Cross stitch update #1: Mirabilia SAL

If there’s one community that makes me feel welcome on both YouTube and Facebook, it’s cross stitchers (Known on YouTube collectively as Flosstube) I regularly watch videos and have picked up countless tips and added many patterns to my wishlists as a result of watching other stitchers’ progress on them. This year I wanted to challenge my crafty side and try stiching on a different fabric and try my hand at beadwork, thus, I joined a SAL (stitch a long) I post progress pictures on my Instagram page located here. The materials are motivation enough…

Threads

The rules of this stitch a long were that it must be a pattern by Mirabilia (or Mirabilia designer Nora Corbett) and you must start on January 1st 2015. I saw this as a great opportunity the try linen and beading. Here is New Year Fairy whom I have chosen to stitch.

Mirabillia

 

I feel a little like I have jumped in at the deep end. However, very slowly but surely I am making progress.

New Year Fairy Jan

I aim to keep updates posted here monthly, so that I can look back and remind myself of my progress when my eyes get tired from the fabric count and I’m a tangled mess of beads and thread. Are you trying anything new in 2015? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

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What I got for Christmas 2014.

I hope you all enjoyed the festivities this year, I was lucky enough to get some fun things that I thought I would share with you all. Let me know what you received gaming or non gaming wise!

Captain Toad

 

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a game I have been waiting to play on my Wii U for months, and it has lived up to my anticipatory excitement. It’s a platform puzzler that uses the gamepad and some excellent mechanics that have you navigating levels with toad, to collect bits and bobs and solve puzzles to reveal hidden sections. Look out for more on this soon.

 

X Men

 

I collect all the Marvel films on Blu Ray, and especially love the X-Men ones so was very happy to receive X-Men Days of Future Past. I know people are divided on this one, but I enjoyed it, especially the introduction of more characters from the universe.

 

 

Lego

 

Lego Female Scientists! This contains 3 units to build, all female models, a paleotologist, astronomer and a chemist, the idea is to get young girls thinking about careers in Science, it comes with a booklet detailing the professions too. I just love it.

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Migraines aren’t fun.

Migraine
Migraine

Any sort of physical health issue isn’t good, but one that robs you of the pleasure of your favourite hobby? That will challenge in ways something else may not. Since the end of July, I have spent perhaps 10 hours gaming, not really out of choice, but due to frequent migraine attacks, far more persistent and severe than I have been used to before.

For those unfamiliar, according to Wiki “Migraine is a chronic neurological disease characterised by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms.”

The last few months of my life have been spent having severe headaches, losing my sense of balance, being unable to focus/concentrate on anything for longer than 30minutes, feeling nauseous, tired, dizzy, and sensitive to light and sound. I’ve also at times, been unable to finish sentences, and had difficulty finding the words I want to say, or said something, only to be advised that I’ve said something completely different to what I  thought that I had. It all sounds rather depressing and I really don’t like the vibe reading this may promote, but what I want to be clear is that migraine is so much more than the headache…in my case of late…the headache has been the symptom I have worried about the least.

When you’re 31, your face feels numb, and you can’t read the book you have in front of you, you may start to feel a little scared.

Thankfully after a lot of persistence, I have been referred to see a Neurologist, put on some preventative medication (jury is still out on this so far) and sent for a scan, which I’m waiting for. I’m doing OK, but it has limited me in some aspects of my life;

  • I can’t drive for longer than 30 minutes, and not really at all in the dark.
  • Gaming sessions are, for the most part, short and infrequent.
  • Too much noise, or a busy environment means I have to step away from a situation.
  • I’m spending a lot more time sleeping and resting.

 

However, more interestingly, my sense of smell has become heightened so much that I can tell you the leaves that make up the salad someone is eating on the other side of the room, I’m starting a trend of wearing sunglasses indoors, and I’m getting a lot of cross stitching done due to my inability to sit in front of screens gaming.

A couple of things that have been useful to me in this challenging time have been the Migraine Trust website – a wealth of information and fact-sheets, as well as summaries of research and various treatments. And for days when the migraines ease and I can bear to look at a screen f.lux software, which makes the colour of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Finally, a migraine diary for anyone who wants or needs to keep track of symptoms and possible triggers. Anyone with tips, experiences or resources, please do share via the comments box. Until I’m back to my healthy self, I’ve decided that my heightened sense of smell is simply a sign that I am becoming one of the X-Men, then things don’t seem so bad after all!

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EGX 2014.

1. Toryanse

 

Toryanse
Toryanse

This, was one of the games I loved the look of most at EGX. Backtracking slightly, EGX (Eurogamer expo) was a gaming event that took place in London this past weekend, and despite the big guns being there (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) The areas I spent the most time in, were the 2 indie game sections, the games there fueled my passion for gaming even further.

So to the games…Firstly Toryanse, the Studio Ghibli style art was what first caught my eye, as well as the cat, the thing that pleases me most however, is that this is a point and click adventure game. Within the game all information is presented via speech bubbles and illustrative thought. You can follow the game’s development and find out more by clicking here.

2. Big Pharma

BigPharma
BigPharma

 

Ever wanted to manage your own pharmaceutical company? I know I have…manage side effects, discover new active ingredients, battle with rival companies, question your own moral compass, and of course, develop drugs, in this sim due for release in 2015. For more info, click here.

3. A light in chorus

A Light in Chorus
A Light in Chorus

Easily the most beautiful game I saw at EGX was A light in chorus. This is an exploration game in which you move around as a reconfigurable swarm of particles, taking on the shapes of the things around you, illuminatiing other things to explore. This is a game that really has to be seen, so I’ll embed a little preview below. For more info on the game click here.

Those were my 3 favourite finds from EGX,

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Blog birthday Q&A

Kezla's First Post.
Kezla’s First Post.

 

My first post on this blog was the one you see above, 3 quick tips for what is probably my favourite game of all time, Fallout New vegas.

So, a lot of you had awesome questions, thus, I have decided to break them down into weekly posts, rather than a very long essay. The first question came from Jon over at The Fun Turret which is a rather good read, so you should go have a look too.

Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in gaming in that time- one good, one bad?

In the past 3 years the biggest change for me, that’s been awesome is the rise of independent gaming journalism. The YouTube review channels, the blogs and gaming forums. These are the first places I go for news, reviews and first impression of games that I’m thinking of buying, and I love that. These writes, videographers and posters are gamers themselves, and have an enthusiasm and passion for it. Yes you have to be careful of those who are paid or sponsered to say good things, but I find that if I do my research, that’s not difficult to avoid.

Something that I’m not so keen on is the elitism and segregation that can occur within the gaming community. I hear people chortle when I say I chose to purchase a Wii U over an Xbox one or PS4. I sense some judgement when I say I have been spending my time playing Guildwars 2 and Hearthstone instead of the lastest releases or Call of Duty or Assassins Creed, and that’s just me. I suppose there will always be cliques and groups within communities, but arguing about the best system, and ridiculing people for their gaming tastes seems like a waste of time and type…I especially see this in younger generations, and it saddens me slightly.

Let me know your thoughts on this question in the comments section, and I’ll return to answer another next week 🙂

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