Thursday, 31 July 2014

Incoming [July]

Lots of happy mail days this month, none of these have been replied to yet and I seriously can't wait. This month included some surprise mail in particular from Shelby who I know through IG. Her letter was full on quotes and inspiration it was so lovely and thoughtful. I definitely believe in creative karma. In all seriousness July has been a happy mail month and I feel very lucky and inspired.

I am blown away by some of this month's mail, you shouldn't have favourite but I do. Not for the contents of the envelopes but for the letters themselves. The mail art and extra things are great and a few of my pen pals share similar taste but its great to get letters from people who you can relate to and write to with ease. I trying to hold from writing to quickly so as no to add pressure on other party. At the same time taking my time to put in that extra effort is good. Looking forward as always to working on my replies!

Outgoing [July]

Lots of colour and love in this month's outgoing. Lots of new stationery supplies form recent adventures helps. As does the constant inspiration from Instagram of course. I'm on a roll too 3 pay it for forward letters went out too. I also managed to get some postcards this month too. I'm finally on top of outgoing but certainly do have a pile of post to replay as will be shown in my incoming mail.

Oh and I did a giveaway on instagram for reaching 300 followers. My package went out to the winner last week! Next month I hope to finish the last of my pay it forwards and get some family letter written.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sippo Cafe

I first passed Sippo Cafe with Vivian when we met up in Tokyo. We actually passed it on our way to Yamada, I must admit that it caught Vivian's eye more than mine. But as we were pressed for time we just left it. This time around when out with Kat we had more time and better weather so we decide to take a look.

Front the outside Sippo Cafe just looks as if it just sells second hand furniture and home ware. Upon further inspection there is a cafe in the back with pretty wooden furniture and a lot of wall clocks. Looking thorough my photos I notice a menu stuck one of pieces of furniture outside! The front of the shop has a great mixture of the souvenirs and zakka gifts.

Despite having the usual mix of kokeshi, Mt. Fuji things, washing tapes, handkerchiefs, cups, postcards etc. it was cool to see other brands or things that you wouldn't see in Loft or Yruindo. They stocked many handmade products too and I think everything was made or produced in Japan. I really should take better note of new brands I see! Next time I will be more observation specially to make a price comparison.

Sippo is another great and find, if I hadn't indulged in both Sublo and Yamada that day I would've pick up much more. If I happen to be in Tokyo before my mum's birthday next month I may get her present there. I like the mix of pre-loved and typical souvenirs. I would also like to go back and try the cafe as well the Yamada coffee shop.
〒 181-0013, Mitaka, Tokyo Shimorenjaku 3-32-15 1F
OPEN 12:00 ~ 21:30
Closed Thursday
☎ :0422-26-7414

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

36 Sublo

My third IG meet up of the year and in fact the summer was fantastic. I met the love Kat of The Craft Bureau. Talk about a great day. Being a stationeryohlic like my good self we had a blast trying to keep each from bankrupting ourselves. We headed to Kichioji and after a lot of getting lost we found 36 Sublo. I'd wanted to go for the longest time and it was nice no just finally to go but to go with someone to share my gasps of amazement.

36 Sublo is s small shop on the 1 floor (second in Japan) on Kichioji Dori and (in)conveniently close to a HUGE Loft and before you ask yes we went to Loft too!! How could we not!?!? But I digress. It's relatively small and stocked a lot of things I'd seen before but it did have a great selection of rubber stamps. There were some things that were ridiculously priced that really put me off. I did buy the same sumo stamps I'd been lusting over in Yamada Stationery and regretted not buying the last time. 

Over all 36 Sublo was okay it has a great stock just nothing I wanted to buy or not quite my taste or worth them money, buy still worth blogging about. Kichioji is a nice area and if I find my self there are again I may pop in there. If I have extra cash I would buy some of their great rubber stamps from their online store. But I don't think I will be going out of my way to visit like Yamada. 

Being strictly 'no photos' I only have the shot I took through the door. As you can see I didn't really buy much but do love my new envelopes. I'm glad I checked it out and now know what they have to offer. Oh on the place side their website is som much better that Yamada and easy for online shopping!

Kichijoji Honcho 2-4-16 original Building 2F, Musashino, Tokyo