Monday, June 22, 2015

Craft Time and Tiny Critters

Today I was productive; I unpacked a dozen or so boxes, did dishes, did laundry, sorted through a bunch of files, books, papers...  Then I couldn't take it anymore and I headed for the studio!

A few days ago, I bought a big box of popsicle sticks and a bottle of black acrylic paint for a project idea that I have (which has now turned into a few ideas),

I can't tell you how good it felt to be painting something!  Even if it was just some popsicle sticks.

After Jeff got home, we had dinner, then headed to town to check out a couple of stores.

I found this clear stamp set for 100 yen (the equivalent of 80 cents USD).

There are several "100 yen" stores here, that are basically like a Dollar Store...  except they have amazing stuff!  Each of them has a craft section and I've already seen a ton of things that I want.

Next we went back to a store we'd stopped at a week or so ago that had a big plant selection.  I miss having houseplants and Jeff knew I wanted to have some here.

May I present, my new baby trees!

I love the pot that this one is in - a pretty blue:

I have always loved Bonsai trees and have always wanted one.  This is as close as I've gotten so far.  They had several neat ones, along with a lot of other beautiful plants, and it was hard to chose.  I'm not sure what type of trees these are, but as it turns out - I just checked out a beautiful book on Bonsai today from the library, so hopefully tomorrow I can identify these pretty little guys.

Speaking of little...  I also picked up a new little pet...

She (I think she's a she) is a Dwarf Puffer fish!  She's about the size of my thumbnail.  I had seen a few of them in the pet department of this store when we had stopped by before and thought it would be neat to have one.  I did a little bit of reading on them and then picked her out tonight.

Now for a name...  As usual, it might be a while until she tells me her name.  Sometimes it's hard to come up with a good one.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to work on a couple more projects in the studio.  Oh...  and maybe finish the laundry.  ;)


  1. Names are very hard. What about Puff or Poof? I know, not original. There's always Squirt or Tiny.

    1. Thank you for the suggestions - any of those would be cute! I had a friend offer the name Momo, she said it means "Peach" in Japanese. So far I'm liking that one, but I'm probably still going to wait a bit and see if anything else comes to me. :) Yes, names are very hard. I once had a real horse who didn't have a name for months, it took that long for the right one to pop up. I did read that these little Puffers can do okay in a small group in a bigger tank. I might eventually try and have a few of them. I think Puff and Poof would be cute names for a pair of them. :)