Fun Ideas For a Crazy Cute Tokyo Inspired Lifestyle
Book Review of Hello Tokyo by Hello Sandwich Blogger, Ebony Bizys
Did you ever think that your lovely little life needed a Tokyo inspired boost? Me neither. This book has changed the way I view my ‘super bright colours in my decor are LIMITED’ rule, turns out that a little ‘kawaii pop’ injection is necessary sometimes.
I’ve been a follower of Ebony Bizys for quite some time now; I own her books and zines and love to pop in and out of her Japanese inspired blog from time to time.
Image courtesy of Hello Sandwich.
I’m a keen papercrafter and have loved many of Ebony’s fantastic gift wrapping crafts, collage books and party tutorials for many a year.
It’s thanks to Flickr and my keen research for collage images and inspiration that I found the blog ‘Hello Sandwich‘ in the first place. I’ve been a fan ever since and I’m constantly referring to Ebony’s first gift wrapping zine or the gift wrapping book (in Japanese with full colour instructions and free CD rom with lots of templates and free paper patterns to print).
The book ‘Hello Tokyo: Handmade projects and fun ideas for a cute Tokyo inspired lifestyle’ is a whopping 217 pages long and Ebony has done her best to cram them full of gorgeous photography, cute crafts, ideas and even resources for you.
You are given an insight into ‘regular daily life in Tokyo’ through beautiful colour photographs. You journey through the city but it’s not long before you’re settling down for some ‘home comforts’ at Hello Sandwich HQ. This is where you can do everything from painting your own furniture to customizing clothes, or even planning the cutest picnic ever.
You will find cute little tips and nuggets of crafty knowledge throughout, plenty of adorable projects to make as gifts to friends and decor you will absolutely love!
The tutorials in this book are easy to follow and I’ve made myself a bookmark, inspired by this very book!
I love to make mini albums to send to friends; I view it like I’m sending a hug in the mail.[Tweet “I view it like I’m sending a hug in the mail.”] and I know how lovely it is to receive something like that!
*Sidenote: I used to be completely addicted to Swapbot. Swapbot is an online community and like penpals they swap mail but you get a theme and a budget and send a friendly package on it’s way around the world. I made some great connections on there. It’s a lot of fun.
If you haven’t been able to tell already, I am totally in love with this book! I highly recommend it.
Chapters are named: Hello, Tokyo, Home Decor, Handmade Lifestyle, Collect and Record, Correspondence, Gift wrapping and Parties and Events.
These are all things I LOVE! To give you an idea of the types of projects: you can sew your own pillowcase (I have a tutorial here on the blog but it’s not connected to Ebony Bizys in any way), you can make a charm bracelet, customise tops, make a camera strap, painted pots, painted furniture, make your own adorable stamps (like decorative postage stamps, as mail art), ideas for items to add to straws for a party (some of these are just awesome) and of course, lots of papercrafts. So I’m happy.
Have you ever come across Ebony Bizys before?
“With this ‘super cute’ book, craft-queen and blogger extraordinaire Ebony Bizys (aka Hello Sandwich) offers a quirky guide to living a handmade lifestyle. Filled with simple, inventive projects and tips inspired by her daily life in Tokyo, this book captures the charm, humour and originality of Ebony’s eclectic and highly successful blog.”
“Hello Tokyo offers a window into Japanese culture and captures Ebony’s fascination with the myriad of treasures of everyday existence.”
I wanted the book as soon as I saw that it was by Ebony. You can view her blog at HelloSandwich.jp
You can buy Hello Tokyo here at the Wordery (I like to support UK based businesses where I can) and view her other craft books here on Etsy, The Store Pomadour on Etsy can source you any Japanese version of Ebony’s books.
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