Monday, July 31, 2006

Shin Enoshima Suizokukan (Enoshima Aquarium)

Two weeks in a row, we visited the local aquarium called, Shin Enoshima Suizokukan 新江ノ島水族館 as we bought annual passport. It's a short drive way from our home towards the Pacific. In front of the building, you can see beautiful small island called Enoshima. We're now so much into this fun place. The most interesting part is the dolphins show!
There're some 4th generation dolphins that were born right here and this is really rare in the whole world. Including those, 5 dolphins swim, dance, sing and jump along the young staffs who does great entertaining. It's so dynamic and fun. Even adults can enjoy every single moment of it! Last time, we enjoyed the show twice in a day! We strongly recommend to visit here!
If you don't have a car, don't worry.
You can take Shonan Monorail, bus, Enoden and Odaky line to get there. Just head to Enoshima 江ノ島, and you won't miss it as it's the one of the biggest building along the beach side! The admission fee is JPY2.000 for adult and JPY 600 for smaller kids. Enjoy!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Craft days again!

I'm so happy that I'm back again to have crafty days once again. After the fair, I kept working on the follow-ups with new customers. Now things get a bit slow down and I have my own time to
enjoy what I want to make. I wanted to make some beaded necklaces for myself and my little one. Here they are!
Doesn't Jade look so happy with it? She wants to be a princess in the future(!), and she thinks this necklace is just the right ticket to be closer to her dream! A three-year-old has such a cute dream!

It's getting so hot and wet with high humidity here in Japan! So my bags with Hawaiian print fabrics sell quite well to my Japanese customers. I'm now recognized as a Hawaiian bag maker! :D

Friday, July 21, 2006

The craft fair in Tokyo on July 19

The fair was fantastic. I met a lot of new people who shares the same work with me, "handmade". It supposed to open at 11, but there were such a long que, the organizer
decided to open at 10:30 AM. Before that, we creators had a chance to take photos and exchange shop cards and chat. I met great artists who does super great works. You can take a look on some
shots I took with the permission.

Of course, Jade was with me and she did a great job, handing the wrapped items to customers with a big smile! She and I had a great time and I did make a great $$$. Happy :D
I'm now invited to join some fairs in Tokyo and the local Shonan area. I won't hesitate, and will definately join to enjoy myself!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Craft Fair in Tokyo on July 17

It's a national holiday called "Umi-no-hi" (Sea Day) and there's a big craft fair in downtown Tokyo on July 17, Monday. You can enjoy 45 shops with all kinds of goodies for variety crafting projects.
It is supported by the Japanese biggest craft publishing company, Nippon Vogue Inc.
If you're gonna be in town, make sure to visit this one of the most popular craft show in Japan!!

The Name: Home Couturier vol. 3
The Date: July 17 2006
The Time: 11:00 - 16:00
(they'll restrict admission when it's too crowded,
so make sure to arrive before 13.00)
The Place: 12th floor of Nippon Vogue Inc. in Ichigaya
(near Shinjuku area)
Admission is free, but too many people will visit this fair from all over the nation. I hear some line up before 9:30AM!!

See you at my booth!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Cuties from the shop

Here let me introduce some cute zakka from Atelier JADE.
The first photo shows hedgehog stationeries. I've been looking for these kinds of cute goodies with hedgehog for months, and finally I found them at a shop in Tokyo!! Aren't they so cute??? All are made of wood (MDF). You can use the calendar forever as you only have to change the small wooden dice-like part every day!! Eco-friendly, eh? The middle one is a set of 3 magnets. And the right one is a tape dispenser.

And then you can see 2 photos of cute Cram Cram adhesive tapes. They're really popular at my shop, and I've been uploading new tapes one after the other. The pink cookies are coming back to the
shop again and yellow froggy is brand new ones.

And the cute goldfish stickers!! There're 2 kinds and you saw the other one in my previous journal entry. When we exchange the summer greeting cards in Japan, we can put those cute stickers on it!
And you see two kinds of cute Russian dolls. These are painted on the wood pieace and you can hang up anywhere.
There're new fabrics, too.

Enjoy shopping at Atelier JADE, Japan.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Summer Greeting

Here in Japan, we have a custom to exchange a card in the mid-summer saying "Good wishes in this hot summer" for years. The weather is really hard to survive, the heat and high humidity!!
Here I found some cute stickers of the summer greeting. Goldfish is one of the symbolic animal for the summer. Very popular during the season and you see it everywhere you go, on postcards, ads, magazines, books, etc. Cute, eh?
Have a great summer days, girls!