Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! Hope you all are enjoying the festive season. Following on from my handmade Christmas stationery I also made gift wrap using paints, rubber stamps and even a Spirograph! Gifts were decorated with handmade yarn and tinsel pom poms and clay ornament toppers.
Each year I like to choose a fun, bright colour scheme, so this year I went for gold with hints of neon pink and orange.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Christmas is one of the most exciting and busiest times for crafting for me...and I'm sure many of you!
I have spent November and this month working on cheerful and colourful projects to decorate the tree, house and gift to loved ones. One of the first things for the holiday season I made was this little Xmas themed stationery set, that included a Gift tag, bookmark, mini notebook and card - all done with rubber stamps and colourful cardboard. By combining some of the rubber stamps together on a page, I created festive scenes and motifs.
Christmas in New York
As it begins to feel 'a lot like Christmas', I am thinking of and missing New York. I was there for a Christmas past - last year at the most 'wonderful time of year' during the...as New Yorkers would say 'Happy Holidays'! Celebrating and getting lost in its gorgeous winter wonderland. Here are a few of the things I love and miss most about being in New York this time of year.
Styling with Kikki-K
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!!
Mt x Melbourne
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!
Pretty little details
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.
Let's make Onigiri!
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.
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.
Music I like to craft to
A Touch of Sparkle
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!
Pusheen The Cat Kit
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.
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.
Isabelle Boinot X Paumes
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?
Just a few of my latest outgoing post creations. The first one has a bit of an Mexicana inspired vibe and the last is decorated in dots using a homemade rubber stamp. Sending out mail also allows me to use my latest washi tape buys - loving the below rainbow one!
Hope they put a smile on the faces of its recipients!
It is coming in to Spring here in Australia. I'm looking forward to sunny skies, picnics, afternoon walks and enjoying light refreshments during crafternoons. Add a touch of kawaii to fruity drinks with a strawberry and a washi tape covered cocktail stick umbrella.
I just love magazines! So much so that after I have read them I often find it hard to part with them. But if I kept them all I probably could fill a whole house! For this reason I prefer to give them to family and friends to read or recycle them and use them for collaging or turning my favourite pages into envelopes!
Here are some I made a couple of weeks ago. I like how they instantly make an interesting envelope from the back as well!
Robin is a beautiful independent crafty Dutch magazine. Each of their issues revolves around a sweet theme - Issue #No.2 is all about picnics! I just love their retro inspired layouts - so fun, bright and sunny!
So excited I could be part of their latest issue with a notebook DIY, Yay! You can pick up Robin Magazine HERE.
mt maki maki
It's a good day in mt land! A few posts ago I wrote about a DIY idea for making a washi tape memento to make of your fave washi tapes to record in your scrapbook or send to pen pals. It seems that mt had a similar idea with their new mt maki maki tool. I would love to thank Vivian (her blog is super sweet too)for leaving a comment on my washi tape memento post and letting me know about this amazing device - it was something I just had to share with you all as well.
Oh boy I just hope this gets to Australia super fast! Check out the video and pictures below from the official mt website. I also love the idea of using them as decoration for a tote bag - totes amaze!
Hiya! I have not posted in a few weeks as I have been busy working on some new projects putting ideas into fruition. One of the things I love to do before beginning a new project is making little mood boards and experimenting with my collection of paper, stationery and any other bright and fun materials in my craft box.
So if a lazy crafternoon sounds like something that you would like to do, I encourage you to get out a few of your own bits and bobs, don't forget the scissors, paper punches and glue....with
Home & Decor Magazine: Malaysia
Hello lovely ones! Eeeep! I have some exciting news. I have been featured in the June issue of Home & Decor Malaysia magazine!
It is a profile piece within a story on the global handmade movement. So honoured to be included and my 'Pop goes your mail' letter art kit features on the intro page of the feature.
Washi tape memento
In my latest outgoing mail I have included these washi tape memento sticks! I thought it would be a great way to send washi tape to friends as you can easily unravel the tape from these paddle pop sticks! Like my washi tape journal it could be a great way to record/save some of your washi collection.
The Autumn season is upon us here in OZ. I just love the cooler season. It means cosy days at home working on new projects, crafting, curling up on the couch with a new book or magazine and watching movies while eating a freshly baked homemade cake. These are just some of the things I love off course. The above picture includes some of my creations and favourite crafting materials - I have also been busy making some pom poms and sending mail art packs to friends.
Hope you all have an eggstatic day! The four day mini-break for me has allowed me to have fun with some Easter themed crafts. A great excuse to make something with my fave craft tool too - washi tape eggs! They are a great decorative item to hang on flower branches or for decorating a gift!
LOVE + WORK + SPACE
Hello! Hope you all had a gorgeous week and enjoying your weekend. Thanks for stopping by! I was fortunate enough to have recently appeared on two wonderful blogs. Ishtar Olivera's delightful blog where I shared my favourite crafty tools and the lovely Kelly Zarb interviewed me for her LOVE + WORK + SPACE blog series. Head on over and have a squiz, I'm sure you will find more goodness clicking through their blogs that will keep you busy for hours!
If your visiting New York - Chelsea is a must. Here are a few snaps from my NY trip. Chelsea Markets has so much goodness under one roof such as; cute bakery Amy's bread, Eleni's where I got these awe AMAZING New York themed cookies, Anthropologie which stocks unique zakka, stationery, books, clothes and off course their magazine.
Mini photo flip books
I like making mini photo flip books! They make a cute treat to pop in the post to friends. I created this little "Kawaii Pop" themed one using some pictures of my crafty projects, purchases and pretty packaging. Why not make one yourself? All you need is a theme, paper, printer, scissors, staples and washi tape to bind!
Eeeep! I turned 29 on Saturday. On the same day that I get a little older, the Aussies are also celebrating Australia Day! It becomes a long weekend here - score! So it makes it a perfect time to catch up with friends, have a lil chill out time, watch movies, read books and craft. I enjoy baking so I made this vanilla tea cake - with sprinkles off course and crafted a tissue paper tassel garland topper. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend and have a fab week ahead.
New York, New York!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year everyone! I just want to say a big thanks for all those who took the time to stop by my blog last year. Thank you too for all your lovely comments - it means the world.
I hope you all had a fab and happy holidays! I had an amazing time in NYC and can't wait to share my little adventures with you in some upcoming posts.
I was greeted with a little mail surprise when I arrived home. The new issue of indie publication Bespoke!
The latest edition 8; includes a feature on my kawaii pop crafting and a peak of my mini home studio. It's a lovey publication that includes creatives from around OZ and beyond, so I'm thrilled they approached and included me in their latest issue! Thanks Bespoke team!
I am a Writer / Designer / Craft Artist who works in magazines who loves crafting, zine-making, nostalgia, photography, styling, Japan, op shopping and trend reporting on the creative & inspirational.
Hope you enjoy My Life As A Magazine, looking forward to reading your comments!
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