Sunday, July 31, 2011

Crafty Video Love

You all know I enjoy making crafty videos, but today I thought I would share the love around by sharing with you my recent favourites. On another note I have been busy making new projects that I will share soon and been putting together a few new self-publications.

Via Misako Mimoko I have still yet to tackle a surprise ball, I did make a spider version for my nephew though!

Via Candy Castle made by Marimekko. I love watching the objects move about on their own in a stop-motion fashion.

Looking forward to the release of Tif's book in September!

 Via Poppytalk
Self-made stationery made out of Junk mail from Yellow Owl Workshop. Reminds me some of the self-made stationery in my Japanese craft books.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Marie Claire Idees

I have a glossy love for the french magazine Marie Claire Idees, by looking at the cover I bet you can guess why! This issue includes a wall tree made from washi tape as well as other decor ideas for like; decorated lamp shades, tables, chairs, windows, plates, journals and pretty birthday cards.

As well as focusing on craft and decor Marie Claire Idees includes features on travel (this issue it's on Kyoto), beauty, cooking, gardening and zakka products.

It also puts the spotlight on artist & designers such as; Lisa's Factory plushie accordions, TVs and camera's and Adeline Klam's Papeir Japonais stationery boutique etc.
This issue is packed full of DIY's on how to make a french garden, crochet/paper robin's,  a dog bed out of an old suitcase and kawaii bunny biscuits.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Creative Gallery

Over the past few months I have been creating my own little gallery wall in my study, that includes all my creative/ crafty projects, designs, self-made stationery, gift wrapping, pretty packaging, illustrations, washi tape and Japan trinkets.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kawaii J-pop Ponponpon!

Warning kawaii overload! I found these wonderful photos and video via one of my fave blogs Tokyo Fashion. It's a new music clip called 'Ponponpon' by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The whole clip is themed around what it means to be a Harujuku girl, and that means lots of bright candy kawaii outfits, Popples (had these in the 80's) and products from the ultimate kawaii brand 6% DOKIDOKI
Having been a long time fan of Japan's Capsule & Lullatones it's always nice to be introduced to new J-pop artists. After seeing this I am looking forward to Kyary's album release at the end of August called 'Moshi Moshi Harajuku' aka 'Hello Harajuku'.   

I just love J-pop vids as they are all very colourful, animated in personality and are like works of art. I would like to make my own kawaii pop video one day - it's on the 'to do list'.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Stamp Making

Those of you lovelies who follow my twitter will know that about a month ago I was working on an exciting craft project. Well here it is! My own handmade stamp idea and I would like to share it with you. In a Japan craft world you can normally by special tools and rubber kits to carve your own stamps, but without these in Oz (that I know of) I came up with the idea of using foam board.

Unfortunately I am unable to carve into it, but I think I produced a number of great shapes to create pretty prints. Foam board acts like a great sponge on the ink and can be washed clean after use.
I am going to have a go at craving into erasers next, but for now I can't stop stamping with my foam board shapes.
Let me know what you think!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Minnk Journal to Picket

My favourite Japanese e-catalog Minnk Journal is no longer! Oh no! I have blogged about it many times as it has some wonderful craft products and inspiration in it. However the company that makes is Felissimo has now launched it's new venture 'Picket' which is quite similar.
Translated in english Picket is a website for adult girls passionate about zakka and stationery which also includes a kawaii 'old' cinema that will feature crafts and products.
Sad about Minnk Journal, but all is not lost. That's one of the things about Japan, they are always growing and changing.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Some photo's of my day yesterday at some of my favourite places around Sydney as well as my new indoor plant area at home.
Unlike most people I do not have an iPhone to be able to use instagram, but my new smart phone has this wonderful app Vignette that takes just as good photos.

mt wall deco!

OMG!! Is it so??? Yes! The company sincol and mt have combined forces to bring us mt tape for your walls! Now I won't have to imagine what it would be like to have polka dots and coloured stripes on my walls. Eeeep! What will they think of next!
All mt lovers will be in heaven, I know I am! 
Sourced via Poppytalk blog
pictures via Sincol

Monday, July 11, 2011

Crafty Celebrations

It is both my mum's and hubby's birthday this week, so I have been busy making and baking crafty celebrations!
First I baked some vanilla & chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles and made some mt tape bunting flags. Found some kawaii pink polka dot patty cases to put the cupcakes in too. It went down as a real treat with the family, the confetti on the high tea stand made it that extra bit party special too!

I found some blue gingham paper and rainbow tissue paper and cello to wrap my gifts in. As usual added lots of mt tape collaging with heart stickers. I might make a video or photo tutorial of them in a future post or save for my next craft publication.

To give my gift some 'OOOOOOOOO' factor I made...yes! a

'Make and Celebrate'
my new motto!