Typo.

They just recently opened a store called Typo at Stonestown in San Francisco.  Given my natural draw to stationary and office supplies, I was excited to see this store.  They have such cute notebooks, journals, office supplies, washi tapes, stamps, and stationaries.  I believe they are an Australian brand associated with another clothing store I like, called Cotton-On.  I am very appealed to the aesthetics of this store and wanted to buy everything!  Unfortunately, the stuff is on the pricier side.  A girl can still dream though!  Here’s a few items in the store I was drawn to:

Yes, this is definitely my store — They have a Bunny Kit!!! Now, what is a bunny kit???  I have no idea.  It was so cute though!  Look at my ecstatic expression.  I am a sucker for anything that has cute bunny and/or is bunny themed.

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Artsy prints + disposable cameras.  Enjoyed the photographic, colorful prints on canvas.  The canvas gives it an artsy feel in spite of its mass production.  Love it!

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Just a snippet of the many notebook and journal designs.  I would totally buy these if I was still in school.  Otherwise, I have no use for them really.

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I am happy they opened this store at Stonestown.  I will make sure to pay a visit every time I make my way to that mall.  The mall now has two must go-to stops: Yesstyle + Typo ❤

Handmade Gift Basket Idea


Lately, I’ve been in to making handmade gifts for friends.  It’s so much fun to put together, plus it gives me a chance to attend to the packaging aesthetics.  This was a gift I put together for Christmas, but it could be for any day of the year.  This package has a homemade sugar scrub, green tea facial mask, and a bar of soap.  Click here for the homemade sugar scrub tutorial, and the green tea facial mask tutorial.  I love how both feel and the effect it has on my skin.  It always feels more clear and bright after these treatments.

To both recipes, I added vitamin E oil for more moisturizing value, as well as skin damage renewal.

In the photo, I got the basket and jars from Daiso.  I got the filler from the dollar store.  The packaging consists of simple stamps, tissue paper, and card stock.  And the actual products inside were basic household products.  This is the other great aspect of homemade gifts — you can make a lot for all your friends without going over your budget.  It’s the effort and love that you put in rather than the cost!

Journal Transformation

I’ve had this pink journal that was purchased on clearance from borders for quite some time.  I’ve never had the urge to use it because it was so plain.  Hence, my decision to dress it up.  With some wash tapes and paper, I’ve transformed this plain pink journal!  Am excited to use this now.  See how much aesthetics affect me?

Before: Empty Journal getting ready to be decorated with rilakkuma stickers & washi tapes!

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During: Bunny decided to join in on the crafting!

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After: Finished Product! I ended up not using the rilakkuma stickers because it didn’t seem to fit.  But I plan to decorate the back cover accordingly.

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DIY origami paper projects

 

I love origami papers.  I bought a few stacks from Daiso so that I could make some decorative items for the house.  The first is this origami paper lantern lights project.  I got the idea from my martha stewart craft book that a good friend of mine got me for my birthday.  Basically, you create the ‘water balloon’ out of the origami paper and then attach them to the bulbs of some christmas lights to create little lanterns. They’re so pretty and colorful. I had a fun time making them.  Check out this youtube video for a tutorial on how to make the water balloon origami:

 

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The next project are these DIY candle holders.  I got the idea from my pinterest because a lot of people were posting projects of candle holders where they used random papers like pages from a book or a map to cover a mason jar.  Check it out here.

For mine, I used origami paper and punched cherry blossom shapes through the paper so that it would cast some light through the shape.  Very pretty effect:

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Handmade “notes”

few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to a dear friend of mine.  Since she was leaving, I felt compelled to make her a little something to remember the good days we all got to share with one another.  I was actually inspired a lot by another blogger, othellofriend.  Check out her hand made notes here: http://www.ohhellofriendblog.com/2011/12/notes-for-mac.html

So I took this idea and created my own little hand made notes that had cute little messages around it.  I made a little pocket folder to hold photos & notes/messages that I collected from all our friends.  Here was the end result:

Etsy Shop Find Post #3: Parcel & Paper Shop

Hello everyone, so today’s etsy shop find is Parcel and Paper Shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/parcelandpaper?ref=top_trail

I am really in to packaging even though I don’t spend enough time doing it.  I plan on expanding my horizon w/ packaging though because who doesn’t like getting perfectly wrapped gifts that you just don’t want to open??? It makes the gift extra special.  It makes you want to take a photo of it packaged and then carefully open as not to tear the wrapping or ruin the box.  Anyway, I just found this shop that has the type of pieces that would go into the type of packaging that fits my own aesthetic.  Parcel & Paper shop has tags, twines, twisties, craft bags, boxes, kits and more that make for gorgeously and carefully packaged gifts.  I love it!  Here are some items that I would love to have:

I love simple tags like this.  Would be very nice to use with a custom stamp or print.

I would LOVE to have this kit.

Etsy Shop Review #2: SouZou Creations

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SouZouCreations?section_id=6121509

I am absolutely amazed by the care and imaginativeness that goes into hand crafting these lovely accessories.  They’re unique, well at least they would be in America, not sure how they faire in Japan.  I would love to have a cute bowl of ramen sitting on my finger or a japanese green tea set to fancy my fingers and add some color! Very cute stuff.  Check it out.

Found Etsy Shop Review #1: Kawaiigoodies.com

http://www.etsy.com/shop/kawaiigoodies

I love etsy.  But the thing I hate about etsy is there is SO much to weed through.  Lots of great things, but also things that are not my taste.  I decided to start doing shop find posts since this is the only way that I can find anything I like on etsy — if i find a link from someone else’s blog.  Today, I want to share this find: kawaii goodies.  When I think of Kawaii, I think of the smiley faced random CUTE animals/objects.  But kawaii is also just anything cute.  and this etsy shop has a lot of cute packaging items, washi tapes, stickers, stamps etc. and all w/ very low, sometimes free shipping cost.  I love cute packaging.  There is something about a nicely packaged gift that makes me smile.  It shows care and attention.  Time and effort.  But also love and appreciation.  and best of all, it can make any cheap gift seem expensive. haha.  Everyone who will get a gift from me in the near future… expect pretty packaging that make u not want to open it 🙂

Check out some of the items I plan to buy eventually: