Thursday, November 1, 2012

Floral Milk Packaging

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I just had to buy these cute little milk containers purely for the packaging.

Now I just have a lot of cups of tea to drink so I can stick the top parts into my scrapbooks! Photobucket

I love collecting sugar stick packets for the packaging. Actually it's a bit cheeky but I don't take sugar in my coffee or tea. I carefully slice the edge off and pour out the sugar or sometimes make a teeny slit in the back and stand over the bit watching the sugar fall out like an hourglass. I was at a meeting the other day and they had the most amazing sugar sticks - orange with white flecks, kind of 80s style! It took all of my self restraint not to pop one of those little sticks in my handbag. I wonder what brand that was... I'm a bit of a weirdo aren't I ha ha.

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Love Love
Hello Sandwich
xoxo

24 comments:

  1. wooowwww!! super cute containers!

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    1. Aren't they lovely? Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Im known for this too! I was staying at a really lovely B&B in Cornwall and at breakfast the lovely owner serve us delicious fresh warm croissants and mini pots of Bonne Maman Jam. So of course every morning I had to devise a way to sneak them in to my bag without the owner thinking I was crazy. Only thing is, I forgot about them once I got home and a month later found them in my rucksack looking a bit worse for wear :D.

    Those milk pots are lovely!

    Kat :)

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    1. That sounds so funny Kat! Ha ha! When I used to work at VOGUE and we went to parties I would often have to put the canape napkins in my pockets and I would often forget about them and find gross napkins week later. ewww.
      I love those little jam containers too! The other day I also got a cute lemon (for your tea) container :)
      x

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  3. That's why we love you! Did you get the sugar stick packs I left you at your apartment?
    xxx

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    1. Ha thanks Yumes!
      Just emailed you about the sugar sticks! I totally loved them!!! xoxo

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  4. I love the way the Japanese make everything look so pretty. In the UK they are so plain and utilitarian. We need more flowers! :-)

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    1. Yes! I agree! It was one of the things I noticed when I first came to Japan! Love this country! There is no reason for bad design. Even the cheap convenience store Lawsons have a beautiful packaging for their own brand! It's so cute and simple!

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  5. Ebony, I'd love to see a post (or reply! :-) about what you use your scrapbooks and journals for. From this blog I have a sense of what they look like but what is their purpose? When do you decide to make a scrapbook or journal and afterwards what do you do with it?

    I LOVE what you do but I find that unless I'm travelling I don't have the motivation to make one because... this is just my daily life so what's the point? Perhaps this is the wrong approach. Maybe I should be seeing every day as a kind of voyage. :-) Do you carry your scrapbook with you everywhere? Or perhaps I should ask - for you what's the difference between a scrapbook and a journal? Or is everything a scrapbook? I was wondering whether they're thematic ("pink things", "my neighbourhood") or related to time like a journal might be.

    Sorry for the long post! I'm SUCH a fan.

    Danielle in Montreal

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    1. Hello Danielle,

      Thank you for your long comment!

      These shots above are of a travel journal I made when I traveled domestically in Japan for my book tour launch. I wanted to keep all of the shop cards, maps and note all of the nice places I went to so I might be able to go back to them one time if I traveled there again.

      I keep a scrapbook of nice flyers while I'm at home in Tokyo where I glue in all of the free papers I pick up. You can see the book when I first started it here:
      http://hellosandwich.blogspot.jp/2010/09/tokyo-flyers.html

      I'm also currently making a little 'day journal' of the day I spent researching a suburb for my new Tokyo Guide. I thought if I put all of the shops we went to, along with maps and some little notes about each shop that I could keep the book myself for memories and also photocopy it to give my friend who I went with!

      I wish I did more journalling and scrapbooking! I think a journal is different to a scrapbook as it records a place / time and feelings. Ah, I guess a scrapbook does that too?! I always think of a scrapbook as just a lovely collection of papers and other nice items.

      I also just started a 'journals' folder on my pinterest if you're interested:
      http://pinterest.com/hellosandwich/journals/

      Have you seen the book 'How to be an explorer of the world'? My lovely friend Lauren gave it to me and it's a great inspiration for journalling and documenting everyday life in a unique way. Maybe it's interesting for you.

      Hope that helps a little! Love to hear if you (or anyone) has a good description of the difference between a journal and a scrapbook.

      Love Love
      Hello Sandwich
      xoxo


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  6. you're not weird you're cool! i actually save candy wrappers for the same reason. (o ^ ‿^o)♥

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    1. Ha thanks Mariana! Phew!
      I would love to see your candy wrappers collection! Oh I love candy wrappers too! You can see my collection in a scrapbook that was photographed for my Japanese craft book! :) '
      x

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  7. I love this! I have a collection of sugar packets too from all my Japan trips dating back to 2008. I had a good giggle reading that you don't take sugar in your tea or coffee, I'm the same and often have to devise ways to sneak the packets in my bags without my friends thinking I was very strange.. hahaha

    Your collection is actually beautiful! As always! :)

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    1. Thanks Emmie! I would love to see your collection too! Your secret is safe with me! ;) xoxo

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  8. Love this idea...I also save the tea tags on the end of the strings if they are interesting or I really enjoyed the tea. Where did you get the journal pictured.....I love it!

    Tara

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    1. Hello Tara,
      That's a great idea also!
      The journal above is one I bought from...hmm...let me see...maybe LoFT in Shibuya I think. But I am sure you could make your own like this! There is a tutorial on how to make handmade notebooks in my new book, too!

      x

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  9. I remember these from when I was in Japan! I thought they were lovely, but I didn't collect any (>n<) - oh well, perhaps I have to take another trip to Japan to collect some again! haha! Really loving your blog, you seem to love everything I love!! This post has reminded me that I have a folder full of bits and bobs I collected from my last trip, and a sketchbook ready to glue them in, so I think I'll spend a nice, rainy, Sunday afternoon indoors cutting, sticking and gluing! Thanks for the inspiration once again! x

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  10. Hi Ebony!

    I've been reading your blog for a long time and I love it! I collect packaging too, and I always find it interesting how food packaging varies from country to country. Hope to make it to Japan one day to see all the lovely Japanese packaging that we don't get in New York.

    Janelle
    www.janelle-jones.com/boxandbottle

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  11. Hi Ebony,

    First, I want to say that I love your blog. It is inspiring.

    I am also a sucker for beautiful packaging and have been known to buys things because the packaging looked cute. Currently, I collect Japanese candy packaging and paste them in little SMASH book. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

    Regards,
    Neene

    BTW, I'll be visiting Tokyo next and will definitely look for your craft book. I'll be in Shinjuku so I'll probably stop by Kinokuniya to look. Unless your book is being sold elsewhere. Please let me know.

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  12. Haha it's quite justifiable after seeing how cute these turned out in your book!

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