Sunday, March 30, 2014


For my birthday a few weeks ago, a friend from Japan sent me a beautiful furoshiki made by LINK Collective.  

photo by the LINK Collective

Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that you can tie into a purse, or as a re-usable wrapping cloth for gifts, or flowers, or just for toting around almost anything really.  Check out this neat video for ideas on how to use one.... I've wrapped bottles of wine in these when going to a dinner party, and always received compliments on the 'cleverness' of it.  Then after the party, I use the furoshiki as a scarf for my journey back home.  

photo by The LINK Collective

You can also tie it onto a strap, to make it into a longer-hanging purse.  Love this look! 

photo by Et pourquoi pas Coline ?

My friend Hiki, of Jollygoo, actually shared all this knowledge with me, that I'm now sharing with you!  She has a small shoppe in Japan that carries a beautiful assortment of these wrapping cloths as well as straps.  You can scroll through and see them all here.  

Happy wrapping!  

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blog Makeover!

My blog (and website) has a new look!  What do you think?

All thanks to the one and only Hiki, from Jollygoo.  She is an amazing graphic designer and photographer.   As well as just a beautiful person inside and out.  If you haven't checked out her online store -- or better yet -- her physical shoppe in Tokyo, it's definitely worth looking into!  It's my #1 stop whenever I'm there.

The designs she used were all made by the equally talented and amazing Savita, who did my album artwork, design and layout, for This Is Where We Are.  The Digital Booklet she made for the album (which you can download for free here) is one of my favorite things ever.  She's like my sister from another Mister.  Does that even make sense?  Do people say that?  Or did I just make that up, right here right NOW?!

Anyway, there you have it.  Awesome new designs all around by 2 lovely women in my life.  I couldn't feel luckier.  :)

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