Saké Puppets at BHG.com

Etsy and Better Homes and Gardens teamed up to create a list of handmade gifts for the holidays, and Saké Puppets’ Tea-for-Two DIY Sashiko Kit was featured in their roundup!

I’m delighted and honored to be included! I also love many of the other projects, and am planning to try a few for myself , like the tea set or sewing kit in a jar — so handy!

You can find other projects online or in their November issue. Thanks again, BHG!

Tokyo Craft Kits

New! in my Etsy shop, just in time for the holidays!  ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

The Tokyo Craft Kit, $25

As I mentioned earlier, I have a slight crush on masking tape. It is inexpensive and colorful, and so it always finds its way into my shopping basket.

I’ve started carrying masking tape with me everywhere I go. And a notebook. And stickers, colored pens, a sewing kit, the occasional hair bow, and embroidery floss. It is important to be prepared when when inspiration strikes.

And so, the idea for a Tokyo Craft Kit was born. Each on-the-go DIY craft kit includes a handmade drawstring bag full of whimsical and fun craft goodies: stickers, notebook, 4-color pen, a self-inking stamp, a dainty bow pin, and 2 rolls of masking tape.

Check ’em out!

Tape-tastic!

Last week I went to the mt tape expo in Shibuya. mt tape is a Japanese washi paper masking tape. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns and is delightful. At the expo, all of the walls and floors and windows were covered in masking tape. They hung pretty little globes from the pretty tape-covered ceiling.

I wandered through the expo then found myself at an impromptu craft party, sitting in the sunshine with strangers where we ooh-ed and nodded our approval of the evolving tape masterpieces around us. A few girls squealed the occasional “kawaii!” It was a charming afternoon.

I love mt tape, and am doing my part to keep this company in business. I walked away from the expo and pop-up shop with this haul:

What do you do with fancy masking tapes (and pudding stickers), you ask? Well, I tape stuff. I decorate packages (if you’ve ordered from my Etsy shop, you might have noticed). I tape up gifts, notebooks, pencils, my umbrella. I use it to say “hands off, this pen is mine!” I mark special dates on my calendar and embellish notes to friends. Sometimes I even use it to tape something to something else.

New, in my shop!

The City Tote.  Perfect for running errands around town, this bag is sized to fit the essentials — keys, wallet and a phone for that quick run to the corner market, laundromat, or mail box.

A DIY sashiko kit with everything you’ll need — fabric, blue and white thread, illustrated instructions, and pattern.  With a chic chevron pattern and beautiful nani IRO linen, what’s not to love?!  Wander over to my web shop to check it out!

If you’re new to sashiko and looking for tips, you can take a peek at my new sashiko how-to page.  Over there, you’ll find all sorts of photos and tricks.  Here’s a sampling:

You can find the how-to page on the “sashiko” tab above the banner, and more sashiko kits in my Etsy shop.  Good luck, and happy stitching!