Craft Creations: Silk & Foam Clay Ugly Monster

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for my on and off silence over the last few weeks. At first, I was just trying to stock up on ideas, but then I started a new job. I’m currently working as a morning cleaner and I’m having a lot of fun there. Not only am I getting along with my co-workers, but I’m taking a big step forward with my anxiety issues. The downside is that I’ve been a bit more tired lately, so I haven’t been able to do as much as before.

For my first (hopefully of many) post back, we’re starting with another Craft Creation. Now sadly, this item is no longer for sale at Hobbycraft, but you can buy it on Amazon. There is only a set amount available for purchase, so be quick and grab them while you can!

My experience with clay consists of rolling ‘sausages’ out of Play-Doh when I was in primary school, so I was nervous about starting this project. Admittedly, the instructions were nothing more than lackluster. Aside from pictures of the steps, there was no explanation.

The clay was interesting to use. I’d often seen people complaning about the smell and the sticky texture, but I didn’t find it so offensive. If anything, I think it added to the fun of the experience.

In the set, you had a couple of polystyrene balls to help you mould the main body and a plastic tool to help break up the clay and shape it. While I was intimidated by the thought of somehow getting it wrong, when I started I really enjoyed the imaginative freedom.

As you can see from the picture above, my monster wasn’t completely symmetrical and some of the pieces were wider than they probably should have been, but I was still really proud of my results. I think my little monster is quite sweet and still makes me smile when I see it.

As intimidating as it was to start, I’m glad that I did. Is there something you’ve been dying to try, but have been too worried to start? Share it in a comment below or tweet me at @kimanamccallum.

You’ve Got Mail! Abominable Book Club Unboxing (November Spoilers)

Another month, another subscription box.

In this Abominable Book Club box the main item was Lois Murphy’s Soon. This novel is about a town suddenly overcome by a strange mist with something sinister hidden inside. The townspeople are forced to stay away from the darkness, including Pete who, after saving a woman’s life, discovers that he must leave town or else he’ll die…soon.

This sounds like a really interesting story that could go in a lot of directions. I cannot wait to see what happens in the book and whether Pete will survive the danger in the dark.

My secondhand book was another Stephen King novel. Honestly, I was worried it would take me years to collect all of the King novels that I want to read, but I think if I give it a few months I’ll have them all.

This time I got Dreamcatcher. Set in Derry, Maine (like so many of King’s books), a group of boys befriend a bullied disabled boy who begins to share his unique powers with them.

Admittedly, this is one of the books that wasn’t high on my priority list, but I’m glad to have it as a part of my collection.

Our treat for this month was another bar of Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company’s chocolate. This month it was honeycomb and orange. Long story short, it was delicious and didn’t last a day.

This was another great box and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

A Lush Novice Attempts to Bath Bomb: Halloween Special! Bewitched Bubble Bar Review

A few weeks ago, I was brave and actually went inside a Lush store with my older sister. We were promptly greeted by a lovely sales assistant who complimented my sister’s Harley Quinn bag (which I brought for her birthday a couple of years ago) and showed us a couple of their special Autumn/Halloween products.

As two spooky gals, my sister and I immediately fell in love with everything and had to hold one another back from buying out the store. To be honest, I was a little sad that I couldn’t get another product because it just wasn’t in my price range, but I was lucky enough to pick up the bubble bar pictured above.

Bewitched is a cat shaped bubble bar which you crumble under the water. It will then transform your bath into a beautiful, bubbly, pitch black dream. It was really great seeing as the black overtook the clear water, moving through it in a gradient from clear to grey to black.

I had never used a product with bergamont before, but when I first took a sniff in the shop, I thought it was amazing. Usually I’m not a big fan of very rich scents, but this one was lovely. It mixed together with the blackberry scent wonderfully and I found myself feeling relaxed and happy as I quietly enjoyed my bath and listened to The Vampire Lestat on audiobook.

This is my favourite Lush product I’ve ever brought and I definitely plan to purchase it again next year. If you’re interested in getting this bubble bar, it is still available online (definitely) and in stores (possibly) for £5.50 per bar.

Now, fly! Fly my pretties and purchase this bubble bar of spooky happiness. Or, you know, buy it online.

I’d like to end this post by thanking everyone who has taken the time to read my reviews. I appreciate every one of you and cannot begin to explain how much it means to me. Hopefully I’ll be posting something of interest for you again soon x

You’ve Got Mail! Abominable Book Club Unboxing (October Spoilers)

Today we’re looking at another book subscription unboxing with the October Abominable Book Club.

The main item for this month was Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It. This book follows Julie and James as they move into a new home after struggles with James’ gambling addiction, but their new home isn’t what it seems. As the already claustopobic structure changes before their very lives, Julie becomes victim of the house’s cruel intentions.

This book seems like a really interesting psychological horror that I’m looking forward to reading when I get the chance. A lot of the horror books I’ve gotten lately have been supernatural in some way or another, so I’m happy for the diversity.

My secondhand book for this was Cujo by Stephen King. I am really, really looking forward to reading this book. For those who don’t know, Cujo is a story about a Saint Bernard that follows a rabbit into what was a rabbit warren, but is now home to rabid bats. Cujo becomes sick – very sick – and the trusted canine companion becomes an unknown monster.

This month we got a copy of The Ghastly, a Welsh magazine based on Penny Dreadfuls. This months issue is based around The Ghastly Freak Show and contains stories of strange and wonderful characters. The illustrations and details in the magazine are what really stand out to me on first glance and I’m hoping the stories hold up to the high standards set by the images.

This month our treat was Welsh Shortbread with dark chocolate chips made by Aberffraw Biscuit Co. They were delicious and only two of them have survived thus far. And trust me, they won’t be here for long.

Another amazing box from Abominable Book Club and I cannot wait for the next box.

Currently Watching: Anticipated Autumn Animes

Happy Spooky Season, everyone!

With the Autumn chill in the air and brown, crunchy leaves falling to the ground, that can only mean one thing. New anime!

This season I have quite a few titles that I plan to try out

  1. Actors: Songs Connection
    Private Tenshou Gakuen is a restricted school surrounded by a 130-meter fence. With intense rules about who, when, and whether or not people are allowed to enter or exit school grounds, the only means of independence comes from club activities. Each club has the opportunity to earn points based on club activity and events as well as the ever anticipated Tenshou Gakuen Singing Contest.
  2. African Office Worker

    African Office Worker is a slice of life comedy that follows a lion, toucan, and lizard as they work in an office building in Japan. Our three protagonists also have to deal with their own unique problems as animals living away from the Savannah and outside the natural food chain.
  3. Afterschool Dice Club

    A shounen comedy about girls playing board games after school. Aya is new to Kyoto, but quickly makes friends with the shy Miki and commitee president Midori. Together they decide to start their own after school club and spend their time playing games together.
  4. Ahiru no Sora

    A shounen sports drama that follows the meek, but passionate Sora Kurumatani as he joins the basketball club at his high school. Hoping to fulfill his mother’s wish of winning his first year tournament, Sora discovers that his dream is dependant on the basketball clubs current members – all of which are made up of the school’s delinquents!
  5. Ascendance of a Bookworm

    Motosu Urano loved books and had just received her Librarian certification. On the way to her dream job, Motosu Urano dies during an Earthquake after being crushed by her own book collection.

    She wishes to be reincarnated just so she can keep reading her beloved books, but when she wakes up as the young daughter of a lowly solider in a world where books are limited to the nobility of the world, Motosu – now Maine – decides that the only thing left for her to do is to make books for herself.
  6. Assassins Pride

    In a world where only the aristocrats have the power to fight monsters, Kufa is sent to tutor the nuisance daughter of a duke. If he can’t find her hidden talents, Kufa must kill her.
  7. Beastars

    In an anthropomorphic world, predator and prey live side by side. Students at Cherryton Academy live in a world filled with hope, love, distrust, and uneasiness. For Regoshi the wolf, this means that he spends his school life treated like a dangerous criminal despite his gentle nature, but will that change when he meets a group of students who share their own insecurities?
  8. Chuubyou Gekihasu Boy

    What happens when you throw a transfer student into a group of boys with delusions of grandeur? Why, you get a classic school comedy anime.

    Noda dreams of becoming a hero, Takashima is an otaku who only likes 2D girls, Nakamura is either a reincarnated angel or devil, and Tsukumo is a self-professed string-puller. How is Mizuki Hijiri met to keep up?
  9. Hataage! Kemono Michi

    Shibata Genzo is a professional wrestler and animal lover. When he is summoned to another world, Genzo is asked to kill evil beasts, but refuses. Unable to get home, Genzo decides to live a peaceful life as the owner of a ‘Monster’ pet shop.
  10. Hoshiai no Sora

    This slice of life sports drama follows Touma Shinjou after he asks Maki Katsuragi join the tennis club for his vaunted abilities. However, Katsuragi will only join the team in exchange for money.
  11. Kandagawa Jet Girls

    This sports drama follows a group of girls who compete in jet ski races. Pretty straightforward.
  12. Mairimashita! Iruma-kun

    Suzuki Iruma is sold to demons to help pay off his irresponsible parent’s debt. Now Suzuki Iruma lives in the demon world and has to transfer to a school for demons.
  13. No Guns Life

    Juuzou Inui wants answers to a few simple questions. Who turned him into a cyborg? Why has his memories been erased? Who took his head and replaced it with a giant gun?

    Discharged from the cyborg military group known as Extended, Juuzou now solves crimes including other ex-Extended while he searches for the person who turned him into what he is now.
  14. Null Peta

    After genuis inventer Null loses her sister, Peta, in an accident, she decides to develop ‘Peta Robo’, a robot with the same personality as her sister. However, the robot is a little different than Null expected.
  15. Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ko ya

    Kisaragi Amatsuyu is invited by a group of beautiful and cool girls and expects to hear their confessions, but soon finds out that they like his friend instead. Lonely and dejected, Amatsuyu also has to deal with a gloomy and sharp tongued girl who seems to take great joy from his pain. What will Amatsuyu do when he discovers that she may be the only girl who likes him?
  16. Pet

    There are people who can control other’s memories. This power is used to eradicate mysteries or even assassinate people. This power can destroy a person’s mind and the user’s heart. To counter this affect, those with the ability use chains to lock their heart away and hide it from the dangerous repricussions of their power. They are called Pets.
  17. Rifle is Beautiful

    This slice of life comedy follows Kokura Hikari and her love of rifle shooting. Her hobby is her main reason for entering Chidori High School so she can join the shooting club. But Kokura is forced to try and find enough members or else the club will be disbanded due to lack of interest. Can she convince her middle school competition friends to join her?

Wow. That’s a lot.

Another full season that has a lot of potentially great shows. Are you looking forward to any in particular, or are you going to dip your toe into as many as you can like me?

A Lush Novice Attempts to Bath Bomb: Big Blue Review

As someone who loves the ocean, this bath bomb was a wonderful treat. The seaweed floated through the deep blue water slowly as the air changed to imitate a delicate sea breeze.

I think what I liked most about this bath bomb was that the smell was completely unnoticable when you were in the water, but lingered on your skin as you stepped out of the bath. If you have a moisturiser that is fragranced, then you’ll quickly lose the smell under the added product.

This product, despite its size, quickly dissolved in the water with no clumping. I was worried about the possiblity of the seaweed being dangerous as I stepped in and out of the bath, but whenever my feet moved towards them, the seaweed would simply float away in the other direction, almost as though it knew.

If you’re looking for something more subtle, then I recommend buying Big Blue and enjoying a trip to the beach in your own bathtub.

A Lush Novice Attempts to Bath Bomb: Twilight Review

After my first day back on the exercise train, Twilight was a lovely and well needed treat that helped to relax my muscles and fill me with a steady calmness. The beautiful pinky-purple water was surrounded by white clouds of warm bubbles and the soft aroma filled the air around me.

This is one of the products that if someone uses Lush, they’ll have used Twilight. Although it isn’t amazing, it is a very nice bath bomb that was quick to dissolve and colour the water. Once again, this product has a very gentle scent that shouldn’t be intrusive for people who are more sensitive towards strong smells.

I would recommend Twilight if for nothing else just to see what the fuss is about.