Paula Valentim is a ceramic artist who creates stunningly simple works. I adore the pureness of her nature inspired creations. She also writes a fascinating blog where she often documents her inspirations. You can find her blog here, her online shop here, and her flickr here.
I buy almost all my fabric at thrift stores. I have lots of great retro
prints, but sometimes they aren't the perfect color I need for a
I recently got Martha's new sewing book, and I really love the tutorials of all the different techniques. One that caught my eye was fabric fading and overdyeing.
It's a way to take a print and change the colors to adapt for a certain
look. I just bought the sheet above at a thrift store and love the
retro floral, but I don't like how much white is in the print. This
would be a perfect way to change it.
I also have some prints that are
too saturated and "new" looking, I would love to see how bleach fades
them. Lately I have dyed a lot of solid fabric, and I am really excited to try this!
I took a quick trip to New York City this weekend, which of course included a trip to Kinokuniya. I couldn't help but add to my tape collection, I got two packs this one, and this one.
I am determined that I won't buy any more for a while!
I also loved
browsing all the books, I saw that they had a few new books all on
using washi paper tape and I just had to buy one (ISBN
978-4-07-262088-5). In the book they have different projects, and also
a little section on the history of tape and how they make it (at least
the pictures were very informative).
I also bought two of the latest Come Home! magazines, number 18
(ISBN 978-4-391-62934-7) and 19 (ISBN 978-4-391-62970-5). I love
getting these magazines, they have sections on home, craft, style, and
food. Beautiful styling, photos and layout. I use them for inspirations
for projects and how to decorate and style my home.
Did you know it's easier to get these Japanese craft and style
books than you think? All you really need is the ISBN number. You can
use websites like yesasia, even amazon japan
(the entire website isn't in english, little bit more confusing click
on English in the right-hand corner), and can use etsy sites where you can request a book and they will find it and list it for you. I have also heard that Kinokuniya stores will order and even ship to you.
Do you have any favorite Japanese books?
(a little note from Abby-my favorite source for these books is Ugisu!)