Randomly, on a Friday…

This afternoon I finally got around to hemming some jeans I bought on Cyber Monday. I’m not usually into buying things a certain way on specific days, but 40% off was a good deal and I desperately needed a new pair.

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I think they turned out fine. At least I didn’t notice anyone staring or pointing, so that’s good.

Then, since I had my machine out, I finished up some ornaments the Wee Girl and I had started a few weeks back. They turned out cute but rather large. Next time I’d make them smaller, and not connect the pair of mittens.  The pattern for the trees had buttons as ornaments, but my collection of buttons isn’t that cute, so I sewed on beads instead.  I still have a penguin ornament that I prepared to sew, but it seems to have disappeared….

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After school pick up and a short stint at a park, the kids and I hit Blick for some new watercolor paper and left with a bit more than that. Of course. I loved these paper dolls but didn’t get them.  Maybe they’ll show up in my Christmas stocking….

 

 

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I love the art supply store a little too much.  There are so many things I’d love to buy or try out, but my time is so limited, and I have too many hobbies already.  I guess it’s a good dilemma to have.  After all, you will never, ever see me write that I’m bored!

After bed time, I started in on my new watercolor paper, just messing around a bit, and playing with ideas for holiday cards or nengajyo.

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I used to draw and paint so much, but since having kids I have done so little. It feels so rusty, but nice to be back trying it out.

Crafting for the co-op

The Wee Boy goes to a co-op preschool, which means it’s heavy on parent involvement. (Understatement???) At the recent business meeting, I volunteered to a request for felt images for stories, you know those felt boards on which teachers use felt figures to tell stories? Well, I said I’d make ’em. A few days later, I got the assignment. I procrastinated, worried that they might be complex, even though the teacher’s note read “outlines are perfect!” Luckily they are easy stories/figures, and I’m almost done with two out of the three books I agreed to do.

IMG_5509.JPG As you can see, outlines are not perfect for my Virgo self, I have to do details!!! The girl will get a face, don’t worry!!  Oops, and I see that one of the Big Green Monster’s ears snuck over to Ella Sarah’s hat.

They aren’t that much work, but this kind of work is best done when I’m at my best; morning or during nap.  After bed time I’m so tired, mindless knitting or spinning are my best bets.  My goal is to turn them in on Monday, but this is a full weekend with no naps at home scheduled, so we’ll see.

Magnum Opus

Today I present to you what is my Magnum Opus thus far in my crafting career: my Totoro Quiet Book and pattern.  I worked on this project over several months, coming up with ideas, sketching them out, creating them in felt, and finally putting the pattern together and getting it up for sale on Etsy!

Is the word “Totoro” new to you? If you haven’t seen the Studio Ghibli movie “My Neighbor Totoro,” get it now!  You’ll love it!  It’s a sweet anime written and directed by the amazing Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.  In recent years, his films have become big in the United States and other international markets, not just Japan.  You might know of Ponyo or Spirited Away, but if you haven’t met Totoro yet, you are missing out!

Without further ado, here are some shots of my Quiet Book!

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There are pages of quiet activities for your little one, starting with..

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Finger puppets!  The main cast members are here, including Mei, Satsuki, Big Totoro, Chu Totoro, Chibi Totoro, Catbus, and a Soot Sprite/Gremlin!

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Make Satsuki’s lunch!

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You, I mean, the child gets to make Satsuki’s bento lunch, just as she made it in the movie!

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Help Totoro use Dad’s umbrella!  The umbrella snaps into place as you teach Totoro how to use the umbrella instead of a leaf to protect him from the rain.

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Untie the present that Totoro gave to Satsuki and Mei to find…

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Nuts and acorns!  They velcro on and off so the kids can play with them.

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Next, wait with Mei to see when the seeds and acorns will sprout into…

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Plants!

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Next, you get to pick vegetables off the plants and place them in the basket, just like Satsuki and Mei do with Granny!

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What a harvest!

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Help Catbus find poor, lost Mei, who was just trying to take her corn to Mom in the hospital.

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Poor, tired Mei.

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Unsnap the ocarina flutes and match them to the correct Totoro!

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Definitely an optional page, you can practice spelling TOTORO in English and Japanese, and store the letters/characters in the cute pouch when not in use!

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And…. The End/Oshimai!

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Featuring Soot Sprites!

If you are interested in the pattern to make your own Totoro Quiet Book, including detailed instructions, list of materials, helpful hints and shortcuts, check out the listing on my Etsy page!  The pattern is available as an instant PDF download which includes instructions, pattern drawings, and plenty of photos as well.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174363863/totoro-quiet-book-pattern?