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Berlin, Berlin…

Hello dear readers!

Last week I posted about my customs ->#198 and was in panic mode to finish my customs #199 & 200. This week I’ll be telling you all about what has happened since, mainly about my birthday trip to Berlin (since it took up most of the week in between) and a little bit about a few new customs. I’ll also let you in on a few secrets about what I have in mind for my next 100 customs! ;)

First off, I’d like to present my super special customs #199 and #200: Zelda and Link (Wind Waker style)!

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I think they turned out super cute! ^_^

I made them both from the same base figure, the musical note panda bear:

meowsticThis is one of my favorite LPS to customize, I’ve used it for my Meowstic customs, Impmon, Renamon and Blaziken as well :)

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Zelda and Link after one layer of sculpting (I added another layer after this).

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Here they are with their horses:

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Zelda and her horse from Ocarina of Time.

Both horses are for sale but my Link and Zelda will stay with me :)

Here is a photo of my 100 first customs and my customs 101-200:

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I can’t believe I’ve made this many already! Most importantly, I’m still not bored with it so I definitely want to keep making more! ^_^

Anyways! On to my birthday trip to Berlin! It was absolutely amazing, as always! My sister, her husband and my fiance had planned an entire day of activities for my birthday and it was brilliant! I had so much fun!

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My birthday started with an amazing breakfast with my fiance at Chipps. We had a proper breakfast with eggs, waffles, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and sparkling wine! It was so good! ^_^

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After breakfast, me and my fiance went to Modulor, a crafts shop in Kreuzberg. It’s ridiculous, you can literally find anything that you need for whatever crafty hobby you may have! It was great, though the customer service was a bit snobbish. After that, we were joined by my sister and her hubby and together we went all the way out to Neukölln to visit the cat café (Pee Pee’s Katzencafé). The cats were pretty aloof (as always) but they were cute nonetheless :) I had an amazing raspberry cheesecake and a cup of coffee and it was all very nice!

After stuffing our faces with cake, we went to TeamEscape in Kreuzberg. The concept is that you have one hour in a room full of riddles and hidden clues and if you successfully solve the mystery within the hour you get to escape. Not going to spoil the details of what we did there, but I can tell you it was great fun! :) We managed to escape within the hour so it was definitely a success!

After solving the mystery we took a well-deserved relaxing pause in a wonderful new bar in Potsdamer Platz. It is called Fragrances Bar and the concept is that you choose your drink after smelling the perfumes that the drinks are based on. It was a very interesting experience! The service was lovely (they even brought me a little birthday cake!<3) and the drinks were served with some very interesting props!

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My drink was served in a very strange little box with fake leaves. It was almost like a work of art!

We moved on to have dinner after the drinks and finished the evening in a bar close to our hotel. It was a very successful birthday indeed! ^_^

Other things we did during the trip included visiting the Gardens of the World. I took so many photos there! Here are my favorites:

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My love ^_^

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Bokeh! I love my lens so much!

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Winter is coming…

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Flowers! Plus my little mascot ^_^

A few other photos from my trip:

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IMG_5284  Inspirational text in our hotel lobby! ^_^

During the last day in Berlin I found a shop where they sold G2 LPS for 1€ each (= really, really cheap!). Since I am 25 years old and FABULOUS, I didn’t care about the people staring and just bought the entire box of blind bags that they had :D One of the perks of being an adult is that you can do whatever you want with your money ;)

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All the LPS I bought :)

Anyways, back to reality and customizing! My new customs have been coming along very slowly since I have had so much correspondence to answer after my trip! I finished my custom #201 yesterday because it was already base coated a long time ago.

Here is #201 – Shiny Zorua:

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Upcoming customs:

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My original character – Alice the Cat-Owl :3

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Yoshi!

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Cocker Spaniel that will be repainted into something pretty :3 (Normally I don’t customize rare figures but it was so badly blemished that I decided it was okay to customize it!)

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Some new head-swaps! Shiny Hawlucha (a commission), Froslass (trying to make it because it will be challenging and I love challenges!) and an accidental Bear-Seal (will be made into an original character) :3

Anyways, that’s it for this week! See you again next Wednesday or Thursday! ^_^

Love,

Pia

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100 happy things, 11-20

Continuing with part 2/10 of things that make me happy!

11. My Little Pony

Another pretty obvious one since I love customizing them ;) But I also love the retro MLP design, like the one on this t-shirt that I bought today:

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12. Allison Harvard

Yes, the lovely runner-up of two seasons of America’s Next Top Model. She’s just so beautiful and her art is inspiring! I just get really happy every time I have a look at her Tumblr (http://allisonelisabeta.tumblr.com/)! I’ve tried to draw her many times but the images never do her justice : ) Here’s an attempt at it anyway:

PicsArt_1394748618154She’s a million times more beautiful in real life!

13. Berlin

Ehehe, another obvious one. Berlin inspires me to do fashion design and improve my photography skills! It’s my favorite city in the world!

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Both photos are from the Festival of lights, 2012 & 2013.

14. Peanut M&M’s

Just realized again how good they are. Mmmmmm…

15. H&M clothes

Yes, yes, H&M is a cheap brand, but I LOVE some of their clothes! More importantly they frequently have CAT THEMED CLOTHES!! How can I not love them?! Plus they also have cool Star Wars clothes at times:

IMG_2625 IMG_7036Seriously. That Darth Vader sweater is the coolest thing I own.

16. Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other holidays

I just love them because you can invest as much effort into them as you want! You can have totally cheesy-over-the-top romantic dates on Valentine’s, decorate the house on Christmas and Halloween and hide eggs around the house on Easter. They’re just nice days that give you permission to be a little crazy ^_^

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Last year I went completely over the top with the Christmas stuff. I even made Game of Thrones-themed snowflakes at work to decorate my colleague’s wall!

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Valentine’s Day was spent in Berlin this year. Soo romantic!

17. Face Off

The TV series. I’m OBSESSED with it. I just love seeing the creative process that goes into creating a character/creature design. It’s really fascinating. It’s also a bit similar to customizing because of the sculpting and painting ; ) It really inspires me to put more effort into my customs! Tyler from this season (season 6) also makes me happy, he’s just so positive and talented!

18. Video game music

I think I’ve mentioned this before? I love video game music, especially from old Nintendo games. My favorite right now is Stickerbrush Symphony from Donkey Kong Country 2. It’s soooooo good!

19. Zelda N64 games

Speaking of video games, some of the best music ever comes from The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. The games are also incredible, I have to play them over and over again! They just make me really happy! I also have a few MM-themed customs planned ; )

20. Sushi

Sushi always makes me happy! It reminds me of my sister (we used to have a lot of DIY sushi evenings at her place when she still lived in Finland) and it’s often really good! We actually had sushi one night here in Tokyo and it turned out to be one of the most hysterically funny dinners I’ve experienced in a long time! Yet another good sushi memory!

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Some amazingly good sushi in Amsterdam.

This is fun! Writing about things that make me happy makes me really happy! ^_^