Winning Contests

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway contest from conscious collection!  I was so happy and excited since I am the optimistic type and tend to enter contests whenever I see them – especially blog giveaway contests.  Today, I was excited to see that I received my package from conscious collection.  Her blog is filled w/ inspiration and crafting endeavors.  She also has an etsy shop w/ cute washi tape designs, zines, and other packaging items.  I love the designs in her shop, so make sure to stop by foraged and found by memtree.

I love getting packages in the mail and am in the process of doing swaps.  I just made a random package for a friend who will be getting it in the mail soon – I plan to blog about it after she receives it.  Here’s what I got from memtree from the giveaway:

I got zines, a cd, random paper ephemera, stickers, and a roll of washi tape.  I cannot wait to use these items for my packages – it was such a cute assortment!  I also enjoyed the zines – one of which contains random acts of kindness inspiration.  Love it, and feel like doing some random acts of kindness myself.  So thank you memtree for this lovely package!

Japanese Adventures

Yesterday, I made my way down to South Bay to see a friend.  We went to Strawberry Field plaza.  This plaza has been renovated since the last I’ve been – when I used to live in the san jose area.  I was happy to see the plaza growing with new businesses!  Saw and enjoyed a lot of the cute stuff and foods.  I got lots of inspiration from skimming through the craft and packaging books.  Here are a few finds:

Meiji Candy Box pencil case holder from Kinokuniya:  As you know, Meiji is one of my favorite Japanese snacks!

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Of course, can’t go w/o a look at the new washi tape selection.  I particularly like the Eiffel tower pattern at the bottom left corner. Very cute.
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My friend introduced me to mochi cream, which was absolutely delicious! I had the white chocolate mochi and it was so good – there were actual white chocolate pieces in the mochi.

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Mochi!

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Very nicely priced japanese food in the mitsuwa food court.  Only $6 for a curry and ramen set.

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Stopped by the Clover cafe which had very unique desserts and buns.  They also sell Japanese pasta and hamburg on the menu.  Looked tasty!  We bought an okonomiyaki and yakisoba bun, which were both very good.

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And of course, I can’t help but go crazy over cute pictures that remind me of my bunny.

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Yakini Q Cafe – SF Cute Cafe

I’ve mentioned before that I love going into a place based on aesthetics.  Naturally, I walked passed this cafe in Japantown and had to go in.  This cafe has a comfortable and homey feel.  They have a range of European and Asian desserts.  They have games on the book shelves for customers to play while enjoying a coffee or dessert.  Today, the husband and I ordered a pot of tea flower.  This is the first time I’ve tried this and fell absolutely in love with it.  The tea starts as a ball that blooms into a flower when steeped with hot water. It has a jasmine taste to it.

Tea for Two:

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Looks like someone’s living room.  Very comfortable setting.  The husband and I played a game of chess while enjoying our pot of tea.

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Tea flower blooms!

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Happy Mom Day

Hello Bunnies! Happy Mother’s Day.  I decided to make a card using washi tapes and stamps since my collection is growing.  Besides, what’s better than a handmade card?  I feel like I never want to purchase a card ever again unless I am in a hurry.  I should probably start creating a generic stack of cards to be on hand whenever it’s someone’s birthday or wedding or baby shower.  Perhaps that is my next project endeavor.  I also want to start making envelopes.  Anyhow, here are the results of my project.  I will probably throw in fresh flowers to go with it.


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Happy Mother’s Day Bunnies.  I hope you were able to enjoy a lovely day and appreciate your mothers.

Ichiban Kan

Just like Daiso, I absolutely love Ichiban Kan.  They are opening a store near me, and I am very excited about it!  I stopped by Ichiban today and picked up a bunch of items and snacks.

This tea pot was only $2!  What a steal.  Granted, it isn’t the most high quality tea pot, it is still very cute and functional.  I like that it has a strainer to strain out the tea leaves into the pot.

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Can’t leave Ichiban without purchasing my favorite Japanese Snacks:  Meiji Chocolate & Hi-Chews are my favorite sweet treats.

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Japanese Ramen Noodles provides for a very tasty afternoon snack.  I love this flavor as well as the soy sauce flavor.

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What are your favorite Japanese snacks?

Etsy Find #7 – Doble Ele

Hello Bunnies!  For my Etsy Find #7, I am posting about a recent washi tape purchase I made at Doble Ele.   I purchased the 5 random washi tape pack, 2 washi tapes in rainbow polka dots and starburst patterns, and 1 pack of bakers twine.  I bought all of this with a good cheer deal from oh, hello friend.  I just received the package yesterday, and I have to say I am quite pleased with what I received and how she handled her business transactions.  She was very quick about sending the items and although it came from Hong Kong, I received the items in a timely fashion because of her quick communication and fast shipping.

What I bought:

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Decided to use the washi tapes on my container to see how they look.  Although they were random, I was happy with the patterns she sent me!

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My Washi Tape/Packaging supply collection.  It’s growing slowly!

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Happy Nisol Day!

The husband is working on a sci-fi fiction novel that is set in a dystopian world that is eerily familiar, resembling much of Japan.  I love the world (named Nisol, hence Nisol day!) and setting he created in his novel, that I was inspired to create a little goody box based on a scene in his book.  I made up a little holiday inspired by the holidays that were used in the book – white day, peppero day, etc.  This holiday is called “Nisol Day,” and on Nisol day, you give your loved one a box of treats, drink Ramune, eat a bowl of ramen, eat a crepe, and go to teppanyaki.  Well, you’d have to read the book in order to fully understand, so hopefully he can get it published some day!  For now, let’s just enjoy some cute packaging and kawaii snacks:

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Etsy Find Post #6 – Bellamela

hello bunnies!

Today, I am posting about a recent purchase I made on Etsy from Bellamela’s shop.  Since I just recently purchased a macbook pro, I needed a nice laptop sleeve.  Searched through Etsy, and found the cutest sleeves ever!  Check it out here.  Although, she is on vacation right now, so you will need to wait to see the products… But here is a sneak peak of the laptop case.  It’s so cute and I love the way it fits so perfectly on my laptop.  Price is excellent too! Only 19.99!

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