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Summer 2019 Snapshot - Introduction - This “Snapshot” is essentially a couple of pages detailing my thoughts, interests, and hopes as of 2019, just as something nice to look back on in the future! These spreads are based on a few prompts from Rainbowholic’s Kawaii Journaling site! Since some of these pages are kind of personal, I’ve only picked a few to display here. I’m still quite happy with this selection though because coincidentally, it also contains the spreads that I visually like the most! I hope you’ll enjoy them as well!
Summer 2019 Snapshot - 10 Things I Like About Myself - It’s all in the title here, really! It was harder than I thought it was going to be, but I did it! I’m very happy with the way this spread turned out!! It’s probably one of my favorites! Very kitschy!!
Summer 2019 Snapshot - In the future… - This spread details my ideal future! Essentially, a dream life! Although it would be difficult to attain, it’s not impossible (I hope!!)! I hope to live a cute life, working a job I enjoy, preferably in the field of computer science or design. COMPLETELY IDEALISTICALLY, I would be able to dress in colorful fashions like spank-kei and menhera regularly and decorate my living space in a cute and colorful way to deter negative feelings. I’d also still like to keep in touch with friends so I could host cozy little house parties with them. We could sit in a space with cute, colorful lighting, and I’d bake cutely decorated cakes for the event. We could all just chill, chit-chat, and make good memories . I can dream…
Summer 2019 Snapshot - Places I Want to Go In the Future - I think Japan has some of the most surreal and atmospheric theme parks! I absolutely adore dreamlike settings and experiences, so a few of Japan’s theme parks are among my most desired places to visit! Especially Sanrio Puroland and Universal Studios Japan (I did a spread for Sanrio Puroland, but I didn’t really like it )! This spread is primarily about how whimsical and immersive the Sesame Street portion of USJ seems. Absolutely everything is Sesame themed, so much so that I recall one reviewer, a Sesame fan themselves, calling it “overwhelming”. That’s exactly the kind of experience I’m looking for!!!The walkarounds also seem to interact with visitors so in character, and the lighting of the indoor attractions seem so colorful and suuuper atmospheric, making everything all the more surreal! I really hope to visit one day!
Summer 2019 Snapshot - Favorite Songs - This spread lists some of my favorite songs during the summer of 2019! I’m particularly happy about the way this spread turned out!
6 / 15 / 19 - I attended a library's art contest on this day! I had submitted my piece for this contest last minute on the last day. The piece I chose had won in its designated category once before, so I felt like I had a good chance with it again. It turned out to have been a good choice, as it won the grand prize! I got small compliments from other artists and their parents attending, they were so sweet! The library held a small meeting afterward to look at the artwork and enjoy some cookies. :] Everyone there was super sweet! Afterward, my family and I went to an antique festival! There wasn't a whole lot of stuff there that I was interested in, but there were a few small things there that I thought were super cute, such as various miniature toys from old CrackerJacks boxes, including a cute, dull, mini pocket knife. :] I also found this little Illco Big Bird toy camera, which I spent a while restoring lol..
5 / 11 / 19 - Poppy and I went to the mall together on this day! We went to Hallmark to get mother’s day cards for our mothers, as well as a card for one of our favorite teachers. We got various things there, as well as at some other stores! The Hallmark store even carried these little miniature Fisher-Price toys from the World's Smallest collection! After going around the mall for a bit, we got ice cream together. It was a pretty mundane, yet very happy day. :]
3 / 28 / 19 - On the 28th of March, I went downtown with some friends of mine, Poppy and Finn! This day had to have been another one of my favorite memories. ❤ During this day, it rained a ton, and pretty hard, too! I forgot to bring my umbrella, so we had to make do with one large one, which still wasn't enough to cover the three of us! We were soaking wet at some point! We had to run through the rain to avoid getting wet! It was so much fun! We visited plenty of antique shops, one of which carried cute vintage valentines (some on each page above!), a plethora of Little Golden Books (Sesame Street and Muppet ones on the top of the first page above!), and lots of ceramic Kewpies! We all bought cute pins together, amongst other things! The shopkeeper was so kind and wrapped our purchases with care in the cutest little bags! She wrote our receipts on old library due date cards (on the third page)! So cute!! In another store we visited, there were lots of vintage toys! The store carried large baby Disney squeaky toys and a squeaky Native American Kewpie girl. :] I found the cutest pair of pastel plaid pants there, but they were kind of pricey lol. After going to a few more antique shops, we decided to get frozen yogurt together at a cute vacant frozen yogurt shop! At this point, the rain stopped for a bit, and the sun left such a pretty glow! Afterward, we went home and watched a Care Bears movie and completed a Care Bears puzzle together. It was such a dreamlike, happy day! ❤ I remember explaining the events of this day to another friend, to which she responded, "oh, so kind of like a movie?" and yea!! Pretty much!! Now that I look back on it, it felt so happy and surreal, it almost felt like a movie to me lol. Definitely one of my happiest memories, if not the happiest ❤ :]
3 / 3 / 19 - This journal was written on one day, but is primarily a summation of multiple lucky days!! It's mostly about the good luck that I had while thrifting lol. I managed to thrift a 1964 Fisher Price Two Tune TV (2009 remake)!! So big and clunky (bottom left on the second page)!! I also managed to find the 1983 Hasbro Softies Baby Big Bird, who is featured in my plush collection! Luck was really on my side that week, as I also managed to find a cute 1960's clown plush for Poppy (at the top of the second page, next to Big Bird!), a suuuper soft bunny plush with a cute confetti bib, as well as the 1996 Sing & Snore Ernie plush! I had wanted this plush for a while, so I was suuper happy to find him! Unfortunately, the batteries in the battery compartment had corroded. I ended up spending a good 2-3 hours cleaning him and removing all the corrosion, so he ended up functioning perfectly! Aside from thrifting, I made a few purchases that made me especially happy as well! I think that the Sesame Street Babies collection of books is the absolute cutest thing ever!! I love seeing all of the characters as cute little babies!! So adorable!! When I found out there was a book that featured them in physical poser puppet form, I lost my marbles lol. I scoured the internet to find pictures of them! When I could only find one picture from the book, I decided to buy a physical copy (bottom right of the first page) with a gift card I had ! All of the photographs were super adorable!! I also found that my local Barnes & Noble carried PeroPero Sparkles plushies! During another day that the journal discusses, I was feeling a bit down and wanted to feel motivated again. To cheer myself up, I went on the muppet wiki lol. I ended up finding small clips from a Sesame Street episode entitled "The Flood" from season 42. It looked super cute, so I searched all over for somewhere to watch it, free of charge. Absolutely nothing :[ (someone uploaded it to YouTube now though lol). I ended up purchasing it with a gift card from Poppy. It was a super cute episode (I only watched the main story part though lol)!! It made me laugh multiple times, and I took sooo many screenshots!! It had so many cute Ernie and Bert scenes that definitely cheered me up! :]