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2018 January

It’s a new year and I’ve been thinking it is time to work on some goals again.

I’m going to focus my blog on my crafty projects. I aim to make 2 projects a month and see if I can make and create as many things as possible. I had the perfect introduction but stupid technology had gone and deleted it when i uploaded the photo and saved that instead. Ah well. At least I know where I stand when it comes to technology… no where near it if possible! Also I won’t promise other goals might come up and be added to keep me keeping track of my progress but for now lets show you what I’ve made for January!

 

Already this month I have made a new pokemon themed sleeping mask- Charmander 😀

Along side Charmander I have made a Calcifer pillow. 20180126_214900[1]

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Make Amigurumi COMPLETED

A while back I crocheted a slenderman as my first amigurumi project. It wasn’t difficult at all but I felt that I couldn’t just say that I can make amigurumi after simply making one kind of amigurumi.

Today I made Kyo from Fruits Basket. Being tiny and lots of little parts I thought this was much more difficult to crochet and to assemble. But I’m happy with the result and feel confident that I can follow patterns and know all the stitches required for amigurumi now.

Kyo needs some eyes but I don’t have felt here in the National park however kyo is recognisable in his current state so I’m not worried. Yay for another goal complete

before assembly

before assembly

pretty cat design

pretty cat design

kyo =^.^=

kyo =^.^=

My crochet slenderman- on my first attempt!

My crochet slenderman- on my first attempt!

 

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Go Snowboarding in New Zealand COMPLETED

While I was on holiday I stayed in Queenstown. Queenstown is very popular in the winter time for winter sports. So I made sure to make time for snowboarding while I was in town.

I went snowboarding at Remarkables skifield. I got the hang of snowboarding pretty quickly and I went 3 days in a row!! Was tonnes of fun and can’t wait to go again. This winter has been pretty mild and hasn’t snowed very much so most of the snow on the runs are currently machine snow. But was not garigari (whatever that is in english I don’t know-since I learned snowboarding terms in Japanese…hehe) even though it was beautiful sunny days all week.

My rental snowboard

My rental snowboard

the remarkable view

the remarkable view

Snowboarding above the heavens

Snowboarding above the heavens

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Poi Basics

One of my goals is to learn at least the basics of poi.

I’ve looked into all the different common ‘basic’ poi moves and made a list. There is no definitive list of where ‘basic’ starts and intermediate/advance begins as a move may come more naturally to one person and be more difficult for someone else. And lists I’ve seen all vary. Anyway Here are the ones I’ve seen most often on basic lists.  Once I can confidently pull of each of these moves I will class this goal as complete.

Weaves

  • 2-beat weave (forwards and back)✔
  • 3-beat weave (forwards and back)✔

Butterfly

  • Inwards butterfly✔
  • outwards butterfly✔
  • Split-time butterfly✔
  • Angel wings/Behind the back Butterfly?

 

  • Thread the needle (Inwards and Reverse)

Reels

  • Shoulder reels✔
  • Hip Reels✔
  • Chasing the sun✔
  • Split time chasing the sun✔
  • The Fountain✔
  • Reel Turns (both directions)
  • Corkscrew
  • Buzzsaw
  • Windmill

Flower

  • Basic flower

Turns and Transitions

  • Hip/Reel Turns✔
  • Linking Forward and backwards weaves✔
  • Transition between butterfly – Reverse butterfly
  • Transition between butterfly and Weave✔

Lists I have found:

Poi Poi free Poi Tutorials

Firepedia

Home of Poi Poi Lessons (Also a real good place to buy poi and other fun (fire) toys. (also note lessons are NOT in order of difficulty)

Do more poi

Play Poi (Youtube channel/Playlists by Nick are AMAZING. You can see he is really passionate about poi and gives the most helpful explanations for how to do moves)

 

 

 

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Go to Stewart Island (COMPLETE)& Do the Rakiura Track(COMPLETE)

I had seven days off and Ryuichi was also on hoiday so it was perfect time to do something we both really wanted to do- Go to Stewart Island.

When I left Mt Cook it was snowing… my bus just made it over the Lindis Pass without snowchains (crazy!) but somehow we did it and got to Queenstown. It was snowing a little in town but not quite at that point. But in the morning it had snowed A LOT and our bus was cancelled.

After a lot of thinking and rearranging our plans we spent the rest of the Snow day having EPIC snow fights, snowmen and more Snowfights.

snowman

The next day thankfully the buses were going and we got to Invercargill. I got to catch up with family and friends. I really enjoyed that night.

The next day we caught a coach to Bluff and ferried to Stewart Island. The ferry ride was not so bad… But my stepmum slipped us some motion sickness pills. So that may have been why. The Fouveux Strait is famous for it’s rough crossing.

Once we arrived we headed straight for the Visitor centre and looked up water taxi companies. Due to being a day behind we planned on catching a water taxi to the first hut- Port William Hut and walking to the second hut in the same day… but no taxis were ‘available’. It was fustrating but we then decided we would do the track Clockwise direction and go to North Arm Hut first as it was the shortest distance to walk.

Ferry from Bluff

Ferry from Bluff

View of Stewart island from Ferry

View of Stewart island from Ferry

Waves on the ferry

Waves on the ferry

We arrived at North Arm hut at approximately 4pm just before sunset. We had our backcountry cuisine meals. They were surprisingly good (well mine was! and I was surprised at Ryu’s sheppards pie one) I was exhausted and was asleep by 7pm.

Sign for kiwis

Sign for kiwis

stewart island rainforest

stewart island rainforest

A little inlet with a boat

A little inlet with a boat

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North arm hut

North arm hut

We got up early and departed by 8am. It was raining and inside the hut it sounded like it was quite heavy- there was discussion of turning back instead of the long haul via port William back to Oban. But I was stubborn and said there was no way I was turning back now! A little rain wouldn’t stop me. So we continued on. In the forest it was still dark at 8am in the morning. We kept a steady pace and stopped every once and a while to listen to birds or take photos.

rainforest river

A view of the coast along the rakiura track

A view of the coast along the rakiura track

Kiwi tracks!!!!

Kiwi tracks!!!!

mountain views

mountain views

along the track

along the track

Tomtit on stewart island

Tomtit on stewart island

creek along the track

creek along the track

Surprised my camera made this shot!

Surprised my camera made this shot!

Close up of fan tail

Close up of fan tail

Rakiura sign

Rakiura sign

My favourite spot was of the beach with all the fantails chasing their lunch up and down and all over. They were almost completely oblivious to us, or at least so focused on their lunch they didn’t hide when we got up close to take photos.

We got back to Oban about 4pm. We had a good rest and caught the ferry back to Bluff the next day. It was tiring but glad I finally got to see Stewart Island. I would love to come back and take more time to enjoy it, see ulva island and eat a crepe at the creperiea.

Sunrise at Oban

Sunrise at Oban

A bay

A bay

 

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Sell something I made COMPLETED

My awesome friend, mentor and ally saw me crocheting one day and asked me to make him a hat- and he’d pay me for it.

A lot of the time people see me crochet they say this but never follow it up… but Bradley was serious and followed up on his word.

He requested an Adventure time hat. It wasn’t too hard to make and actually fun to make something customised for somebody.

Not the best photo but best photo with him wearing it that I could manage at the time.

*** Completed this a while back, Just haven’t had a chance to post about it

 

It's adventure time!!

It’s adventure time!!

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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chicken adobo

One of my goals is to Try 10 new recipes.

I have a kitchen but not for long, So I’ve gone and made the final recipe- Chicken Adobo. It was suggested by a facebook friend. And it is a Filipino dish. I should really try something that is made from the philippines anyway.

I followed the recipe here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/filipino-chicken-adobo-recipe.html

Ingredients
4 -5 lbs. chicken thighs
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp. black peppercorns
3 bay leaves
Directions
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Cover and marinate chicken for 1-3 hours. Bring to boil, then lower heat. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and simmer until sauce is reduced and thickened, and chicken is tender, about 20 more minutes. Serve with steamed rice.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/filipino-chicken-adobo-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

Result:

Chicken adobo

Chicken adobo

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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