Wednesday, October 10, 2007

a little helper

HELLO, hello, HELLO! How're you doing? I've been tied up wiht my own shop. We've started to have our own workshop to enjoy handmade/tezukuri projects for beginners. We'll have classes for cross-stitch, Huck's weaving, zakka making and etc. It should be fun, eh?

On Saturday, we sometimes open the shop and we have this little helper! Hehehe, she's my daughter and she does enjoy displaying the shelves, wrapping the goodies and other stuffs. WOW!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

My shop in Shonan

My little zakka/handmade boutique is now having the third month now. Gee, it keeps me so busy!!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Time flies!

Sorry for the long silence. Yes, my own little shop opened on April 2, 2007. Here's some shot I took a couple days ago. The dark brown drawers are from Edo era (about 200 yrs ago) and I store linen and cotton fabrics in it. When an elder customer comes to my store and see the drawer, her face instantly glints. Those generation used to have these at home and they haven't seen them for the past 60 - 70 yrs as most family thrown away. For my generation, it's something "new" and looks "cool". I also have broken old SINGER sewing machine with the beautiful iron legs as a display. It's from 1930s. I enjoy mixing old and new.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

still under construction...

Hi there! Yes, I'm still working on my zakka boutique. I now finished painting the plain aluminum door and the window with this color. What do you think? So I finished the wall, floor, ceiling, door and window. Now what? I need to make a sign, shelves and what else? Thanks God that I have IKEA not too far from home!! I'll find some shelves and furniture to go with it, I hope!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Here's a shot to show you what I've been doing for the past weeks. First of all, you tear off all the old wallpaper. This takes such a long time!! Some parts don't come out easily and you need to spray over to make it easier. I cannot attend every single day to do those DIY works as I'm already busy with my online shops and sewing works, so things are so slow. What I found out is plastered wall looks much more bright even without any lights coming in. I didn't choose brightest color, though. And it looks so "chic". I just love the texture!! Here in Japan, you can buy the real plaster in a can. It's already mixed up with water, so all you have to do is just apply on the wall right after you open the can! I hear to mix up the plaster and water by yourself is not so difficult but you need to have a great muscle to do it!! heheheh:D

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

February is almost gone...

Gee, time flies!! I've been busy like a bee again. I say this every time I write my weblog, don't I? Hehehe.
The craft fair was over with lots of success for me. I met bunch of new creaters and customers there and got inspired from them. I sold many bags and goodies, and got lots of flower bouquets and yummies from friends and my weblog readers who had visited the place. It was just wonderful.
March 3rd is "girl's festival" here in Japan. So I and little Jade finished putting our beautiful Hina dolls to celebrate the day!
In April, I'm opning my own zakka boutique here in Shonan area. To save $$$, I'm doing most of the renovation works. Right now I'm busy with applying the real plaster on the wall after tearing off the dirty wall paper. It's kinda fun, you know!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Craft Fair in Feb.

During the three-day-holiday in Feb. here in Japan, I'm joining a big craft fair held in Yokohama. I was invited by the same crafter who is handling the biggest fair I joined last summer. What a pleasant invitation. This time it's gonna be a mixture of cafe people and handmade crafters! Doesn't it sound so yummy? Cannot wait to be there!! For this event, I'm now busy preparing goodies. Here's one shot. It's a pot holder using two kinds of polka dots cotton!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

our holiday

How I miss the weather in Siganpore!! It's cold here in Japan. We don't have snow yet in Tokyo Metropolitan area, but still it's cold!! We visited Singapore for our winter holidays. That was my 20th time or more. It's one of our favorite place for holidays with so many yummy foods and fruits!! Jade was so happy to jump into swimming pool whenever she had a chance! Oh, I hate winter!!! (but I was born in the middle of Feb, btw!!)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New goodies from Decole

A new year has started and how're you doing?
Sorry for my bad writing these past months. I've been super busy as usual. Enough for my excues? Hahaha!
The shop has uploaded some cute fabrics and decole zakka again. Enjoy your shopping time with us!

Atelier JADE