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It’s All About the Glitter!

Hi everyone, I meant to post this sooner, but my little ones got sick. They both have hand, foot, mouth disease and it is no joke! If any of you have any advice to make my little one feel better sooner, please let me know 😀 I would greatly appreciated!

Now to the bows……

I love to make hair bows and my latest obsession has been chunky glitter bows! They are beautiful, sparkly, and definitely eye-catching. My best selling bows are the “Double Chunky Glitter Bows” and the “Dolly” which are available in 3 sizes. I trace and hand cut all my double chunky glitter bows. I use the Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Machine to cut my “Dolly” bows. The die cut is also from Sizzix. You can purchase at any craft store and many times you can find it on sale or use a coupon. Since I was in Japan when I purchased mine, I had to buy it through Amazon. The rest of the stores wouldn’t ship here! Unfortunately, Sizzix discontinued making their Dolly die cut, but I’ve heard you can find similar ones on Etsy.

The first thing I do is browse for glitter sheets online. One question I’ve been asked about is if I buy off Amazon or AliExpress. I do not and will never buy glitter from there. Amazon has cheap fine glitter sheets that will have the glitter fall out. I’ve heard bad things about AliExpress (regarding chunky glitter); people receiving bad glitter sheets, wrong colors, waiting months to receive items, or never receiving their items. I’m just talking about glitter sheets. I’ve heard people have ordered other items through them and received items that they were happy with. I may have to do a random AliExpress haul in the future, just to experience it.

Let’s move on to the process. Like I mentioned before, my best sellers are the ones I have to trace and hand-cut. It takes forever, but the end result is so worth it. I trace all sheets that I will be cutting first. Sheets that have a black backing can be very difficult to see, so I use a silver metallic sharpie. For the rest of the sheets I use a fabric pen which ink disappears when spraying with water.

Then I will cut all my pieces I will be making for the day and start to glue them together. After many trial and error, the best hot glue gun and glue sticks I have come across are by the brand SureBond. The hot glue gun does not leak which is a huge plus for me and it heats up pretty fast.

After all bows are put together, I will separate bows into two piles: Hair clips and Headbands. Personally for my big double chunky glitter bows I prefer to put on an alligator clip with teeth. Due to some glitter sheets being a little thicker, I do not recommend putting them on nylon headband because some will slip down constantly, especially if baby doesn’t have any hair. 😀

Then once hardware is on, they are ready to be sold. These glitter bows are my #1 seller and they will sell as I post them! 😁✨

This is my number one seller at the moment!

So that is pretty much my process. Nothing magical, but definitely worth the time. 

If you have any questions about the process, feel free to comment or message me. These bows are so cute and my customers LOVE them!! I love reading messages from them saying they get compliments on them all the time!

I can’t wait until my daughter gets to wear them! Only 2 more weeks and my first baby girl will be here! 😀

I hope you all have an amazing day! 

Love from Japan!! 😀 

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Busy Sunday Morning!

Hello everyone, it’s Sunday evening here in Japan and my day has felt so long! Thanks to my 11 month old! My son decided it was a great idea to wake up at 5:45am this morning, usually I wouldn’t mind, but this mama is 33 weeks pregnant, wakes up about 4 to 6 times a night to either breastfeed or go to the bathroom. Not to mention all the times I wake up because I am super uncomfortable with this belly, but I’m almost there and I can’t wait for my first daughter to be born. Yes, it will probably be harder to manage my 3 kids, but with the help of my husband I’m sure we can make it work.

On the bright side, I was able to get done a lot today! Keeping a house clean when you have a 2 1/2 year old and 11 month old is pretty hard, plus I’m pregnant! So there is a lot that I cannot do, even though I try, or I’m just too tired! Anyways, my main goal today was to finish cleaning the kitchen. Deep cleaning the kitchen, and I did it! I washed dishes, cleared the counters (there were a lot of things that did not need to be on the counters, like my husband’s small [dried] tree, or his coffee pot that he NEVER uses, as well as some other kitchen decor), cleared the table (I’ll admit I had a lot of my craft stuff on it), cleaned out the fridge and pantry, and deep cleaned the stove! My husband also helped by putting away the heavier items, separating trash (definitely more to separate here in Japan), throwing away trash, taking care of the kids, sweeping, washing some clothes, and cleaning the living room. Best part? We finished before 11am! It was such a relief specially since he was going to work that afternoon/evening.

Since I would have my kids to myself for the rest of the day, I knew I wouldn’t be able to work on any of my crafts. I have orders to finish for my small business…I make bows and other lovely creations such as tutus and felt floral headbands. Also, I’ve been wanting to play with my new Cricut Maker! My first project was cutting out my sons’ names on vinyl  to put on their beds. I ran into a problem but was able to fix it. I definitely want to try out cutting fabric on the Maker to make my fabric bows. Have any of you tried it? Let me know how it went please! Any projects you’ve done that are a must do and easy? Any advice for newbies? Please comment below, any advice will help this Cricut newbie.

For my next upcoming blogs, what would you like me to write about?

  • Crafts?
  • Mom life?
  • Pregnancy?
  • Japan life?
  • Japanese food/snacks?
  • Hauls?

Please let me know in comments.

I was thinking of doing a Daiso haul!!! If you don’t know about Daiso, let me tell you it’s an amazing, affordable store. Like Dollar Tree in the US, but so much better! So much you can find there!

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! I’m a crafter, small business owner, and awesome mom of 2 (soon to be 3.) I’ve been living in Japan for a year and four months and it has been an incredible experience so far! I’ve decided to start a blog to share with all of you my experiences as a mom, living in Japan, and as a crafter.

Hope you all enjoy and join me in this incredible journey!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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