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New Kanzashi and a Conundrum…..

Made a cute set today that made for some fantastic pictures. Check it out!

Eccentric Kanzashi

I’m also looking for a creative, clever, and portable way to display my hairstick and prong kanzashi pieces. They don’t exactly fit neatly into a small box without crushing the petals. Not good. The best way is to stand them up somehow, but the question of the day is how?

I don’t want anything heavy or clunky that would take up much needed space in the car when I’m traveling to shows. I’ve seen a wonderful shoji screen display but I’m not quite sure how to accomplish it (and for cheap!). The kanzashi looked to be tucked into strips that ran across the rice paper areas. It gave it a nice authentic feel. ^_^ Like they came straight from Japan.

Looks like I’m just going to take off the artist’s hat and put on the “carpenter’s” one. This’ll be fun. It means I get to play around in salvage yards and Lowes until I find what works. Creativity ho!!



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It’s Sewing Time

Little Girl Blue Tiny Tote

Little Girl Blue Tiny Tote

Hello everyone!

After a major hiatus, I’m back at the sewing machine to do some serious creating. I’m still making my tiny totes which I think are the cutest thing in the world. I’ve been meaning to get on designing the medium sized totes (for the ladies who carry around a little more) but just can’t decide on the right size. I have to pick the right finished size and then figure out the sewing pattern based on that.

The problem is, I tend to feel that most purses are huge anyways so every set of measurements I come up with just seem enormous! I think 12″ x 12″ would be pretty good…. I think.

Also, with this hiatus I’ve come to decide to push my shop in a slightly different direction. I’m going to focus more on using just asian and asian inspired designs using salvaged and vintage fabrics whenever I can. With the wonderful gift I recieved recently (of vintage kimono scraps) I’ve already started on quite a few pieces (like the lovely tote pictured). I’ll still be using up all the brocade that I bought, but there will be more Japanese fabrics introduced into the mix too.  I’m really looking forward to the new items that I’ll be able to make and hope you’ll be looking for them too!


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So much fabric….

Hello all. I had a wonderful gift given to me by a fellow Etsian. She works with vintage kimono pieces and gave me a great deal of scraps to make my kanzashi out of. I’ve been so happy!

I’ve started to work with a few of the pieces. (All that startching is hard work!) All of them are deep blues and one is a beautiful shade of purple with embroidery. I’ve completed one hair comb with the great navy and off white fabric and you can find it on Etsy. Not a bad start.

Now my only problem is that I have more fabric ready to be cut than I have planned projects for! What a problem! ^_^

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Must Get Back to Sewing!

I’ve been having a ball making all of my new kanzashi with the kimono fabric I just bought. I’ve done quite a lot. Learning new flower forms and experimenting with little twists in technique that will make my blossoms even better.


It’s taking me away from the sewing that I love so much! I haven’t sewed anything in ages. I have plans for a new line of purses (that will stretch my pattern making abilities) and maybe even a hot apron design. I have a pile of brocade that ‘s calling to me but they will find their place as well.

What do you think of an apron inspired by a japanese obi? 😉


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