Caturday 9/22/2012: DIY Edition

by 1389 on September 22, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), books, Caturday, food and drink, Japan

Adventures in Bentomaking: Sanrio

Hello Kitty bento boxBento boxes are the Japanese version of lunch boxes. The difference is the greater emphasis on esthetics and creativity in the box itself and especially in its contents. On our side of the pond, we are content to throw a sandwich, a small bag of chips, and maybe a piece of fruit into a plastic bag and call it lunch. Not so in Japan!

Japanese housewives and other bento makers use large and small cookie cutters and punches to make various edible garnishes to be assembled with the food. Some items are prepared in decorative shaped molds. And yes, in Japan and elsewhere, you can get your own Sanrio-licensed Hello Kitty bento boxes, as well as Hello Kitty cookie cutters, punches, molds, and other kitchen utensils.

Hello Kitty Bento

Hello Kitty cute bento

It’s cherry blossom viewing season in Japan and so my wife wants to make a picnic and go view the cherry blossoms. Then Hello Kitty Hell struck with a link left in the last post that showed photos of various Hello Kitty bento creations…

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Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat [Paperback]

Book: Crafting with Cat Hair

Got fur balls?

Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour—with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!

Hello Kitty Wedding Dress

Pink Hello Kitty wedding dress

Even worse than people asking me to be a Hello Kitty wedding planner is the thought that one day I will have to hear about the concrete plans for my own Hello Kitty wedding. I make every attempt not to write anything about Hello Kitty wedding related stuff because it inevitable leads to trouble. When my wife and I got married, her Hello Kitty fanaticism had yet to kick in, and not having a Hello Kitty wedding is something that she feels is missing from her life. Our Hello Kitty wedding would, of course, include a minimum of at least one Hello Kitty wedding dress (it’s common for the bride in Japan to change into three or four different dresses during the wedding ceremony)…
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