Monday, January 7, 2008

Check out Daiso!

Blog Backup: Check out Daiso!

On one of the puppet boards, we were talking about tools we use in puppet making. I realized that lately Daiso has been my source of choice for new tools.
So I thought I'd share a few...I went there for props and such for my new puppet show I'm the picture I show a hat, a pair of sandals, and a basket back-pack. All of them are just the right size for hand puppets (and for my "My Friend Becky" doll too!)
The blue drying rack at her feet you've seen in previous posts. It's for sock drying, me thinks, but it's just perfect for hanging my papier-mache items to dry too.
The box, also at Becky-san's feet, is a two compartment box which is just great for storing little supplies...they have lots of this type of thing there. This one was originally for a kid's bento box...but I don't let that stop me.
The top right picture is one of my favorite finds. It slips onto a bar in my Punch booth and holds the slap stick well and loosely enough to grab it with a puppet on your hand.
Pictured below are a few other odds and ends. Another pouch I was impressed with because it has a rubber ring holding open the mouth. Chopsticks are always nice to have about for turning fabric tubes. The word cards are a much nicer flash-card idea for script memorizing. And of course...carabiners 2 to a pack...very useful...but not for climbing in this case.
Best part of all about Daiso is that everything costs $1.50--well within a puppeteer's budget. Look 'em up. They are in Malls all around here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Blog Backup: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Thought I'd share a tip. CD holders make great stands for making puppet heads.

Pictured here are the Grandmother, Grandfather and young Momotaro for my Japanese puppet show. It's slowly moving forward. Very slowly...but what can I do? I build shows just because I want to. There's no money or deadlines resting on my speed. Nothing forces me to hurry up.

Plus I get distracted a lot. There are many projects half finished on my plate. My New Year's Resolution is to be a finisher this year--to start getting things done. To reduce my list rather than increasing it.

Wish me Luck!