Third Time’s a Charm (purikura!)

I’m a bit predictable. If I’m entertaining out-of-town visitors, I always want to take them to PikaPika in Japantown for some purikura or Japanese photobooth fun. It’s always really stressful because time goes very quickly in the photobooth, and sometimes the pics turn out well, and sometimes they don’t, and you just sorta go with it cuz it costs $10 bucks.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 8.34.28 PMA few weeks ago, my friend Candace from SuperGoodClothing spent a week-long layover with me. We ate tons of snacks, cooked junk food (I need to edit video for IEatYuckyStuff!) and went to J-town 3 days in a row. Why? The first day, we got there too late, and after shopping at Daiso, we didn’t have enough time for PikaPika. On Day 2, we got there only to find out that it was closed for a special event. We did visit Mitsu Tea House, the new bubble tea place, which also serves shave ice/”snows” which I don’t usually get. But Candace got a strawberry shortcake one that has actual cake in it, and I approve! Day 3 was the magic day for us to let loose our creative and artistic spirits, as evidenced above. Candace is the only person I know with an effed-up sleep schedule like me, hence, #lackofsleeppals as well as brain damage references. We need help. We’re working on it.

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Big change at Twinkie Chan HQ!


My craft room is moving!

Manda is moving in with me next weekend, so this past weekend, she and my mom helped me to start moving the craft room from my 2nd bedroom into the DINING ROOM. My dining table is now in the corner of my living room, and at first I thought it was really weird, but it’s kind of cute and I’m starting to like it.

I am going to lose  a closet and one of my work tables in this process, but I think it is always nice to have an opportunity to take stock of what you have and what you need and really pare it down if possible. We already took some big trips to Goodwill, and I already sold a lot of yarn online. In the interest of time (since I’m still on tight deadline for my book, too), I started to Goodwill a lot of usable craft supplies instead of posting it online for sale, because photographing, shipping and packing everything also takes up quite a bit of my time, which I don’t have a lot of right now!

I’ve been taking some (shoddy) video for YouTube of the moving process. I would have loved to have done a  time lapse, but since other people have been involved, I didn’t really want to futz with cameras or computers. I kinda just wanted to get it done while I had the help!

My goal is to have everything out of the old craft room and into the new craft room by FRIDAY, since Manda’s stuff will be coming in on Saturday. Wish us luck! And new adventures! We actually lived together for a few years about a decade ago. We are trying to make goals for eating better, cooking more, and exercising together more often. But first: the move! More photos and videos on that very soon!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Tissue Box Cozy: A short story

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 4.48.27 PM(Apparently I wrote this blog entry in February but never posted it!? I have no idea why I didn’t. Here we go!)

I posted this photo on Instagram the other day, and I was sort of surprised that people liked it so much, since it’s an older project of mine that I recently re-made.

Over the holidays, someone special-ordered one of these bad boys for a Christmas present. I had only ever made one (I can’t even remember when), and I had never written down the pattern. So I winged it again and sent it off. I didn’t write down the pattern AGAIN cuz I was in my holiday freakout mode.

The cute part of the story starts when the recipient of the gift contacted me and said that she wanted to order TWO MORE of these cozies, one as a return-present, and another for another friend. These ladies are like the Pineapple Upside Down Cake Tissue Box Cozy Club! Even though I can’t take on very many orders right now, I really wanted to make some pineapple dreams come true, and I actually wrote down the pattern while I crocheted the above cozy (edit: the yarn I use for the “syrup” keeps getting discontinued so I have to keep re-writing the pattern…!!!!).

I guess the point of the story is that I so appreciate you guys, and I’m so happy that you continue to like my work, both old work and new work. I’m also always so floored when people share my work with others, either as physical items/gifts, or just photos online. I like that there are people out in the world that like the same weird stuff that I like.

And for those wondering if I will release the pattern for this cozy: yes, that is the plan. When I get some free time to shoot step-out photos, I plan to post this pattern for free on the Tissue Box Bakery website, which I know is SORELY inactive, but always on my mind!

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April Blog Sponsor Giveaway!

Giveaway APRIL2015Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a week since my last post!! I’ve been working on my book, taking care of Bibi who is wearing the cone of shame after cutting her face on something mysterious, and also I listed a bunch of yarn in my Depop shop which is all almost gone already (yay!) but it took a long time to package up and ship out! So now let’s have our fun monthly sponsor giveaway! I moved it back a couple days cuz I know a lot of you were probably getting your taxes done. It’s time to relax and check out some fun shops! Thanks so much to my generous sponsors for offering us these wonderful goodies!  ONE lucky winner will receive:

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Check out my new Depop shop and giveaway!

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 3.24.46 AMHave you guys heard of Depop? It’s an app that combines Instagram with a shopping experience. Follow your favorite people and check out what they’ve been posting for sale from their closets, special collections, and more!

Depop got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to try setting up a shop. I’ve seen a couple of my friends list items from their closets on there, so I thought I would give it a spin!

Here’s a link to my shop, but you need to create a Depop account to make a purchase. It’s super easy, and Depop uses PayPal so it’s secure. You can comment, like, private message, all your favorite Instagrammy stuff, and also get some retail therapy! I am hoping to list more of my yarn stash as well as some cute clothes, so stay tuned! As a seller, the listing process is super easy. You can take a snap on your phone and instantly upload the photo to your shop, instead of shooting items then uploading them somewhere, editing them, and loading them up somewhere else. Depop even has some filters to edit your photos.

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Depop also wanted to sponsor a lil giveaway for you guys, and they picked a few items from my shop for your prize package: a 1.5 inch pin that says I Heart Snacks, a cute strawberry patch based on my drawing, and a crocheted carrot pen cozy!

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To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below! Giveaway is open worldwide, for ages 18 & over, and will run for a week until next Thursday night, April 16th, at midnight PDT. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter/, and winner must reply to my email within 24 hours, or I will randomly choose a new winner. No purchase necessary. Good luck! P.S. Please make sure my email address can get through your spam filters! I will only be contacting winners via email.

P.P.S. NO giveaway accounts! Thank you!


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