Monday, May 10, 2010

A Travel Suitcase and an Elephant

Last year for Mother's Day, I crocheted a plane for my mom before she flew to China for a vacation.

This year, my mom is headed to Asia again, with an extra stay in Japan. What do you give a globe-trotting mom for Mother's Day?


This overstuffed travel suitcase is filled with good wishes for her overseas adventure this month!


Meanwhile, my girlfriend's mom—Catalina—loves elephants, so I made a long-nosed keychain for her Mother's Day present:


Here's a video of two awesome moms receiving their gifts:


I hope every day is a celebration of moms everywhere, including all the moms who have passed on but remain in our thoughts.

Thank you, Moms!

23 comments:

  1. what a great idea !!
    looks great.
    next time maybe you should think about inserting the elephant into the suitcase as a surprise (or as a traveling companion)
    very nice indeed
    Daphna

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  2. How SMART Howie! I love the suitcase it turned out great!!! (Hope your Mum had no problems with baggage claim- pesky airlines always trying "losing" the best looking suitcases.) Ha!Ha!
    Both your Mom(s) seems very supportive of your crocheting endeavors and videoing! What a blessing - you have much to celebrate!
    I hope your Mom has a lovely time visiting China and Japan. Thank you for sharing (once again) your lovely life and creations with us (me).
    ^,,^(K4TT)·._.·´¯)

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  3. They are both adorable (the Moms)! Of course the loot is too. ;)

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  4. i very very like the suitcace but i think that it's too small for me.... the elephant is very cute... congratulations!

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  5. Awww! You are so good to your mother(s)!! Will you please consider being my son? LOVED both projects! The suitcase with the clothes hanging out...ADORABLY CUTE!!

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  6. How sweet! You are such an amazingly creative man. Loved the video too!

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  7. "oh wow, that's a nice one... what is it?"

    gotta love those moments, lol

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  8. Awwww... I'm going to have to start crafting some amigurumi treats for my mom (and other family members) for extra-special gifts.

    You're such a good son, Howie!!!

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  9. vamdaph: How about an elephant trunk sticking out of the trunk? ;) Good idea, Daphna!

    Sharona: Thanks for your gos! "Go-go" to you and all the moms in your life too :)

    K4TT: hehe Yes, airport security may get suspicious about a suitcase that is stitched shut!

    MJ & I are lucky to have encouraging moms who are also good sports to appear on video! Thanks so much for your description of them and for your sweet wishes :)

    Isabelle: Merci, Isabelle de Paris! Where were you for Woomi's Paris-chic painting debut last week? ;)

    Sarah Z: Thanks, I agree that most Moms & crocheted-loot both have built-in "adorability" :D

    Augustine: Yes, the small suitcase only holds some mini clothes and MAYBE one contact lens! A real elephant would be able to carry much more on its back and trunk. :)

    Miss Julep: Sure, I could moonlight as your son sometime! Would you mind if I wear my beanie hat and schoolboy shorts? :D

    Anita: I'm glad you liked the video, which was recorded by my sister and then by MJ. And thanks for thinking of me as a creative man, even though I'm wearing these schoolboy shorts! I'm gonna play hopscotch!

    AniDoll: You're darn clever yourself, thanks :D

    Sparrow's Nest: hehe I didn't realize that Catalina said: "oh wow, that's a nice one... what is it?" until you mentioned it :) That would be a fun line to say at fancy art gallery premieres!

    KelleBelle: I hope you post photos of the amigurumi gifts you'll soon make for your mom and family!

    Thanks for thinking I'm a good son... Were you the one who sent that flattering reference letter to Miss Julep? ;) I'm gonna be her occasional son, thanks to you!

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  10. Your mum's are so sweet! I love the suitcase :-)

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  11. love the suitcase (clever about the sponge filling - read that on your FB page!)and I also love how your mum 'gets' and appreciates the whole hand-made gift thing -good job!!

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  12. What a good son you are, and your Mom is a beautiful lady.

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  13. how adorable! i love how you can see bits of clothes popping out of the overstuffed-ness of it all. :D

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  14. Those are awesome, Howie! You're such an inspiration! One day, I hope I can make things like that! I may need some more help, though. :)

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  15. S: Thanks for the mum-luv! :)

    Elaine: Yes, sponges are great alternatives to polyfibre or foam stuffing, especially for angular shapes! And how nice of you to follow the FB page AND comment here on the blog too :)

    Alma: Thank you so much for your sweet words about Mom & Son! :D

    ana: hehe Yes, it was hard to cram all the crocheted clothing and electronic gadgets in that suitcase! Woomi had to sit on it while I stitched it together. Exhausting! :)

    QueenieCarly: Thanks! You WILL make things like that and things much better than that :) And you've got all the crochet-help I can provide!

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  16. I finally got to see this and it brought a tear to my eye! You are such a thoughtful son and future son-in-law(!?!). (Howie, avert your eyes, this is a private message to MJ: Sister, do NOT let this man get away!!! xo)

    I hope your mom is having a safe and exciting trip to Asia (and when she's in Japan I hope she doesn't accidentally order a "bowl of needles"!!! LOL!!!). And I think that the little blue elephant will bring much joy & prosperity to Catalina!

    XO

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  17. Awww, such adorable gifts for adorable moms!

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  18. ecuadoriana: Thanks for your kind words and kind wishes to my mom! (I didn't read your private message to MJ, but I hope it was complimentary! ;)

    Yes, it's preferable to eat fugu fish over bowl of needles ;)

    myra: I also subscribe to the awesomeness of adorability! :D

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  19. Very nice suitcase! I am crocheting one these days for a friend of mine, nice job!

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  20. Your creations are all so fun! Thanks for sharing!

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