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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, 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)

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)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

June 17, 2007

{6/18 edit: some photos of my loot now added below.} This is by no means coverage of my visit to Renegade today because I didn’t go to write about my experience, but to just kick back, enjoy the weather, and have fun shopping. But I do have to highlight a few booths because I had a better time that I anticipated and found some really neat things that I hadn’t seen before, also something I didn’t expect. It was a total treat to be there with so many talented people in one place, and the weather was positively sublime (I went early before the crowds and crazy heat that came after lunch). I have to give a tiny mention of a few booths that I had fun shopping at, especially since so many of you live no where near Brooklyn and won’t be attending tomorrow. In addition to some of my favorites below, you can visit the Renegade website and under vendors, click on all the banners to link out to myriads of great crafty websites. Here’s a few booths that caught my eye:

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

The Small Object
– I wanted to walk away with the entire booth. Her short flat folk drawings caught my eye. Smitten Kitten – Great wallpaper journals and goodies made from vintage papers, all the way from Toronto, Canada. Then there’s Pillow, Pillow, Pillow – Fun animal pillows, mostly dogs and kitties from what I could see. Really well made. And art! We must have wall art! Mandy Gerth – Dreamy collages on paper with fabric. Another booth that I could easily have blown a paycheck. I hope she adds them to her etsy store soon.

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Wren Handmade – I grabbed a yellow and white giraffe from Laura Normandin. Really cute elephants, too. I’ll show him to you when I’m back on Monday. Really cute things at this booth. Then there is Fernanimals, some of the sweetest mini lions in the world by Ashley Anna Brown from Beverly, MA. I spotted mostly lions, maybe she has other animals as well, but these little guys were adorable. Some had detached hoods. Really sweet. Sian Keegan – Adorable soft toys and things. Her daschunds were my favorite.

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn) Serigraphie Cinquenquatre – Alice Jary from Montreal came down with her prints, don’t miss this booth, if you can secure a place around her table to look at them, that is. Her booth was packed with shoppers galore. From what I could tell, Alice is a big hit!

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Lucy’s Vintage – This booth was a vintage lovers dream. I could have lingered much longer! Her dolly pillows reminded me of the ones that my mother and auntie made for me as a child. Everything in this booth felt like it had a story to tell. So pretty. Lots of things available in her etsy store, too.

Then there was Love Forever by Kayte Terry. Her lavender sachets and brand new art is really great. I heart Kayte. :) And Marilyn Patrizio rocks as usual. Until today, I’d only viewed her softies online. In person, they are even more adorable. This girl is so talented, she is into so many things, from painting to graphics and sewing. Here’s a link to her cutie blog, too. Oh and a new girl I discovered, Kim Design – Totally great knit and crochet goodies. Check out her website.

And of course my usual favorites: Strawberry Luna, Fred Flare, Adorn, Magpie, Jen Corace, Jezebel, My Paper Crane, Figs + Ginger, If’n Books, Etsy, and Repro Depot (fabrics by the pound – weeeee!), and 200+ more. All in all, this was the best craft fair of ’07 for me. I’m so glad I attended my first Renegade!

Psst: If you do attend tomorrow (Sunday), bring cash because most vendors do not accept plastic. And brings lots of cash because you’ll want to buy everything at this fair, trust me. It’s delicious!

See you on Monday!

{6/18 edit: some photos of my loot now added below.}

Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)Renegade Craft Fair (Brooklyn)

Objects, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Grace & Go: *New* Homewares from London

June 12, 2007

I love hearing about new products, it’s my fuel for the day and one of the best things about blogging — sharing the good news the second it hits my inbox. Jen Bowmast, a London transplant from New Zealand, is the designer behind the new homewares and accessories line, Grace & Go. She wrote in about her charming vintage-inspired designs in mostly black and white, and I think the bold blooms and the mid century chair silhouettes (love these tea towels and pillows), are pretty neat. I know so many of you that are into mid century modern, so I’m sure you’ll love this stuff.

Grace & Go: *New* Homewares from London

Thanks Jen for telling us about your new line, loads of success to you!

(images from jen bowmast)

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