January 4, 2016

Goals for January 2016

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 7:42 PM

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Happy New Year, visitors!

In an effort to set small yet achievable monthly goals in order to help motivate me, I’ve decided that at the start of each month I’m going to share those goals and update them as I a) knock them out, or b) hit the end of the month. Besides, maybe this will help me clear up my backlogs instead of spending way too much time looting every damn container in Fallout 4. (more…)

October 29, 2015

Extra Life 2015 Update #3

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 2:40 PM

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Holy moley! Extra Life 2015 is less than 2 weeks away!!!!

I’m just about ready to go. The Super Mario Bros 3 World 4 Map is ¬†finished, I have the rest of my raffle prizes ready to go. All that’s left is to gather my sugar supplies and get my gaming schedule posted, and that schedule is going up now. =)

Prize List:

Grand Prize – Super Mario Bros 3 World 4 Map (hand stitched)
Secondary Prize (for every $50 incremental donation) – Stephen Amell autographed Arrow Pop figure
Other Prizes – Charizard and Mega Man amiibos, Bath & Bodyworks gift basket

Every $5 donation equals 1 entry into the raffle. Every $50 donation also gets you 1 entry into the autographed Arrow Pop figure. (more…)

July 23, 2015

Extra Life 2015 Update #2

Filed under: News — Yukino @ 3:31 PM

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GAH! It’s nearly the end of July and I still don’t feel as though I’m ready for Extra Life 2015 yet. Sure, it’s 3 months away and I have half of the grand prize left to complete, and I really do have lots of time to get everything together, but I like to be prepared for things well ahead of time. I will get there! =)

This year’s event is happening on November 7, and every penny I raise is going to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All proceeds raised during the 2015 event will be going to CHOA Family Services. Family Services supplies teachers, social workers, chaplains and other support services for families and children while they are being treated at CHOA facilities, inpatient or out.

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Super Mario Bros 3 World 4 map status: 50%!!!!

Only 3 fingers (well, both thumbs and an index finger) have what I like to call Stitcher’s Finger. Those digits have been sliced and poked so many times there are shallow cuts that require Neosporin and Band-Aids overnight. But it’s all worth it.

In other prize news: One of my bestest friends, Naomi, has donated a Charizard Amiibo to my treasure box, joining the MegaMan I picked up not too long ago. And with Dragon Con around the corner, I’m hoping to find some other cool things I can add to the box. I’ll also have some Bath & Bodyworks baskets again thanks to the generosity of my mother in law.

And for the games? Right now I’m thinking some Hatoful Boyfriend and LEGO Dimensions for sure, and if I’m lucky, Tommorow Children will be out in time. I also have a giant backlog of other PS4 digital content to play, so games like Unfinished Swan might also be on the schedule. If there’s something in my library that you’d like me to play, I might be swayed to do so depending on how much you donate. ūüėČ

My donation page is open, so feel free to donate at your convenience. Every $5 will equal 1 entry, same as last time. Any donation over $6 will get you a beta code for Rainbow Six Siege courtesy Ubisoft which is emailed to you via Extra Life once you’ve made your contribution. Thanks so much for your support. FTK!

April 2, 2015

Extra Life 2015 Update #1

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April is here, and that means I must get myself in gear for Extra Life 2015. This year’s event will take place on November 7, and I will once again take part in the 25 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All proceeds raised during the 2015 event will be going to CHOA Family Services. Family Services supplies teachers, social workers, chaplains and other support services for families and children while they are being treated at CHOA facilities, inpatient or out.¬† (more…)

October 31, 2014

Extra Life 2014 Post-Mortem

Extra Life 2014 is in the books, and damn was it a fun one! =)

First off I need to thank everyone who donated their money, time, and/or support as I managed to stay awake the entire 25 hours of my marathon after a brief 2 hour nap. 3.5 bottles (500ml) of Pepsi were consumed, a meal of Five Guys inhaled, and countless numbers of songs sung during that time, many of which I’m sure I made up. Thanks to everyone who tuned into my broadcast, messaged me with comments and questions. I apologize for the weird audio issues that happened during Uncharted 2, but hey, I FINALLY PLAYED AN UNCHARTED GAME! =)

As of this moment I am sitting at $885, only $115 away from my $1000 goal. If you haven’t donated yet and would like to, Extra Life is keeping our 2014 pages open until the end of December. Thanks to the generosity of some good friends, I have some game codes available to give away and am asking for a minimum of $5 to get your hands on one. I’ve got some Slender, Walking Dead Pinball, Costume Quest, Bloodrayne Betrayal, and Double Dragon Neon codes up for grabs.

I’d also like to congratulate my raffle winners: Albert C for getting the grand prize Super Mario 3 World 1 map, Lincoln T and Vickey C who are getting some cross stitchery, and John R and Kim B who will be getting a bunch of Bath & Bodyworks goodies. I’m already looking all over the place for new raffle ideas for next year, so if you have suggestions or freebies you’d like to donate for me to give away, shoot me an email or post in the comments.

Stay tuned for updates and information for Extra Life 2015 coming sometime in the start of the New Year. =)

October 12, 2014

Extra Life 2014 Update #4

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I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks away now! There’s so much left to do, like buy all the snacks I’m going to need to keep me powered through the 25 hour marathon, and get the Hauppauge ready for the Uncharted portion of my midnight start streaming. I really need to do that this week…

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So here’s where we are: As of this moment I’m at $365 dollars, including offline donations I need to send in. Another $135 will get me to $500 which is halfway to my ultimate goal of $1000. I know, it’s a lofty goal, but I’ve done $1000 before and I’d love to be able to do it again. Besides, $1000 can do A LOT for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. They sent us an email last week outlining some of the things these donations can provide the hospital.

$10 can buy:

  • Case of Blood Pressure Cuffs
  • Pair of Crutches
  • Case of Baby Formula
  • Fund Bingo prizes for Family Night

$50 can buy:

  • Case of Cold Packs
  • Case of Surgical Gowns
  • Case of Baby Bottles
  • Box of Sutures

$500 can buy:

  • Disposable, Ingestible Pill Camera
  • Custom ECMO Pack
  • Fund Camp Braveheart scholarships to allow heart transplant patients to attend a¬†specialized summer camp

To help get me closer to my goal I’m adding in a new incentive! Any donations in mulitples of $25 dollars can select one of the games from my PS4 library for me to stream for 1 hour. If you’ve already donated, I’ll contact you and let you know about this bonus. Below you will find a list of the PS4 games I have to play.

Destiny, Knack, Rayman Legends, Watch Dogs, Don’t Starve, Hohokum, Sportsfriends, Velocity2X, Road Not Taken, Entwined, Spelunky, Pix the Cat, Disney Infinity 2.0, and inFamous: Second Son.

And you’ll still be entered into the raffle for that kick-ass Mario map I stitched. I’ve also put together 1 Bath & Bodyworks gift bundle so far, getting close to having enough things for a second.

Thanks for donating, spreading the word, and generally being awesome people! *hugs* for everyone!!!

August 1, 2014

My Extra Life 2014 – Update #3

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It’s finished!!

I started on my Extra Life grand raffle prize back in May (or maybe the very end of April) and last night I made the last stitches on the Super Mario Bros 3 World 1 Map cross stitch masterpiece. It only took every extra minute of my life for 3 months, my video game backlog grew by four or five games, and I jabbed myself at least a dozen times. But if it helps the kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, then it is so worth it. All that’s left now is to find a nice frame.

I did the math and if someone asked me to make this piece as a commission it would run almost $600 plus supplies. Since every $5 donation nets you 1 entry into the raffle, the more you donate the better your odds. $100 donation is 20 entries and really bumps up your odds. And is way easier on your wallet.¬† (more…)

July 10, 2014

My Extra Life 2014 – Update #2

On October 25th, 2014, I will once again participate in the epic 25 hour video game marathon that is Extra Life, and it’s my sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support me with a tax deductible donation that will go directly to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.¬†

I’m hoping to¬†hit the $500 mark again this year¬†and so I have decided to raffle off some cross stitching in exchange for donations. The grand prize is a tapestry of the Super Mario Bros 3 World 1 Map, which looks like this:

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It’s a little stretched but the original is super tiny

Now that I’m finishing up the second last “panel” I figured it was as good a time as any to post an updated picture here (which I will update on my official Extra Life page as well). Only 9 more dancing bushes to go!!!

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As I’m nearing the end of stitching on this beast, my thoughts turn to a secondary prize option for people who are not necessarily into video games and so I’ve been searching through my magazines and internet patterns to see if I can find anything to work on next. Leading the running (in my mind) are two very cute Gingerbread House and Haunted House patterns from Cloudsfactory, and one of two very detailed geisha patterns from one of my World of Cross Stitching magazines.

A reminder that for every $5 donation you’ll receive 1 raffle ticket in exchange.

I’ve also committed to my first game selection for Extra Life 2014: the original Uncharted PS3 game. After years of flack from my friend Patrick for not having played this, I picked up all three from GameStop the other week and have promised to play the first installment for at least a few hours this October. I have a very strong feeling that Destiny and Dragon Age Inquisition will eat up a good chunk of my 25 hours as well, fingers crossed there are no delays.

If you have any suggestions for which secondary prize I should stitch or other games you’d like to see me play, please let me know!

May 11, 2014

My Extra Life 2014 – Update #1

On October 25th, 2014, I will once again participate in the epic 25 hour video game marathon that is Extra Life, and it’s my sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support me with a tax deductible donation that will go directly to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.¬†

I’m hoping to hit the $500 mark again this year and so I have decided to raffle off some cross stitching in exchange for donations. The grand prize is a tapestry of the Super Mario Bros 3 World 1 Map, which looks like this:

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It’s a little stretched but the original is super tiny

I’ve been working on the project for a few weeks now and I must say it is coming along nicely. There may be a couple of colours I need to adjust as I move towards the next set of panels, as I am already noticing that the locked door has a dark brown in it on the pattern.

This is the first quarter of the tapestry. Shiny!

This is the first quarter of the tapestry. Shiny!

Looking pretty sweet, right?

Now the big problem is figuring out the ticket to $$$ ratio for donations. I’m thinking 1 ticket for every $5 increment is a pretty fair exchange, considering this is a very time consuming and detailed piece. Yes, let’s go with that.

Extra Life donations are already open so feel free to donate now and/or as often as you’d like. Because this is for the kids, after all. =)

 

January 31, 2014

Coming Soon: Yuki-Pedia 3.0

Filed under: News — Yukino @ 6:28 PM

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OK, so maybe it doesn’t contain lead but I am in the process of having my site redone. Over the next couple of weeks you may notice categories changing or shifting about as I prepare for a new layout. I’ll still be posting on the semi-irregular basis I am accustomed to so that isn’t in any sort of jeopardy. =)

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