Zakka 81: 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Last minute Christmas DIY - Easy Advent calendar ideas

Couple of days to December! I know, it's crazy!!
Have you put up Advent calendar? Don't worry, here is some Great ideas for busy mum like you☆

 Paper cup buckets advent calendar 

No sew mitten advent calendar

Origami advent calendar 

Miniature box advent calendar
White envelop advent calendar

Falling stars advent calendar

A Cone - iferous advent calendar

Last one, if you can find 24 toilet paper rolls .... I think you can cut the roll in half, so you need 12 of them. It's depend on what things you put in it.
 Toilet paper roll advent calendar

Don't stress it, Enjoy!!

Do you know Japanese washi masking tape? It's very useful and lovely design masking tape.
Must have some for in your craft room!!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Coconut Macaroon Lemon Slice

Great refreshing sweets with lots of coconut!!
It taste much better If you can make own lemon butter or curd.

<< Coconut Macaroon Lemon Slice >>

*1 Cup plain flour, sifted
*2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
*1/3 Cup caster sugar
*100g Butter, chopped
*1 Tbsp milk
*1 Cup lemon butter

*2 Egg whites (extra large)
*2/3 Cup caster sugar
*2 Cup desiccated coconut

1.To make base
Preheat oven to 180℃, conventional/160℃ fan forced.
Combine the flour, coconut, sugar and butter in a food processor and blend to fine crumbs. (or rub them togehter with your fingers)
Add the milk and blend until mixture comes together.
Press mixture into a greased and lined 28cm x 18cm brownie / slice pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until pale golden.

 2. Spread lemon butter over base. Reduce temperature to 170℃.

3. To make topping
Beat the egg whites in a bowl with a pinch of salt until firm peaks form.
Beat in sugar a little at time until all sugar is incorporated and a thick glossy meringue forms.
Fold through coconut and gently spread over lemon.
Bake for 20~25 minutes until pale golden.
Cool in pan. Cut into squares.
...... And enjoy!!

Are you looking for Christmas presents??
You can find some exotic home decor or some from
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Handmade Wooden Mushrooms ( Toadstool )

I'm sorry, I haven't posted any blogs in long time!! Geeee I'm slack!!
Actually hubby and I am doing busy to make mushrooms. Nop, not edible one, it's handmade wooden mushrooms!!

I started woodturning from May, my hubby taught me how to, he is a wood turner. 
And we start making mushrooms and take them to the local markets. 

It's getting popular and there are few shops who sell our mushrooms!! So, we are getting busy in a good way, especially this crazy Christmas season!! 

We called our woodturning shop name "Woodrock Turning", we don't have website yet, but we made Facebook page. If you want some mushrooms, please message us☆ 

My online shop is getting busy as well. Many stock is gone.... I can't restock them until next year. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. I recommend to shop ASAP If you find favorite things. 
For the International customer, when you order your parcel will take 2~3weeks to get your place, If you want it by Christmas, you better to order now!!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Birthday Sale!!

One year birthday sale now on!!
Thank you very much for your support♥
Love xxx Zakka 81
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Monday, September 17, 2012

New product ☆ Antique Kokeshi dolls

"Kokeshi" is a Japanese traditional toy doll made by wood. Traditional shape has simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face and there is no arms or legs.
There is a eleven types of traditional kokeshi out there, they have a particular shape and patterns.
But my kokeshi are not belonging to "traditional"  they are a modern "creative" Kokeshi.

I found a very small antique shop in Tokyo, when I saw the shop, like someone whispered to me "go check the shop!!" I parked my bicycle the from of the shop and WOW!! There was a full of kokeshi dolls everywhere in the shop!!
I picked few lovely kokeshi's for you☆ These are one of a kind things, you will almost never find the same kokeshi like this!!
I can't wait to go back to the shop and adopt more kokeshi dolls!!

Antique pair of Kokeshi doll – Boy and Girl

Antique pair of Kokeshi doll – Oranges

Antique Kokeshi doll – Bath time

Antique Kokeshi doll – Pomelo girls

Antique pair of Kokeshi doll – Snow children

Antique pair of Kokeshi doll – Mother and child

How many days more to the Christmas??
Let's start collect the presents!!
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Products☆

 Super cute paper ornament mobile and garland from Japan!!
Very delicate paper catting, lovely colors, cute motifs,  perfect for nursery room or kids party! but not only for the kids, you can enjoy it as well☆

Click the photos to see more detail.

*Oval shape type*


*Mobile type*

*Garland type*

More New items arrived!!
Don't miss it

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Whole Orange Chocolate Cake

When I got some oranges, I always make "Orange pound cake". But I made orange pound cake so many times and it's getting board, still nice but I wanna try something different this time.
When I googled, I found unusual recipe (in Japanese) that use whole orange! Normally it use just orange zest for this cake, but this one is not!! :D
So here is how...

** Whole Orange Chocolate Cake **
Ingredients ( 1 loaf )
 170g Unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
 170g Sugar 
 3 Eggs (lightly beaten)
 200g Flour
 2 tsp Baking powder
 85g Chocolate, cut into a small pieces or use chocolate chips
 2 Oranges (If it's not organic, wash well) 

 # Preheat oven to 170 ℃. (338 F)
 # Sift flour and baking powder together
 # Generously butter a loaf tin (or any other cake tin) or  Line with non-stick baking paper and set it aside.
 #Prepare the oranges. Zest the orange then remove the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds of a citrus fruit and separate its wedges. ( check this page for how to cut the orange ...
Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. If you can get the juice from the scratch, keep it in the bowl.

 1. In the bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar mix well.
 2. Add eggs little by little, mix well each times. Then add all oranges ( zest, fruits, juice) and chocolate chips. 
 3. With wooden spoon, fold the flour into the mixture. Don't over mix!
 4. Pour over the loaf tin, bake around 40 min or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks.

Good luck☆

Have you check my shop recently?
We got a lots of new products!! Check it now!!!  
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

New products☆

New product has arrived in Japan from the famous candle shop!!
Beautiful floating flower candles, each flower candle has a soft scent of each flower. 
And each flower represents the Japanese 12 months and four seasons.

 Put on the water or put on the table.... it's make you calm and relax anyway.

It includes all the flowers of 12 months.

 Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Find out more from "Homewear" categories!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hotcake - Japanese Pancake

Everyone's favorite! 
I think Japanese pancake is a more thick and fluffy.  Very easy just try it! 
You can add more milk if the mix is too thick or you want to stretch it further.
Great served with fruit and cream or maple syrup and jam♥

** Japanese Hotcake ** 
1 Egg
3 Tbsp Sugar 
1 Tbsp oil 
130 ml Milk
Few drops of Vanilla essence 
150g (1 and 1/2cups) Flour 
1 and 1/2 tsp Baking powder 

1. Sift flour and  baking powder together.
2. Mix the egg, sugar, oil in bowl.
3. Add milk and vanilla, mix well.
4. Add flour mixture, mix until smooth.
5. Pour over the preheated pan (low - middle heat) Flip when they start to bubble and you will end up with a nice golden hotcake.
This original recipe is from very famous Japanese cooking community site called Cookpad where you can find whatever you want to cook and bake!!

We love thick hotcakes :)
This is a very famous "Iwata coffee shop" 's hotcake! 5cm thick x2!!
It takes 30 minutes to bake. Wow!!

Do you like baking?
Do you like Japan?
How much do you know the geography of Japan?
I got a unique cookie cutter!!  

Japan Geographical Biscuit Cookie Cutter 46 pieces set 

 Available on Ebay ;)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's day pick-up

I know it's little bit too late to do online shopping for Mother's day!
BUT isn't it good to receive some presents at anytime? and I know your mum will LOVE it!!

Here is few pick-ups for your mum☆ 

Ruffle and lace soft scarf – Black   Three different color available.      
Cotton scarf / stole / wrap / shrug – Indigo Blue   Three different pattern available.

Wooden Cherry blossom earrings  You can choose from gold or silver, and also pink, white, peach pearl beads.

Kimono fashion shoulder bag – Mustard yellow We have red one as well. both stunning!!  

Folding fan – Dragonfly   Many patterns and size available.
Tenugui – Japanese decorative hand towel – April    12 different designs(each month) available.

Japanese Ceder Sake Set – Round   Another design Sake set available.
Eggcup pincushion 2   Your mum do sewing? This is Japanese Kimono fabric pincushion with lid. Two different Eggcup pincushions available.

And last one, I think this is a great handmade gift idea for any occasions.
You can draw on the fabrics to make your own design things!! T shirts, pillow case, bag, curtains etc... Big fun for kids as well :) 
Isn't it lovely that you (or your kids or anyone) write a message on simple white bag or cushion cover to say "Thank you" "Love you" to you mum!!

Don't forget we are having Mother's day special sale at the moment. Everything 10% off!!!
When you sign up for a membership, you will get 3 points which is equal to 3 dollars instantly. (You can use 1point used as $1)
Get 10% off and extra 3 dollars!!
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