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 šŸ˜€

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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 šŸ™‚

Best Birthday Ever Swap!


Who loves a thoughtful birthday present? I do! Who loves swaps? I do! Who wants a birthday swap? I DO!

Cliff Notes details: Send out one gift per quarter for a whole year, get four gifts during your birthday month. Packages are to include one handmade item, one craft supply, one fun gift or food. Due to the ongoing shipping commitment this is open to swappers in the continental U.S. only. I’M SO EXCITED.

Sign up form with all the info: SWAP IS FULL – THANKS!

My first swap partner!

I got the email! I got the email! I don’t think I was this excited on Christmas morning. I got the email yesterday with the info for my swap partner for the Studio Ghibli Swap (Instagram #studioghibliswap) and I spent all afternoon dutifully internet stalking her and mulling over ideas. I had a few solid likes of hers to go on, and a few preexisting thoughtsĀ rattling around my brain, and it all collided wonderfully and is turning out quite nice after a trip to the fabric store.

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If my swap partner has arrived here in search of ideas, well, let me think…

I love HAM! and Ponyo and when she looks like a chicken and wide-eyed Jiji and wide-eyed Totoro and that Totoro shirt from Hot Topic looking all cute and embroidery-like and all the colors of the scenery in the films and traditional-ish stuffs done modern-like and stuff that’s subtle and beautifulĀ and I’m really really excited šŸ˜€

I’ll work on a Pinterest board that might be more helpful for what I find visually attractive in the Ghibli world:Ā


Nerds Craft It Better swap!

Okay, Nerds Craft It Better will be the last swap I sign up for right now with life potentially getting a little topsy turvy sooner versus later. Still, SO EXCITED for this swapping stuff!

Studio Ghibli Swap

Studio Ghibli Swap!!! Sign up ends at 60 participants or January 9th and I am SO EXCITED.


This is my first-ever swap and I absolutely cannot wait šŸ˜€