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.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fun Anime: Fairy Tail

I've just started watching this anime called Fairy Tail, and it is awesome! It's about a girl named Lucy who runs away from home and meets Natsu, a young mage who can use an ancient dragon slayer magic that allows him to fight with fire. Natsu offers her membership in the magic guild Fairy Tail, where she meets a variety of really powerful mages who become her friends and teammates, including a boy named Gray who uses ice (and who also seems to lose his shirt every episode) and a seriously powerful girl named Erza whose knowledge and use of armor makes her the one of the best (and scariest) fighters in the guild! The show is really endearing, and really funny... the personalities of the characters are so much fun. Happy, Natsu's little blue cat who has wings is one of my favorites!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I had a productive weekend!

Along with not sewing for a long time, I have also abstained from crocheting (amazing isn't it!!!) I would have to say that I went about 2 months without crocheting ANYTHING, which was really good for my thesis writing (it's going really well by the way!) Anyway, since this past weekend was a three day holiday which was perfect for a little bit of fun, I just had to crochet something.

What began as one amigurumi turned into a whole mess of cupcakes, apples, acorns, bears, and bunnies... I find that once I'm crocheting I get really good ideas for other amigurumi to make and since I usually already have my yarn and crochet needle out, I just end up crocheting as much as I can! So, it was pretty much nonstop crocheting this weekend, which was a nice break :D The best part of my crochet-a-palooza was that I made this little happy sad jellyfish, so named because you can move his mouth into a smile or a frown, depending on your mood (though I daresay that it is better to always keep him smiling at you.... he's so cute that way!). I love him so much, I'll be sure to make lots more in the future :D

Sunday, September 5, 2010

new school bag?

The handle on my go-to canvas school bag/ purse ripped clean off (in a not fixable way) the other week. So I sewed myself this canvas tote! It had to be a multi-functional, every day kinda bag of course, and I wanted to be able to fit my books and my laptop into it. Although I had based the pattern off my clutches so that it would relatively easy to conceive of the bag and cut out the fabric, I had a REALLY hard time sewing it; probably because I haven't sewn in a long while. I kept making silly little mistakes, like sewing crooked seams, really long handles, or sewing the wrong sides of the lining together etc, etc... sometimes it just takes a little while to get back into the groove of things, I guess. Anyway, I was able to overcome the sewing stupidity and ended up with a bag that was just the right size... but then I realized that the red and white polka dot combo (with fabric covered buttons) kinda made my bag a tad bit I'm carrying a giant strawberry or ladybug! It's growing on me though, so we'll see how it goes when I have to go to campus :D

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Calendar!!

Just in time! Here is September's calendar, which I've kept simple and also cheated on by using a stamp because I'm super busy (but busy in a good way!) I must say, I was scratching my head a bit while I was making this one... Fall in Hawai`i is pretty much the same as summer (and winter, and spring for that matter!). Hee hee, I guess we're kinda lucky it's never really an extreme temperature here :D Anyway, head on over to my flickr or photobucket to download for free... I hope you enjoy it!

Scout and Oscar love playing outside during the Autumn, especially because the tree leaves turn beautiful colors!
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