My Studio Ghibli swap package is HERE!!!

My mail lady has been coming SO LATE in the evening and I had all but given up hope. I actually went out for the night and when I came home and was ready to crash into pajamas I saw that waiting for me at the front door was my swap package!!!

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I was so excited to open it, but I totally enjoyed the adorable doodles first 😀

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So thoughtfully wrapped!

And then…

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The amazing Laura (Instagram: laurawestkong) seriously paints with fabric. You guys, look at this. It’s just unreal!

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I’m so happy to have gotten Ponyo and Sosuke. The film brings me back in time to when Lily was so tiny and little and just loved watching Ponyo on repeat, and of course the start of our family discovering the awesomeness that is Studio Ghibli.



(I made her that plushie Ponyo for her second birthday. She just turned SIX on me a few weeks ago. Oh my.)

Thank you so much, Laura! I am officially addicted to swaps!


Studio Ghibli Swap package has been sent and received!

This was my first-ever swap that I participated in, and let me tell you…I’m hooked! I haven’t received my package yet, but honestly I think the majority of my excitement about swaps comes from creating the best package possible to send off. I had so much fun “researching” (um, stalking) my assigned partner, and I was super eager to get started on all of the projects. I was done way early and then had to sit around and wait to send it off!


Burlap (per request) Totoro planner/notebook holder/organizer thingy!


Some little extras…



And everything all together, including the quilted bag which I wasn’t too confident in its end result, but decided to send along anyway 🙂

Try Something New Every Month: Calligraphy for March

The tl;dr version of my attempt at calligraphy: step 1) assemble supplies, including lots of coffee, step 2) open jar of ink and stain your fingers, step 3) actually think that Pinterest will help you, step 4) just write in the rudimentary cursive you remember from elementary school, and step 5) still enjoy the results 🙂

Okay, for real though, I started by buying whatever Amazon suggested for me when I typed in “calligraphy,” which included Speedball brand ink and a pen with a variety assortment of nibs. I got all my supplies laid out with paper, paper towel, and coffee.




The first thing I did was open the jar and promptly manage to stain my fingers. This stuff isn’t washable, folks. Beware. Then I stuck some nib in the pen. I couldn’t tell you which one, I just picked the one I liked the look of.



Then I dipped the nib into the ink, put the ink on the paper, and made a giant blob. And then I tried to remember how to write in cursive.


Oh hey, FYI, don’t use construction paper like I did. The texture is too rough and the nib likes to catch and then splatter…which, while rather dramatic, isn’t the desired effect for the writing or for your work surface or clothes or the wall.


With some more practice I was able to write without splattering everywhere. Mostly.



Don’t steal my identity, k? I lack ideas for what to write when I’m just practicing. My cursive really could use a refresher course, and I want to find a real calligraphy alphabet to practice.




It was definitely a fun experiment and I could see using it for extra special handwritten things like cards and letters and the like. I’m not regretting the purchase of supplies at all, so that’s a good sign 🙂


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