Hello, All! Welcome to Shpadoinkle! Weekly, where I talk about something that makes me say… Shpadoinkle!
Today, I want to talk about Mameshiba.
For those who know, yes, they’ve been out for a while, but they’re just so darn CUTE! Especially the babies!
For those of you asking: What’s a Mameshiba?
Mameshiba is one of the many cute things that the Japanese use to distract us from our everyday lives. Mame means “bean” and shiba is a dog breed. This breed of dog called Shiba is indigenous to Japan, as well as a smaller shiba actually called the “mameshiba”. Anyway, the marketed concept is a cute, talking “bean-dog”. There are usually a lot of puns involved. Each bean has his/her own personality.
Anyway, they were first introduced with a set of videos there they pop out while someone is eating and offer a bit of crazy trivia after saying “Nee, Shitteru?” (Hey, Do you know?) The bit of trivia usually leaves the unsuspecting witness quite disturbed.
Then there are the Babies that got released last year, SO CUTE! Here’s a link to the Japanese site showcasing the babies, and a YouTube playlist with some of the BabyShiba videos. If you’re not in Japan, you can’t see the videos from the official source, at least not until the babies are released worldwide. We were watching an anime and discovered the translator had left in this commercial due to extreme CUTE!
BEWARE: if you’re not careful, the song WILL get stuck in your head!
So anyway, during my spare time this summer, I made a new pencil bag. It started out simple using a skirt zipper and leftover fabric that was used to make a kitchen curtain. (I cheated and used tablecloth fabric to avoid having to hem it, plus it was on sale SUPER CHEAP!
Embellishment was desired. I wanted to add a Mameshiba onto it. First, I decided on the Edamame Shiba, found the style I wanted to make and printed it at the right size to test.
Next, I went out and got as many different colors of green felt as I could get my hands on, luckily they were on sale.
After my excursion and matching colors as best I could, there was a frenzy of crafting that had Hubby hiding in his room. Scissors, markers, craft glue and sewing, Oh My! (We found felt in the oddest places for the next few days.)
And Look! He even comes out, thanks to a ribbon! I also made a larger buddy to hang off of my school bag or purse.
*sigh* now the BabyShiba song is stuck in my head again… “Baby, baby, baby Shiba!”