Cowl love…

I know it’s been so long since I last blogged, thank you (my lovely readers) for sending me messages demanding an update! And kindly wondering if i’m okay^^

Before anything else, I would like to say Happy Chinese New Year! If you didn’t do so well with you last new start, here’s another chance… “New Chinese Year, New Start!!” ^0^

So what have I been up to….. hmmm.. a lot of travelling, shopping.. and best of all my mum came over and spent a whole month in Japan with me~~~ And she knitted me this lovely brown cowl (top right in the picture below) during her stay, and I love it!!

Neck cowls are everywhere this winter!! And I got a bit crazy and asked her to teach me knitting, the three mini cowls the softies are wearing are proudly hand knitted by me!!!!

I’m not sure if I have mentioned in this blog before that I have a sister! She’s a very fashion sensitive person, and she knitted me the white cowl (upper left in the pic) as a present!!! I’m such a lucky person^^

It might seem that I should have more then enough cowls, but I would like to knit one for myself!!! I’ve always wanted a seedy scarf after seeing one on Minh’s blog, so I asked mum to teach me how! It’s not as hard as I thought, but I keep stuffing it up for some reason and hence the progress is extremely slow! It might be ready by next winter! :P

I also crocheted this mobile case for my mum~ She recently got a new phone and is looking for a suitable cover! I especially like the strawberry!! By the way, strawberry is in season in Japan right now! I am eating tones!!!

To finish off this long overdue post, how about a picture from my trip to Nara… I love this pic, and seriously deers were everywhere there!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Happy Birthday for Him

Another year has gone by so fast! This year I cannot be by his side to celebrate his special day with him…><

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday dear Ken!

With lots of love…

Card idea from How About Orange?

Crochet baby booties

Crochet baby booties - side view

I used organic cotton yarns for this project! Really like the feel of it!

Crochet baby booties

I don’t have a baby XD
So why baby booties, I don’t know! :P

Mini Coin Purse

OK, I’m quite proud of this one :P Mini coin purse

I used the sew-on purse frame that I got from Okadaya Shinjuku!
Mini coin purse - inside view

My Japanese classmate said it looks like I bought it from a shop:P
Happy!~^^

Pattern is from モチーフクロシェの手編みこもの – ‘Motif Crochet (ISBN: 4056048797/ 9784056048797). Although I downsized it, my frame is smaller than the suggested size!

Okadaya Shinjuku

Tokyo is a handicraft shopping heaven! Which is why I like it here so much :P

The name Okadaya is probably not new to any crafters, I’ve heard about it before I came to Japan and was eager to go and check it out!!

Okadaya Shinjuku

I wasn’t too impressed when I got there, the first floor was selling cosmetics= = I thought I went to the wrong place! (but nothing is too weird in Japan!)

Fabrics & Craft Supplies

The store is divided into two spaces, one dedicate for craft supplies, felt, yarns and accessories, and the other for fabrics!!! Since I didn’t have a sewing machine so I wasn’t too keen to check out the fabric section :P

Craft supplies

After spending a good few hours there, I bought some supplies that I think I can use without a sewing machine hehe… See the sew-on purse frame, I’ve always wanted to try one!

Size S Thimble

I’ve been searching for a thimble for while and this is the first time I found one that fits me, Size S, awesome!! OK, i have small fingers :P

Needles & Pins for Knit works

Needles and pins for knitting & crocheting! They have round tips, so won’t damage your yarns! I was planning to do more crocheting that’s why I got them^^

Fabric Pieces

I got a few pieces of 50 x 30 cm fabric pieces from the patchwork section, I was thinking maybe I can do some hand sewing haha

I also got some yarns, but I forgot to take photos of them :P

Although I didn’t buy that much, the truth is being in a craft store and looking at all the creative stuff made me happy already!!^^

PS. I actually went to Okadaya 2 weeks ago haha what a late post!! And the good news is I have my sewing machine with me now!!! My boyfriend brought it over for me when he visited last week!!!^^ Happy~

Postcard making class

Had a very relaxing Sunday today – had no plans, but felt the urge to visit some museums when I got out of bed close to noon :P

There’s this Paper Museum near my place that I’ve been wanting to visit for some time~ I rushed out of bed as I knew that in weekends at 1pm, they offer postcard making classes for free! (as in included in entry fee of course)

Postcard making class

I got there just in time! One of the staffs was explaining the process of recycling milk cartons to make paper! Not that I can understand all the Japanese that he was saying haha~

Apparently you need two days to prepare the pulp, so it was already prepared for us!

Postcard mold

We all get to pick a mold (or do you call it a screen?) for our own postcard, and my pick is this one with the Paper Museum’s logo on it. The logo is the word paper (紙) in Chinese, which I think is perfect for a memorable handmade postcard! I also chose a red maple leaf and a origami crane shaped piece for decoration.

So here is how it goes..
Step 1: Pour sufficient amount of pulp water into the mold and then place the decorations (as in the maple leaf etc.) wherever you like, just push it slightly into the pulp.
Step 2: Drain.
Step 3: SQUEEZE water out of the “paper” with the help of a simple machine.
Step 4: Iron it dry and TA-DA handmade postcard completed!

My handmade postcard

Here is my handmade postcard!! Lovely! ^^

Cardboard Stools & Chairs

After the class, I took a look around the museum. I was amazed by all the different cardboard stools & chairs there!! Very thoughtful!

Well worth the 300 Yen entry fee I’d say!

Grutt Pass

But I didn’t actually paid the 300 yen, instead I used this Grutt Pass Booklet which costs 2000 yen. It gives you access to 70 facilities in the Tokyo area! Pretty good value!

I first used this Grutt Pass when I visited Tokyo Sea Life Park (photo above). The Pass expires 2 months after first use though.

Tomorrow is public holiday (Respect Elders Day) in Japan, and I already have plans to visit more museums with a friend!

Hope you all had an awesome weekend!~

I’m alive!! And in Japan!

It’s been such a long time I don’t even know where to begin!

OK, just so that this post is slightly craft related, let me show you my ONLY recent work :P

Some kind of needle work

Shame on me >< hehe... But I actually wanted to show you where I live now, this is a view from my balcony, I know the background is a bit blurry, so here's a clearer photo~

Balcony View

The view is not exactly good. I live in some back streets and there is this printing factory next to my apartment, so it gets quite noisy as well…

Drug store

This is a family drug store on the same street as my apartment~ Drug stores are everywhere in Japan, they sell everything from medicines to cleaning products, to cosmetics! I’m a regular :P

Power lines

Power lines are also very common in Japan, which is something I didn’t expect from such an advanced country!

Anyways, you can already tell that I don’t live in the most exciting suburb in Japan.. hahahaha~ And here’s a photo of my room with minimal furnitures!

My room

I’m attending Japanese language school everyday now, which takes up most of my time! I’m also doing freelance work but I hope I can find more time to craft and blog! It’s such a waste since craft supplies are so abundant here!