Crafty February – Summary

As mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted to try and craft something every day during February. The project was inspired by Inktober, which I sadly didn’t complete, but I still learned that it doesn’t take much for me to get the ball rolling. Having crafted very little lately, I decided to do something about it, and started Crafty February.

My rules were simple; craft something every day. I also wanted to only use materials that I already had, so even if I bought something new during the month, I’d not use it. I broke that rule twice, as I found some nice charms and a necklace that I wanted to use, but hey, it was second hand jewelry, so it’s not like I wasted a ton of money there.

I also wanted to craft twice if I skipped a day, which I was sure I’d do, seeing as February had some birthdays in the family. But nope, I actually did craft every day, and only once posted my craft on IG 2 mins after midnight. I even crafted 2 items one of the days, and could relax the next one, haha.

It also got me out of my comfort zone, which was very nice. I usually make bracelets in a style and with materials I know, so I’ve had a lot of stuff just lying around, thinking I’d use them… eventually. Well, this month kind of forced me to think outside of the box, so I finally did get to use new materials, learned new methods, and overall just broadened my horizon.

As far as playing it safe on some days, yeah, I did that too. I used my empty tea cups as backup for some of the days where I knew I wouldn’t have any energy and time in the end. Making a tea cup candle is a simple task for me now, as I’ve gotten used to it, so it was nice to complete a craft within just a few minutes. I only did that twice though.

Here’s a list of what I made:

17 bookmarks (12 tassels)

2 tea cup candles

3 necklaces

4 phone straps

2 pairs of earrings

1 keychain accessory

4 pins

14 bracelets

4 painted seashells

I’ve never done phone straps before, although I had the materials for them lying around, and it was also my first time to make a keychain accessory. The pins are for my new pinboard, and I will make more later this month. It was my first time using my tiny rhinestones, crimps and tubes, and also doing a real stretch bracelet. I’ve finally learned how to make sliding knots, and overall just tried out a few ideas I’ve had in mind for a while. So yeah, it was a huge success for me, and I’m very happy with the result!

Other than doing some pins, I will probably take a small break now, get done with Dante, and then write more on my story. I actually think I’m getting pretty good at making plans for myself that I can keep up with! Of course I still have tons of goals that are unreachable for me right now, but I’ll get to them at some point 🙂

Below is a gallery of everything I did, with descriptions about how I got the idea, why I wanted to make it, and what parts were second hand. I’m including the second hand thing to prove that old things can be turned into new stuff without even looking old at all.

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The road that crawled out the window and disappeared

I wanted to write a live update again, as the last posts were just anime reviews, and they were even scheduled *lazy* But honestly, I have no idea what topic to write about, because nothing special has been happening this month. The good thing about a personal blah blah blog though is, that I don’t owe anyone anything when I write, so I can just go on blabbing like a mad woman. And that’s what I’ll do!

We got a new monitor for the computer at last, which is very nice. It’s not some expensive shit or anything, as I just wanted something a bit wider than our old monitor, and that’s what we got. The colors are much nicer now, and it’s finally HD *chuckles a bit* Playing FFXIV looks sooo good now! Being on that topic, I got Warrior and Machinist to lvl 70, so I’m over half the way with my goal. Now I’m working on Dark Knight and Ninja, which is going very well, especially since the main scenarios give more EXP now.

I wrote about some rude men who came to install our new neighbor’s internet a while ago, and yeah, she finally moved in. I met her when she stopped by to have a look at the house next door, which had been for sale for over 2 years, and she seemed quite nice. Now that she’s here though, I really don’t know what to think of her. The same day she moved in, she knocked on our door to ask about the heating in her house, which didn’t seem to work. My boyfriend went over there to have a look at it, since we have the same heating system as her, but apparently it was broken from not having been used for a long time, and she’d need a plumber to fix it. Then she asked my boyfriend when he’d call one… Uhm, it turned out she thought we were her landlords, and thus we had to pay for everything that needed to be fixed in her new home.

Okay, so of course we are not her landlords, and of course we as her normal fucking neighbors don’t have to pay for any of her shit, so that’s what my boyfriend told her (in a nice way). And her parents. Because apparently they also thought we had to deal with her shit. She also asked us to sign some contract about getting help with her monthly rent, which we are not in charge of doing because we are NOT her bloody landlords, and which she is actually not even entitled to, because she bought a bloody HOUSE. So now I wonder why she moved here. It’s a tiny town quite far from the nearest city (the one we moved from), she has no car, she needs help from the state to pay the rent, and she never EVER leaves the house. Or well, to throw out garbage she does, and then she slams her front door like some angry Hulk, which annoys the shit out of me.

And oh yeah, the rude internet guys packed all their stuff and left shortly after she moved in, so now there are cables right outside her house that don’t go anywhere at this moment. It makes me wonder if she cancelled the whole thing when she realized that she has to pay for it herself? I don’t know, but she doesn’t have any internet now, and sometimes just sits and looks out the window. She seems lonely and bored, but I sure as heck won’t knock on her door to try and change that, because I really don’t know what to do with a person like her. Our neighbors don’t know what to do either. They have both asked about her, but don’t want to visit her, because she’s the type who barely wants to greet anyone. So when we were invited to our neighbor’s husband’s 90th birthday, she told us that the new one ain’t getting an invitation, which I fully understand, seeing as they don’t know her.

Well anyway, few days ago, some family of hers came knocking on our door, telling us she wanted to remove the antenna that’s attached to her house. Uhm, no. That’s for all 4 houses here, which she should know if she had bothered to read the rules and guidelines for buying a house here. It’s not like the antenna is in the way or something, she just wanted to remove it for the sake of removing it *sigh* So now I’m thinking, that she must be really fucking dense, and I don’t mean that as an insult, but as a dead serious statement about her mental health. She seems to be behind in her head, and her parents must be too, seeing as they too didn’t realize that when you buy a house, you have no landlord. I know that I am not in the best mental shape myself with my Asperger, OCD and anxiety issues, but I sure as fuck knew what I was doing when signing the contract for buying this house!

So, our neighbors give her 1 month, then they believe she’ll try to sell the house again. I give her 3 months, because then she has gotten the worst bills for gas and electricity (water comes only once a year). If she can’t even pay her rent without help, then I’m pretty darn sure she’s gonna choke on the other bills, as well as garbage disposal, insurance and regular maintenance. Oh, did I mention that she wants to break down a wall and install french doors? Bloody hell… At least we as chairmen have a say in that, because it could cause the roof of the house to crash. And what happens if she really decides to move again when the bills start hitting her mailbox? I do wonder, because if she still thinks it’s anything like an apartment, then she will probably stop paying the rent when putting the house up for sale, and then she’s in for an even bigger surprise, because that’s not how it works. Oh well, I guess only time will tell, but in case you haven’t noticed yet, I don’t have high hopes for her future here.

Thinking about me not knowing what to write, this is becoming quite the long entry. Anyway, I’m doing my Crafty February just as planned, and even better than expected! My plan was to post on Instagram and/or Tumblr every 7 days with an update, but I’m actually posting on both daily. I’ve not skipped a day so far, even though there were days where I barely had time. Making a candle is easy and quite fast though, so I keep the empty tea cups I have as backup. When the month is over, I will make a post here with everything that I’ve made, so no worries if you like neither Instagram nor Tumblr, as you can soon see everything here.

Next month, I’ll finish reading Dante, and write a post about it here. And I think that’s it for now. Phew, it ended up becoming a long rant about a person I don’t even know, although she’s been living next to me for 3 weeks now. I feel a little bad for ranting, but then again, her behavior is a little shitty, so whatever…

Juuni Taisen – Review & thoughts

After catching up on some series that I wanted to watch, I wanted to try and watch something that I knew absolutely nothing about, so I started smashing that random anime button on a lazy evening, until this one showed up. I got intrigued by the main image for the series, read the title, and then had a look at when it ended (because I didn’t want to start a series where I couldn’t watch all episodes within few days). I didn’t read the summary or anything, and had never heard about it although it aired last season, so I decided this should be the one to watch.

It all starts pretty normally, with a woman showing up to what is presented to be a battle tournament with 12 fighters of the Chinese zodiac, that were either chosen because of their bloodline, their capabilities, or because no one else was fit enough to take their place. Each zodiac represents an organization with power, and they all want to win. Why exactly they are sent to fight each other is not revealed until the end, but we quickly get to know why the individuals themselves fight, even if they don’t want to.

They are all forced to swallow a gem filled with poison that will cause them to die when their stomach fluids corrode the surface. In order to get the antidote, they need to collect all 12 gems, which means they will have to kill the other 11 contestants in order to survive. The winner also gets a wish granted, any wish!

During the first episode, we get to know the woman who entered the tournament, who is Boar, and the daughter of the last winner of Juuni Taisen which took place 12 years ago. During a look into her backstory, we learn that she is eager to please her father with her skills, so when he chose her little sister to enter the tournament instead of her, she decides to drive her sister into suicide to take her place. We also quickly learn, that one warrior has already been eliminated, so the Snake is out of the game before it starts, and his twin brother the Dragon starts off with 2 gems, although he was not the one who killed him.

This concludes the review of the story that starts it all. If you haven’t yet watched it, but want to, then go do so before reading the rest, because I want to write down some thoughts now, and they are filled with spoilers. You have been warned!

So, the first few episodes are a blast, and really beautiful to watch. But then I noticed that the characters die in the same order as the zodiacs themselves, which is also shown in the ED once you know what to look for. This made the show quite predictable in terms as to who is the next one to die (and who will win), but the questions of who would kill them and how were still interesting.

I also liked how Sheep didn’t swallow the gem, but hid it in his beard instead, wanting to use it as leverage to save his own skin, while thinking about how to win by letting the best of the others fight each other. He thinks nothing of Tiger, and deems her to be the weakest fighter, but shortly after, she is the one taking him down, not knowing that she didn’t even have to. His death also leads to the Rat winning in the end, which I saw as the red thread in this series.

A thing that annoyed me was the power Dog had. It would have made more sense for Snake to be poisonous, but since he died before the show began, we wouldn’t have seen Chicken become powerful enough to kill Dog, so yeah… It wouldn’t have played out well, but it still irks me that Dog was poisonous instead of Snake. Also, I wanted to know Rabbit’s backstory, and of course Ox’ wish, that would have been nice. Aaand the animation quality took a dive after the first few episodes, which was a bit sad, as it was so beautiful to begin with.

Before I end this, I just want to mention, that both the opening and ending animations were beyond gorgeous though! I really enjoyed watching them before and after every episode, and didn’t skip them at any time. The music was also very nice, and both opening and ending became stuck in my head pretty quick.

I enjoyed the show, it was a nice surprise 🙂

Tiny bits of a life