Kirsten and I were on the same page last night. I used some of the paper I've been hoarding for ages to make some ATCs. Scans in a week or so because the ATCs are for a secret father time swap.
I also dragged out our four-strong Japanese craft book collection. Oddly enough, we can't buy Japanese craft books in Toronto. Tania recently put out a call for leads. I keep checking the comment thread to the post and so far I'll still have to use yesasia.com to obtain any Japanese craft books I'd like. The problem with using an internet site is that I can't thumb through the books.
The previous paragraph was a long aside to explain why Ptichka and I spent several hours in the book store attached to Uwajimaya in downtown Seattle thumbing through the craft books. Below are our spoils, which have given me some ideas for ATCs.
I bought this one for Ptichka for Christmas. It's an entire book of small containers with some added kanzashi. I bought it mainly for the kanzashi.
This is a book on sashiko that Ptichka bought. We've already gone through all the sashiko books in the Toronto Public Library system.
Then there is this one, which features all sorts of natural/organic designs. It reminds me quite a bit of Lotta Jansdotter, whom I adore. This is the book that got the imagination going again.
Finally, Corsage and Something Like Corsage, which is full of all sorts of yummy floral creations.
We wish that we could have bought more craft books, especially embroidery, but I suppose that we'll just have to go back to Seattle again soon.