My friend Chico Hayasaki is an amazing artist (in addition to being an incredible person). Her work appears all over the place, and she is always doing super crafty things. She designed a couple of mugs and plates for &MO Design, and I somehow figured out that they were available in a fancy mall a block away from our hotel in Osaka. I dragged my mother, aunt, and brother (much to his chagrin) there, and after much wandering, we found them! I bought this mug, and I love it. It even conforms to my new mug rule (I only buy mugs that will hold at least 8 oz. of liquid).
My brother and I met Chico for dinner in Tokyo, and she gifted me a mug and plate of the other design! Of course, my mother immediately stole the mug. Anyway, Chico was wearing some of her jewelry, too, which is gorgeous. Come spring I should have some more news about Chico’s successes (I don’t know if it’s a secret, so I guess I shouldn’t spill, but it has something to do with one of my hobbies that requires cutting and stitching).