Thursday, February 25, 2010

Botoka Pocket Mirror on Etsy's Front Page!

Last night, as I was deep in my slumber, an adorable robot themed treasury featuring my Botoka Say Cheese Pocket Mirror made it's way to the front page of It was a lovely surprise to wake up to so many new Etsy hearts! Thanks claudiamarie for making a great little collection of robot treasures. The treasury is now expired since they only last 2-3 days but thanks to, a website that is a giant Etsy database, I found the Robot Love treasury, enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Yochiensei - A New Mini Original Painting

New in the Botodesigns shop this week is a mini painting, measuring about 4x4 inches, inspired by the ridiculously cute Yochiensei (Japanese Kindergarten Students). They were the highlight of my day each morning in Japan, when I would ride my bike to work and see them in their snappy little uniforms, holding hands and crossing the street together on their way to school.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Violet! You're turning violet, Violet!

I've recently developed an obsession with purple. Hence my most recent shoe purchases which include purple canvas tennis shoes by Rubber Duck and purple rain boots by Chooka.

Rubber Duck - Women's Canvas Single Tennis Shoes (Dhalia)

Chooka - Women's Signature Solid Rain boot (Eggplant)

So it should come as no surprise that when an Etsy treasury opened up today I decided to curate a collection of some of etsy's best purples. You can view my new treasury, Violet, You're turning violet! here until Sunday evening. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Naoshi :: Thursday Finds

Naoshi is a Japanese artist whose Etsy shop I happened upon back in March 2009 when I was searching for colorful items to put in my Color Celebration Treasury. At the time her shop only had a few items in it but today it is filled to the brim with new prints, postcards and greeting cards featuring her playful sand art.

Naoshi creates surreal little worlds using a glittery and colorful sand called Sunae. Sunae is a medium typically found at playtime in Japanese elementary schools. The use of this sand in her art instantly adds an element of joy and nostalgia to her work. Here is a short video of her process:

Naoshi's work is available in her Etsy store:

Check out her website for more info, press and pics:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

*New* EXTRA Large Sumo Wrestler Robot Doll

I just couldn't resist making Sumoboto, the lovable Sumo Robot into an extra large plush pal. So if you're in need of a big huggable doll in your life you can find Sumoboto for sale in my etsy shop.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Recap: Botodesigns @ Cabin Fever Indie Gift Show in Boston

Last weekend I participated in the 1st Cabin Fever Indie Gift Show, in Boston, organized by the SOWA Open Market team. The show was held in a newly renovated warehouse space in the thick of the Sowa Art and Media district. Aesthetically the space was great: wood floors and brick walls, plus the decorative hearts and streamers added a fun whimsical feel to the venue.

Photo by New England Open Markets

Botodesigns selling at Cabin Fever Indie Gift Show

Unfortunately the buildings heating and electricity shut off every hour or so.

Botodesigns selling in the dark

It did make for a lovely shadow art photo opportunity.

The staff was quick to remedy the situation each time while the buyers seemed to enjoy short and exciting moments of shopping in the dark.

Overall I had a great time meeting friendly vendors, lovely new customers, and adorable dogs.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Botodesigns @ Cabin Fever :: Indie Gift Show

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and so is the beginning of a new Botodesigns craft show season!

If you find yourselves in BOSTON this weekend, I'll be selling my Boto wares at Cabin Fever, a two day love inspired indie craft sale. Stop by and say Hi!


460C Harrison Ave at Thayer Street, between Harrison Ave and Albany Street

Friday, February 5 - 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, February 6 - 11am - 7pm

Admission - $2

Free Parking at the front door, 385 Albany Street (additional parking 500 & 540 Harrison Ave). BOSTON, MA.

For directions, vendor browsing and more info visit

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentines + Robots = Shop Botodesigns

Need some fun and unique Valentine's Day Gifts? Then Botodesigns is your one stop robot and plant love shop. Buy gifts for all of the special people you love and top it off with a robot love card!
1. Doki Doki - Robot Love Womens Tee $28
2. Robot Love Greeting Card $3.50
3. Botoka - Girly Robot Doll $18
Boto Magnets (Set of 3) $4.50

Shop for more lovely Botodesigns items on etsy at