Ideas and Inspiration, Shopping

Your Makes

One of my favourite things about designing fabric for Spoonflower is getting to see all the amazing things you make with it. Here’s some I’ve been sent recently.

thequirkydoll

Firstly, LOOK AT THIS! It’s a full size adult dress made with my Bunny & Panda fabric in satin to let you dress like a doll. I love all the bows and details and it includes French lace and a corseted back – so fancy. It’s designed and made by The Quirky Doll and you can buy one from their shop.

ollie & coco

Bunny & Panda also feature on these sweet baby bibs by Ollie & Coco. They’re handmade in Australia from organic fabrics and would make a lovely gift.

ickletings

More cute bunnies for babies with these handmade toys by Ickle Tings in New Zealand. They use my Disco Bunny Squares design and have a rattle inside and crinkly ears to keep babies entertained. Available in two colours too.

And finally, Rebecca at Hugs Are Fun stitched up my Happy Planet coin purse and did a great job! All my coin purses are available as cut and sew patterns for just $5 and are pretty quick to make.

If you’ve made anything with my fabrics recently, I always love seeing your photos. I’ll also be posting more happy customer photos soon so share your pics with me. I’m @marcelinesmith on Instagram and you can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr too, or just email me!

Japan, Japan 2016

Japan Recap: Day 13 & 14

I’m posting quick recaps from my Japan holiday on Mondays and Fridays to collect all the links to my highlight lists and full daily photos. More in depth posts to come!

Nagoya from the ferris wheel

Day 13

I took the Shinkansen over to Nagoya for my first visit to the city. It got off to a good start with a kawaii ferris wheel opposite my hotel, which I had to go on. I spent the afternoon at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, where I saw lots of beautiful flowers and a sleepy koala.

Rose Garden


usagito cafe

DAY 14

I have been going on about Usagito bunny cafe for years (it’s the cover of my Next Time in Japan zine) and I finally got to visit. It was one of the major highlights of my trip with lots of friendly bunnies to pet including a 1 month tiny baby bunny. My bunny ears mug is the best souvenir of the whole trip too. I also checked out the Science Museum in the morning, which had some great space stuff.

Usagito Cafe, Nagoya

Sales & Offers

Weekend Wrap Up

citrus

The EU referendum has not made this a happy week, but I did have fun in Glasgow on Monday where I saw When Marnie Was There (lovely and so sad) and picked up these fruit plates that I’d been wanting from Paperchase (not available online). They go so well with the potholders my mum made.

Current Shopping Offers

  • 15% off everything in my Zazzle store today with the code ZAZZARRIVALS.
  • I’ve got a few things in the Not on the High Street summer sale, with up to 25% off cards, organisers and stamps.
  • If you’ve never ordered from Society6 before,  you can get $10 off your first order with this link.
  • Ongoing offer: buy any 6 small stickers from my Redbubble shop and get 50% off.
  • Repeat customers get 20% off everything in my shop. Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Just buy place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)

News and Reminders

Japan, Japan 2016

Japan Recap: Day 11 & 12

I’m posting quick recaps from my Japan holiday on Mondays and Fridays to collect all the links to my highlight lists and full daily photos. More in depth posts to come!

Umeda Sky Building view

Day 11

It was nice to be back in Osaka and I tried to see all the sights we never had time for on our previous trip. That included enjoying the view from Umeda Sky Building, a quick look at Osaka Castle and checking out Kiddyland (way bigger than the Tokyo store!). I also had lunch at the Pom Pom Purin Cafe, which was completely adorable.

pom pom purin cafe


Tenryu-ji

DAY 12

One of the many cool things about Osaka is that it’s just 15 minutes away from Kyoto on the Shinkansen. I had a day trip to Arashiyama, famous for its bamboo grove and what seems like hundreds of different temples and gardens. It was far too hot for me, and extremely crowded, but I really enjoyed what I saw and the highlight was undoubtably the open air scenic railway.

Sagano Scenic Railway

Crafts, Featured Posts, Japan, Japan 2016, Shopping

New Craft Projects

I may not have made much progress with my 2016 Craft Plans yet but that didn’t stop me picking up some new projects at Yuzawaya while I was in Japan.

Yuzawaya purchases

I don’t feel bad about it since on previous trips I would come home with a big stack of fabric. I was incredibly restrained this time and only bought one remnant piece (the green flowers). There was a tons of adorable kawaii fabric that I somehow resisted, probably because I know my fabric drawer only just closes and I should use some of that first. Anyway, here’s what I did buy.

yuzawaya

How cute is this? I’ve lost my pincushion somewhere so I was on the lookout for a cute one and found an adorable bunny-themed cross stitch kit. I’ve already been working on it and enjoying it a lot – I should have some finished photos to show you in the next couple of weeks. I thought these would be easy to find online, but no-one seems to be selling them. Anyone living in Japan – here is a gap in the market for you.

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Sashiko has been top of my crafts to try list for a while now so I was pleased to find lots of patterns and kits. I liked this bird design best and I’ve also just ordered the bunny kit from TaDaa Studio on Etsy, which I’ll make first.

Mini pompom maker from Yuzawaya

I’ve enjoyed making pompoms but they use up a lot of yarn. Not so with a tiny pompom maker! I am definitely making a garland with this.

Stamp carving supplies from Yuzawaya

And I’ve been meaning to try carving some stamps and the supplies were on offer so I picked up a carving tool and stamp blocks. I don’t have any specific ideas for a design yet, but I’m sure I’ll think of something.

I’ll be adding a post about Yuzawaya to my Tokyo Shopping Guide, but if you’re visiting soon it’s in a department store attached to Kichijoji station. There are smaller branches in central Tokyo but this one is definitely worth the extra travel with two massive floors.