The Craft Saint’s Daughter

There’s something about being raised by an old school homemaker. For one, I’m subjected to the daily guilt trip of not keeping my room as neat as it ought to be. Lately, however, mom’s been a little more than ecstatic at my new hobby and has been giving tips on how to work with fabric.

After letting her know about my impending kanzashi attempt – yes, I intend to construct at least a small snap pin kanzashi – she showed me her treasure trove of extra fabric that she hadn’t been using but kept because it would be a total waste to throw them away.

Flooded by the nostalgic memories of bonding between her own mother and herself, my mother was only too happy to give me some advice on how get started and where to get things. I have to admit that I’m glad she feels that she’s needed by me. An empty nest doesn’t suit someone like her. She was born to be a mother.

spare fabric

While the pieces above aren’t the usual sort people would use for kanzashis, as long as they’re free and colourful… possibilities are pretty endless really. I ought to invest in my own glue gun too. So come this weekend, it will be kanzashi shopping part 2. XD

Thanks, Mama!


And the new avatar is cool isn’t it? And all thanks to Plum! XD


DIY Kanzashi

The crafting madness has pretty much descended on both of us.

After a successful attempt at making my own koshihimo, the idea of making my own kanzashi didn’t seem too daunting. Particularly after a trip to Akihabara (sadly the shop, not the area ;-;) revealed that a kanzashi could cost up to SGD$80. Plum and I did all we could to bit down on our tongues and not a) swear, b) get kicked out of the store. We sourced our a few shops and we’re proud to reveal the fruit of our efforts below!


Plum made Maiko (the one with the white pearl spray) and I created Haru no Hana. Yes, we’re so proud we gave them names. ^_^”


bagging it

First off, a rainy Sunday is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

Waking up today with a whole lot of potential for doing absolutely NOTHING was really just amazing. Even more amazing was iTunes deciding that the Nat King Cole Trio was the first thing I should hear upon pressing play. Amy Winehouse followed soon after and I take this as a divine sign that I ought to just take things easily…

Now, onto our scheduled blog post. ^_^

After yesterday’s trip into the strange strange land known as the Japanese section of Kinokuniya, I spent the evening contemplating which hairstyle to experiment on my sister, whose hair is long enough for me to play around with. She’s none too happy about it but being the eldest sibling in an Indonesian family allows me certain ‘passes’. While I attempt to convince her to let me try at least once, I’ll have to settle for channeling my creative energies to something else. <_<;

As Plum states, she’s interested in tying the damn obi knot. Yes, I also happen to swear a whole lot more than she does (these days). Relegating the obi tying to her has severely reduced that habit but I’m afraid, I’m still the more foul-mouthed of the pair. Anyway, I’m more into the fabrics and prints and nothing shows off the thought and workmanship out into an ensemble better than a well-selected and well-made accessory like a bag or a kanzashi.

Looking at the way I’ve been spending my money, it occurred to me numerous times that we’ve picked up an expensive and potentially-unrewarding-in-all-ways-but-personal sort of hobby. Not that we care (this also, fast becoming our motto these days). In some cases, the accessories cost as much as the kimono itself and my wallet riles at that.

In order to rectify that wrongdoing, I sought out the person with a phD in Everything – my mother – to get some help in my attempt in making some of the stuff on my own. I decided to start with simple things like the koshihimo and basic pouchbag. I was lucky enough to find a free pattern for the pouch with detailed instructions here. While it looks daunting, I console myself with the idea that… at least after all that sweat, swearing and potential tears, it still beats tying the obi because:

  • I don’t have to figure out which end goes where when I want to use it.
  • I don’t have to suffer not going to the bathroom when I’m using/attempting to tie it.
  • It definitely lasts longer than the afternoon or how long my bladder can withstand holding in all that water. Don’t forget No.2 too.
  • I can wear it wihout the yukata or kimono.

So come payday, I think I’ll be paying a trip to Spotlight to find the needed materials with Mom’s advice at the back of my mind. *grins*


Also, dear lone reader, you may have noticed the pretty new logo we have. Yes, that is original… and like everything else, we couldn’t have had this without a little help from our family & friends. Thanks, Wan! It’s really pretty and we love it. : )