Ikea love

No jewellry yet, I’m sorry, but the past days it has been too dark to be able to make nice pictures of it and show you. And since it’s quite late and I can’t check and resize the new book releases pictures right now, you will get a little post filled with cuteness.

The other day I checked the French Ikea website. I don’t exactly know why, but since I was a little girl I liked Ikea very much. There was one not very far from where we lived, and we went there regularly, to go look for a piece of furniture, eat meatballs with cranberries or simply check the latest stuff they had. Here is a small selection of items I’d like to get if I had a home to furnish.

I love that kind of cushions! Or rather, I loooove cushions and I love that kind of design they have there. You can find the same kind on the lampshade bellow (both pictures are of the same object).

I’ve been dreaming of this for years! I really hope they will keep selling it for some more time, until we have a room to put it into. I’d transform it into a cosy sofa for lazy days, topped by a nice quilt and lots of comfy cushions! How does that sound?

This one isn’t as nice as the previous one (even if it’s white, it’s a little too square, not soft enough), but it’s still cute and could perhaps be considered as a subsitute.

This is only there for the lampshade at the bottom left corner, with the circles. So cute and fresh!

When I was little I wanted one of those so badly, but never got any. I really like them.

A simple but nice little table.

A strange and funny lamp.

And you, which interior brands do you like? What kind of furniture or decorating objects would you like to fill your house with?

My work space

Grand’Sev from Au Bonheur des ours organised this summer a little game, asking everyone to share pictures of their workspace. Some time ago I was talking about the reorganisation of my sewing corner, and I’ve been meaning to share pictures ever since, so I decided to join. The deadline was supposed to be yesterday (woops!) but she very kindly extended it for those like me who were late (I’m really sorry! m(_,_)m ). So finally, here are some pics of where I’m spending most of my time.

No, the desk is not always this neat. I just wanted to show it as it is in its best days. ^^ This room is supposed to be a shared working room between my husband and I, so each of us has a desk in it.  So this desk that you see is used as a working-on-computer desk, preparing-packages table for work, cutting table and sewing table. But those past weeks my husband kindly let me use his desk for my computer, so I have more space for sewing on my own. I chose it quite big to that it would be easier to cut fabric and sew. I love my desk!

This is my inspiration corner, and also where I keep flyers for sales and events. The cork board is part of the changes I made recently. I can’t put anything on the wall (can’t make holes in it), so I didn’t think I could have an inspiration board. Until I realized I just had to let it on the desk against the wall! It works, and I really like it. It’s much better than the cords (my temporary solution) for inspiration.

And here are my materials! Under the desk: fabrics. The bag stores those that are waiting to be washed. But really I have another pile of fabrics sitting on the kotatsu in the living room, waiting for me to buy another storage box. Near the desk: several things that are too big to go somewhere else (pattern paper, cutting mat, batting…), some patterns and inspiration magazines and my iron. On the shelves: top shelf = sewing notions and some tools; then my gothic lolita magazines, doll magazines and doll pattern books. On the last shelf are my doll clothes, it’s no sewing stuff. I also use a shelf somewhere else to store my human pattern books and other craft related books. You can also see a little piece of the flower dress, which proves that it exists! ^^

Oups !

Sorry, it’s been far too long since my last update… :s I have some notes in the making but I didn’t have time to finish anything. I had too much work and a bad organization. But I’m working on changing that! And I seriously intend to give you a few things to read by the end of the week-end.

A week of fun

The week that went by have been really interesting in the craft area. Not that I got much done, I didn’t have time. But I met really nice people and discovered very interesting things! I’m a doll collector, and as such I am part of online communities (and have met real dolly friends in Japan). If you want to read more about those dolls please go check my other blog. Many people of the doll community are into sewing, to make clothes for our dolls. From June 24 to July 2 there is a big doll event in Tokyo. It’s about Blythe doll, which maybe you’ve heard of people she’s getting more well known accross the world. Part of this event is about an international customizing/clothes making competition. The finalists have their dolls exhibited in Tokyo.

Some of my Flickr contacts happened to get selected, so they came to Japan for the event. And if you’re wondering what this has to do with sewing, well, just check the previous paragraph again: this competition is partly about designing and making clothes. Those dolly friends are all into sewing and are as fabric addicted as I am. ^^ A good part of their stay in Tokyo consisted in hitting the fabric shops there. And since we had dolls and sewing in common we decided to meet and have some fun in both areas.

Which led to 4 days of talking, long walks in Tokyo, meeting japanese doll people, going to doll events and shopping in fabric and notions shops. We spend a lot of time talking about fabrics and notions, compare fabrics, exchange tips, asking for advice (at least for me! ^^; ), discover new things. It was really nice and stimulating! It’s much more fun to go fabric shopping with someone else with whom you can comment what you see. Thanks to some japanese friends I was able to discover two very interesting shops. The first one is a tiny lace shop in Harajuku called The Lace Center. They have vintage lace as well as very nice modern lace, and also sell books about lace and clothes and accessories adorned with lace. The prices are a little high but they have very nice stuff. My friend who was with me that day just fell in love with one of their books: it’s a compilation of several french department stores catalogs from 1900. She didn’t get it that day but couldn’t resist and a few days later when I saw her she had bought it! I’ll try to write a post about it to give a little details. The other place I discovered is like lace and ribbons paradise: it’s the two Mokuba shops in Asakusabashi. I think I’ll also write another post about them, because they deserve some details. It’s a pity I didn’t take any pictures. Maybe another time (’cause there will be other times).

It was a really nice week! ^__^ I’d do it again anytime (well, maybe after some rest and a little more productive time).

Sorting

I started to reorganize my working space a little while ago. My sewing/working table was full of fabric, papers and various stuff and I couldn’t use it anymore. I’m not the most tidy person, but I realized I can’t sew when I’m surrounded by a mess. I need a big clean space. So I started to tidy everything up, sort and organize all my stuff. It’s nice to do this once in a while! :) I bought some more boxes so I could sort everything in a more practical way. I’m still missing a few things, among which a new box to store my fabrics. But I already like the new look of the place. :)

Introduction

I think that a little introduction would be good. After all it’s always nice to know who you’re interacting with, isn’t it? I’m a young woman who currently have the pleasure to live in Japan. As you can guess I love clothes, sewing, and crafting. It’s a real treat to live in Japan when you like sewing, they have such wonderful books and prints!

I’ve always liked pretty clothes, even if my definition of “pretty” wasn’t allways the same as those around me (especially the other pupils at school). I especially love skirts and dresses. Both my mother and grand-mother know how to sew, but sadly none of them ever taught me. I regret that a lot now, when I see so many people that started sewing as child. I’ve done a few small things but really nothing much. I started drawing clothes in the corners of my notebooks in middle school, but strangely enough I didn’t decide too learn sewing before I was in grad school, at past twenty! It probably seemed to be an obscure art one couldn’t learn by itself. But I fell in love with gothic lolita fashion, which is expensive and wasn’t at all easy to find in France at the time. That, plus trying on a very cute skirt only to discover that once again the cut was strange and it didn’t fit me at all decided me: I was going to learn sewing!

My first accessory, a neck corset, made my mom laugh the minute she saw it ; so she taught me how to do a proper hem. My first skirt was done on my grandmother’s sewing machine, with her much useful help. From there I continued mainly by myself. Luckily there are plainty of ressources available: my mother and grandmother who try to answer my questions the best they can with the distance between us, books, the Internet… I’m so thankful for japanese books and their detailed drawings, they taught me so much! And the Internet is a wonderful source of inspiration. I’ve been sewing irregularly the past years, but now I’m back and I think it’s for good. I have tons of ideas and I can’t wait to realize them. I’m still not very quick, but I’m sure this will improve with practice.

Before I get something new to show you (ahem, my pile of projects to complete is too long for my taste), I’ll post about former projects. And in the meantime you can also pay a visit to the other blogs I’ve linked on the left. They’re part of those I’m following (I love Google Reader). I’ll probably add others later, so check back from time to time.

Language

Just a little note to say that I’ll try to write all my posts in both French and English. You probably noticed it before. ^^ I wanted to write in French (it is my mother tongue) because I read some French blogs and want to join the “Japan Couture Addicts” community, which is a french community. I know some French people have a hard time understanding English. But I also read a lot of blogs written in English, and to reach the crafting community as a whole English is the best option. I’m always frustrated when I discover a blog which could be interesting but is written in a language I don’t know. So I’ll be using both! I hope this organization of posts, whith a succession of paragraphs in French and paragraphs in English will be understandable. It’s the best solution I found with this free blog (I didn’t want to create one blog per language)

日本の友達へ:ごめんなさい、今、日本語であまり書きません。一つのブログだけがあるから、3言語で書くことが便利ではない。多分、少しだけ日本語でも書きます。申し訳ございません。

Newcomer

Yet another to start her own crafting blog! “And why ?”, would you ask. After all if you’re here you might be curious to know why I decided to create this place. Well, I’ve been haunting the crafting community for months now. I’m enjoying sewing more and more, and as I do I find myself reading more and more blogs revolving around crafts, sewing, clothing and style. I discovered this huge community made of very nice persons, and I’d like to become part of it. I want to play too! Talk with all of you, show you my projects and share what I like. It’s very fun to be able to share your interests with people who can understand them. So here I am!

Of course you’ll read about sewing here, and clothes (as that’s what I’m currently mainly sewing, but I’d like to try other things too). But I’m sure you’ll hear about other subjects too. Revolving around crafting surely. But maybe also around books music, illustration or many other thing. I’d love to grow many different kind of trees here and give this place a soul. Welcome to my little forest!