April Crafternoon










April’s Crafternoon was Easter themed, and probably our most labor intensive project yet, we made Bunka Dolls. Bunka Dolls were famous between Taishô (1912-1926) and early Shôwa Period (1927-1937). The doll’s body and clothes are completely made from fabrics, and the faces are painted.
We used the instructions found here. Ahead of time I had sewed up the bodies and arms which get attached later. This made it easy to focus on the faces, hair, and clothing. Which still ended up being very time consuming, but still fun to sit and work on. We used iron hem tape for edges and hand stitched or glued whatever we could.
Since it was Easter theme everyone brought an Easter basket for the white elephant swap. I’m kicking myself for not getting a photo of them! You can see most of my basket’s contents here.
I made a ridiculous coconut bunny cake (I think the ears on top look like Zingers!) and everyone brought snacks to share. Isn’t Molly’s cheese tray so cute with those vintage Easter picks!!
I didn’t get a photo of all the finished dolls because a few people had to leave before their dolls were done-but there are four above. Two still have the disappearing ink on their faces so just ignore that bit.
All in all it was a crazy ambitious crafternoon, and so the next one will be a really simple project with supplies I already have on hand :)

more animal crossing!




Just one last post about the party as promised! A few resources and downloads for you too!
-One of the take home gifts (as well as music that was played during the party) was a mixed cd of music from Animal Crossing New Leaf. Mimibun on instagram tipped me off to KHinsider, They have music you can download from Animal Crossing New Leaf so I picked some of our favorites and created the mixed cd.
-For the stickers I printed the characters cut them out and ran them through my Xyron to create stickers.
-There are so many great websites out there with QR codes for the game, so we just found some of our favorites and had them printed on card stock.
-For the tablecloth I created a background repeat that looks like the grass on the game, then I overlaid the same characters I used for the stickers from the game over top and had it printed with Spoonflower. Now that the party is over I can use the fabric to sew fun bags, DS cases etc for fun!
-You can see the fish I used for the game. You need heavy duty magnets to hook to them (the paper clips didn’t work well, but a magnet on the fishing pole and one on the fish work great!) As you can see my info about the fish didn’t really match up with images of fish, but luckily no one cared and it was just a fun game.
-You can download the stickers, cd cover, fish, and fish puns here
-I found the Animal Crossing font Fink Heavy here