Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cultural Day, The Japanese Way

Tomorrow is "Cultural Day" at Maya and Jaxon's school. Students are encouraged to come to school in cultural/traditional attire. Maya will be dressed in a 'yukata' a more casual version of the Japanese silk kimono. Yukata's are often worn during the spring and summer months on outings such as outdoor festivals called an "Omatsuri". My mother studied traditional Japanese dance from a very young age and is a certified "odori" instructor. She taught Maya and I the proper way to wear the yukata and to tie the 'obi' the sash.We also got a crash course in the proper way to stand, walk, and sit in one as well.
Jaxon had a boy's yukata on earlier, but he didn't last long enough for me to be able to photograph him.

I've always loved the colorful textiles used for the yukata's and kimonos. The colors are just beautiful!
My mother dressed Maya effortlessly, but looks like I may have to rise an hour early tomorrow morning for me to get this right!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY tote bag makeover

Do you have a leather bag that needs fixing?
My mom challenged me with this project.
This was her tote bag that she loved, but the edges became tattered over prolonged use.
I used paper and thread to repair the bag. It looks as good as new!



 Here's how I did it:

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Circus Party!

We went to a fantastic circus themed birthday party of our dear friends.
All the handmade details was absolutely amazing and they made sure the party was fun for the guests with games, photo booths, and stunning favors!

streamer and balloons to mimic a circus tent. 

Cute wooden sign at the entrance. 

Love the vintage circus look!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy Weekend!

We're going to a circus themed birthday party this weekend! It should be great fun!
I love this circus tent art piece by French Photographer Laurent Chehere .

Have a lovely weekend!

Feeling Pink

Some things I've been working on...with a touch of pink!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NEW! Tie tacks

Original genuine leather tie tacks available in my shop.

Hand painted, hand cut, and sealed. 

Comes gift ready in my handmade box.