Friday, December 31, 2010

Blog redesign!


I've redesigned my blog... I hope you like it! It took me around 5 hours from start to finish (including drawing and designing), so even though I'm getting faster, it's a good thing it was a holiday weekend :D The hardest part of this design was figuring out how to do the gradient background, but I really like the way it turned out!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year and resolutions

Hauoli Makahiki Hou/ Happy New Year everyone! Some years can be bad, and some years are good, but 2010 was a really great year for me... everything worked out. I've been truly blessed this year, and I'm so thankful! I hope everyone had a similarly good year :D



My number one resolution is to make berrysprite a real business! I wanna build a website off of etsy, do a craft fair (or two!) and expand my product line! Plus, I want to be able to actually have things in my shop on time (like for the holidays)... it's always such a rush for me; in 2011 I'd like to be able to have timing down pat!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Great Christmas Haul!


Hmmm... I'm noticing a definite red and white theme here that I didn't notice when I asked for these things!!!

It was such a great Christmas... I hope you all had a lovely Christmas as well! I got so many lovely things (unfortunately I only gave gift cards :( boo me!) Among them; totally fun socks (very rainbow bright/ pirate!) , a SUPER cute chupa chups purse ( I bet you didn't even know chupa chups made stuff other than lollipops!) and kawaii mushroom lamps (SOOOOO CUUTE). Plus, super cute gifts from lovely etsy friends :D... you know who you are!

Plus, I'm notoriously hard to shop for, so lots of people just give me a $$ range and I shop for myself. This year I got a lot of stuff related to work, including work clothes and shoes. If you guys are like me and need cute/ comfortable flats for work/ fun, I would suggest checking out blowfish shoes. I know, weird name (DO NOT go to blowfish.com unless you want to be scarred for life... go to blowfishshoes.com!!! See, I put the link twice so you won't go to the wrong site by accident!) They are really soft and comfortable, plus they are stylish too (I've had the hardest time finding pointy-toed flats, but these are great!) Although they run around $40 or more for a pair (expensive for me!), they are seriously my new favorite shoe brand!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas!


Happy Christmas everyone! I made these little gingerbread men as gift tags to put on the bags of brownies I'm gave to my coworkers. They're so tiny (1.5") but cute! Next year I'd like to be able to make some for my shop. Anyway, I hope everyone has a merry and bright holiday filled with food, family, friends, and warmth. Sending you all love and warm wishes!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Clothes alterations


Because I'm kinda tall (5'10"), it's sometimes hard to find dresses that are long enough for me (especially in Hawai`i, where most girls are around 5'4"... lots of Asian/ Southeast Asians in our population!) One of my solutions is to buy long dresses and hem/ alter them! I especially love Ross, heh heh; although you have to be really patient and paw through the heaps of clothes, you can often find some really cute pieces for a really affordable price (uh, hello under $20)! Besides, why would you alter something that was really expensive?


I'm currently making my way through a small stack of really cute long dresses (can you tell I love the pattern in the picture? It's so retro!); because I want to use them for work, I'm cutting them around knee length and using a rolled hem (but I don't have the right foot attachment for my sewing machine, so I do it all by myself). If you're going to alter your own dresses, I would suggest you stay away from jersey or stretchy material, and you use an iron!!! Cut the dress at the right length (use a measuring tape; make sure you leave some allowance for rolling the hem). Fold over the raw edge twice (so that there is no raw edge visible). Pin and iron. Use a straight stitch to sew the hem down (close to the loose edge of the fold) When you're finished, check for any hanging threads! Add a cardigan, belt, and nice shoes, and you have a nice new dress!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

shop closed for the holidays



Sorry for such short notice...berrysprite will be closed Dec 20- Jan 17, during which time I shall work like a fiend on all the loose-ends kinds of stuff that I have to do! Don't worry though, I'll probably be more settled into my job, even more finished with my thesis, and nicely rested from the craziness of the holidays. Stay tuned to my blog and facebook during the downtime... I'm sure I'll be doing lots of fun stuff!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Spoonflower fabric!


Two newish fabric designs are available on my spoonflower; well actually I made them a while ago but now the are available for purchase! Both of these designs have an ocean/ sea life theme: one is my takochu/sea urchin design (which you may have seen before) and a dolphin design. They are also have a larger scale; the takochu are around 1.5" or 3.5 cm and the dolphins are around 1" or ~2.5. I really like the takochu, but let me just say that I LOOOVE the dolphin one! I've always been partial to dolphins actually :) I especially love the fact that you think the design is so cute, but upon closer inspection you can see that some of the dolphins are using sonar pulses to stun little fishes! Hey, dolphins gotta eat too! The only thing is, one of the dolphins was a slightly different color in my design, and it came out waaay different when it was printed; it's still really cute but still! I've fixed it now (all the dolphins are now the same color as the lighter one... that's the color I originally wanted)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Walnut christmas ornaments


We decorated our tree, and it made me think....It's no wonder I'm so crafty! My mom used to make Christmas ornaments with us when we were little; in part because it was a fun activity and also because we couldn't afford fancy decorations.

Most of these were made by my mom, though I made the one with the little clowns and red jester a little under 20 years ago!

Our favorites to make were these ornaments made of walnut shells. All you have to do is clean the walnut shells out using a little knife (get rid of all the brown papery stuff) and use a little awl , reamer or hand drill to carefully pierce a hole in the top of the walnut (sometimes they will break, so make sure you have extra shells). String a loop through the shell for hanging, and add little toys or decorations like mini deer, wreaths or even tiny wooden Christmas ornaments using hot glue. We loved using glitter and metallic pipe cleaners! Many of the ornaments on our tree are mismatched and handmade; no uniform department store tree/decorations for us! In fact, even though we have a cramped/ tiny apartment, we always get a tree that is at least 6 feet tall so we can fit all our ornaments on it! Today, the handmade ornaments are some of the ones my mom and dad cherish the most :)


My mom made the blown egg ornament 30 years ago with tissue paper and glitter; she and my dad love/ have three of these little pinecone girls (one for me and each of my sisters). This mushroom ornament is my favorite ever!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Minimalist blog posting...


For those of you who still read this blog, I'm sorry it's been nearly a week since I've posted. And I'm also sorry this post is so hasty :D I'm settling into my new job, and it's really nice but also hectic. Let's just say I have two preliminary analysis reports due (yes, it is just my first week of work!) and I spent all day transcribing 4 hours of an interview. But it is fun :D However, because it's dark when I leave home and dark when I get back, I haven't had the opportunity to take a lot of pictures/ craft/ do berrysprite things... I'm hoping it will all iron out as I get more used to a full time job. Don't worry though, I will LEARN how to schedule posts this weekend, so that I can end up posting for more than once a week. And also, (because I couldn't take any pictures) I drew this picture of me... I'm doing discoing to Stayin' Alive just like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (don't ask me how I came up with this... I don't know how to disco, and I've never seen Saturday Night Fever!) I'm wearing disco glasses because when you disco you need to rub the funk on. And now I have to go to bed, and it's only 12:00 pm. Aye, that's what I don't like about this job :D I hope you guys are having a good end of the week... I'll see you after I submit those reports!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Winner of the Christmas Cookie Ornament Giveaway!

And the winner is: Savannah!!!! Savannah wrote that her favorite thing about the holidays was: "all of the people I see and how happy everyone looks :D" Savannah love, please email me your address ASAP or by Friday (Dec. 10) so I can send your cookies out! Big hugs to everyone who entered... it was fun!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December calendar!


Yay, December calender is here! I'm so sorry it is late; for those of you who don't know I started my first day of work at my first real (full time, permanent non-student-y job). The first couple of days have been really nice, though I have learned that I will need more non-heel business shoes (I wore low wedges on the first day and my feet were still killing me! It's gonna be ballet flats 24/7!) and business clothes (usually I live in skirts and jersey dresses... now I need trousers because the office is soooo cold!). So work is the reason the calendar this time around is late, and a lot simpler. Hopefully it's still cute though! To download the December calendar, visit my flickr or my photobucket. Here's the story:
Scout and Oscar decided to decorate wild trees this year, and on the way home they found some lost cookies!
This calendar concludes all the calendars I've made throughout the year, and I hope you've enjoyed them :D I really loved making these this year, and we'll see what next year brings! My favorites were: the ones with the hot air balloon (June) the ghost (October) and the fireplace (November)! Which ones did you like?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Cookie Ornament Giveaway!


It's been such a wonderful year for me, and to top it all off I'm looking forward to a truly fabulous holiday season (new job, finishing thesis, new opportunities, new friends)! So I thought it was only right for me to do a Christmas giveaway, to celebrate my wonderful year and my awesome berrysprite friends!

This year I'll be giving away a pair of my felt cookie ornaments... one light brown and one dark brown cookie for your holiday home :D The giveaway will run from Tuesday, Nov. 30 to Saturday, Dec. 4, and the winner will be announced on Sunday (Dec. 5) because I want to make sure the winner receives his/ her ornaments in time for Christmas! To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post that describes one of your favorite things about any holiday(it doesn't have to be Christmas!). Although the winner will be selected by a random number generator (based on the number of your comment), it's fun to see what makes people happy, don't you think? For example, I love Christmas, and one thing that I love are all the Christmas lights (you know, bright shiny pretty things are my weakness).

Also, if you can't wait to see if you've won the ornaments, you can make some of your own! Try your hand at my felt cookie tutorial which I made last year... They are so fast and easy to make, and they look daaaarling when they are finished; perfect for a small gift or favor (or even for your own Christmas tree)!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday!


Here are some lovelies that will be in the sale! Enjoy!

From 10 am to 10 pm (Hawai`i time) on November 26, enter the code "blackfriday" during checkout to receive 15% off all items (not including shipping) in my store.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their turkey/ tofurkey. I just had to share this little guy with you... It's been a long time since I made a new amigurumi design, and I had a custom request for an owl. I think he turned out really cute! He's got handpainted eyes and is made from fuzzy brown yarns, with a felt beak. I may tweak the proportions a bit in the future (to make him look more like a meatball owl!). Although there won't be any owls in the Black Friday sale update (so sorry!), I have now added owls to my repertoire, and you can expect to see more of them in the future!

PS, Modes4U.com is having a huge giveaway.... go enter to win cute stuff!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Black Friday sale!

Thanks so much for being so patient guys! I don't know if you know, but I got the job! I am now a research analyst just like a real grown up. I'm still not sure when I start, but it's soon, they just have to do background checks and stuff on me. Yayyy!


Anyway, I just wanted to announce that I will be having my first ever Black Friday sale (Nov. 26) It's to celebrate a lot of things... me getting a job, my 4 year shop anniversary, you guys being awesome, etc. Also, for anybody not familiar with the term, Black Friday refers to the biggest shopping day of the year, which is always right after the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Lot's of shops have sales on this day, and because etsy just rolled out a new coupon code system, I thought I should too!

From 10 am to 10 pm (Hawai`i time) on November 26, enter the code "blackfriday" during checkout to receive 15% off all items (not including shipping) in my store.

I have been working on a few amigurumi to add to my shop for the sale, including some cupcakes, a unicorn, two snowmen, a couple of bearpod cozies, a sushi set, and lots of Gingerbread ornaments; I'll set up these items on the day of the sale (sorry, no reserving), but I may add a few other things throughout the week. Hope to see you at the sale!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Craziness... but in a really good way :D

Okay, this is going to be one of the few posts on my blog without a picture. I'm sorry! I literally have not been able to pick up my camera to take pictures of all the goodies I'm working on; you may have noticed too that although my shop was only supposed to be closed until Nov. 2, it is still closed (and will probably remain closed through my four year etsy anniversary on Nov. 14... boo!) One reason is the same; I'm trying REALLY hard to finish up my thesis. The second reason is: I've also been applying to grown up jobs. It has literally been ten shades of crazy!

Anyway, I'm really stoked because it looks like there is a chance that I will have a bonafide grown-up job soon... we'll see how it goes. I applied to 4 different places doing history/research-e things and in the past week I've gotten 3 interview offers and one second interview offer (which I totally did not expect)! The thing is, some of these interviews require writing samples etc, so I'll probably be a little quiet on the blog front for a while... nothing like writing your thesis, writing writing samples and writing blog entries/working on the shop. Oh, also, I just wanted to say thanks so much for all the warm vibes you guys always send me through etsy, Facebook and of course here on my blog... it sure does help when you have people who are so positive for you even when you've never met them and they're so far away :D

PS... I send you guys good vibes too!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Holiday blog redesign


I hope you guys like the new blog design... it definitely has a holiday feel to it, although I daresay that I've skipped over a few of the big ones, including Thanksgiving (just like the shopping malls!) Isn't it weird how Christmas seems to come earlier every year? This year, though, I'm really looking forward to seeing all the Christmas decorations and hearing all the Christmas music; I'll be finishing up the rough draft of my thesis which will be one of the greatest presents to myself ever! When I was redesigning the blog, I kept the fact that I'm really early in the season in the back of my mind, and consequently I stayed away from using red and green as theme colors, and also stopped just short of including Christmas trees and presents in the design (though it was tempting!). I think the taupe/brown and maroon work well as colors, and you can never go wrong with kawaii cookies... overall I'm quite chuffed about it actually! I just hope you guys won't get tired of the redesign because it's early for Christmas :D Anyways, sending you all (early) wishes for a happy holiday season!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Embellishing your crochet with... crochet


Huzzah... I just recently started using a new crocheting skill when I'm making amigurumi (millions of swirly cupcakes, ahem) and I wanted to share it with you! Using this technique, you can create swirls and lines on your amigurumi, I've even done zigzags. Basically you'll be crocheting additional yarn onto crocheted pieces you've already made in order to embellish or decorate them. I'm not sure what this technique is called in real crocheting language (Making lines? Embroidering? I tried to look it up! Anyway, if you know please tell me!) (Psst... It's called "surface crochet"... thanks June!!!)


Actually, it's a really simple technique. To start, take your crochet needle and push it through your crocheted piece from the outside to the inside. Using the hook of your needle, pick up another piece of yarn (conveniently colored red in the pictures) and pull a loop through the piece from the inside to the outside. Repeat the process with the loop on your hook; you'll basically be pulling one loop into another to form a chain onto your crocheted piece. Try to place your hook/loops between your stitches... that way your loops will come out nice and smooth! Don't forget; you can skip stitches or even go perpendicular!


The above picture shows what this technique should look like on the inside of your crocheted piece, in case you're having trouble. I hope this technique will be useful to you guys!


Monday, November 1, 2010

November calendar is here!


I hope everyone had a nice Halloween, full of lots of candy and fun! Yay, November's calendar is here! It took me a little bit to make this one, mostly because the colors on my computer were fine but on other computers they turned extremely yellow. Visit my flickr or my photobucket to download for free, because I love you all :) To download, click on "all sizes" pick "original" and then save to your computer; from there, set it as your desktop background!

Here's the story: "Oscar and Scout decided to have their Thanksgiving feast of corn, carrots and peanut butter pumpkin pie inside where it's nice and cozy; it's getting a bit chilly out! " (PS. I have no idea what peanut butter pumpkin pie would taste like but it sounds like it would be good, right?)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hoisin Ribs Recipe


Ohmygoodness, it's been a whole week since I've blogged! I'm so sorry you had to wait for an new post [although if you did have to wait that makes me feel fuzzy, because it means you like reading my blog!] Anyway, not much going on around here in the way of crafting. It has been getting a little cooler weatherwise, though, which is divine because although I like the sun (you kinda have to if you live in Hawai`i!) my ultimate favorite weather is overcast, rainy and cool weather. One of my dreams is to someday visit Ireland and run around on those green hills they have... in the misty rain of course!


Since it's turning a bit cooler, I made some saimin/ ramen (if you're ever in Hawai`i and you order saimin, you'll get ramen; but the fresh kine, not the freeze dried package you can buy for like $0.10). On top I put fresh green onions, fishcake and some really delicious hoisin pork I made... it's really good, and I thought I'd share the recipe with you guys! If you like char siu pork, you'll like this! If you don't eat pork, it'd probably be just as good with chicken!

Hoisin Ribs:
boneless pork (I used "boneless country ribs"... whatever that cut of meat is; also this recipe makes a lot of sauce so you can make a lot or a little meat!)
1 jar of hoisin sauce (8 oz; I dunno a good substitute... go to your Asian grocery!)
1/2 cup of ketchup
2 teaspoons of minced garlic (or more!)
1/2 cup of honey
* I also put in 1/2 a jar of plum sauce (8/2= 4 oz), but I recently tried it with cranberry sauce and it came out lovely! *

Preheat oven to 375°F ( I actually use 400°F, but my oven runs cold). Put all ingredients into a gallon size ziploc bag, and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Place pork into a foil lined baking pan, reserve the ziploc of sauce. Bake pork. After 30 minutes turn pieces and drain any liquid. Bake for another 30 minutes or until fully cooked (they should still be moist though... not dried out). Place cooked pieces back into the ziploc (it may help to do this over a sink) and shake in order to coat pieces with sauce entirely. Place back into the pan, and broil for approximately 10 minutes, or until sauce caramelizes on pork.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

takochu and forest friends spoonflower designs

BORED!!! I am bored. Of thesis. Tonight for dinner I made Garlic chicken, cucumber kim-chee and sweet potato salad... it was random but delicious (and a little bit stinky), which is the reason there are no pictures of said feast.


Continuing with the randomness, here are some fabric designs which I made a while back but have just now made available for viewing in my spoonflower gallery (sorry, not for sale yet!) I thought I should add some designs there since I have lots of new spoonflower connections (yay!). I was going to enter the one with the acorns into spoonflower's "forest animals" contest, but I think I am too lazy, heh heh. The takochu one is a bit different because it's a tiny bigger than the fabric I normally design; I usually like to keep it on a smaller scale so I can make pouches, etc with it (these takochu are around 1.5" or ~3.8 cm.) In the future there will be a rainbow takochu fabric. Also, once I have a bit more time I'll make some fabrics that aren't just repeat/tiles lined up... ones that blend together (does that make sense?) Anyway, I hope you guys are having a great week!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Amigurumi acorn pattern


Here's my present to you guys... a free amigurumi pattern for a kawaii acorn! Even though Fall is winding down, acorns are good all year round! I imagine you guys could make a whole mess of these, and they'd be super cute as decorations or favors, keychains, charms etc! I'd love to see finished amigurumi (from this pattern or others)... please consider posting your lovelies to the berrysprite amigurumi flickr group; you can also become a member; we'd love to have you!

Feel free to make these for your friends and family, but if you are going to sell them I'd really appreciate a shout out that credits me for the design (and maybe even link to my blog!) Also please don't distribute the pattern. Thanks in advance guys!

Abbreviation Guide:
R#= Row Number
sc= single crochet stitch
slip/st= slip stitch
dec= decrease
ch=chain
st= stitch
♥---♥= set of stitches to repeat while crocheting in the round
dc= double crochet stitch

Nut:
To begin: Use a magic ring with 6 stitches to start. (Alternately you could Ch 2, sc 6 in the second st from the hook; join ends with a slip/st in the first sc (6 st)
R1: ♥2 sc in each stitch around♥, Repeat 6 times (12 st)
R2: ♥1 sc , then 2 sc in next st♥, Repeat 6 times (18 st)
R3-R7: sc all the way around (18 st)

R8: ♥dec 1, 1 sc♥, repeat 6 times (12 st)

R9: ♥dec 1♥, repeat 6 times (6 st)

Cap:
To begin: Use a magic ring with 6 stitches to start. (Alternately you could Ch 2, sc 6 in the second st from the hook; join ends with a slip/st in the first sc (6 st)
R1: ♥2 sc in each stitch around♥, Repeat 6 times (12 st)
R2: ♥1 sc , then 2 sc in next st♥, Repeat 6 times (18 st)
R3-R6: sc all the way around (18 st)


Stem:

To make the stem, stick your crochet needle through the top of your cap and pull a piece of yarn from the inside out. Ch 4, then use a yarn needle to weave the tail back through the chain and back into the amigurumi cap.

Instructions:
Stuff the nut with polyfil. Use a tapestry/ yarn needle to close the stuffed nut. Sew the cap to the nut. Add a face to your new acorn!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Work as usual...


After a long radio silence, I'm back for a bit... just a short update for now! I've been busy as usual, working on my thesis, working on a job application (for a real, grown up job!), working through a custom order (even though my custom orders are closed) that is taking surprisingly long... the good thing is I'm making more of everything that people have ordered, so new items will eventually trickle into my shop. These chicken poms are a good example!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Modes4u Giveaway winner!

Sorry it's such a late post tonight guys, although it's still technically October 6 in Hawai`i, I'm sure it's October 7th in many other parts of the world... so you must have been waiting for this announcement! I apologize for making you wait :D Anyhoo, All good things must come to an end... luckily the Modes4u Giveaway ends with a winner, who will be getting all of this loot!
And the winner is...... Su Hyun! Su Hyun's favorite item sold in the Modes4u shop was the "cute hoodie with ears kawaii bear" in brown, a lovely and most popular choice (since it seems to be sold out right now). Don't worry about the hoodie, Su Hyun, because you have a bundle of Modes4u loot coming your way! PS, please email me your address and info to collect your prize (berrysprite@yahoo.com)!


Just a quick thank-you to everyone who participated in the giveaway... it was a lot of fun n'est pas? Don't worry if you didn't win, I have a little surprise in store for ALL of you guys, so stay tuned!

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Calendar


October's free calendar is now available for download... just go to my flickr or photobucket and click "all sizes" to get the original large size. From there, just save to your desktop and set it as your background :D

I'm really in love with this one guys, especially Oscar's Television costume and the little ghost... Scout is a little hula girl of course! It actually didn't take me too long to get it done; I was able to finish it in about 4 hours spread over 2 nights. I stayed pretty close to my original concept too, which was going to be a spooky house with Scout and Oscar trick-or-treating outside. Here's the story:
While trick or treating Scout and Oscar found a haunted house. Although Scout was a little scared, she told Oscar he could give the ghost some candy... which made the ghost so happy he forgot to shout "boo!" Halloween isn't really that spooky!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Last day to vote in Spoonflower's Kawaii Contest!


Don't forget to vote for berrysprite's "yummy foods" fabric in the spoonflower kawaii contest... voting ends Sept 30th. Thanks so much to everyone who has already voted :D

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Weekend Fun


This weekend I didn't do much, which was nice. I ended up going to Foster Botanical Garden... it was a lot of fun being in nature! If you're ever in Hawai`i, I would definitely recommend getting out of Waikiki and going to a botanical garden; most of ours feature lots of exotic plants like orchids and other flowers. Some of my favorites from this visit: the cannon ball tree, and the Bismark Palm, where I found this cute little nut that is shaped like a whale/ snail/ nudibranch! Other than that, I really just played around all weekend :D For the week I have a few custom orders to work on, the October calendar too, and of course, my thesis! I hope everyone else had a good weekend!



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spoonflower Kawaii contest... vote for me!


Yay for the Spoonflower kawaii contest!!!! There are LOTS of really cute fabrics, so it may be hard for me to win. I entered my "yummy foods" fabric design, which I've edited so that the colors pop a little more, and there's less yellow. If you like this design, please consider voting for me: you can vote here! Every vote is much appreciated :D ... I've entered a couple of these contests before, and I did really well too (thanks to you lovely voters!) But wouldn't it be awesome if I won the kawaii contest... then I'd be bonafide!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Modes4U Giveaway!!! Sept 20 -Oct 4

Dearest readers, we have such a special giveaway this time, which just happens to be just right to celebrate the end of Fall/almost beginning of Winter!! The reason its so special is that it's my very first hosted giveaway, and I'm so excited.... we are so lucky that our friend Sandra is such a sweetie pie! For those of you who don't know her, Sandra is a veritable purveyor kawaii over at her online store, ModeS4U, which sells a truly awesome variety of clothes, bags, accessories, stationery, fabric and more... (I dare you to go over there... you'll fall in love!)


Anyways, Sandra has been so kind as to offer ONE (that's right, only one!) especially lucky berrysprite reader ALL of this loot; which includes 1) a sweet birdie bento box, 2) a sticker sheet from Crux that features Llamas and Pandas, squee! 3) a randomly selected Re-ment from the Hello Kitty Stationary collection 4) a cute letter set featuring kawaii Japanese bunnies, and 5) a cute deco tape set! Just an FYI, both the blue bento box and the bunny letter set are actually special items that are not being sold in the ModeS4U shop... Sandra personally picked these out on her trip to Japan!


Now for the details: the contest will run from Monday, September 20th, 2010 to Monday October 4th 2010, so there's plenty of time to enter. Also, there are soooo many chances to win... jump on it! Whererver possible, olease provide links as proof of your entry!
1) Go to the modeS4u online shop and choose your favorite item then come back here and post the link as a comment on this post (1 entry)
2) Become a fan of the modeS4u Facebook Fanpage (1 entry)
3) Follow @modes4u on Twitter + tweet about the giveaway (1 entry)
4) Write a blog post about this giveaway + modeS4u online shop (so 1 link to this blog post + 1 link to modeS4u) (2 entries)


The winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 6th (since I'll be needing a bit of time to tabulate all those entries!) Good luck friends!

Friday, September 17, 2010

New fabrics available at spoonflower!

Hey everyone, two fabrics that I designed and that have been languishing in my spoonflower gallery are now for sale: "yummy foods" and "cluttered fruits" I was able to order test swatches of them and I fixed them up a bit (for example, in the yummy foods fabric I thought there was too much yellow and in the cluttered fruits fabric you could barely see my grumpy coconut... heh heh... that sounds funny!) Anyway, for everyone who has been clamoring at the virtual door that is my email account, these fabrics can now be purchased through spoonflower :D

sorry they're super wrinkled in the picture... I had them crumpled in my bag so I could show them to everyone!

PS... I am super busy (amazingly, as always) so I haven't really gotten started on my fabric entry for the Kawaii contest at spoonflower. Any suggestions for something really kawaii? I was thinking a Japanese themed fabric, but I haven't worked on anything yet! If worse comes to worse I'll just enter "yummy foods" I think.
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