The Small Adventurer

Just a small girl trying to make the most of the world that she is both perpetually terrified of, and amazed by.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

I'm not going to lie, as soon as it hit September and we were officially in the "ber" months, I was already in the Christmas spirit. September was also my birthday month so I focused more on that, but once those celebrations died down, I started planning for Christmas.

I actually had my Christmas shopping done in October (granted, I only shop for Daniel), but will continue to pick up more things here and there as I think of them up until Christmas. Daniel and I are usually really good with our shopping - we had all our presents before December last year, as well - but I started extra early this year so that in the later months I could save for our holiday in January.



Whilst Christmas has been on my mind for months already, I feel like now is the appropriate time to really start getting into the Christmas spirit and actively planning food, decor and the actual day. I never had a routine growing up. Some Christmases were great, whilst others were non existent due to our rocky home and financial situation, but since Daniel and I moved out on our own, things have been a lot more stable.

We are starting to establish traditions that we will hopefully continue for a long time to come, and this year I've got a couple of new ones to add to the list as I have been looking up popular Christmas traditions to try and see if we enjoy them. Without further ado, here are all the ways I plan to bring the Christmas spirit into our home these holidays!

PUT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE
This is the most obvious one, but it's one of my favourites nonetheless. Putting up the tree and decorating it on the first of December has been our tradition for a few years now, and even though I certainly wouldn't mind putting it up earlier, I know that then is a good time to do it. It really is the perfect way to start off the month of Christmas!


GO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
If you're from Melbourne, there's no doubt that you would have heard about the Boulevard Christmas lights in Ivanhoe. It's got to be the most popular place to go see Christmas lights as everyone in the neighbourhood goes all out. Daniel and I have been for the last few years, but it's an exhausting feat. It takes hours to see it all and get through the basically stationary traffic, which means it's a huge fuel sucker. I absolutely love the lights and think it's worth it all, but we'll probably try somewhere new this year. I really do recommend seeing them if you haven't yet though!

GIVE OUT CHRISTMAS CARDS
All throughout primary school and a little bit into high school, I was a huge card giver. I loved buying Christmas cards to give out to everybody I knew - and I loved getting them from fellow schoolmates as well - but I haven't done that in quite a while as no one else that I know does it. I really enjoy making Christmas cards for Daniel though, so I am looking forward to doing that!



FILL THE HOUSE WITH CANDY CANES
We all know that I love candy and Christmas, so of course a Christmas-themed candy would be something that I adore - and it is. I actually have candy canes in my house all year round because I always buy too many during Christmastime, but that doesn't stop me from buying more each December! I love using them as decor - and eating them, of course. I might make some candy cane-related crafts this year as well.

TRY EGGNOG
From the use of the word "try" in the title, it's obvious that this is one of the new ones that I wish to add to my list this year. Eggnog and Christmas seem to go hand in hand, and even though I don't think I'm going to like it, that's not stopping me from giving it a try! If I like it, it will be one more way to celebrate Christmas throughout December.

WATCH CHRISTMAS MOVIES
My Christmas movie knowledge is severely lacking. Sure, I saw the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and the National Lampoon Christmas Vacations a bit when I was a kid, but that was basically it. Last year I bought Daniel all the Santa Claus movies, so I'll probably give them another watch sometime soon, but this Christmas I want to see all the Christmas movies that I haven't seen yet. I've got a huge list of ones that I apparently have to see, and I might even review them on here! I am really looking forward to this part of Christmas.



MAKE A TRIFLE
This is another brand new item on the agenda. I have never made a trifle before - I can't even remember ever eating a trifle before - but since I've fallen in love with being in the kitchen this year, I thought I'd give it a try. Trifle bowls are popping up all over the place so it won't be hard to track one down. I'm really hoping to fall in love with trifles - and making them - so that I can add this to one our yearly traditions. I'll be sure to update you on whether or not mine turns out like a disaster, so keep an eye out for that!

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Is there anything that you do every year at Christmastime that you always look forward to? Is there anything that you'd like to start doing? I love hearing about how everyone spends their Christmas!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

I mentioned - both on here and Instagram - that Daniel bought me the entire set of Sailor Moon manga for our fourth anniversary, and I was over the moon. After blasting through the first five volumes and loving them, I happened to read something about the two volumes Codename: Sailor V, and how they really make you see Venus in a different light - and that you should ideally read them before you read Sailor Moon. 



So, I ordered myself both volumes of Codename: Sailor V and put off reading any more of the Sailor Moon manga until I had learned about Sailor V's backstory. Whilst I will go into more explanation below, I am just going to start off by saying that I was more let down by these two volumes than I was impressed. 

I had no idea they were so similar to the anime, and I honestly just didn't care to see Minako acting the same way as Usagi. I know that my opinion is heavily affected by the fact that I saw the 90's English dub of the anime first, then read the Sailor Moon manga, and then finally read the Sailor V manga, when they all came out in reverse order, but it is what it is.

Everyone says that Codename: Sailor V makes you see Minako in a different way due to the fact that you're getting to see her backstory, how she became a scout, and how she find out what her destiny was (I'll get to that), and yes, the ending of the second volume was pretty shocking. Minako found out a lot about herself, her past, and her future that forced her to grow up real quick, and I admire her for that, but I still can't shake away the memory of who she was throughout the entire manga.




When I picture Minako/Sailor Venus, I do not see her as a lazy, boy-obsessed, hungry, tired, crybaby - but that's exactly how she is in this manga. Once again, this is purely because I am used to Usagi being this way, and Minako being a calm and mature person who has always seemed to be wise beyond her years. Even with everything she went through, it's difficult for to me to imagine her going from being an Usagi-clone, to the Minako we know and love.


However, in the grand scheme of things, I can forgive Minako for being that way as she is only a 13-year-old girl, and 13-year-old girls can be childish and annoying - but they don't have to be rude. Some of the things Minako said to Artemis, and the times she made him cry, really didn't sit right with me. At one point she said, "That thing doesn't even belong at our place", to which Artemis replied, "Am I lower than a pet to you?" I'm a huge animal lover, so that kind of hurt me, but I may just be splitting hairs here.

Something else that surprised me about this book was the appearance of Usagi and the other Scouts. I was under the impression that Naoko Takeuchi had written Codename: Sailor V, and then later decided to re-work the story so that Minako was part of a group, but it's evident that that was her plan all along. Which makes me wonder: why did she make Usagi so similar to Minako? Why not make Minako the main character? She had all the same characteristics - her best friend even looked like Ami!


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I know I've spent this entire post complaining about what I didn't like about this manga, but don't get me wrong, I did actually like it. I love this universe and Naoko's writing. I do wish we had gotten some insight on why Minako chose to wait until all the Scouts had been found before joining them; it seems as though she could have lent a hand at rounding them up!



My absolute favourite part was the end, when it was revealed to Minako that her destiny is to be Sailor Venus, and nothing else. Even though Artemis had mentioned earlier that she was prohibited from falling in love, I don't think Minako really understood what he was saying: her duty is to protect the princess, not fall in love - despite being the Guardian of Love. Whilst she took the news quite well, as if that's what she had expected all along, I still think that would have been a tough pill to swallow.

Until next time,

Indya xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

It's no secret that donuts have taken over the world; people just can't deny their delicious, circle-shaped goodness anymore. 2016 was the year I discovered just how much I love these little treats - inspiring one of my friends to get me 24 of them for my birthday - and it certainly hasn't gone away.

From beanbags to money boxes to pen holders, my house is slowly filling with adorable donut-shaped items, and I'm certainly not going to complain about it! I have already shared my ice cream and candy home decor pieces, I'll have to share all my donut decor with you at some time as well.

Since so many people have fallen in love with these delicious treats, I thought I would create a donut-themed gift guide for those wanting to increase their donut decor this Christmas - okay, it's also partly my own personal wish list, but we'll just ignore that fact 😜  Now let's move onto the good stuff!





Other items that deserve a mention:

♡ I honestly think this desk donut with pushpin "sprinkles" is one of the greatest inventions ever.

♡ This donut toothbrush holder has been on my wish list forever - despite the fact that I have an electric toothbrush so it wouldn't even fit 😂

♡ Twinkle lights are some of my favourite things ever, and having them shaped like donuts makes them even better.

♡ These donut tea candles are way too cute to use, but that wouldn't stop me from buying them.

♡ A donut neon sign so you can blind your guests with your love of donuts.

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Which one of these items would you love to wake up to on Christmas Day? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Yes, I just may be addicted to making piñatas. I'm not even sorry about it either, they're just too much fun! Having them around my house makes it feel like a party 24/7, and I love that you can make them to suit any situation.

I thought my most recent Pokedex piñata was my favourite, but I think this one takes the cake - or, more accurately, the fries. Whilst this blog is full of things that I love, I've realised that I haven't yet spoken about my deep affection for fries. Believe me, this is one love affair that's been around for many years, and certainly isn't going anywhere soon - and since it's National Fast Food Day on the 16th, I thought a fries piñata would be a perfect way to celebrate 🍟



As healthy as I try to be on a day-to-day basis, one of my biggest weaknesses is fries. I love it when they are perfectly soft (I am NOT a crunchy chip kind of gal - I don't even like my toast crunchy!) and extra salty; when they're just right, I could honestly eat them every single day. I don't though, I promise!

Supplies:


♡ Cereal box
♡ Red wrapping paper

♡ Red streamers
♡ Yellow paper
♡ Sticky tape
♡ School glue

♡ Scissors
♡ Ruler (optional - I didn't use one, but I bet it would come in handy!)

Directions:


1. Cut out each section of your cereal box so that the large front and back rectangles, as well as the bottom, top and side strips are all separate from each other. On the plain cardboard side of one of the rectangular pieces, draw your desired chip box shape. I wanted to include the curved top so it looked like the fries boxes that we all know and love, but having a straight line would look just as good, as well as make the later steps more simple.


2. Once you're happy with your chip box outline, cut it out and use that piece as a stencil on the second large rectangle piece, and cut that one out as well. Try to be careful with your cutting and not waste your excess cardboard as we'll need it for the later steps.




3. Get the strip of cardboard that was previously on the bottom of the cereal box, and sticky tape your two new cut out pieces to each side, so that it ends up being on the bottom once again, and your two rectangular pieces are standing up on it, just like they were before we cut the cereal box up. I like to face the plain brown side of the cereal box on the outside to ensure that the pictures on the cereal box don't show up underneath your streamers.

3. Use the strips of cardboard that were on the sides of your cereal box as sides once again by taping them to the bottom and two outer cardboard pieces, trimming any unneeded cardboard as you go along. After this step you should have a 3D chip box minus the lid. Ideally, you would fill the box with candy before you move onto the next step, but don't fill it up too high or it will be difficult to fit the chips in.

4. I wanted my chips to sit inside my piñata rather than just sit right on top, so that it looked as though the box is actually "filled" with chips, so I would recommend getting a strip of cardboard and sticky taping it a few centimetres - or even inches - inside the piñata. This might seem a little too tricky, but just keep adding tape until you're happy with it. Remember that no one will see this part, anyway.



5. With your yellow paper, measure how long you want the chips to be, keeping in mind that they need a few extra centimetres or inches to sit inside the piñata as well. The thickness of your chips is completely up to you. When I was making mine I sketched how thick I wanted them and then cut out four times that size so that I could fold them into 3D chips (this is where a ruler would have come in handy!). Once I had cut one out, I folded it in half twice before taping the two edges together to make a 3D chip.

6. Now you need to decide whether you want to cover the top with yellow paper so that you can't see inside them. It's completely up to you if you want to do this part since the piñata will be high up anyway and therefore no one will be be able to see the top of the chips. If you do want to cover it up, measure the perimeter of the end of a chip onto some yellow paper and cut out double that size. 

7. Fold in both ends and add some tape to them, then slide that piece of paper carefully into the top of the chip. You could also keep one of the tabs on the outside so you can make sure the tape actually sticks, it just depends on how you'd like it to look.

8. Squeeze some glue into the area where the chips will sit and place them inside. Once the glue is dry, cover your chip box portion of the piñata in red paper by taping or glueing it down. This step isn't a complete necessity, but I like to do it to make sure that no cardboard will show up underneath the streamers.



9. Starting from the bottom of the front of the piñata, unroll a strip of streamer that is the same length of the piñata from left to right. Cut it out, fringe the bottom 2/3 of it, then tape onto the piñata. Continue doing this all the way up your piñata. If you don't want to see any sticky tape when you get to very top piece of streamer, use a very light layer of glue instead.

10. Repeat the above step for the back, two sides, and bottom of your piñata, remembering to always start from the bottom of the side you are looking at. Once the glue is all set, you're done! The perfect piñata for a fast food fanatic such as myself 😜

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

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I have always been thrifty, which is really just a nicer way to say that I have always been stingy. I go to the clearance section in shops first, and I always click lowest price and shipping first whenever I'm browsing eBay. I always look for a good deal, and if there's a way to pay less for what I want, you can bet I'm going to find it. 

I understand why some people aren't like this, though. People don't say "you get what you pay for" for nothing; that can be very true, but not all the time. I believe there's a time to splurge, and a time to hold back.

Whilst I do have plenty of favourite brands that I know and trust, I hate how prices on really simple items are always increased purely because of the brand's name - especially when it's not worth it. Today I am going to share some really cheap and awesome baking tools that I have bought, so other baking novices like me know what items you really DON'T need to splurge on to get a good result.



CAKE STANDS
When I Google cake stands, five pop up in the sponsored shopping section at the top of the page. They're all white or clear, and they range from $25-$100. That is ridiculous. I understand if you want a pretty, fancy one with a nice base or patterned edge then you'll have to pay a bit more, but you can get the same plain white cake stand that someone is selling for $100 from Kmart for $5, and it's going to do the exact same thing. That's not being cheap, it's being smart with your money.

DISPOSABLE PIPING BAGS
Yes, it's true, I am a disposable piping bag kind of gal. I own one reusable one and it's a nightmare to use and clean. In fact, I've only used it less than a handful of times because it just never feels clean. I am also someone who uses multiple icing colours and tips at the same time, so I need lots of piping bags on hand. I used to buy packets of five piping bags for $3.50 which seemed like a great day, until I checked eBay and realised that I could get 50 for $3.69. I haven't looked back since.



SPATULAS
The amount that some shops sell their spatulas for should be illegal. $30+ for some wood and silicon? No, thank you! I would never pay more than $5 for one, unless it was a certain theme or shape, but I've even seen a Frozen themed spatula for $5, so there's no reason that a regular spatula should be anymore. Big W and Target have some for $2, and Kmart has them for $1.50. They all have different colours too, so don't think that you have to compromise on appearance just because you're paying less, just make sure you shop around!

ICING SMOOTHERS AND SCRAPERS
These are another example of some truly overpriced items. I've seen these things for $30 before. They're just tiny plastic or metal rectangles! I'm sure you could use many items around your house and get a similar result, so there is no way you should be spending that much on them! I bought my smoother for $1.59, and my scraper for $1, and I love them. There's no way you should be paying anymore than that for these items! (Also, here's eight fondant tools and cutters for $1.67. You're welcome.)

CUPCAKE LINERS
eBay really is my best friend, I'm not going to lie. I think I buy an average of 10 items off of it every month, but that's a whole other story. Cupcake liners aren't usually that expensive anyway, but if you like to bake cupcakes a lot - and they're definitely the things that I make the most - it's best to buy in bulk, just like piping bags. I bought 100 pink liners for $2.26 because I love pink and always seem to use pink liners, but for that price I'm thinking of stocking up on liners that are all the colours of the rainbow!


CAKE TURNTABLES
These are a little more tricky than cake stands. I bought a $10 one from Kmart, but it's also a tilt table - and quite a flimsy one at that - and part of the stand snapped off after a few uses. It still works perfectly fine so if you're thrifty like me I'm sure you'll enjoy it, but for an extra $5 Wiltshire have a nice looking one that doesn't look like it will fall apart straight away. Keep in mind that I haven't actually used this one, but Wiltshire products haven't let me down before!

CAKE TINS AND MOULDS
Cake tins are something that you should really shop around for before you buy. I wanted a plain, round cake tin and I went to four different stores to make sure I was getting the best deal. I just don't understand how some stores can justify selling something for $30 when a shop nearby is selling the exact same thing for $5. Are people really that focused on brand names? 

I understand if you're looking for a really obscure shape or mould that they may start becoming a bit pricier since the demand for them isn't that high (although in that case, once again, eBay is my best friend!), but for your generic cake and cupcake tins, don't spend more than $10-$15 - and even that's pushing it. If you love visiting thrift stores, it's always a good idea to look for cake tins there as well, that's where I found some of my really unique ones - just don't get the really dirty or dusty ones. If you're anything like me, no matter what you do, they will just never feel clean....



Is there anything that you refuse to splurge on, even though most other people seem to insist that you should? Or is there anything that you will only buy if it's a certain brand because no other brand compares? I love discussing what items to splurge on, and what items to hold back on. Sometimes a high price doesn't always equal quality, but other times, paying that extra money is so, so worth it.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

I am constantly inspired and in awe of how creative other people are. Ever since I started blogging, a day hasn't gone by that I haven't seen something or read a post that's made my heart skip a beat from just how purely amazing it was. 

Blogs like Studio DIY, Aww Sam, Lovely Indeed, Oh Happy Day and so many more are constantly blowing me away with their passion, positivity and drive, and I hope to be a fraction as talented as they are one day.



I've been looking up Christmas DIY projects and recipes for months now. I really wish I could test out every single one I find, but I couldn't possibly find the time, money or skills required to do so, but I still really want to show my love for some of the amazing ideas and tutorials that other bloggers have come up with.


Which is why I decided to compile a list of some of my favourite projects that I have found. Some are new and some are older, but they're all things that I would absolutely love to try out sometime. I hope you find as much happiness and inspiration from these posts as I did!


DIY ORNAMENTS

🎅  Pineapple pinecone ornaments
🎅  Disney Princess-inspired ornaments

🎅  Snowman tea light ornaments
🎅  Scrabble tile ornament
🎅  Ice cream cone ornaments
🎅  Fruity ornaments
🎅  Salt dough ornaments




OTHER CRAFTS

🎅  Reindeer piñatas
🎅  Pizza tree skirt
🎅  Emoji ornament wreath
🎅  Ice cream cone stocking
🎅  Ornament pillows
🎅  Christmas tree party hats
🎅  Enamel pin decorated tree
🎅  Pink-tipped Christmas tree (this would look especially gorgeous on a white tree!)
🎅  Santa hat and beard wreath
🎅  Christmas lights sweater

RECIPES

🎅  Pink Gingerbread Car
🎅  Snow Globe Cupcakes
🎅  Holiday Peppermint Cake
🎅  Santa Belt Surprise Cake
🎅  Christmas Lasagna (it's not what it sounds like!)
🎅  Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites
🎅  Flamingo Christmas Cookies
🎅  Snowflake Cupcakes
🎅  Christmas Cheesecake
🎅  Holly Berry Cupcakes



  
UNIQUE ADVENT CALENDARS

🎅  Take-Out Box Advent Calendar
🎅  Paper House Advent Calendar
🎅  Star Garland Advent Calendar
🎅  Ski Resort Advent Calendar
🎅  Bonbon Wreath Advent Calendar
🎅  Minimalistic Advent Calendars
🎅  Vintage Ladder and Pail Advent Calendar
🎅  Lego Advent Calendar
🎅  Hexagon Advent Calendar

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Woo! That was a lot to get through, but I promise you that every single project or recipe that I listed is worth checking out - in my eyes, anyway. I love seeing what other people come up with, it's honestly so inspiring. I've never thought about making my own advent calendars or wreaths before, so I am definitely going to have to do some brainstorming for the future.

Which of these projects and recipes caught your eye the most? Is there something that you've seen online that you think belongs in this list? Leave a link below! I'd love to check out more Christmas content. This is my absolute favourite time of the year!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

♡ An important reminder to treat yourself how you would others.

 I gave my about page a little makeover and am quite happy with it. I had been wanting to add some more colour and "me" into it for a while now. I still want to add more random, fun facts about myself, but I don't know what people want to hear about! Is there anything that you look for in particular when you read a blogger's about page?

♡ For the last few months, an old Weekly Edit post from May has been getting a few hundred views per week, and I cannot figure out why! I don't know where the traffic is coming from, nor do I know what part of the post is intriguing them. Does anyone have any ideas?

♡ I would just like to point out that in the post above I talk about my Facebook page reaching 64 likes, and now it's at 173. That's more than double the likes in just a matter of months!

♡ Are you guys following me on Instagram yet? Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am pretty in love with my feed at the moment. It's not very common that I am happy with everything I post, so you should follow me now while my content's still good 😉

♡ The most relatable quote from Gilmore Girls, no questions asked.



♡ We are all constantly putting off our happiness, and we need to stop.

♡ Now that I am currently re-watching season five of Gilmore Girls and am seeing Paris and Rory work on the Yale Daily News, my love of writing has been ignited again. I would like to challenge myself to start writing more, and not just for this blog. Journaling was one of my favourite ways to organise and explore my thoughts, and I would like to make it a more regular habit. 

I am also setting myself other tasks and projects on articles or essays to write in my spare time, but I need some more inspiration. To all the readers and writers out there: what are some of your favourite publications to read? What articles make you think, or inspire you to write? Which writers should I be paying attention to? I'd really love all the advice that I can get.

♡ Speaking of writing, back when I wrote poetry, I set myself a goal to collect 100 rejection letters from literature magazines, because that's what a lot of other poets were doing as well. It may seem silly to people who aren't writers, but I saw it as a way to prove that I was trying. 

I'm not even sure I made it to double digits when I ultimately gave up on poetry (or, rather, put it on the back burner - I'm sure I'll go back to it at some point), but this post about rejection letters on Girlboss reminded why I started in the first place. Even though I don't write poetry anymore, if I ever decide to try and write for other publications, I will definitely start collecting them once again.

♡ I already have too many cups and mugs than I know what to do with (updated collection post on them coming soon!), but I need the Star Sipper Cup, Daisy Sipper Cup, and love heart coffee mug from Urban Outfitters ASAP!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

A little over a year ago, on September 9th 2016, I posted my fourth adventure post. It was about the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Melbourne, Australia. I was just getting started with blogging so I should cut myself some slack, but to be honest, the post was... quite awful.



I only included four, grainy, square-shaped photos that I had taken on my phone, and I mostly talked about my lack of furniture. It was quite an all-over-the-place kind of post, and not at all an accurate representation of how cool the aquarium actually is, so I decided to do an updated post about it.

On the 16th of September, I turned 21, and Daniel and I spent the day in the city together. Our first stop was to San Churro to get my free birthday churros - which has been a tradition of mine for a couple of years now - and then we set off for the aquarium.



I love animals of all kinds, and I love that the people working at the aquarium seem to love them just as much. Whenever there are talks of any kind, the speakers are always enthusiastic and kind, and have a genuine appreciation of the animals, which is great to see.

My favourite tank in the aquarium would have to be the one that is modelled off the Great Barrier Reef - which is pictured below, under the jellyfish. It's always filled with a ton of tiny clownfish, and I just love how colourful it is! 

Some of my other favourite things at the aquarium include stingrays, turtles (who were both too fast for my camera, so I don't have any photos of them!), frogs, jellyfish, and - of course - the penguins.




The penguins are always the liveliest bunch in the entire aquarium, which is why they are saved for last I guess! It's always funny to see them fight over pebbles for their nests. Many of them wait until another penguin has their back turned and then steal pebbles from those nests and claim them as their own!


They are such cheeky creatures. I also love seeing them simply laying on their nests because they look so incredibly round, almost like balloons! Whenever I see a penguin laying down I always picture that scene from Shrek when he blows up a frog into a balloon. 😂

I didn't get many photos of the baby King Penguins, but you can see them scattered in the large group photo below. They are just as big as the other penguins, but they're covered in brown fur ('feathers' may be a more accurate description - the Wikipedia article on them wasn't very helpful with the correct term), which isn't waterproof so they can't go swimming until they've shed them.





Sometimes, the baby King Penguins like to be cheeky and waddle towards the big pool at the other end of the enclosure, but the other penguins always stop them before they go in the water, which is good. I've noticed that they seem to stop themselves before going in the water anyway; it seems like they just want to look at it, and are aware that they can't swim in it until they're older.

I don't usually get something from the gift shop since I visit the aquarium quite often, so if I did buy something every single time, I'd end up spending quite a bit of money! The first thing that Daniel ever bought for me - way back in 2013 - was a penguin soft toy from the Melbourne Aquarium, and he still lives on our bed to this day.




Since it was my birthday though, I ended up getting a souvenir. I picked out a snowglobe with penguins in it, and I love it so much. I bought a lot of snowglobes last Christmas, plus I got one on our last holiday, so I've decided that will be my go-to souvenir. I used to get shot glasses - I have some Sailor Moon ones, and one from the Eureka Skydeck - simply because I love anything tiny, but since I don't drink, it seems like a waste of a purchase.

I always love visiting the aquarium, no matter how many times I have been. I will always have a great amount of love for animals, and it's really cool to be able to see so many different kinds up close, all in the one place. Plus, aquariums are always working hard on educating younger people on how we can work towards a world that is more environmentally friendly - for both our sake, and the animals' - which is great to see. After all, it's their world as well!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Yes, you read correctly: a DIY piñata that's not Sailor Moon-themed! Did you ever think this day would come?! As soon as I first thought of making piñatas I made a whole list of ideas on what to make them into, but I kind of got carried away with the Sailor Moon ones and forgot about the rest...

I promise you that I have a heap of DIY project ideas - including piñatas - that aren't anime-related, but I had to make a Pokédex piñata first to celebrate Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You! being released in cinemas around the world on November 5th. I honestly can't believe they're re-doing the beginning of Ash's story, but I'm super excited to see it. 



Even though Ash gets new items - including an upgraded Pokédex - as his journey progresses, I'll still always love the original ones the best. The original Pokédex will always hold a special place in my heart. 

Just the fact that I actually ended up finishing this piñata should prove how much I love the original Pokédex as this was very tedious to make - but so, so worth it. This would be absolutely perfect for a Pokémon-themed party - which I would definitely still love to have!

If you decide to give this piñata a go, I wish you all the luck in the world! Cutting out and sticking on the individual pieces of paper takes a bit of time, but can easily be done while you're watching TV or something. Also, I used this photo of an open Pokédex for reference!

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Supplies:
♡ Two cereal boxes - one should be slightly taller than the other, but they need to be same width
♡ Red streamers
♡ Black, white, blue, green, red and yellow paper
♡ Scissors
♡ Glue stick and tape
♡ Black fineliner pen
♡ Red texta



Directions:

1. Line up your two cereal boxes so that the smaller one is on the right side. With your photo of an open Pokédex nearby for reference, draw a line towards the top of the smaller cereal box that dips down in the middle and then continues to the edge of the cereal box. The photo above is for reference in case my explaining is leaving you confused.

Open up the top of the cereal box to make it easier for you to cut this part out, then cut the back piece the exact same way, ensuring that they're the same height so they line up. Keep the extra cardboard pieces that you just cut out.

2. Now is a good idea to fill up the smaller cereal box with candy. Once you've done that, you can stick the top back on with sticky tape. I cut mine into three pieces so that I could position the middle part on an angle more easily. The best advice I can give you is to just keep adding more tape until it all sticks together nicely!

3. Attach the two cereal boxes together with glue or tape (I used tape), then fill the bigger cereal box with candy, or whatever you would like to fill your piñata with. Now it's time for the fun part: streamers!



4. 
Starting from the bottom of the cereal boxes, measure out a strip of streamer so that it goes all the way across both boxes. Fringe the bottom half of the streamers, and stick down with tape. Continue measuring, fringing, and sticking the streamers all the way up to the top of the piñata. For the very top strip of piñata, I used glue instead of tape so that you couldn't see it, but if you don't mind then continue using tape. 
Repeat this step for the back and sides of the piñata as well - remember to always start from the bottom and work your way up!

5. Lay the piñata on its back so that the bottom is facing you, then measure, fringe and stick streamers in an upwards motion until you cant see anymore cardboard. Flip the piñata so that it's laying on its front and then measure, fringe and stick streamers on the remaining visible cardboard. 

6. Now for the most tedious part: the decorations. I re-did these pieces a few times, and still wish I could do them again as the "screen" isn't as wide as I would have liked, but the perfectionist within me will never truly be pleased, so I let it be. With the photo of an open Pokédex in front of me, I traced and cut out each shape on the required colour paper. 

For the larger blue circle, I cut out a white circle first, then a slightly smaller blue one, and then a tiny white dot, and glued them together. For the screen, I cut out a white square and a smaller black square and stuck them together. I cut the bottom left corner off, then drew the necessary red dots and black lines with the texta and fineliner. The rest should be pretty self explanatory, but let me know if you need some further explanation. 

TIP: I haven't seen any other DIY blogger recommend this when making piñatas, but before I add the streamers, I like to cover the outside of my piñata in paper that's the same colour as the streamers I'll be using as streamers can be very transparent and I don't want the brown colour of the cardboard to show up underneath.



As fiddly and tedious as this piñata may seem, it's still pretty easy to make, and I think the end product is well worth it. It's currently right at home with the rest of my Pokémon collection. Even if you're not having or attending a Pokémon themed party, this would make a pretty rad present for a fellow Pokémon lover.  

I would probably cry if someone gave me this as a present. I also would not let anyone use it though because it's too perfect. I really need to stop falling in love with these piñatas and let some of them actually be used 😂  If you could have any piñata you wanted at your party, what would it be? I'm always looking for inspiration!

Until next time,
Indya xx