I got the idea for making needle books from Pinterest. They are used to store needles and pins. They are very cute and you can customize the cover and each page of the book.
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After some teasers and photos, this Korean girl group finally released the music video of their latest song, I GOT A BOY. It’s so…hip hop style; the song, the dance, the outfit, the hairstyle… It’s actually nice, after watching/listening several times, but my first impression is that it’s kind of all over the place and overwhelming. I don’t know how to explain it… the beat is like jumping around between fast and slow. Well, check out for yourself:
Lovely Tae Yeon
The girls leader appears stunning, especially with her lovely voice that can be easily recognized. I personally love her green hair highlight in this MV.
You can’t deny that she has a strong charisma. I’m glad that she keeps her long dark hair that is her main attractive point. In this MV she also wears shades that suits her fine. Besides Hyo Yeon, Yuri looks the most suitable for this (hip hop) style.
Yep, she’s simply adorable, in whatever style. ‘Nuff said.
Cool Hyo Yeon
Hyo looks the best in this MV, perhaps because she has been sporting this kind of style right from the start. It also a plus plus point that she is the lead dancer in the group. Her gestures and her style match perfectly.
Cat ears + Batman shirt is her best look in the MV–she looks cute! To think about it, hip hop doesn’t leave much room for elegance, but Sica pulls it off. She manages to show some swag with losing her calm and composed style. <note: with straight hair, she does look like her sister Krystal f(x)>
With beautiful voice and beautiful smile, Fany doesn’t need to work too hard to capture the heart of her fans. I myself am being constantly surprised by her good looks.
Hmmm… perhaps too cheerful. Sorry to say, her hair looks like cotton candy and it’s kinda weird. She looks fun and cheerful enough in short blond locks, going with purple, tosca, and pink hair is overrated.
Confident Soo Young
As always, she appears so confident–that’s what I like about her. Plus, she has a wide bright smile that brings happiness. Her outfits in this MV look ok, except for the jeans jumper that looks ridiculous in her tall and slim figure.
Innocent Seo Hyun
What first captures my attention is her colorful nail art–upon closer inspection, it turns out that her nails bear the reading: I GOT A BOY–one letter each nail. It’s nice and interesting. Regarding the outfit, she doesn’t look comfortable in hip hop style. Also, her hair looks silly being split into two and braided, country-style.
felt material, threads, scissors, needle, dakron, ribbon
Optional: black beads, buttons
How to make:
Cut the patterns similar to the picture below. You can use any color combination you like, of course. I use blue because I like that color :p
I usually start with making the limbs first: arms and legs. Fold the arm pattern then sew the border as seen in the picture. Leave some space open so you can flip it inside out. Once it has been flipped and the sewing is hidden inside, fill it with dakron, then sew it close.
Work on the other arm and the two legs using similar technique.
Next, we make the torso, using basically the same technique as well: sew the border leaving some space open, flip it inside out, fill it with dakron, then sew it close.
The head is the trickiest part, but it’s not that difficult. Firstly, put together two similar head pattern and sew the border from the base of the neck to the tip of the nose. Attach/sew the long head pattern precisely in the middle (see the picture below). Now sew the border on the right side (or left side, it doesnt matter) from the tip of the nose to the base of the neck, then sew the border on the other side as well. Flip the head inside out.
Now let’s make the nose using the thread of darker shade of color. Basically you just sew from right to left (or left to right), filling the space where the nose should be (see the picture). After that, add a smile just below the nose. Also add eyes on the right and left sides above the nose. I make a small teddy bear, so I just use thread for the eyes, but if you make a bigger teddy, you may use black beads for the eyes. The head is done, now close the bottom of the head by sewing it loosely.
The next step is adding the ears. Make the ears by using the technique similar to making the limbs and torso: sew the border, flip it inside out, add dakron, sew it close. Attaching the ears to head can be done either by sewing it or gluing it. When making a small teddy bear, I prefer to use glue because it’s simpler.
Time to assemble the parts! I usually begin with attaching the two arms to the torso; you just sew the three parts together. This can be a bit tricky with a bigger teddy, and you may want to use the biggest and longest needle you have. After the arms, attach the legs also. Next, attach the head. Make sure everything is attached and sewn tightly. You may add buttons (in my case I glue small round felt) to the sides of the arms and legs to hide the thread.
More details on assembling the parts:
Last step is tying a ribbon around the teddy bear’s neck. Voila!
If you have any question, feel free to drop it on the comment box below. Good luck!
My mom’s birthday is coming up and I’m thinking about making her something made of beads. I’m halfway done when I realize that I need more strings and also need to purchase some zippers :(
Anyway, the bag/case that I’m making should look like this when it’s done:
If you are interested in making one for yourself, here is the pattern and instructions:
I’ve finished the bag! :D My mom was happy to receive it.
Korean girl group Kara is back with their latest song called Pandora. I read it somewhere that what they refer to as Pandora is a Goddess whose beauty enthrals other Gods/Goddesses. Therefore, Kara girls hope to captivate the audience’s interest with their charm and beauty as well. I kinda disappointed at that shallow notion, but maybe actually Pandora holds a deeper meaning that they don’t want to share? Who knows…
Pandora has a catchy beat and a mysterious atmosphere, kind of like LUPIN but with more colors. The song captures my interest instantly, but its charm diminishes quite quickly as well. Kara girls do not hesitate to show their sexual appeal through the choreography and tight outfit. In the MV, they also throw in a sense of elegance that makes it seem they are difficult to approach.
And the story goes…
Deep down below, lay in deep slumber some terrible giant Gods. So terrible that all they want is to wreck havoc on earth, putting an end to humanity. They can only be appeased by annual youth offerings, and that’s why humans have done a sacrifice ritual for centuries.
In modern world, it is not enough to have an old-fashioned ritual where the youths are placed in an altar and then killed by knives/swords. The believers want to see the youths (the sacrifice) commit sin and then be punished for it. For this purpose, they have built a cabin in the woods that serves as one big altar, and below the cabin, they built huge facility to control everything that is going on above.
For every ritual, the believers need 5 youths to be sacrificed, namely the whore, the athlete, the scholar, the fool, and the virgin. Once they have chosen the five youths, they place the youths in the cabin to play their roles. Even if in reality the youths’ personalities don’t suit the roles they need to play, the believers find a way to drug them and basically mind-control them.
(who turns out to be the sharpest and smartest of them all)
Inside the cabin,
The 5 youths are made to choose their deathbringer. The believers, that watch everything in the monitor, bet on what kind of deathbringer is going to be chosen… It is truly despicable to bet on something like this, but the believers seem to have nothing else interesting to do at the moment.
There are many options, different deathbringers to be chosen–each one is capable of invoking a horrible terror and bringing down terrible death. The believers call the them: THE ARMY OF NIGHTMARE. Some of them are:
The believers have worked hard to complete the ritual and to do everything according to the guidelines, but sometimes… things go out of control.
You see the two little girls on the right? I think they are the twins from THE SHINING. What do you think?
The man seems to be a big fan of mermans. He bet on the merman to be chosen as the deathbringer every time, but he always loses. Ironically, in the end he is killed by the merman.
Think again, Curt & Jules. A room full of men is watching you guys make out :))
Marty shows that he is not a fool as his role demands him to be.
And congratulations honey, you have chosen the Buckner zombies as your deathbringer.
I’ve just watched The Hunger Games and can’t help to compare it to a cult Japanese movie, Battle Royale, like many people do. Both movies are about a game/competition requiring the participants to kill each other until only one person is left. My first thought is that to people who have watched and are actually enjoying Battle Royale, The Hunger Games is just a child’s play.
First of all, Battle Royale is more physically challenged than The Hunger Games.
In The Hunger Games, the participants (the tributes) of the game is given a period of time for training and preparation. They are also given the appropriate attire for battle: black jacket and pants. While in Battle Royale, the participants are plunged right into the battle, with only a brief time for game rules explanation. They absolutely have no idea that they’re going to participate in the game. For the attire, they’re wearing school uniforms (the girls are wearing skirts, for God’s sake!)
Battle Royale is also more psychologically challenged than The Hunger Games.
In The Hunger Games, the participants come from 12 different districts, which makes it highly unlikely for them to know one another beforehand. To fight for the glory and honor of their district, they must eliminate the participants from the other districts. In The Hunger Games, it’s highly competitive, and given the two aforementioned facts, the participants are likely more at ease about killing one another.
Well it’s a whole different story in Battle Royale. Here, the participants come from the same school, same class. Yes, they are classmates. The people they have to kill are the same people whom they spend their time with everyday: their bestfriends, even their boyfriends or girlfriends. There’s no pride or honor in killing, it’s purely survival.
Talk about the rules of the game!
The Hunger Games rules are quite simple. At the start of the game, they must fight toobtain the survival kits and weapons which are piled in one place. After that, just run into the forest, hide and observe for awhile, then hunt and kill the others while trying to survive and not to die from natural causes. It seems that this game has no time limit, though the authorities are going to offer a feast, luring the remaining participants to come out of their hiding places and to engage in direct combat when no one dies after a long period of time.
On the other hand, Battle Royale rules are very perplexing. Not only the participants have to kill one another, they also have to wear a choker with a bomb planted in it around their necks. During the game, the battlefield, which is divided into grids, will have red zones which change per hour. When a participant is caught in a red zone, the choker will detonate and boom! instant kill. Oh, and Battle Royale have a time limit (3 days if I’m not mistaken). If no sole victor emerges within the time limit, all of the chokers will detonate. They seem to have no problem in having no winner.
So what do you think?
By the way, almost forget to tell you that there are a lot more blood spilled or splattered in Battle Royale rather than in The Hunger Games. If you do not like gore, perhaps you’ll think twice before watching Battle Royale.
Last but not least:
My favorite character in The Hunger Games:
My favorite character in Battle Royale:
I first heard Sunny Hill when three of the ladies appeared in Narsha’s Mammamia. I didn’t pay much attention because they didn’t really stand out. Then about four months ago, I was checking out the K-Pop chart on YouTube when I saw Sunny Hill’s Grasshopper song on the chart. Not only the title of the song is catchy, the MV seems interesting as well. I checked out the MV — which turned out awesome, and from there I discovered two more songs from Sunny Hill: Midnight Circus and Pray. They both are awesome as well.
One thing is for sure: you’ll find “ring-a-ring-a-ring” get stuck in your head pretty quickly after you hear this song. That’s what happens to my brother (and he doesn’t like it–he’s a hardcore fans–LOL)
Apart from that, I like the message of this song: wake up from your routines and have fun now and then. Why are people always in a rush, drown in what they have to do, ignoring what they actually want to do? How can they feel alive that way?
The concept of the MV is terrific >.< I even love the teasers (which feature Ga-In from Brown-Eyed Girls and IU). It has this mysterious, festive aura that gets your heartbeat racing from excitement. The music is playful, it’s like inviting you to watch the show, the midnight circus, and you better hurry, because it’s one time only, if you blink they might vanish before your very eyes!
This is a sad and heartbreaking MV, truly reflecting the mood brought by the music. I’m not kidding when I say this song can really make your tears fall.
People behind the great songs
Now that these songs are constantly playing in my head, I try to find out more about the members of Sunny Hill. Well, it’s just their names, but at least I know now who is who XP
Currently, Jang Hyun is on military service, but I hope that doesn’t stop Sunny Hill from producing more great songs.
When Miss A made their debut with the song Bad Girl Good Girl, I have no idea why the song is such a big hit. But then I started to like them in Breathe, where both song and choreography are funny. I still like them in Goodbye Baby, where the MV promotes women strength.
Recently, Miss A released their fourth project: TOUCH and I am instantly in love with the photo concept. It has this soft velvety feeling that is easy on the eyes, and the girls look gorgeous! However, it takes some time for me to like the song itself (when I first hear it, I think it is weird). After listening to it again and again, I’m finally able to grasp the feeling carried by the song. Check it out yourself:
read the lyrics
Recently, I watched 2 movies with my fiance: In Time and The Woman In Black. Both movies have positive and negative sides, but both are also recommended for any movie lover.
The main reason I watch IN TIME is because of Amanda Seyfried. I’ve been liking this actress since Dear John, and growing even more fond of her in Chloe and Red Riding Hood. Her role in this movie, unfortunately, is not very charming or daring, but she’s still a sight for sore eyes.
The tagline for this movie, Time is Money / Time is Power, is an understatement; time really is everything.
In the world of IN TIME, people stop aging by the age of 25, but then they only have one year left to live before their hearts stop beating abruptly. Here, when you reach 25, a set of number on your arms starts to count down (see the green line of numbers on Justin Timberlake’s arm in the poster?). If you want to live longer, you have to earn time (by working, fighting, gambling, or stealing it from other people). In this world you also have to pay everything with time–30 minutes for a decent meal, 1 minute for using a payphone, 2 hours for using public transportation, etc.
The concept of this movie is very interesting, but the storyline is quite simple. JT plays Will Salas, a poor man (yeah, poor, he literally live day by day, only have about 24 hours on his arm no matter how hard he’s working to earn more time) who becomes rich in one night when a stranger suddenly gives him a century before he kills himself. Then the Time Keepers (more or less like the police in this world) chase Will accusing him of murder. In the process, Will takes Sylvia Weis, a billionaire’s daughter, as a hostage. He demands a high ransom so he can give more time to the poor (kinda like Robinhood, eh? robbing the rich to give to the poor). Will believes that no one should live forever and that distributing time fairly is a way to restore justice. Sylvia is then convinced to support his cause.
We get a lot of action in this movie, though it’s not remarkably done. There is nothing new; we’re already familiar with the chasing-on-the-roof scene or car-chasing scene.
The Woman in Black
For some people, the main attraction of this movie is Daniel Radcliffe, but not me. I was on Goodreads, looking for some recommended horror novels to read when I saw this title: The Woman In Black by Susan Hill, and I was intrigued by the cover art. Since then, I haven’t got my hands on the novel, so I was delighted to know it is made into a movie (surely watching it is quicker than reading it).
I must say that I do not regret watching this movie in the cinema, because I truly adore the atmosphere brought into the screen: the landscapes, the old buildings and the antique toys; like being thrown back to past. And I was craving for a horror movie.
However, I am not impressed by the storyline; the twist are predictable. Several scenes are cliche (perhaps back then in 1980 when the novel first published, those scenes were new and original, but not so much now) and the characters’ way of thinking is too naive. If you’re looking for a movie with similar atmosphere and with better storyline, you might want to check out Awakening.
Radcliffe plays a widower named Arthur Kipps who, due to financial difficulty, accepts the job to sell a secluded house called The Eel Marsh House after finding the will of the recently deceased owner. He travels from London to a small village of which inhabitants are not very welcoming (in fact, they try to shoo him away). Upon arriving at The Eel March House, Arthur catches sight of a mysterious woman dressed in black (no doubt she’s not human). The villagers believe that this woman is responsible for the death of the children there. When Arthur hears about this, he fears for his young son who’s coming to visit him in the village and he strives to find a way to stop this woman in black from killing more children.