Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mon-kun found a new home.

This morning, I had a great breakfast at IHOP with Carol and her family. I met her daughter and her ever so cute little girls! It was literally fun and pleasant meeting.

This is my Mon-kun. I made him as a model for my scarf for sale a while ago, but he was just be on my couch since I got a mannequin.

I thought the little girls might like him, and they looked absolutely liked him, which made me very happy! I am also happy for him found a new home. He will have a exciting life after boring with me. Good :D

Saturday, July 10, 2010

My printer died (maybe).

Since my printer stopped to print color of yellow and cyan, I am kind of determining to use it as a black and white printer. I am expecting to go back to Japan to live in future, I might want to leave it without fixing it.

My printer is Epson photo printer R800, it requires 8 color inks to run. I tried all I need to do to know what the problem is, and I think the printer head need to be replaced... or I should try to place new ink cartridges one more time after I wasted 3 of new ink cartridges. The cartridges are remanufactured, so it may work with genuine without problems.

Unbelievably, there is no way to change color mode from "color" to "black and white" on this printer. And still required 8 colors to print in black and white. Since I couldn't set black and white on the printer, I tried to change it on application, and printed it as black and white. What the result of this printer gave me was .... all red and purple in very light color. But depends on application, it prints in black and white.

For now, I set my stationery shop on vacation mode, so I thought all I need this printer is for printing shipping label.

But... wait a minute :(

I like to give my card to my customer on every purchase. Since the color I can use is limited, I cannot avoid to have those Sakura pattern for the card. Magenta has no problem to print.

And, "thank you note", which goes with the card set.
It was full color, but will be black and white with stamping.

I am glad that I have made some stamps for my shop long time ago. I have to change my business card design either. I love to do this kind of things, but hate to have computer and printer problems :(

Steam-a-Seam 2

Very convenient and popular tool for applique. My friend Mai said she has never seen this kind of things in Japan. I feel different culture here too. I think Japanese people prefer to do needle turn applique than fusible web applique.

I use this fusible web for my alphabet quilts - Japanese, Korean, and English -. It works wonderfully!

When I make multiple alphabet quilts, it is time consuming to trace all alphabets onto this fusible web. I have seen other fusible web product that is available to print with your inkjet printer. But it is expensive. The price is about 2 times of Steam-a-Seam 2.

The other day, I was working on this process at Playgroup meeting, and one of the member who saw what I was doing said,

"What are you doing?"
"Why you are taking such a troublesome way?"
"Can you just use copier? I usually do it."

I concerned a little about the fusible web may melt in a copier since heat is used for transcription, and also afraid of the sheet may jam inside and make a big mess...

Then, another member pushed my back,
"Yes, I agree with her. Why don't you just try it? If it go well, it will save a lot of your time!"

I was still afraid of it may harm a copy machine, but remembered Regis (my very helpful housemate) told me I can use his small copier (toner) which is used as a fax machine, which works more simple than a big machine like you see at UPS or Staples. So, I tried it!

OH gosh, I am so glad that I brought this process to the meeting. I appreciate the members who gave me the suggestion!!!

It sometimes jam if you are not careful enough..... but it is still enable.

The sheet size of Steam-a-Seam 2 is larger than regular letter size sheet. So you have to cut it to 8.5 inches wide - I don't care the length size -. The ink doesn't stay on the sheet well, but it is enough for this process.

After I cut each alphabets roughly around of it, remove the back sheet, put it onto wrong side of fabric, and need to be careful for not to use iron directly on the fusible web. Since heat melts the ink from a copier (toner), you have to use another paper to cover the fusible web. Otherwise... you will see another copy of alphabet on the surface of your iron... which I did... and it is hard to remove...

Since this method works very well for me, I don't have to worry about time for tracing alphabets! How nice!