When we were researching what we wanted to do in Vancouver, one of Ethan's work mates that lives in Vancouver told us that we had to go to Aberdeen Mall (knowing that I was all into Japanese kawaii, etc.) This place was awesome! But little did we know, there was a DAISO in the mall! Two floors. Gigantic.
I'd only heard of Japan-based Daiso online, mostly when looking for bento supplies, but was always sad we didn't have one here in Atlanta (and I'm kind of surprised we don't because we have a large Asian population here... We have a couple Hmarts - you'd think Daiso would be next! Who knows.. maybe one day? One can hope!) I had no idea there was one in Vancouver, much less in this mall! When I turned the corner and saw it... I definintely had a moment. The angels sang.
I did pretty well considering the MASSIVE amount of eye candy in this place! Most of the items are $2 or less. These crazy adorable needle felting and felt doll craft kits below were only 2 bucks each! AAAH. SO CUTE. I almost scooped them all up, but I was good and only got four. I can't wait to make these. I've always loved the idea of craft kits and would love to put together some of my own with my own designs - but the task seems daunting! I love that they come with everything you need... even the polyfill stuffing.
Here are some random pics I took around the store below with my phone. Not the best pics, but I thought I'd share them anyways.
And speaking of needle felting.. I've never really been into needle felting crafts... or, rather, I rarely see a needle felted creation that I get too excited about. But while in Vancouver, we happened upon their Circle Craft festival and there was a needle felting artist, Shima Itabashi, with a booth - and OH WOW, I about died! Her creations are incredible. Her entire booth set-up was one of the cutest things I've seen in a long time at a craft show. I reaaaaalllly wanted to take photos, but she had a little sign up that said "no photos" but she was super, super sweet about it. I think some artists are a bit scared someone's going to rip off their ideas, which I totally understand. You can find her on Facebook, Etsy and Twitter. I wish I could've bought everything, but I only managed to walk away with a little kit to make something myself. I have major regret I didn't buy one of her creations instead! The problem was *choosing* what to get. I love her little felt world.
That is Shima above right She seems to be based in Vancouver and does a lot of shows (maybe that explains her lack of Etsy inventory?). So if you're in the area, I highly recommend tracking her down at her next show! I'm so inspired to try needle felting myself.
Do you needle felt? Do you have a book of patterns/ideas that are your go-to books? Please share! I want in on this needle felting world. ; )