Earthsea has been on sale in Australia for about a month. It was a short season of about 4 days at the cinema about 6 months or so ago here. I am going to rent it from the local DVD store first. Although I love Miyazaki I don't think it follows the book too closely, so I want to see before I buy. Although Adam will probably buy it any way.
I have started two project, planned a third and am trying to work out if I can do a fourth I have planned. I have so many ideas! My husband said he will have anything that I decide to do but decide would not be right to send.
This year we are making Christmas crackers. You can put jokes and party hats in them. The party hats you can make and the jokes just write out. If you want to add to this you could just buy a pad or several sheets of stickers and put one or two in there. We are probably going to do all of this plus put in a nut free chocolate coin.
Tsuki, my husband and I used to make teddy bears a lot. He even sold quite a few and we always hand sewed them. we usually did backstitch and then blanket stitch along the edge. That is what I am planning to do.
Monkey, if you are using a suede and have trouble getting your needle through by hand try a small leather needle, they are cool but sharp.