Sunday, September 2, 2012

Kawaii Birthday Travel Gift Set

My Friend is going to spend one whole month in Japan so I decided that for her birthday, I would make her a little travel gift set.  In the gift set, I included a hand decorated journal for her to keep notes of what she plans to do and organize tickets/receipts etc.  I also purchased a zine from My Life as a Magazine.  I will post about that later, but in the zine, it has tips of where to go for stationary, toys, kawaii things, etc.  I also threw in a nice little pack of lupicia cookie tea to be brewed in soy milk.  Something for her to relax with as she plans her trip!

 First, the handmade card and envelope!  

 One thing about my friend's taste that I noticed is she likes the bold colors.  Her favorite san-x character is san-pio (sentimental circus) - so when i think of that, I think of pinks and blacks.

Travel Journal!  Purchased the notebook from Typo and decorated w/ tapes, papers, and doilies!

Compartment for tickets and receipts.

Hope you all have a nice start of the week bunnies!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Renegade Craft Fair Part III

It's been too long since my last post! I'm happy to say that it's actually because I luckily got a teaching job for the upcoming school year! It all happened w/in the last two weeks and I've been setting up my classroom, getting ready for the year.  Today was the first day with the kids, and I am really loving it!

Anyhow, I thought I'd finish off my renegade craft fair post with a final entry.  So this isn't necessarily of the fair, but I thought I'd share a little bit more of what we did afterward.
 A stop at the macaroon shop

 Was drawn to the packaging of these chocolates!

 So pretty and dainty.

I flipped when I saw this.  So when I went to Japan w/ the husband, we spent so much money trying to win me the rilakkuma toys.  What a waste! haha, and I should've known this, but I couldn't help but be gravitated toward the cuteness!  Luckily, I have learned my lesson, and did not get suckered into trying the game.  Besides, I could've gone next door and bought one of these myself for $7.

Monday, August 13, 2012


These are the rules: 

1) Post the award logo on your blog and link back to the person who nominated you.
2) Tell seven things about yourself.
3) Nominate up to 15 additional bloggers whom you think deserve the award.
4) Post a comment on the blog of each nominee to tell them they have been nominated!

I was tagged by Miki for this blog award!  Thanks Miki - I enjoyed reading your 7 random facts.  Thought I would do this since it is indeed fun to think about and to also learn about from other bloggers.

1.  I am huge fan of quite a few makeup gurus on youtube even though I am not one to really try their tutorials.  my favorite is bubzbeauty

2.  I hate when I spend too much time on Facebook - especially in low points in my life.  I get envious of others and then become irrationally ungrateful. Facebook is not healthy - it brings out a bad side of me!

3.  Before I became a teacher, I was actually an accountant.

4.  I named my bunny, Gogi

5. I nicknamed my husband "boogie" because when I first started dating him, he had too many boogers in his nose.  I know that probably sounds so weird and gross, but I'm a lot shorter than him, so looking up, you can see that stuff!

6.  I come up with the best names, don't I?  poor future kids of mine ~_<

7.  The next place I want to go on vacation to is Seoul - i am obsessed w/ korean music, dramas, and food.

As for who to tag - I tag you! if you are reading this and do this tag, I'd love to see it :D

Friday, August 10, 2012

Airmail Vintage vs. Pop of Color Kawaii

I know that title sounds a bit strange, but I've been thinking about "style" and "taste" lately, because I feel like I have two very opposite "tastes."  I wonder if there is a fusion of the two, and what it would look like.  

But anyway, what I'm talking about is the difference between a more vintage, neutral color palette vs. a more bright color palette that follows a more Japanese aesthetic.  I have a long list of favorite blogs and they vary across style and taste, but what I notice most, is that a lot of blogs tend to stick to one style and taste.  Think the difference between "Hello Sandwich" vs. "Oh Hello Friend."   I absolutely LOVE both blogs, as I am sure many of you are also fans of both (and what a coincidence that two of my favorite blogs have the word 'hello' in the blog title... must be something about that word).  But which style I gravitate towards more, I don't know.  So whenever I package a gift or make a card, I tend to think about the personal style of my friend and which one she would gravitate towards more.  However, it tends to make blogging a bit harder since I can't seem to focus the style of this blog.  Perhaps it's just a matter of creating a third way.   Maybe something I should consider experimenting with.

But until I figure it out, I have made a stack of birthday cards to have on hand that reflect varying styles.  It's always nice to have something on hand and ready to give out.  Saves on time, and you are ready if anything comes up.

This is what I mean when I say "airmail vintage"

Perhaps this is slightly a fusion of the two.  Although it looks to lean towards airmail vintage (w/ the pastel and neutral colors).

 Pop of color Kawaii - I love the colorful neon and cute kawaii touch

Which style do you gravitate more towards?  Or do you find yourself torn in the middle like me? Or maybe somewhere in the middle? 

Friday, August 3, 2012

July Favorites

July has come to an end.  I can't believe how quickly it went!  I will miss the summer, but am looking forward to the upcoming school year.  It's going to go so fast though, and all I want is for time to slow down. 2012 is more than half way over!!

Anyhow, every month, I share my favorites of the following:

1.  Favorite Washi Tape
2.  Favorite Etsy Store and/or "etsy-ish" store
3.  Favorite Blog
4.  Favorite beauty and/or health product
5.  Favorite foodie find
6.  Favorite DIY tutorial
7.  Favorite package/mail/letter that you either sent or received

As always, I invite you all to do the same! I enjoy seeing what other people enjoy for the month since it gives me ideas.

1.  Favorite Washi Tape:

I've really been loving this pastel, colorful washi tape.  It is so pretty!  This pair was the one I used for a baby shower gift I gave to my cousin.  These two go really well by themselves or with other striped/dotted patterned washi tapes.  I love them so much!

2.  Favorite Etsy Store: Comme Les Loupes

This shop has such pretty packaging supplies from washi tapes, to paper bags, to twine, etc.  What I really loved most at this shop though was their sticker collection.  I haven't really seen these around, but I would love to have a set of these masking sticker sets.  They have pretty patterns and I can imagine all the fun things you can do with them to letters, packages, and gifts.

3.  Favorite Blog: Papered Thoughts
I just found this blog in the last few weeks and I absolutely LOVE it.  Letters, packages, washi tapes, stationaries, etc.  Everything I love and captured beautifully through her photos. I admire her blog very much.

4.  Favorite Beauty and/or healthy product: Nude 'Tude Eye Shadow Palette

It would have to be my Nude'Tude palette that I won from a youtube giveaway.  One of my beauty guru's did this giveaway and I have been really loving this eyeshadow palette.  Many youtube beauty gurus claim this is comparable to the highly coveted naked palette.  I can't really compare since I don't have the naked palette, but I do really love this one.  There are a variety of neutral colors that can be used for simple, every day looks.

5.  Favorite foodie find: Sapporo Ya in Japantown SF
photo via yelp

Tried this place a week ago and really enjoyed it.  It's not my most favorite ramen place in San Francisco, but they handmake their noodles.  I'm more of a broth person when it comes to ramen - broth will be what will win me over.  This place was delicious because of it's noodles.  They look delicious right?

6.  Favorite DIY tutorial: Pom Pom Cushion from The Craft Bureau

via the Craft Bureau

When I saw this, I thought it was so pretty.  It totally looks like something I would buy for my house to spruce it up.  Kat from the Craft Bureau made this based on a tutorial she saw from here.  I really love love love the pattern she chose too - which she said was inexpensive.  I hope to try making one at some point in time because it's just so cute!

7.  Favorite package/mail/letter that you either sent or received

My favorite would have to be what I sent out for elevated envelope.  As you may have already been able to tell, I love kawaii faces.

Hope you all had a fabulous July! Cheers to the new month!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Elevated Envelope

Who has ever participated in this project?  If you haven't, you should try it! Go to and click on their blog. I had a lot of fun doing this.  I'm not much of an artist, but I enjoy doodling in my notebooks during lectures.  My notebooks are full of cute little random drawings like this.

Anyhow, the theme this summer was "sweet" and I took it literally and just drew a bunch of sweet foods w/ kawaii faces.  I included a pack of fruity tea to go in with each envelope for a sweet surprise!

 hehe, I kinda made a mistake and wrote her name as "tara ephemera," when that is not her last name! oops, sorry Tara if you are reading this! I hope you liked it regardless :)

Konnichiwa!  My poor penmanship probably shows, but it still looks cute! I made the envelopes out of kinokuniya book covers because I really liked the thin paper.

They probably look like something an elementary school kid would make/draw, BUT hey, that's why I am an elementary school teacher :P  I'm very in touch w/ that part of me.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tea Kit Gift

As many of you know already, I am in love with tea.  A cup of hot tea is imperative to the start of my day.  So, I decided to share the gift of tea by putting together a little "tea kit" for a friend's birthday.  Tea kit has a pack of loose leaf tea, some tea bags to go, and a strainer to use with a mug or pot.

Whipped out the new washi tape from Renegade.  Had loads of fun decorating!

They were giving out free samples of "cassis & blueberry" at Lupicia, and i found it to be quite delicious.  My friend likes blueberry tea, so thought this flavor would be fitting.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

SF Renegade Part II - The Haul

While I was sad that there weren't more packaging tables, I was pretty happy that I only spent a total of $20.  Came way under budget!  Don't you love the feeling of always looking on the brighter side?

So here are the goodies I came away with, all purchased from Oh Hello Friend.

Demonstrated lots of self control and only purchased 3 rolls of washi tape!  It was hard because she had so much variety.  I decided to go with some neutral colors because they fit a certain style that I think many of my friends tend to like.  I will be blogging about style/aesthetics soon because I don't know about you, but I am torn between two different styles... which makes it hard for me to focus this blog sometimes.  But I figured there is something for everyone and depending on who I am sending a package or letter or card to, I will be able to create something that will put a nice smile on their face. 

 Such a cute memo pad of airmail designed envelopes that you could tear out and assemble.  Love it!  Will be a cute addition to any letter or package :)

Ok, so I know I'm not the only person who does this and collects a bunch of random pretty papers and cards to add to a paper stash.  I know y'all are crazy paper fiends like me :P

Anyway, a part of all the renegade fun is coming away with so many pretty papers.  So after adding all their etsy/blogs/websites to my readers and favorites,  I will be using them for various embellishments and treats for letters and packages!  

Friday, July 27, 2012

SF Renegade Part 1

Hello Bunnies!

Last weekend, I got to go to Renegade Craft Fair and it was a whole lot of fun!  I enjoyed strolling through and seeing all the nice displays and beautiful handmade items.  My only wish is that there were more packaging/washi tape shops!  But luckily, one of my absolute favorite bloggers was there and we raided her table.   Bought a few items from her table in which I will write about in my next haul post.  For now, I will just share some pictures from the day:

Entering Fort Mason for the craft fair! 
 The tea lover in me was instantly gravitated towards this shop's stand.

 I am a sucker for smiley and cute looking animals.  Although, I'm not sure what they are.  Is that a unicorn or a whale?  The horn is confusing me.  And the one I'm holding, I'm guessing is a dinosaur, right? or an alligator? 

 Here's the green dinosaur again!

 It was a madhouse.  Some tables had so many people surrounding it.  Was fun, but crazy.  I think if I had my husband with me, he would've had a headache just looking at all the people who were there.

 I really liked the cupcake looking plate with the face on it.  Is that a cupcake or maybe it's a poop? not sure, but it's cute.

Oh Hello Friend.  One of my favorite bloggers!! Of course, I was too nervous to actually tell her I am an avid reader.  But look at her table.  It was filled with such pretty goodies.  My friend and I hovered over the washi tape box sitting right there in the middle for a good 30 minutes.  There was a huge crowd behind us - sorry people, but we're obsessed! hope you understood :P

  Glad I didn't drag the husband along for this one.  Shopping w/ my fellow friends who share my same washi tape obsession made this trip so much more fun!

Monday, July 23, 2012

American Cupcake

This was quite a random find for my husband and I.  Some of my best and most favorite foodie finds actually come from just walking down a street.  Somehow, these shops just make its way into my peripheral taste bud vision.  This establishment seems to be purely a dessert place, but when you sit down, you find that there's actually a deliciously adventurous drink menu as well as modernized american classics like PB & J or mac n cheese.  Now I know that sounds so unenthused.  Why would you ever spend money for such things that you can make at home!?? BUT, no... they have their own twists on these classics that are hard to replicate on your own.  The website mentions that it's a Bakery, Restaurant, and Carnival lounge.  So random, right?  It works though, and my husband and I had a nice little surprising treat for trying it.

When I went, I ordered "the Pixie."  Which is a sparkling wine cocktail garnished and flavored with pixie stix.  It was delicious.  

The lighting from the lounge casted a nice, funky glow over the drink.  

My husband ordered a PB&J sandwich that was garnished with bananas, organic honey, and bacon.  It came in house made bread.  He took one bite and I swear he sounded like he was having a taste bud orgasm.  It was delicious!  We also ordered the fries as an appetizer which were also quite good.

I'm glad that we randomly found this restaurant.  What about you?  Are you the type who does research on a place before trying? Or do you try things on a whim?  Or are you like me and have what I call the "cute peripheral vision" - the kind that gravitates you towards cute-looking establishments?  Maybe something else?