Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Luggage

Even though we had another crazy snow storm and I had to shovel the tons of snow in a driveway after coming back from work, this winter might not be so bad. My mind is all thinking of my home country, Japan. When something exciting is waiting for you, it vanishes all craziness around. This is like my childhood when mom told me to eat vegetables otherwise I won't get dessert.

I have a lavender colored luggage for about ten years and I traveled Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, France, Australia, and Canada with it. My buddy is beaten up so bad and besides it's pretty heavy. It's ready to retire. Still all my good memories are inside of it. So today I purchased my new luggage in a shopping mall. I knew that it's going for sale and today is the last day for it. Yes, 65% off!! I was there for more than an hour just to find a right one comparing one to another since I learned that I need a big but light luggage. I'm so happy about the fact new one is bigger and much lighter. I'm going back home soon...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Licca's Winter Project *Little Progress*

Remember the previous post Licca's Winter Project ??

This winter I started project for me. I crochet a lots, but I don't really wear or use my crochet work. So this is one big project for me!! Compare to last picture, I made a little progress, but might be a little behind the schedule. I have to work on more often so that I can get this done by spring... Oh wait, it seems like I have enought time?? We are in middle of winter and feel like winter never over. I hope not.

Anyways, I will keep working on this, and keep you update.

Winter beauty

Last Saturday, we went to Kingston to look for winter beauty, which is about 20 minutes drive and about 5 minutes by taking small ferry from Saint John. It seems like every week, but we have some crazy snow storm, then freezing rain, which is not good for transportation, but nature world is making winter beauty around us. It's absolutely amazing.

We took ferry to pass by Saint John river, but river was all covered by ice except the place where ferry was running. We saw some people just walking on the ice, some people enjoying four wheel, skido, and some people ice fishing. Then we stopped the car on the side of the road, and started exploring around. Look how big these icecles are in this picture!! My boyfriend, Derek told not to so many time, but I was so amazed by these beauty and tried to see icecles from underneath. Too dangerous?? Anyways, we had a so much fun just watching these natural beauty even though it was cold out.

Please click here to see more Winter Beauty pictures.

Winter Hat & Scarf

Wow, we had a another snow storm last night. It turned out to be freezing rain and rain... We seem to have this pattern in this winter. It's pretty outside though.

This is a winter hat and a scarf that I made lately. Using thick and soft yarn, it gives you extra warmness around your head and neck.

If you are interested in my products, please visit my facebook group ''Licca's Toques'' and Flickr(Handmade) to see more pictures.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

knit one, purl one...

I crochet. I don't knit. I mean I don't really know how to knit. But I have always been interested in leaning how to knit ever since I started crochet so that I can expand my creation range. Today one of my friends, Jeanntte came over my house and taught me basics on knitting. First I thought a little complicated, but I think I will be able to do make some fun stuff once I get hung of it. So far my near future goal is to make baby beanies. So so excited!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reading a book over a cup of coffee

To be honest, I have never owned bookmarks in my entire life. Sounds like I never read books?? Yeah, I'm not a big reader, but finally yesterday I bought my first bookmark as you can see in this picture. It's nice bright orange which is my favorite color, and a word ''inspire'' is on it. Who ever thought I'm going to work in a book store before... but I'm actually working in a book store now and enjoying working a lot even though I haven't had much knowledge in books. I decided to start reading as many as books possible when I started working and I am still trying to ready everyday with a cup of coffee and with dictionary in my hand. Reading is not too bad... Now I'm reading ''The Pursuit of Happyness'' by Chris Gardner.
If you have something you recommend, let me know. I will keep them in my mind.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Granny's Square Scarf

Since last week, we have been having crazy weather. Temperature dropped to almost minus 30, and we had a super snow storm, and then... freezing rain next. Outside right now is pretty messy and slushy. This morning I had to drive my boyfriend to work, and I saw two accidents during this short period of time. On the other hand, I found some winter beauty in my around. Trees are covered with ice and shining like jewerly. Icicles are hunging down from light fixture outside and I couldn't stop staring them.
This is a picture of my handmade work, ''Granny's Square Scarf'' that I had a order lately. Now this cozy warmy thing is going to customer's neck to keep her warm. I hope she enjoys this in this Canadian winter.
If you are interested in my product, please visit facebook group ''Licca's Toques''
Please visit my Flickr(Handmade) to see more pictures.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm going back to Japan!

Yes, it's almost 100% confirmed. I'm going back to Japan with Derek. I haven't seen my family and friends for three years and now I'm so happy and excited!! Fortunately we get time off from work for about a month, so we are going there from April 23th to May 20th. It's pretty much same time as we went three years ago. I think we are going to miss cherry bloosom, but still I love spring time in Japan. I'm from Miyazaki which is south island of Japan, so we are going back to my hometown right away after ariving in Tokyo. Then stay with my family and friends for a while, we are plannnig to travel toward Tokyo, and come back here again.

This is a picture of Tokyo tower I took last time we visited in Japan, and I won award in Esquire magagine in Japan.
We already can't wait to go back!! Right now, Derek is leaning Japanese using Nintendo DS ''My Japanese Coach'' and he already made so much progress!!

Licca's Toques

Not only it's winter, but you want something warm you up and plus stylish!! I'm happy to introduce my handmade crochet toques. They are available in different colors and different type of flower. I can customize your toque just for you!! Last two years, I have sold more than 500 toques to people from all around the world, including in Canada, US, Europe, Asia, and more.

I'm taking order through all year around. If you are interested or you have any concern, feel free to email me,

If you want to see more pictures of these toques, please go visit facebook Group ''Licca's Toques''.

Me and Calligraphy

As a Japanese, we start leaning Japanese in school including Hiragana and Katakana, which is fifty each, and Kanji which you see in this picture and is more than 5000 character and it is said that you will need to know at least 1945 to read Japanese newspaper.
Language is a tool to communicate to people, to write a note, etc., but it's not all about this. Actually we consider it art. I started leaning Japanese calligraphy when I was five years old. I still remembered the day I had school trip and at the end of the day, I was all happy and ready to go home. But my mom picked me at kindergarden and instead going back to home, she sent me a calligraphy class. I was so shocked and I didn't like it all. From that day, I ended up going to class every Sundays. But you know..., now I really appreciate what my parents gave me...., oppotunity to learn and understand our culture and I'm proud of introducing our part of culture in Canada. Oh by the way, they are picture of my calligraphy clay magnet. Each character is handwritten by me using acrylic paint. I can make whatever the words you want, so give me a message if you are interested. You can also check my facebook group ''Licca's Japanese Calligraphy''.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Looooong Scarf

It is something I made lately. It's simple cozy warmy thing called looooong scarf. I have only done double crochet, which is really simple, but this beautiful mixed colored fluffy yarn made it just stand out by itself.
So far this year I feel it has been great winter compare to last year. It's cold, but not crazy... maybe not crazy yet. I just can't believe that I'm getting used to this weather, winter wonderland, Canada!!

Click Here(Scarf) to see more pictures of this scarf.

Neck warmer

This is what you can do with this neckwarmer! Just wrap around your neck with this neckwarmer and either put this together with flower pin or button up togther.
This is absolutely one of a kind and I put detail in it. As you can see, purple, light green, and gold beads ball in the flower. You can check more pictures of this neckwarmer in Handmade.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Licca's Winter Project

Happy new year!! Wow, it's already 2009 and it's gonna be four years since I came to Canada and one year since I became immigrant. My resolution this year is getting myself establish here and get a good job!! My new year started with so much fun and laughter. I feel it's going to be a great year.

I have been working on my crochet stuff every day and just started winter project last month. Can you guess what I'm making in this picture?? This is going to be big and fabulous. So far I have used four ball of yarn and need ten more to go. Hopefully I can get this done by spring.

If you are interested in my crochet work, you can visit my facebook Group ''Licca's Toques'' .