Thursday, 11 January 2018

Nayu's Craft Time #270 Life happens

Everyone go aww for this adorable baby bunny!
Sorry I haven't blogged recently (I don't think I have..) I intended to sooner but my body hasn't been liking Winter. I'm having my mega strong medicines tonight, so will be in Lala land until late next week. I haven't had time to preschedule any posts, and the secret project is still taking up my time and energy. Hopefully I can reveal it in mid-February, but other people are involved so I don't have complete control on the timing of it all. It will be worth the wait, I promise! Sorry this is so short - hopefully the cute picture brightens your day! I've mostly been gaming as it keeps me distracted and is easy for me to do. 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Nayu's Craft Time #269 The Mystery Project Continues

I hope you have a fun Friday planned! Today and tomorrow I'm busy with a secret mystery project, which I think I've mentioned a few times both here and on my other blog Nayu's Reading Corner. Craft is related to it a little, and I'm hoping I can reveal all in February! I'm increasing the fun by listening to a lot of Hatsune Miku music, my favourite vocaloid who has hundreds of music videos on Youtube. I'm thankful to have her video games to play with!
This is one of her yearly winter outfits!
Because of the nature of the project there probably won't be a post until at least Monday, as I'll need Sunday & maybe Monday to recover. Thank you for being patient! 

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Over on Nayu's Reading Corner #9 What 2018 holds for my blogs

Head on over to my other blog, Nayu's Reading Corner to see my thoughts at the start of the year! The link is generic because I can't put a link for a post which isn't yet up - if you know how to do that then please let me know!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy 2018!

Picture from a random internet search.
While not the 1st day of the year this is the first post of the year, so I hope everyone has an awesome 2018! I don't do reflections on the past year online, what I've read/gamed/played etc. I'd love to but with limited energy resources I have to be selective in what I do post about, and I prefer to look forward rather than back. 
Hello Kitty says it best!

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #268 Ebay incident

Internet shopping is fun, so long as it's done safely!
This is the last prescheduled (for now) post I've got, so hopefully I'll be over the initial side effects of my mega strongs meds which I had on Monday night. I wanted to share what happened on Ebay, just so you are aware of what can happen. I'm not against Ebay - I've used it since the incident, but this is more of a be careful post. It's a gaming themed post but because it deals with something that can happen with anything on Ebay it's here rather than on my other blog, Nayu's Reading Corner.

Not the bargain I expected
I've recently become rather interested in Pokemon, which is probably putting it mildly. Anyway, because of that I've been buying some guys - one from each generation. While a couple were a good price on Amazon, and Pokemon Yellow was on a digital copy, a few deals were on Ebay. The one in question was for a copy of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon for £16. Total bargain because while not the newest Ultra versions, two games for that price is incredible. 
Yes Eeyore, I should have known better. I assumed it was on the way in the post to me, so a few days later I double checked to see when it should arrive. Unfortunately that's when the incident happened. Ebay emailed me to say they had stopped the sale, because a third party had hacked the seller's account that I was buying from, so the items probably didn't exist in the first place, and I wouldn't be getting them. My account mercifully wasn't hacked, although I feel really sorry for the seller because it sounds scary to have someone sell things in your name when they aren't yours. I don't blame the seller at all. It was just frustrating that such a good bargain didn't exist! I simply got Pokemon Sun in the end, because outside of that fictional offer it was ridiculous to pay for both games. 

The moral of the story is there are good bargains all over the internet including on Ebay, but do check the listing carefully. There are some areas in the world where pirate copies of games/dvds are common. I'm not listing them but I did avoid choosing a copy from them. Where possible I bought my games from individuals rather than a company (all safely on Ebay) because I felt they were more likely to be genuine. Please do  a search to update your knowledge on how to stay safe when shopping online - I purposefully haven't included any tips in this post, but there are many good sites explaining what to check for. 
Light, cute & fluffy end of post picture for you to counter the seriousness of this post.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #267 Glorious Maple Syrup!

Simply delicious!
Last week I picked up some authentic maple syrup, the proper stuff without flavouring or corn syrup used as the main ingredient, because I really fancied it. I blame the Canadian Youtube vlogger I follow, Taylor R and who loves using maple syrup in her cooking -not the hilarious weird sweets she and fellow Canadian Sharla from Sharla In Japan make together - they are extremely good if you want a laugh, Taylor used to be in Japan but is now in Hong Kong, and Sharla is in Japan until February when she moves to South Korea. While I started watching them for being Japan vloggers, I'll keep watching them no matter where they live. They finally made something edible this year! I haven't binged watched Taylors shows, but seeing maple syrup being used made me want to have some, as I love the taste.
Here be a maple tree! From an internet search, sadly they aren't native to England.
I know there are cheaper versions around, and even a few which suggest they are maple syrup but actually aren't. A simple internet search will explain why the labour intensive syrup is so expensive - it takes a lot of time and effort to produce a small quantity of the dark sweet nectar that's quintessentially Canadian (Never thought I'd use that big a word in a blog post-yay!), and is totally worth it as a treat. Apparently maple syrup is three times sweeter than sugar, so you only need a little bit - I can confirm that it is deliciously sweet and I wish I could use it more often. 
A maple tree being tapped for the syrup

I haven't made a pile of pancakes to drizzle/gush the syrup over, although I am hoping to make some waffles soon and drizzle it in the holes. 
I can almost taste them! Sorry if this makes you hungry...
I tried it in milk and it was a tasty drink but quite mild, to get a strong flavour I'd either need to use a small cup or a large quantity of the maple syrup, which I don't want to do just yet. I'd love to hear if you like maple syrup and how you use it! 
Use the real maple syrup which only has maple syrup as an ingredient!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #268 Cat and human?

And zebra finches!!!
Those of you who follow me on Twitter, and read all my blog posts here know I love my tabby cat Belle ever so much. She hates winter a bit less than me, and likes curling up beside me or on my legs. She has the funniest and mildy annoying habit of sitting on people just when they are about to get up, or, in my case, sits down exactly where I need to sit. She usually gets up when gently poked (not literal poking), often stalks off in a half, but sometimes comes and sits back down on me. 
She can touch her toes easily!
Well on Sunday while I got ahead with my blog posts she sat on my bed while I was on an errand. 
"You want to sit here?"
I moved her, she came and sat on me. A blog post later I needed to take a photo of my current crochet project, which meant moving her off me. She wasn't happy, and surprisingly came back to me. 
"You work on this? You should pet me instead!"
Another blog post written I needed a snack, so had to get up and yes, she went exactly where I was sitting. I moved her, expected her to be extremely grumpy and not come back, but she did,
"Quit moving me every other minute!"
albeit with a large attitude problem, which later got moved to the end of my bed. 
"I hate being moved when I'm comfy!!!"
If you have a cat/dog/other animal, I'm sure you can relate to the hilarity of not cat and mouse but cat and human war of who sits where. I win almost every time - the few times I'm only going to sit a short while I let her stay wherever she is because it's easier. 
Belle definitely takes ideas from the famous Pusheen the cat!