Monday, December 21, 2009

market-ing 101

So Dudley did the market last Saturday and was reminded of stall holders 101..

1) the weather always wins.
2) 'negotiating' with those around you may occur.
3) coveting neighbour's work is likely... ie: you'll want to spend your money..
4) impossible to tell what will be your best seller that day.
5) nice to chat to interested folk.
6) some people just don't get your stuff.
7) endurance is mandatory.
8) probably helps if you have other forms of income...

So yes, it was a long HOT day. But enjoyable, lovely to see those that said hi/popped by/met Dudley for the first time. Yes I did wish i had bought a gorgeous Shagpile brooch. And my best seller was my little wooden picture/card holders.. NOW for the holiday..

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Speaking of buttons...

On my recent travels (sick of hearing about it yet?) I found some sewing notions you might like.. selected some combos + added a few inked stamps... and voila! I also scouted around for some 'random' vintage japanese buttons .. of which i have also packaged up..

Then my friend said she was having a stall at Glebe market on December 19th. Woo Hoo!. Yes, I'm crazy, i thought, let's do that! So these goodies will be available there ... plus i haven't really been able to actually find my desk in the shed for a while (separate project). BUT i cleared away a tiny space and painted these:

and then these..

oh what a fun way to spend an evening!
best to pace myself for festive revelry.. oh! and that early morning start next Saturday..
So come and say hi to Dudley and Talk to the wind and Sun.. she has a whole range of wonderful little things.. like this hand cut stamp..

Saturday 19th December, Glebe market, would love to say hi - if you are in Sydney...


I love buttons. I know some of you must do too. How sweet is this idea - a card i picked up at a stall in Design Festa in Tokyo.. as were this great selection ...

I had seen the stall - but due to dehydration/starvation because i couldn't tear myself away to revive.. my concentration was flagging.. then my (japanese) friend pointed out that i could fill a little plastic bag with whatever i liked for 1000 yen (about $12AUD). The Japanese crafters were not shy here AT ALL... with lots of stuffing and jiggling of said bag! They laughed at me as i asked "is this enough?" as they gestured for me to keep going... now to find a project..
In Nippori I discovered a gorgeous little button shop, sadly no official photography.. just imagine a 4 meter square room with middle cupboard and every surface presenting gorgeous jars + baskets of buttons, beads and felt bits from all over the world. All shapes, sizes and colours .. with some great combinations and displays.
I did gasp... They are called L'Musee - their website is here.

These i may need a hand in actually doing something with ... but i couldn't just leave them there.. could I?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What's on my desk?

This is! It's Elvie... lucky i wasn't actually there as he would've been shoved off.... photo courtesy of Miss R.
Oh yes i've been meaning to get back to my desk - and can just about smell the summer break around the corner.. This bit of japanese loveliness was also on my desk..

as are some little wooden items.. while in Tokyo and looking for 'city in a bag'

(which i now realise is only sold prior to Christmas) i came across London Transport in a bag.. too cute!

After a quick burst of Christmas shopping + wrapping, I made it to my desk at the end of the weekend to belatedly work on a Christmas card. Inspired by the simplicity of Japanese design and the whimsical nature of the way they use English i sent this off to get printed.. fingers crossed it arrives in time..

Take a breath and sniff the air ... holidays are on the way folks!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Shameless self promo

You know how i like stamping? And how basically no surface is safe from my hand carved bits of rubber... well, I thought you could do the same! Look what i found in Japan, lovely little desk bits..

A little assortment of goodies that i selected 'specially.. The best bit is that they are blank. They could be yours to embellish, stamp on, paint or decorate.. then wrap up and give to a friend.. i thought it seemed like a good idea.. what do you think? I also have the bookmark + little calendar in black.. it also comes with a natural blank postcard in a gift bag..

this set can be found here or here..

As time goes by..

Great colour combos. Great style, loose sketchy but engaging. Not mine. Snapped while walking around Design Festa, Tokyo (see previous posts). Shame the weekend whipped past before i got chance to get out the inks, paints or fabric. Sigh. But i did add a wire to a pendant i also picked up while at the same design show..
How cool is this?

I was feeling a little fragile, and a teeny bit suspended in time when i bought it (having just been made redundant) but i still love it! ... here are the awesome artists: Tamunade

Zooming in..
more of their work..


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wandering the streets of Tokyo

Last month armed with my Little Tokyo shops zine from Angela i found myself wandering the streets of Kichijoji looking for the Yokocho gallery since I'd read about it on three buttons blog... lots of tiny alley ways we came across the entrance..

Tiny but gorgeous..

we met the artist who created these soft caryon/pencil colourful delights..

I also had to buy this beautiful ceramic button, (about 2cm high) I love the texture and simplicity.. last weekend i added a brooch back.. which is about the only crafty thing I've done for weeks!
Last weekend was unbelievably hot with scorching 40 degree heat.. so alas i could not face doing anything too much at all.. I'm really hoping to do something soon... sewing? stamping? don't mention Christmas cards!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The hunt for the hedgehog...

I do love a hedgehog, yes i do. Actually when i registered for Etsy i used hedgie-pig (not hog - you see) for my user name... cute. But little did i realise i would be stuck with it.. THEN i found out that in Japanese it is harinezumi - which translated means mouse with needles (as far as i know). So when in Japan recently i stuck with a bit of a theme and found these...
The first two pieces of zakka were found wandering the streets of Shimokitazawa (Tokyo) - on the hunt for tiny little things..

This one a nail brush was a present from my traveling companion found at the Hara Museum of Modern Art gift shop...

This delightful piece was a great textile discovery from Raak Kyoto - notice the prickly edges of the circles.. lovely colours too. Raak was one of my favourite finds - really contemporary, (and yet traditional + established) beautiful quality.. see the window display below where the hedgehog fabric is used as wrapping.. i did buy a few more pieces - which hopefully will arrive in the mail soon.. I couldn't decide whether to wear them or frame them.

Go for a virtual visit here.. it is truly inspiring... oh dear! don't tell miss R they have just released a horse print!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Discovery ...

More beautiful watercolour work ... I bought quite a few postcards on my recent trip .. because lets face it - it is a fairly inexpensive way to collect art + inspiration! But while the majority of them are in transit (via sea to Australia) here is one i thought you might like to see.. by illustrator Ehina.. see more of her lovely work here
BUT there's more! on my third last day in Japan, hovering in a bookshop i discovered something called Happy New Year 2010 (published by Mook) ISBN978-4-79667313-6
Now this IS genius! Not only does it have over 100 pages of illustrators - divided into categories like pop, natural, japanese. It also has templates for making photocards. BUT THEN it has the jpegs on a CD!!! YES really! it even has the option of text and no text. I'm assuming that in Japanese it explains how the work is not for resale purposes and that cards are for personal use only... To make ones' New Year correspondence with style and flair.. Who wouldn't want to start printing out these gorgeous designs for personal wall paper immediately!
Here are a couple of Ehina's designs from the CD..

Ready to get out the inks/watercolours this weekend?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Discovery ...

So I must tell you about Design Festa. It was HUGE! and amazing. IF you are creative, or want to be inspired AND are thinking you may just go to Japan next year the next Design Festa is May 15. When i was there last month I think they had 800 exhibitors. Here's a beautiful piece of water colour work I found by MorinoMisako. While there i was always on the look out for how English was used.. don't you love the poetic phrase she has captured here ... 'Yesterday's dream dissolves into milk"
Here was her stand... it would've been nice to have had a chat..

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Onwards and forward...

So after an 'interesting' few weeks following on from my redundancy while on holiday in Japan ... I'm pleased to say I'm back to work!
I feel very lucky be staying with the same company... to join a new team with a great bunch of people and work on one of Australia's iconic titles.

This week, the next phase of my day job began with me working at the magazine that comes with the Saturday newspaper here in Sydney. I'm looking forward to the challenge of a different publication..

It's hard to make decisions (when faced with a change) not only on behalf of yourself, but also your whole family. I feel like i have the best of both worlds, and for that i'm grateful. To be able to 'go' to work but to also enjoy my time at home creating when i want to..

It's crazy all that debate about working mother vs stay-at-home mother, or the 'corporate' day job vs own handmade business... in the end we are all just doing what we can do, in the short time we have, to be happy. Surely that's all that matters ... however we choose to juggle it?

reasons to be cheerful

So did you still want to see some holiday pics? would you like to pop inside this cafe?

It's cosy and peaceful - pleasant for an afternoon stop, revive and survive!

Let's pop our bag into the basket and take a seat on this pretty cushion... what's on the menu?

Hmmmm, that looks like it has all my favourite food groups and is just under $8 Australian...

Yumo! it was gorgeous - you'll have to take my word for it. The jelly was amazing - so 'clean' and refreshing, the white balls were chewy, the green tea ice cream the perfect partner - topped with sweet beans.. AND if you still needed a pick me up you could pour the brown sugar syrup over the whole arrangement...
very cheerful indeed!


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