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Craft Book Review: Just add Watercolor

Just add Watecolor by Helen Birch I’ve always wondered how artists achieve certain looks with watercolor.  I’ve only used the medium in its traditional form.  I’ve never ventured out with trying different techniques and styles.  Therefore, I was very interested in reading Helen Birch’s book, Just add Watercolor.  The book is filled with 96 illustrations […]

DIY Origami Box with a Printable

Today’s craft project is actually two tutorials rolled into one.  First, I’m going to show you how to print on origami paper.  I even made a few templates for you to use.  Second, I’ll be sharing directions on how to fold a basic origami box.  Lets get started. How to Print on Origami Paper Supplies […]

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils

2 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Last Wednesday I mentioned I would be re-posting my miniature colored pencil tutorial.  It was originally posted in 2011. I can’t believe it has been that long?!  Since it has been a while, I made a new batch of mini colored pencils and took some new photos. This is a great craft for kids and […]

Craft Book: Eline’s Dollhouse

2 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Once in a while I’ll come across a truly inspiring craft book. Such is the case with Eline Pellinkhof’s book “Eline’s Dollhouse: with more than 90 mini-home decorations you can make yourself”. This book is written in Dutch. There are no pictures or illustrations for making the projects. However, for me it’s more for inspiration […]

On My Radar: Jewelry Designer, Yoko Minemura

3 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Necklace by Yoko Minemura Yoko Minemura is the jewelry and accessory designer behind the shop Homako.  Yoko began designing accessories for friends which eventually evolved into Homako in 2008.  Yoko likes to work with soft fabrics and felts. Sometimes she incorporates embroidery into her designs.  The necklace (pictured above) caught my eye because it was […]

Printable: Button Organizer

3 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

I like to think of myself as an organized person. I keep all my extra buttons that come with newly purchased clothing in my dresser.  Sounds reasonable, right?  But somehow my plan failed me.  The one time I needed to use the emergency button, it was nowhere to be found.  In my struggle, I decided […]

Weekend Roundup

4 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

San Francisco Flower Mart How is everyone this Monday? I feel like I need another weekend just to recover from the last. Can anyone relate? Here’s what tired me out in a good way: The San Francisco Flower Mart – This is a wholesale flower market and is open to the public Monday – Saturday.  […]

Go Green with a Furoshiki

last monthHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Happy Earth Day everyone! In honor of this holiday, I’m sharing one way I incorporate green living into my life. It all starts with a furoshiki.  A furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping cloth used to carry items or wrap gifts.They’re great for cutting down on using disposable bags and can be re-used over and over […]

Fun With Washi EBook Sale

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Do you like sales?  Me too.  Fun With Washi along with 8 other EBooks will be on sale for $2.99 or under.  You can see the rest of the books for sale at Chronicle Books.  This deal ends 4/30. Links to Fun With Washi EBook for only $1.99 : Kindle Nook AppleiBookstore Google play Kobo […]

Giveaway: Catching Fireflies Gift Certificate

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Happy Friday everyone.  Today I have a fun giveaway for you.  One lucky reader will win a $43.00 gift certificate to spend at Catching Fireflies!   They have all kinds of unique gifts for all ages.  Pictured above are a few items that caught my eye.  I’m especially intrigued by the DIY eraser kit.  Catching Fireflies […]

Sewing Book: Sew-licious Little Things

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Sew-licious Little Things: 35 zakka sewing projects to make life more beautiful by Kate Haxell I have a sewing book to share with you today, Sew-licious Little Things. But it’s not just any sewing book, it’s a zakka style sewing book! Zakka is the Japanese term for “many things” but is also considered a craft […]

Origami Embellished Phone Case

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Can I let you in on a little secret?  I’m a very frugal person.  And because of my frugality, I was inspired to make this embellished phone case.  At first I started looking into custom printed cases but quickly decided I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars.  My original plan was to make a case […]

Origami Wall Art

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

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

3 months 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 months 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 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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 […]

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