Zakka 81: February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Arrivals!!

We got a gorgeous kimono bag from Japan!!
Medium size shoulder bag using real Kimono fabric. Two different colors available :)
Beads fringe, limestone parts, you can pull up the kimono fabric use the side ropes that makes different look!!

And, We got a "long fingerless gloves"
You can wear this for worm your arms or the sun protector or just a fashion accessories☆
Many Japanese women wear like this long gloves in the summer time for the UV protection. Yes, be careful for the skin cancer!!

This is not thick material, suite for all year around☆

Come find more items!! :
Kimono bags :
Long fingerless gloves :

Friday, February 24, 2012

How to make Origami Ornament Ball (Kusudama)

Have you try to do some Origami (Folding papers) work? Do you think it's very difficult? hard to do??
I'm sure you need practice at first, but once you use to folding papers, this flower ornament ball is a piece of cake!!
I found this tutorial on youtube, you need 60 piece of Origami paper (square paper) and glue. Oh, and specially you need patient!! ;) I recommend to use Origami paper because the color. When you fold some "both side same color" paper doesn't looks great, still fine but two color combination is much better.
I was cut the origami (mine was 15cm square) in four equally (make 7.5cm) and my origami ball size is around 11cm diameter.

Ok, here is the link...
Anniversary, Designed by Mio Tsugawa

Enjoy your Origami!! :D

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bubble wrapped flower vase

I bought a gorgeous artificial flower today, unfortunately fresh flower is always very expensive in Australia. I had always bought some fresh flowers when I was in Japan. It's cheap enough to buy every week.
Anyway, I bout artificial flower but I didn't have a vase that suits it. I found empty glass jar (it was in tomato paste) and it's perfect size!! but I want a bit some design. Somehow I thought "wrap it with bubble wrap" it has like a polka dots pattern and of course nice protection (if you dropped on the floor)

Here is how... super easy!!
You need a glass jar, bubble wrap,
scissors, acrylic paint (your favorite color) and glue, ribbon to dress up.

1. Measure the size of the jar and cut the bubble wrap.
2. Use sponge to put some acrylic paint on to the bubble wrap. (like stencil work) then dry it.
3. Put some glue on the jar and wrap the bubble wrap on it.
4. I wrap ribbon around the neck because of I just cut the bubble wrap into rectangles and the jar becomes thinner as it goes to the neck. And looks more prettier :)

Cute polka dots shade...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Japanese Valentine

I picked few of Japanese Valentine's day chocolates!
Do you know, in Japan is basically the day for women to give men chocolates or gifts. It's not fair?? Don't worry, we have a "White day" on March 14th, exactly one month after Valentine's Day, men who were lucky enough to receive gifts of chocolate have the chance to return the favor by giving the women who gave them gifts of some sweets or gifts, now this is little tricky, if you love her you HAVE TO buy her a more expensive gifts than what you got! Now it's fair enough !! lol

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's day ideas ♥ 2

Did you already decided what to do Valentine's Day?
Here is an another ideas for Valentine's day!!

Budget food ideas
1. Bacon of Hearts - the paper mama If your love's one doesn't like a sweet things. Why not to give him a bacons!!

2. Delicious Roasted Potatoes - from Haniela's food & photography This is so cute idea! Roast any meats with this cute potatoes, perfect Valentine's dinner! so easy!!

3. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Hearts - from Martha Stewart
Don't worry if you can't cook, lovely idea is still there!! thank you for Martha Stewart :)

4. Weaving Danish Heart Baskets - from radmegan in words and picturesWonderful no sewing project. This is a little baskets, so you can put some chocolates in here!

5. 3D card - from duitangThis website is in Chinese but you can get the template from there. Easy to make!!

6. Heart bookmark - from Martha StewartAnother idea from Martha. Isn't it cute?! Idea for your favorite bookworm ;)

Good luck everyone!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wall decoration challenge !!

February's wall decoration " infinity love " - hand stitched art

This year I try to express the seasonal event ... actually I try to NOT forget them and try to keep me creative!

Christmas to January's wall decoration " Celebration " - recycled paper art
I found this from some crafty youtube. I used old yellow page and artificial flowers and gold ribbon. Simply roll the yellow pages and stick on the cardboard base. I sprayed gold paint for bit more Chrismasy taste.

And now, I made February's wall decoration. I've seen this design at the Pinterest and I fell in love with it. Originally someone made this for tatoo, very special I think!
I love hand stitches but not
embroidery person, if I could do more embroidery stitches it will be more "WOW" art, that's sure lol.
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