Category Archives: handmade

Instagram Inspiration

Crafty Instagram PhotosHello everyone.  I haven’t been here in a while and I wanted to share what I’ve been up to.  Instead of posting on Zakka Life, I’ve been posting mini posts on Instagram.  I’m sharing about slow living, our families journey towards minimalism,  what I’m cooking and of course what I’m crafting!  I take all my own photos and I do my best to share what I’m doing that day. I strive to create an honest feed of my life. Granted, I mainly share the positive moments and not the negative.  I’m pretty sure none of you want to see me plunging a toilet as you sip your coffee in the morning.  Anyhow, if this sounds appealing to you, please come by and visit.  Click Here to visit Instagram

best,
Jessica

DIY Fabric yo-yo Coin Purse

Yo-yo Coin PurseUpon request, I’m re-posting the directions for making a fabric yo-yo coin purse.  It was first published in 2011.  The tutorial for this coin purse was also published in Haute Handbags Magazine.

Supplies:

Coin purse frame set (pictured above) – I purchased this one at Daiso. You can also find them on Amazon.

Fabric and matching thread

2 Buttons

E-6000 Glue

Scissors

Pliers

DIY yo-yo coin purse 3First create two fabric yo-yo’s. The size of your yo-yo’s will depend on the size of your purse frame. Most frames come with a pattern.  You will need to make your yo-yo’s the size of that pattern. You can find the directions to make fabric yo-yo’s here.

DIY yo-yo coin purse 4Hand sew wrong sides together with a whip stitch (refer to blue dots in photo).

DIY yo-yo coin purse 5Cut raffia (should come with kit) to the length of your frame. Sew on to the opening of both sides of the purse.

DIY yo-yo coin purse 6Add glue to inside of the frame. Push fabric into the inside of the frame. Crimp the frame closed with a pair of pliers. Cover frame with fabric when crimping to protect the frame.

*Usually a purse frame will come with instructions similar to this tutorial.

Yo-yo Coin PurseDone.

Time for a Change

Christmas pictures on instagramIt’s time for me to take a break from this blog.  Most likely it will be a permanent one.  The truth is my heart  just isn’t in it anymore.  I think I’ve known that for a while now.  I think many of you have known that too.  So thank you for all the comments, the kind words,  the shares, the likes and everything in between.  These past eight years have been a blast!

That said, I’ll still be around on Instagram (photos above) and sharing what I’ve been up to. If you want to keep in touch on Instagram, click here.

A Visit from St NickI also started writing a web comic for fun.  It’s called Lilly the Pug and you can find it on Tumblr (click here).

Wishing you all a very Happy Holidays.

With Love,
Jessica

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers

I can’t remember the last time I posted a washi tape craft on Zakka Life.  I do know It’s long overdue.  So today I’m sharing how to make washi tape pencil toppers.  These toppers easily slide on and off pencils.  They’re also easy to make.

Supplies:

Wide straws – I use bubble tea straws that you can get at the Asian market.  You can also look for smoothie straws.  Unfortunately those pretty paper straws do not work for this project.  They’re too skinny and will not fit over the pencil which is important.

Scissors

Washi tape – any color or print

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 31.  With scissors, cut your straw into 2in pieces.

2.  Place a small piece of washi tape on top of the straw.

3. Cut the edges of the tape and stop at the straw.  Refer to dotted lines in fig. 3.

4.  Fold all pieces of tape down on the sides of the straw.

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 45. Wrap a piece of tape around the top of the straw to cover up the tape from step 4.

6.  Continue to wrap pieces of tape around the straw until it covers the whole thing.  You can stick with the same color or change the colors/prints as you go.

7. Wrap a 5in piece of washi tape around the top of the straw.  The tape should extend out and come together (sticky sides together) to make the flag.

8. Trim the flag by cutting out a “V” shape on the side of it.

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers 2To personalize the pencil toppers, write a name or initials on the flag.

 

On My Radar: Jewelry Designer, Yoko Minemura

homako necklace 3Necklace by Yoko Minemura

Yoko Minemura is the jewelry and accessory designer behind the shop Homako.  Yoko began designing accessories for friends which eventually evolved into Homako in 2008.  Yoko likes to work with soft fabrics and felts. Sometimes she incorporates embroidery into her designs.  The necklace (pictured above) caught my eye because it was inspired by origami.  I also like that I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

homako necklace 2The necklace I purchased came wrapped in cute tissue paper, sealed with stickers/washi tape, and a handwritten note. These personal touches tell me that Yoko takes pride in her work.

homako necklaceHere I am wearing my origami necklace.

Below are a couple more items you can find in Yoko’s shop.

homako necklace 4Stripe Rope Knot Necklace by Homako

homako necklace 5Fabric Jewel Hair Clips by Homako

To see more of Yoko’s designs, click here.

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