There are 2 Japanese magazines that I have been drooling over for months but haven’t known where to get them, aside from Amazon Japan: Cotton Time and Cotton & Paint. (Molly Chicken has a wonderful peek at them on her blog) I heard a rumor that they are sold in a Japanese bookstore which has locations on both the East and West Coasts, but I don’t know the name of the store…. if anyone has a clue what I am talking about, PLEASE drop me an email or comment.
I have recently become fascinated by the Japanese 3-D beaded creatures, and think I might try my hand at making some. I spent a bit of time this morning looking through Amazon Japan (which was tricky since I couldn’t understand a thing) and stumbled across a few books I’d like to have if I could ever figure out how to get them. (oooh, hey– maybe the mysterious bookstore mentioned above?) Normally, I can just look at pictures of crafty goodness and see how things are made, but before setting out on a “little beady thing” adventure, I think I need to see some instructions. Here’s a crummy pic of one of the books:
I also completely love the cuteness factor of Japanese foodie plushies (felties?), although I haven’t a clue what I’d ever do with them. Donut & cupcake plushies could be used for pincusions, but what on earth does one do with a smiling stick of butter or a happy ketchup bottle??