Very exciting news!! I did some styling for Swedish inspired, Australian stationery retailer Kikki-K recently. Using their wonderful Jul Christmas range of wrapping paper, cards and gift tags I created these gift wrapping and styling ideas. Even the packaging from some of their products were used, with a handmade pom pom included!!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Thanks to Notemaker the official Japanese Masking Tape company came to our Aussie shores recently for a pop-up space in Melbourne Central. Off-course I made a special trip from Sydney to check it out! I was in heaven looking at mt's new range, limited edition and special edition aussie themed tapes. Loved seeing the polka dot cardboard boxes and big rolls of washi tape hanging from the pop-up space walls - so used to seeing these in instagram snaps (#mtmaskingtape) at mt expos all over Japan and Singapore. How cute are the cubby houses? I want to have a go at making one!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I love experimenting with doilies - I often use them as present toppers. This doily has been stitched and collaged with ribbons, scrap paper, washi tape, love heart bubble wrap, cellophane, handmade pom-pom, postage stamps and stickers.
A sweet touch for embellishing a gift.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Konichiwa! Today I'm going to share with you how to make Japanese onigiri!(a rice ball like sandwich) Yummy!
Super easy to make, healthy and great for packing in your lunch bag/bento for work/school or to enjoy on a picnic.
Ok. Let's get started.
Japanese tuna (Tuna with mayo mixed in)
Cooked Jasmine rice (at room temperature)
Onigiri mold (or just your hands)
Washi tape and black marker for decorating
Step 1: Half fill the onigiri mold with rice.If you are using your hands mold rice into a triangle.
Tip: Keep hands moist with water to stop the rice from sticking to your hands.
Step 2: Create a dent in the rice and fill middle of your onigiri with tuna. Have fun coming up with your own fillings such as adding corn or pickles perhaps.
Once the tuna is added fill the rest of the onigiri mold with more rice.
Step three: The great thing about the onigiri mold is that by pressing the lid upside down into the mold it will easily create a perfectly shaped triangle onigiri.
It is also fun making the triangle shape by molding by hand - does it take you back to school day pottery class?
Step four: If your not already tucking in to your onigiri and choosing to save for later. Wrap it in cling wrap to keep fresh.
Onigiri usually also includes Nori (seaweed) which wraps around the bottom of the rice triangle. However I'm not a fan of the taste so I choose to leave this bit out.
Step five: Waku waku! (excited). Your onigiri is nearly complete! Now for the fun bit - decorating.
For my three onigiris' I chose to decorate the strip where the Nori (seaweed) would sit with washi tape. I also added a face with black marker for one and decorated another with washi tape shapes - this one would be fun to make for a party.
Hope you had fun learning to make Japanese onigiri
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Tickets, brochures, business cards and product wrapping and packaging. These are just some of the things I like to collect on each holiday. For my mini-break to Surfer's Paradise in Queensland I handmade this little 'holiday notebook' with all my paper souvenirs from the trip and some polka dot paper I designed as well as paper food. Highlights of the getaway included: Japanese burger franchise Mos Burger, marine-life at Sea World and snow cones!, relaxing and making sandcastles on the beach, eating at trendy cafe Commune and shopping at Burleigh Heads Village Markets and stationery store Six Things.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Do you have any favourite sounds you enjoy crafting to? I like to get creative listening to movie score soundtracks and music by artists Birdy, Sia, Lisa Mitchell, She & Him and Japanese band Lullatone - check out their new album Falling for Autumn released today! Cover art by the talented Grace Lee. I just love all the cute and quirky name titles Lullatone's have for their songs such as: New stationery for a new semester and The biggest pile of leaves you ever did see. Would love to know what tunes you like to give a spin while you get creative - Let me know.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Hello! The summer always brings a fresh feeling of newness with it, which leads to a need to clean and re-organize.
I put some of this energy into giving the blog a bit of a makeover, I just felt it needed a little something, something - a touch of sparkle.I have designed a new background, buttons and updated my labels, making it easier for you to look around... I hope!
Let me know what you think, would love to know!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
One of my good friends just loves cute character Pusheen the cat.
So for her birthday I handmade her a little Pusheen kit that includes a felt plushie decoration, mini notebooks and stickers.
I just love making fun themed kits like this.
Note: Not for sale, only made as a one of for a friend.
A month back I was interviewed by my local city paper on Kawaii businesses sweeping OZ. It featured in all the Aussie papers around the nation, running in the Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times, WA Today and The Age Melbourne in the small business section.
My 'Kawaii' style stationery, gift wrapping and publications.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Eeep!I was so excited to find out that French artist Isabelle Boinot is a featured artist in her very own Japanese Paumes book!
Naturally I quickly snapped up a copy. Again this latest book from Japanese publishers Paumes is a visual feast. Isabelle gives us a glimpse into her home studio sharing with us cute ways to organise paper items - souvenirs and mementos, DIY's for picnic Furoshiki's, gift wrapping and more. Wouldn't it be a dream to have your very own Paumes book?
Isabelle documents her travels to Japan (love my copy of her book 'Sumimasen') and around the world so beautifully with sketches, magazine clippings and souvenirs.
Keep your eyes out for cute Japanese packaging!(Hint: top shelf on the left page!)Craft materials organisation inspiration!Yes?