Crafting Abroad: Onellyantie

October 1, 2014Elena aka. Midsommarflicka

After we travelled to Germany, to India and to Sweden in this little series it is now time to go to Asia once again, Japan to be precise. I’d like to introduce you to Onellyantie today, who is originally from Indonesia. She’s now living in Japan because of school, so she can tell us about both countries, Indonesia and Japan, a little bit. Onel writes about her crafting adventures on her blog Onelmon, besides other work in the art and design field (see her website here!).

Enjoy her answers and don’t forget to visit her blog afterwards!


In your own words, who are you and what do you do? My name is Onellyantie but you can call me Onel for short. I’m currently a college student (for the second time) in Japan and a weekly craft blogger over at Onelmon: Crafting Experiments.


Where are you from? I come from the city of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

What is the nearest “big” city or district to you? I’m 30 minutes away from the big city of Tokyo.


What crafts do you like to do? I love experimental crafts (with household materials, preferably); something quirky but safe and easy enough for everyone to do on their own. Oh, and I’m a huge fan of bookmarks, like 2 bookmarks for 1 book?

What craft supplies do you have a difficult time finding in your area? In Tokyo, cute and pretty craft supplies are pretty easy to find. But unfortunately, I can’t find Modge Podge, which is a very popular material in the world of crafting these days

Are the costs reasonable or is crafting very expensive in your area? Tokyo is certainly an expensive city, but they have ¥100 shops (one-dollar shop alike) everywhere and they carry quite a good range of craft supplies.

Do you use the internet or mail order products from other areas for hard to find items? No, besides books, I prefer to buy things in the store as I can touch and feel the product itself.


They say that with recent popularity, crafting is a revolution of sorts. Is crafting huge where you’re from? Or is it the movement gaining momentum? Not that much in my city in Indonesia. At least, crafting isn’t that popular among my circle of friends. But I hope it will be someday.

Regionally, what type of crafts are popular? Cross-stitching and scrapbooking are the “most” popular, I think.

Are there any projects or genres that are specific to your region? Batik dyeing!

Anything you’d care to add about crafting in your area? The craft stores here sometimes hold a crafting workshop (sewing, crochet, origami, etc.) a few times in a month and if the workshop interests me (and affordable), I’ll sign up for it. Though most of the participants are elderly, it’s great to make friends with someone that share the same interests and they know a lot of genius tricks too!


Share with us your three favorite crafts/projects you’ve created! For felt project, my fave would be the mini felt snowmen, for bookmark craft, it would be the funny human bookmark, and for recycle project, I would say the toilet roll pencil case is my favorite!

Where can we find you? You can find me at Onelmon: Crafting Experiments where I post my craft tutorials on a weekly basis (or hopefully so).


Comments (2)

  • onel

    October 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Thanks for having me here, Allison and Elena! Just in time today is the National Batik Day too :)

    1. Allison Murray

      October 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Ah! You’re awesome, Onel!

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