Category Archives: Craft

String Art

Found this awesome threaded stars hanging decor on the German blog, 180 Grad Salon.  The author gives you tips on hotels, restaurants, shopping, hiking and other experiences on the beautiful island of Mallorca.  Her gorgeous photographs make me want to visit.  She also has a few DIY projects in her blog that includes complete instructions. Thought we would work on this project and perhaps advance to making mandalas and parabolic designs also pictured above.

180 Grad Salon can be found here, Facebook and Instagram. Full instructions for the hanging decor is here.

Images:  Courtesy of 180 Grad Salon and other sources.

Moleskine Planner Project

It’s still pretty cold out there so you may want to stay in and give your Moleskine planner an embroidered cover.  We found this project and the full instruction on the blog, What’s Next? by yukiko.

The designer and maker is Japanese illustrator, Yukiko Otsu.  She graduated from Sheridan College for Computer Animation in Canada and also completed a 3-year Interpretive Illustration course.  She started as an illustrator, then expanded a variety of art like digital art, blogging, sewing, knitting, crochet, fashion and any decorative art you can think of.  

You can follow the artist on her website, blog and Facebook.  She has shop on Society 6 and on Etsy.

Images:  Courtesy of Yukiko Otsu.


Whenever we travel to Japan we always bring back a few of these paper envelopes.
They’re called Pochibukuro traditionally used for children’s monetary gift for the New Year.
Now they are being used for other purposes, tip for service rendered or an envelope to enclose a small message.  We found this tutorial for making a cloth envelope but the same pattern can apply to paper.

Tutorial courtesy of Nunocoto Fabric.

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