Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Remember - I’ve long said that everyone needs a little ‘happy’ in their lives –
and I’ve shared some of mine from time to time.
Here's another favorite -
Our little birdie night light that is in the downstairs bath -
I loved discovering the word Zakka to describe these 'happies' -
Zakka (from the Japanese 'zak-ka'(雑貨)or 'many things') is a fashion and design phenomenon that has spread from Japan throughout Asia.
The term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance.
It is often based on household items from the West that are regarded as kitsch in their countries of origin, but it can also be Japanese goods, mainly from the fifties, sixties, and seventies...
Zakka can also be contemporary handicraft. 
[Turned off - it's still cute!]
Zakka has also been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane". The zakka boom could be recognized as merely another in a series of consumer fads, but it also touches issues of self-expression and spirituality. "Cute, corny and kitschy is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext."
I like to think of it as 'the art of seeing the HAPPY in the ordinary and mundane.'

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