Long time.... Long time! Time just flies too fast....
I did have a great spring time~ After 2 years I could finally go home and got to see my family! I had spent 2 months in Hong Kong and I didn't really want to leave. I'm glad I got to see people I wanted to see, foods I wanted to eat, places I wanted to go and stuff I wanted to buy lol
I got some great craft supplies and I'd love to share them to you all! (Especially the craft books I got!) Prices did raised a lot in these 2 years in Hong Kong, and China too! (Because I love to order from TaoBao.com lol) But these places really have a lot of pretty things I just couldn't resist!
These are the craft books that I got:
This is one of the craft books I love the most! I first found out this crafter was on her blog ( http://ameblo.jp/candycolorticket/ ) I was totally attracted to all these colorful clay sweet deco! This book is in Japanese though.... They have a lot of detailed step by step pictures in there so hopefully I can figure some out~
This is the first Japanese clay blogger I found on the internet and I was truly amazed of her creations! Her works made me fell in love with sweet clay deco. Her tutorials on her blog has taught me a lot~ ( http://masumirai.moo.jp/ ) A lot of her craft supplies are from the Japanese 100 yen store, it's kind of like the $1 store in America.
This book is in Chinese so I can read it lol She has 2 books but I could only find the second one when I was in Hong Kong. This book mainly introduces to use the lightweight air dry clay, this is because the 100 yen stores mainly carry this kind of clay. All the tutorials in it are very detailed and clear. Pictures are nicely taken and it provides a lot of different techniques~ I can't wait to try some of it soon!
This is another Chinese version of clay book I got~ This book contains a lot of neat ideas. It also has some doll house miniature decoration tutorials, which I've been wanting to try. This would be a great start for me~ They also have a web site too. (http://www.crk-design.com/crk-contents.html )
This is a sweet deco craft book but it's not about clay. This one is~~~~ *drum roll* FELT! When I first took it out from the shelf I thought it was a clay craft book that I was looking for. I read it and couldn't believe they were made out of felt! Everything in this book looks so perfect~ The crafter who made this is really incredible. Using scissors to cut paper in curve line is already hard enough. Cutting felt with scissors and making the curve lines this perfect is not an easy job!
Another great thing about this book is, it has all the templates printed in there. I can just photo copy it, cut it out and follow the instructions. So I don't have to worry about proportions~ I also love the pencil color drawing instructions in this book. Very pretty, very artistic!
Here's one about resin. Love this one so much! Everything in there is super pretty and cute! Too bad it's in Japanese.... It'd be nice if I can understand it. This book doesn't have too many tutorials in it. It has a lot of pretty pictures though~ They give you all the material informations they've used in it, but it doesn't tell you too much of how to make it.
Looking at all these beautiful pictures can still give you a lot of kawaii ideas~
Okay, one last book I got~ This one is about making jewelry. I like the mix and match materials ideas of this book. The products come out very nice and pretty! It has traditional wire and crystal beads jewelry, and also has jewelry designs mixed with resin accessories and laces. Some are girly and some are very elegant. After all they're all cute!
Besides craft books, I got some craft supplies too~ In Hong Kong, one place I like to go get different supplies is called Sham Shui Po. In this area, there're a lot of garment and craft supply wholesale shops. They also do retails too~ That's why I like to go there since everything is kind of concentrated in one place and they have a lot of different varieties.
There's also a mall there that has a lot of little shops sell kawaii clothing and accessories. Several craft shops are in this mall too. I like to get my felt wool supply from this shop there ( http://www.handcrafter.com.hk/ ) The sellers are very helpful every time I go. They'd answer all the questions you have! The shop itself is very neat and clean. Every package of felt wool in the shop looks like a bunch of colorful cotton candy! It just makes me so happy every time I go in~ Other than felt wool, they also sell a lot of felt craft accessories too such as tools, eyes and nose for making cute animals etc. They have all kinds of felt craft books too! In Chinese and Japanese~ You can definitely find something you look for if you like this!
I got these 2 packs this time~
Another place I like to shop for craft supply in Hong Kong is CitySuper / Log-On. This is a corporate chain store so you can find this in different areas in Hong Kong~ ( http://www.citysuper.com.hk/module4_main.php?sdiv=log ) They have a lot of interesting things imported from different countries. Stationary, art & crafts, toy, home deco, kitchen utensil, bathroom essential etc. You name it they have it~
When I was there, it was by Valentine's Day so they have a booth out with all kinds of tools and chocolate for girls to make Valentine's Day gifts for their love ones! Even though I was away from my hubby this year and couldn't make him any chocolate, I still couldn't resist to go check it out!
So.... I got these~
These are all chocolate molds~ Super cute! They would be great for making clay and resin products :) The first one is a plastic mold and the other 3 are silicone~
I have 2 more molds here I forget where I got it from in Hong Kong lol I love this city so much because there're so many places to shop! I don't even remember where I went~ lol
One other thing I love to do when I go home is, shopping at TaoBao.com!
This is like Ebay in Chinese version. They have all kinds of stuff up there~ Now they do have a global page and ship worldwide, so I can order things from where I live too~
Well, Since I was in Hong Kong, I just bought a lot of things there so I can save some additional fees and shipping costs :p
I got some accessories that can go with my clay crafts~
I figured I haven't made phone cases for awhile, so I got some pretty pastel colors phone cases for iPhone 5/5s and Samsung Galaxy S4
I got a bunch of beautiful laces too! These would be great for making some jewelry pieces and hair accessories~
Here're some cute ribbons and accessories that I'd like to make some bows with!
And some cute crochet flowers~
Last but not least, I bought some cute fabrics and buttons wishing to do some sewing projects too!
These fabrics are too cute and I want to make some pouches for myself!
Bunny and Kitty wooden buttons, how could I resist?!
These are most of the things I've got from this trip back home~ I had so much fun to stay there for 2 months! The most important thing was, I got to see my family that I didn't see for 2 years! It was the longest time I've been away from home and it was TOUGH, man!
I got to eat all the food that I missed so badly too~ Hong Kong is not only a place to shop, but also to eat great foods as well! I can probably make another post to talk about it lol
Anyway hope you all enjoy this sharing I have this time :) I'll post as often as I can and hopefully I can get a tutorial up here soon!
P.S. Here's a custom order I finished last week~
Have a great week!
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