I am oh-so-late on posting this- life of a children's librarian during the Summer Reading program is *insanity*. Anyhoo, I'm going to include pics of what I received from my partner, Lmseeley, as well as what I crafted for her.
Unfortunately, Lmseeley's post office marked the package I sent her as 'un-deliverable', and as of now, I am still waiting for it to arrive back at my place so I re-send it.
Lindsay, I'll send you an email once I receive and send it back out.
Lmseeley sent me four small but great pieces of handcrafted Miyazaki goodness: two soot sprites that seem to be weaved somehow (so cool) and two tiny paintings inspired by Princess Mononoke, one of my favorite Miyazaki films.
How cool, right?! And the paintings are so simple but beautiful, which I love. Thanks again, Lindsey! The sprites have already made a home for themselves on my bookshelf and I'm still trying to decide where I want to hang the paintings because I want to see them all the time
All that being said, Lindsey: do NOT read past this point!! I don't want to spoil your package for you.
Despite being insanely busy with work, I managed to make Lindsay quite a few little pieces which I hope she likes. To give you a size reference, I took some pictures with the pieces on my strangely tan-looking hands.
Anyhoo, onto the pics! Piece 1: a mini Totoro outdoorsy scene made with Sculptey clay & glazed.
The obligatory Totoro-back picture. Piece 2: a pair of Culcifer earrings; Sculptey with a glaze.
Piece 3: a soot-sprites-in-a-bottle necklace.
I bought about 4 packs of star beads- none of which fit!- before thinking: "hey, sprinkles are cute! Soot sprites would totally eat sprinkles." And thus, the soot-sprite-sprinkle (say that three times fast) necklace was born! The sprites were made out of the tiniest black pom poms I could find, which I then cut down not only to fit into the bottle, but to give them a not-totally-perfect appearance. The teensy-weensy eyes were just painted on.
Also, keep in mind that even though the sprinkles look big, they're totally 'standard size' sprinkles- making this a *tiny* necklace.Piece 4:
this is the only piece I did not end up being pleased with, but I sent it to Lindsay anyway (with an explanatory note) because I figured she might like it anyway. I wanted to sculpt a Cat Bus
and it ended up looking like a demented Disney character, at least in my hyper-critical opinion. Le sigh. Sculptey clay once again with glossy acrylic paint and a gloss top coat.Pieces 5- A Lot:
I went a little crazy making a bunch of Miyazaki magnets
. I found the images on Pinterest, played with the contrast before printing, ran them through a laminator, and then just added magnet strips to the backs.
Here is everything together- I also made a bookmark out of an adorable Hayao image, adding corresponding purple ribbon on top (bottom right).
I wrapped everything up in some fun hippie-esque fabric I had left over from a project to add some protection, bubble-wrapped everything, and I just had to throw in some authentic Japanese stationary and stickers I had lying around. I rarely have such an appropriate use for them!
Hope you enjoyed! Can't wait to see what everyone else has been crafting and receiving.