We ordered a roll of decorative washi tape off Etsy a couple of weeks ago…
… a very pretty package duly arrived from Japan shortly after.
It came from seller Eriko Shirasawa whose Etsy shop is called Sweet Supplies Store. We have to sing Eriko’s praises – look at the effort that’s gone into sending a humble little item. It was nicely wrapped – stickers & stamps, business card, a hand written message – and what looks like paper confetti – lovely!!
On to the tape itself, which features illustrations by Miroslav Sasek from his series of ‘This is…’ children’s books.
In this case, it’s ‘This is London’ which dates from 1959. As we’ve mentioned many times previously, we love Sasek’s artwork. It really is fabulous – charming and witty – and very distinctive. There are a few different designs of tape you can choose from too.
It’s perfect for decorating notebooks or little gifts – hanging notice board items… or even acting as a decorative border to a shelf or wall.
We spotted this vintage Grandad mug amongst a sea of crockery today. It dates from the 1960s/70s and is very reminiscent of something John Clappison might have designed for Hornsea Pottery. It actually originates from Japan and we’ve seen other pieces from this company – soup bowls etc. We love the graphic interlocking typeface pattern and the soft green colour too.
It’s big enough for a nice cup of tea or milky coffee. Have you got a special Grandpa that deserves a treat? Or someone who’s old before their time and might suit the ironic Grandfather reference?
Spring is finally springing so we’re looking forward to the ornamental cherry tree in our garden to begin flowering in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, have a look at the fantastic colour range of the peach blossom on the trees in this orchard in Japan.
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At first glance I thought this was the new Teletubbies set. It’s actually a park in Ōzora, Hokkaido, Japan. The pink is a natural carpet of Moss Phlox (known in Japan as Shiba Sakura) that blossoms every spring. What’s amazing is each flower is no more than 1.5cm across!