Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Be Happy Now!

One of my favorite Etsyian and fellow Israeli artist, Jenny a.k.a. behappynow, is the latest featured seller on Etsy! Jenny's work is a fun whimsical romp through a colorful world filled with cats, monsters, little houses, bees and just about every other creature and object that you can think of. Congratulations Jenny! Keep up the great work. Read Jenny's Etsy interview here.

MAZEL TOV! - A Lucky Treasury

Everyone could use a little luck these days. Check out my latest treasury chock full of lucky charms.

Featured Etsyians:
luckyhands, EmilyEJewelry, nightcloud2, theclaspofisis, sugarpanda, binarywinter, maylofts, tamarshalom, lushjewelry, ellaklara, steelhips, solcreations1

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lucky Hands By Hanoch Reichert

After a multi-decade halt in production, my father, Hanoch Reichert, has finally reconnected with his artsy roots! His art focuses on Jewish/Middle Eastern themes, specifically the Hamsa, a traditional symbol of luck and protection for many middle-eastern cultures, shaped like a hand. The word "hamsa" comes from the Hebrew and Arabic words for five, referring to the five fingers on the hand.

When my family lived in Israel my dad used to make a lot of art in his free time. He would make beautiful, intricately cut-out paper Ketubot, Jewish marriage contracts, for local weddings. He also was an amateur carpenter, making cabinets and wooden clocks. His main job was an Industrial Design teacher in the local high school. But when we moved to America in the early 90's he went straight to work to provide for our family, and so he put his art on hold. That all changed when my brother, Shai, got engaged a few years ago and asked my father for a Ketubah for his wedding. My dad quickly got to work and made a gorgeous Ketubah filled with ornate drawings of Jewish symbols, decorated with shades of gold and silver. That was it! Once he started to draw and design again he was on a roll, and it was just a matter of time before he got started in earnest.

You can view and purchase his beautiful charms in his new Etsy shop

Planto Mini-Model

My friend Jennah sent me pictures of her adorable nephew, BVS, modeling his soft and lovely new Organic Planto Onesie. I think Planto has never looked better. Thanks again Jennah!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Check out the two new Planto prints added to my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tokyo Guitar Samurai

Here is a little video I took on my last night in Tokyo a few weeks ago. My friends and I stumbled upon this teeny tiny bar in the Golden Guy area of Tokyo. We were drawn in by the sounds of traditional Okinawan music. We found a Guitar Samurai playing the tunes. As soon as we entered he began to play "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We ended up hanging out at this bar until 4 am, chatting with some interesting characters and singing songs.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Planto Christmas Card!

With the holiday season just around the corner, everyone is looking for the perfect Christmas cards to accompany their perfect gifts. Why not give someone a Planto Christmas card? He'll make them feel warm, toasty and special.

You can find this Planto Xmas Card and more lovely gifts in my etsy shop.

It Could Be Worse...

I just couldn't resist! My newest Treasury highlights some of the hilariously morbid arts and crafts on So have look and a laugh before it expires:

Monday, December 15, 2008

Traveling Wares 2008 - Sugar Mom's

Yes! My first Traveling Wares craft show, at Sugar Mom's, rocked! I had so much fun meeting lots of new crafters and shoppers, eating cheese tatter tots, drinking cider and enjoying the great vibe and setting.

Check out the rest of my pictures from the sale here.

If you haven't made it out to any of the Traveling Wares craft shows yet or still need your fix of fun and original local handmade goods then you have two more chances to check out the show:

Saturday, December 20th, 700 club 1-6 pm (2nd / fairmount)
Sunday, December 21st, Tattooed mom 1-6pm (4th / south) <----I'll be selling at this show :)

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Botodesigns and JASGP

The folks over at the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia have put together a lovely blog post about my work and current art show. You can check out the post here:

If you are not familiar with the JASGP then definitely check out the rest of their site for all Japan related events and activities in the Philadelphia Area.

Thank you Chris and Sam!!

What's For Dinner? - A Delicious Treasury

With so many holiday dinners coming up, how can you not have food on the brain? Luckily there are many Etsy crafters here to help satisfy your cravings.

Catch my new treasury here before it's all gobbled up.

Featured Etsyians:
roscata sweetbabu shayaaron fromthehipcreations McYarnpants PinkHelloKitty Morganmelim GoBuggy dadadreams edessedesigns bugbitesplayfood kitschkween

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Show Time: Indiemade Craft Market

After the opening night of my art show I raced home to get everything packed and ready for my first juried craft show in Allentown, The Indiemade Craft Market. I was really excited about the show especially when I saw my mention in The Morning Call, Allentown's local paper.

On Sunday we headed out to Allentown for the craft show. It was my first out-of-town craft show. The early morning drive through the trees and small towns was a refreshing change from the city streets. It was also my first large-scale, very planned out show. It felt great to know that for this show I wouldn't have to to block traffic to unload my stuff, search for parking spots and race to get a great booth spot. We simply had to show up, unload in a designated spot, and go to our assigned booth.

The Indiemade Craft Market organizers did an all around great job. The space, the Starlite Ballroom, was very open and well laid out, with a stage on one side and a big bar and dining area on the other. The performers kept up a steady stream of soothing folk and indie rock. The colorful and fun sellers selected to participate in the show gave the room a really warm feeling. By opening time there was already a long line of excited shoppers ready to enter, receive their free Swag bags and get to browsing.

The shoppers were all really sweet and the sellers were too. It was also nice to see some familiar faces from the local Philly craft show circuit.

Little Flower Designs

Geek Boy Press

Cutesy But Not Cutesy

I hope this show becomes an annual event because I would definitely do it again.

Show Time: Boto Solo Art Show

Saturday, December 6th, was the opening night of my first solo art show. It was a cold and icy night but the atmosphere was warm and fun in Tbar tea lounge. Tbar is a perfect setting for my boto art. The pale green and purple walls created a great backdrop for my brightly colored paintings.

If you missed the opening, have no fear, the show will be up until the first week of February. So be sure to check it out and get a yummy Tbar tea and snack while you're at it.

TBAR. 117 S. 12th Street (corner of 12th and Sansom). Philadelphia.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Boto's First Solo Show!

Botodesigns 1st Solo Show!!!!!! Yeay! I will be displaying my paintings at TBAR tea room. The show will be up for about two months.

Tbar is hosting a "1st Saturday Reception" for me tonight, Saturday, Dec. 6th from 6-8:00pm. Please feel free to invite your friends, family, robots etc…to come by and see my pieces. Ooo and there will be light refreshments and food ... yum. I hope you can all make it. It will be lovely share my work with all my boto fans and boto friends.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: TBar
Street: 117 S. 12th Street (corner of 12th & Sansom)
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Philly Jump to Japan! Day 2

Day 2 in Japan was our first day of touring. We woke up very early and headed down to breakfast at in our hotel. Although the breakfast buffet cost way more than I would ever pay for a meal it was pretty awesome spread. There were mini pancakes, rice, noodles, little Japanese salads, french fries, seaweed and chicken nuggets just to name a few. After breakfast we took a guided tour over to the Imperial palace. It was a gray and foggy day so we did not see the palace in full splendor but we did see the lovely bridges and entrance. We found out that it is almost impossible to actually enter the palace so we did what any tourist would do, take pictures as close as possible to the entrance.

We headed back into the city to KOOMON culture center for a laid back green tea ceremony. The instructors at the center were very sweet and the actual set up of the ceremony room was pretty funky and modern . The main section of the tea room hung from the ceiling and was surrounded by hanging glass shelves giving it this light futuristic feel. The tea and treats weren't bad either.

Our next stop was Sensoji, Asakusa Kannon Temple, and its nakamise shopping arcade. Upon entering the temple we noticed many children dressed in traditional Japanese clothing. During our trip there was a nationwide festival called Shichi-Go-San (seven-five-three) is a traditional rite of passage and festival in Japan for three and seven year-old girls and five year-old boys. The kids dress up in kimonos and visit shrines to rid them of evil spirits and bless them with long healthy lives and of course smile and make peace signs for their parents and grandparents cameras. The temple and temple grounds were a mess of tourists, clouds of incense smoke and strong smells of fried festival foods but it was still a great place to see and enjoy. We ate some yaki-soba and strolled the along the long shopping plaza filled with souvenir shops. Near the end of the shopping arcade we found a store selling hilarious tote bags.

I ended up purchasing this one.

Afterwards we made our way over to Sumida River Cruise, passing the Asahi building adorned with flaming turd ornament. The cruise was a relaxing way to unwind for an hour, drink a beer, look at gray buildings and bridges and bond with other tourists and group members. After the cruise it was off to Tokyo Tower. We were greeted by friendly ladies with silly turquoise outfits who ushered us to fancy elevators with disco balls and a pretty light show. We didn't go to the top of the Tower but somewhere in the middle. It was good enough though, we could see the vastness of Tokyo and how the city, high rises and all, stretched out for miles and miles.

The remainder of the day was spent strolling around Ginza. I introduced Dave and Amy to the wonder that is the food court at a Japanese department store: fascinating foods, hundred dollar melons and lots of free yummy samples.

At night Sam, Amy, Dave and I headed out to dinner at an izakaya in Shibuya then strolled around and took some purikura, wacky Japanese photo booth photos, attempted to enter a tiny lounge, went to some shops and then we were all seized by a wave of intense jet lagged so for the second day in a row we returned to our hotel and passed out.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Philly Etsy Treasury

My boto autumn print is in a Philly Etsy Team treasury curated by lyncarey. Check it out here before it disappears. For more info about the Philly Etsy Team visit our blog at

Domo Arigato Mr.2Munkeez

My Boto buttons are featured in this adorable treasury curated by 2Munkeez. You can check it out here for the next 2 days. Enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Philly Jump to Japan! Day 1

As promised, I shall now recap the highlights of my recent trip to Japan.

Let's start with Day 1. The Philly Jump to Japan group met at Newark Airport to take our Continental flight to Tokyo. The flight was 14 hours long and I slept a total of 1 hour. The lack of sleep sucked but the flight and amenities were great. Continental provides passengers individual screens with a database of hundreds of movies, tv shows, games and even language learning programs! So thanks to my insomnia I watched the first 4 episodes of Flight of the Conchords and I am in love! Oh and I must say that the highlight of the flight was a midnight pizza and ice cream snack...mmmm.

We arrived in Japan in the early evening. We watched the sunset over Tokyo as we entered town on our Friendly Airport Limousine, which took us to our lovely hotel, Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu.

That night I think we had a welcome dinner, I say "I think" because I was so tired I could barely remember a thing. I did however have enough energy to take a picture of Sam pouring beers for everyone. After the dinner, Sam, Amy, Dave and I sleep walked through Ginza, ate some pastries from a combini, which included a hot dog in a croissant, then came back to the hotel and crashed.

New Treasury: The Land of Milk and Honey

I snagged a spot in Etsy's Treasury West today and decided to dedicate my collection to Milk and Honey. Check it out here before it disappears. Enjoy!

Featured shops in this Treasury:



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Back in the USA

I'm back from Japan! Well actually I came back about a week ago, but timezone-wise I think my sleep pattern is finally back to normal.

My trip was a blast! My friends and I traveled all around Tokyo then headed down to Okinawa to enjoy and take in the mid-November heat and sun. I'm almost done sifting through my thousands of pictures and soon I will have new posts on the exciting activities, cool sightings and hilariousness that I encountered on my trip.

Stay tuned..

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Boto in Tokyo!

And by Boto I mean ... me! 2 years have passed since I lived in Japan and now I'm finally headed back. This time I am off to Tokyo for a 5 day excursion. During the year that I lived in Japan I only caught quick glimpses of Tokyo during my JET Program orientation. I spent my 3 days in Tokyo sitting in various conference rooms at my hotel from 8AM to 8PM listening to presentations about work and life in Japan. This time I will see Tokyo in the day light! I am so excited to take in the sights, the food, the culture and the fun!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kitties For Obama!

I don't have cats but these buttons by buttonslol make me want to be a cat owner just so I can wear them proudly.. er the buttons.. not the cats.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My First Treasury!

I finally did it! I snagged a treasury. You can check out my treasury here. It will be up until Monday morning. Enjoy!

Featured shops in this Treasury:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Thanks for tagging me poshdoodles!

First, here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

My 7 facts:

1) I was raised on a kibbutz in Northern Israel until I was 7.

2) I love hole punchers.

3) I taught English in Japan as part of the JET Program. I lived in Nara, it was pretty and had lots of deer.

4) My favorite place in the world is the Yaeyama chain of Islands in Okinawa. I went there after reading about it in this New York Times article.

5) My favorite book is Life is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera, the translation with the dog cover, not the terrible new one.

6) I'm allergic to North Carolina. I found that out on a recent trip there, it had something to do with the large quantity of dogwood trees.

7) Growing up in Israel, something we always had stocked in the kitchen was bright orange anchovy paste in a tube. mmmm.

People I've tagged:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Weekend in North Carolina: A Wedding, A Photo Booth and A Robot Calculator

Recently my family and I traveled from Philadelphia down to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the wedding of a relative. It was our first road trip in almost a decade. The drive was extremely long but also extremely entertaining, we stopped often to eat at rest areas,

run a lap around some trees,

take tourist photos

and watch hours upon hours of The Office.

When we arrived at our hotel we were greeted with a basket full of North Carolina yummies: Cheerwine soda, slim jims etc. Later that night we went to the fun rehearsal dinner which took place in a huge eclectically designed lounge called G-Loft in Durham.

The day of the wedding we explored Chapel Hill,

sampled it's many gourmet delights which included cupcakes, Cluck-U fried chicken and I also introduced my family to Bubble Tea.

We strolled on UNC's campus and found a great poster for the Presidential Debate, which my brothers proceeded to reenact. The part of Barack "the Hope" Obama was played by Gil and Shai was John "Maverick" McCain. The Hope ended winning the match. Ding!

We also stopped by the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Gift Shop where I found the calculator of my dreams... Robot Calculator!

At night we attended our relative's wedding and had a blast. Great food, beautiful ceremony and best of all a photo booth!!