Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The eXceptionally crafty Xue!

When I recently saw photos of some very cool handmade stamps that Xue (Xue Originals) and her children had been had been making lately, I was totally smitten with them and I immediately wanted to purchase one. Problem was that these stamps weren't available for sale because they were simply a school holiday project that Xue had been working on with her kids. Lucky pair of youngsters for having such a clever and crafty mother! I contacted my friend Xue and asked about the possibility of her doing a custom made stamp for me. The answer was yes! I was very happy. I was even more happy when my stamp arrived a couple of days ago. I then went into happy overload upon discovering all the extra surprises in my parcel!


This is the awesome parcel of goodies that I received all the way from Japan from my very good friend Xue. Everything was so beautifully wrapped and even the outside of the parcel was a work of art! I was in awe of the pretty packaging! Included was a sweet homemade stamped fabric pencil wrap, which included a nice set of water colour pencils (btw, there's an 'All in a Wrap' available to buy from Xue's Etsy Shop), a set of four little kawaii magnets (made with the assistance of her crafty children Annika and Niklas), cute-as-button hairbands, a packet of gorgeous origami paper, a bunch of Japanese stickers and...


MY STAMP! Isn't it the cutest thing? Xue asked for my input before starting the design but I completely left it up to her to surprise me because I just knew that she would create something fun that I'd love. And she did! I can't wait to get started on my stamping frenzy. I may even start stampin' my walls any minute!

I wanted to somehow convey the diversity of Xue's creative talents, so I've sourced a selection of photos from Xue's blog to give an example of the variety of her crafty endeavours. I believe the following images do give some insight into the versatility of the inspiring and incredibly gifted artisan known as Xue.


A small sample of some of the stamps Xue has recently made


Xue illustrates magazines


And creates lovely card cases


And bakes delicious looking treats!


Designs and sews very stylish bags


Creates beautiful jewellery pieces


Gets crafty with her children making cute kawaii magnets


And creates more jewellery in the form of sweet mama pendants


Lastly is this set of 'Candy House' drawings by Xue's nine year old daughter Annika. Impressive stuff from one so young! Looks like little Annika is already following in the footsteps of her talented mother. Xue's Etsy shop can be found here. Xue's blog can be found here, where you'll discover a mix of Xue's latest creations/projects, yummy food, travel adventures, family celebrations, and beautiful Cherry Blossoms!


Domo arigato-gozaimasu Xue!

33 comments:

PJ said...

Oh, you are one lucky duck and Zue is the kind of crafter I dream of being. What a wonderful friend she is, sending all those special extras.

Alissa Nicolau said...

Her package contents look amazing! Such a time portal to my younger days of collecting stickers and stationary. I like your friend Xue's choices, a grown up girl assortment of goodies! The stamp she made for you is delicious! Enjoy!

Hot Fudge said...

Thank you Tracy for introducing us to the incredible Xue. What a remarkable artisan she is. Lucky children!

art ache said...

How lucky you are Harriet! Xue did a wonderful job on your stamp. So cute!!! Thanks for introducing us to the amazing Xue. That bag is divine!

High Desert Diva said...

Love the stamp!

Xue is uber creative. Always fun to see what she comes up with.

Nice post.

XUE said...

Oh! Oh! Oh!...I'm a little speechless!...but just a little as soon I'll be yakking my head off to you! I can't wait to show this to the kids when they get home. Thank you Tracy, for this wonderful start to this cold, grey rainy day (over here). Thank you for this glowing write-up! I feel so crafty after reading this, I shall go carve up more stamps now - which will be on sale via my Etsy or via email. :)

Kym said...

Wow...that is so sweet of Xue and her children to make all of that for you! What talents they all have! I love the personal stamp!

Victoria said...

WoWee!! Your stamp, is fabulous! How freakin' fun is that! I am totally blown away by your friends skills, and the whole package you received... looks like pure joy!

Lisa B. said...

I love your new stamp!! What a wonderful package Xue put together for you! What a talented lady:)

M.Kate said...

Hey T, I agree with PJ's comment, you are one lucky duck!!! haha:P AND this is one long post, but a great one as it featured our talented friend Xue. I always joked with her that only domestic goddess like her has time to get crafty, I'll dream of the day when I can do that...maybe when I have pensioned ;p Love here stamp and it is so YOU, though I dont think you lick your lips while you take pictures..or do you? I love her bags...I have one, named after me of course hehe! and her children are equally as talented as her. I think my son draws better than me :( I wonder what Xue will do the next...bye, just back from snorkelling from one of the island, not seeing anything much, its raining and well, more work tomorow..even the envelope is cool..now that's hard to keep up when do my next package..see you soon.

donat said...

you scored well harriet and the stamp seems perfect for you. i'll have to order more of your photos soon so that you can stamp my order with your cool new toy! thanks for sharing the talents of your friend. i had trouble scrolling past the cookies ;P

Tizzalicious said...

Wow, such a nice package!

She makes the coolest things!

XUE said...

dear aunty tracy, thank you for putting my drawings on your blog. i was 7 when i drew those candy houses but i will be 9 this May. when i grow up, i want to be my mama. i like the photos you took of the seagulls and pelicans. they look so not real and they are pretty. - annika from tokyo

whimsicalpam said...

Wow! I would have to say that Xue is the queen of crafting...so talented, in so many areas...very impressive!!

cabin + cub said...

those are such cute stamps!!! :)

Little Lovables said...

Love those stamps! And wow, she does a lot of different crafts!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

A trueblue asian, indeed! Amazingly talented both mum & daughter. Can be proud of but am jealous coz am not as crafty as she is...

Your lucky you've got the samples of her masterpiece. Love the cards paintings.

ENjoy and have a wonderful cool Thursday.

See you aroundxxx

Maggie May said...

Love your blog, your pictures, your quote on surrealism, the random comment about typewriters! So glad to have stumbled here :)

Chris said...

OK....after looking at this I feel so UNtalented;)

Paula Scott said...

Domo arigato, Tracy for introducing Xue to us! I've always wanted a chop block but I have no idea how to aquire one. Perhaps Xue can point me in the right direction!
I am in awe of all the things she does!
Mahalo nui loa for the links to Xue too! M'gosh she is soooo very talented!

Catherine said...

What a wonderful gift...

annette said...

Talented absolutely!!! That is a wonderful stamp T, love it, off to check out all the links you gave for Xue. Happy week (nearly weekend) to you. A:0)

Sassy said...

I have just come upon Xue...she is awesome and I love the tribute you have given her....what a great friend you are to do this....How fun to receive such a wonderful package....you are both very lucky!!!!

Chrisy said...

Lordy this girl is talented...and I think your new stamp is fabulous...it really goes with your style..will to sure to head on over to Xue's blog and etsy shop for a visit...

red.door.read said...

this is wonderful. what a cool bunch o goodies. those stamps are lovely.

magpie said...

delightful!

wanted to let you know i've tagged you with a meme (for a meme? on a meme? at a meme?) i'm a meme virgin so i'm not certain about the protocol or if it's as lame as a chain letter. this particular one did give me a nice kickstart so there you go. (let me know what you think?)

magpie

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Thanks for introducing Xue. What a beautiful name Xue is and cute shop!

Paz said...

Wow! She IS talented. Your stamps look terrific.

Paz

Nicole said...

So creatively talented!

Ali said...

Oh my! I am just going a little bit funny looking at those stamps and your extra goodies!! How lovely!! and I love your Hey Harriet stamp - looks like you! (did you send her a photo?!)

Gina said...

I've visited Xue's blog before and seen the stunning bags..but I also love the rubber stamps!! "D

earthexpressions said...

I love the stamps and the mama pendants :) Great Job Xue!!

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