The Brands Boutique Launches Pop-Up Shop at Anime Expo 2013

July 5th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

AX Pop Up

Go visit my awesome friends at the Brands Boutique  at their Pop-Up Shop on July 4-7 at the Anime Expo here in Los Angeles, CA! The Anime Expo is North America’s largest event for anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture and will be loads of fun for anime lovers and non-anime lovers alike. Even for those who are less familiar with the thriving subculture, AX is a great opportunity to purchase some awesome art, toys, and more.  Throughout this weekend, I will be featuring some of my favorite picks from the Brands Boutique shop!

The Brands Boutique pop up shop at Booth 539 and 541 features products from 10 established independent designer brands and 8 comic book artists. They promise to bring the best variety of handcrafted kawaii and Japanese pop culture goodies to Anime Expo.

Designers include Twinkie Chan whose revamped crocheted accessory line “Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan” features official Hello Kitty collaboration pieces with Sanrio. Twinkie Chan! is featured in magazines such as Giant Robot, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as spots on the DIY Network and in the Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary fashion show in Los Angeles. Other brands include Foxwise, a hand stamped jewelry line inspired by geeky pop culture and Sawdust Bear Press, a publishing company started by artist Shing Khor, whose sculpted artwork has showcased at dozens of group exhibitions held at Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles and Immortal Gallery, Downtown L.A.

The Brands Boutique Pop up Shop hosts daily booth events for attendees such as a chance to be in their “Anime Expo Cosplay Gallery” going live online July 10, daily giveaways sponsored by participating brands, and free gifts with purchase!

This year, the pop up shop’s products range from food themed accessories by Happy Cupcake Days and character pillows by Plush Me to hand stamped jewelry from Foxwise, graphic tees inspired by Japanese pop culture from Super Good Clothing, cute plush animal tutorials from Tea Cup Lion, and Lolita inspired jewelry from the Pretty Pretty Jewelry Collection as well as crocheted “food” scarves from Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan, graphic tees by Funkey Monkey, and monster pins by Sawdust Bear. Plus, the booth features over 20 comic book titles from indie comic artists. Every product is handmade and locally crafted in the U.S.A.

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Custom Hand Painted Bob’s Burgers Mugs

July 3rd, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

bob's burgers mugs

If you have not watched Bob’s Burgers yet, I highly recommend you do so. Right now. Especially all Tina-centric episodes. When I saw this set of hand-painted Bob’s Burgers mugs, I was trying to imagine which one I’d drink from first! You can purchase these mugs individually or as a set. Of course you want the set, though! You don’t want to leave out anyone in the Belcher family.

Buy It: Etsy

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Spring Strawberry Pie!

July 2nd, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

Spring Strawberry Pie

This is posted over at my personal blog Slowdancing with Strangers, but I thought I’d also share it with my readers here in case any of you are interested.  It is not exactly craft related, but I certainly felt crafty enough. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago KimitheBee and I went to one of those U-Pick farms and picked our own strawberries as part of our Project365. I was actually not very helpful because I was too busy taking pictures (read: I’m lazy), but I was very excited to find out what she planned on making with our pickings.

She actually made a Spring Strawberry Pie and even a healthy strawberry shortcake. Both were delicious and made wish that it was strawberry season all-year long! If you’re interested in checking out the recipe and more pictures, head on over to Slowdancing with Strangers.

fresh strawberries



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Playfully Punny Beer Steins

July 2nd, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

Favorite Beer Steins

Summer is here and it’s time to get a-drinking! It doesn’t have to be alcohol, but I’m guessing the color would like nicer in these Punny Beer Steins. Artist James Gulliver Hancock has great respect and appreciation for the distinct look of classic beer labeling and pays homage to that with this clever typography and design. Glassware made in Louisiana, decorated in Minnesota. Bottoms up!

favorite beer steins

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

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The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse – Literary Art at Its Finest

June 26th, 2013 | No Comments » | by kristel

The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse

The Catcher in the Rye will forever be one of my favorite books. So even though I hate birds, I would still seriously consider buying this handmade birdhouse paying tribute to my favorite literary classic. Of course, this really isn’t meant for birds (unless your birds are fake and like books). Artist David Vissat, who also creates other Wild Wings Literary Lodgings, designs these birdhouses from vintage hardcover books. Each birdhouse is a work of art and meant to decorate your favorite bookshelf or other indoor space, plus each one is signed by Vissat himself.

The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse

The Catcher in the Rye Birdhouse

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Buy it: Pinch Gallery

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