Despite what it seems like based on the posts here, it wasn't all Disney during my time in Tokyo. Besides the work proper, we also took in a bunch of the local sights and places. One of them was the Tsukiji Market where we spent time in both parts - the inner market where we wandered around amongst fork lifts and workers and the outer market where they sell more retail items from food to household products. And that's where I came across this Tawashi Scrubbing Brush. It is billed as being "made by Traditional Craftsman of Japan" and as you can see, they even list the guy's name: Shinichi Sagara. It seemed like a nice, unique item to bring home that wouldn't sit on a shelf, but that we'd actually use. You can find these online like in this Japanese Restaurant supply shop where they describe their own version of the product thusly: This biodegradable, all-natural scrubbing brush has been around in Japanese households for over 100 years and i
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I've posted about all the various brass critters that we've come across and (most of the time) picked up at garage sales, estate sales and antique malls/stores. This one, an elephant that is rearing it's trunk up was at the Naperville antique place on Ogden. Earlier this year, I posted a couple of candle holder brass deer critters here on the blog . These have always been gifts for my sister-in-law, but at some point, she said that she had *enough* critters, but now that she's moved into her big, beautiful house, I think we're back on in terms of getting her more critters.
For Father's Day this year, the girls gave me a few pairs of Bombas socks. They have adopted the Tom's 'model' where for every pair purchased, they donate a pair of socks. Turns out that socks are the #1 most requested item in homeless shelters. You can find out more or buy your own pair of Bombas here on their site . I asked for the calf-height version, but Nat veto'd that and gave me these ankle-height ones. She, did, however, go with the right color: orange. I've been wearing them for a few days and I do, indeed, think they're 'better' socks. Just like getting a nice pair of Thorlos, these Bombas have some nice little advancements that make your life a little bit better. From the blister tab on the back where your heel meets your leg to the honeycomb support on the arches, these socks feel pretty nice. We haven't put them through the wash yet, so I don't know how they'll do hold up, but so far, I'm impressed.
Back in May, I posted with glee about Reddit having a Disney gift exchange and charged right into the process by getting matched with a fellow Disney Redditor. We dutifully filled out our preferences/answered the 3 Disney-related questions and awaited both being matched and who our 'match' was going to be. We ended up with a woman from the East Coast who loved all things Wendy Darling from Peter Pan. Working with Nat and the girls, we packaged up and shipped a "Think of the happiest things" shirt from Etsy (Nat picked it out), a letter explaining things (from me!) and some pins and a MagicBandit from the girls collections that featured her favorite characters. She posted the photos and description I screenshot above. You can view it here in the gallery on the site . We haven't received our box yet, but based on the intel from the RedditGifts site, ours is on the way and has been verified as shipping. I'll try to capture some video of the girls op
And I just signed up to participate. You can check out the details here on the Disney Gift Exchange page . I've done the Secret Santa exchanges in the past around Christmastime, but none of the 'off season' exchanges have struck me enough to force me into participating. I know *some* of you guys are DisneyGeeks, so I come bearing good news: There's still time to sign up. They're going to close it down on June 1st (soon!), so you can head to the sign-up page and fill out their three easy questions (Favorite things about Disney, Favorite Disney Movies and Favorite Disney Characters) and you'll be on your way.
In addition to the dollhouse for the girls, I have been making a rustic cowboy cooler for one of my brother-in-laws for Christmas. Last year, I made Equation Boy/Man a basketball rack (he had just put in a new hoop) and I had some cedar boards laying around, so this seemed like a nice project. Today, I put the hinges on top, epoxy'd in the spigot and put on the last coat of polycrilic. With just 2 more building days to go (Today and Saturday), I have to finish up a few of the last minute details and get this one done under the wire.
I put this cryptic white box together using some decking screws and a treated 1X8. I have to do a little bit of detailing with paint, but after those designs go on, this thing should be good to go. I tested the other part of it this morning and the test vehicle landed all the way in our neighbor's yard. This *is* going to be fun to play with!