MGC Experience

What a weekend it has been for me and it’s only saturday night!

Yesterday, I got to go to the Walibi Fright Nights at Walibi Holland (thanks to Boyfriends’ awesome job!) It was a little bit scary, I guess I’ve watched too many scary movies to really get scared quickly. The haunted house we got to go in to was a bit more frightening to me than the actors walking around outside, but still, I had loads of fun.

The scariest part might have been getting off the parking lot after the park closed. We got to the car at around 11.15pm and didn’t leave the lot until after 1am. Eventually, it stopped being funny and became annoying and a little scary as people were starting to get irritated and some drivers made some dangerous manouvres. But in the end, we made it home in one piece ^_^

Here's a picture of me with Little Dead Riding Hood ^_^"

Here’s a picture of me with Little Dead Riding Hood ^_^”

Today I got to help out with the stand for Animecon at the MGC Experience (website in Dutch) in Utrecht. It’s a one day convention that’s a lot smaller than Animecon, but it was loads of fun nonetheless. I got to talk to loads of people I hadn’t seen in a long time and sell some tickets for our upcoming event. But what I really love to do, is browse the dealerroom for lots of cute stuff. And I sure found my fair share!

MostCutest (website in Dutch) was there with their stand and did I ever need them, since I folded my last couple starts earlier this week. My dad gave me two jars that are simply begging to be filled to the rim with lucky stars! This time, they had even more cute designs than I’m used to, so picking my favourites was very difficult. Eventually I just had to force myself to stop looking and pay for what I had chosen already, or else I would probably still be picking through their box of paperstrips.

So many cute designs, I didn't know which to choose.. So I basically bought them all ^_^"

So many cute designs, I didn’t know which to choose.. So I basically bought them all ^_^”

I just love their plastic bags, even those are cute!

Another very cute stand was from Crafts by Cloud (website in Dutch), a newcomer to the anime and convention scene, but to me, definitely a very welcome addition! She makes very small, very cute charms, keychains and goodies with polymer clay (fimo). She admitted that some of her merchandise was made especially for this convention and so I couldn’t resist buying a Domo-kun keychain.

Even the little bag he was put in is adorable!

Even the little bag he was put in is adorable!

Check out her site for some awesome and adorable stuff ^_^ I kind of really want to buy all the cupcake cats, but I’m afraid that’s a collection that will have to wait…

One of my little less known addictions, and one I very rarely feed, is Ramune. It’s basically a Japanese softdrink that comes in cute bottles with a little ball in them. The trick is to not drink them too quickly, or the ball will block the bottle. There was a stand with loads of flavours and since I always keep the bottles once they are empty, I got a couple I didn’t have yet.

From left to right it's melon, pineapple, peach and blueberry flavour

From left to right it’s melon, pineapple, peach and blueberry flavour

Also, Domo-kunchain and a couple origami cherry blossoms in this picture.

And last, but not least, I fell in love with this little purse:

IMAG0733It’s perfect for bringing my crochet projects with me when I go to a friend, so I don’t have everything hiding out somewhere in the bottom of my bag. Especially needles and hooks have a tendency of escaping whatever pocket I try to keep them in… But not anymore!

After the convention, we went to a wok restaurant with the Animecon crew. Yummy food and great company is always a great way to end a fantastic day! But now, it’s time to get some well deserved sleep.

So, in short, I had loads and loads of fun!
What did you do this weekend?

Cheers, Lydia

Something else entirely

Sometimes, I don’t want to crochet anything. As shocking as it may seem, this can happen quite often ^_~ Luckily, I know other ways to pass the time, such as reading a good book and watching some tv. But every once in a while, that just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Around the same time I learned about crocheting, I stumbled upon another crafty passtime that blew over from Japan: folding Lucky Stars. Basically, you take a long strip of paper, knot it at first and then you start to fold it over itself time and time again, until you are left with a little piece at the end, which you fold into the star and then you puff it up by squeezing the sides. It’s fun to do and the strips of paper you can use for it are pretty much always printed with the cutest patterns.

Lucky Star paper strips

Lucky Star paper strips

I especially enjoy the shiny ones, not only because they look pretty, but also because the paper is a bit thinner and easier to fold.

Anyways, here are some pictures to show you guys how it’s done. Please don’t pay too much attention to my fingers and nails. The weather has been extremely dry around here lately and my nails still haven’t recovered from the acrylic nails I had put on for New Years.

Instructions

Instructions

First, you loop the paper

First, you loop the paper

Then, you pull the short end through the loop

Then, you pull the short end through the loop

Pull it tight and flatten the piece, you start to see the five-sided shape

Pull it tight and flatten the piece, you start to see the five-sided shape

Fold the short end over the knot and start folding the long end along the back of your work

Fold the short end over the knot and start folding the long end along the back of your work

Keep folding the long side over and over until you are left with an end that's not long enough to fold over completely

Keep folding the long side over and over until you are left with an end that’s not long enough to fold over completely

Stuff the last bit into the folds so that you don't have the end sticking out

Stuff the last bit into the folds so that you don’t have the end sticking out

Now, you have a flat star, but you still need to puff it up

Now, you have a flat star, but you still need to puff it up

Squeeze in the sides with your fingernails

Squeeze in the sides with your fingernails

If you do this all around, you get a nicely puffed up star!

If you do this all around, you get a nicely puffed up star!

I have been doing this for a while now and it can be pretty addictive. I try to limit myself by only letting me buy the paper strips at conventions. I got my first batch at Abunai! in august 2012 and went through it like a madman. Then, I had to wait until Tsunacon 2013 (two weeks back) to get some more. Here in the Netherlands, you can also order them online from Most Cutest. The people who run the website also give workshops at some conventions. At Tsunacon, they could even be found with their own table in the dealer room. Which was extremely crowded, but I still managed to get a good stash of new strips ^_^

I’m currently at around 850 folded Lucky Stars. I keep them all in a big jar which I really want to get completely filled up. Which could be pretty soon… I hope at least 1000 Lucky Stars will fit in there.

I wonder how many I can fit in here...

I wonder how many I can fit in here…

There are some numbers of lucky stars that have special meaning:
1 star: The only one
2 stars: Happy Couple
9 stars: Love for a long time
55 stars: Love you
99 stars: May the friendship/love last forever
365/366 stars: Whole year blessing
548 stars: Can’t stop loving you
999 stars: Endless love
1314 stars: Eternity love

So if you want to give that special person some extra happiness and luck, make sure to fold the right number of stars ^_~

Cheers, Lydia