I think I mentioned before that I would be going to Japan over Thanksgiving week? I went and I'm baaack! went to see my BFF Jennifer and her family. Jenny B as she is known on the blog is a teacher and works for the American military school system in Japan. I love her and her family and hadn't seen them in years! Well I saw Jenny B a year ago but hadn't seen her family in years.
This is primarily a crafting blog so I will mostly show the crafty things I saw/bought there. I felt like I was going to the mother land of all things cute (Kawaii cute that is). The Japanese make the coolest cutest things. Really. They have my philosophy for decorating; cover it in cuteness.
While at our hotel in Tokyo I googled fabric stores in Tokyo and found this blog (thank you fellow blogger!!) I showed the concierge and she directed us to Loft (one of the coolest stores I've ever been in) and another fabric store ...oh man, I can't remember the name. It's the one on the left and it started with an M. I'll have to find my papers. I bought fabric at the one I can't remember the name and misc. cuteness at Loft on the right.
You see this fabric?? Oh my goodness! Double gauze and cottons and knits.
Jenny B and I LOVED this one above and she asked I make her something out of it. Anything. One pair of undies coming up! Here's my stash below. Not a good photo but when they arrive in the mail (I had to send them home free military mail or I wouldn't have been able to lift my suitcase) I'll show each one in detail.
Double sided double gauze. WHAT THE WHAT??
Dots and ginghams.
I know you recognize the fabrics below (my sewer readers not you Dad).
This trip besides seeing my Jenny B was like a crafters dream come true. It's all the fabrics and cuteness I see all over blogland. I finally got to see it in person! It really made me miss all my Goose coworkers. You all would have appreciated all of these fabrics and been excited to go with me!
I'm dying just looking at these photos again. And so you can understand how much each fabric was a meter, 1,000 yen is about $13 USD. So if it was 1,160 yen a meter then it was about $14USD.
I bought lots of washi tape and just other random ...wait for it...CUTENESS!!
Mount Fuji out my window. Cool huh?? Me and JB at the Tokyo Tower. It's a fish-eye lens which should explain the warped heads.
The big buddha which has a name but because of an inside joke I'm not allowed to say it:)
Oh man..the harajuku area. That place had some serious cute. I barely saw any of the dressed up girls you'd see if you googled Harajuku. But that's ok. I just wanted to buy all the stuff the area had for sale.
I bought these Kokeshi dolls at a flea market from various sellers. I am so in love with these. Soooo in love.
The bowls are in my kitchen, one for each of us. And the Mt. Fuji tissue/change purse is in my purse. I had seen it on pinterest a while ago and wanted it. Then we walked into Loft and it's one of the 1st things i saw. I HAD to have it. Sock stores were everywhere and oh how cute are they??? I got them in the girls sizes too. They LOVE them.
I did get a red riding hood cup but it's not any of these. It's being shipped with the fabric so I'll show it when it gets here.
I had a wonderful time in Japan as you can see. We toured Shrines and graveyards and many a Starbucks:)