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:: Pretty Containers ::

How are you doing?

I've been feeling a little better now :), I got some nice rest last night I went to bed early to catch up on my beauty rest lol

Today is Feb 13 - Scarlett's Birthday!!! ^_^ She's 10 years old now, time pass so fast , I can't believe she's ten already, soon a teenager :( I love my baby so very much that I wish she would stay like she's today, but then again she's my best friend and I would love to hang out with her in coffee shops and other places were she can't go right now lol, that's the cool thing about being a young mother, I'm 26 and after I loose my baby I will gain a friend .. Cool!


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I also wanted to talk about my endless obsession with pretty containers lol, Yes I ♥ them, I like to collect them and see them all over the studio, I like boxes, tin cans, buckets,crates,metal and plastic tubs, wooden and paper trinket boxes are the best ^_^

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Here is a sample of my collection, my most recent addition are the - Decole anticca - mushroom tin canisters, these are great, I fill the red one with metal brads, beads and a needle case and the other one with bias tape,they are so pretty and useful :)

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Scarlett and I are crazy for mushrooms, each time we go shopping, we find ourselves is a quest to find pretty mushrooms ^_^, It is hard but we had find little items.

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We also find these heart buckets, I wanted to fill them with candy and send them to my friends but I run out of time :(, so I will save them for next year, I have this one on the high shelf of my desk at home with yummy candy.

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And finally this is a peek of the embroidery project I am currently working on :), I had this image in my mind and I had to draw it, I would like to work more on it to make a pattern and use it as background for my new site.

I'll show you more of my embroidery later :), I'm off to wrap presents :), I am not going to tell what because she might be reading my blog and I really want to surprise her, she's a sneaky girls and she always finds out one way or another, so I am taking security measures lol

I hope you have a great day
See ya tomorrow!

- Urban Toys - from Berlin

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Happy Thursday :)

I feel just like miss Hello Kitty over here, with a big strawberry head because I ate a big bowl of nice strawberries yesterday, I felt really sick all week, my head hurt and I was getting a really nasty flu, I was craving lots of Vitamin C , I think strawberries and oranges will do the trick.

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I love these Hello Kitty pocky boxes, I've been collecting them, how I wish I could understand this comic, it looks funny.
Anyway tomorrow is Paper Toy Friday and I don't have my toy ready, I've been wanting to post all week because I miss you guys :).

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I got this rad pack a few months ago, filled with urban Toys, stickers and buttons from A Super Rad Designer but you may recognize him by Stick-a-Thing, he's an awesome Urban designer from Berlin, He makes the cutest pirate mushrooms among other goodies, check out his Flickr and you will see what I'm taking about.

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I love Urban Art - Design as much as I adore Zakka and Kawaii goodies, there's something about all these characters that inspires me, lol must be because these have attitude :)


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Well I work on some pending parcels now, I hope I can get the chance to post the toy I want tomorrow,because I am going to do some errands, I need to pick up lots of mail, can't wait to see witch swap packages I already received.

And look a -StickyPhallus- has taken over my Crafty Crate lol, I need those scissors to work on my toy, somebody help me!

Have a crafty day!

.: Mushrooms + Candy + Floss :.

It's cold and It's been raining over here :), I like it when it rains, the cold air reminds me of the beach, the bad thing is that's hard to take any pictures around here, because I don't have enough light, I hope the sun comes out tomorrow morning because i don't want my paper toy photos to be all gloomy 0_0

Well I didn't had the chance to pot yesterday because of the horrible traffic I was stuck in line for 3 hours at the border, it was terrible and then when I manage to get to the post office I saw another huge line and no parking, Willy had to leave me there, I made an whole hour in line just to send 3 parcels.

The good thing is that I picked up some really nice mail, I ordered some new books from amazon and they are really great! :) I also got some of these goodies.

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Pocky Sticks are definitely on my favorite Jap Snack list , I hate it when they brake inside the packaging but they're so good that forget about all those little flaws as soon as i taste them :)
Of all the types of Pocky's that are in the market, I really liked this one - Pocky Crush - It reminds me of the Mexican candy - Kranky - by Ricolino , nice chocolate with a yummy crunch to munch! lol
Scalett Willy and I finished this pack right away :) It's so good!

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I'm always drooling at online fabrics shops that carry Japanese fabric, like Superbuzzy or reprodepot, there's something about those prints that gets me all exited but when the cute design combine my favorite colors and mushrooms sometimes the temptation is too hard to resist. The sad thing about it is that a FQ is never enough.

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I was doing some embroidery the other day and I noticed that I had a mess in my floss box, so I got me these plastic bobbins and I stated organizing my floss, It stated to look decent and cute, it is a tedious job but the result is very inspiring.
I will take more photos of my floss collection later, maybe you can give me a hand lol

Well the sun is up again, it comes and goes, I better hurry and take my pictures right now

See ya!

Have a Crafty day!

Japanese Cotton - Trilogy -

Happy Monday!

It's so cold over here that my hands hurt, the weather has been changing very dramatically :( that I'm stating to feel a little sick, I wanted to put on my gloves but I can't type with them so I will hurry with this post :)

I always tend to fall behind with posts, I have lots of photos to show you and stories waiting to be told and I always manage somehow to forget about them and tend to show you only the new, well I intend to change that and that's why I am going to talk about the - Japanese Cotton Trilogy -

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You know I am a big fan of Japanese style and aesthetics :), I love Kawaii stationery and items and I'm also quite fond of Zakka, over the last years I've been lucky enough to play with - Japanese Craft Books- they are both inspiring and challenging :) the perfect combination to avoid boredom while crafting ( if you ever get bored with something)

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That special interest for these wonderful books took me to notice the Japanese Books-Magazines like the Cotton Trilogy ; Cotton Time, Cotton & Paint and Cotton Friend.
I love the Book-Magazine format because it has the best of both worlds! The fun parts of a magazine with the information and tutorials of a book the best thing of all is that they are monthly or seasonal issues, so their are pack with fun,inspiring projects to try, 100 pages in big high quality pages, just like a book!

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I wanted to get my hands on these for so long with no luck at all, one issue on ebay or other sites can cost $23 to $26, with that amount I can get me other books I want at amazon :(, so it wasn't until a dear friend of mine sent me these that I was able to experience These types of Publications.

COTTON TIME -

Full of beautiful photos and home zakka, you can also find tea,bag,plush,felting,clothes tutorials and complete patterns among other craft items with a Vintage flare, it also has some easy to follow patchwork and fabric combination tips.
Other fun thing about Cotton Time is that often they include a special supplement or small glossy book inside the magazine a little extra for your craft obsession.

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COTTON & PAINT -

I adore the variety of craft projects Cotton & Paint has to offer from jewelry to patchwork,sewing,knitting,crochet and Wood Crafts! yes you can make your own wooden pin boards, chalkboards and kitchen organizers with these step by step tutorials :) How Fun!
Cotton & Paint also includes a DVD with the instructions of a feature project wow!

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COTTON FRIEND -

Cotton Friend is as cool and beautiful as the other magazines in the Cotton Trilogy but this one is very romantic and has that special Antique French Flare that applies to all their projects ; crochet,embroidery,needlework,garment sewing,patchwork,card making and even scrapbooking.
This one also includes a little extra, in the issue I got Vol. 23 I receive a Antique Style Paper box :) very French, I got really exited because you know I love to assemble paper items.


CONCLUSION? -
Can't decide between the three because each one of them is special and they complement each other very well, If you're ever curious about Japanese Crafts I recommend you take a look of any of these because there you can find all sorts of crafts that you haven't think of before, I was so inspired that I don't want to miss an issue, they are well worth the money and just like when you play with Japanese Craft Books your Craft experience will never be same again :).

If you want to see the rest of the photos or these ones bigger, go an check
My Flickr You will find more there :)

Well I'm off to eat something now, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did ♥

Fabrics and Craft Books - All Japanese

Hi, how is your Monday??
I hope fine, I'm really sick since yesterday I have a horrible fever and can't stop sneezing , lol I'm super dizzy and mad because it sucks having this flu-cold with this hot heather X_X I want some ice cram and my throat hurts like hell.

Well passing to more happy stuff lol
I was taking pictures of the new goodies I got in the mail when my battery died so I decided to show you these goodies instead.

Fabrics and Craft Books, Can't have enough of them, My favorites are definitely Japanese

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I was drooling for this fabric for some time and I finally got me some from Reprodepot
, I think this fabric is perfect for a pin cushion and a needle book, what would you make with these?

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I got these precious ribbons at Michael's, too mad they only had these left, because they're fun and cute. I have to share these with Scarlett because she's going to make a project with these :)

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- Design Collection for Kids - ISBN987-4-529-04204-8

I used to look at this book at ebay and I always thought it was a really beautiful book, but now that I have it, I think is so much more than pretty pictures, it's practical and very inspiring, the instructions are simple and the projects irresistible, can't wait to try all those embroidery with wool felt techniques :)

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Just look at these :), I have to buy me more linen , I want to make pretty bags ans decorate them with these pretty flowers ^_^

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And what can I say about these kawaii animals, I think they would look great in linen patches or embroidered in Scarlett's Jacket or on a patchwork linen pillow.

To see more pictures of the book and other goodies just go toMy flickr


Well I need to take a nap, my head hurts :(, see ya and enjoy your day

What a Lovely Bag! ^_^

Hi!

I got lots of pictures to show you but as always I've been lazy lol, yesterday I took pictures of all the swaps I've received and now it's time to give my swap partners proper thanks!

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First let me tell you that I adore this bag, the fabric the shape everything, it's perfect I can filled it up with letters and envelopes without looking bloated lol and the best part is that's reversible ! It has red fabric on the inside, I'm so happy with it, this is my favorite item form the private swap I did with - Craftsty -form flickr

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These are the rest of the goodies ^_^, lots of yummy Japanese candy ( all the boxes are empty now X_X ),Lovely fabrics and buttons, HK deco-tape and my second favorite the Little House Stationery that resembles Decole illustrations :)

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oh!! and Scarlett loved this guy over here, Craftsty made it :) she makes super cool goodies with felt,I've always wanted to try needle felting myself but I always forget to buy the stuff I need, there's something nice about the wool, it looks like cotton candy, makes me want to eat it lol.

:: Thanks A Bunch Babz for your awesome package, I hope you liked mine as much as I enjoyed
yous ^_^ ::

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And this is the little box I got from Brittney Bush from the :: Kawaii Matchbox Swap :: the theme was "Things with wings", love the ladybug ribbon and the candy she sent but Scarlett again ate most of them.

I'll show you the rest of the goodies in my next post :)

Enjoy your day! ♥

I ♥ Q-lia

Monday already!

How was your weekend? I had a hectic week and I did relax a bit yesterday, I missed Paper Toy Friday X_X, sorry about that but I was really busy, I promise you that this Friday is going to Rock!! You will love the Paper Toy I've be posting lol

There's no Mr. Sun today and I wanted to take some pictures, I don't like to take them in this kind of weather.

oh and how I miss sewing!! I have lots of nice fabric but no the time :( I hope this week I manage to take some time off to sew something ^_^, because I'm expecting some nice fabrics from Superbuzzy , so I'm all giddy.

Last week I took some pictures of my Q-lia mini memo Collection!! I wanted to share these cuties with you :)

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I don't have a favorite, I love them all, How I wish they make Plush toy out of these Characters, they drive me nuts lol

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I was procrastinating at Flickr the other day when it occurred to me that there was no Q-lia Group there only various dedicated to Kawaii goodies and other one exclusively to Kamio, so since I'm crazy for this brand I decided to make the ::Q-lia:: Group , So if you have some nice pictures of Q-lia Characters, stationery and other goodies don't forget to post then at the group pool, I'll love to see everyones photos there!!


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I made this buttons for swaps and I plan to do other stuff with them soon as soon as I get my craft supplies in the mail ^_^, I cut some memo sheets to make them, I didn't want to but I guess it was worth it ^_^

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Love the Kamio and Q-lia mushies, Witch one is your favorite???

Well enough Eye-Candy for today ♥ Gotta get back to work
keep crafting and Take Care!

- Shopping Japanese -

How are you doing ??
I hope you're fine, Willy has an ugly flu X_X and I think I'm next because my head hurts and I started sneezing X_X, I hate being sick.... anyway
My WIP for today are some fabric bunnies, just finished the final design and I intend to print them today ^_^, Curious?? well just let me say it involves screen printing lol, love this project is so exiting!! but I'll show them to you later.

Today i want to show you the - Surprise Bag - I got a while ago from Occupaid SHOP
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I just love that shop, It carries super cute Japanese Imports and some really nice brands likeAranzi Aronzo and the precious Hakoinu along with other amazing characters, she also carries some DYI designers like Heidi Kenney and M Patricio.
Inside this amazing bad I found a lot of Aranzi Aronzo Items like a notepad,pen,postcard,face cloth,mirror,card holder and a beautiful bunny patch!! ^_^, It also included a limited original handmade toy by My Guys.

This - Surprise Bag - is packed with goodies and it cost me $15 with FREE SIPPING!! Can you believe that?? 0_0 , it's impossible to resist plush she has excellent customer service and Fast Shipping!

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I recently got me this Hakoinu magnet Also from HER SHOP, this little guy measures a little more than an inch and is made with the same cardboard material as the big version.

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I wanted to buy me a Big Hakoinu but they all SOLD OUT very fast, So if see some goodies you like from Occupaid You better buy them right away before there gone :(.

You can see her new merch and shop updates here occupiedshoppe at her LJ Blog

Well that's all for now, I'm so happy with my goodies that I wanted to pass the link :)

See you on Friday
Take Care ♥

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