Strawberries – Amigurumi #33

Summer may have ended, but the delicacies can be enjoyed year round.


This was inspired by Shan, my other cousin. When Korilakkuma was just a head, Shan was entertained by throwing the head up in the air. She commented that the size of Korilak’s head was the perfect size for a stress ball. However, she didn’t really like strawberries unless they were dipped in chocolate. And so…



Dark chocolate-dipped strawberry with a white chocolate drizzle. Yum! It feels nice to make something that isn’t Pokemon-related. And Arceus knows I need more colour in that dA gallery.

I don’t think she reads this blog, so this will be a present for Shan, when she comes over for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, I need to decide what to give Fei. I hope Shan and Shoonie will get along. Don’t worry, Shoonie, I have a present for you too.😀 (Even if you already know what it is)

Here is a “dummy berry” I made, to experiment with the shaping. It looks nice in mother Raichu’s garden, even on a rainy day.


Strawberries are cute, tasty, and versatile. They can be eaten alone, in sweets, in salads, and sometimes even as pasta sauce! It’s true, I once made strawberry pasta. It was… interesting. Twiggy was the ginuea pig. Hey, twiggy piggy!😀

Why not wear strawberries on your nails? I followed Bubz’ tutorial, back when I could keep my nails nice. And look who else got the idea to make a(nother) strawberry this week! Maybe great minds think alike.


Rilak vs. Korilak: Decisive Battle! Referee: Umbreon

You can make any food into a stress ball. How about a pumpkin, for Halloween? Or a slice of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?

Do you like chocolate-covered strawberries? Or do you prefer strawberries and creme? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Korilakkuma – Amigurumi #32

It’s about time Rilakkuma got a friend. Say hello to Korilakkuma!


You know that feeling when you fail to read yourown handwriting? That’s how I felt making Korilakkuma. Her head was going well, until the img_20160925_041302786bottom started to show obvious gaps. Luckily, I was able to count the stitches in Rilakkuma’s head. The rest went smoothly, and now Korilakkuma can chill with Rilakkuma. Look, she’s awake!

Korilakkuma turned out a bit bigger and chubbier than Rilakkuma. Perhaps it’s because she’s freshly made.

Recently, we had Kitty’s “Bachelorette” dinner. Korilakkuma wasn’t ready in time, but Rilakkuma ate enough for both of them. After dinner, he was happy to relax with her in my bag. Even if she was just a head, body, and one arm.


Rilakk… we’re just Rilakkumas in a bag.

Here’s the part where I amend and append some thoughts, from the Rilakkuma blog:


*tugs ear*

As you know, Rilakkuma is a “relaxing bear:” he likes to take it easy, eat snacks, and listen to music. Korilakkuma is the opposite: she likes to play tricks, and listen to loud music. Yet they are such great friends, because opposites attract. Can you imagine what would one would do without the other? Rilakkuma would never get his homework done, because he’d be too busy sleeping. And Korilakkuma’s mischief would not be cute; it would be annoying. Though one could argue that Rilakkuma still wouldn’t get his homework done, due to Korilakkuma’s trolling. But you know what? At least they’d have fun.

Rilakkuma liked to play with Panda, but maybe Panda was not his true play mate. Yes, Panda was also a bear. And yes, Rilakkuma enjoyed hanging out and eating snacks with Panda. And of course, Rilakkuma was sad and lonely after Panda moved on to a different bear. So sad in fact, that Rilak settled for bears that had nothing in common with him. But it wasn’t the end after Panda left. Panda leaving, was just the herald of Korilakkuma’s appearance.

So don’t look for Panda. Look for Korilakkuma. I hope you readers will find your Korilakkumas, too.

Who knows, maybe one day they will find a kiiroiori.


Have you found a Korilakkuma? If you identify more with Korilakkuma, have you found your Rilakkuma? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Umbreon – Amigurumi #31

At long last, another ami! This was made from a pattern by Wolfdreamer Off The Hook.

I’ve finished watching Inu x Boku: SS. It’s a nice, light series you can watch while doing something else. It’s kind of like Fruits Basket, but instead of animals, they turn into supernatural beings. And why not set the mood with a dark-type Pokemon? It’s Umbreon!(Click image for pattern link)


Oof. This turned out a lot bigger than it looked. Guess I missed the part where it said the ami would be approx. 8 inches. I attempted to work on this during the trip to FanExpo, but fat lot of good that did. The yellow felt was a much darker shade than the yellow yarn used on the ears and tail, so instead I made crochet rings. I ended up gluing them anyway, due to laziness. u_u

It can stand on its own pretty well.


Pondering life

img_20160917_194656318-1The shape of the head and body give me an idea for future Eevee-lutions. Have you noticed that all the -lutions have the same general face shape, while Eevee has a chubbier, more square-shaped face?

I hope Pokemon Go will be successful enough, to include gen 2. Umbreon is a solid evolution, but Espeon is cute too. Anyone else here still not have the update? *raises hand*


Ah… smart, half-asleep Val broke the yarn needle again. That meant poor Umbreon was just bits and pieces until we finally heaved the mattress.

Unfortunately, we were too late to submit Umbreon to Knitting and Crochet’s August Contest. Though I doubt this would’ve gotten very far (ain’t nobody got time for 10 deviations…) but it was still nice to finally post an ami after so long. Plus, it doesn’t feel right to submit a pattern I didn’t create. Maybe we can try making smaller versions of the other -lutions?

Oh my goodness… this is happening in Texas now. How exciting! Someone in Texas is also making the world plush. Poke-plush, to be exact. I wonder if we could bring this to Ontario?


Skinny legs club

What’s your favourite Eevee-lution? Or do you just like Eevee? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

FanExpo 2016!

We may not have made it to Anime North this year, but FanExpo certainly made up for it!

You’ve likely heard of FanExpo, Toronto’s biggest convention for ALL geek culture, rather than just anime. As you can imagine, it was jam packed, even for a Friday, and despite being during the long weekend. Unfortunately, Umbreon had not been completed in time. And it still isn’t. Womp.

As I’ve already made a post about things learned at Anime North, it is only appropriate to recap things I learned from FanExpo. So sit back, enjoy, and hopefully take a few things away from the experience if you’re deciding to attend in the future.



View from around the corner of Union Station

FanExpo takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) located in the downtown core, near the CN Tower and Rogers centre. Not to be confused with the TCC, which is in the West End. If you live near the subway or GO train, it should be easy to find your way down. One rule I’ve learned about taking the TTC is, “as long as you can find your way to the subway, you’ll be fine.”

FanExpo was much easier to reach than Anime North. From Union Subway Station, just walk up to the main road and follow the crowd down Front Street. At first, I tried following a Deadpool and his dad, but they seemed lost as well. A trick to remember is, “find the main street, and then follow that toward the CN Tower.”

It’s even easier if you take the GO train, because you can just follow the covered path to the South Entrance. This was much easier than going to Anime North, which requires you to take another bus after getting off the subway. And it’s easy to access from the GO train, which makes it even easier for people who come from far away. Even though Umbreon didn’t have eyes, it enjoyed the journey, as well.


Hello FanExpo 2016!

It only took an hour to get downtown by subway, if you initally take the Express bus. But it’s a good thing I got there right as the registration opened, because it gave enough time to look around Vendor’s Alley.

Vendors’ Alley

Consider this part 1 of the Alley visits. Here, you can buy prints, as well as receive autographs and photo ops with your favourite celebrities. Panels and autograph sessions don’t start until 11:00, so take your time looking around, and figuring out where things are; the escalator layout in the MTCC is quite bizzare.

Why be a Pika IN a bag, when you can be a Pika bag?


And Umbreon found itself.


Don’t worry, Umbreon. You’ll look just like this… eventually.

Although it was Stan Lee’s last year going, I didn’t get a chance to see him. But it’s okay, since autographs and photo ops with him ran up to $119! It must’ve been exhausting for him, since people were continuing to come up when he was trying to sit down and take a break. “With great power comes great responsibility,” I suppose? XP Really though, I hope Mr. Lee will be okay until the con is over. Can you believe he’s turning 94 this year?!

Vendor’s Alley is also where you can learn about new series, and obtain more information about shows and web series you already follow. This is where I found out about Super Geeked Up. For those who have heard of them, yes, Jeff Burns is a pretty cool guy in person. For those who haven’t, they’re basically a geeky comedy show, and later that day, they did an improv show reenacting classic movies in funny ways. Or so they said, I missed it.😦

But yes, I have watched the first episode of Super Knocked Up. Honestly, I think I like it better as a comic, rather than the video format. It’s got a hilarious premise (super villain gets pregnant by super hero, hijinks ensue) but the first two episodes are very…slow. When reading a comic, you automatically assume that time is passing from panel to panel. But in the videos, they’ve recreated the scenes in real time. Maybe they were trying to get a laugh out of the awkward silences? I feel the first two episodes could’ve easily been squished into one. But the season finale was intriguing enough that I do want to keep watching, despite the Dumbledore they’ve pulled with Jessica Jones in season 2, so let’s see where this goes.

Check out Super Geeked Up’s official website. And if you’re interested in watching their videos, or Super Knocked Up, check out their Youtube channel or Facebook group.



The best part of FanExpo is that people are allowed to dress up as Marvel/DC characters. Yet, I found myself drawn toward the video game/animation characters. And I didn’t get a proper picture of the Darth Vader lineup. Womp.

First, let’s enjoy this Katara done right. As well as Sokka, Momo, and Suki.


Know what we should do next year? Make a bunch of tiny mascot plushies, and get their cosplayers to pose with them. I saw a couple cosplaying Cosmo and Wanda, (Fairly OddParents) and thought it would be great to get a picture of them with Baby Poof. Or even this awesome Link and Sheik, with a Navi plushie. Wait, this is Twilight Princess Link, so it’d have to be Midna.


Should’ve asked Sheik to play “Thor and Dr. Jones”

Sadly, I didn’t cosplay this year. I just wore my shirt with all the Doctors from New Who. (New Doctor Who) They did have a booth for Doctor Who Canada, and the people there looked exactly like the 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors, River, and Clara. I wonder if they attended Alex Kingston’s panel?

FanExpo 2016 drinking game: drink every time you see a Harley Quinn cosplay. Take another drink if it’s the one from the comics, TV shows, or most media until now. If you’re playing the hardcore version, or just don’t care about your health, drink every time it’s the one from Suicide Squad.  (By the way, you could totally hear Margo Robbie’s accent slipping. It wasn’t a bad thing, it was just one of those things you can’t help but notice)


Celebrity Guests

Ahh, another great thing about FanExpo: the celebrity guests! I got to see Charles Martinet (voice actor for the one and only Super Mario) and Alex Kingston (River Song from Doctor Who) in person. Is it sad that you never imagine them as being real people, until you see them in person?

Sadly, Veronica Taylor (original voice of Ash from Pokemon) had a panel the day before. And I missed her autograph session. But it’s okay, not like I had an Umbreon for her to sign. In fact, it didn’t cross my mind to bring some of Peck Peck’s Mario games for Charles Martinet to sign. That would’ve made a good present, since I didn’t find anything for him.:\

I won’t talk much about the celebrity guests here, because I want to save that for future posts about the characters they’ve played.

What I learned: Bring memorabilia for your favourite guests to sign. Autograph prices are a lot cheaper if you bring your own material. And they make great presents for the nerd in your life who is hard to shop for.


Artists’ Alley

Time for every crafty person’s favourite spot! This is where you do most of your walking, so be prepared if you’re cosplaying in heels. Or barefoot, as one brave Robin (Fire Emblem) cosplayer did. And expect traffic to be slow, when you’re weaving through stalls, stopping to browse, or trying to get past people who have stopped to browse. Here are some bows that were on sale at one of the front booths. I wonder where they get this printed fabric? It would make cute pyjamas:

I got Shoonie two bows. BUT WHAT KINDS COULD THEY BE? Are they featured above? Are they a different kind? You’ll have to wait and find out. 8D

I met a fellow crocheter named Maria. She ran a booth selling crochet cozies, gloves, and creative barettes. One barette was a gigantic donut! Maybe I should’ve gotten that for Baker Shoonie. Maria was also selling perler bead bows, some of which had a Pokeball in the middle. Sigh, here were much more creative bows, and for the same price as the ones from the first stall. I should’ve looked around, before buying the two from the stall up ahead. >.< Maria was cool about me just browsing for ideas, which was nice of her. There is a rule now: my close friends and family are not allowed to buy plushies from anyone but me. Hey, good things come with a price! Literally.

If Maria is reading this: Hi Maria! Good luck with your cutie crafts!😀

Here are links to Maria’s shop, as well as other cards found around the alley:

Nerdifacts (Highly recommended for cuteness!)

Atomic Ami (More cute amis)

Cakes Cove (Crafty Bakery)

Imaginism Studios (Cool artwork, and a business card of a cute bunny)

Geek At Heart (Bronze work)

Grumpycakes (Cute, cartoony illustations)


While walking around, guess who else happened to be there? Kitty! He was with Amy, who is cute. Thanks to Amy, I got over my concerns of buying something for myself. Hey, this will look great laminated and hung up on the wall. Those InuYasha and Naruto posters were getting stale. I hope this time next year, the three of us can attend together again, alone with a fourth person. *River Song voice* Spoilers~ ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ

And it’s kinda neat to see a real life copy of a drawing you’ve only seen on deviantArt. I’d seen this artist’s work around dA before, and love her use of bright colours and lights. She also had a Zelda pic, but… it was NSFW. And I live with my parents, so. (Click image for original dA post)


What I learned: Look around before buying. You might find a cute plushie at one booth, but you might find something even better at another booth. And if possible, wait a day or two for prices to drop. If you’re meeting up with people, use the garbage bins around the cafeteria as landmarks, since they’re the easiest ones to find. Or better yet, arrange to meet up and walk around together before the con begins.


Final Verdict

Even if it was only for a day, and I was alone most of the time, FanExpo was great. Although many people were not in cosplay, it still felt out of place to be in regular clothes. I’m not sure if they have scheduled photo shoots for each series/fandom like AN did, though I guess with all the different fandoms and genres present, it would be impossible to accomodate everyone.

It’s easy to have a journey of self-reflection when you’re alone. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until I started walking with Kitty and Amy, that my feet and legs started to hurt. Though aching legs usually only happen when….uh oh. ;w;

And this concludes our Sunday reading. Here, have an orange R2-D2. He was beeping and squeaking just like in the movies. It’s too bad you had to pay extra to see Mark Hamill; I wonder if he did a special skit with this R2.


Did you attend FanExpo? If so, which celebrity guests did you see? Which ones would you like to see? If you didn’t attend, have you attended in the past? Would you like to attend? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~


30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 3 – Favourite Food

Most people associate soup with cold winter days. But I believe there’s never a wrong time for a nice bowl of soup. Thick soups make for filling meals, and noodle soups are great light snacks. Out of potato chips? Just shake up a bag of raw Mr. Noodles and the soup stock! But don’t tell mother Raichu I said that.


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As you can probably tell, this particular drawing was inspired off the ramen Sosuke’s mum made in the movie, Ponyo (on the Cliff by the Sea). The trick is to close your eyes and wait three minutes. It doesn’t work if you peek!


The truth is, I still haven’t seen Ponyo. After delving deeper into the wonderful world of interactive entertainment known as “vidya gaims,” it has become harder to sit idle and watch movies, in which the characters follow a straight path, upon which you have no influence. Even if the video game is linear, you have the feeling of knowing the story cannot progress until you do something to help them along.

The most fascinating part of Miyazaki’s films were the little details that make things feel so much more three dimentional. From Chihiro tapping her shoes in Spirited Away, to Pazu licking his lips before playing his trumpet in Castle in the Sky, these little details stay true to real life, and make the movies feel like both fantasy and reality rolled into one. In Ponyo, it’s the inclusion of this very simple trick you can do for kids. And for yourself, on those days when you also want tea.

You might recall a previous post, in which we tried the 3-minute ramen recipe. If you want a more vegetarian-friendly recipe, skip the ham and eggs, and add a spoonful of organic peanut butter. It tastes like pad Thai. Don’t forget the 4068!* (You know you’ve been working at the grocery store too long when…)

And thus concludes another brief post about the drawing challenge. We’re nearly at the next plushie post! What could it be?! Here’s a hint:


Going back to where it all began…

How do you like your instant noodles? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

*That’s the PLU for green onions, by the way.

30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 2 – Favourite Animal

Truth be told, I like all kinds of animals. But being a dog person in particular, this funny little guy came to mind:


Daschunds combine two of my favourite things: doggies, and food. Ta-da! Sausage dog! As you can see, I had improved somewhat in my colouring techniques. One of the best tips is to not be afraid to press harder when colouring. Also, try using the very tip of the pencil, rather than laying it on its side.

I went back and touched up this doggy, after realizing the shading on its back leg was actually not too bad. You know, I never liked when people took pictures of their drawings, because they would hold the drawing (creating an obvious dent in the page) or turn on flash. (Seriously bro, what is your life about?) But after seeing what scanning does to pencil drawings, taking pictures may not be a bad idea. Now, if I could just get the lighting right…

And now, some sausage dog stories. Because everyone likes dogs, right?


Percy the Dog

I once went with M to his friend’s birthday party, and the friend had two doggies: a white dog (Maltese, I think?) called Sophie, and a sausage called Percy. When I tried to pet Sophie, Percy came, shoved her out of the way, and put his snout in my hand. Later, when I was sitting on the porch step, he squeezed himself under my legs, and he felt like a squishy pillow. When M came outside, Percy ran away, and I was upset with M for scaring him away. M was forgiven after he gave me a drink.😛 Percy was also staring at me while we were eating dinner. I think he was confused as to why I was eating a sausage. His eyes looked like he was saying, “but… I thought you loved me!”

You might also remember Edgar, a long-haired daschund from doggy days a couple years back. I sang him a song called, “I’m so Edgar” by Doggy Azalea. It went as follows:

I’m so Edgar,
you already know,
I’m in the Edgar,
from Edgar to Edgar land. (8)

He had a bit of small dog syndrome: when Abby the big rottweiler came, he started barking at her. XP; Here is a video of me feeding him doggy snacks. (Warning: Vertical video incoming)

Finally, Top Hat drew this for me, for my birthday. Now, I just need to find the right frame. (Click for original link)


Doggies are great, aren’t they? I often wish I had one for companionship, but too many factors stop me from getting one. Oh well… hopefully one day I can post about doggy DIYs. Other girls my age are all, “OMG LOOK AT MAH NEW BABEH” while posting pictures of their, well, human babies. I’ll be that one lady who’s 30, wears dresses from Hot Topic, and when I say “new baby,” I’ll mean furry baby, as seen above.

And that wraps up this week’s post. Tune in next time when — gasp! — a new ami will appear!

What is your favourite kind of dog? Or do you prefer cats? Have you attempted the 30 day drawing challenge, as well? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~

Getting Back in the Habit: Drawing Challenge Day 1

For the Shoonie and Top Hat who still read this blog, you will know that I turned 25 at the end of May this year. Which means this blog has been active for two years.

Make that a year and 9 months. Yuck! I don’t like being an adult; all you do is go to work, and even on your days off, you struggle to wrangle your friends together for some relief.

I’m not going to make any more excuses as to why there haven’t been any new posts. So instead I will find excuses to make more posts. Let’s go back to the creative roots where it all began: with drawing.

I used to draw all the time… and then I got a laptop. Sigh. Top Hat suggested I try an art challenge to get back in the swing of things. You’ve likely seen 30 day fitness challenges floating around the internet: the end result is to have toned muscles, reduced body fat, and a general improved state of well being by the end of day 30. But why should big butts and toned abs have all the fun? There are all kinds of challenges, from reading and writing, to daily puzzles, and of course exercising. If you miss one day, don’t worry. Just pick up from where you left off, and continue.

I picked this drawing challenge because it had the cutest mascot in the corner. If you’d like to try out the challenge for yourself, here is a link to where I found it.

One way to get things done is to break it up into smaller, more manageable tasks. This drawing challenge is nice, because it encourages you to simply draw one thing per day. And it doesn’t have to be good… but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be good, na’am saying?

For the next few blogs, I’d like to talk about these 30 day challenge drawings. I chose the things for a reason, and hope you will enjoy reading about them.


Entry #1 – Yourself



So what to say about this self-portrait? How about, “this is the first thing I’ve drawn in ages.” You might recall the derpy little avatar I’ve drawn in other posts, but this time I drew it using pencils and ink, not the tablet. This is due to the fact that my tablet (which still works beautifully, despite being over 6 years old) cannot be installed on my new laptop. And so, I took out the huge box of coloured pencils I bought from Staples (so you know these things are even older than the tablet) and coloured the drawing myself. Sadly, I might not be able to get Photoshop and my tablet installed on this laptop. As one classmate said, “CDs?! What is this, 2010?”

Sigh. It’s a bit disappointing to see my drawing skills haven’t really improved since high school. Then again, that was the last time I truly sat down and drew for fun. I also cropped the feet, because how do I feet? I also tried colouring, but something just always feels wrong about the way I shade. I mean, it doesn’t look right. Perhaps it’s time I looked up Prisma colour tutorials.

This challenge is going a lot slower than expected. But I’d like to think it’s at least breaking out of the rut. Hey, there’s a post this week, isn’t there?

It appears that the knitting and crochet clubs on dA have been quiet, as well. But with recent events, they are back in business and have an appropriate contest going on! Here’s to hoping we can get in an entry!

What do you think should be the contest entry? What do you think day 2 holds? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~