3-pc Set were just delivered December 22 2014, 0 CommentsThe 3-pc sets just arrived and I have added them to the website. I'm packing them up now awaiting your orders. I'll get orders shipped out today. Let's try to get them to you by Christmas if you are within close proximity to Salt Lake City, UT. We can try!
Ah, the joys of shipping during the Holidays December 12 2014, 0 Comments
Just my thoughts on shipping as of December 12. I would highly suggest you use USPS Priority shipping instead of USPS Standard Post. I want you to have your packages by Christmas! It's only a few dollars more and well worth it. Plus by shipping Priority mail your package is insured for up to $50. I've actually upgraded a few orders to Priority shipping and eaten the cost but my business partner tells me I can't keep doing that! I know but.................
FYI: I am getting most orders shipped within 24 hours. That's good news as an extra day means it will reach you in time for Christmas.
Thank you for your emails and your business. I love kokeshi dolls. They are a beautiful, unique and quality gift to give for the holidays. And you can be assured that they are sent out with love. You don't find that much anymore!
Enjoy your weekend! I'll be here at Kokeshi Headquarters packing, packing, packing...................
Decorating your home using an Obi December 12 2014, 0 Comments
I was out Christmas shopping this week. Wow, it's crowded out there! Lots of people. and lots of traffic. I didn't last long as I realized I have definitely become an internet shopper. It is so much easier and way more relaxing. For example, it is midnight and I just finished a little shopping online, in the quiet of my home, in front of the fireplace, in my pajamas!
Anyway, while I was out shopping I noticed a table runner for sale. It was made of cotton, not much of a pattern in it-a thin red line and only 10 inches wide and not even long enough to fit my dining room table and it was $49. What I said, that can't be right, but yep it was $49. When I got home I got out one of my Japanese obi and laid it out on my dining room table. It's lovely, 162 inches long and 12 inches wide made of exquisite silk in a gorgeous pattern of cranes. I love cranes! I was reminded of why I have begun to sell obi on the website. I want to share this "art" with you, my customers. If you are familiar with a Japanese obi you know what I'm talking about when I call it art. If this is your first introduction to the obi, welcome. You are in for a treat when you purchase an obi. They are so very versatile, especially the ones I'm selling. Beautiful patterns, easy to work with colors like white, cream, silver, green, orange, red. Patterns that are not too fussy and reasonably priced. I have a few online now and will be adding more in the next few days. I just finished taking the photos.
Tomorrow I am getting out the special obi I use for the holidays on my entry way table. It's a soft white silk with a large crane design that weaves through the entire length of the obi. Do you notice the crane theme this year? My 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set will be displayed on the obi. I always get compliments not only on the Nativity Set but the obi as well. This year I can tell my friends that not only do I have the Kokeshi Nativity Sets for sale but beautiful obi as well. My friends will be happy!
Treat Yourself and Let me Gift Wrap for you! December 10 2014, 0 Comments
Don't forget the gift wrap. For Christmas I use a beautiful cranberry color paper and wire edged green ribbon. (My 2 favorite colors, of course!) Also includes a card. Please email me the message for the card, otherwise I to a To: and a From:
All that for only $5
It feels like Santa's workshop around here at Kokeshi headquarters and I love it!
So, don't forget the gift wrap
My Customers in Japan December 08 2014, 0 Comments
If you live in Japan and want to order either the 3-pc or 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set we can make that work!
My business partner Naomi lives in Tokyo. She has the 3-pc & 9-pc in stock and can ship to you in country. To place your order, please email me and I will help facilitate your order. Shipping will be much less too as we will use a local carrier such as Black Cat.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set Shipping Delay December 07 2014, 0 CommentsAnother short delay on shipping. The sets are coming and I'm hopeful will be here by December 15. Thank you for your patience.
Kokeshi Designs is now offering Japanese Vintage Obi December 03 2014, 0 Comments
I am now offering one of a kind, Japanese Vintage Obi at reasonable prices. An Obi is traditionally worn by Japanese women over their kimono. Because the kimono has no fasteners of any kind, the Obi is the only thing that keeps the kimono closed and in place.
The fabrics and designs of obi are beautiful. I fell in love with them when I was living in Japan. For the website, I have chosen obi in colors and styles that I have found easiest to use in my own home. I use my many Obi for table runners and as display for Kokeshi dolls and other decorating items. I always display on obi on my entry way table and change is to match the season.
Remember, these are vintage, and if there are any flaws or stains I will do my best to mention it in the description of each obi. As with all my products, if you are not completely satisfied, you can return it for a full refund minus the shipping. I will be adding additional information in the coming weeks on how to tie an obi for display as well as information on the different types of Obi. They are beautiful and unique.
I love them and I know you will too!
Cyber Monday December 01 2014, 0 Comments
Thank you to my customers around the world! It was a great Cyber Monday for Kokeshi Designs.
Just a reminder on international shipping. In order to ensure delivery by December 25, please place your order by December 3 or 4.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets are coming, I promise. I'll have them on the website the moment they arrive. If I have emailed with you, I'll send you a notice that they are here.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set November 27 2014, 0 Comments
I just spoke to Naomi, my business partner, who is in Tokyo, Japan. The 3-pc sets will ship on Monday and should be ready to order by next weekend. I thought they would be here by now, but there was a slight problem with shipping. Thank you for your patience.
The 2-pc sets are out of stock and won't be available until Jan. They sold out so quickly! I will know to order more quantity next holiday season. The 2-pc set however is part of the 8-pc set and in addition to the Holy Family also includes a shepherd, sheep and 3 wiremen. It's beautiful.
Thank you for your business. I always appreciate your email with your comments. Please contact me anytime.
Happy Thanksgiving November 27 2014, 0 Comments
To all of my customers who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful day!
Thank you for your business. I sincerely appreciate each one of you!
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets November 16 2014, 0 Comments
They are on their way. Should be here by next weekend.
November 14 & 15- November 11 2014, 0 Comments
I'll be in Salt Lake City at the Sandy Expo Center this coming weekend. In addition to all my beautiful kokeshi dolls, including the Kokeshi Nativity Sets, I will also be featuring Japanese Obi. The Obi or sash acts as a "belt" to keep the kimono in place at the waist. In Western design the obi is used in home design. I've used my Japanese obi as table runners, decorative bows for vases and also to display my kokeshi dolls. The colors and designs of Japanese Obi vary. I've been able to acquire some beautiful obi. You can see them in person this weekend. I'll be at Booth 247. See you there!!
Also, if there is a specific doll you would like me to bring, please email me at email@example.com
Salt Lake Family Christmas Gift Show November 04 2014, 0 Comments
Kokeshi Designs will be there! Just got a call today that there was an open booth and we got it. Yipee!!
Date: November 14 & 15 at the Sandy Expo Center. I'll be in Booth 247. Please come and see my selection of kokeshi dolls including several new dolls! I'll also bring all of my Kokeshi Nativity Sets.
Can't wait to see all of my customers!
9-pc Nativity sets are here!! September 25 2014, 0 CommentsOur shipment of 9-pc Nativity Sets has arrived! Our other kokeshi dolls should be here soon. We love our dolls!
9-pc Nativity Sets are coming for Christmas September 25 2014, 0 Comments
We just received notification of a shipment in bound. Our 9-pc sets should be here soon! Please check back with us next week. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reserve a set for you.
Our Shipment is coming September 20 2014, 0 Comments
We am getting a lot of inquiries about dolls that are currently out of stock. We hope to receive our shipment sometime next week and will get the website updated as soon as possible. Our beautiful kokeshi dolls at our reasonable prices are worth waiting for! We appreciate your patience! Thank you for your business.
Updated Shipping Options - UPS and USPS Real Time Rates August 05 2014, 0 Comments
Hello everybody! We've just implemented some exciting new shipping options on our checkout pages. When you check out, you will now be able to choose either UPS or USPS as a option based on your preferences. If you run into a problem while checking out where the shipping rates seem to be disproportionately large please send us an email and we will verify with the carrier. As always thanks for visiting Kokeshi Designs and have a wonderful day!
Kokeshi Designs at Utah's Nihon Matsuri May 21 2014, 0 Comments
Thank you to everyone who came out in the cold / rainy weather and visited our booth this year. We love seeing old friends and making new ones. It rained almost all day, but people seemed to really enjoy this awesome annual Japanese cultural celebration. We even waited in the Ramen line to warm up. The Japanese heritage in Utah is very interesting and inspiring.
Also, please enjoy this short video of the big day. Thanks again and see you next year.
Salt Lake City Nihon Matsuri April 14 2014, 0 Comments
Join us on April 26 in Salt Lake City for the Nihon Matsuri festival. The festival is held downtown on Japan Street from 10 am to 5 pm. We will have a great selection of Kokeshi dolls, including our Cherry Blossom kokeshi dolls.
See you there!
Your Favorites are Back! January 04 2014, 0 CommentsWouldn't you know it? I received a shipment of dolls, after Christmas!! Many of your favorite dolls are back in stock.
Merry Christmas! December 24 2013, 1 Comment
Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful customers around the world. I wish you and your families the brightest of holidays and a Happy New Year!
Thank you for your business!
Kokeshi angel December 18 2013, 0 Comments
We have always sold our kokeshi angels as a set. Many of you have told me that you would like to buy just 1 angel. Done!
Our littlest angels are now available to purchase individually, and as a Christmas special, I have lowered the price to $15.00! They won't last long at that price, so order soon.
2014 December 18 2013, 0 Comments
I have some exciting things planned for the website in 2014. A new look, more shipping choices, new kokeshi dolls and much more. I will be adding a new category of vintage one of a kind Japanese items for sale. I'm very excited about the items I have for sale.
The one thing that will not change is my customer service. I treat each of my customers as I would want to be treated. I expect quality in a product I purchase and I guarantee that on my website as well.
I love kokeshi dolls and I look for the highest quality products available in Japan. ALL of our kokeshi dolls are made in Japan. They are solid wood, hand crafted and hand painted. I personally know and support the artists in Japan who make these beautiful dolls. They are talented men and women who love the craft of Kokeshi.
Visit the website again in the new year and expect to be happy!
Nativity pieces December 18 2013, 0 Comments
Wow, I had no idea how popular the separate nativity kokeshi dolls would be! Many of you have ordered the 3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set and then added one or more of the other pieces to your set. We are currently sold out of the 3 Wisemen and the angel. I think I have one sheep and shepherd set left.
I am looking into obtaining more of the separates. I'll keep you posted.