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. I hope to post a bit more regularly from next week. This week I've had family from Australia over, so I've been busy spending several hours at a time discussing video games (outfits are the best part!), and life in general, which ate up my energy leaving me with little to do much else as I'm not used to chatting so much each day. Family is leaving tomorrow (will be back for a few weeks in December (not returning down under until February)), but that will be a little less manic. Haven't seen them for 8 years so there's been a lot to catch up on! 

I have managed to do a bit of crochet, reading, and lots of gaming while I rest. 

The next few posts will include my stay in a Hilton Hotel, my current crochet project, possibly food related posts, and of course an update about my cat, Belle. Who as you can see from the photo is gorgous despite her elephant sized attitude. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Over On Nayu's Reading Corner #6

I hope it is for you!
Head over to my other blog Nayu's Reading Corner to find out what I've been up to! Didn't want to write the same post twice.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #264 Kind of busy with Life


Peekaboo! Not my kitten but oh so cute!
This is short post as it's almost bed (I'm prescheduling it). Last week was spent mostly getting over my mega meds aka ketamine (yes the stuff vets use for animals, and poplar in A&E), which takes time for the initial and varied effects to wear off. Then I went grocery shopping which also takes time to recover from (a little extra than normal as I'm having to go to a bigger store at the moment).

It's going to be a gaming kind of week!
This week I've got some life stuff going on, which I mentioned a few blog posts ago (I think) in so far as I'm not talking about what's going on. But, a result of it is that for today and tonight only I'm staying in a Hilton hotel! That's the fun side of the life stuff. I'm really looking forward to that part, I'm not taking much to do, just my Nintendo 3DS to keep me occupied, along with my tiny tablet which has ebooks on and some lace yarn with a crochet hook - yes there will be craft! 
This was taken months ago, and the yarn I'm using today is maybe in there. Equally maybe not! It's late and I'm doing this post in a rush.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is a full on day of life stuff, after that I'll be having a few days R&R to recover and decompress. So it probably will be at least 5 days until my next blog post here - I'm sorry! Unfortunately as I'm sure you'll appreciate life happens. ^u^ Just got to revel in the good parts to get through the not so fun parts. 
It's a bit early but I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #263 Peaceful day

Say hi to Timmy! A friend's new rabbit - he was stray so after being checked out by a vet she took him in. An adorable Dwarf Lop with a very large attitude!
Right now I'll probably be relaxing on my bed after taking my lovely mega strong medicine on Friday, which takes a good 5 days to fully recover from. This is a pre-scheduled post (go me!). I suspect I'll be doing a lot of gaming and maybe some craft, but that's not a definite activity as I usually need to be horizontal for a few days. I need to be sitting to do crochet! Hopefully my cat will keep me company as she does if she's in the mood. 
I'll be enjoying listening to my birds tweeting away, and yelling at them if they fight (they do occasionally, poor Hibiki is missing a few neck feathers thanks to Tomoya being a bully). 
Taken when I first got them so all feathers attached (Hibiki's the white Zebra Finch, Tomoya's the more traditional coloured one)
Whatever you're up to I hope your day is going well!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Nayu's Product Review #4 Oreo Thins


When I was shopping in Sainsbury's on Thursday I noticed a new type of oreo on the end of an aisle (the fateful place where the shop tempts us with offers). Oreo thins sounded intriguing, so since they were 50p per box I got 2 of them.
This is true, they are thinner.. Moving on to my opinion...
Opening them up they are contained in 2 packages, which is a good idea for freshness. They smelt and looked like an oreo, albeit with less filling. That should have sent warning bells to me but it didn't.Upon tasting it I realised a huge part of the fun of oreos was the large filling, seen below in an ordinary sized oreo. 
Proper oreo!!!

The oreo thins still taste like oreos, but with less filling they aren't something I'd buy again. I'll happy eat them, but they aren't proper oreos to me, which are totally delicious. I suppose if you like the taste and want less calories then the thins are the way to go, but if you like the full oreo experience stick with the original size. 

These oreos were bought by me and not endorse by whoever makes them. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Nayu's Project Progress #34 Dipping into Ink Stamping!

Like this blog post!
It's been waaay too long since I've had one of these posts, and it's a quick one but I really need to head out and get groceries so I'm not super late in eating lunch. As the title suggests, this week I've been trying out ink stamping! It's something I've wanted to do but haven't had many materials for - my family were going to get rid of some of theirs so kindly gave them to me when I showed my interest. Here's what I managed to do in my first session: 
I still need to work on sensing the correct amount of ink on the stamp, and making sure I press firmly all the way round so the entire image is whole. I seem to press more lightly on the top right side of the stamp, so that's my 'homework' for the next session. It's super fun, especially with my favourite Gorjuss girls as subjects ^o^ They are my favourite brand for bags and stationary: my other blog, Nayu's Reading Corner, has a Gorjuss girl as part of the design. It was taken at a time the artist gave blog templates for free, so a friend of mind worked her magic to make fit it into my design.
 I'd love to hear if you enjoy stamping! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #262 Plant power!

This post was supposed to be on Sunday, but life happened including Blogger throwing a tantrum so haven't been able to post until today. I'm here now!

For those of you who didn't see on Twitter (I tweeted pics when I couldn't post due to Blogger issues) you can see the picture of  these pretty white flowers. The one on the left is an unknown flower - I got it from Marks and Spencers over a year ago, and somehow, despite my sporadic watering it keeps flowering. My cute African Violet on the right has also reflowered! This is from a cutting - I'm not quite sure if the original was the flower I had to throw out when my cat puked on them, or another one, but either way it grew and is flowering.  Today I now have 2 flowers! 
I love this African Violet because the colour on the edge of the petals make it look nice and dainty. I'd like to  have another flower, but I'm more than happy with 2. The other cutting of an African Violet hasn't flowered yet so nothing to show you other than leaves, which is why I'm not posting it. 

Here's what my original African Violets looked like - might try to get some more as seeing these makes me miss the abundance of flowers!
Craft has happened this week, more on that in the next post (probably Saturday, so long as nothing untoward happens). I'd love to know if you've done any craft or got some flower plants that you're proud of! 
It's a bit early but have a great one!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #261 Beauty and the Beast audiobooks + Cadbury's Chocolate Roundies

Best B&B retelling EVER!!!!

I will be doing some crochet tonight to yet another retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This weekend I relistened to the audio version of Beauty by a brilliant fairytale reteller Robyn McKinley, and I've just started her newest one (again a B&B retelling), made 20 years after her original one.

 Rose Daughter is so far very different, to Beauty, but it's a bit too early to tell how much I like it yet. I don't dislike it, magic is more prominent than in Beauty (which I adore so much!), and yes, give me a few more chapters before I form an opinion on it. 


Whatever you do, be it craft, audiobook listening, actual book/ebook reading, watching TV, listening to music - at some point you will need a snack, and today I'm talking about a new Cadbury biscuit - the Roundie! 
Here it is in all it's glory! (not my picture)
The name makes me smile - it is accurate - but my family discovered it this week. It is currently on offer in Sainsbury's - I'm hoping the half price discount will last until I go shopping on Friday. I tried one yesterday (or was it the day before)....oh my word it is amazing!!!! It's chocolate and wafer layers and what tastes like a caramel slash fudge, one that's similar to fudge pieces I've had from a luxury hot chocolate. 
I like loads of types of chocolate, but this is definitely high on my favourite chocolate bar lists! My family has mixed reaction, one vote for it's ok but not amazing, another saying it's rather good (translate as very good). I'd love to know what you think if you've tried them! 
Ribbit!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #260 Important Info: My Missing Blog Background

Some of you may have seen a ghastly image in the background rendering my blog unreadable. Apologies for this, it wasn't my fault. There's a major issue with the company Photobucket, which I've explained in the following post on Nayu's Reading Corner. I would have put it here, but yesterday after investigating the matter I needed the cute pictures to accompany the post (I tend not to use them as much on this blog). The short answer is I don't know when I will be able to reinstate the background as I'm clueless with web design. For now white will have to do.

Nayu's Feature Post #4 London Embroidery Exhibition 12th-13th July

This post is all about bags, so it seems fitting that I show you my main bag (I don't have many) - it's the lovely Gorjuss Ladybird girl! The other side is a little different, but this is the only picture I could find quickly online.

Note: Anything in black font is my own thoughts, anything in purple is taken from emails/websites, which I give the source where possible.


Company logo

This request came through on my book review blog, but since it's a craft themed event I thought I'd talk about it here! I didn't go, and as you can see from the post's title it is now over - this is the earliest I've been able to put the post together Here's the info from the email I received from Hand & Lock's agent (unsure of correct term to use in this instance. Might be publicist, but not quite sure). Hand & Lock explain themselves best on their website

Hand & Lock are London’s premier embroidery house providing embellishment services to the Royal Family, top European design houses, the Royal Armed Forces, Savile Row and members of the public. In our central London atelier we offer a range of services from hand monograms and bridal customisation to goldwork blazer badges and machine embroidered logos. Every commission we undertake receives the highest care and attention from our team of dedicated embroidery designers and expert embroiderers. Whether you are a top Italian designer or a new parent looking to monogram your daughter’s christening outfit the process the process is exactly the same.

This bag is by Aspinal of London Someone in my family loves poppies, which I believe these flowers are (no idea about what type the butterfly is - I can only identify a cabbage white!) The stitching is perfect, and  looks a sophisticated bag

Wow. That's quite an impressive list of clients, as well as being a long established business before the 21st century!  Even before seeing any of the pictures I knew the bags would be exquisite, and they are! I can pretty much guarantee none of them would be under £30 which is the most I've ever spent on a bag (I'm not a bag buying type of girl)
This beautifully coloured bag is by Jill Haber. I find the eye creepy, but ignoring that (a bit hard...) I love the turquoise and gold flower (except I'm sure it's meant to be a hand), with the stars accenting the corners. Not entirely sold on what looks like a bellpull, but overall it's a pretty creation.

Anyway, from the original email I was told that Hand and Lock is hosting the London Embroidery Exhibition featuring lots of amazing collaborations they’ve worked on over the years including pieces straight from the Vivienne Westwood AW17 runway and Mary Katrantzou.  Among these gems, we also have the ‘Embellished Bags’ – a project where Hand & Lock have teamed up with the following iconic hand bag designers to create an exclusive limited edition collection: Aspinal of London, Jill Harber, Vivienne Westwood, Alfie Douglas, House of Holland, Lost Property of London, BVS Design, Asprey, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Lulu Guiness, Globe-Trotter, Patrick Cox and Agnes B. 
This understated yet elegan Fleur de Lys bag is by Patrick Cox. I love the contrast between the plain white/cream and the heavily patterned symbol.

I've heard of Vivienne Westood, but that's about the only designer I recognise - I'm not really into bags at all, but knowing designers has nothing to do with admiring these works of fine craftmanship! I've saved my favourite until last, a modern design which while I'm not overly fond of red things (I know my bag is red, but it depends what type of red) this is the bag that grabbed my eye the most, and is by Henry Holland. I like the swirly bits and the way the colours both stand out and compliment each other.
A Hentry Holland bag

I hope you've enjoyed this feature post - hopefully there will be more exhibitions like this in the future that I can share with you!