Saturday, October 18, 2008


I have made some wristlets lately.

Every time what I think when I am making wristlets for sale is "I want a wristlet, too...".
I have talked with my friend who also sells her works on Etsy, about why we don't often make something for ourselves but for sale. I usually think first for sale when I make something, and think "if this wasn't sold, then I can use it." In the same way, the quilts I use for myself is the one that cannot be for sale.

Many people said to me that I would make many things for my baby when I ever got pregnant. But my answer was "no, I wouldn't. It is time consuming, faster to buy." but I know to make is less expensive than buying..., so I may end up making.

Every time I go for grocery shopping, I just grab my wallet and car key to go in the store, leave other things in my car. It is inconvenient to carry them in one hand, and think about to have a wristlet. Maybe, I will make one for me, really special one! :D

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Custom orders.

I am sometimes offered a custom order.
Most of the time, the customer let me learn by offering me their ideas that I have never thought. They let my world to expand.

I recently enjoyed the business very much with the lady who loves knitting -- TickledPinkKnits --.

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

She is a very gorgeous lady. I of course haven't met her though, her e-mails were always made me feel that she is intelligent, kind, generous, elegant...., I would like to say more about her, but unfortunately I don't have enough vocabularies :(

As you see her gorgeous knitting, she is obviously professional, her designs have been featured by many magazines! Wow!!

This was my first time to do custom order for my stationery shop!
I appreciate her for finding my shop and for liking my flower pattern. She ordered 90 thank you cards for her shop, also address stickers for a package.

I honestly wondered and confused a little that she hoped to use my flowers for her shop card, because her shop logos were very perfectly created. If I were her, I would like to correspond for promotional items for my shop. I actually wondered if it is ok for her to change the world by adding my flower pattern to her shop.

* Her address was blurred for security reason.

I have never thought about making stickers, but thanks to her, I have learned so many kind of sticker sheets even many kinds of paper on the market. What I have seen in the local store are very limited sizes. I have found circle stickers on the internet, it grabbed my heart! I love circles!!

I ordered the sticker sheet online for her order. The shop required to order minimum 100 sheets for each kind, so I still have many of sheets left. I thought I can make new items for my stationery shop using the sticker sheets, unfortunately I don't have time for it so far :( and good designs doesn't come up on my brain.

I have made one rabbit sticker using the circle sticker sheet, and I just personalized it for my friend so far. I think it looks very cute on a gift packaging :D I have to find what to do with these sticker sheet.

And, other custom order that I have never thought.
This is my petit granny bag. I put magnetic snap for closure for the bag.
One customer offered me to change the magnetic snap to the zipper. I told her that I cannot make a change to the completed one, but I can make a new one for her WITHOUT thinking if I know how to do it.

I said I can do, or I will do means I have to do unless I find out later that it's really impossible for me to do for some reason. And I will lose customers trust if I revised what I said. I really have to be careful, but I am often careless... X-(

I anyway got enough length zipper for the bag, and started to think how I can put the zipper on the bag. Zipper.... zipper.... zipper...? Am I sure I can do that for this shape of the bag? It took a while to figure out how to do it! Kept thinking, thinking, thinking how to do in front of my sewing machine, and finally got it done. I think I have made it well!

So, now, I know how to put a zipper on the granny bag, but it was hard job. I don't know if I want to do it again :( But thanks to her, I could figure it out!

Friday, October 03, 2008


I have received a package from my mother today. She said she will ship it via SAL (between airmail and parcel, usually it takes 2-3 weeks to get here from Japan), but it came via Express mail (2-3 days).

I asked her to send me just for these.

Japanese tenugui.
Tenugui have very unique patterns, it's traditional styled Japanese hand towel. Cotton 100%. It much expensive than buying Japanese fabric, but the patterns are very attractive.

Not many Japanese company ship oversea, so I have to ask my mother to ship them after she received the package from the company. I make orders on the internet, pay by my credit card, and the address to be shipped is my mother's house.

I was expecting to receive a small package from her, but what I have received was a big box!

"Oh, mom! I am trying to reduce my belongings, why you now increase them :("

What did come out from the box?

Small bento boxes (lunch box).
They are really very small, it's around 1.5 inches.
My mom said in the letter that these bento boxes was collected by her neighbor. It came with pet bottled drink juice as a free gift. I don't know what to do with these.


Remnant kimono fabric, silk 100%.
I guess I like these... but silk is so soft and difficult to sew, cannot wash it at home as well... (dry cleaning)

I never understand why she sent these to me!

2 kimonos and 1 kimono jacket(haori)! They are all silk 100% also.
What makes her think I wear kimono here.
I didn't wear kimono even in Japan excludes very special occasions. I don't even know how to wear it by myself.

Can I cut them up for remaking something?? I don't think so :(
They are heavy also. I really don't need them, mom!

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Thank you very much for being my friend,
Thank you very much for being there,
Thank you very much for making me happy by just thinking of you,
Thank you very much for giving me excitements when I can see you,
Thank you very much for letting me learn,
Thank you very much for worrying about me,
Thank you very much for letting me know I am not alone,
Thank you very much for your heart for me.

I am returning to my normal life with your hearts.
I think I can be stronger.

You all are the best, I am happy because you are there.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.