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. ūüėõ 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~


Sadaharu (Gintama) – Amigurumi #24

Boo! Did you miss the plushie posts? Of course you did. And so, here is Sadaharu from Gintama.


The yarn used for this project was actually recycled from an old project: the Hello Kitty scarf. Which in turn was made from yarn I originally bought for a Hello Kitty plush that never got made. So much history in this one little plushie!¬†This fluffy yarn is great, because you can’t see the seams and/or mistakes. On the other hand it sheds a lot, like a real doggy. Face is all felt, and the collar is a red ribbon.


I love the way his bright red collar stands out against his snow white fur. He is very small, so he can’t eat your head. Maybe this isn’t Sadaharu; it’s the small doggy.¬†I can’t say much else about Gintama because¬†I haven’t watched it yet. Although I would like to know the story behind¬†that white penguin thing…

Surely I’m not the only one who¬†can’t¬†crochet with textured yarn. Converting a¬†crochet prototype to knitting proved to be more of an ordeal than expected, and the end result wasn’t as great as expected. But I think it’ll be¬†worth it to see Tay happy.

And of course, don’t forget to top off with a kiss on the forehead so Tay will be blessed.


Sadaharu kinda looks like¬†Doge, don’t you think?


So compare. Much attempt. Wow.

So compare. Much attempt. Wow.


Sadaharu is a present for Tay. You may remember him from the whale tissue box.

I asked Tay¬†if he wanted anything from Anime North, and he said, “if you find a Sadaharu plushie, let me know!” I went looking for a Sadaharu plushie, but couldn’t find one. And I’m not just saying that because of the crafter syndrome; Gintama seems quite popular, but apparently not enough to be at Toronto’s biggest anime convention. :\ Humph. Well you know the drill by now. The original plan was to finish Sadaharu and give it to Tay as thanks for hanging out post-birthday.

Twin poses.

Twin poses.

For my post-birthday, he and I drove to the town centre… and had quite a journey doing so. Ask anyone who’s driven with me¬†about my direction-giving skills. >_<;¬†We went to the candy store and¬†bought a¬†box of¬†Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. Final verdict: good ones are good, bad ones are AWFUL.

We stopped into the pet store next door to look at the small animals. Two hamsters were running on a wheel. A third hamster came, shoved one of them off, and took his place. What a mean hamster! X3 Kind of a shame they no longer sell dogs anymore, but considering how they used to acquire those poor puppies, this is for the best.

Sadaharu and Leo are looking at each other.

Sadaharu and Leo are looking at each other.

We went to¬†Boston Pizza for dinner, and¬†Tay¬†introduced me to cactus chips. They’re basically potato chip-cut fries served with “cactus dip.” (Whatever that is; I think it’s blue cheese or ranch) I had steak. Yay, two steaks in one week! Sadly, this steak wasn’t as great, since it had a huge¬†chunk of fat on one end. Tay taught me¬†something: the tough, inedible, rubbery-yet-bone-like part of the meat is called the¬†gristle. Gristle is nasty.

Finally, we watched¬†Tomorrowland.¬†It was all right; the effects were incredible, but the movie¬†fell into that sci-fi trap of spending too much time focused on the scenery effects, rather than giving us an actual conflict/story. We got 20 – 30 minutes into the movie and I wasn’t sure what was happening, or why.¬†The sad thing about movie nights is that once the movie ends, so does the night. Our ride home was much smoother, despite not getting¬†our bubble tea and/or cinnamon rolls.

This is how I want my birthday to be every year: good friends, good food, good times.


By the time this blog is posted, Tay will have moved away. It probably won’t be so bad; I’ve gone almost a year without seeing¬†my two closest friends, so surely I can go a while without seeing Tay. Until then,¬†I’m not letting his number and Skype name out of my sight. I’m going to watch lots of anime, make lots of fan plushies, and save up lots of money so he can join us next year at Anime North! >: O Meanwhile, this picture is here as a reminder:

Just so we don't forget!

Just so we don’t forget!

*Bonus: I am going to enter Sadaharu in this month’s Knitting and Crochet¬†contest! The theme is Cartoons and Anime. I’m thinking of adding more entries; a Bulbasaur plushie is long overdue.


Are you a fellow dog lover? Have you watched Gintama? What cool things have you discovered thanks to your friends? Comment below!

Very pika. Such happy. Wow.

10 Things To Do on February 14th instead of being a Derpy Downer

You can Google search “why being single” and get laundry lists of reasons why it sucks/doesn’t suck.¬†Whether you’re celebrating¬†Valentine’s, Singles’ Awareness, Forever Alone, Friends’, or just Saturday, let this post be my present to you.

I prefer to celebrate Friends’ Week:¬†Friends week occurs the week of February 14. Throughout the week, you take time to do fun things with¬†your friends. If February 14 occurs on a Wednesday, it becomes Friends’ Day. It’s not very significant, it’s just ¬†fun thing to point out.

February is a stressful month, what with assignments due here, midterms starting there, and new semesters in full swing errwhurr. Maybe you’re a fellow Forever Alone, and are tired of hearing “you don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend,” or “you’re so lucky, I wish I was single.” (I’ve heard the latter too often…) And don’t you hate when the weather man says it’s going to be chilly outside, but it never happens and you’re¬†left¬†hungry all day?! That joke would’ve worked better spoken instead of written… See? The struggle is real!


So what can you do on Friends’ Day? Whether you’ve got a valentine or not, got friends or not, or got a quart of alcohol or not, here are my 10 things to do instead of sitting around moping about not having a Valentine. Right after this obligatory Archer reference, in response to saying “quart of alcohol:”


“A quart? This’s a fawty, shawty!”


1. Do something with your friends, that you don’t normally¬†do. Get together and order Chinese food.¬†Go bowling. Get pizza making kits and make the pizza the way you really want.¬†If you’re of legal drinking age, rent some hilariously bad¬†movies and play their respective drinking games. I recommend¬†The Room by Tommy Wiseau. You know, “YOU’RE TEARING ME APART, LISA!” (***Important Note: Although the legal drinking age in Canada is 19, Val does not recommend this game to anyone under 21. Please read the rules and play responsibly!)

2. Make yourself a special snack. Take boring, storebought cakes and turn them into strawberry shortcakes. If you would rather make them from scratch, take a look at this video.


3. Make naughty jokes as you make said snack. Here’s one: “decorating¬† cake is a¬†lot like sex: bigger isn’t always better.”

4. Bet you knew this one was coming…Cuddle up with plushies! Hugs not only feel good, but they are good for you! You receive the same benefits from¬†hugging a plushie, as you get from hugging a person. If hugs don’t make you happy, you can just put on Pharrell’s¬†Happy for the umpteenth time.

IMG_20150119_1129029505. Hug a puppy. I think people would be happier if they just took a second every morning to hug a puppy. The local animal shelter brought some cute doggies to visit our school a few weeks back. We also got free snacks and massages.

This one is called Edgar. He’s a doxie, one of my favourite types of doggies. When Abby the big rottweiler came, he started barking. Later I was carrying him, and when Abby walked by to drink water, Edgar went “grrrr….” I sang him a song called, “I’m so Edgar” by Doggy Azalea, and I think that calmed him down. There were 5 dogs in total. Here are two of the other dogs: Finnegan the Yorkie (aka Finn the Dog) and Abby the Rottweiler. Abby was very lovable; she kept going around to everyone and demanding love.¬†She was shedding like crazy, too.

So doge. Such day. Wow.

So doge. Such day. Wow.

6. Have a nice shower or bubble bath. For those of us who spend the weeks waking up at 6 am, standing in crowded public transit, sitting in traffic, pulling all nighters, hunched over a laptop… you get it. There’s nothing like a nice, relaxing bath after a long week.

7. Exfoliate and shave your legs. It doesn’t matter if no one else will see it, just do it for you. If you get dry skin in the winter,¬†use shaving cream and follow up with a good body lotion. Don’t forget to thank your leg hair for keeping you warm all this time!

8. Get a wax, just because.¬†This one is more for the older readers¬†out there. *cough cough* I had¬†my first professional wax this week, and I can safely say that as long as you go in prepared and use proper aftercare, it’s not that bad. Remember to have a warm shower and exfoliate before going in, and wear loose fitting clothes.

9. Holla holla get $. If you’re currently feeling down about being single on Valentine’s day, think of it this way: now you have more money to spoil yourself! You don’t have to worry about buying someone an expensive gift, or receiving a¬†gift you don’t like. And think of all the discount candy when Valentine’s Day is over! If you don’t have money, now is the time to put in extra hours at your job, or to start a new job. In my case, this is the peak season for people buying cute things for their sweethearts. Yeeh son.

10. Be silly. This one should come natural.

How did you spend Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Friends’ Day, Singles Awareness Day, or something else? Comment below!

Pika, so happy~