Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Preparing crystals in settings for my next project. 

Friday, July 24, 2015


My latest creation made sitting in a camping  chair under a tent in the rain.  Yes, I  can  literally bead anywhere. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015


 My friend bought me two beautiful cosmetic fukubukuro on her last trip to Japan.
 Natural Glace is not a brand I have heard of before.
 The second bag is Coffret D'or which is my favourite Japanese cosmetics brand.

I love all the products in these bags!

Friday, April 10, 2015


 My latest beading creation.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sydney Trip

I recently spent a week in Sydney with my daughter. Here's my shopping haul.
 Fabric from Marimekko, which I will turn into cushion covers.
 Uniqlo, which is a recent opening in Australia.

 Kinokuniya, my favourite store. I think I went there almost everyday.

My daughter hopes to go on a study tour to New York for uni, so she's reading up on all the places to visit during free time there.

 Forever 21 - also new to Australia.

 H & M. I really like this store for cheap clothing.

I'm a terrible photographer!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


After years of trying to get one, I finally bought the coveted Beads Mania fukubukuro. A fukubukuro, is a "grab bag" of products a store wishes to sell quickly at a discounted price. They generally go on sale on New Years Day. Some stores in Japan have great long queues of customers hoping to snag a fukubukuro on January 1st.  Beads Mania is only and online store, and they have limited numbers of the fukubukuros, so I was lucky to get one. The bag I got also came with a miniature tea set.

Yes, I am nuts getting all excited over some bead kits, but that's my escape from the stressful world of type 1 diabetes that I live in.

Looking forward to making these cuties soon.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


This took me two years to finish for various reasons. Happy it's done now!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


My latest order from Kiwa, my favourite store on the planet. It's a beaders paradise. Luckily for me they have an online store. I can't wait to get started on my many planned projects.

If you want to buy online, you will need to use a forwarding service, as they online ship within Japan.  I use Tenso.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015