First of all, I want to say THANK YOU!!! to everyone who donated and helped me reach my $500 goal for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this year. You are an amazing group of people and will have me busy cross stitching up until Christmas at this rate.
This year I did things a little differently and split up my 25 hours into 12 on Friday and 13 on Saturday. I did this so that I could spend 6 of those hours each day spending time playing with the kids who were at CHOA Scottish Rite for treatment. I wanted to meet some of the kids who benefit from events such as Extra Life and I met some pretty amazing kids that weekend. (more…)
Yuffie, Tife, and Aerith from Final Fantasy VII
As I gear up for Extra Life 2013, I’ve been going through some of the video game and pop culture patterns I’ve found all over the internet in an attempt to stitch a few as samples I can use to manipulate (read: politely urge) my friends and family to give slightly higher donations this year in exchange for some awesome new home decor. Knowing how popular Final Fantasy VII is (not my personal fave, that would be FFIX), I dug out the patterns I found on Gatchastitch and figured what the hell. (more…)
Oh Microsoft! Sometimes I just don’t get you.
You schedule a console reveal event prior to E3, which in and of itself is completely fine, but then you pretty much ignore your gaming core, focusing instead on TV and movie integration, show off your recently purchased Skype tools, and push the Kinect technology without clarifying exactly how you will ensure privacy with your always-on camera. Sure, you flashed us some EA titles and trotted out poor old Halo yet again, but as a TV series with Spielberg attached.
At this point, I’m telling myself that while the reveal did absolutely nothing for me. That I would wait to see what E3 brought to the table. (more…)
After reading Ready Player One I went looking for something new to read and Goodreads recommended I check out You by Austin Grossman. His name was familiar; turns out he’s a games writer and one I’ve seen in credits at least once or twice. A few of my gaming friends had also read the book and recommended it, so it seemed a smart move to pick it up.
There aren’t many fictional books based around video games without being an actual media tie-in for a franchise, a la Halo, Assassin’s Creed, Fable, Resident Evil, etc, and even most of those are simply novelizations of released games. That’s one of the reasons why I had been super excited about Ready Player One. So to find another book published in this category within a year of the other, I felt I’d hit the jackpot. (more…)
It’s not like I’ve gone out and bought a tonne of new games, so why is it that my backlog is growing?
Yup. That damn addictive game keeps me coming back, even though I have finished all the quests I can with my first character. And now the collector’s edition with the one bit of DLC I did not buy is coming out. I’m thinking the only way to get me off this game is to leave it at my mother in law’s place all summer long. It has distracted me far too long now. (more…)
On November 2nd, 2013, I am once again participating in Extra Life, an epic 25 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This will be my fourth year taking part in the event, playing as a giant Thank You to CHOA for taking care of my husband Matt while he was being treated for leukemia when he was younger. I am eternally indebted to them for everything they did and making it so Matt would end up part of my life. (more…)
Last week I discovered that Good Smile Company had released a set of Nendoroid figures based on the “Tales of” video game series. And because I am addicted to both, there was no way in hell I was not going to have these in my collection.
What I thought was a for sure 6 piece set ended up arriving as a retailer pack of 8 blind box figures, meaning I had to open every one and pray with my fingers crossed that I opened a complete set. Which I did!! I was even lucky enough to acquire the “secret” figure of Leon Magnus from Tales of Destiny (furthest left in the picture).
Beside Leon are: Yuri & Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Asbel & Sofi from Tales of Graces, and finally Jude & Milla from Tales of Xillia.
There was a bit of a mishap when I was snapping Leon onto his base as his sword snapped off from his hand and this will be remedied with model glue this weekend. Thankfully the other figures with swords had theirs come separately so there were no more broken pieces. The only other issue I had was with Sofi’s pigtails. I had to twist the plugs in which took a few attempts as simply pushing them in was a complete failure.
Overall, extremely happy with these guys and now Haruhi, Yuki and Asahina (Haruhi Suzumiya Summer Collection Nendoroids) have company.
Game Dev Tycoon Office Level 1
Addictive time suck that I just can’t get enough of! ~Annette
Seriously, I am Game Dev Tycoon as I write this and had major jitters all weekend (well, mostly Sunday and Monday) as I hadn’t been able to play. I’ve just started my 4th studio (Irrational Games) and finished my first game (Medal of Honour, yes with a U). The only thing more addicting than this game are those Waffeletten cookies I bought at the grocery store last week. (more…)
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything in regards to my efforts to stitch a bunch of awesome things to decorate with, but today I can finally say I have finished my largest project to date! The Yoshi Butcher Chart that I started on a ways back last year had the final back stitches done last night while playing catch up with The Walking Dead (I am still 4 episodes behind).
I found this pattern on SpriteStitches and knew I had to make it. Unfortunately, neither Michael’s nor JoAnn carried black 14 count Aida large enough for the canvas so I went with an oatmeal colour instead. This meant I needed to add black backstitching around the preparations, but I think it still turned out pretty awesome. Now I just need to figure out how I am going to get it ready for the wall. Maybe a frame, maybe a scroll look…. Decisions, decisions!
Many thanks to Siva on SpriteStitches for sharing the pattern.