Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Worrying about chapped lips is only because I am here in north California, where air is quite dry. If I were in japan at this time of the year, oh boy.. I would be dying for this dry air. Humidity in summer time in Japan is insane.
I make all sorts of necessary skincare cosmetics, but lip balm is definitely one of the easiest ones to make. It should take about 5 mins and it's fun because you can make your own lip balm that fits your need. You might like peppermint or chocolate scented lip balm or you might have preference in the level of thickness. Of course you can make it 100% natural. And the best of all, it's really inexpensive! Anyway, This is the ingredients you need.
-1 tsp Beeswax (grazed or pellets)
-5 tsp Carrier oil of your choice such as almond oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil
-3 drops Essential oil of your choice such as lavender, peppermint, lemon, or orange
1) Put Beeswax and carrier oil of your choice in a glass jar and heat it like this.
2)When it's completely liquidized, add Essential oil of your choice, stir well, pour into a container, and wait until it cools down and solidifies. That's it! Isn't it so simple?
Fun part is that you can really make up your own recipe of lip balm. Beeswax could be replaced by cocoa butter if you like the scent and the emollient effect, and the carrier oil can be anything! Just one kind of carrier oil like apricot kernel oil? Sure! A mix of some oils to make it more original? Sure, why not?! Essential oils work the same way: Choose whatever you want as long as it's applicable to skin. All the ingredients should be available at natural grocery stores like Whole Foods but you could buy them online too.(FromNatureWithLove has got a plenty of everything!)
Woo Hoo! Here comes one more beautiful fabric basket!!!!
Fabric Basket by Billie of Tweety's Nest
I am really impressed by so many creative and beautiful fabric baskets!
Thanks so much for making;)
Monday, May 26, 2008
I made a tutorial for a fabric basket and have created three baskets in the past,,, but I never made one for myself! So here I am with my new fabric basket that I just finished today;) Hooray! It's mine!
I used this knit top that I thrifted from goodwill. I love this retro-ish pattern and 70's inspired colors. I knew I had to make something out of this beautiful knit and the fabric basket was my first try...and I'm liking it quite a lot!
If I have to say one thing about this knit though, it's a little smelly. It was sitting there in the messy dusty thrift store for like a half a year. I know some of you know what I mean by "Thrift smell" but this knit seriously has a strong thrift smell! The fact is that I personally don't care that much. Secondhand stores are like heaven for me because much pleasure of life comes from the thrift experiences and I am absolutely used to the particular smell...But not Joe. When he smelled this knit he was like.."Oh My Goodness! Wash it Wash it!!!" Washing knit? Hmmm.. no thanks.
So, the fabric basket will carry the scent. Sorry Joe!
By the way, I found an AWESOME bird pattern/tutorial on SpoolSewing's blog! Look for a link to the pdf in the sidebar. I found the pretty birdies when browsing on flickr, stunned by them, curious how it was made, jumped over to the blog, and "WOW! There is a free pattern for it!!" Do you know how this feels? I love it.
Thanks for reading!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Up close to an oven mitt I finished today.
I like random patchwork. No worrying about all the lines straight or perfectly 90 degrees! Yay! This oven mitt was made to match with this plastic bag dispenser I sewed a while ago.
*smile* I like it! I like how the vintage flower print fabric stands out quite well in the busy crowded patchwork world.
I also made...
to match with...
All of these are for a girl in Japan for a custom-order.
I strongly hope she will like them;)
Do you remember the jelly mold I thrifted a couple days ago?
I made custard pudding using it! This glass dish used for the pudding is, of course, unquestionably, from a thrift store too! I love making almost everything around me "Thrifted"!
Joe (who has been a big couch potato this entire weekend because of the new video game he's got,) liked the pudding too!
Thanks for reading!!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I think Cath Kidson is such an amazing designer. All of her designs are so soft, sweet, nicely girlie - just the right amount, and very uplifting! While I am attracted to the sense of this retroness, I also feel like breathing in a rose garden in some modern Victorian garden somewhere in Europe. Have I ever been to Europe? Nope! (LOL) But I just feel like it!
Check this out!!
Fabric basket by casserole
Casserole made another beautiful fabric basket!! So pretty!
Now I want to make some for myself!! Thanks, Casserole!
Friday, May 23, 2008
I thrifted these items today. Thrift is seriously addictive! I've got so much stuff from many different second hand stores but never feel like I've done enough shopping. I just don't wanna miss any treasures that somebody might have recently dropped at any of the stores. And the fact is, I do find something awesome every single time I stop by a thrift store..That's how we get addicted, isn't it? But it's time for me to calm myself down. Too much money is gone because of this hobby..but I am very happy about today's finds...Aren't these nice?
When I first learned this adjective, I thought it was such a cool word. There is no way could it be translated in just one word in Japanese. It would take a whole sentence to describe what it means, but we all experience this particular emotion: putting yourself in somebody's situation and feeling like you're the one experiencing it!
Anyway, I've had some vicarious experiences at some people's postings where they wrote about the quilt market they went to that took place in Oregon this month. Have you read the report on the quilt market on yummygoods or maybe on Pink Chalk Studio? Have you seen pictures updated by Starlit Nest?
Oh my....Reading their posts and looking at their pictures really made me feel like "I was at the quilt market!! and I had so much fun!" A girl can dream, can't she?
Some cool Japanese links to share...
Downloadable Sewing Patterns : baby-related items
Just click on the green button under the picture to download!
Look for a tiny button for download.
Left button for letters and right button for envelops.
And one more... Letters/Envelops
From the top, the first one is for an envelop and the second one is for a letter!
Thanks for reading!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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My name is Ayumi. I love sharing my crafty journal and other little anecdotes in my life here. I live in Tokyo with my hubby Joe. I hope you enjoy being here :) Welcome♪
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