And judging by some of the gifts I received, it seems my friends know me all too well.
My best friend, Liz, slaved in a hot kitchen to make me the most delicious and original birthday cakes in the world. Not only were they butter cream iced, but they were in the style of my favorite kitschy outdoor commodity, garden gnomes. Look how cute they are peeking through the leaves of icing.
Dan thrifted me these copies of Sketches of Japan in 1945. Beautiful, every single one of them. But here are three of my favorites.
Also thrifted from Dan was this totally vintage album of Japanese classic folk tunes, printed in 1958. Love it.
Who recalls something I may have casually mentioned back in April in my post titled “An Assortment of Impossible Things to Likely Never Happen, aka The Thrift Wish List”...something about owning a Blythe doll…? Well the third entry on the list, Blythe herself is officially
I also was fortunate enough to receive a lovely little Coach pouch, a few feminist zines, a punching bag and even more garden gnome paraphernalia.
In looking at this strange and wonderful assortment of items, some thrifted and crafted, some imported, some designer and some purely for punching, one could draw a few conclusions:
- I am both eclectic and slightly eccentric when it comes to Japan, kitsch, designer goods and anything described as “cute.”
- I have truly awesome family and friends that know this as fact and appreciate all of my quirks and interests. They just…get me.