Tuesday, December 15, 2009


My sweet Baby boy Budda had a traumatizing day yesterday, he had dental surgery and the vet removed 11 teeth! He lost all his front teeth except for his canines and one set of incisors so his tongue will always be out. Budda was crying so much all night and he's still in pain and he's so sad, my heart is breaking watching him like this, I wish I would have never had it done. The vet recommended to get his teeth cleaned with the possibility of removing some teeth because infected teeth can cause dogs serious health problems particularly their hearts, that's the only reason I agreed. I don't care about the money spent I will always earn that back but I will never earn my dog's trust back nor will he ever regain his teeth.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Japanese Mags for Sale!

$11.00 USD

Okay more stuff that I'm selling to raise funds for my birthday trip to Iceland. On sale are some back issues of Japanese magazines Cutie, Kera, Fudge, and Gothic Lolita Bible. I'm selling all the mags way cheaper than I bought them for because I really need to sell. The magazines are all in really good condition, I will send them in a large envelope regular mail, shipping is $3.00 in the U.S.,these magazines are all really chunky so they are heavy. Just email at jannese1970@gmail.com with which one you want and I take paypal as payment(paypal address same as my email).

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$11.00 USD

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Friday, December 11, 2009


So I bit the big bullet and ordered the Mori Girls issue of Spoon from Amazon Japan, it was pricey too pricey, but there were only a couple left and I didn't want to miss out. It's chock full of photographic goodness. This issue has models Yu Aoi and Merii (Jungle) (Merii is one of my absolutely favorite Japanese models), both modeling Mori girl styles, plus there's a whole section on Emily Temple Cute and Jane Marple two outstanding designer labels plus Syrup (I wish they were here in the States). They have the A to Z's in becoming a Mori Girl, I will list those for you here: A is A-line, as in clothing that doesn't cling to the body. B is for books for the well read girl, who loves books about art, tragedy and child like stories. C is for Check, as in gingham or plaids, D is for dot, that one is obvious. E is for Ethnic, that's to incorporate some ethic styles into your mori-girl outfits. F is for Film, like Amelié and Virgin Suicides,and for some reason G for Girl is lumped in with that one apparently meaning girly sappy films. H is for Hairstyle, only a perfect bob with bangs or curly long tresses with fringe are the two acceptable hairstyles for Mori-girls. I is for Illustration, for a lovely collection of children's illustration like my favorites, Marini & Monteany, J is for Jam and your shit of luck if you dislike Jam every Mori girl must eat JAM! K is for Kago bag, these are bag's resembling a basket like little red riding hood's. L is for life and from what I can determine they me living creatures that a mori-girl should enjoy the cute cuddly furry creatures, especially those residing in the woods, and she must have some charms, key chain or other element incorporating such creatures in the design. M is for Mellow time (I laughed so hard at this that I almost cried) this means you should own candles! O is for one piece for everyone leaving in the west this means a dress. P is for Perfume easy enough. Q id for Q & A, I have no idea what this could possibly mean. R is for romantic, a mori girl should immerse herself in romantic things. S is for Scandinavia, all mori girls should love Scandinavian stuff, no problem there what's not to like. T is for Toe, they mean a rounded toe shoe on this one. V is for vintage also self-explanatory. W is for Walk with Camera, a mori girl should always have her Holga to take pictures of the deer and bunnies hopping about. Y is for Yummy, a Mori girl must only wear sweet treats in the from of charms never eat them. Z id for Zakka, all mori-girls must be crafty girls. Ta-Da! Some of these rules are kinda weird some of them apply to a lot of the female population already. Anyway not making fun of the Mori-girls because I love this style, just was tickled by the crazy engrish in the magazine. More pics on my flickr

Sunday, December 6, 2009


I had to replace Budda's little coat's zipper, because of course the company who made it used a dress zipper instead of a durable sport zipper. While I was fixing the zipper I thought this plain little coat needed a little jazzing up, so I appliqued "Handsome" one of Budda's nicknames on the middle back with scraps of japanese kawaii fabrics. It makes him look extra handsome!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Part II Nani Iro dress update!

I realized I never even posted a pic of the finished Nani Iro dress I was making this summer. I finished end of August, after completing all the sewing I dip dyed it and added sashiko embroidery to the placket.
Part I of Nani Iro dress
Lost in Translation: Interpreting Japanese Patterns

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Norwegian Slippers Finished!

Yay! I finished knitting the second slipper last weekend but I hadn't had a chance to felt them , so last night since I stayed in a hand felted them in a bowl in the sink and then I towel dried them and threw them in the drier for 20 minutes. Thank goodness I check in on them or else I would have ended up with toddler slippers. I stopped the drier and then I just left them on a towel to dry on my radiator overnight. They came out perfect! More here and here

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I started crocheting these mittens last night with this amazing handpainted yarn that's, a merino wool, alpaca, acrylic blend, called Bunny Paint by Tahki Yarns color lot#074, it's greys, creams, camel and light creamy orange. The pattern is from this book ISBN4-529-04284-7

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Present for my cousin Jessica

My little 14 yer old cousin, Jessica, who lives in Cuba "land of the I have nothing" asked me this week for a bottle of nail protector because she has been taking care of her nails so she will have them long and pretty for her 15th birthday. For those not familiar with spanish cultures, your 15th birthday is a big deal it's like sweet sixteen here in the States. So yesterday I bought her a nail strengthener and protector plus I'm surprising her with other nail grooming supplies and a little tinted lip balm and blush. I wanted to give her something to keep her stuff in so last night I got out some of my cute Japanese fabric, pre-made piping, velcro, and 1/4" elastic and I made this little case for her stuff. I think she will be very happy to get it, it will be a sweet surprise.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Japanese books and mags!

"Small Animals" ISBN978-4-07-2689903-5

I was really slow these last two weeks posting, so I just got around to scanning these magazines and books I bought two weeks ago at Kinokuniya. Mostly Women's and Kids fashion mags and two crafting books. The Fudge, Sesame and Milk are exceptional, they have amazing fashion for the Fall/Holiday season. I'm including isbn#'s for the crafting books.

unsure of title, ISBN4-529-04284-7

Sesame Winter Issue 09 ISBN978-4-02-272381-9

MILK No.11 2009/10

Maria 2009 November vol.71

Fudge 2009 November vol.77

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One sock, two socks, no just one!

OK, I am the slowest knitter in the world it seems but I finally finished knitting and sewing this norwegian slipper together,only one mind you. I didn't want to start the other until I knew the size was okay. This is it pre-felted. I couldn't put it together because I had no cable or internet service for three days at home, our whole building was out. Turns out some of the wires were fried outside our building. Ok! now let's start the second one, maybe it will be for the official start of winter!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Robogurumi at Gallery Hanahou!!!!! Freakin Awesome!

"Before and After"@Gallery Hanahou, NYC

Ok today's craft workshop at Gallery Hanahou was hands down the best craft day ever! It was so much fun and the artists and staff at the gallery were so helpful and nice. "Before and After" with Ossu! Shugeibu (Yo! Crafting Club) is a wonderful truly creative craft-art show. Shoichi Ishizawa the craft groups ring leader was our host and teacher at the workshop along with one of his crafting partners Makiko Miyata, they showed us how to make a robogurumi by using a battery operated toy dog that we skinned alive and then made our own franken-doggies! Some people were even a bit more creative, although never even having sewn a button, they made some crazy creatures. For 30 bucks the workshop provided us with all the materials the toy dog, batteries, fabric, buttons, scissors, socks, gloves, mens boxers (yes mens' boxers), thread, needles, pom pom's, hot glue and of course a leash to walk are new robogurumis out on Broadway one of the busiest streets in SOHO, NYC! IT WAS AWESOME! Some more info on the artists and show at Bust mag online plus an interview on Shearyadi's world and an article on the group at Make's Craft section. Here is my robogurumi in stages and some other pics including pics of the artists and some of their work if you like to see more check out my flickr.

Shoichi Ishizawa and Makiko Miyata



AHHHHH! Skinned! my Blythe is waiting for her coat *giggle*

The crafting begins

My Robogurumi in the works

Here comes the body

oh no eyes!

Ah Voila! complete!

Here's Circus Yuki hanging with some of the big guys at the show.

Kiss me I'm beautiful!

Time to annoy my fellow New Yorkers! Many of the folks in the group weren't getting that this maybe cute and fun for us and the tourists but not to the natives, we some angry people, but it was really fun none-the-less.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dress me!

After scouring over all my Japanese sewing pattern books(mooks), I finally decided what's my next sewing project. This lovely quarter sleeve yoke style dress seems like the perfect fall/winter garment and can sorta be casual and dressy too. Now the fabric! No idea what I should even start with.

This is the book the pattern is from ISBN ISBN978-4579-11226-5

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Crafting books A-Plenty!

I took a long lunch today to run up (well take the train to) to Kinokuniya Bookstore in Midtown, and I got so many books and goodies. I can't help it, I'm always afraid that if I don't buy the ones I like they won't be there the next time. I got a bounty of sewing pattern books and one each of crochet, knitting, and felting. I was so disappointed to find out they aren't carrying Fumi's new crochet book, it just came out in Japan so I will have to wait I could have it special ordered but it would be more expensive if than I would patiently wait until the store gets them in, dagnabit! Regardless I have many new additions to my expanding collection of amazing Japanese pattern books.

Sweet Dress Recipe ISBN978-4-579-11198-5

Sewing patterns, really modern and girly.

"Sweet Dress Recipe" ISBN978-4-579-11198-5 (one of the patterns)

"Small Animals" ISBN978-4-529-04757-9
Felting Patterns and color step by step instruction

"Small Animals" ISBN978-4-529-04757-9

"Romantic Knit" ISBN978-4-579-11251-7
Beautiful modern "Mori Girls", Marie Antoinette style crochet patterns

"Romantic Knit" ISBN978-4-579-11251-7

"Nordic Knitting, Seven Miraculous Techniques" by Kirja Kongsbak ISBN978-4-579-11162-6

As the name sort of implies these are modern Scandinavian patterns and techniques.

"Nordic Knitting, Seven Miraculous Techniques" by Kirja Kongsbak ISBN978-4-579-11162-6

Girls Fashion Clothing Patterns (not sure of title)ISBN978-4-529-04526-1

Get this book just for the little girl that's the model might be the cutest thing the world, she actually makes me want to "get one" ;)

Girls Fashion Clothing Patterns (not of title)ISBN978-4-529-04526-1

"Happy Homemade vol.2" Kids Fashion Sewing Patterns ISBN978-4-579-11243-2

"Happy Homemade vol.2" Kids Fashion Sewing Patterns ISBN978-4-579-11243-2

unsure of title ISBN978-4-8347-2767-8, womens' sewing patterns, one piece and tunics, layering clothing.

This is my Kino stash of cute stationery stuff, new pencil case, notebook, letter stationery (two sets!), a tiny memo notebook to throw in my bag for jotting down reminders and shopping lists, and a tiny fine pen!