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{Four Finds} Japan on my mind…

{Purple Flowers Bubble dress- verypurpleperson– Tokyo}

I’m at a bit of a loss for words concerning the recent events in Japan. I have such a feeling of overwhelming sadness and fear for the people that are going through such a terrifying natural disaster. Every time I hear or see something so horrific on the news, I try to wrap my brain around it- which is sort of impossible really. So, with Japan on my mind, here is some  handmade loveliness that came from some Etsy Shops in Japan for my four finds.  
{Hand Screen Printed Fabrics – Kalla- Shimotsuma, Ibaraki- Japan}
{Dreaming of Spring Pillow Case– Frumafar- Japan}
{Toddler London Messanger Bag– Mee a Bee- Asaka, Japan} 

For some ways to help Japan, check out these links  here & here
Hope you all had a safe & thoughtful weekend!

{Four Finds} Japan on my mind…

{Purple Flowers Bubble dress- verypurpleperson– Tokyo}

I’m at a bit of a loss for words concerning the recent events in Japan. I have such a feeling of overwhelming sadness and fear for the people that are going through such a terrifying natural disaster. Every time I hear or see something so horrific on the news, I try to wrap my brain around it- which is sort of impossible really. So, with Japan on my mind, here is some  handmade loveliness that came from some Etsy Shops in Japan for my four finds.  
{Hand Screen Printed Fabrics – Kalla- Shimotsuma, Ibaraki- Japan}
{Dreaming of Spring Pillow Case– Frumafar- Japan}
{Toddler London Messanger Bag– Mee a Bee- Asaka, Japan} 

For some ways to help Japan, check out these links  here & here
Hope you all had a safe & thoughtful weekend!

{Fabric Friday} Nostalgia & Strawberries…

I think that it is accurate to say that a lot of my design decisions are made with acknowledging my history and embracing nostalgia. I have been gravitating towards fabrics lately that conjure up all sorts of memories. Currently, it has been strawberry fabrics that have caught my eye. It could be that they are on the brink of being in season where I live. Or that my first real paid job (other than babysitting my brother) was working in the strawberry fields. Which I can honestly say, sucked. However, I learned a lot about myself and developed a killer work ethic that molded my way of working today (making plush by hand is a bit like picking berries- hard work & very satisfying). Picking berries for $0.09 per pound for the summer,  makes that one Benetton sweater for back to school, extra special. So, the strawberry is very symbolic. It’s local to where I am from and where I live now – and as a bonus, very delicious.

The other reason that I am drawn to strawberry fabric, is that it reminds me of one of my favorite dresses that my mom made me when I was little (she made a lot of my clothes). It was the dress that I chose for my birthday party at Big Scoop and a dress that seemed cheerful and not too frilly. I remember that it made me happy.


Here are some of the strawberry fabrics that I have stumbled upon lately. They really make me smile.These fabrics are Japanese imports that can be found both here & here.



I did buy a few of these fabrics with hopes of a strawberry slug plush or a strawberry bird. Only time will tell what I come up with for klt:works, but I am sure that they will look remarkably similar to my favorite childhood dress. What sort of fabric is nostalgic for you?

{Fabric Friday} Nostalgia & Strawberries…

I think that it is accurate to say that a lot of my design decisions are made with acknowledging my history and embracing nostalgia. I have been gravitating towards fabrics lately that conjure up all sorts of memories. Currently, it has been strawberry fabrics that have caught my eye. It could be that they are on the brink of being in season where I live. Or that my first real paid job (other than babysitting my brother) was working in the strawberry fields. Which I can honestly say, sucked. However, I learned a lot about myself and developed a killer work ethic that molded my way of working today (making plush by hand is a bit like picking berries- hard work & very satisfying). Picking berries for $0.09 per pound for the summer,  makes that one Benetton sweater for back to school, extra special. So, the strawberry is very symbolic. It’s local to where I am from and where I live now – and as a bonus, very delicious.

The other reason that I am drawn to strawberry fabric, is that it reminds me of one of my favorite dresses that my mom made me when I was little (she made a lot of my clothes). It was the dress that I chose for my birthday party at Big Scoop and a dress that seemed cheerful and not too frilly. I remember that it made me happy.


Here are some of the strawberry fabrics that I have stumbled upon lately. They really make me smile.These fabrics are Japanese imports that can be found both here & here.



I did buy a few of these fabrics with hopes of a strawberry slug plush or a strawberry bird. Only time will tell what I come up with for klt:works, but I am sure that they will look remarkably similar to my favorite childhood dress. What sort of fabric is nostalgic for you?

{Fabric Friday} Nostalgia & Strawberries…

I think that it is accurate to say that a lot of my design decisions are made with acknowledging my history and embracing nostalgia. I have been gravitating towards fabrics lately that conjure up all sorts of memories. Currently, it has been strawberry fabrics that have caught my eye. It could be that they are on the brink of being in season where I live. Or that my first real paid job (other than babysitting my brother) was working in the strawberry fields. Which I can honestly say, sucked. However, I learned a lot about myself and developed a killer work ethic that molded my way of working today (making plush by hand is a bit like picking berries- hard work & very satisfying). Picking berries for $0.09 per pound for the summer,  makes that one Benetton sweater for back to school, extra special. So, the strawberry is very symbolic. It’s local to where I am from and where I live now – and as a bonus, very delicious.

The other reason that I am drawn to strawberry fabric, is that it reminds me of one of my favorite dresses that my mom made me when I was little (she made a lot of my clothes). It was the dress that I chose for my birthday party at Big Scoop and a dress that seemed cheerful and not too frilly. I remember that it made me happy.


Here are some of the strawberry fabrics that I have stumbled upon lately. They really make me smile.These fabrics are Japanese imports that can be found both here & here.



I did buy a few of these fabrics with hopes of a strawberry slug plush or a strawberry bird. Only time will tell what I come up with for klt:works, but I am sure that they will look remarkably similar to my favorite childhood dress. What sort of fabric is nostalgic for you?

{Fabric Friday} A little Japanese fabric inspiration…

I’m currently working on a cool collaboration that requires me to pick out some new Japanese textiles to use for some plush characters and I’m thoroughly enjoy the research. I always welcome an excuse to by some more Japanese fabrics- as I tend to gravitate towards many  already. During my search last night, I stumbled on a few beautiful collections from Lecien that I thought I would share with you {via Trueup}. The first one is called Spicy Scrap and I was drawn to the blue plaid earlier this year when I made my Nighttime Dewey plush.

The next collection from Lecien is called, “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” by Rosalie Quinlan. I love the nod to history that these collections embody. This next one appeals to my softer, more feminine side, while the first one is much bolder and a smidge more modern. 


I am still in searching mode and haven’t made up my mind yet. But aren’t these colors and textures great? The fabric designs & colors definitely trigger little the nostalgia part of my brain. I am drawn to them because of they remind me of colors and pattern of my past. Do you have a favorite Japanese fabric collection that would like to share? Do any of these fabrics remind you of something from your childhood? Happy Fabric Friday everyone!

{Fabric Friday} A little Japanese fabric inspiration…

I’m currently working on a cool collaboration that requires me to pick out some new Japanese textiles to use for some plush characters and I’m thoroughly enjoy the research. I always welcome an excuse to by some more Japanese fabrics- as I tend to gravitate towards many  already. During my search last night, I stumbled on a few beautiful collections from Lecien that I thought I would share with you {via Trueup}. The first one is called Spicy Scrap and I was drawn to the blue plaid earlier this year when I made my Nighttime Dewey plush.

The next collection from Lecien is called, “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” by Rosalie Quinlan. I love the nod to history that these collections embody. This next one appeals to my softer, more feminine side, while the first one is much bolder and a smidge more modern. 


I am still in searching mode and haven’t made up my mind yet. But aren’t these colors and textures great? The fabric designs & colors definitely trigger little the nostalgia part of my brain. I am drawn to them because of they remind me of colors and pattern of my past. Do you have a favorite Japanese fabric collection that would like to share? Do any of these fabrics remind you of something from your childhood? Happy Fabric Friday everyone!

{Fabric Friday} A little Japanese fabric inspiration…

I’m currently working on a cool collaboration that requires me to pick out some new Japanese textiles to use for some plush characters and I’m thoroughly enjoy the research. I always welcome an excuse to by some more Japanese fabrics- as I tend to gravitate towards many  already. During my search last night, I stumbled on a few beautiful collections from Lecien that I thought I would share with you {via Trueup}. The first one is called Spicy Scrap and I was drawn to the blue plaid earlier this year when I made my Nighttime Dewey plush.

The next collection from Lecien is called, “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” by Rosalie Quinlan. I love the nod to history that these collections embody. This next one appeals to my softer, more feminine side, while the first one is much bolder and a smidge more modern. 


I am still in searching mode and haven’t made up my mind yet. But aren’t these colors and textures great? The fabric designs & colors definitely trigger little the nostalgia part of my brain. I am drawn to them because of they remind me of colors and pattern of my past. Do you have a favorite Japanese fabric collection that would like to share? Do any of these fabrics remind you of something from your childhood? Happy Fabric Friday everyone!