Kalu’s Krafting: The Beginning of Bemani Plushes

First off, I’d like to apologize for the title and how it might make you want some macky cheese. You can always come over and I’ll make you some as an apology. This has been a post that I’ve been putting off for so long… I think I’m hitting about a year and a half after the initial idea hit me! Whoops~

Anyway! Welcome to my very first “I made a thing” post! I know it won’t be my last and I’m really excited to get this moving. I ended up making these plushes for David as holiday/birthday gifts because money is a jerk and since I like making handmade things for people it made the most sense. I learned a lot from these “prototypes” and I can’t wait to make more and expand into other rhythm game themed plushes! I don’t have many photos of these first two projects due to a crummy phone (I think I was using an LG Volt at the time. Honestly I’m not even that satisfied with the Nexus 6 camera now!) and not really planning this out properly, so I’m cramming the IIDX single dao plush and the DDR dance pad ravioli plush into the same post. Let’s go!

Continue Reading“Kalu’s Krafting: The Beginning of Bemani Plushes”

Crossing Animals! Early August Adventures in Stardrop ✨

Hello and welcome to my first Animal Crossing post here at PB&tB! I dunno how much I can really say about it to be honest but I thought a cute photo dump would be enjoyable. Depending on how I feel after doing this one I might branch out and just talk about whatever other games I’m playing at the time~ I hope you all enjoy this as much as I’m sure I will. 💖 Please be sure to let me know how you feel about it!

Continue Reading“Crossing Animals! Early August Adventures in Stardrop ✨”

August Update

Hello everyone! I know, I know, I’m kinda all over the place with this updating stuff still. I’m really sorry about that. My backlog of posts is huge! (You can actually see some of the ideas I have on my listography page. I love that site again.) I just need to take the time to edit things and work on some nice words to go with them. Things have felt so busy lately that I never feel like I’m in the right mindset for this stuff. I’ve been stressing out about so many things and my brain just feels like a heavy pile of mush. I really hope this lightens up soon. Being sad for so long is just exhausting.

This probably won’t be a very long post. Just a quick update on things I’ve been up to. Like these playlists! I made an Animal Crossing one a few days ago and it’s been super cozy and enjoyable. It actually got me playing New Leaf again to have a something to relax with.

One stitch in time saves nine! ☀️ from kaluminary on 8tracks Radio.

OK! from kaluminary on 8tracks Radio.

This playlist is a collection of Jarad’s work. Y’know. The guy you can listen to in that player at the bottom? My weird brother that does things? Yeah. I think I did pretty good with it so I hope you all enjoy it.

Beyond that, I’ve been playing a lot of DDR again. I have a post about the first day of DDR A in the works! It’s so much fun and it feels much more welcoming than other versions that came to the States. I’m way more motivated to get good scores and finally get a AAA on something. David’s actually been making vlogs of his (and sometimes my) adventures through this stuff. Feels great to be able to play.

I have such a backlog of games (that continues to grow because I have no self control) these days and I’m trying to truck through them slowly. You can see a sometimes up to date list here at my backloggery. For the most part I’m playing ACNL, DDR, Wild Arms, Dark Cloud, FFVII, FFXIV, FFBE, and Gardening Mama. When you type it all out it seems like I’m playing too much already…!

Michael’s likes to spoil me sometimes with clearance yarn so I definitely have more than enough to start learning how to make new things! I have some things to make for friends and then I’ll probably focus on some learning projects for me and David. Scarves, hats, pompoms, and so many other things! I’m really excited to be doing this stuff.

I’ve also been working on textured journals, a cute side project of lucky stars made from finished colouring book pages, and planning out some perler designs for the basement. So many things and it feels like so little time! I gotta remind myself to take this one project at a time or I’ll just get too overwhelmed and never get anything done.

I think that’s about it! I hope you all are doing well~ Can’t wait to add more content to this Brand™ in the very near future.

Fighto Dayo! Love Live at Anime Boston 2016

Hey everyone! Hope you’re ready for a lighter post compared to all the other ones, haha. Today’s the day I finally get my photos of my LL!SIF@AB experience posted~ Hope you all enjoy. 😊

This was my first time to Anime Boston as well as the first time I’ve ever entered a rhythm game competition of any kind! I was shaking like a leaf before, during, and after my set… what a mess, haha. The event was one of those “you have to have an account to enter” set ups. So many people signed up that they had to randomly select players! Surprisingly David and I were picked. There were five rounds–each made up of 20 players and we played 4 at a time. We picked round two so we’d be able to make it to the DDR tournament that afternoon. The winner of each round won a special hoodie for the event and the top winner out of those five won a trip to Japan! That means… out of the 100 participants, we only really saw 5 winners. Talk about pressure.

Continue Reading“Fighto Dayo! Love Live at Anime Boston 2016”

Oh, hey. Almost didn’t see ya there.

Hello! It’s me, Kalu. Back with another one of those, “I’m totally gonna get this going soon” posts. I mainly just wanted to touch base since not everyone follows my [various] [twitter] [accounts] to get the Hot News™.

So!! Here we are. It’s almost May of 2016 and I feel like I’m settling in pretty well here in the Boston area. I have health insurance, a new doctor, a dentist, physical therapy, and psychiatrist! I met with a therapist and I feel like that went very poorly (I swear, therapists shouldn’t cause a horrible episode of “am I just a fake oh no oh god oh why did I even try this” ever but somehow they keep getting jobs.) and she actually left the clinic not even a week after our session. I’m waiting for a replacement and am hoping that I’ll have a good session with whoever that may be. The main thing is that I’m on a good path for health in general and I hope that continues.

I’ve got posts in the works! Like, posts with images and neat experiences and new stuff! Not just mental health blabber! I’m doin’ it! I’m working on getting a big photo dump from my Love Live! official tournament day. I should maybe get acquainted with photo editing to add a watermark or something. David’s been helping me with it but we’re both pretty busy lately. That’s the mainly thing holding me back with stuff. Appointment after appointment… sheesh. But I’m definitely trying to take this more seriously! If anyone has any neat tutorials for simple editing, please send them my way! I’m also open to suggestions for software. I currently have GIMP but I feel so lost with it, haha.

I also wanna make posts for the DDR and IIDX plushes I’ve made for David. Someday I’ll open up a shop maybe for these things. Seems like it’d be really fun. I’m just hoping that I have all the photos I took still. Moving + new phone + general errors with dropbox sometimes means I could be without a few here or there. That’s my fault for not posting sooner, hyuck hyuck.

I’m reworking my theme here some and I’m hoping I can make it look nicer~ I’m working with a good friend to get some Brand Images™ made! I’m so thankful to have such talented friends in my life. I added Jarad’s music to a player at the bottom! Check that stuff out if you haven’t already. I know I talk a ton of smack about him (siblings are terrible I don’t recommend them) but it’s really good. He’s really great. I’m also working on a sort of “featured” page. You can check that out from the navbar. I wanna be able to promote the work of people I care about! If y’all have a blog that isn’t on blogspot/blogger (cos I can totally just feature you on the sidebar if you have one here) or a service or make music and want me to throw you on that page, hit me up!

Other big news… hm… Well, Midwest friends, we’ll be at ACen! It’ll be my first time in the area since I moved so I’m both nervous and really excited to see everyone again. I hope we can all meet up and have a good time~ Can’t wait to cry on a plane for the first time. That’s gonna be so aweso… suckish. I’m probably gonna have a bad time that first ride but I hope I adjust quickly.

That’s probably it for now. I thought even a quick wrap-up post would be better than more silence~ Hope you all are having a good start to spring! Tell me something neat in the comments or tweet me or email me I don’t care. I just wanna be able to talk to people more often. 💕