Raise the Red Lantern

The Victoria Chinatown is the oldest in North America and although small, it is brimming with history and interesting detail. Fan Tan Alley and Dragon’s Alley are mysterious and intriguing. I have always been mesmorized by red lanterns with their bold yet delicate beauty. The red glow creates a festive and flattering atmosphere. Here are some shots I took while wandering at dusk through the nooks and crannies of Chinatown.

 

18. February 2012 by jennywren
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Happy Year of the Dragon!

27. January 2012 by jennywren
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Furochic Etsy Store Open

For those Etsy lovers, and I am one of them, Furochic is now open for business on the supply side of Etsy. Click here to browse. There are some beautiful, traditional Japanese  furoshiki for sale too.

24. January 2012 by jennywren
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Furochic It!

When it comes to origami I always have great intentions but even when I try to fold the most simple of animals, it ends in frustration. Furoshiki is similar to origami as the wrap always starts out as a square piece of fabric but it is so much easier to use. For the book wrap in this photo, place the wrap on a diagonal with the book in the center and then take the opposite corners and tie them into a double knot. The fabric will pull tightly around the gift and the knots will become a bow on top of the gift. The wine bottle wrap is a little more complicated but always looks impressive. One of the most common comments I receive about Furochic is that people don’t like to give them away! If you let them go, they will surely come back to you one day – that is the beauty of reusable gift wrap!


23. January 2012 by jennywren
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Beautiful Bubbly

I was shopping today for an upcoming celebration and wanted to share the beauty of these champagne bottles. The label as an artform is an interesting one in it’s ability to create a mood for the festivity.


11. January 2012 by jennywren
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Furochic Christmas

The nice thing about about having the whole family using Furochic to wrap their gifts at Christmas is that everyone gets to take some home and keep re-wrapping! My three year old niece has become an expert at untying knots! The other thing I like is that I spend very little time wrapping my gifts. I must have wrapped twenty gifts in less than half an hour.

05. January 2012 by jennywren
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Staying Cozy

I discovered this beautiful illustration today by Sandra Eterovic and it seemed perfect on a cold Winters day.

16. December 2011 by jennywren
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Country Living

12 gift wrapping ideas you will want to steal! Country Living has featured my shirt wrap as one of them. Thank you CL!

15. December 2011 by jennywren
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Love Birds

A new illustration inspired by Mexican folk art, rococo frames and Moroccan stars!

14. December 2011 by jennywren
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Perfectly Imperfect

I am loving my latest book purchase illustrated by Virginia Johnson, The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman. The illustrations are SO beautiful and detailed and such a refreshing way to capture home interiors instead of using photographs. Virginia Johnson was introduced to me a few years ago when a friend brought me to her quaint shop in Toronto and I have quickly become a huge fan of her fabrics, dresses and shawls.

12. December 2011 by jennywren
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