23 days back… and crafting!

Hi everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

Apologies for my longer-than-expected absence. I had a great time away in Japan, however, I became very ill on the flight home. I had a gastro-like bug which left me feeling lousy for almost 2 weeks!

Whilst in Tokyo, I noticed a very interesting trend among teenage girls. Most of them had tote bags heavily decorated with badges and other trinkets.

What was super interesting is that the badges and other pretties were protected by a clear plastic overlay, like this:

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Seeing a great opportunity to come up with a truly personalised souvenir of my trip, I visited Tokyu Hands (a great variety department store, a bit like Harris Scarfe meets a high quality Kmart meets a high quality Typo for Australians) where I purchased the above tote plus a canvas tote. They were sold in 3 sizes; only the biggest was available in both plastic and canvas so I went with that.

I then proceeded to pick up a variety of interesting badges, fabrics, and other bits-n-pieces. I ended up with this…

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… Cactus not included! ๐Ÿ˜› Here you can see how the one-bag-inside-the-other works and looks.

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Did I tell you that I’m learning to play the drums? I’m going veeeeeery slowly with it!
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Example of a badge “on” the canvas toteย “under” the plastic.

I think this project is going to keep me busy over the summer! ๐Ÿ™‚


Meanwhile I have been working on my fiance’s Christmas present. A battle jacket (when I asked him what he wanted – that was his answer! So I am trying my best :)).

Today I have progressed a lot further than this stage but these are the most recent photos I have taken of it:

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Whilst working on this project I have noticed how being “busy” creating something with my hands really does help me achieve and maintain a sense of relaxation… At least whilst I am engaged in the task! ๐Ÿ™‚ It also provides a sense of satisfaction as I can observe my progress with the project over time, over each sitting.

What projects are you working on at present? I would love to hear or “see” all about it! Feel free to include a link to your site if you have one in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚