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It's been a while since I've shared some of my personal collection! This is what I brought back for my collection from Japan: a sleeping seal and red panda. These are actually little plastic toys that I got from one of those machines you usually put a few coins into, turn the dial, and see which surprise you get. These machines were all over in Japan, which was really fun, and the best part is that the prizes were actually really nice (as far as those machines go!). It definitely made me feel nostalgic, since I haven't used one of them since childhood. I twisted the dial for the first one and got the red panda (eee!) and just couldn't help but go again, since all of the options were great. Sadly the booklet showing the options was tossed so I don't have a picture of that, but there was also a gorilla, a corgi, a donkey, and a cat, all in a laying-on-the-back sleeping pose. I loved them! So cute. They were 200¥ each, which is about $2. Score.
I ended up using one more of these machines in another part of town to get my sister an adorably fat hamster keychain. And now I'm missing Japan, haha. Happy Tuesday, y'all!
Just taking a break from sculpting Fat-Fat totems to post this awesome new Where Are They Now? post before I head to the dentist. (Yay?) My dentist is pretty awesome though, and the ladies who work there are really sweet and always ask about le animalé (hi Amanda and Linda if you're reading this!!).
From Singapore - Barbie the dog with Barbie the totem! So cute. Thanks, Pearlyn!
Left: Gigi's Bearcat Petal looks to be helping with some sewing! Eee. Right: Vanessa's Fat-Fats have reached their new home in Canada! Thumb for scale. :)
Gorgeous photo of Le Intuitive Wolf fresh upon arrival with all of his cute packaging! Lovely!
Have a great day, you guys!!
Happy Wednesday! I have a small but super fun post for you this evening. Three very special, wonderfully detailed one-of-a-kind Christmas-inspired Fat-Fat totems!
Le Elf Fat-Fat Totem // Mr. Snoozybums
Le Snowman Fat-Fat Totem // Mr. Frosty
Le Elf Fat-Fat Totem // Mr. Evergreen
Also a quick announcement that my Fat-Fats are back in stock, including regular custom requests! If you're thinking about ordering some, know that there is limited availability! Hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday! I'll be back tomorrow with a new Where Are They Now? post - see you then. :)
We explored the Shinjuku area and walked to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to take in a view of the city from their 45th floor observatory.
The 4 photos above are from our walk to/around the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya.
Anand and I at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto before the rain started.
After Fushimi Inari and lunch in Kyoto we attempted to find Monkey Park, to no avail, but stumbled upon some other lovely sites in the process.
Horin-ji Temple in Kyoto
Arashiyama Station in Kyoto
Folks sampling various food vendors and having lovely picnics at Yoyogi Park on Sunday afternoon.
A little boy buying waffle bits at Yoyogi park (admittedly the three of us split a couple of bgas of these on our trip; our station ALWAYS smelled like them!).
Side street in Shibuya.
Shop full of kitties - Hello Kitty and Maneki-nekos galore!
Mochi cream (ice cream inside). Anand loved this which is fortunate because he could enjoy the one I purchased as well. The texture of mochi and I apparently don't get along!
It's true, there are vending machines everywhere in Tokyo. The first thing I tried from one was hot lemonade and after that I was sold, so that's mostly what I had. We only stumbled upon one vending machine full of milk and juice like this one. Anand tried the banana flavored milk and said it tasted like banana runts! Yum.
A couple of scenes from Ueno Park at dusk.
Ueno Park has a zoo with pandas, and there were many panda-themed things in the area. Had to try these little cakes!
The famous Shibuya Crossing.
A couple of romantic views of city streets in the evening.
Ahh, I can't wait to go back to Japan one day; as we were leaving I already missed it. :)
Now back to varnishing some cute Fat-Fats for shipping tomorrow! As a head's up, I will have a What's New tomorrow but it is going to be a small one. I may not be having What's New posts for the last couple of weeks of the year, especially since one of those Wednesday is Christmas, and also because I will be using much of that time to plan some exciting things for next year. I can't wait to put some time into these ideas that have been floating around in my head for the past few months! Ee. Happy productive Tuesday!
Hi, everyone! I just got back from my trip and I have an awesome surprise for you... Sea Elves of Christmas Sweater Island! That's right, even the Sea Elves are feeling festive at this time of the year, and they've all just dry-cleaned their favorite sweaters to look their best for all of those cozy holiday celebrations! Jessica Swift and I couldn't be more excited to bring you this new set and show you a new side of our magical Loch Ness friends. This is a limited collection of 10 one-of-a-kind Sea Elves, sculpted by me and painted by Jess. You'll find 5 of them on my website, and the other 5 over on Jessica's!
Click on the photos above to see more, and make sure to check out the rest of the collection on Jessica's website! Hope you're starting to feel all holly jolly, and Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! I'll be having a sale this weekend, so make sure you sign up for my mailing list if you haven't yet since I'll be sending out all of the details, or just come by the website to see what's going on! :)
Happy... Friday?? I'm in Tokyo right now (eeee) so I'm not sure exactly what time it is at home, but I thought I'd share some fun new Where Are They Now pictures with you before I venture out for the day! Thanks to everyone who has submitted photos! :)
Gigi's lovely collection of miniature dala horses! (Mine is in the middle!)
Left: Kacie with her custom "Precious" totem. <3 Right: le tiger doodle finds a (beautiful) new friend in Kansas!
Over in Illinois, le mouse also gets to play with a lovely real-life critter pal. Long lost cousins? :) Sooo cute!!
Hope you enjoyed these... have a fantastic weekend, everyone!!
Fat-Fats are currently unavailable unless it's one that I have in stock. ALL Fat-Fat totems (minus custom pets) will be back on November 25th.
My totem necklaces are on sale while I am away. Enjoy!
On to this week's new faces:
Le Protective Bear Totem
Le Whimsical Chevrotain Totem
Le Comfortable Mallard Totem
Le Light Jerboa Totem
Le Wee Kitten Totem
Le Wee Puppy Totem
Le Entertaining Seal Totem
Le Strong Elephant Totem
Le Accepting Maned Wolf Totem
Le Alert Jackrabbit Totem
Le Selfless Turkey Totem
Le Orca Whale Fat-Fat Totem
Le Fennec Fox Fat-Fat Totem
Le Walralope Fat-Fat Totem
Hi, everyone! Phew, it feels like it's been a while. Last week I was sick and despite my best efforts couldn't quite shake it until a couple of days ago, so sorry for the lack of posting. Feeling better now. :) Since I'm going out of town this week I've been trying to catch up on all outstanding orders, which means totems, totems, and totems galore! SO much fun. :)
A segment of what I shipped yesterday. I should have counted everything! Although I did realize the other day that I've made about 400 Fat-Fat totems by now... isn't that awesome?? Yay, Fat-Fats!
A peek at some new totems coming to the shop tomorrow!
More Fat-Fat totems to be shipped, including a custom honduran bat and kakapo. I thought they came out soooo cute. In fact, I'm really loving the custom Fat-Fats I get to make for you guys. On that note, you may have noticed that my Fat-Fat totems are currently sold out. That's because I am leaving on Thursday for a week-long trip and wouldn't have had the chance to create more before I leave. But all of my Fat-Fats will be available again starting Monday, November 25, including regular custom Fat-Fats. Yay!
Other recent custom pieces:
Custom pet Fat-Fats I shipped recently. Unfortunately the time to order custom pet totems of any kind has passed for the year, but I enjoyed making these little Fat-Fat versions of some really cute pups!
Custom fire dragon Fat-Fat
Custom red-tailed hawk ornament. Not going to lie, this one felt like quite the feat, but I think it turned out beautifully and hope its new owners love it! :) It looks really nice when it's just hanging and will look perfectly lovely on a tree!
Couldn't help but also share this behind-the-scenes photo Jessica posted of a new batch of Sea Elves she started yesterday! I can't wait to see them finished and make them all glossy and ready to ship to you guys. What a fun Christmas gift for folks! Look forward to some new Sea Elves very soon. :)
Lastly, an obligatory shot of Cody & Chloe... because they're precious and I love them. :)
Happy productive Tuesday, friends! Can't wait to come back tomorrow with 17 new totems!
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le animalé is all about cute little animals (with big personalities) ready to brighten your day. I'm Laura, and I make each tiny animal totem by hand. Explore my blog to meet lots of le animalé critters, see behind the scenes and learn about my process, and find fun tidbits and adventures in between.