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Wednesday, 22 August 2012


There's not much going on to blog about I am afraid. DD had a birthday, and I made her a special birthday banner. You should see the appliqued Totoro I made for it pop up in my instagram photo slideshow over there on the right. Totoro is from a Japanese kids' movie called "my neighbour Totoro", and he is a gigantic, friendly, mostly mute creature who shows up when the little girls in the story need him most.  DD just loves Totoro and is trying to convince us to take her to Japan for a holiday so she can meet him. Well, I would love to visit Japan, but mainly so I can see this breathtaking sight (is that a road sign at the bottom?) Click to go through to the original on Flickr.

Autumn Fire I

In fact, sometimes when I get bored or am stuck on a bus or whatever I have a debate with myself about whether to visit Japan in springtime for the sakura - cherry blossoms or in autumn for the turning leaves.

Speaking of leaves, here is a pretty treasury I made on the theme of Katherine Paterson's novel 'Bridge to Terabithia'. This book has been a favourite of English teachers for many years. It was a classic when I was in high school and we are still making kids read it today. The themes include
* bullying
* acceptance
* friendship
* not feeling 'understood' by your parents
* sibling rivalry
* worrying about finances
* Jesus, God, the Bible, religion and Hell
* teachers and their humanity
* art, literature and creativity
* love and death
* grief and how we react to horrible situations

That is an awful lot of themes for a novel about two ten year olds! The movie I can take or leave, but I do like to watch it with my class. I do think the actors did a good job, and it is nice to see a movie that is filmed in New Zealand, but the CGI is rather groanworthy.

I tried to do the novel justice in my selection of 16 items, but there were a few things that Etsy just does not have.

If you have read the book, or seen the film I would love to read what you thought about it.

'Bridge to Terabithia' by bananaorangeapple

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Alde - Baby Troll Gemstone G...

The Wonderworld Readiness - ...

TV card

Jarvis the Zombie - creepy a...

Bridge to Terabithia

Handmade Medieval Queens Cro...

Fruit Orchid House Digital C...

Crabapple Tree Jack Russell ...

Vintage Childrens Paintbox, ...

The New Dawn ACEO Signed Pri...

Perfect day - Hand painted ...

Counted Cross stitch Pattern...

Additional Rope for Peg and ...

Lost in reminiscence, dark a...

Vintage Bridge to Terabithia...


  1. Love that fall picture! Washington DC has a sakura festival too. I've been hoping to get to it one year.
    Pretty Treasury!

  2. Love your posts Hannah. And if you want to see the cherry blossoms, come to visit us in the US, and we'll go to Washington. Only a 2 hour drive from my house!

  3. One of my most favorite books:) I've been to Japan and loved it!! Although I was there in the middle of winter and it was very cold . .brrr. If you ever get to go someday I suggest a trip to Nikko. It's a charming mountain town and reminded me of the beautiful mountains I grew up with:) PS . . .Washington State on the west coast, has a cherry blossom festival as well:)

  4. I've never read the book (I know, bad, bad) but I have seen the movie. It was great but really sad. We always tease my grandson about the movie because he was the only one who had seen it when we all watched it together. When Anna Sophia Robb appeared on screen he said, "Doesn't she die?" The ultimate spoiler!

    Anyway, nice post and beautiful picture. Wow. I love fall.

  5. I have neither read the book or seen the movie but will make a point to do so after reading your blog. Thank you.

  6. Lisa and Luella, check back in and tell me what you think once you have read it, please. But be warned...it is a tear jerker. I forgot to add my 'tear jerker' blog label.

  7. I have heard of the book but never read it. That's why I love blogging....I get so much new information on things to check out...Thanks!

  8. You have a penchant for making me want to visit God-forsaken places..........

  9. Here is one of my favourite quotes from the book:

    ...he wasn't such a coward that he wouldn't mind a little exploring now and then farther in amongst the ever darkening columns of tall pines. But..this was where he would chose to be - here where the dogwood and redbud played hide and seek between the oaks and evergreens, and the sun flung itself in golden streams through the trees to splash warmly at their feet.p.50 BTT

    I like the idea of the trees playing hide and seek.