Wednesday, November 12, 2008

i have been terribly sick in the last couple of weeks with a killer cold. sorry about the non-blogging since i am still recovering. the weather here in daly city has been wet, cold, and foggy. we had at least 2 or 3 days sunny weather. and rain, i love rain. *sarcasm* i've had a lot of drama in last few weeks.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

i talk about paper goodies a whole lot, so it's about time i share a little of my own. i scanned this piece of japanese gift wrap and tweaked it in photoshop. i got a batch of it from kyun san jose when it was open years ago. sadly enough that store and related are long gone.

so here you go! feel free to print it out for gift wrap and anything to use on paper. enjoy!
puchi_flower_gift_wrap_pink
click here for other sizes!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

this blog rocks!

stickers and donuts.

speaking of blogs!

my to-do list (i.e. adding more content for your enjoyment):

1)re-do knitting needle sizing chart to include crochet needles.
2)update tanpopo craft's library with new titles including isbn.
3)add new content, such as downloadables.
4)merge my food blog with this one, cuz maintaining more than one is uh...HARD.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Embroidery stops!

http://ebscrafts.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/embroideredstuff/
http://mytransfers.blogspot.com/
http://www.feelingstitchy.com/

hello visual learner, want to learn how to hand sew with some basic stitches?
here you go!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hello all!

Summer's all over and now school's a buzzin'. I've gotten some new glasses and contacts, because my vision has been wonky lately. It was just like someone took my old glasses and smeared petroleum jelly all over. Yes, my eyes were bad.

Talking about contacts, have you seen these? They're called circle lens.

http://nifty.amikai.com/amiweb/browser.jsp?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rakuten.co.jp%2Ffarcon%2F1817964%2F1817973%2F&langpair=2%2C1&lang=JA&toolbar=yes&c_id=nifty

Fashionable in Asia. Makes you have HUMUNGOUS eyes, much like a small child, a doll or an anime character.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

makeup, hair, clothes...paperdolls online. :D dressup games for the little girl or guy in you.

check out:
http://www.dressupgames.com/kids.html
roiworld
yahoo korea games for girls

Friday, August 22, 2008

weddingstyle guide, an Australian wedding magazine has some really cute downloads to save and print in .pdf.

i manga-ized (not a real word, btw. )myself at face your manga.

i did my entire family, too.

Friday, August 15, 2008

hallo everyone!

its been a few weeks since i last posted but---

i just spent some money on etsy things. hoohoo. money flies fast. i will post them when i get them.

i bring you also origami links:
origami-fun
origami-resource-center

Friday, June 6, 2008

have you wondered what happened to the kusudama i was working on? it was very pretty when i started.
this is not a very good photo,since the kusudama was roughly handled by a two and three year old. LOL.
this is what it looked like before (not so good) it met its untimely demise.:

my kiddies found it and mashed it. it is now dead.

now, the good stuff:

papercraft links!
http://www.keicraft.com/
http://www.e-maruman.co.jp/product/gazai/canson/paper_dl/index.html

other crafty links!
metremade
feathered fibers
stamp carving tutorial! by atlas quest
pink penguin
baby sewing patterns!
http://handmadenokokoro.web.fc2.com/katagami_index.html
pip stitch

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

hello it's now June!



the last few weeks of may just whizzed on by. graduations. parties.

and after all that, spent some time in the hospital with my lil' pumpkinhead. she got

sick with pneumonia again. just got back about a day or so ago and boy, am i pooped!

well, enough about me...i have links.
http://www.sanrio.co.jp/characters/playland.html has shinkansen papercrafts,minna no tabo stationery, coloring pages, and calendars!

san-x has reorganized their charapri section!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

blog-tastic! I ♥ craftster.org and craftzine! this entry is chock-full of crafty stuffage. enjoy!

origami gift box tutorial at u-handbag!

asking for trouble has cute japanese inspired crafts and also a Tokyo Shopping Guide for all your crafty needs!

good-ness - crafter in japan!

crafty carnival has the cutest little projects, like her "silly girl" and the folk art teddy bear!

Starghan! from the yarn-diva!

portabello pixie has a really cute blog and pattern for ruffled pillows!

cyntergomes' crafty galore lj blog has been on my radar for a long time! her blog inspired me to take up knitting! I want to knit these legwarmers from there!


Pear!, too cute to eat, but not too cute to crochet from amigurumi girl.

beading tutorials by susan beal!
beading simple! and west coast crafty!

another obsession of mine as of late is papercraft!
papergarden boutique's blog!

i received a catalog from papersource and i think i'm going to visit their store in downtown SF sometimes soon!

has anyone tried smilebox? online scrapbooking site. looks interesting.

julianna smith, illustrator and designer has free recipe cards to print out in her online store. her prints are adorable and fun!

free patterns and projects!

wiley crafter, a section of free patterns and projects from Wiley Publishers, the guys who did the For Dummies series, etc.

knit.1 mag has free patterns!

diana's cross-stitch patterns. i like the bee pattern.
garnstudios/drops! check out their knitting patterns!

The OMG pattern of the week!

Ack! It's a RAT...oh, it's Remy from Pixar's Ratatouille! Soulcrochet @ craftster crocheted an incredible of that cute little rodent chef! Check it out it's awesome! Soulcrochet's Remy!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Monday, May 5, 2008

plum pudding
lucy kate crafts

kusudama update!

i finished the kusudama ball, but i ran out of my loctite gel glue. elmer's glue does not cut it here! i need better glue.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


more kusudama blossoms!

origami link!
orihouse
origami club

another craft i'm very interested in is CLAY FLOWERS! About a month or two ago,
The Martha Stewart Show had this showcased!

Clay Flowers! There's also a video! The product used is decoclay found here at: the madden corporation's Welcome to The Islands.

also this japanese craft, kanzashi flowers!

kanzashi garden's tutorial

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


kusudama!
i made this today, using post-it notes! woohoo! using the instructions here:
the peace of paper - origami flowers-kusudama flowers link via curbly.com. the flower is a little shabby since it is my first. it wasn't behaving as i was glueing it together and kept popping open. my main mistake was using a gluestick which wasn't holding properly. you are supposed to using paper glue, like Elmer's or something.

then, i remembered i had liquid clear glue, but the applicator was broken and had a tendency to leak. i had to pour some out on a little jar lid and use a toothpick to apply the glue. this time it worked to stay.
i'm going to attempt an entire kusudama ball.

kusudama video on instructables!

How To Fold A Japanese Paper Ball (Kusudama) - The best bloopers are here

kusudama links!

http://puupuu.ojaru.jp/index.html
flickr kusudama origami group
google search - kusudama
oriland
british origami society
paperunlimited blog (which has been posted here before, but is more relevant now.)

speaking of flowers, this blog is soo pretty!
lotushaus

Monday, April 21, 2008

wah-ha?! magknits.com has bitten the dust recently. a big loss somewhat to the knitting community. where have i been? o_o

well you can always find the patterns using the internet web archive or google's cached pages. ^_^ if you are a Ravelry member, like me, some patterns are posted up. The pattern authors also posted up the patterns on their own blogs or domains.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

bazaar designs - the daily design source.
baby bear shop - organic, cruelty-free bath and body products for baby and family (link via designmom.com)
scrapbooking industry news!
it's spring! here are some crafty things to try!

sakura paper craft@ craftideas4kids.com

more papercraft links (origami,etc.):
http://www.megite.com/url/:www_origami-club_com/

fairythreads has some crafty ideas.

kero-chan amigurumi by ournew at craftster.org.
twocent hooker-a crochet blog

paperunlimited - an origami and kusudama blog!

a crafty store:
ribbonlands


music to listen to:
luminous orange web
via their myspace page.

cherry blossoms (sakura):
iStock vector image

other stuff:
video game sprite emblems:
http://www.smashboards.com/fzero/emblems.php

gel pens!
http://stores.ebay.com/Bunbougu-Ya-Japanese-Pens_Pens_Pen-Sets_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZQ2d1QQfclZ3QQfsubZ17519803QQftidZ2QQtZkm

http://www.jetpens.com/index.php

http://www.dickblick.com/zz218/56/

Tuesday, March 25, 2008



fingerknitting!

blobs of yarn run away...i demolish you and make you into something useful!

Friday, March 14, 2008


i want this hello kitty sewing machine!



and this:

xyron create-a-sticker

i wonder if feverlights@ lj. still has those cookie cutters? or i can just try to go to daiso and look?

cute baking supplies always on my mind?
e's joie has recipes but she also sell cute baking things!

always on the lookout for tutorials!

here's sewing tutorials at
burda style- open source sewing!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

˙ǝɹǝɥ oƃ ¿ooʇ uʍop ǝpısdn ǝdʎʇ oʇ ǝʞıן noʎ pןnoʍ ˙ןooɔ ʇı ʇ,usı ˙uʍop ǝpısdn ƃuıdʎʇ ɯ,ı ʞooן ˙ƃuıop sʎnƃ noʎ ʍoɥ ıɥ

simon tam, a beret named after the simon tam from firefly and serenity. from the cut out + keep craft community.

Knit-ting!

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/simon_tam

river tam

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/river_tam

bella dia! has tutorials and patterns, like a tissue holder!
bad bird's musings of a small angry bird has an etsy story, embroidery patterns, etc.

scrapability! scrapbook stuff

badge-a-minit!
make your own badges!
ohmystars craft! tutorials on diy clothing and t-shirt surgery!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

i just want to say wow. there are so many blogs i love to read with so many projects that i want to try! it is just so hard to focus on one!


the bureau of communication for formal,official documentation-like missives and such. (via how about orange)

jcaroline creative store with beautiful fabric, tutorials, and a blog to read! (via how about orange)

wrights.com's classroom projects- tutorials and kids projects!

marie claire idees magasin avec a telecharger! pretty pencilcovers in .pdf to download. (via craftzine)

ask me how i like my scifi? metafilter asks who you consider the best female writers in the scifi genre. (via notmartha)

doane paper combines lines and grids onto a single sheet of paper. there is also a download sample of this great paper. and a blog too!(via notmartha)

tofu pincushion! by bittersweet!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

just too darn cute. i saw this in the soompi kpop forums in the food section.

from this topic http://www.soompi.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=192157, which has a whole lot more pictures of these cookies!



japanese cookies

「Maid in Tokyo MAID COOKIE Milk & Maple」 メイドイン東京メイドクッキー

from this site: http://www.animate.co.jp/cookie/index.html
i want a print gocco now!
i was watching this at etsy.com on the use of the print gocco! it looks so easy! (link from craftzine)etsy's how-to how to use a print gocco

this stocking cap is cute and kid modeling it is adorable! (via craftzine.com)
nautiknitter's schwartz stocking cap
and...they also have one for adults. Toboggan anyone?

super mario chomp hat pattern! too cute!
knittingninja's chomp hat!
video game sprite crafts at sprite stitch

useful knitting techniques:
socknitters' joglessjog.htm
fluffbuff's tubular caston without the waste
techknitting's tubular cast off

knitting tutorials, etc:
hjsstudio's knitting tutorials
thimble's list of tutorials

ROUNDUP: Cool Tools for Craft Bloggers & Digital Designers:
craftzine


embroidery blogs!
elementalstitches
craftydaisies' tutorials

designfruit! photoshop brushes here are gorgeous!
http://www.designfruit.com/jasongaylor/blog/

kirinnote has DIY lampshade tutorials:
http://laracameron.com/index.php?p=tutorials

handmade bag tutorials!
uhandbag's blogs
threebears' little-boxy-pouch-tutorial/

i'm a sucker for pretty blogs:
makingitlovely/

crafty store store!
nuno +
printaddictjapan
blogs!

calamity kim
owly
flickrembroidery
jupiterbuttons
applehead
my design scout
big girl feet
domesticali
http://jenn.maruskadesign.com/blog/
http://bkids.typepad.com/intro/
http://www.helloyarn.com/wp/
http://gracialouise.typepad.com/elsewhere/
http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/
http://majorknitter.typepad.com/

extra:
http://tipnut.com/free-vintage-embroidery-pattern-kitten-towels/
http://mamasaidshop.typepad.com/mamasaid/kid_clothes/index.html
http://2modern.blogs.com/2modern/design/

cute:
http://www.hakoinu.com/index.html

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

finger knitting video! yahoo! no actually on youtube.

sigh! the crafty things i did as a child and FAILED!

my pom-pom kit that i got from the elderly couple who lived next door.
my smurf latch hook kit, some smurf sleepy on a moon. i think the rug was round.
my mom teaching my sister and i how to knit. i just learned to cast on. i later taught myself to knit later on.

all these things, i think my parents threw away. >_<;; boo bad parents.

well,maybe just one crafty thing that they kept was a little softie angel christmas ornament i made in grade school.

Monday, February 11, 2008

knitty knitty
knitted toys

paper!
a little hut

knit and crochet for a charitable cause:
project linus

my toddlers are cave babies.
coping with the caveman in the crib -nytimes.com

cute cute:
jb-idea
hellokitty life
yummy.phoophie.com
http://www.toon-land.com/Toon-land/home/NWIndexAction.do?frmPage=63&frmAdvertiseId=2052&ISCOUNT=YES
http://wallpaper.narak.com/displayimage.php?album=topn&cat=-52&pos=34
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=noneofit&group=1
http://www.sanrio.co.jp/index.html
http://www.esnips.com/web/KAWAIIWORLD/
http://ichigogeisha.blogspot.com/

printables:
http://www.owari.ne.jp/~mokumoku/
http://kodomo-porta.com/emanga/portakun/paper/papercraft_index.html

store:
http://stores.ebay.com/EnFProShop
http://stores.ebay.com/Hong-Kong-Outlet
http://stores.ebay.com.my/Shop-Sukiyaki
links to places that have japanese stationery:
From Japan With Love's etsy store
yelp.com's Mm, paper! (SF Bay Area) by Valerie F.

jptrading - only for retailers and wholesalers (must have sellers' permit issued by the state of california)

online magazine - japanese design
pingmag
online shopping mag encouraging the handmade diy set!
wickedlychic

blog some DIY, some very pretty and some a little bit of both:
goodtobegirl
the happy zombie
fashion incubator
cuteable
karin's style blog
daisy decor
lostateminor
urban paisley
warm n' fuzzy on lj
susanna's sketchbook

japanese sites with printables:

http://nurie.ciao.jp/sumou/sumou.html
http://www.sakunet.ne.jp/~hayaka1/index.html

other sites with printables:
activity village

and oh yeah, my new blog design is knitty and sheeply.

going green with danny seo at daily danny.

i love craftzine, but dang it, 14.99 an issue. o_O i guess it's archival and meant to be with you forever. and another mag, readymade...at $19.00 for 1-yr subscription (6 issues) is a little bit more affordable.

crafty store! ^o^
kitty-craft - zakka,japanese craft books, and more.

how-tos from curbly...like make boxers from pillowcases?
curbly's how-tos

Thursday, February 7, 2008

i've been link collecting! i've been interested in printing out stationery lately. papercraft has also got my attention.

papercrane.org- origami!
paper-source
lcipaper's designstudio
http://scissorsisterscg.blogspot.com/
papercraftinspirationsmagazine
google search: envelope templates

even your internal organs can be chou kawaii (totally cute)!
i heart guts!

chou kawaii again! aranzi aronzo has translated their books into english!
vertical,inc's aranzi aronzo

i love jane austen! how does this relate to crafting? big time relation. women had to craft to while the time away while men did their thing.
jane austen centre

one of the things i promised in 2008 was that i would be more eco-friendly!

treehugger.com
bringyourown.org bring your own cups, etc.
everything old is new again, this blog brings reuse into the crafty game.

blogs i've found with interesting and pretty visual content:
mediatinker,blog
decor8, a very visual blog.
oh joy!

crafty ness:

diyalert
http://homemadebyjill
http://meggiecat


magazine!
mary engelbreit's home companion magazine, i love her cute homey prints.

font-tage.
urbanfonts

about this blog, i will be trying to make sure all the links are clickable. >_<;;
since i know copy and pasting can be such big trouble!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

cabling without the pesky cable needle?

blogs with that information and other neat things:

gumperina
wendyknits
spellingtuesday

i'm a visual learner, so it's nice that their cabling tutorials have lots of pictures!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Making a Family Legacy.

Ever comtemplated making a family cookbook?

http://www.morriscookbooks.com/

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Childhood reminiscences

When you're young, you experience the world not only through memory but by sight and your other senses. You can remember the familiar scents of home: your mother cooking your favorite dinner, your father's aftershave, the scent of freshly laundered sheets, and other scents that bring you comfort. Taste is also a big thing when you are young. You remember the flavors of your childhood. And ice cream was the biggest wasn't it?

At my age, I remember Thrifty's ice cream (Rite-Aid now)and getting a double scoop of Double Chocolate Malted Crunch. The ice cream is still around in certain places and you are definitely lucky to have it available to you.




I found these through yumsugar.com. Well if you haven't read yumsugar then take a gander below.



Bring back memories doesn't it? :) The cylindrical shape of the scoop ready for stacking just like good ol' Thrifty's. Get the scoop here:Ice Cream Scoop & Stacks for $16.95 each from Cuisipro. Now just get the ice cream. For me, I prefer the Double Chocolate Malted Crunch.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Not-So-Instant Mac N' Cheese




A quick dish using shredded 4 Cheese Blend Mexican Cheese, unsalted butter, 1/2 lb of cooked farfalle (bowtie) pasta leftover from my pasta salad, and whole milk.

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1/2 package of farfalle, cooked and drained
1/4 c. (4 tbsp) of butter, unsalted
1 c. shredded 4 Cheese Blend Mexican Cheese
1/3 c. whole milk
a dash of pepper

In a saucepan, combine the milk and butter and cook over medium high heat until the milk is hot and butter is melted. Add the 1 c. of cheese and stir until cheese is melted and incorporated. The sauce will thicken when cooled. Take saucepan off of heat and pour into a bowl. Throw in the cooked and drained farfalle and toss in the cheese sauce. Add pepper and stir. :D
i want this XD

bandai stamp cute, i wonder where can i find this.

sanriotown
hello earth

bandai japan
bandai girls hobby
do it yourself planner:
diyplanner

talking about new years resolutions:
1. learn time management
2. exercise

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

temporary layout, until i can code something original.