Sunday, October 20, 2013


I made a cute tote bag for my friend Emily. She's going on a tropical vacation (take me with you please) and wanted a roomy bag.

I used Yuwa Japanese fabric that I purchased in Tokyo. It has 2 front pockets and 1 inside pocket. I created a gusset on the bottom so the tote is roomy enough to take with you on the airplane, beach, or shopping. Have fun Emily!

The Emily Bag

Here is a small bagette I made using Cosmo fabric from Japan. You can view details here. The next version will have a leather flap. I love working with leather and hopefully will be using more of it on my bags.

Cute Little Bagette

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, October 17, 2013


Almost done blabbing about my Tokyo trip. I thought I would share the best part of my trip - Nippori Fabric Town. It's been a dream to come here. I've heard about this place from blogs I've followed over the years. 

Fabric Town has over 100 shops of fabric, lace, embellishments, leather, and so much more. There is a great map I found here: Tokyo Craft Guide website (another great e-book on Crafty Tokyo) which has every shop listed and mapped out for you. 

Nippori Fabric Town

My absolute favorite must go-to place was Tomato. This is the holy grail of fabric. There are 3 locations on this street, and I went to all of them.

Tomato Fabric Store, Sevenberry Prints, Floral Bolts

Tomato Fabric Store, rack of Kokka Fabric,
Japanese gals at the cutting table, lace, bias tape

My poor husband carried a fifteen pound bag of fabric the rest of the day. Here is what I ended up buying:

Ted Fabric!

I'm working on some new bags with the fabric I purchased. I'll post next time. Till then, Arigato. 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Hello there! Continuing my Tokyo adventure with a little bit of craftiness, okay alot of it. I collect Japanese craft magazines and Curly Collection is one of them. I went to their lovely store in Daikanyama. I picked up some cute fat quarters, buttons and badges, and crafty kits.

Curly Collection Store, Daikanyama, My purchases - Fat quarters, badges, craft kit, tissue pouch

Loft and Tokyo Hands is a crafters dream! Loads and loads of stationary, stickers, scrapbook materials, and total utter cuteness! This is a must see and do if you go to Tokyo. Great places to go for neat souvenirs! Loft was having a "Pop Box" Popculture Bazzar with handmade goodies by local artists. I picked up some one-of-a-kind art pieces and goodies.

Cute Roller Stamps, Gnome Souvenirs
Handmade Goodies, Stationary Galore

I also went to an oh so cute store - La' Epice Zakka Store - in Meguro-Ku. It had natural zakka items, stationary, and gifts.

La'Epice Zakka Store, Stationary Made in Japan

Next posting - Tomato Fabric Store in Nippori Fabric Town!!