3yo niece - girly, but not really girly, likes animals
Sister - preparing for her wedding, always wearing something "cute" from the season without being a fashion victim, Japanese teacher
Hey mellybelly, here are some ideas for you...
For your 3 yr old niece, try making some stuff glove animals. You can pick up stretchy gloves at the dollar store and the sewing required for these is not difficult at all. There are plenty of tutes on line for this if you google glove (or sock) animals.
I'm a teacher and I always need storage for my classroom. How about a cool decoupaged storage box. It wouldn't have to be a big one. You could even do one If you could find 2 or 3 sheets of Japanese themed scrap booking paper, you could make a really cool box.