Listen to me chat with Vickie Howell!

When I worked in publishing years ago, I never really felt like I fit in that world. I’d chat with editors on the phone or go to writers conferences and just feel like the odd gal out, like the new girl, like it was always the first day of school and I wasn’t wearing a cool outfit. I was in publishing for ten years and wanted those people to be my people, but I never felt like I belonged. Too goofy, too young, too I-don’t-even-know. When I threw myself into the crafting world, I felt such a rush of relief. I loved meeting other crafters and my crafty heroes. We didn’t even have to be doing the same crafts. That didn’t even matter. I felt like I had found the people who were like me.

So, a few days ago, I had a Skype chat with Vickie Howell for her podcast, CRAFT-ish. Can I tell you how neat I think that is? Pretty neat! I’ve watched Vickie on tv. I’ve seen her yarn at JoAnn Fabrics. I met her for the first time earlier in the year at Vogue Knitting Live, and she was just so super cool, and I think we ended up talking about wrinkle cream.

Now you get to hear us chat about stuff (not wrinkle cream this time) related to taking your small business to the next level, how we all go on different paths to end up where we are now, random tidbits about my business experiences … find out more when you tune in :).

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Let’s check out Japan FunBox!

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 2.17.32 PMI have some yummy treats to check out with you! Japanese Candy Box – Japan Funbox is a monthly subscription service based in Osaka that will send you an assortment of fun candies, snacks, and DIY kits from Japan.

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Japan Funbox sent me their “Mini Box,” which contains 5-7 items for $14.99/month, free worldwide shipping. They have two other levels – the “Original Box,” which contains 15-20 items (1 DIY kit guaranteed, 1 special item guaranteed, such as a soda, toy, or special DIY), for $32.99/month, and the “Family Box,” which contains 25-30 items (2 DIY kits guaranteed, 2 special items guaranteed) for $49.99/month.

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Upon quick glance, the difference between Japan Funbox and some other boxes I’ve reviewed, like Japan Candy Box, and Japan Crate, seems to only be how many items you want sent per month. They all vary and have different sizing. I haven’t calculated each subscription box across the board, but the Japan Funbox “Mini Box” is a nice, small, introductory size to get you going, and the “Family Box” is one of the biggest you can get.

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Let’s see what’s inside!

(P.S. If you happen to sign up for Japan Funbox through this link or the button on my sidebar, I get a small affiliate percentage.)

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My “Bento Bar” at Renegade Craft Fair!


Last weekend, I vended at Renegade Craft Fair with my new “Bento Bar” set-up, where people could assemble their own cute, crocheted bento boxes! This was a grand experiment, since I’d never done this before ever, either online or in person, and I think people really loved it, once they figured it out :P.


DisplayM3Display1The actual “salad bar” part of the display was pretty easy to put together. The base was foam core with some plastic bins hot-glued on top. The sneeze guard was kind of a whole journey. I thought I would make it out of PVC, because PVC seemed easy, but Manda felt that wood was the way to go, even though neither of us know anything about building anything. I think it turned pretty well! An important element for us was that the sneeze guard be easy to transport, so the top/guard part separates from the legs. It is sliiiiiiightly crooked, but, hey, it never fell over, and it survived!




My super favorite part of the weekend was watching people put together their bento boxes, guys, gals, grown-ups, kids, everyone!

Here are a few of the boxes that people assembled:

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As luck would have it, our booth was right by an electrical outlet, so I was able to turn people’s food plushies into pins, magnets, or hair clips, right as they waited!

Display5Here’s me with a hot dog octopus pin! My number one favorite request from someone was a french fry pin. I really need to make one for myself.

OctoPinWe also had a table filled with non-bento stuff and my books, plus the giant donut…!


I definitely plan to put the leftovers on Etsy. I just need some time to take pictures of everything and get them listed. I’m hoping maybe by Friday or the weekend? Eep, we’ll see!


Here’s a lil vid I put up on Instagram:


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July Blog Sponsor Giveaway!

July2016giveawayHi gang! Sorry the giveaway is a day late! As per usual, I was scrambling to get ready for the craft show last night. I still have some stuff I want to crochet tonight to re-fill some spots on my table that sold today, but I definitely also wanted to get this giveaway up for my blog sponsors, who are always so generous to contribute to these giveaways. ONE lucky winner will receive:

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Renegade Craft Fair is this weekend!


Renegade Craft Fair is this weekend in San Francisco! I’ll be vending and bringing a lil Bento Bar with me, where you can build your own little bento box filled with crocheted goodies. It’s the first time I’ve tried this, and I have no idea if people will be into it or not. As always, I’m running out of time, and I won’t have all the elements that I originally wanted, but I think it will still be a pretty good experiment.  Like, I don’t know that I’ll have time to make a bunch of the above rice balls or even the lettuce underneath them, but I’ll try! So if you’re in town, come check it out. Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 6pm, at Fort Mason Center. Would love to see you!

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