I’ve been flat-out busy this year with work, and in the last few months, I haven’t even been able to write any blog posts. Things are much easier now though, so I hope to write plenty of posts over the next two months.
During that very busy time, I discovered a new hobby: building miniature construction projects.
I like to go for a quick walk in the afternoon to clear my head, especially when I’m overrun with work. There is an old-fashioned toy shop at my local shops, about five minutes’ walk from where I live. In it I discovered these intriguing little packages, each containing 100-150 or more tiny blocks and promising after construction to result in the cutest figures, each one of which can fit comfortably into the palm of my hand.
Nanoblock is a Japanese ‘micro-sized building block’ that has a cult following around the world. Blocks may be as small as 4x4x5mm. You need a steady hand for this work!
I started with the ‘greater flamingo’, because pink flamingos make me smile and remind me of Las Vegas.
But when I opened the packet, I was taken aback: the instruction sheet looked incomprehensible with its cryptic diagrams and only the occasional word. “I’ll never be able to figure this out,” I thought.
However, I stared and stared at the sheet, and suddenly, it started to make sense. I got it. The instructions are actually amazingly precise, once you’re on their wave length. And not only is there enough of each type of brick, they give you extras.
I’ve gone on to make a piano and a great white shark. I’m going to do more!
Because I work constantly with words, I need to get those words out of my head to give myself a break. Micro-block building is like therapy—a relaxation technique for the busy mind, and the same reason I took up art. I can set up everything I need for the miniature building project—blocks, base and instructions—on a sheet of A4 paper on my dining table.
And my next project? It’s going to be a koala or the Sydney Opera House, I think.
Oh, Caron, those are fantastic!!!! So creative! I just adore that piano! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Margot. They are adorable, aren’t they?
That look like fun! I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles on my ipad. Same basic concept as your nanoblocks, but not nearly as tactile or fun.
It was so much fun! Also, I’m not much good at building things, so it was very satisfying to be able to actually make these.
These are amazing! I understand the need to find a way to clear your head of words. I wish I had the patience for something like this.
I think patience is the key to doing lots of things these days that I didn’t think I could do before. Patience is a very underrated virtue!
Sure is 😀
Every once in a while we should put our budgets aside, go for a wander through a toy shop
STUPID SEND BUTTON IN THE WRONG PLACE!! as I was saying, through a toy shop, buy whatever takes your fancy and give it a go. There is much to be said for both doing things with our hands and regressing a little to our inner child. And until you are seriously considering an extension to the house or a new garage to make room for your toys, it’s both harmless and therapeutic….
PS ‘budgets’ should have been ‘judgers’ but sometimes it seems, autocorrect does get it right…
So true. Wonders await!
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