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August 2006

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Maminka: Japanese Cuteness #5

August 31, 2006

Maminka: Japanese Cuteness #5
Here’s sweet Japanese shop #5 on the list for today, Maminka. This is a truly precious find with handpainted treasures and unique art. I especially adore the spool holder/pin cushion combo, would be very handy on a work table or to gift a friend who loves to sew. You have to check out their drawer knobs and pleasingly plump mice too, both are darling… These mice would be fun to collect, also fun to arrange on a shelf in the nursery. The knobs can spruce up an ordinary table in your craft room, or you can have fun in your retro kitchen by adding a few to your cabinets. My former manager has a kitchen that is simply amazing, none of his hardware matches, everything is artsy, whimsical, handpainted, simply amazing. It’s actually very grown up since he has hardwood floors and stainless appliances along with teak cabinets. The shot of whimsy is his handpainted kitchen countertops and his amazing selection of hardware. You can also use knobs like these for hanging necklaces – you can install them onto a piece of painted wood. Simple!

Maminka: Japanese Cuteness #5
via: wee wonderfuls, who also suggests shopping ripple, tar-tan and anano Cafe.

(images from maminka)

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Decole at Chocoa: Japanese Cuteness #4

August 31, 2006

Decole at Chocoa: Japanese Cuteness #4
Ah, the wonderful and delicious world of decole at Chocoa. This stuff is so crazy cute, you may become a decole addict. If you do, addicts unite daily at the decole flickr group, currently 164 members strong. Yes, really. Like I said, there’s a flickr group for nearly everything! There are other decole resources on the web other than chocoa, click here to see for yourself.

Decole at Chocoa: Japanese Cuteness #4
via: wee wonderfuls

(images from chocoa)

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Salvia: Japanese Cuteness #3

August 31, 2006

Salvia: Japanese Cuteness #3
More swoonworthy goodies from Japan. Salvia is next on our shopping list. Terrific totes, colorful books, unique stationery, and other misc. treats that are worth checking out. Everything is so fresh and appealing, great graphics!

via: wee wonderfuls

(images from salvia)

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Aranzi Aronza: Japanese Cuteness #2

August 31, 2006

Aranzi Aronza: Japanese Cuteness #2
Next on the list is Aranzi Aronza. Step into the world of Japanese products – only in English! Their website is easy to read, amazingly easy to navigate (and packed with total cuteness), and you can shop them online! I love their dishware and these cutie stacking mug cups, don’t you? Another reason why I need glass cabinets like Rachel’s. Aranzi Aronza has lots of homewares, as well as accessories, letter sets, rubber stamps, and t-shirts, too. Have fun, spend some money, knock yourself out with cuteness galore. Psst: Don’t miss their new enameled canisters!

Aranzi Aronza: Japanese Cuteness #2

via: wee wonderfuls

(images from aranzi aronza)

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Atelier Akiko: Japanese Cuteness #1

August 31, 2006

Atelier Akiko: Japanese Cuteness #1I spent the past hour or so enjoying a few lovely Japanese websites that I found via the beautiful blog, wee wonderfuls. I thought I’d post some favorites that I found via her site, which I’ll post as quickly as I can before I head out for the day.

First up, Atelier Akiko. Pillows, totes, quilts… Very creative, very sweet designs. Seeing these quilts gave me spine shivers, I’d love to finish my quilt but I have a horrible time commiting to sit down projects in the summer. Do you face this challenge in the warmer months? I’m much more crafty in the Fall/Winter.

Atelier Akiko: Japanese Cuteness #1Atelier Akiko: Japanese Cuteness #1

(images from atelier akiko)

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Thanks, Imelda!

August 30, 2006

Thanks, Imelda!
Imelda from the Singapore based design blog, Imedagoze, sent me the most beautiful package yesterday. We are swapmates (do you recall the magazine swap?), so her package arrived filled with goodies from Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. I was so surprised because she went above and beyond to include a Zakka decorating book from Japan along with cards, decorative tape, and a few other adorable things. These gifts really made my day, in fact this swap was a nice experience for me since I think sending regular mail is almost becoming a lost art… I miss cards and letters via snail mail, don’t you? There is nothing more exciting than the Fed Ex man ringing your bell with a little box from a thoughtful friend.

Have you heard of decorative tape from Japan called Cram Cream (I think this is the name of the brand)? I just heard about it a few months ago, it’s so cute. I imagine it being a great way to seal presents, especially if your tissue or wrapping paper is a solid color. I’m sure little girls love it, too. If I were twelve again, I’d be bouncing off the walls for this stuff. The tape that Imelda included in her package is colorful and fun with squirrels, mushrooms, and porcupines all over it. In addition to the words, “Cram Cream”, there’s an obvious chat going on between a lone squirrel who politely asks a passing porcupine to come over to his mushroom home. Of course, as with most products from Japan, things get lost in translation. The words on the tape simply read “Come On My House”.

Interested in viewing cram cream products? There’s a flickr group exclusively for cc addicts. Seriously. So cute. If you’d like to purchase things, read through this thread, lots of cc resources… There are groups for everything on flickr. Just google the most outlandish thing and chances are, it’s either on eBay or Flickr.

Have you heard of cram cream before? What fun uses have you found for it? I seriously need to start hopping back over to Japanese websites to scour for stationery and home products, I know there’s so much out there to cover, but so worth it. I’ll try to dig up a few gems for you today. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Imelda!
Thank you again Imelda!

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