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Vinyl wall art and decals are the latest and hottest trend in home decor. These removable decals are an easy way to add a contemporary feel to any room. They cling on to smooth surfaces with no sticky residue. They are easy to remove and don’t damage paint or leave holes in the wall.

Want to add art to a room? Framed artwork is a thing of the past this is your home not a museum, lol. Decals can be quite expensive ranging from $30-$150 dollars. I just pick up a few designs from a little shop I found on etsy Six Under a Tree Studio. I found their prices reasonable and since I purchases multiple items from the same shop I saved a lot on shipping. They are going to send my order priority mail for only $3. 😉 I think these vinyl wall decals are going to make the perfect wedding gift for my friend.

Matching Little Birds

The Perfect Wedding Gift for new Couple and their new apartment 😉

Vinyl wall decals are also good for many other occasions. I think they are a great idea for decorating a new baby’s or any child’s room therefore making them a great baby shower, birthday or Christmas gift. When the child out grows the theme just peel them off and you have a clean slate to decorate. If you have a nice budget for the holidays surprise your friends and family with this unique Christmas gift. There are so many designs and ideas out there. Start a search on etsy I’m sure you’ll find great ideas for decorating any room in your home. Most of the shops designs are customizable. You can choose from a wide range of colors to match your existing interior design and decor and you can customize the sizes as well. White and Black are great safe colors for anyone with a solid colored wall. I’m a big fan of this new trend in interior decorating and art.

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Kanzashi is another beautiful Japanese art form which started a long time ago as hair ornaments and adornments for Geisha women. These beautiful crafts are silk folded flowers. This Japanese tradition has survived until today and has gained popularity over the years in the crafting community. If you google enough you should be able to find yourself a tutorial. But nobody can do it like the Masters and luckily enough for us there are still a few Kanzashi masters left today. Who continue to bless us with their creative intricate and breathtakingly beautiful designs.

AtelierKanawa’s Shop

AUTHENTIC Tsumami Kanzashi, Kimono, Chiyogami, Katazome

Master Kuniko Kanawa Creation

Master Kuniko Kanawa Creation

I have made a few attempts at constructing a simple ume style blossom. It took a few tries, but now I have two keepers although it’s still not perfect. I had to add additional petals to get my flowers to look nice. 😉 It’s good to use fabric scraps to practice. I had to start out with 4 inch squares to get a hang of the folds, and then I moved on to the recommended 2 inch squares.  The experience is much like folding origami except harder because the fabric is floppy and you don’t get a nice crease unless you use starch. Since I constructed a few flowers all I need now is the finishing touches, a center bead or button and maybe a bobby pin or alligator clip so I can sport my very own Kanzashi creation.

I’m so inspired by this new craft and once I get the folding down I hope to be able to create my own unique designs 😉

My first Kanzashi Flowers

My first Kanzashi Flowers

Kanzashi Flower Unfinished

Kanzashi Flower Unfinished

Little Brown Kanzashi Flower Unfinished

Little Brown Kanzashi Flower Unfinished

Delicate Kanzashi

Delicate Kanzashi

Once I get some beads or buttons to match I’ll upload my finished Kanzashi Project.

Fabric covered buttons are so fun and easy to do too! Too bad the smallest size walmart had as 3/4″. Here are the pictures of my finished Kanzashi.

Large Flower Made with 4" petals

Large Flower Made with 4" petals

Three Finished Kanzashi Flowers

Three Finished Kanzashi Flowers

I’m excited to do more. Still need to attach these to clips or pins.

Update: Kanzashi for Christmas

Kanzashi Christmas Tree

Kanzashi Christmas Tree Tutorial

Includes pattern and video of how to fold round and pointed kanzashi petals

Really great step by step instructions with Photos.

Replacing the Bug Exhibition at Pearlridge is the Food Drive ‘Canstruction’ Competition located in the central lobby of Uptown. Donated can goods for the Hawaii Food Bank were sculpted by local Hawaii architects, design and engineering professionals. The Theme this year is Statehood. The sculptures included Aloha Tower, the Arizona memorial and a great big Hawaii State Quarter. To vote for your favorite design throw a can in the shopping cart next to your sculpture from now until August  29th 2009. All donated caned goods will go to help feed Hawaii’s hungry. My favorite this year is the local Shave Ice rainbow flavored canstuction near the elevator and Starbucks. My runner ups go to the Aloha Shirt and poi pounder designs.

Shave Ice Canstruction

Shave Ice Canstruction

Rainbow Shave Ice

Rainbow Shave Ice

Aloha Shirt Canstruction

Aloha Shirt Canstruction

Poi Pounder Canstruction

Poi Pounder Canstruction

we have only 1 old non-working train in hawaii

we have only 1 old non-working train in hawaii

Shaka Bradda!

Shaka Bradda!

Gecko on what? i don't see it

Gecko on what? i don't see it

After my project was completed I added this New item to my Etsy Store!

So I wanted to ‘print’ some of my own designs for new pillow ideas, but screen printing was just to expensive for me. Most of the custom order screen printing online requires a minimal purchase of 6 or 12 shirts, which is not really something I want to invest in without knowing if it will sell. Plus I think T-shirts are hard to do since there are so many sizes. I wanted to just ‘screen print’ my design on pieces of fabric that way I could turn it into whatever I want (ex: bags, pillows, pillow covers, ect.) and I also want to test out different designs. So although this process is more time consuming it’s much more fitting for me ;).  One method of creating a screen printed look with out actually screen printing is stenciling. There are various YouTube videos and the results seem to turn out nice. But for stenciling you need freezer paper and an iron, both of which I don’t have. My method is pretty much the same just that I sketch the design on the fabric then I color in the lines with a paintbrush and fabric paint. Personally the painting is very therapeutic for me. It maybe tedious to some, but I don’t mind doing it. I find it relaxing.

The Painting Process

The Painting Process

After I finished my design I used it for a pillow 😉 Now available  in my Etsy Store.

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