Giveaway – coming to you from Japan!
To the casual observer of this blog, it may appear that all I do is cavort around my backyard showing off my creations. But money doesn’t grow on trees, you know, and I have to fuel my expensive fashion tastes somehow (some of my dresses cost a whole DOLLAR after all). So although I advertise the fact only infrequently, I moonlight as a freelance translator (among other things). After weeks sitting at my laptop puzzling over the most appropriate translation of obscure Japanese words, it’s always very exciting to see my work culminate in shiny, colourful gorgeousness, ie the English version of the book. So it is with great pleasure that I present Felt Friends from Japan!
Yes, I know, this book should come with a “way too cute” warning!
Although the projects in the book are all adorable, they are also very easy and don’t require fancy equipment (unless you count scissors, needles and thread as fancy). There are lots of animals to make, as well as little purses, badges and bags. And for those of you who are scared of stitches, some of them can even be made without any sewing!
Now, if my powers of seduction have worked, you should all be itching to get your hands on a copy, and you will want to know where it is sold. For Australians, if you are in Melbourne, try Collins, Dymocks, Readings, Reader’s Feast, and Brunswick Street Bookstore, and in Sydney, the book should be available at Dymocks George Street, Kinokuniya, Gleebooks and Hill of Content, amongst others. If you can’t find it at those places (or, indeed, elsewhere) don’t be shy to ask the staff to order it in for you. Otherwise, you can make use of that new gizmo called the internet and order it online at
Those of you overseas can hassle your local disgruntled book shop employee or buy it on Amazon. Yay! (Also, I have just been reliably informed that you can buy it on this site, which ships free worldwide http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/category/2942/Crafts-and-Hobbies )
“But wait,” I hear you say, “I’m only reading this post because there was “giveaway” in the title.”
Yes, I’m getting to that. I have one copy of Felt Friends from Japan to give away to a lucky reader ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!
All you have to do is to bring some entertainment to the blogging world by leaving a comment telling me what animal you’d most like to be and why. The giveaway will be open until midnight on February 25 (midnight Melbourne, Australia time, that is, and I’ll be sitting there with a stopwatch just to make sure*) so if you don’t mind a bit of healthy competition tell all your friends, relations, and even people you don’t like, and spread the word!
… and now, back to normal programming – there will indeed be cavorting in the next post as I am making my catwalk debut tomorrow! Savers is opening in Mill Park and they’ve invited me to be a model! I’m excited about being one of the first people to see the new store, but also seriously nervous about the modelling bit. Aggh! Wish me luck, and I’ll post pics as soon as I can!
*Outrageous lie as Suki never lets me stay up that late.
Wow for many reasons here: 1. Your modeling Savers debut! GOOD LUCK! 2. This amazing felt animal book, how utterly adorable 3. Giveaway! I'll come back here once I think of something witty to write about my favourite animal…
Oh gosh! It is SO CUTE! And how cool that you translated it! Hmmm, like erica, I have to think about this! Let me sleep on it and I'll get back to you! xPS good luck tomorrow!
That's such a lovely book! :)There's always so much excitement happening in your world.As for what animal I'd like to be, it would have to be a cat – they can be self sufficient when it comes to food and cleaning, and they appreciate the joy of snoozing in the sun.xx
Now that is a cute book and I could definitely put it to good use now that there are so many babies who need gifts. I know exactly which animal I'd be and oddly enough, not a feline. I'd be a wild horse so I could gallop. When I see wild horses galloping together, I get quite jealous and want to join in!
I would love to be a cat, because then I could sleep all day in sunbeams. great giveaway, and an adorable book!
AWWWW!!! SOOO CUTE!! I want it!! XDHmm…I would like to be an owl I think, because they are so smart, and also very cute (the little ones)http://www.closet-fashionista.com/
Ha, I work as a translator, too (but only English-German, which surely is much easier). If I could be an animal it would have to be a bird, the idea of being able to fly is just too alluring. All the best for your catwalk debut tomorrow!
I'd like to be a dolphin so I can surf all day.
You are so right about how cute that book is.I would be a house cat. Because I don't know what would get better than someone else feeding me all the time (including treats whenever I give them the sad Puss-N-Boots eyes) and getting to do basically whatever I wanted. A good life indeed!
Can't beat those cute pooches…hang on a sec, I love the elephants too!
A chimpanzee because it's the most intelligent animal in the world and is good at hiding it. And it's funny.
Such a cute book! Love the Savers post too, I would have to make the whole book but i think i would start with the fawns.
What an awesome book to be giving away! I love a good crafty book and although I make softies, I haven't engaged in felt animals yet.I would for sure be a bird. My fave animals. But not pidgeons. They are the dirty little birds of the bird world.And why a bird you ask? Well for obvious reasons… so that I could FLY! And poop on naughty people's heads. Tee-hee!
Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Its gorgeous. I cant go past bambi on the front. My all time favourite childrens story when I was a child.
I give you my best of luck for the modeling job! As for me, I'd love to be a fox. Oh, to be as cunning and as beautiful as a fox… le.paradis.found at gmail dot com
Well, I'd most like to be a cat because I wouldn't spend all my day jumping over my owner (like a dog) and I could sleep under a tree part of the day and I would never have to do the washing up or the folding ever or make my bed …
I'd be a lemur, probably a ring tailed one. They have great tails, they dance, they are just great.