Welcome to the world of Kimona Creates

Welcome to the world of Kimona. I love to create beautiful things especially cards and customised stationery made from fabrics of all kinds. The process of making our products begins with the selection of the fabrics and materials and then is completely manual. We do not add bits to pre-existing printed card, we make our products from scratch.

We have an in-stock selection of cards which can be used for any occasion or can be adapted for special use Take a look at the posts to see some pictures of them.

We use several types of fabrics including a range of Thai silk, Chinese silk brocade, ribbon and sequins and a glittery Christmas range. We are always looking for new and exciting fabrics and ideas and can design anything to suit our clients needs and they have asked us to design special occasion stationery for weddings, barmitzvah's, christenings, parties and for corporate use. Our service is truely bespoke.

I would love you to join me on my creative journey and will keep you posted on what I get up to.

Be well and take good care,

Kim x

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

December is here - bring on the lists!

It's December 1st and that can mean only one thing - the lists begin to get really serious. Here are my lists:

1. Christmas cards (overseas)
2. Christmas cards (Honkers)
3. Presents for posting (by Dec 7th)
4. Presents for boys and their girls
5. Things to wear in the US
6. Gifts for people we visit
7. Things to get in for the cat
8. Things to be done in the house before we leave
9. People to see in Dec
10. Schedule meetings/parties/get-togethers in December

And that is just the start...........

I love making lists, there is something very comforting in knowing that you have thought of everything either to do or to buy and with a list it is almost certain you won't forget anything..........unless you forget the list, of course!!

How many lists have you got going?

Monday, 29 November 2010

Christmas is coming. Have you written your cards yet?

Above is the Christmas decoration display at The Landmark in Hong Kong. It is very impressive and for the first time this year I felt very "Chrismassy" when I saw it.

Here are some of the Kimona Creates Christmas range for 2010. These limited edition Christmas cards are made with ribbed fabric and hot-pressed metallic motifs. The fabric is duo-toned and together with the glittery snowflakes and stars, produce a delightful festive effect. Comes in Red/Green, Gold, and Silver/Blue. Price range is the same as ribbon cards and there is also a saving of 10% if you buy 10 or more.

Don't you just love the feeling when the Christmas cards are all in their envelopes with messages written, just waiting to go to the Post Office to be weighed and sent off. I know I do!

Let me know if you would like to order some of the limited edition cards so you can get your pile ready, too.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Discovery Bay International School Fair

We will be taking our cards to the Discovery Bay International School Christmas Fair this saturday (27th Nov).

Come and see us there. We will have lots of different cards for sale, including the Christmas range and the prices are specially set for the fair.

Starts at 12 noon until 4 p.m.

See you at the Fair!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Dates to Remember - Diary Transfer Time

Yesterday a friend of mine gave me a 2011 diary. She told me that even though it was my Christmas present she was giving it me now so I didn't go out and buy one because last year, in an attempt to be organised and transfer all the important information into my new diary before the end of the year, I did just that!

There is something so special about writing important dates to remember into a new diary; birthdays, anniversaries, travel dates, public holidays, the cat's vet's appointments, etc. It would be easier and simpler to keep all this data digitally, I know, but, I have found if I do that then I tend to foget important dates because I haven't actually had to write them down again each year. It reminds me a little bit of the drama which can follow losing a mobile phone these days, especially if there is no easy back-up process for the contacts list. Just because we don't have to physically dial the number each time we call someone, as was the case in the "olden days", then if the phone dies or is lost, life becomes chaotic for a while because it is so hard to remember a single number and the scramble begins to collect all that data again.

I love the ritual of writing out names next to dates and it is this which seems to keep the information fresh in my mind. I find I am much less likley to forget someone's birthday if I had to look it up and write it down at the end of the previous year.

So, here's to diaries and keeping the hand-written tradition alive!!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Humourous Thanksgiving Quotes

Mark Twain: Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for -- annually, not oftener -- if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.

John Baillie: The very fact that a man is thankful implies someone to be thankful to.

Erma Bombeck: Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.

Rita Rudner: My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.

Ellen Orleans: I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the 'history' I was told in second grade. But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America's traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it's a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all.

Charles Lamb: Gluttony and surfeiting are no proper occasions for thanksgiving.

Irv Kupcine: An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: I love Thanksgiving turkey... it's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.

Kevin James: Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.

Mike Connolly: Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.

P. J. O'Rourke: Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.

I love Arnie's quote here. Which is your favourite?

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Thanksgiving quotes

We thought we would share some quotes with you which might be useful for your personal greetings to friends and family at special times of the year.

The following are some special quotes for Thanksgiving:

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men living,
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
~Joseph Auslander

We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~Author Unknown

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ~Aesop

Please share with us your favourite quotes for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

RTBC - Thank you to the brave service men and women

After Armistice Day I started to reflect on why we take time to pay tribute to our fallen servicemen and women. Whilst I was thinking about this I realised how very grateful I am to each and everyone of these people who have endeavoured to keep us safe and to those who still put their lives on the line every single day to try to make this world a safer place for us all to live in.

Thank You!!

I am so very grateful they were there for us and that they are there still. Just knowing that makes me feel a whole lot better.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Reasons to be Cheerful - Let us start by being thankful....

As this blog progresses I will be adding different features to it and one of them will be called "Reasons to be Cheerful". Under this section you will be able to read all about the things that have happened that made us laugh, caused a smile or just cheered us up and made us feel better.

As we head towards Thanksgiving it occured to me that now is a good time to reflect on everything we should be thankful for in our lives and that is a good place to start.
Let me know what cheers you up and what you are thankful for.