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I’ve missed a few ‘Day in the Life’s so tried to make an effort to join in this time. Unfortunately it was rather a dull day, as you will see…

Woken at 8am by a text from a friend – one of the drawbacks of using my iPhone as an alarm clock. I’m not working today so spend an hour in bed checking my social networking sites on the internet. I do love my iPhone but its such a terrible time waster! Excited to see photos and reviews of Sufjan Stevens‘ live score performance last night in Brooklyn. Wish for the millionth time that I lived in NY so I could go to these events.

Finally get up & dressed. Have some breakfast and write out a shopping list. Need to do some food shopping and as I’m still in need of a winter coat, I decide to go to the Asda as there’s a TK Maxx near there.

Walk to the supermarket for exercise and to register the steps on my Pokewalker (Pokemon-themed pedometer). Listen to my newest music crush, Brite Futures, to make the walk less tedious.

Fail to find a suitable winter coat in TK Maxx or Next. I have very stringent guidelines for a winter coat:
1. Must have a hood.
2. Duffle coats are good but they should have a zip to prevent draughts.
3. Must have pockets.
4. Not black. Grey is okay but preferably a bright colour.
This may take a while…

Do the food shopping and get the bus back home for some lunch. My chinchillas, Maple & Truffles, need to have their cage cleaned out so I let them have a run about in the front room while I get on with this fun chore :/ Hear Maple squeaking from under the armchair. I can’t get her out so have to move the cage to reach her. Finish cleaning the cage and realise I can’t see Truffles. Search under & behind various items of furniture then see her under the damn armchair! Have to move the cage again to get the little pest out.

After all that excitement, I head out to Islington to go see ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ at the cinema. My sister, Marceline, had already been to see it and hadn’t been that impressed but said I should go see it anyway. Maybe seeing it in 3D would help?

Buy my ticket from one of those automatic ticket machines then continue the search for a coat while I wait for the film to start. Still no luck with that but do buy a lovely blue jumper in Gap. Check out the Christmas Town range in Paperchase – its so cute!

Have an early tea in Wagamamas and had a bizarre moment when I went to pay and found someone had drawn a speech bubble on my £10 note!

Mint sauce dodger me

???

Not entirely sure what that means :/

Got popcorn before going in to the film. Bit apprehensive about the 3D glasses as I have to balance them in front of my own glasses but it seems to work alright. Does get a bit uncomfortable after a while though. Eat most of my popcorn before the film starts then feel a bit ill. This is the usual scenario when I get popcorn at the cinema.

I’m impressed with how all the characters look in the film but very annoyed at all the changes to the book. The original story is much more exciting and I don’t feel the 3D really adds much. The bits of the film which followed the story were fantastic – such a shame there weren’t many of them. Just hope the next Tintin films are less disappointing.

Catch the 56 bus home to bed.

More ‘A Day In The Life’ posts here.

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Sufjan Stevens

Wishing many happy returns to the man who has given me so much happiness with his glorious music. Thank you, Sufjan.

Photo taken by me on 12/09/09 at ATP New York.

BUST Craftacular

BUST Craftacular

After receiving a reminder from Marcy (Asking For Trouble/Super Cute Kawaii) about the BUST craftacular this weekend, I took myself off to Bethnal Green, East London to check out some fabulous crafts.

At £70 a stall, the crafts on show tended towards the more accomplished & pricey end of the spectrum but there were also lots of cards and badges for limited budgets. The hall was packed with cool-looking people browsing the stalls and eating cupcakes in the tearoom.

The best part for me was the Tatty Devine stall where you could make your own charm bracelet for £2 a charm and add to the world’s largest charm bracelet for free! I spent some happy minutes here designing my own bracelet which is shown below.

Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet

Cool huh?! As you can see, I am quite the fan of stars & blue. I also spied a girl in a green Illinoise tee so just had to go say hi to a fellow Sufjan enthusiast! Shows you the nicest people go to craft fairs. 🙂

Felt Plush Envelope Prototype

Felt Plush Envelope Prototype

I was clicking about one day trying to find some kawaii gifts for Marceline‘s birthday, and came across these amazing plush envelopes by My Paper Crane but unfortunately they weren’t available to buy at the time.

My Paper Crane

My Paper Crane

Cursing my misfortune, I then found this brilliant tutorial by LucyKate Crafts and she made it look so easy I decided to make my own cute plushy envelope!

Blue Plush Envelope

Blue Plush Envelope

Blue Plush Envelope

Blue Plush Envelope

The grey one is my prototype and the blue one is the final version I sent to Marcy. I added a felt ‘stamp’ to the front and lined it with cute bunny fabric I got in Tokyo. I think she likes it!

*Many thanks to the very talented ladies at My Paper Crane and MaryKate Crafts*

Monsieur Le Bun from Super Cute Kawaii

Monsieur Le Bun from Super Cute Kawaii

Ooh la la! I was asked by the tres sexy Monsieur Le Bun from Super Cute Kawaii to choose 5 kawaii items, a task which I took very seriously! Head over there to see my pick of the bunch.

I realise it’s a tad late to be posting about Christmas but I thought I’d mention some of the lovely handmade & kawaii presents I received. They really cheered me up and took my mind off the horrible cough I’ve had FOREVER!

Pretty handmade earrings

Pretty handmade earrings

These beautiful earrings were a gift from Marcy and were made especially for me by her friend Tracey who looked at my Etsy favourites and noticed I like stars and blue! They are perfect.

Cute bunny notebook

Cute bunny notebook

This adorable Argyle Whale notebook was also from Marcy. What could be cuter than a bunny in a scarf?!

Hugging condiments set

Salt & Pepper Cellars

I love this cute hugging salt & pepper set from my friend Kim.

Kawaii purse & magnets

Milky milky purse

This kawaii purse and magnets were also from Marcy.

Acrylic jellyfish charm

Jellyfish charm

And my last gift was this amazing jellyfish cut from acrylic to Marcy’s own design. I was expecting one of her kawaii bunny pendants but she had this made for me as a surprise!

So your New Year’s Resolution is to visit Etsy, Folksy and other shopping sites featuring handmade goods and support the talented people who make such unique and wonderful things!

It has been discovered that these jellyfish are an entirely new species called Jellyzoa nicoletteiii or Nicolette’s Jellyfish, the only land-dwelling jellyfish species ever discovered. A typical individual of the species has 5 tentacles (though a 6 and 4 tentacled version has been spotted), a red or pink mouth and an adorably cute expression. Females can be distinguished by their long, girly lashes which are absent on the male. Both sexes sport a variety of garish colour combinations and love to be admired. Nicolette’s Jellyfish has no known predators and is often found with the Icecream Squid.