Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mustache Owl Giveaway

Mustaches are all over the handmade world these days, not sure what's so hip about them but I like them too and I've been wanting to make a plushie with a mustache for a while now. I thought my new bi-weekly owl giveaway would be the perfect occasion to try out a mustache on an eleventh monkey plushie!

Like always, the owlet keychain will be given away in two weeks. Make sure you get your entries in before July 7th, here on this blog, or by reposting on instagram and liking+commenting on facebook. Good luck!

My watermelon owl giveaway was met with an overwhelming response. People just seemed to love that fruity cutie. I wish I had more watermelon owls for all the wonderful participants but unfortunately, it was a one of a kind and only one person can win. But I may just have another fruity owl coming up in some future giveaway, because I really like the watermelon owl too!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

San Francisco Bay Ferry

Most people in the Bay Area use BART to get around, but some people use the ferry. We thought we'd give that a try for a change. It's very windy, very quick, very scenic and very enjoyable! Wish we had thought of this before when we were showing around visitors.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I love me some Facetime

Living far away from family can be hard. I remember 9 years ago when I was an exchange student at Emory University near Atlanta and really missing my family. Back then our only way of 'live' contact were long distance phonecalls. One time I was talking to my mom and my roommate and I took a photo with her digital camera, the first one I ever saw in my life, and we emailed it to her. We were so amazed. We could show my mom almost the exact moment we were talking to her, even though she was on the other side of the world. That was something.

Then we discovered Skype. That was something too! Yasu and I maintained our ridiculously long-distance-relationship between Europe and Japan for 3 years via Skype. And after I moved to Japan, I used Skype to keep in touch with my family in the Netherlands.

Now we all have iPhones and Facetime, which makes sharing our lives with each other, no matter where we are on the globe even easier. I wonder what other amazing things the future brings.

Today we had a nice family gathering on Facetime. Yasu and I were on this side of the globe and Yasu's little brother Hiro, my little brother Gyano and his girlfriend Bente were on the other side.

Hiro currently lives in Germany, I got a chance to see him when I was visiting the Netherlands last November, but Yasu hasn't seen his brother since we left Japan in 2010. Hiro visited Gyano and we took that opportunity to Facetime, which was really fun. Hopefully Yasu and Hiro get to meet each other in real life soon.

This reminds of another Facetime family gathering somewhere last week. My mom was at home with her iPad, my brother was in his car waiting for his girlfriend with his iPhone, and I was at home with my iPhone and MacBook. We all had things to say to each other, but Facetime (for now) only works between 2 users. So this is how I solved it:

I put the mic and speakers of my MacBook and iPhone near eachother and we all got to hear and speak to eachother!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Watermelon Owl Giveaway

Time for another bi-weekly owl giveaway. Summer has been here for a while and so have watermelons, and now there's a watermelon owl keychain. I was actually snacking on watermelon chunks when I sewing up this little feltie. 
This yummy cutie will be given away in two weeks, so make sure you get your entries in before June 23rd. Either here by leaving a comment below this post, or by reposting on instagram and liking+commenting on facebook. Good luck!

Here's the winner of the last giveaway

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Owlet keychains

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen these owlets come by weeks ago. But I've been so busy, mostly with Carnaval preparations, that taking proper photos and putting them on Etsy had been on my to-do list for a long time.

I finally did it last night, during a midnight neighborhood-wide power outage. It was my first time to experience such a power outage and it was a bit scary because Yasu was doing a night shift a work. At first, I had my computer off, trying to save batterylife, but I needed a distraction. So with really slow internet, which made uploading photos quite a pain, I finally added these cuties to the shop. I hope they find great new homes.