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Custom Stamps + Giveaway!

August 4, 2010

For those who haven’t been popping into my shop very regularly lately, I’m pleased to announce a new line of products: custom stamps! Here’s a little peek:

1. Handlettered Thank You Rubber Stamp: One of my personal faves. It gives you the freedom to design your own thank you cards with an easy-t0-use rubber stamp that comes with a corresponding black ink pad.

2. Custom Handlettered Address Stamp (Rubber): Another rubber stamp with ink pad that features your personal name (or family name) in classic ampersandity calligraphy with address designed in my very favorite Futura font.

3. Custom Handlettered Address Stamp (Self-Inking): Similar to the previous one, but in a convenient self-inking style. No need to re-ink between stamps as it inks itself every time you release.

And now for a special request.

I’d like to design another stamp that features pure hand-lettering for both the name and address. The stamp will be a 1″ x 3″ rubber stamp and will include a corresponding black ink pad. The only thing is… I need someone to make it for! So, I’m offering a free Custom Fully Handlettered Address Stamp (Rubber) to one special reader.

TO ENTER: Please leave ONE comment on this blog post. You must be okay with having your name/address displayed on my etsy site (like the ones shown in the images above). Winner will be picked at random next Monday 8/9 at 9PM PST. Winner will be emailed for name & address. Please allow 2-3 weeks for design, production & shipping.

Thanks as always for your support & encouragement — I hope you win! ;]

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Haircut: Before & After.

June 29, 2010

Dun dun dun, it’s here. I’m a little nervous showing everyone all at once (so far, only S & our moms have seen it), but here goes:


I’m sorry for the weird composition — S was trying to be a little too artsy with these shots.

Short, right?!

Observations in the last 24 hours:

1. My hair is kind of wavy in the back and will flip out the wrong way if I don’t blow dry it in. I never had to deal with it when I had long hair because the weight of my hair pulled it down straight.
2. It takes me about 10 minutes less to get ready (less shampoo time, less combing time, less blow dry time).
3. I have NO split ends & NO tangles — hooray! (This is a first in a very very long time.)
4. I have always slept with a ponytail for as long as I can remember — I couldn’t stand sleeping with it down. Now I sleep with it down & it bothers me no more. :]
5. I instinctively pull my hair back when I brush my teeth, lean over something, etc. It feels strange to just have to tuck it behind my ears now.
6. I keep trying to pull out my hair from underneath a shirt or sweater whenever I put it on, only to find that my hair is already out.
7. I never liked tying my hair half up-half down — I felt that it made me look like a little girl. Now it doesn’t look so childish.
8. Same with wearing headbands, hairbands, etc. Hello big flowers & fabric headbands!

Mostly, I’m just thankful I didn’t cry when I got it cut. I have a history of crying at the salon (I’ve had a lot of bad haircuts), but I think my hair stylist is quickly ridding me of all my hair fears.


The best of five attempts. We’re no good at taking pictures in the mirror.

Okay, your turn. Be honest. What do you think???

Weekend Three.

June 28, 2010

This weekend I got beat up by my wisdom teeth — or rather, where my wisdom teeth used to be. When I got my top ones pulled out in high school, the recovery was really quick & easy, so I assumed it would be the same with my bottom ones. Wrong. I was sad to flake out on so many events — babysitting our nephew, photographing a friend’s newborn, attending our friends’ wedding, even going to church. On the up side, though, I got to eat lots of soft & cold desserts & spend a lot of time just resting at home with S. Our weekend three:

One. For the amount of rice porridge I ate, I ate an equal share of frozen yogurt & shaved ice. :] Yogurtland was our go-to place, but we also got to try shaved ice at Milk+Honey, which was so good.

S got green tea shaved ice with strawberries, mochi, & azuki red beans. I got passion fruit shaved ice with mango bits. Delicious.

Two. Remember the thank you cards I said I would put in the shop? Well, finally add them here.

I’m working on some “happy birthday” cards and “happy anniversary” cards for a friend’s mom, so hopefully will be able to add those after I finish up that project.

Three. Even though I flaked out on pretty much everything we had planned this weekend, I still managed to make it to my hair appointment on Sunday night. Chopped off a good 12 inches & donated my cherished ponytail to Locks of Love.

My hair hasn’t been this short since second grade (seriously)! It was a little shocking at first, but thankfully my hair stylist is super nice & put me at ease right away. It also helped that S loved it. :] Tune in tomorrow for my before & after pictures!

What about you — what are your weekend three?

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.

June 25, 2010

This weekend, I chop my hair. I made my appointment about a month ago (the Japanese lady who cuts my hair only works on Sundays, so I had to make the appointment way in advance). For those who don’t know, I haven’t had short hair since I was in the eighth grade — in other words, over 10 years ago. Even then, I hated it. I’ve always hated short hair. When I was in the second grade, my mom made me cut it short (like a boy) & then perm it (like a middle-aged Asian woman) — can you imagine the horror? Ever since then, I have fought for long hair and have pretty much succeeded in keeping it that way.


photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 4.

However, I’ve finally had a change of heart. Maybe it’s cause I’m married, or maybe it’s cause I feel restless, or maybe I’m just not as scared anymore… whatever it is, I’ve decided to cut my hair short. (I realize that people have different definitions of “short”… I don’t mean it’s going to be boy-short. Just not long anymore.) Something about short hair feels grown-up. I’ve associated long hair with youth, beauty, innocence… but these days I feel more like an old soul stuck in a young girl’s body.


photo credits: 1, 2, 3, 4.

So. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m a little nervous, not only for the haircut, but also because I get the second half of my wisdom teeth pulled out today. I may end up looking like a little chipmunk with a bob this weekend, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Here’s my number one inspiration image:


photo credit: 1.

I’ll be back on Monday with an update for you. Cross your fingers for me!

Pin It Forward: What Home Means to Me.

June 24, 2010

Awhile ago, I signed up for a blog series called Pin It Forward, hosted by Victoria of sfgirlbybay. 300 bloggers (including myself) have all started using a new bookmarking site called Pinterest, which I’d like to add is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Considering the number of blogs I read everyday and the loads of inspiration I come across, it only makes sense that I’d need a place to bookmark all the neat things I see and would like to save for future reference. So I started pinning a little over a month ago…

…and this is the result.

For this particular blog series, each blogger is sharing “what home means to me.” A lot of bloggers have chosen to interpret this by displaying inspiration photos of things they’d love to have in their homes, or ways they’d like to decorate their homes, but I’ve taken a little bit of a different route. To me, home is not about possessions or decor (though I do love a well-decorated home). Home is…

…a place to hide away.

…community.

…imperfection.

…a place to be free.

…fighting battles together.

…and being with the one you love.

Even if I could have my dream house — vintage details, all sorts of collections, restored furniture, wallpaper & art prints from floor to ceiling — it wouldn’t be home without the one who makes home for me: my husband.

To see the rest of “what home means to me” & to find the sources of all these images, check out my Pin It Forward board. And now I pass the baton onto A While Ago & Recently, who will be posting what home means to her tomorrow! You can also see the rest of the Pin It Forward posts here. :]

(A Very Late) Weekend Three.

June 23, 2010

So sorry for the absence — our household has been battling a slew of weird illnesses. Food poisoning, indigestion, stomach bug, and the like. But even so, we still managed to pack in a lot this past weekend.

One. Attended a sweet bridal shower at Balboa Park in San Diego. I’ve been to Balboa many times — I work just across the street from the park & we even took a set of engagement photos there. But this little cafe was a cute place I’d never been — the tables were covered in kraft paper, asking to be doodled on.

It was so sweet to hear the bride’s dear friend & mom share about her with such love & tender affection. My heart welled with joy for her. It was equally fun to see her blush at all the gifts she received, which came in the form of lace, bright pinks, and lots of florals.

Two. Watched Toy Story 3 in 3D with our friend on Saturday night. The shows were sold out until near 10pm, but we decided that we must watch it & stayed up past our bedtime! (I know, we can be so wild sometimes.)

Needless to say, as I’m sure you’ve all heard, it was an incredibly heart-warming & well-made movie. I shed some tears at the end as the story of these loyal toys came to a close. Pixar has yet to disappoint me.

Three. Visited my sister- and brother-in-law, as well as my little nephew Isaac. Got to hold the little guy for awhile and was absolutely transfixed by his unwavering gaze. His eyes are huge & the pupils so big & black, I could not tear my eyes away from him! And best of all, I got to make him smile a few times — his face lit up with dimples & an adorable gummy smile.


photo credit: brother-in-law

We’ve been enlisted to babysit him this Friday night & are so excited to see him again — isn’t he the cutest? :]

A little late, but what are your weekend three?

Stawberry Picking.

June 16, 2010

Last Friday we celebrated a dear girlfriend’s birthday with lunch & a trip to the farm for a day of strawberry picking. It is perfect strawberry season, so the berries were bright red & super sweet!

We hopped in a giant wagon & went on a tour all around Tanaka Farms. Not only did we get to see lots of different plants/produce, but we got to taste a bunch of fresh produce (literally freshly picked!) — green beans, yellow tomatoes, romaine lettuce, broccoli flowers, and giant carrots. It was so cute seeing all the kids in the wagon getting excited about fruits & vegetables, taha.

But of the course the highlight of the trip was the strawberry fields.

We got to go out and pick as many big, bright, red & juicy strawberries as we could fit in our 1lb. boxes. And when we filled those up, we could continue picking & eating as many as we could fit in our tummies! All the produce at Tanaka Farms is completely organic, so it was so neat to just be able to pluck up these berries & pop them in our mouths. By the time we left, our fingers were stained red with berry juice. They were — no joke — the best strawberries I’ve ever had.

A totally fun, nutritious, and educational activity for kids and grown-ups alike. I’m hoping to squeeze in just one more visit to these strawberry fields before the season comes to a close! If you haven’t already, you should check out fun berry-picking activities in your local town — the perfect activity for the beginning of summer. :]