Friday, November 15, 2013

Studio Update...

Friday! The week went by pretty fast and it's the (good) sign that I kept busy - I won't lie, I am very much looking forward to the weekend ~
I thought I would sum up what's currently going on over here, the studio is bubbling with a few different projects and two collaboration. I wish I could delegate some of the workload :-)

I am happily working on the decoration of the gallery where the Feria de Canastas event will take place at the end of the month [more details here]. Among the items I am creating are a couple of bunting banners made of hand-embroidered pieces of clothes from Mexico, embroidered totes (handwoven in Mexico) and embroidered pouches using Mexican traditional dresses. I am in charge of decorating the windows of the gallery as well as the walls. Here below are pictures of the items I have worked on this week - some have been completed while others still need some additional work...

The second set of projects I have been working on is two workshops launched in collaboration with Niki's Kitchen. The story behind this collaboration needs to be told and I will write a post over the weekend... In the meantime, here below is a picture of what we will make in December, in a very festive atmosphere, at my home. Both workshops sold out within a couple of hours, but if you want to  have a look at all the details, it's here (in Japanese). I am looking forward to it!

Last but not least, I have to work on the Christmas decoration theme for this year. I have tried my hand at creating a traditional Filipino piece, the parol. Made of bamboo sticks, cellophane and tissu paper and lit in the night, you can find them everywhere in The Philippines during Christmas. They are beautiful, and fairly easy to make. I have yet to finish mine though... 
If you are interested in making one, I recommend this very nice DIY post found on Jun-blog: neat! 

I haven't shopped much yet for Christmas decoration, but I managed to check out the Ikea collection last weekend. I was a little bit disappointed and I only bought the crochet stars that you see below. The gold and red garlands come from Natural Kitchen in Jiyugaoka (Tokyo) and I am planning to make them into window decoration for my kids room. If there is one thing I wish to learn and master soon, it is crochet. I can't get enough of all things crochet!

What have you been up to this week? and when do you plan to start decorating your house for Christmas? Happy weekend to all!

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