Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tabi Slippers by Zerkahloostrah

I know winter is on it's way out in my neck of the woods. But in case you live somewhere cold or are preparing early for the season then I suggest you stop by Zerkahloostrah's etsy shop. Today I fell head over heels for these handmade Toebiter Tabi Slippers at These slippers keep your little toes and big toe warm because they are made from used wool sweaters. The shoes are available for men and women so you and yours can stay nice and cozy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Perplexed in Tokyo - A New Tshirt

A new shirt has arrived in my shop! Perplexed Planto in Tokyo is a digital version of my original painting inspired by my time spent being lost and confused in Tokyo. With that said, there is no better city to be lost and confused in because the more lost you become in Tokyo the more you find.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Paper n Stitch

My botodesigns etsy shop is featured on Paper n Stitch this month!

Paper N Stitch is a juried online exhibition of talented artists and crafters. I am honored to be included in this bunch.

The current exhibit runs from March 23rd through April 26th. So please stop by and check out my work.


The shop with the most "Heart clicks" will win a free showcase and $150!! So please make sure you click on the little heart icon when you visit my shop.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And the winner is...

My first Mamachari design is the winner of the vote! Thanks again to everyone who helped me decide which design to go with.

The tees are now all printed and up in my etsy shop. You can check them out here!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Kid Robot

Last night while hanging out at my friend Josh's house we started talking about robots (which is very rare for me) and he says "Chen! I've been meaning to show you this!" He rummages through some pictures on his work table and comes back with this...

his 5th grade school project that he did with his friend David in 1985 back in Melbourne, Australia. I love everything about this little bot, from his red winter gloves to the surprised expression in his eyes. I requested a scanned image so that I can share him with the world.

Good job Josh and David! I hope you got an A+ or the Aussie equivalent.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Robot Love Greeting Cards!

Ahhhh ... spring time. The season of love, robot love to be more specific. Robot love really is in the air! I received three inquires this month about helping design items for robot themed weddings. These requests made me very happy because it proved two theories that I've had 1) wedding planning can be fun! and 2) robots are starting to take their relationships to the next level.

So in response to the overflowing robot love I decided to design brand new greeting cards! The cards are now listed in my etsy shop and in my 1000markets shop. I had a lot of fun designing them. The grid background of the cards is continued on the inside as well for all of you love birds who are too excited to write straight you can now use the grid to help.

Colorful Spring~!

Today I spotted my colorful Boto Magnets in a this vibrant treasury put together by mujoyas.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Kabuki Sam

As some of you may know, my main squeeze, Sam, is the Assistant Director at the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP). The JASGP is known in Philly for their annual cherry blossom festival which officially kicked off last night. This year's events include everything from sushi making contests to a big ole Cherry Blossom celebration in Fairmount park. You can find the whole schedule of awesome events on

This year a Kabuki-dance master visiting from Japan, Isaburo Hanayagi, will demonstrate dramatic makeup techniques and costuming on Sam! You have three chances to view this demonstration so make sure you go and see my 6'3 skinny man transformed into a beautiful Kabuki Princess.

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 PM
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 PM
Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 PM
University of Pennsylvania Museum, Rainey Auditorium
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Here's a sneak peak from a few nights ago when Sam and I went to Isaburo-sensei's for a practice run.

For more photos of Sam in makeup and costume click here.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spring Cleaning Sale!

It's that time of year! Time to clean up the studio (a.k.a my living room) and make room for new items. The best part is that you guys get a chance to save money!! Weehoo! Check out the sales on tshirts, prints, paintings and more! The sale will go on for 3 days so be sure to stop by my etsy shop and save before it ends.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Color Celebration!!

This morning I checked the etsy treasury lists and saw that space was opening up in several minutes so I couldn't resist making a new treasury. My inspiration for this treasury were several items that have been in my Favorites for a while. There are so many colorful and unique items on etsy and I felt it was time to share them with the world. You can check out this color party here until Thursday afternoon.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Red Light Special

I finally snagged an etsy treasury! I haven't made one of these for a while but my recent trip to Chinatown in search of wedding paper lanterns has inspired me to create a paper lantern themed treasury.

You can view the treasury here until Wednesday evening.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Being Sick Stinks...

But luckily Etsy has just what the doctor ordered.

Make sure to drink a teaspoonful of cough syrup "when cough is troublesome."

1920s Chloroform Cough Syrup Label RARE Antique Medical Ephemera at

Get plenty of rest.

Cold Toes Warm Heart Print at

And keep a lot of tissues on hand.

Light Blue Train Tissue Holder at

Mr. Moustissue holder at