There’s been a long radio silence here due to some horrible hackers deciding they will hijack this URL to divert the 3 people who actually read this (me, my mum and…me again) to sites selling illegal medication. But thanks to the amazing Rich of Dogwonder (@dogwonder on Twitter – can’t recommend them highly enough if you need a brilliant UX Developer) I’m now back up and running. So back to nicer things…

I always love working on wedding invites for friends – and I was really pleased to be asked by my very good friend and pub table-tennis champion, Paula, to work on her save the dates and invites. I’m really pleased with how the illustrations turned out – the selection above comes from across the stationery pieces, and they’ve used them on their wedding website, too.
And tomorrow we’ll be off to the wedding – and I will attempt to defeat the bride in the rematch of our epic, 5-set, beer garden match of 2010 which has since become the stuff of legend.

Congratulations, Paula and Chris!!

UPDATE: I lost. but I had to let her win, right..?


OK, it says a lot about me that I’ll start my posts on Tokyo with stationery (well, if anyone reading this – are you out there?! – knows me, perhaps it’s a slight surprise I haven’t started with food, but anyway…). I couldn’t get enough of the stationery & accessories, and having got back home, far from Tokyu Hands, I wish I had bought much, much more! But I did find some great stuff, which I thought I’d share.

1. Washi Tape. I will stick it on my bike, shelves, notebooks and anything else that stays still long enough.
2. On the tape theme, there was a huge selection of these decorative seals – I picked this camera design out from among the cupcakes, kawaii animals and other cuteness.
3. Letterpress notepaper set by a Japanese company called Orange Airlines. I can’t find any info on them online, sadly.
4. I loved this illustrated postcard by Japanese illustrator Sayaka Sugiura.
5. Cameras again – this time on a little namecard/business card by Tsutsumu.
6. Everyone in Tokyo seemed to have a bike – and great bike accessories. I found this bike bell from Charly in amongst the cloud and star-shaped bike mirrors and kawaii panniers at Loft. Oh, and ‘Charly’ apparently means ‘bike’ in Japanese!
7. Mount Fuji notepaper by Midori.

And tea? Well, I did manage two weeks without a proper cuppa, and got quite addicted to green tea. So how could I come back without a super-kawaii teapot to make it in? And Tokyu Hands had just the thing!


There are many great blogs out there about how to shop for stationary, kawaii and craft stuff in Tokyo, and I’d recommend the excellent Asking for Trouble and Hello Sandwich, and I wish that the Tokyo Craft Guide from Sake Puppets and Miss Matatabi had been out in time for my trip.

My picks are definitely Tokyu Hands (Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukero branches were all worth a visit), Loft (Shibuya) and Itoya (Ginza). The postcard was one of a few I picked up from a lovely shop in Yanaka called Biscuit.

Next up… food. Oh, and evidence that I did at some stage leave the craft shops and saw some of Tokyo! (^_^)

Drawing bikes is fun, but hard (like trying to cycle uphill…). I’m just putting the finishing touches to a great project I’ve been working on – a commissioned illustration for a wedding gift for two keen cyclists, and making sure I make the bikes look  like their bikes is just as much of a challenge as making sure they can recognize themselves!

Anyway, all this drawing of panniers and gears has given me an idea for a new greetings card for all the cyclists out there – watch this space!