Helllloooooo Everyone! It's finally the weekend! Yay! Now I have some time to catch up on important things.... like our new release!
Today I want to introduce you to a special little guy. His name is Hideo, and he's named after my cousin's son. He's in pre-school now and is just about the age to enjoy a mochi on a stick like the one in the image.
You may remember our Chinese New Year images right? A couple years ago, we released Kiyoko (sparklers), Lion Dancers, and Firecrackers. While I love those images, I really wanted some Japanese New Year images.
New Years is a very important holiday for the Japanese. It's a fresh start for a new year, so there is a lot of preparation and celebration during this time. In Hawaii, New Year's is a time to get together and get ready for the new year. Of course, the main event is eating! Everything centers around food, family, friends and fireworks!
When we were growing up, we would always receive some li see, even during the regular New Year celebration, and then again during Chinese New Year. So I thought I'd make some samples with this in mind. Decided to use some new Hanko washi papers that were provided to me by Hanko (thanks Norm!). I love this new masculine washi paper. Just cut some small strips and placed them over some black cardstock base. Then added a white Lasercut from Island Scrapbooking that says "From Me to You". I can't help but love Hideo. I can just picture a little kid eating the mochi with all its gooeyness!
Here's a better look at Hideo. I don't think he can talk right now...
In case you were wondering... I stamped the image again onto washi paper (from Japan) and cut out the kimono. I had already colored up the obi using some gold smooch paint. Then I adhered it down over the stamped image. Sometimes its worth it to fussy cut!
Just to show you that they really do sell mochi on a stick... I dug up this from our first trip to Japan!
We picked this up in Asakusa. The mochi had a teriyaki type sauce on top. I think I would prefer to have Hideo's mochi.
Ok stampers... want a chance to win Hideo for yourself? Here's the deets:
1) Leave a comment on THIS POST by 11:59pm HST on 10/31/13.
2) Tell me what you are going to be for Halloween this year. Sorry, not really related to the image, but since it's so close to Halloween, I'm dying to know!! hee hee