Putting together this project was kind of a lucky break for me 😀 At my house we’re in desperate need of some more potholders, particularly because I do a lot of baking and cooking and somehow the ones I have always end up disappearing! I had some extra scraps of terry cloth and seeing the colors I had to choose from – white and pastel shades of pink, blue, and green – the boyfriend commented on how much they looked like Yoshi eggs, so it was an easy choice from there! They’re essentially dinosaur eggs, so if you’re not familiar with Yoshi you can just think of them like that ^-^ The egg shape makes it ideal for giving your hand a nice wide area to grip the potholder with, and the pocket on the back is helpful for keeping it on your hand. I know most potholder patterns include a loop for hanging, but I never use those so I kept them off of mine. I hope you agree that the finished egg looks just like it came out of the Mario games 😀
Hello everyone! I know I haven’t been around much because I’ve been so swamped with work x_x But I would never forget to come and update for the Monthly Crafting Challenge! I got so many people that sent me awesome photos of their work in January! Thank you all for sharing your amazing sewings ^0^ With all that attention I hope that everyone’s been eagerly awaiting the prize for February! I can’t wait to see what everyone makes this month 😀
This is when I’d also usually update everyone about when my next giveaway will be. It will likely end up being when I hit the 100,000 pageview kiriban (milestone) on my DeviantArt. While I am really close at 92,000, it still might be a while before I get to 100k. So I’ll make a bigger fuss about it when I get closer :B
The prize for February is this squishy okonomiyaki plush!
Okonomiyaki are a popular Japanese street food that’s often described as a cross between an omelet and a pizza. The base is made from a batter of eggs and cabbage, with usually some flour and water to bind it together. Then that omelet-like base is filled with all kinds of toppings such as pork, seafood, and vegetables. The batter is then fried up like a pancake and topped with more delicious things like sauces, seaweed flakes, bonito flakes, and whatever have you. The name actually translates to “As you like it;” showcasing how the food can be filled and topped with whatever suits you 😀
This is probably one of my favorite Japanese foods to cook at home ^-^ The recipe I use most frequently is from this blog called Cook, Snap, Repeat. It’s not truly authentic because, try as we might, there are just some ingredients in Japanese food that are nearly impossible to find in the US x_x even at Asian grocery stores. But I think the recipe does an amazing job of creating a delicious taste with Western ingredients.
You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from January when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.
If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during March to see the newest creation!
Ohmahglob guys! I’m so sorry it took me so long to finally get these ready, but as requested by many many of you, the exclusive sushi plush patterns from back months are finally on sale!
The truth is, I was planning on listing the whole collection of sushi plushies once this first year of monthly crafting challenge was over >w< It just seemed like a good way to finish off the year. But very surprisingly, I got a huge demand for people that wanted to catch up with previous months right now, so I got to work on getting them Etsy-ready. So I want to apologize for anyone that had to wait longer than they’d like x_x I wanted to make sure the patterns I posted were worth your money, so I went back and edited them carefully, formatted them all pretty, and even did some extra testing to make sure there were no issues. The .pdf patterns even include a little section on working with printable patterns and appliqué so you’re helped every step of the way. Hopefully you’ll find the patterns you spend your hard-earned money on will be better than ever!
So please stop by my Etsy and have a look at which ones you’d like to add to your collection! They’re only $2 each, and $10 for the whole set if you want to catch up quickly. Just like with my other free patterns and book projects, you can send the finished photos of the projects to me and I’ll send you more free patterns as per my Monthly Crafting Challenge.
And don’t worry about always waiting this long ^w^ From here on out, whenever a new monthly pattern is released, the previous month will go right up on Etsy so you’ll never miss your chance! ♥
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.
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