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Go Green with a Furoshiki

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 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

last monthHobbies / 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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 […]

Printable Origami Kewpie

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months agoHobbies / 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

2 months agoHobbies / 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 […]

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