Grown up Hello Kitty.

Prepare yourselves, I am going to spent the next several paragraphs geeking out about my celebrity crush: Hello Kitty. (If you haven’t noticed from the contents of this blog, all of my passions match those of a five year old girl. Fairy tale princesses, coloring, sweets and of course hello kitty. I’m cool with this.)

I was shopping at Target the other day, (with which I have a long standing, secret, love affair. Shh don’t tell anyone!) when I made a fantastic discovery: Hello Kitty Clothes for Grown ups.  Which I must say, are pretty fabulous.

Of course this was a dream come true for me, who normally is resigned to shopping in the kids section for my hello kitty clothes. Hey don’t judge, if the shoe fits…wear it. Even if it was meant for a seven year old. Which by the way, an US women’s size 7.5/8 shoe is about the same size as a US girl’s 5, which is pretty sweet because kids shoes are often cheaper. Anyway, if you want some fabulous Hello Kitty clothing, tailored for a grown up figure, head over to Target! I went ahead and purchased the boxy blue top and the embossed pleated skirt, and I am just as pleased punch!Blouse detail

A New Step!

When it rains, It pours…but sometimes that can be a good thing! Last week was a difficult one, my Uncle was hospitalized and died rather unexpectedly, which left my family scrambling. Having a big family, and having them all come into your neck of the woods at once is a great distraction during times of sadness, as well as being something of a joy, if not a rather frazzled one, in itself.

Now down to the big exciting happy news: during the time that I was running around, toting various people’s babies, trying to help plan a funeral and still keep up with school, I managed to sell my first painting ever to a stranger via Etsy! For those of you that are artists, you know that your first 100 pieces or so are usually bought (or claimed) by your family and friends, so making a sale to someone unknown to you, completely removed from your circle is quite an accomplishment, and feels pretty damn good 🙂

Of course, one painting isn’t much, but it’s a step and being able to send that package off, especially during such a rough week, was the best feeling in the world!

Story Time,

I thought it would be fun to jump start this blog with a little story so, I am going to take a moment to explain why I chose Kuricuriosities as my title.

When I was 18 I went abroad to Kagoshima, Japan for a year through Rotary International’s youth exchange program. My name, Christine, here in the states is pretty common but in Kagoshima it was quite a mouthful: Kurisutein. So, my family took to calling me Kuri (栗) which refers to a spiky Japanese chestnut and that nick name has stuck to me ever since.

I chose curiosities for the second half of my blog name in honor of the animal I feel the most akin to: the crow. Crows are commonly characterized as mischievous  curious, shiny object loving, intelligent animals. I want this blog to be full of all those wonderful crow characteristics  full of fascinating, sometimes silly, sometimes dark but always smart sparkly baubles that any crow  would be thrilled to steal!

くり&栗