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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

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Origami Wall Art

What do I hang on the walls? That is the question I’ve been asking myself since we’ve moved into our new house.  Currently I have a few pieces of art scattered around the house.  But besides that, my walls are blank.  I feel like I’m living in a house with no soul.  So to remedy […]

Craft Trend: Woven Wall Hangings

2 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Have you noticed in just the past year how popular woven wall hangings have become?  It seems like every time I pick up a design magazine or scroll through Pinterest I find one.  There are so many great designs out there to make and buy.  But since I’m partial to DIY, I’ve put together a […]

Japanese Craft Book: Mizuhiki Arrangement

3 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

While at the Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco, I came across a new mizuhiki book.  I’m sure there are a many Japanese mizuhiki books available but I rarely see them. So of course I had to get it. I liked that the book had a good balance of traditional and contemporary uses for mizuhiki. For […]

Printable Origami Paper

3 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Have you ever noticed that most of the origami paper sold is either “traditional Japanese patterns” or solid colors? Solids and traditional prints are nice but sometimes I want something more contemporary.  So, I decided to make my own origami print.  I call it, “mini washi tape”.  It’s bright, fun, whimsical and free to download […]

DIY Pom Pom Rug

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

I finally finished the pom pom rug for my daughter’s room!  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this rug finished. And through the process, I learned a few things about these rugs. For starters, there’s a reason they’re usually small in scale.  The pom poms take a long time to make […]

Make It Vintage Magazine

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Have you ever heard of the magazine Make it Vintage?  I just recently learned about the publication.  I was told Fun With Washi was going to be featured in the magazine so naturally I was curious about it. I figured next time I was at the bookstore I would look for it.  But it just […]

Washi Tape Decorated Bookshelf

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

This week Fun With Washi is the book of the week on Cut Out + Keep.  This includes a tutorial from the book (pictured above).  They’re also giving away a copy of Fun With Washi.  Click here for the tutorial, giveaway, and more!...

An Out of This World Valentine

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

I designed this outer space themed Valentine card in 2012.  You might have seen it in the 2013 February issue of Family Fun Magazine.  It’s one my favorite Valentines and I hope you like it too.  Directions on how to construct the this “out of world” card below. Supplies: Black Cardstock X-Acto knife Metallic Gel […]

Printable Origami Kewpie

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Do you remember Kewpie dolls?  They first started off as comic characters by Rose O’Neill.  Later on they were produced as dolls.  But when I think of them, vintage Valentine cards come to mind. I discovered this printable origami Kewpie (pictured above) on a Japanese Kewpie site.  It would be cute as a Valentine or […]

Heart Embellished Twist Ties

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Need a last-minute idea to package up your Valentine treats?  May I suggest some cellophane bags with heart embellished twist ties.  They are super easy and quick to make.  I’m talking “less than a minute to make” quick.  Sadly, I can’t say the same thing about the cookies. Supplies: Heart Stickers Twist Ties – I […]

MT 2015 Washi Tape Spring & Summer Collection

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

For all you washi tape fans, the 2015 MT washi tape summer & spring catalog is available to view online. There are hundreds of prints in the catalog; there’s something for everyone. You can purchase the tape on the MT online store.  I have noticed some of the tapes are not available in the English […]

Craft Book: Cut Out + Keep

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Cut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects If Cut Out + Keep sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s also a very popular craft community site.  Now the owners of the site (Cat Morley and Tom Waddington) have written their own craft book.  But it’s not just a craft book, it’s […]

DIY Washi Tape Bookmarks

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Feel like doing a little crafting today?  Grab a couple rolls of your favorite washi tape and try your hands at this simple bookmark. Supplies: Used envelopes Scissors Washi Tape 1. Cut the corner of an envelope off.  Refer to dotted lines.  You can also use the other corner for a second bookmark. 2.  Your […]

Cute Sticker Flakes

last monthHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Snow Globes & Animals by Amifa Have you checked out the latest designs for stickers lately?  The other day I was doing just that and was taken aback by all the unique and detailed images.  There were a couple of brands that really stood out to me and I thought you might like them too. […]

Printable: Origami Kokeshi Doll

last monthHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Every year I create a special post for the Japanese holiday Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day or Doll’s Day, March 3).  Usually it’s a tutorial or a round-up of crafts relating to Girls’ Day.  This year I decided to make an origami kokeshi doll for the occasion.  You can make one too with the PDF file provided […]

We've Moved!

12 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

We've moved. Please come visit the new site. www.zakkalife.com

New Zakka Life Blog!

Today I'm very excited to share that I've created a new and improved Zakka Life site. Some of you may know that I've been wanting to do this for a very long time (over two years). Only last year was I able to purchase the zakkalife domain. Show More Summary

Sewing with My Daughter

Over the weekend my daughter and I made this retro doll. This was the first time my daughter sewed something that didn't have pre-punched holes to guide her stitches. It was a little challenging for her but I think she did a great job. Show More Summary

Happy Girl's Day!

Happy Girl's Day! Okay, you caught me. I'm a day late but I still wanted to get a mini post in. This year we went to the Japanese market just before Girl's Day which meant there were a lot of special treats just for the occasion. After drooling over all the food and pretty packaging, I settled on this bag of chocolates. Show More Summary

It's Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late by Dallas Clayton I had planned on sharing this book with all of you in the beginning of the new year but time escaped me. And as the book states, it's never too late so here goes... A few months ago I was asked if I would share It's Never Too Late on Zakka Life. Show More Summary

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