Yeah! I won my tickets for Buck Tick concerts , Zepp Tokyo, Dec 2014! Also Buck Tick themed Book Cover Charms…

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I am totally ecstatic! I won my tickets in the pre-sale lottery for the Buck Tick’s standing lives at Zepp Tokyo this December, the Fish Tanker’s only Live on Dec 13th as well as the Dec 14th Arui wa Anarchy Tour Final!

I am so, so looking forward to my trip to Japan after so many years 😀  I am hoping B-T will do more concerts while I am in Tokyo, so maybe I will be able to catch more then these two concerts 🙂

Meanwhile, since i had been working on lots and lots of custom orders involving bookcover charms, I made these  Buck Tick themed ones for myself. I am not sure whether i will make them into bracelets or pendants yet……probably bracelets i think. Like a simple chain with one book cover charm hanging off it. i also made some of my Buck Tick themed bookcover charms with a half open Front Cover, so you actually get to peep into a page in the “book”.

I especially couldn’t resist adding the photo page where Atsushi posed with those giant butts, behind the Front Cover of the Rock and Read Cover! 😀

These are a heck of a lot of work to do, more then double the work on a regular book cover but I think they are worth it! They are made of photo paper, mylar, wood, paint, jewelry glue and layers and layers of varnish.

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I certainly look forward to wearing these once I complete them. Though right now its back to more custom orders! I accepted orders for 10 custom bracelets, followed by a bulk order of 50 custom bookcover bracelets, another book cover themed custom bracelet, a Mad Hatter themed bracelet,  then a Handbag/backpack Accessory as well as pendant necklace.  I also sort of agreed to work on a couple more custom bracelets, a Star Trek and an alien themed one for another two regular clients, all within the next 4-6 weeks.  I must be mad! 😉

But ah! for Buck Tick spending money and my looked forward trip to Tokyo, I guess its worth it!

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Anime Recommend Naruto Shippuden, themed jewelry and Etsy Seller

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The anime series “Naruto” and “Naruto Shippudden” was reccommended to me by a fellow Etsy Seller and once she started me on this series, this anime has become one of my favourite animes, ranking up there with Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin, Nurarihyon no Mago for me.

As such, Kakashi Hatake has become my favorite character in this series and I have been so totally taken by him, I have added several figurines of Kakashi and other Kakashi themed items to my collection! I have also made a number of pieces of jewelry themed after the series, from bracelet to ear rings, and  Accessories such as Backpack/Handbag/Key chain pieces.

I strongly reccommend “Naruto” and “Naruto Shippudden” to those who have yet to watch it. Its a little belated but hey, better late then never. You can find this anime on crunchyroll http://www.crunchyroll.com

The Etst Seller who inspired me to start on Naruto themed pieces bought my first Naruto themed bracelet. She is herself a marvellous artist. She makes gorgeous feather masks. Do check out her Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/leaplunkett

Only in Medicine Hat, Alberta……deer, rabbits and gophers!

Its been almost 3 months since my family and I relocated from Ontario to our new home in Medicine Hat, Alberta. We have sort of settled down but it has definitely dawned on us that we are no longer in Ontario. Each time I come out of a store, say Costco, I kept missing something….and then realise that what I was missing were buildings! You come out of Costco and there is this huge expanse of space…..plains which stretches for miles on end and its just blue sky and grass! The landscape here is one that to me is something which ones sees in movies…..something like a Hollywood western……..,totally unreal

Locals who spoke to us often ask us , tongue in cheek, how we like the trees here. There being none…… . Anyhow, when my daugther commented that she hasn’t seen  any squirrels around either ( and squirrels abound everywhere in Ontario)….instead, like our neighbour said, squirrels sort of like trees and but well, we have gophers!

Barely a week into our new home, we found this white tailed deer outside our window. She was busy checking out the bushes and new plantings of our neigbours from across the street. She leisurely made her way from house to house, into open backyards before disappearing off further down the slope.

The next day, we had the opportunity to see a buck using the pedestrain cross walk right in the middle of town. All the traffic had stopped and then this deer traisped across the junction, using the cross walk, before he went bounding off towards Tony Romas.

Yesterday, while waiting for the bus in downtown Medicine Hat, I had company . This white tailed rabbit was waiting beside me. He kept me company for a bit but he didn’t get on the bus though.

Its certainly been a big change for a city gal like me to move first  from the city, then to a smaller town but now, to an even smaller town out here in the West!

 

 

 

 

Casual Simplicity

 

Came across this etsy store deboy2000. Love her creations. Casual and simple,

Going Cats!

So, how do you know you are going Cats? You have an inkling  when you are spend the first night in your new home sleeping on the floor with only a blanket whilst your kitties spend theirs in comfort on their new cat tree. You wake up the next morning feeling every aching bone while your kitties are all bright eyed and bushy tailed waiting impatiently for their breakfast.

So, why are you sleeping on the floor? Well, you didn’t get time to unload your mattress because you spent that time getting a cat tree instead.

If that is not indication enough that one is going cats, how about realising that the first store you ever visited in your new town was Pet Smart. You find that not only did you  travel with a menagerie  when you relocated from Ontario to Alberta but you find out that your first order of business directly after you  have unloaded enough stuff from the UHaul truck  to have space, was to locate the local Pet Smart and buy a cat tree for the kitties.

Though there are plenty of signs as to who rule the household already when you realise that you spent an hour  at Pet Smart deciding on a Cat tree compared to the 1/2 hour it took you to decide on the apartment that was to be your new home……besides what you looked for in your new apartment was whether the bathroom was large enough to house the kitty litter box and where would the food and water bowls for the kitties go…..

Then of course, you had to purchase the cat tree which was NOT ON SALE because it was bigger, had 4 tiers compared to the one which was ON SALE which had only 2 tiers.

The next day after you had finally finished unloading all your stuff, you went back to Pet Smart for a 2nd Cat tree, for one piece of cat furniture just isn’t enough for your  kitties while on the otherhand you and your family make do with one armchair because that was the only chair you could bring along in your moving truck.

Then after all that, you find that your kitties much prefer sleeping on your one armchair and you end up sitting on the floor. That’s the time when that realisation finally hits, you are a definitely OWNED by your Cats!

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Relocation to Medicine Hat, Alberta

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UHaul Truck starting our Journey

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Massive areas of Frozen Lakes in Northern Ontario

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Arriving in Alberta

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Medicine Hat, Alberta

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View From Our New Home, Hills and Lake?

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Our New Home, Coming Up

 

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Our New Home, Apartment Building, Vantage Point

 

My Family and I made an unexpected move from St Catharines, ON to Medicine Hat, Alberta. Our decision was made within less then a week, so it was vastly unplanned. That was about one of the most chaotic periods for us but we have finally arrived and settled (more or less) into our new home

It was quite an adventure to travel in a U Haul truck with 3 people in the cab, 2 cats on leashes as there was no room for carriers, a hamster and two goldfish! We did experiment with MacDonald’s cups for the goldfish and sit them in cupholders. The main thing is to remember NOT to DRINK your fish! Though in the end we settled for sitting the fish in a container within a pail by our feet as we really wanted use of our cupholders. But it sure was plenty crowded and cramped to have so many critters and people in the truck.

It took us 4 days to reach Alberta…..the first two nights of our journey took us only up to Northern Ontario.Having lived in Southern Ontario for most of 20 years, it was quite amazing to travel that far north in Ontario and realise that wow, the province of Ontario sure is darned big for one and that there’s hardly anything up there! I guess most people are centred in Southern Ontario!

We did drive by areas of huge frozen lakes and the sight was pretty impressive. Pity my photos are not able to show the huge expanse of the scenery.

Two days later, we left Ontario and by the fourth day, we finally arrived in Alberta. The scenery has changed from one of forests and frozen lakes to dead flat plains and rolling hills. One could really see for miles and miles around and its just pure vivid blue sky and flat lands. It is an incredible sight for someone like me who is used to either cityscapes or landscapes with trees and houses.

There is a dearth of squirrels here. A common sight in Ontario but here, not a single squirrel. Instead we saw white tail deer and rabbits! And the Locals tell us that the deer here are pretty bold and that during hunting season, they know to come to town, where they are safe! Smart deer!

Anyhow, we are finally mostly settled here and look forward to many years spent in our new hometown, Medicine Hat. The Bird & I Jewelry Store has just re-opened for business and I have started working on new pieces.