Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A clutch of clutches

Sometimes it's nice not to have to change the thread in my machine for days and days at a time. When I'm making bags, it's basically black. I'll get around to making other colors eventually, but for now I find black to be a workable neutral. Besides, there are so many black obi to work with! And I wear black. Not all the time, everywhere, but it does seem to be a staple in my wardrobe. And it's still winter. And I'm making excuses for my lack of personal style, aren't I?

But the clutches look mighty good!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Dischord & Bliss

Just in case you wanted to know what I'm working with. New stock coming this week!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Struck down in the prime of... something.

The 'flu had come to Chez Kimono. And it's staying. We want it to go away, but what can you do? Some house guests just don't get it.

*cough cough hack hack haaaaaack.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Busy fingers

I haven't updated anything lately because I'm working on a custom wall hanging for a client and don't have time for much else. It's a very interesting piece, all shades of gold, red and brown and made from kimono and obi silks. When that's done it will be back to normal... whatever that means.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Moving right along

After the site sale concludes on Sunday Jan. 14th, all the scarves still listed there will be moved to another site... to be announced! I will be making way for the spring collection and loads of new ideas that I've been working on. Pictures and more info soon to come.

Monday, January 08, 2007

System upgrades!

The new shopping cart is up and running, hopefully without a hitch. You can now use credit cards to purchase items and you shouldn't have to log in through Paypal anymore, unless you prefer to pay that way (I often do). I also have inventory control, so that little headache has been taken care of.

New items will be up and on the site after the sale concludes on Sunday, Jan. 14. I will post more items in the Discontinued Scarves section sometime this week because these really need homes!

More vintage items will be listed soon as well, since I've had so many requests for kimono and only have the two haori listed right now.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


I'm going to up the ante on the sale, just because I really want to move some of this stuff out. I'm busy making new items but need the space! So... on Wednesday, January 10 from midnight to midnight US Pacific time, everything in the store will be 50%--wholesale--for everyone. After that I'll probably start listing more of the new items that have been sitting on my shelves. Only one problem: my shopping cart is Paypal based and doesn't do inventory control, so if something sells while I'm not looking and someone else also tries to buy it later, I'll have to tell the second person the item is gone and that's so not cool.

Good news though, there will soon be a standard shopping cart for my items on a site my friend and biz associate is building. When that's ready I'll post a link to it here.

Oh yeah, here's that bunny bag I mentioned!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Look for the New Year

I like the fact that when you take all the world's religions and cultures together, you can celebrate New Year just about all year. In celebration of the Gregorian Calendar New Year, I'm giving the blog a brighter look. The old all black look reflected my original intent--late night ramblings that really had nothing to do with anything else--but now it's time to move on. So, hey presto, we are green. I hope you like it.

The Kimono Momo site SALE is still on and the Dream Keeper Designs store is in hiatus for a few more days (semi-closed for the holidays). I've got spring fever, which is ridiculous because it's only January, and I'm working on some very nice silk scarves in pale greens, pinks, and golds for the coming (still chilly) months. Today I'm working on more of those mini totes that I mentioned a while back. There aren't any on the Kimono Momo site because my wholesale accounts gobbled them all up before the holiday rush and I'm just getting back to making more of them. Along with the two crown designs, there will also be a bunny one. Yup, a big, fat Japanese rabbit. Too cute.

I hope the New Year is treating you well.