[SHOP ANNOUNCEMENT] VACATION FROM APRIL 16TH ~ APRIL 26TH
as i will be out, my ETSY and CREEMA shops will be on vacation from sunday, april 16th to wednesday, april 26th. please come by again from april 26th!
it’s been ages since i’ve posted anything!! i will one day update you all with the projects i’ve been a part of! ／ 最後の投稿からかなり時間が経ってしまいました m(_ _ )m 落ち着いたら、なぜ忙しかったかまた報告しま〜す！
in the meantime… for a very limited time (until the end of november 2016 to be exact), i have been selling these 2017 illustrated calendars on my etsy and creema shops!
ただいま、期間限定（２０１６年１１月いっぱい！）で２０１７年のイラストカレンダーを etsy と creema にて販売しております！
if you follow me on instagram (aww thanks!!!!), you may have seen me posting a “52 week 2016 memories” illustration every so often. it all started late 2015, when a friend had asked me to create an illustrated calendar that she would later be able to keep around the house to display. so i decided to start this 52 week project where i would illustrate a memorable moment of each week; selecting my favorite of that month to put into the calendar. for october, november, and december, i selected my favorites from 2015! インスタグラムでフォローしてくださっている方（thank you★）はご覧いただいているかもしれませんが、この１年間、『２０１６年５２週間の思い出』を載せてきました。これは、２０１５年後半に友人にお願いされ、イラストカレンダーをデザインして欲しいと言われました。それも、カレンダーとして使用後、インテリアとしてディスプレイできるものが良いと。そこで『２０１６年の思い出』プロジェクトを考え、毎週思い出になった光景を描き、その月の一番気に入ったイラストを選出してカレンダーにしました。１０月〜１２月は２０１５年の思い出を使用しました。
since the calendar is made for use in japan, it only reflects japanese national holidays. i’ve especially chosen illustrations that represent japanese holidays or traditions, or western holidays that japanese ♥. there are 13 cards total (one for each month, plus the cover), of which each month is double sided—calendar + illustration on one side, single illustration on the other. also included is a sturdy plastic frame stand that can be used vertically and horizontally.
if you need a holiday gift for friends or family, come stop by my shops to see the calendar! ／ 親戚や友人などのプレゼントにどうぞ！是非一度ショップを見てみてください♫
otherwise, it’s been a whirlwind autumn since getting these calendars printed, i haven’t been able to keep up with the 52 week illustrations, but i will definitely continue them once the holiday hustle and bustle allows me a breather!
the idea started when i had a leftover ikea curtain material that i wanted to put to good use 🙂 the curtain was just enough fabric to make a full teepee! i patchworked my favorite fabrics and used a chic gray alphabet pattern + chambray to keep it adult-aesthetic-friendly. it was a great challenge but tons of fun to make. i made a second one for keeping or leasing out. (feel free to email me if you are interested in leasing)
[SHOP ANNOUNCEMENT] VACATION FROM JUNE 26TH ~ JULY 6TH
as i will be out on a business trip, my ETSY and CREEMA shops will be on vacation from sunday, june 26th to wednesday, july 6th. please come by again from july 7th!
please keep an eye in july for this teepee. i have yet to decide on which shop to sell it on!
my most recent handmade item, is this upcycled clutch bag! there are only two in this world and i am so proud of them (only one will be sold)!! there’s a little story behind them that i want to share with you today 🙂
i teach english on the weekend, and one of my students and i talk about the importance of making clothes last (or rather he made me realize so: see my 2016 resolutions!). he tells me how he wears his clothes until they are worn thin and even then, he uses them as rags before tossing them. (side note: in japanese history, when materials and food were scarce, kimonos were used the same way: resized to fit children, upcycled into handbags or accessories, and eventually used as rags.) except, until this sweater–100% alpaca wool and made in ireland, it was the best quality–whose wool made him itchy and was unwearable. he told me that he had thrown this sweater away! i asked him immediately if it was still salvageable and fortunately it came into my hands.
after fashion college, i used to work for an italian clothing brand, where i was allowed to take home unneeded denim from pant alterations. i decided to combine this and the sweater to make clutch bags. two more things were needed though… instinctively i knew that pinstriped wool would be spectacular with it PLUS an “a-ha” moment led me to hand-weave a lemon yellow friendship bracelet specifically for the bag.
i added these super cute floral pin badges from the POOL AOYAMA (which closes tomorrow, march 21st, 2016 *GASP*) and “OMG” light-bulb brooch from niko and…. ／ 私のには、the POOL AOYAMA（明日、２０１６年３月２１日閉店なんですー T^T）のピンバッジとniko and…の『OMG』電球バッジをつけて、ポップにしました。
the lemon yellow and silver friendship bracelet, lightens up the otherwise dark clutch, so it’s usable in the spring. denim and knit goes well with casual looks, while pinstripes go with cleaner minimal outfits. ／ レモンイエローとシルバーのミサンガでダークめのクラッチバッグが一気に明るくなるので、春使用でも全然使えます！また、デニム＋ニットでカジュアルに、ピンストライプでキレイめにと様々なコーディネートで活躍するワンポイントになります。
in this illustration (by yours truly) ／ イラスト内のアイテム（私作です♥） : short sleeved shirt ／ 半袖シャツ : Acne Studios ready-to-wear SS16 “Morag pop white” rusty orange skirt ／ パンプキンスカート : ZARA SS16 mid-heel leather shoes ／ ミディアムヒールレザーシューズ : ZARA SS16
it’s the holiday season! which means many people around the world are rushing to get their holiday greeting cards in the mail and on their way to loved ones. as i mentioned before, i originally began selling the cards i personally made for myself to send, and this year i’m using these from my Etsy shop. take a look below to see how i personalized the simple minimal holiday cards.