One of the most fun projects I've completed this year was a cross-stitched bookmark for my mom. I found the bookmark on Amazon, and it has a nice stiff feel. It was a bit tougher to stitch, but you'd want it to withstand handling better than other fabrics. The shape was begging for a stack of Tsum Tsums!
Tsum Tsums are little plush, stackable figures made for Disney stores in Japan and the US. My favorite thing about them is that, while they retain some of the personalities of the characters, they don't speak, so they're more malleable during free play. They also have adventures wherever they are, so no play set is needed to get the fun started! Here's a season on YouTube:
And here's Disney's Tsum Tsum Kingdom,one with a mockumentary format that my oldest thinks is hilarious:
I chose the Tsums based on the kids favorite characters, their age (a Pooh Bear for my youngest nephew), or their siblings' faves. Technically Super Mario isn't a Disney character, but I wanted Son One's obsession to be duly recognized. And Son Two is so Yoda- he's little and doesn't say much, but he's always watching.
I began with the basic Tsum Tsum shape I worked up for my baby bibs earlier this year, and I graphed them out to make sure that each character's unique features were recognizable despite the simple design. This was important with Yoda's ears, which had to be reworked several times on paper before I started.
My mom had been telling me she wanted a wall tapestry of Disney princesses, but I've got to think that this is a winner (and I'm never attempting a tapestry). It's a piece that she can keep as a part of this moment in time, when all the grandkids are cute and stackable, and they all dream of adventure.
And of Disco snow!
The interactive line was the cool part - Son Two was not sure at all about Santa, but he dug that faux snow. With all of the potlucks, shopping, and caroling, we'd not gotten out to do something festive just for fun. So it was unexpected and nice to be able to play before our picture.
Although they tend to bring the fun - yes, that one's mine, the one breaking out of the line to dance and swing his hat. Happy Holidays!
We had a blast seeing Santa! The interactive line was the cool part - Son Two was not sure at all about Santa, but he loved that faux snow.