Although there are several books which I covet that are unavailable, the library is stocked to the brim with many other super inspiring and lovely books.
I took out Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching and Basic Stitches to help with my attempted journey towards stitching. With an embroidery hoop purchased from Daiso, air soluble pen from a Bernina store and Kyuuto! Embroidery (as inspiration), I think I'm all set to try out some amateur-ish stitching.
Around the World with Mouk from Amazon
However, the book which I wanted to get my sticky hands on was missing - Around the World With Mouk by Marc Boutavant. Originally in French, the English translated version was sitting at the shelf of the university bookstore, looking all attractive and colourful. The illutrations are Gorgeous. But the price made me Gasp, leaving my little struggling/poor student soul breathless.
However, if I had a little cousin/niece/nephew to pamper, I would have promptly paid for it. (Probably keep it with me for a couple of years first before giving it to the child). But since I had none, back on the shelf it went.
1. marini*monteany - Illustration
2. marini*monteany - Illustration
both from Design Festa
Dumpling Dynasty Explorer Kit from Wu & Wu
Have you heard of Dumpling Dynasty? It has the cutest things ever - totes, child play kits and pouches. My absolute favourite is the Young Explorer Kit which has vintage-style metal torch, magnifying glass, metal compass, string with knot-guide and notebook and pencil.
Or if you are looking for something more sewing-related, consider this Easy Sew Bunny Kit!
Dumpling Dynasty Bunny Kit from Wu & Wu
Each kit costs USD 18 from Wu & Wu webshop, and the local store I found them was selling them at NZD 45 each *whispers - eeeekkk!*. Again, my poor student soul can hardly take the steep price tag. But it is lovely to see how gifts can be so inspiring, cute and child-practical all at the same time. It makes me feel like assembling my own kit :).
And ohmigoodness! What is this? A cute walking radish and whimsical bambi?If you are interested, check out Wu & Wu which is based in Chicago, for more Chinese cuteness. And listen to the cute Chinese song they play on the website!