Furoshiki: The beautiful Art of Gift Wrapping
Today, I am going to share a technique with you that is beautiful, inexpensive and green called Furoshiki, which is the Japanese Art of gift wrapping. Recently, I loved learning Furoshiki, and I think that you will love it too. Yes, that is a bunny package, which kind of reminds you of origami, right?
I found that Furoshiki technique works will with small rectangular or square boxes. The box is usually placed in the center of the diamond.
If you are eager to get started with Furoshiki, then here is a video that you can watch showing the technique.
Below you will find a few scarves, cloth napkins and gift papers that I think would look awesome using this gift wrap technique! I also enjoy using recycling gift paper and tissue paper, which is a great way to practice Furoshiki.
I had a smooth experience with last minute shopping and finding cool gifts this year. Tomorrow, I am going to share a last minute gift guide for your holidays! Surprisingly, I found almost everything at 2 stores and 1 online retailer. This picture is a sneak peak of what I found!
Textile and Paper Marbling Workshop Recap
Last weekend, I hosted our final workshop of 2017! It was an afternoon of Textile Marbling and designing prints on paper with a fabulous group of participants. I was in awe of their creativity and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing each and everyone's design. Today I am going share with you a quick recap and photos of the event at Domain Weho!
It began indoors with linen napkin sets ready to be designed with ink. I pre-dyed about half of the cloth napkins in natural indigo and one set pale pink using avocados as dye. On my part, there was much anticipation and preparation surrounding this event from gathering the perfect linens to sourcing the best materials for marbling as a group.
Once we were all settled in, guests gathered around the table to see a short demo before moving out to the sky lounge terrace.
I didn't think I could be any more excited about the workshop, until I saw the cheese tray designed by the talented, Meg Quinn. Check out her lovely spread all set up in the penthouse kitchen. I love how she uses color, texture and seasonal fruits to create the perfect cheese tray!
Textile Marbling on Linen Napkins
Our workshop covered 2 types of marbling, Ebru marbling with "size" on linen and later marbling on paper with Suminagashi inks. For the textile marbling, We used linen napkins. One was a heavyweight absorbent textured linen, while the other was a smooth finish, suitable for a pocket square.
Please read more to see the amazing results and receive the short list of supplies to use!
Toddler Holiday Gift Guide for Imaginative, Adventure, and Educational Play
Need gift ideas for inspiring children ages 2-5? Good news! This year, I put together a straightforward last minute gift-guide for you. Today I am sharing, toddler holiday and birthday gift ideas that our family enjoys. Most of these gifts are available online (#winning!), you can kick back and relax while these trickle in to your front door one-by-one. If any of you are wondering, I have worked in art education over the years and we have a 3 1/2 year old, so many of these toys are tried and tested by us. I also love gift-giving, so I have spent ample time online browsing and researching these.
As a family, there are 3 types of toys that we tend to gravitate towards during play time. They are: imaginative toys, adventure toys and educational toys. I wanted to share our favorite with you!
Imaginative Play Toys for Children Ages 2-5
A while back, my son asked for a dollhouse, so for this year's holiday gift, we are planning to find a vintage wooden dollhouse to and fix it up. This is also a project for me as well that offers me a chance to get out my detail sander and refinish the wood. I figure that he will use it to play with everything from dinosaurs to animals and dolls. I like that it creates an opportunity for endless imaginative play. The figurines: the people, farm animals, and little cloth dolls can all be used. Full disclosure, when my son saw me typing up this gift guide, he told me that he liked the farm animals set below, the most of all. In fact, a farm house was one of his big gifts last year and he still plays with it all the time.
Lastly, I have always loved these rainbow hand kites as something that inspires explorative movement and dance. We own a similar ribbon toy and although my son is 3 1/2, he still uses it. Really, it is something that I think he would have enjoyed sooner!
for the Toddler who loves Adventure
This next bunch of toys is for the toddler who loves wildlife and adventure. As a family, we try to spend as much time outdoors as we can and we like to travel often. I like toys that inspire that sense of adventure. We recently gifted these binoculars. They are smaller than I imagined, which is actually the perfect size for a child and the image is quite clear. Next up, the other day, I saw a picture of kids playing with Lincoln Logs and it took me waaay back. I used to love playing with my all-wood set of those and building for hours on end.
Educational Toys and Play Sets for Younger Kids
We have some favorite educational toys too! You might notice that this list contains 2 train sets. We have both and we like each one for different reasons. The Duplo train is electronic, and runs on it's own, whereas the wooden train set by Brio offers endless opportunities for imaginative play. I feel like the Brio could be for a child who is slightly older. My son loves playing with his bells. I came across this set, when momducator showed us how her 3 year old was able to follow musical notes and play songs using individual bells. I think that it could help younger kids to recognize musical notes, and we had my son earn each bell one by one, so that he became familiar with the sounds. The Picasso tiles are another hit, that I see gets played with a lot. The tiles could be great for collaborative play with siblings and friends too.
I hope you have enjoyed hearing a little bit about our family's favorite types of toys for kids ages 2-5. If you are still in full on holiday shopping mode (like us;) then happy online shopping to you!
I hope the little one in your life will enjoy a few of these too.
What are your favorite toddler toys around the house? I would love to hear your gift ideas too!
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