Haul Pic: LOFT!!!

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July 23, 2014 - LOFT

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Took off from work early and dropped by the LOFT and bought stuff! Main item that I really wanted is the postage scale in the lower right. It looks like a postman! Picked up a few other things I needed. And leaves for a project. Hehehehe.


Things I do for a pen...

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So, I was getting breakfast (or a "morning" as it is called in Nagoya) and I noticed a little sign next to the register that said "Free mini fountain pen fo new card members".

You know where this is going.

I got one of their pre-paid point cards; I go to the cafe often enough anyways that getting the point card makes sense (or so I tell myself). The staff charged my new card and gave me a fountain pen that looked quite like a Petit1.

It turns out that it's one-time use. I might write up more about it, but right now, it's at work. I might just attempt to make it an eye-dropper when I use up the ink. 


Yesterday's Haul: Postcards

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August 21, 2014 - Tokyu Hands

Found a new favorite printer: Kyupodo 九ポ堂

Such beautiful design in letterpress. These cute imaginary retro-style ads that I can't get enough of. I want everything from their shopping area series. So amazing!

As for the vine sticker tape...I needed that for a postcard that I made and sent yesterday, so there's only a bit left. I still had the backing paper in my purse, so I added it to the photo.


Tuesday's Haul: Autumn is coming

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August 19, 2014 - Tokyu Hands

Despite the blazing late summer heat, I couldn't resist picking up some autumn mini sets from 彩彩 (Saisai) by 古川紙工 (Furukawa Shiko).  I also got an ippitsusen for my mom and a padded envelope to send off some tiny presents.

Now I need to justify the starry mini letter set by sending something to someone.


Haul Post: Sketchy stuff

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July 18, 2014 - Olympia Plus

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  • maruman Art Spiral sketchbook - I haven't filled up my first one yet, but I'm headed home for two weeks, including visiting my Alma Mater, so there's a good chance I'll need more space.
  • maruman watercolor postcards (50 ct.) - with the positive reactions I've been getting from my sketches, I've decided to upgrade to sending sketch postcards as well during my time in California.
  • HS Clear A5 notebook cover - I debated buying this for my Creators Market notebook, but ended up getting it, mainly because it has a huge pocket on the outside.
  • PLUS page turners - i was in a just-in-case mood and bought another pack.
  • 3M Petit Design Sticky notes - These are for a friend, but I included it in the shot anyways.

  • Yesterday's Haul

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    July 15, 2014 - Olympia Plus

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    Zebra Sarasa Clip refills x3 - For once, I'm getting refills rather than losing yet another one of these and buying a replacement. The ink in the one I use at work has dropped to below the grip, so I figured it was time to get another one. And why get one when I can get three? :)

    Midori Hook Band (Ladybird) - I'm always on the lookout for ways to take care of my cords, always managing to find decent, often clever, solutions, but never anything that sticks. I don't have insanely high hopes for these, but they caught my eye and a girl can dream, right?

    Uni Propus Window Highlighter (Toy Story Aliens, green) - I used to use highlighters at work, but for whatever reason, I stopped. I think it's about time I started again. So I bought this highlighter because, well, why not? I actually already own a set of these. After a year or so of Frixion highlighters, I think it's about time to go back to these. 


    Events: Creators Market vol.30

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    The Creators Market is the largest gathering of artists, craftsmen, and creators in the region. There are just under two thousand booths of people selling artwork, prints, pottery, clothing, jewelry, furniture, food, bags, stationery, and countless other items. As well as food trucks from local and not so local restaurants. It takes place twice a year at the convention center near the bay.

    I started going to the Creators Market last year. My friend Samancha comes into Nagoya to join me and we always have a great time.

    I always take a shot of the wristband, then forget to take shots of pretty much anything else during the event.

    I always take a shot of the wristband, then forget to take shots of pretty much anything else during the event.

    The first time we went was a bit of a shock. The first few minutes were pure euphoria. We were surrounded by creativity and artist talent and we foolishly decided to visit all the booths, because we did not want to miss anything.

    By the time we got about two-thirds of the way through the first building, finishing off the rest was more of a challenge we were unwilling to back down from. And upon entering the second building, we both learned that human beings really do stop dead in their tracks when faced with something they cannot comprehend. After all that we had seen, there was still more. A lot more. Almost a thousand booths more.

    Shaking off the initial shock, we went to the food trucks to regroup. And after filling our stomachs, we decided that we had spent enough money for the day and headed back, inspired, satisfied, and most of all, dead tired.

    The second time, we knew what we were in for and up against. We accepted that we might miss something, but that was okay. We also had a few favorites from the first time, so we had some clear objectives to guide us. In addition to my usual postcards and such, I also came away with a beautiful wooden pen/postcard stand. As we left on another inspiration buzz, there was still a lot of tiredness, but no fatigue this time.

    Volume 30 was our third Creators Market and I was prepared.

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    I started by packing a bag specifically for the Creators Market:

    • a 100 yen bag
    • an A4 hard case to hold and protect my haul (we both bought an A4 poster at vol.29 and it came with no backing or bag, leaving us extremely paranoid of creasing it for the rest of the day)
    • a small pouch to keep my money , and a notebook (courtesy of an exhibitor last year)
    • a pen to record my purchases of the day.

    I had a card case as well for all of the business cards, but they ended up fitting in the money pouch.

    If you haven't guessed yet, I'm the type to bring everything and the kitchen sink, but I wanted to keep things to a minimum. To this I just added my keys, commuter pass, cell phone, and iPad mini. Next year, I think I'll be bringing some tissues and wet wipes because the food trucks don't have any napkins.

    I also looked into the exhibitors online before the event, noting our favorites as well as others I wanted to check out. This came in handy after a third of the first building, when we decided to just hit the ones I had marked and stop at interesting booths along the way. 

    Two of four pages I wrote out. Smears thanks to condensation and me forgetting about the tea bottle in my bag. 

    Two of four pages I wrote out. Smears thanks to condensation and me forgetting about the tea bottle in my bag. 

    Some of the booths that were a must for me were:

    • 雅春 - A kirie artist whose style and use of color I adore. I first simply bought his postcards at Tokyu Hands, but I met him at talk a craft fair two years ago and have made it a habit to drop by his booth and chat. 
    • AOYAMA TOSHIYUKI - An artist whose paintings are simply lovely. They tell a story and depict a world that I want to live in. 
    • rala design - A stationery company I just found out about and was really happy to see they had a booth at CreaMa. Just awesome.
    • Aquagreen - A glasswork studio whose work not only looked awesome on a skill level, but also quite creative in their design. 
    • Kirieya - Another kirie artist whose work invoke a bit of nostalgia in me. He often draws the travles of duo made up of a black cat named Yume and a Saint Benard named Balloon.
    • CUBIC SOUL - An artist who mainly draws characters in kick-ass clothing. She is also one of the rare artists who hits the right chords with me and Samancha. I also adore her branding. 
    • 海鳩堂 - Refered to by Samancha and I as "Blue Alice" because of an A4 poster we both bought last year. Gorgeous use of color and strongly influenced by Ghibli.
    • SUNDAY*E - A stationer who makes simplistic and tasteful paper labels and mini sheets. Quality paper and great branding.

    We left this CreaMa refreshed, energized, inspired, and with only slightly sore feet. Experience really does make a difference. And I can't wait for Creators Market vol.31, which is already set for November 15-16.

    I'll post a simplified rundown of my haul soon.

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    Yesterday's Haul: Work stuff and Silver Card!

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    July 2, 2014 - Olympia Plus

    Pilot Frixion refills - 0.7 purple x2, green x2, light blue, pink, orange - I use these for work and while running out of one color doesn't drive me as crazy as some may think, it does bother me greatly, so I like having a set of refills on hand. I used to carry them around because I work in two different places, but I just can't be bothered anymore. 

    PLUS page turners - M size - These are meant to be worn on finger tips to make page turning easier, but I got them to cover my writer's callous. Hopefully it'll lighten the effect of writing frantically for forty minutes six times a day. But I may have bought one size too big...another trip to the store? (*^^*)

    Sakura clear pouch - cassette size - Bought to store above two items and other small bits and pieces in my work case that are floating around in bigger pockets.

    Kokuyo NOViTA postcard folder - 60 pockets, clear - I filled my last one to the brim and there are a bunch of homeless postcards waiting to be tucked into snug pockets. And that number above is correct; I filled 60 pockets front and back wi over 120 postcards. Admittedly many will not be sent out, like my AOYAGI TOSHIYUKI set and a bunch of souvenir ones, but most are for sending. It's part of my sel-prescribed hoarding therapy: learning to let go. I figure part of a postcard's purpose is to be sent, so I shouldn't keep it to myself. I need to spread the awesomeness of some of these artists to others. Besides, if I really want it to keep it, I'll buy two.

    Also: OLYMPIA SILVER CARD- I've spent so much money at Olympia Plus, that I've been upgraded from the pink point card to the silver one. I am happy and horrified at the same time. But I cannot deny the feeling of accomplishment. I need to look up what special perks I get. The biggest concern is the need to control my desire to spend another small fortune as fast as I can to get to the gold card.