My son Zach started doing Origami when he was eight and quickly became an expert. By the time he was ten, we were seeking out more difficult designs which meant that they were written in Japanese. So we would spend hours in the Kinokuniya Book Store in the International District of Seattle. (There is a huge one in Sydney, by the bye.) That's where I started getting the Japanese Sewing magazines like Stylebook and Ladies Boutique and Sewing books like Pattern Magic, and the Nanoblocks - like a very tiny version of Legos. And interesting pencils, wonderful pens, and miniature colored pencils for sketching. Plus eraser in every shape imaginable, from Sushi to Hello Kitty. Never use a boring eraser again.
Still too lazy to look up the type of Corgi that Queen Elizabeth of England has, but Zach made a paper replica.
John finally comes home from Australia next Tuesday! And we're spending Thanksgiving at my son Nick's new house. I can hardly wait!