Coloring and Crocheting – Activities for the anxious

I purchased a Jetoy Choo Choo coloring book last month at the anime convention I attended. After seeing another blogger’s coloring book as well as this Huffington Post article (which coincidentally just shows up on my facebook feed, even though it’s been published a year ago), I decided to crack open my own.
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And then I almost closed it, and shelved it again, LOOK AT ALL THE LINES AND THE SMALL SPACES :(. The book itself is super adorable! I love Jetoy Choo Choo cats, and even black and white, this coloring book is really pretty. I actually started coloring the first page and I’ve hardly made a dent in it because of how detailed the drawing is. Coloring is more absorbing than I thought it would be – I guess because it draws your focus to what colors you want to use next, if those colors work with each other, and staying in the lines. I really don’t want to mess up my pretty book, so I must have been concentrating doubly hard. I wasn’t really thinking of much else as I was shading in the page. For me, that’s the mark of a great activity for staving off anxiety. To be honest, I actually got tired from working on the page above, and I went to sleep right after I put everything away (which, is kind of a big deal to me because I usually have trouble falling asleep).

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I also finished crocheting this guy over the weekend! The pattern can be found on this website. I wanted to try making this amigurumi because I was interested in the construction of the bear. This bear doesn’t really have separate parts that need to be stitched together, like most amigurumi. I thought the pattern was relatively simple, though some of the instructions were a bit unclear (I kind of struggled with the ears, because when I made them as per the instructions, they looked a bit funky. In the end, I decided to make the ears as I would normally make bear ears if this were a hat or a different amigurumi bear), ^^ I didn’t have brown yarn, so mine is a polar bear.

(Other) Things that catch my eye

  • Jetoy Choo Choo everything

I love cats. I love things with cats on them.

I really like Jetoy Choo Choo artwork and merchandise. I don’t own anything with these characters (yet), but I plan on making an order soon. The photo below was my inspiration for the Blythe sized red cat crocheted hat I made. I found the below kitty in a google image search.

The inspiration - Jetoy Choo Choo

The inspiration – Jetoy Choo Choo

The result

The result

  • Human crocheted goods that I can miniaturize.
More crocheting.

More crocheting.

I’m especially addicted to crocheting Blythe hats! Having Finley definitely encourages me to crochet more. There’s something so satisfying with making small, cute items that look adorable on Finley.

  • Jerryberry dolls

These have a way different aesthetic than the Blythe dolls. They are from a Korean company, and made to order, with hand painted faces. From what I’ve seen of people’s dolls on the Internet, they look super expressive in their photos (their faces and eyes look so soft). Plus I think clothes made in Blythe proportion would fit the jerryberry dolls! The basic doll is about $172, and the company comes out with limited edition dolls every so often (these are priced over $300).

  • Limited edition items

I have a problem when it comes to limited edition goods. I kind of lose myself in the limited edition frenzy. I can’t help it. Something about not being able to purchase something later, and avidly waiting for the product to release, and being one of the first to get something is so exciting to me. This used to be so bad with makeup, especially with MAC stuff when I first started out with the makeup hobby. That’s how they get you. That’s why the idea of not getting sprite beauty is kind of itching at my brain.