{live the life you love}

I have always loved spring and the lead up to christmas.. and even more so now that I stock an abundance of crafting and packaging products. Making and creating puts a huge smile on my face but imagining what my customers will make using all the goodies I am packaging up daily and posting warms my heart.

Its been so much fun in my little studio lately and my apologies for not popping in here and updating you of all the happy times. So without rambling.. here is the visual of just some of the pieces I have made recently.

All of the above items are available through ink. paper. cloth. until sold out. 

{inspiration} washi pegs..

It's school holidays here at the moment and I always seem to get more creative with the little ones around.. probably because I just want them to enjoy what I do each day. We tend to jump from one activity to another as they are still very young.

So out came the wooden pegs and my washi collection the other day and I made a few more peg sets for my little store, simply by covering the pegs with washi tape and trimming neatly around the edges. 

The kids started off doing what I was then moved onto making the pegs into little puppets and dolls by drawing faces on them and making their clothing out of washi. Too cute. 

{inspiration} wooden shapes & washi

cute little project to do with the kids.. mess free and relatively safe and simple.. 

simply cover the wooden shape with washi tape, trim roughly with scissors and
then file down the edges to get a smooth finish

I picked up a little bag full of these little guys from 'doc's wooden den' at a
local market I attended recently.

You can cover both sides with the same pattern or just coordinating colours.
I also let the edge raw wood, but you could cover this
with contrasting tape if you don't like the wood look.

{inspiration} washi tape

You may have noticed that the largest section in the ink. paper. cloth. store by far is the washi tape section. Some of my friends are wondering and constantly asking me what is the obsession with this fancy pants sticky tape.. and although there are so many ideas floating in my head, its kind of hard to explain a lot of the time. 

I've also been asked to do a workshop to demonstrate how washi tape works, what it does, and what you can do with it. Needless to say I've been busy busy making little goodies for the demonstration, but will have to wait to share the photos in a couple of months. Just to keep the workshop a bit of a surprise. 

So, I've hunted around and picked out some gorgeous ideas from around the web to share with you and get you inspired to create with washi tape. 
{image source: corinna wraps}

{image source: sweet paul}

{image source: martha stewart}
{image source: no biggie}

{book review} Blackwork by Sonia Lucano

Embroidery is one of those crafts I have tried here and there, have used in some of my designs, but have always wanted to explore further. When stumbling onto this book it didn't take long for it to make its way home with me. Its filled with 50 projects using the stunning contrast of black and white. It is definitely a modern approach to the ancient art of embroidery, and just perfect to entice me to try the art properly.

The various stitches are explained and all patterns are included in the back of the book. Beautiful photography throughout this book makes it even more delightful.

{ welcome }

Just a little note to say that I'm glad you're here..

My new little webstore {ink. paper. cloth.} is due to launch mid July 2012, so stay tuned for the online store that will resemble a real life store you might stumble across while strolling through a country village.. you know the one with an open wood fire, smell of freshly ground coffee beans and filled with treasures of paper & cloth, handmade delights and little quirky art materials that you just need to have in your stash..

I very much look forward to sharing my finds with you and help to get you inspired to create, to give and to celebrate life..

xx kasia.