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June 2007

Books + Magazines, Reader Questions, Shopping + Products, Travel

Reader Q: Where can I find Japanese goodies?

June 19, 2007

A few readers wrote in to reply to my earlier post about Sock and Glove, asking for some tips on where to purchase Japanese books and magazines. In case you are new to decor8 and haven’t had time to scan my archives for Japanese goodies, here’s a mini guide to get your started in the right direction. Have fun!

Reader Q: Where can I find Japanese goodies?
Kanako Yaguchi + Funtrap: Japanese fashion and home products.

Peppermint Pig, Lorina, Zakka Mania, Online Zakka Search, Sunny Style, Pip, and Lumiere Mira. All blogged here.

Maminka: Hand-painted art and other pretty things from Japanese crafters. Via: Wee Wonderfuls, who also suggests shopping ripple, tar-tan and Anano Cafe.

Shop for Decole at Chocoa. There’s even a Decole addicts Flickr group!

Reader Q: Where can I find Japanese goodies?
You can’t mention Japanese goodies without Aranzi Aronza coming to mind. Here’s a post about them here.

Atelier Akiko. Pillows, totes, quilts… Need I say more?

Also, don’t miss Saliva.

Here’s some more links from previous posts on decor8:
Japanese Fashion Magazines
Japanese Crafting
Inspiring Images from Japanese Craft Books
Kita Usagi
Purchasing Japanese Books and Magazines, like Real Simple Japan!

Some of these links above are from blogger Wee Wonderfuls. A blog I’ve been following for awhile, that I really enjoy and feel a connection to. You have to read it if you’re not already addicted, it’s really crafty and sunny, which is always a good thing! Also check out blogger Buzzville, who is addicted to handmade goods with a focus on Japanese crafts and fabrics.

And don’t forget Lou’s on Etsy. She is one of my all-time favorite places to find Japanese goodness!

Reader Q: Where can I find Japanese goodies?
And finally, home goodies from D Bros in Japan. Via: Oh Joy! And thanks for writing in ladies… You know who you are!

(images from lou and d bros japan)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Inspiration, Small Business

Christine Mason Miller (and a few words about the spirit of giving)

June 19, 2007

Marisa told me about Christine Mason Miller recently, a California-based artist that has more than talent, but a huge heart. Christine has the reputation of being supportive, kind, and extremely helpful to her peers, which gives fine testimony to the type of person she really is inside. Christine is known for not simply looking after herself, but identifying needs that exist, hurdles others face, and then stepping up and helping to find solutions so that all are impacted in a positive way. That’s powerful! Life is really just a big circle and you get back what you put forth. I’m always encouraged to hear about those in business for themselves that take the time to support others running alongside them. You don’t always see this in the corporate world, there is so much face stepping as the ladder is climbed, but I do see it more amongst crafters and artists. There’s a real network, a sisterhood (or brotherhood), that is formed and with hands holding other hands, that chain isn’t easily broken. The spirit of giving is so much better than constantly waiting to receive. If more people followed this, so much good could be accomplished in the world.

Christine Mason Miller (and a few words about the spirit of giving)
I recently heard that if you want something, that means you’re lacking it. I never really gave much thought to that. Upon hearing it, you almost want to say, “Well, duh!”, don’t you? But once you’ve settled into the thought, giving it some time to sink in, it’s a pretty weighty statement. If you’re lacking, you aren’t truly whole, which can easily mean you are never satisfied or happy. It also makes you appear as weak if you think about it, because if you walk around always wanting things, you obviously can’t get them for yourself. If you want power, that must mean you don’t really have it, and if you want praise, it’s because you aren’t perhaps getting it so you’re in want of it. Try to look for ways to give what you do have, extend yourself, just like Christine has the reputation of doing. Good people respect and recognize good works. You want to attract positive people and experiences, do your best work and then, support others. Asking for help is one thing, constantly wanting, wanting, wanting, is another. You get back what you give out. People often want things that they aren’t willing to give themselves. Power, praise, money. Those that are the most successful at anything in life are those that empower others first.

Here’s a glimpse of some of Christine’s work (above), her etsy store, and her website. Thank you Marisa for telling me about Christine, and thank you Christine for being a lady known for your good energy and supportive, giving personality. It’s a joy to know you’re out there helping your fellow artists to thrive alongside you. That’s the sign of someone truly confident and secure in themselves and in their work, and that’s so great to see put in action.

(images from christine miller)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Shopping + Products, Travel

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!

June 19, 2007

Matthew Mead is someone I admire, so of course his name appears on decor8 from time to time, especially since his website updates with the seasons. This is your reminder to check out his new summer site, it’s so drool-inducing, you’ll really enjoy it.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!I find Matthew’s work to be a breathe of fresh, New Hampshire country air and love stepping into his magical website to see life through his eyes. Yummy recipes, entertaining tips, and easy craft projects all based around a cottage theme, including a fun way to transform an IKEA lantern for summer.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!
Psst: Be sure to browse his archives, too.

(images from matthew mead)

Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, DIY, Shopping + Products, Travel

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

June 19, 2007

I came across the cutest book last night, Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori, I have to share it with you! Part children’s story, part instructional guide for creating softies with personality, it’s great for all ages because it gives lone socks, gloves, and mittens purpose again and gets you back into sewing without a huge time commitment.

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

The book has 13 adorable friends to make, from fish to dogs, cats to mice, and the author encourages creativity by explaining that each doll can have a unique personality according to how you arrange the face and how much stuffing you use in the body. She encourages experimenting with different looks and not copying one for one what she shows in the book. In other words, live a little, it’s okay to go outside of the line. It’s simple format and darling photos lured me in at first, especially since I’ve had a thing for Japanese craft books since I first “discovered” them in San Francisco back in ’01, but find them hard to follow in Japanese and looking at pretty images only takes me so far when sewing… Sock and Glove released in Japan a few years ago, but was recently translated into English and released here in America just this month.

Simple Sparrow reviewed this book on her gorgeous blog, make sure you take a moment to read what she has to say about it, she wrote a nice review and has some great photos.

(image by holly becker for decor8)


Ankasa: Bedding

June 18, 2007

I’m doing a lot of research around ethnic prints and patterns right now, so decor8 will reflect a lot of that this week. I love the work of Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia of Ankasa and just found out via blink decor that they’re soon to open their own store in NYC.

Ankasa: BeddingAnkasa: BeddingAnkasa: BeddingI like their modern take on traditional patterns, especially all of the embroidered work, and the strong colors against crisp white. Makes me appreciate why so many love to keep the foundation pieces in their space neutral, a great canvas for layering in colors and patterns, swapping them with each season, or as your design mood changes. For me, that’s monthly. :)

(images from ankasa)

Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

The Creative Bazaar – Get Involved!

June 18, 2007

Melba wrote to me about a craft fair that she is hosting on Cape Cod in October, The Creative Bazaar. She’s looking for vendors, so if you’re interested, applications are now being accepted through July 15th. The fair takes place on October 13th in Hyannis, further details can be found right here. Get involved!

The Creative Bazaar - Get Involved! This is Melba with her paintings, available on etsy.

(images from the creative bazaar)

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