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Blog hop and thoughts on my work

I’ve been invited to take part in a different kind of blog hop by my very talented creative friend Bridgeen of Cherry and Cinnamon. This is my kind of blog hop. First I’ll answer a few questions about my work and at the end of this post I’ll tag three fellow makers to do the same thing next Monday. It’s such a lovely way of finding new blogs. Make sure you pop over to Bridgeen’s blog as well. You can find her blog hop post here.Chiaki Creates - Happy Cushions WIP chiakicreates.comWhat am I working on?

I’m currently making loads of happy cushions that will soon be available in my Etsy shop. I’m also working on a couple of very exciting secret projects (I can’t wait until I’m able to tell you all about them!) as well as a new line of products that will soon be available in a couple of carefully selected shops. I’m focusing on sewing, crocheting, drawing and writing at the moment.Sixties Vintage Fabric Bright Rainbow Pom-Pom Tassel Scarf by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comHow does my work differ from others of its genre?

What a difficult question! I get a lot of compliments about my colour palette so I guess that’s one thing that makes my work stand out. I would hope that the combination of my Scandinavian roots and my passion for the swinging 60s, the vibrant 70s and Japanese crafts makes my work unique as well.Danish Vintage Fabric Circular Handles Bag by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comWhy do I write/create what I do?

­Most of you probably know by now that writing and creating have always been my way of self-treating depression and anxiety. In other words, it keeps me sane. I’m very emotionally driven and I think that comes through in my work. It’s the reason why I don’t like making many of the same piece and in that sense I’m very much an artist. You can never recreate the exact same conditions so when I’m no longer in that particular state of mind, I simply cannot make any more of that particular piece. My work (and personal style) has changed radically over the years. At art school I would make things like a bra out of barbed wire and a crinoline out of transparent plastic with vertical rows of pockets with Polaroid photos of naked women. I had a lot to say about female oppression. As an art student my work was very dark, and often poetic I might add, but nowadays I’m in a much happier place and so I channel all my emotions into colourful, happy creations instead.Chiaki Creates - Sunny Granny Stripes chiakicreates.comHow does my writing/creating process work?

Most of my ideas come to me at night and I’ve always been much more productive in the evenings. I’m very organised and I like keeping my workspace tidy at all times, even when I’m in the middle of creating something. I always listen to music and drink copious amounts of green tea when I’m working. I tend to plan my designs thoroughly before I start making them but of course that doesn’t mean that things never go wrong. Oddly, when it comes to writing I don’t plan anything beforehand at all. When I get an idea I just start writing straight away and let it all come out. Writing is easier for me than creating because I find it much easier to perfect words.Hand-printed Retro Sixties Floral Pom Pom Tassel Tote Bag by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.comNow I would like to introduce you to three lovely creative ladies.

Jess of Jessthetics
A Philosophy graduate, vegetarian, environmentalist and feminist with a passion for making things. Jess is a fellow 70s lover and her style is unique and loads of fun. She recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells her sustainable handmade clothes.
Etsy shop

Ruth of Blue Eggs and Tea
A writer, by day academic, geologist, feminist and illustrator with a great eye for colour and a focus on birds. Ruth’s writing is absolutely wonderful and she draws the cutest birds. She sells her illustrations, prints and jewellery on Etsy and on Not On The High Street. I love that a portion of some prints go to charity.
Etsy shop
NOTHS shop

Kim of What Peggy Said
An llustrator, by day primary school teacher, vintage lover and fellow colourful crocheter. Like me, Kim is a former art student with loads of different creative outlets – sewing, designing and painting to name a few. She sells custom digital designs, illustrations and blog add-ons in her Etsy shop but she specialises in custom orders.
Etsy shop

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Lately, according to my phone

Spent an evening hand-printing tote bags which are for sale in my Etsy shop.
Made a super happy pom-pom scarf which is also for sale in my Etsy shop.One minute DIY: Rainbow dot washi tape shelf edging.
Spent an afternoon writing and listening to The Who.Made a Birthday tiramisu Swiss roll for my dear friend Kat‘s fiancé. (Photo by Kat.)
Got these gorgeous bracelets from my best friend in Sweden in the post.The trees on my road are covered in gorgeous pink blossoms.
My best friend in Sweden sent me this gorgeous necklace and a matching bracelet.


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My Etsy shop is now open

Chiaki Creates - Etsy ShopHurray! My Etsy shop is finally open!

Design ideas failed, I got bored with designs halfway through making them (I’m a serial starter) and life generally just got in the way. I also had it in my head that I needed a certain amount of goods before opening and therefore the opening of the shop kept getting pushed back. It got to the point where I decided to open the shop with what I have at the moment and to stock it as I go along. A few of the half-finished goods might make it to the shop at some point in the future as well.

If you fancy having a look, you can view my Etsy shop here.

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who, online and offline, has encouraged me to start selling my handmade goods again. Thank you so much for your support. You lot are marvellous! xx


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Delightful little things

Chiaki Creates - Delightful Little ThingsA list to celebrate the delightful little things in my life.

○ Making a kazillion pom-poms and tassels.

○ Practising mindfulness every day.

○ Going to a free comedy night and seeing the fantastic Tony Law.

○ Dancing to live music in a pub with a nameless man until late one Thursday night.

○ Rereading an old Ira Levin novel.

○ Celebrating my dear friend Kat‘s Birthday with loads of lovely people I’d never met before.

○ Organising my notebooks.

○ Binging on Benedict Cumberbatch films.

○ Making loads of new friends.

○ Drizzling Eat the Bits chilli oil on everything.

○ People thinking I’m Irish or Welsh because of my accent. I’ve been getting it a lot lately.

○ Rearranging my art and craft supplies.

○ Drinking Japanese Cherry Garden tea every evening.

○ Taking a hot bubble bath in candlelight.

○ Having amazing bento for lunch and a cuppa after with my dear friend Kat and her fiancé.

What delightful little things have happened in your life lately?


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Lately, according to my phone

Had the most marvellous evening with Kat at Bibimbap Soho.
I might have had Richard Ayoade’s spectacles in mind when choosing mine.Just a daily reminder.
Shimeji, shiitake & miso ramen and pork gyoza (not pictured) for dinner with Kat.This bright little pouch is one of the Birthday presents that I made for Kat.
Bracelets from my best friend in Sweden, washi tape & a crafty care package from Bridgeen.Got ready for a night out by listening to the Sherlock soundtrack.
Today I’m making a kazillion pom-poms and tassels.

My username on Instagram is chiakicreates if you fancy following along.


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Currently creating: Happy cushions

Hello, my dears! I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday.Chiaki Creates - Happy CushionsThe other day I made these cushions to test out a couple of new designs. I’m trying to focus on making a few things at a time right now as my mind is flowing over with design ideas, but I will eventually sell happy cushions when my Etsy shop is up and running.Chiaki Creates - Happy Cushions 2For the round dot and wave cushion I used fabric that I got at The Knitting & Stitching Show last year. Both of the floral fabrics that I used for the triangular cushion are vintage. I really like the effect of using two different fabrics for each cushion and I’m pretty much attaching pom-poms to everything I make at the moment.


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Lately, according to my phone

Dreamy Christmas gifts wrapped in shiny silver wrapping paper, polka dots and pom-poms.
My dear friend Viktorija gave me these super cute earrings handmade by Kate Rowland.Celebrated New Year’s in full colour, drinking Prosecco and planning adventures for 2014.
Treated myself to a bit of Kafka after a night of nightmares and stomach ache.Painted geometric wooden beads and made a dear friend a card for her move to Australia.
Apparently Ferrero Rocher boxes make perfect washi tape storage. It’s been more than two years but I’m still not even close to being bored with red hair.
Completely forgot that I took this photo of my friends’ kitten on Christmas Day.