Kokeshi Doll Party Part I : Preparation for 9th Birthday1:24 AM
For the past couple of weeks, granted it was off and on, I've been pre-paring for my little girl's 9th birthday party. The theme : Kokeshi Doll.
|Round 1 Design|
Apparently the tradition of the doll began from the Tohoku region of North of Japan. It dates back as early as the 19th century as the local woodworkers who were skilled at making things such as bowl and trays, began to use their skills to make souvenir dolls to sell at the hot springs.
A kokeshi doll is simple in design, characterized by the round head and cylindrical limbless bodies. The traditional doll was usually made from wood and painted on kimonos. Today, what they call creative kokeshi, is probably what you see in the stores today. With the elaborate hair, color, and designed kimonos.
|Round 2 Design|
Design & Invitation:
Goody bag items:
When the invites where ready and out into the internet ether, ready to reel in the guests. I then began to think about the items that would go into the goody bags. I originally thought about making necklaces, but after I bought the gem part, I realized the holes were a bit too small to fit any traditional chain. So I decided to opt for making them into a cell phone charm or in our case, a kids's backpack charm.
Here are my supplies. I never made jewelry in my life. So when I was in the section of beads upon beads at our local craft stores, I was a little like a deer in headlights. After a bit of digging, I was able to find the charms I wanted use, but decided I didn't need any needle nose pliers... the small ones jewelers use, because you know... I had pliers at home. Who doesn't? Bah... after gingerly trying to pinch the sides in of the base of the charm over onto the sides of the glass bit... and pinching my fingers once or twice, I then wished at 11pm at night, I had gotten those darned needle nose pliers.
I thought it would be a simple process, but the varying head sizes and holes on the bottom of the balls made things a little more difficult. The thin dowel rod I bought were fine for the smaller heads, but the mid-sized heads it did not quite work because of the large bottom holes. It was fairly late, and after hunting for the pieces at a few different stores I was in no mood to head out again. So I improvised... in comes those wooden take out chop sticks. Yeah for take out!