New Shop Pattern! Doll Kigurumi Expansion Pack

Hi everyone! I’ve got a new doll clothing pattern I’ve added to my shop! This one has been requested by fans for some time, a kigurumi! That is the Japanese word for a onesie costume made to look like an animal ❤ With it, you can take any of my human doll plush patterns to dress it up like 8 different animals! Including a cat, … Continue reading New Shop Pattern! Doll Kigurumi Expansion Pack

Free Pattern Friday! No Face Plush

Hi everyone! I’m adding another Ghibli character to the collection! Fans of Spirited Away hopefully recognize this mysterious creature! This strange guy gets his name from being a black blob with no face (kaonashi in Japanese) and instead wears a Noh-style mask. He has several key moments in the movie where he offers the main character, Chihiro, bath tokens and gold. I made sure with … Continue reading Free Pattern Friday! No Face Plush

Free Pattern Friday! Kero-chan & Suppi Plush

Hi everybody! As some long-time fans may know, I have made some Cardcaptor Sakura patterns in the past 😀 And since the new series has been out I’ve gotten a lot of requests to make these little guys ❤ So I finally gave it a go! With this one pattern you can make either Kero-chan or Suppi! Ready to go on card capturing adventures. They … Continue reading Free Pattern Friday! Kero-chan & Suppi Plush

New Shop Pattern! Chibi Human Doll Plush

Hello everyone! I’ve got a new pattern that I’ve recently added to my Etsy shop 😀 As promised, I finally have a human doll pattern! It was probably my most requested pattern to add to my collection, so I hope you all enjoy how it turned out ❤ It took a lot of trial and error, but I’m really happy with the result. It has … Continue reading New Shop Pattern! Chibi Human Doll Plush

Free Pattern Friday! Totoro Plush

Hey everyone! It only seemed like a matter of time before this guy made another appearance, right? It’s probably the most highly requested plush character I get, and I’ve done so many other Ghibli projects it seems only fitting. So this pattern is for a classic roly-poly shaped plush done up just like Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro. It looks great in either gray or … Continue reading Free Pattern Friday! Totoro Plush

Free Pattern Friday! Card Captor Sakura Brooch

I’m continuing my quest to make more cute patterns for complete beginners! Like a lot of people around the net lately, I’ve been obsessed with enamel and laser cut acrylic pins and all the fun and cute styles that have been released from numerous artists. Sadly, I can’t afford to have all the ones I want, so I had to make do with making some … Continue reading Free Pattern Friday! Card Captor Sakura Brooch

To Metrocon!

Hello everyone! In just a little over 24 hours I’ll be heading off to Metrocon in Tampa, Florida until Sunday, July 13th! As always, I hope that I get to see some of you there! I’ll be selling my typical cosplay hats and hoodies, but I’ll also have copies of my books for you to flip through as well as fukubukuro-style mystery grab bags filled … Continue reading To Metrocon!

Happy White Day! Bonus Pattern: The Egg Bag

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So for most I know March 14th doesn’t mean much of anything, and for a select few nerdy types like me it means Pi Day. That’s all well and good – I love both kids of Pi/e :3 But for me, March 14th will always be White Day. In Japan and some other Asian countries Valentine’s Day is celebrated where girls give chocolates (either hand-made or store-bought – obviously hand-made is preferred) to the men in their lives, anyone from fathers, brothers, to sweethearts and coworkers, etc. While little store-bought chocolates are done out of social obligation, hand-made chocolates given to people close to you are obviously something to feel special about.

White Day comes in one month after, where the men are expected to return the favor by giving a gift to the women that thought of them. These gifts are also confections, like white chocolate or marshmallows. But they could also be other tokens that sometimes follow the white theme, depending on who the recipient is. Of course, this was invented by the confection companies decades ago to sell marshmallows, but I don’t sweat it 🙂 Basically White Day is a chance to reciprocate from Valentine’s Day, and for that reason I love it! ^0^

You see, my boyfriend and I aren’t big romantics when it comes to Valentine’s Day. We go all out for birthdays and anniversaries, but Valentine’s Day feels like kind of a forced holiday so we usually don’t do anything, especially if we know we want to save money and avoid spending crazy dollars on gifts. But every once in a while, we’ll agree to have a quiet Valentine’s Day, and BOOM! he gets me an awesome present. Of course I’m all confounded and happy but also frustrated because we agreed no gifts! But because of White Day, now I have a good excuse to reciprocate! So come March 14th, I’m like BLA-DOW! GIFT! and he gets to feel as kerfuffled as I did 😀

So why the egg bag then? Well, obviously it is white 😀 But when I think of White Day, I think of this adorable scene from the manga Cardcaptor Sakura. When Sakura gives hand-made chocolates to her father for Valentine’s Day, he reciprocates on White Day by giving her a handmade backpack that looks just like this.

Yes, her grown father sews. He’s just that cool.

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If you’ll pardon how long this diatribe on White Day has gotten, I just have to say it’s things like this that inspired me to keep on sewing through high school. Reading this manga and thinking “that bag is amazing – why can’t things like this exist in stores?” And that’s what made me go to my machine and make it happen. Any costume or other design — from the sweet and sophisticated to the elegant and elaborate — I thought they deserved to exist in real life and not just on paper. So I was inspired to make a bag just like the one in Cardcaptor Sakura, and, of course, Sakura calls it the “Egg Bag.” So for my White Day present to you, I give you this adorable little backpack! x3

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