What do you wear when it's time to take the train into Tokyo to sign a work contract and you know that Japan is not socially distancing? I've made many styles of mask but by now there are 20 times the online tutorials that there were towards the end of February when I first made … Continue reading Hacking my sleep when so much keeps us awake.
Oh. Oh. It's just so hard to know where to start. As an elementary school English teacher employed by a dispatch company in Japan, March always involves a dip in work and pay for me. This year has been a whole 'nother experience. My contract year and the days I had to show up to … Continue reading Sally and the bumpy ride.
What are we wearing for the pandemic? Our recently finished cowl ( Free Ravelry pattern at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sea-scales-cowl ) to which we accidentally knit 20 extra rounds because life has been stressful. An H.Naoto shirt we got for 100¥ at Closet Child. And, most importantly, hand sanitizer on a lanyard. Everywhere. Everyday.
I was resistant to getting an airbrush because I had an attitude about airbrushes. That attitude comes from my “foundation year”(fancy term for freshman year) at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the general disregard held for airbrushes there. Not that some students didn’t have them and use them. This was never more … Continue reading Airbrush resistance: Art School
Greetings from Japan. In case you're confused, the left is mini-me (in a mask I just made her so she doesn't worry) and the right is me-me at work on the last day Japanese students attended all classes. I'm not overly worried about coronavirus/covid-19. I wash my hands, have my hand sanitizer, stopped biting my … Continue reading Now even my doll has a mask.
By the time the night before the studio anniversary show rolled around I felt like I'd been altering costumes forever, before even tackling my own.It wasn't forever but I had altered three costumes for my dance partner and had a student who'd bought her first ever costume. It was new to her but previously owned … Continue reading Let’s hear it for good workmanship!
No crafts today, just my mind. “At that time (and all my life), I had a little room in one part of the house in which I spent each night and weekend trying in vain to “get organized.” I had no idea that other people weren’t spending each weekend as a bridge between Friday and … Continue reading I have so much and yet no idea where to put it.
It was on Bubbles that my series languished. I'd chosen one of the two Auroa dolls I have. It's not a face sculpt I much like. The eyes feel too large and wide apart but I thought it might work for Bubbles. Alas, her hair parted on the side and I found no way that … Continue reading Unsticking Bubbles.
When Powerpuff Girls hit big time in 1998 it made and impact on me and my female friends. We were recently out of college or finishing up. You can't tell me that we WEREN'T the key demographic...I know that we were in my heart and because by the time it was on video I worked … Continue reading Build me up, Buttercup
More than a year ago, my friend Ebony sent me a LINE message from a Hobby-Off. It included a picture of a baggie doll. It was a "Alfred" TaeYang. TaeYang is Pullip's boyfriend...her second boyfriend actually because Namu was her first and wasn't popular. Namu is no more. Goodnight Namu. Of course, the TaeYang Ebony … Continue reading This doll will have everything