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Zakka Fun!

Jan 15, 2009

Zakka is a Japanese word that means "household goods," but it's come to mean much more than that! Zakka objects pair the practical with the cute and artistic. One of my favorite Zakka artists is Shinzi Katoh whose fun notebooks and kitchen canisters we carry! I think you're starting to get the picture. In my ongoing quest for anything Zakka, I came across this great sewing book Zakka Sewing by Theresa Laskey and Chika Mori. I've marked it up with post-it notes and am getting ready to hit the fabric shops this week-end. My favorite is this squirrel tea cozy. It makes me want to have people over for tea just to show it off. There's another wonderful pattern for felt, flower coasters. Felt is a huge favorite of mine and very popular in Japan too. I've seen tons of felt coasters on my trips and always thought, "I can make that." Well, now's my chance. Let me know if you've tried anything out from this book and keep watch for more Zakka items on the site!