Can anyone in Japan ever get depressed? Not with pastries like this chocolate filled panda! I was super down on myself yesterday after seeing these adorable creatures that Rosa linked to. They are so perfect! The exact little animals that I was aspiring to create. And there they are better and cuter than I will ever make. After boohoo'ing all morning that "I give up!" Tim decided to cheer me up by taking me to our newest discovery, the Mitsuwa Market. Mitsuwa is a cool indoor Japanese mall complete with grocery store, foodcourt and bookstore. I got the tip on craftster. I went last week to see what kind of craft books were to be found. The selection was no Kitty's Oriental Craft Shop but there were a few Ondori books and others that were calling to me. A lot of them were beautiful but just too complicated to be followed by diagram alone, knitting with beads, making macrame bags, etc. I was specifically looking for books on making stuffed toys so I could get some practice following 3D patterns and then hopefully I could create my own eventually. I found 2 that were pretty good. They really didn't have much to choose from for stuffed toys. I guess I'll just have to keep checking back for new stock. And in the meantime I can fill my basket with all sorts of goodies!
These are the stuffed toy books...
And these are the Ondori books, the flower one my Mom bought me from Kitty's Shop, the Sashiko one I found at Mitsuwa...
A bunny notebook to keep track of crafty to-dos, some pretty stationary and these sticks.. one with fuzzy and one with a little something. what are these?!
A cutie lunch box and bag and a book for Oscar on an egg's hunt for the perfect outfit! We love an egg in clothes (eggpants).
Bamboo knitting needles for $1.50 each! amazing! I'm not sure if they're nice quality like the Clover ones but for that cheap I couldn't pass.
The trip did the trick and cheered me right up. Now I'm all better and ready to continue on my quest for cute stuffed animals. I'm also feeling very nostalgic. When Tim and I first lived together, our apartment in Chicago was very close to a large Vietnamese neighborhood and we used to dine on delicious pho and shop the asian grocery shops for yummy candy and treats and I'd get my fill on san-x at the giftshops. It was so good to see cubyrop and puffy kitty stickers again.
ok, back to my knitting.. I've got that damn George sweater up against the ropes and begging for mercy.