[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!
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
on both my etsy and creema shops, i feature a number of greeting cards. i originally decided to print and sell extras of the cards i wanted to send to friends and family. the most recent of them are the congratulations cards, which with the wave of newborns amongst my closest loved ones, i have made good use of. today, i want to introduce to you samples of how i’ve used my own greeting cards.
this one features a family of stuffed octopi figures that my friend ordered on etsy for her wedding cake toppers (then for their baby later). i apologize that i can’t credit the etsy seller who made these figures, since i’m not sure who it is, but if anybody knows, i am more than happy to credit the seller so please email me!
infinite happy birthday’s for my mother ／ 母へひたすらハッピーバースデー
flower bouquet for my bestie who moved overseas ／ 海外に引っ越した友人へ、絵の花束