Monday, 24 November 2014

Back from Shanghai with kawaii stuff


Here me back after this rather long silence... during this while, I spent about a month in the amazing Shanghai, in China, where Orient and Occident are able to merge together! Actually, it is impressive to observe the fusion into this town between the futuristic skyscrapers of the financial district, the Pudong, and the decrepit alleys of the old town, the Nanshi, in which old temples and shikumen survived with their old history and traditions.

 
With my big surprise, I found that I was in the real homeland for stamps. Actually, in China there's a far long tradition for stamps, which were carved into the jade since ages ago! Usually, they figure the name or the symbol of the family. Indeed, at the Shanghai museum, I could see some stamps that were made 6-5,000 years ago! Of course, I have fallen in love with this long lasting tradition, and I also committed my own family stamps to a traditional carve master!


Yet, I have to admit that in Shanghai I above all hoarded an impressive amount of cute and kawaii stuffs: pens, rubbers, beads, carillons, stamps, figures... the lovers, as me, of the kawaii things could take a wild shopping there, without get ruined. Also the food is often showed with very cute shapes and with logo insomuch cute as I decided to turn some of them in rubber stamps...


The one that you see here above is the logo of Want Want (click here to discover this brand). You can find the face of this funny child on milk cans, but also on sweeties and cakes. According to what I was able to understand, this character is a very idol for Chinese children; also for that I decided to open a little page, which will follow with other issues, about the "Shanghai cute stamps". I hope you like it...




Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Another summer fruit: strawberry



If watermelon is the king of the summer fruit, strawberry is maybe the queen! I love this fruit because of it is beautiful and tasty at the same time. Thus, here's its stamp version: this set is formed by two little stamps, which have been separated to make easier to print it out in two different colours (green and red). Also a little fabric pouch, on which I stamped on my strawberries, come along with this set!

Even if it is tasty and very healthy, Gemma is compelled to wait a while before eating strawberry... at least until next summer! So, for the moment, she will pleased by only "wearing" strawberries on this little and cute bandana/bib, that I have sewed and decorated with this new set of stamps.


Here you can download for free the template to make yourself the bandana/bib. I found this kind of accessories very useful for the little ones, as Gemma, who are struggling with the little complaints linked to the growing of their little teeth!! The stamps set is available on my etsy, please check it out. I hope you like them!! 


Monday, 18 August 2014

The fruit of the summer... watermelon!


Watermelon is definitely the king of the summer fruits. Fresh and delicious, it is able to refresh everybody and to bring happiness during the hot summer. A slice of watermelon is the perfect ally against hot and distress, but also the perfect design with which to decorate our summer stuffs, giving a touch of colour on postcards and diary pages of these last days of summer.


Yes! Because this fruit, more of being very tasty, looks also so good... its colours and unique shapes inspired me to carve a new set of hand carved rubber stamps with which to decorate everything with cute and little slices of watermelon!!


This set is so cute and tiny that it is perfect to create amazing patterns on fabric. It is sufficient to use the right suitable ink pad for fabric, iron the outcome for 10 seconds (in order to make the print permanent to washing), and the game is done! You will have a unique fabric, with which to do original and amazing projects. You can fin this hand carved rubber stamp set on my etsy.




Monday, 11 August 2014

Travelling with fantasy... on a paper boat



Summer is often synonymous with travel. A journey that could be to exotic and relaxing destinations, where it is possible to rest from the tiring and stressing winter... It is possible to travel by many means: by car, by train, by pane, by boat... but above all, it is possible to travel by fantasy. It is sufficient to come on board of a little paper boat and to be cuddle by the unforeseeable waves of a limitless imagination.


This new stamp is especially made for all the dreamers who love to travel with their imagination. It enables to create poetic paper boats on diaries and other paper stuffs, but also on fabric - like I have done to decorate this handmande bloomer (here if you need a cheap tutorial) for my dear little Gemma. If you'd like to do an origami paper boat, you can download this tutorial here.


I hope you like this new stamp, who can fin it on my etsy. After all, we are in the same boat, sharing the same dreams, fears, wishes, hopes, while we are floating toward an uncertain destination.







Thursday, 31 July 2014

Terrycloth baby cute stuff


The transition from suction to swallowing is a challenge for every baby. When the little ones start to eat solid foods, they can be very annoyed, spitting out or drooling, and they can also refuse the pap that we parents have prepared for them with much love. It is known: each new achievement demands time and patience...


Gemma, for instance, often eat her pap without refusing it and generally she likes to taste new things. But she likes even more than eating to put her hand into the dish, to pull throw down her spoon and all items she finds on the table, to spread the pap on her, covering her face, and to turn the kitchen into a real battle field... and of course, I love her mess!!


Actually, I love the pap-time and I want to leave Gemma free to explore as much as she wants while she's eating. In order to make even more funny these first lunches, I have sewed a series of accessories in terrycloth. Towels, dolls and pants with the shape of a bunny and of a bear, and a cute smiling bib. These cute friends help very much me in any occasion I need to dry or clean up Gemma, when she exceed in her mess during the pap time!


Here you can find the patterns to download for free of the smiling bib, of the bear and bunny towel, of the bear and bunny pants, and of the bear and bunny dolls... I hope you will enjoy them!!!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer breeze hand carved rubber stamps


During summer, nothing is better than a sweet breeze from the sea... it allows to breathe even in a very hot day! I can imagine to fly over this breeze, as a paper plane or to twist out as a pin-wheel! For that I made two stamps, one paper plane and one pin-wheel, just to remember how is pleasant the marine breeze! You can find both on my etsy, I hope you like them!



Friday, 11 July 2014

Donuts and cupcake sweet love!

 
The wish of sweeties never goes on holiday. Indeed it can be brought with us during our travels this summer! Fill it up with these two yummy and little felt brooches, inspired to a cupcake and a donut. They are a special set, which you can find on my etsy! I hope you like!!



Sunday, 22 June 2014

Summer ice cream special set


The summer has come! And a fresh and delicious ice-cream becomes a real necessity during these first hot days of the year. Even though Gemma cannot still eat this delight, I look forward for the time when she will come with me to eat an ice cream!

 
In order to accelerate this waiting, I have made special set inspired to ice creams. A little felt brooch with a small hand carved rubber stamp! This is a limited edition, which you can find on my etsy! I hope you like it!





Saturday, 14 June 2014

Baby summer bloomer tutorial


It is finally came the summer, the first summer of my little Gemma, who - with my great surprise, revealed to be a cute beach babe! In order to make even more stylish my little model, I have decided to conceive these cute baby bloomers, which I have also decorated with some special summer rubbers stamps.


It seems that Gemma really enjoys these funny clothes. If you would like to try to make you too some cute bloomers, I have prepared an easy to follow tutorial, with step-by-step descriptions and the patterns to be printed out and used to produce the bloomers. This tutorial is available for sale on my etsy. And if, once sewed it, you'd like to embellish the bloomer with a cute pattern, why do not try out to use a hand carved rubber stamp, such as these ones with a marine style!





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