Go Green with a Furoshiki

Furoshiki Fabric WrapHappy Earth Day everyone! In honor of this holiday, I’m sharing one way I incorporate green living into my life. It all starts with a furoshiki.  A furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping cloth used to carry items or wrap gifts.They’re great for cutting down on using disposable bags and can be re-used over and over again. I use mine to carry food dishes to potlucks, wrap gifts and wrap up lunch boxes.  I also keep one in my handbag so if I forget my reusable bags, I can use the furoshiki.   And may I say, they’re also much prettier than reusable bags.

The furoshiki has become more mainstream in the last five years so they’re relatively easy to find online.  Pictured above are a few that I really like (link below).  You can also make your own (tutorial here).

1. Kokeshi Faces by Cochae – I especially like Cochae furoshikis because they’re made to look like something when you wrap an item.  This one looks like a kokeshi doll when you wrap a bottle.  They also make ones that look like lucky cats and sumo wrestlers.
2. Furoshiki by Karen Kimmel Studios – I like the contemporary print of these.

3. Folded Paper Print by Lucinda Newton Dunn – This one would be pretty to use as a purse.

Fun With Washi Ebook Sale

Fun With Washi EBook SaleDo you like sales?  Me too.  Fun With Washi along with 8 other Ebooks will be on sale for $2.99 or under.  You can see the rest of the books for sale at Chronicle Books.  This deal ends 4/30.

Links to Fun With Washi Ebook for only $1.99 :

Kindle

Nook

AppleiBookstore

Google play

Kobo

Bookshout

Giveaway: Catching Fireflies Gift Certificate

Catching Fireflies GiftsHappy Friday everyone.  Today I have a fun giveaway for you.  One lucky reader will win a $43.00 gift certificate to spend at Catching Fireflies!   They have all kinds of unique gifts for all ages.  Pictured above are a few items that caught my eye.  I’m especially intrigued by the DIY eraser kit.  Catching Fireflies also has an entire section dedicated to handmade gifts.

How to enter:

1. Visit Catching Fireflies and leave a comment on this post saying what your favorite item is.

2. For an extra entry, like Catching Fireflies on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting me know.

The last day to enter the giveaway is Thursday, April 16, 2015. I’ll announce the winner Friday, April 17, 2015 on this post. If I do not hear back from the winner after two weeks, I will choose a new winner.  Contest open to US residents only.

Good luck!

Contest Closed

Congratulations to Nikki Strong!  You’re the winner of the giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Catching Fireflies is offering a 20% discount to readers!  Use code: ZAKKA  Offer expires May 9, 2015

Sewing Book: Sew-licious Little Things

Sew-licious Little ThingsSew-licious Little Things: 35 zakka sewing projects to make life more beautiful by Kate Haxell

I have a sewing book to share with you today, Sew-licious Little Things. But it’s not just any sewing book, it’s a zakka style sewing book! Zakka is the Japanese term for “many things” but is also considered a craft genre in itself. Plus, many of you know I’m a big fan of the zakka aesthetic.

Sew-licious LIttle things includes 35 zakka sewing projects. The book is broken up into chapters: For carrying my stuff, To keep my stuff cozy, To make gorgeous things, and To chill. The book is good for intermediate level.  Just from looking at the projects, I would say you need some basic knowledge of sewing. That said, a lot of the projects are simple to make. Included in the directions are step-by-step illustrations. There’s also templates in the back of the book for the sewing projects (some are full-sized and some need to be enlarged).

Below are a few of my favorite projects from Sew-licious Little Things.

Sew-licious Little Things 4Java Jacket

Sew-licious Little Things 3Tied Up Bag

Sew-licious Little Things 2Pocket Pouch – I need to make on of these for my tote bag.

Origami Embellished Phone Case

origami embellished cell phone case

Can I let you in on a little secret?  I’m a very frugal person.  And because of my frugality, I was inspired to make this embellished phone case.  At first I started looking into custom printed cases but quickly decided I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars.  My original plan was to make a case with an origami print.  However, I realized I could incorporate a physical origami piece into a case opposed to a print.  As a result, I made this origami bow embellished phone case.  Simple directions below.

origami embellished cell phone case 4Supplies

Origami art – Your origami art should be no larger than the width of your case.  I used a 3in square paper to make this bow.  You can find directions for the bow here.

Painters Tape

Clear Phone Case – I used this one, here.

origami embellished cell phone case 3With a small piece of painters tape, adhere origami to phone.  This will keep it in place when you place the case on.

origami embellished cell phone case 2Cover the bow with the phone case and you’re done.  I’ve been using my case for over a week and the bow hasn’t moved.  If I ever get board with it, I can just take the case off and replace it with something else.

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