Monday BlogDay: Ninainvorm

Dutch artist and student Nina Van de Goor has a delightful and inspiring blog called Ninainvorm. I find my spirits instantly lifted each time I visit because of Nina’s vibrant and beautiful photos and her whimsical creations.

Nina has an Etsy shop where she sells her fabulous ‘redecorated’ vintage ceramics. I’m really loving the platter with the red polkadot dress.

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Hello, I’m back!

Hello! I hope you had a great week and weekend. Tokyo was fabulous – I ate lots of sushi, walked and walked, bought lots of art supplies, books and fabrics, and was inspired by absolutely everything I saw.

But I had a shocking head cold the entire time (still do) and I missed my little Roxy so much that I came home 2 days early! Despite my moments of feeling sick and blue, I loved being there and had 5 very full and exhausting days doing and seeing what I wanted without having to think about what anyone else wanted to do. It made for a nice change! I’ll start my show and tell tomorrow. For now, here’s some random images.

And just to give you an idea of the extent of my shopping…. I left home with everything packed inside a carry on sized bag (with room to spare). The carry on bag was packed inside my suitcase along with an empty plastic tube for my paper purchases. Total weight: 12kg.

On the return trip my big suitcase weighed 20kg (the allowed limit), my carry on case weighed 16kg(!), plus I had a shopping bag full of books – 7kg worth – and my plastic tube full of paper, and my messenger bag. Total weight: about 46kg! I have to say that it was struggle with my 25+kgs of carry on luggage in transit at Coolangatta. At the so-called international terminal you have to disembark via stairs onto the tarmac, and go back the same way. But it was worth it to get away with not having to pay $20/kg for excess baggage.

More on Tokyo tomorrow…

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I’m off…

Tonight I’m off to The Finders Keepers Markets. We are having an informal Brown Owls meet up, and two of our Owls, Amy and Michelle, will be selling their handmade wares there. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful local talent.

By Amy – Badskirt
By Michelle – Shelbyville

Then, tomorrow morning, at the crack of dawn – or so it seems – I’m off to Tokyo. By myself. For 8 days. Woooohoooo!

This will be me arriving neat and fresh faced in Shinjuku. Not.
Image Source: 1964 McCall’s pattern book

My week will start with what will definitely be a highlight: Design Festa. We went last year and it was amazing, you can see my photos and read about it here.

Image Source: Design Festa

Then I’ll be visiting galleries and shopping for art and craft supplies, books, zakka and generally being overawed by the incredible Japanese design sensibility. And I’ll be waking up when I want to, not to my usual alarm clock which is Roxy saying ‘muuuummm, let’s get uuuupp!’ before the sun is even up. This will be my first time away from Roxy so of course I am feeling very torn about it. But I know she and her Dad will be fine.

I had good intentions of writing blog posts in advance for you for next week, but as usual, work and life got in the way and, well, they didn’t get done. I won’t be blogging from Japan, but I intend to show you pictures and talk about it – a lot – when I get back. I’m thinking of posting a day-by-day journal of my trip. You’ll probably have to tell me to stop! I’ll also have a few giveaways of some of the fun kawaii things I find.

So I’m signing off now – I have such a long list of things that I need to do and organise before I leave. I be back here on Monday 25th May. See you then.

Have a great week!


Oh, you can read a little bit about my trip to Japan and purchases last year by clicking here.

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Misako Mimoko Revisited

I just can’t help myself, I am so smitten by Misako Mimoko‘s lovely creations that I just had to show you these. When Eva left I comment on my post from earlier this week I clicked through to her blog and fell in love all over again with these sweeties. I can’t stop smiling when I look at them… of course they’ve been added to my Etsy wish list!

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Papier Mache :: New Online Magazine

There’s a new kid on the online magazine block. Papier Mache describes itself as a very cute childrens magazine for anyone who wants to read it.

Produced in Australia by Beck, Alice and Paul of The Convenience Store, it’s full of beautiful visuals, lots of lovely things to buy and interviews… a collection of work from many talented folk.

This, the first issue, includes an interview with photographer Samantha Everton. Isn’t her work (last image above) amazing! Have a look at Samantha’s website – you’ll be blown away.

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