It is raining since three days, a lot! It seams that there is no break in between, just steady rain. So depressing! But then, there just was a knocking at my door and it was Marcel, our lovely postman! Dressed in a bright yellow rain coat he let me sign for a parcel. And not only for something electronic my husband ordered, nope, it was the highly anticipated shipment from japan with fresh books. Did I tell you before that I love Etsy so much? If not, here it is: I love you Etsy! I can order all these incredible Japanese crafting books with you and they arrive only 2 weeks later! Well guys, I am sitting back on my sofa now, with a bunch of books around me. Trust me, you can get inspired even on a rainy day
I finished another one of those crafty book jackets that I am making for my German baking book Backen mit Love. It´s themed „Alice in Wonderland“ with the compulsory „Eat Me“ sign. The fabric was waiting to be used in my cupboard since my last visit to Tokyo (The fabric store Okadaya in Shinjuku is crafty heaven). Unfortunately I did only buy half a meter last time, so if you happen to be around, I would like to place another order. The cute cake button is from Okadaya as well.
I started to work on some crafty book jackets for my German baking book „Backen mit Love“. Main reason was that my personal copy of the book needed a cover, but when I saw all those cute fabrics that I have collected, I just had to start designing. Here´s the first that is finished. So cute. I know what you might be thinking. Can I have one ? Honestly, I don´t know yet. I guess yes. It depends on how many I will have in the end and whether there is a nice idea on how to allocate them. I don´t want to sell them or simply do a lottery. Maybe you have some ideas. Although, I am not making promises, I know myself, maybe it will be just to hard to let them go. I keep you posted.
My hubby loves „My Neighbor Totoro“, so when his sister asked me for birthday gift recommendations, I said „Why don´t you try to make him a crochet Totoro“. I am not very good (and not patient) at crafty things that are „accurate“, so this was the perfect challenge for her. What she came back with is simply amazing. Of course the hubby already asked and wants the little white „Chibi Totoro“ for Xmas. I am not mentioning the ginger cat here, messing around with the pictures.
To clear out all sorts of crafty leftovers, I came up with the idea for this summer bunting. Little crochet things, buttons, tapes and laces are piling up everywhere at our house and their presence might get questioned by the hubby. So a bunting is the perfect camouflage. However, since the weather is not so nice yet, I had to put it up indoors. I am very happy with the result. Although it looks a little bit too white to me. I will think of adding a vintage look by my usual „Earl Grey“ tea coloring before I put it on the front porch.
Last week I spent on the Dutch coast for a little Easter break. Unfortunately the weather was not so great, I kept scrutinizing the area for craft stores. I was lucky, bought some wool and made these little cute crochet cachepots. I don´t have a name for them yet, but even with Easter being gone soon they will remain part of the current decoration.