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Mr Tuan and Trung

Mr Tuan and Trung

I have known Mr Tuan and Trung for a long time before I started dogstar 20 years ago. They have been dogstar clothing since the beginning. dogstar garments are not easy to make. It often takes time for them to understand how to construct the pieces. Over the last 20 years that we have been working together, they became like my family. Their children have grown up over time.

To me it is their hands that created and supported dogstar. Each garment has been carefully made by them and finished beautifully, their thoughts were sewn with each stitch. I...


Public bath near our home

Public bath near our home

Sometimes my grandma used to take my sister and I to a public bath near our home when we were kids.
It used to cost us 30 cents each.
We loved to go to the public bath with my grandma.
In Japan it is quite common to go to a hot spring (Onsen or Sentou) in public. It has a great culture and atmosphere. Everyone washes themselves at small showers, before going into the large communal baths.
Just before dark...


Beautiful old sewing machine

Beautiful old sewing machine

This weekend I picked up this beautiful old sewing machine from Brenda, @Thehouseofwindsor. She makes beautiful hats.
I had been looking for weeks on ebay, gumtree and other online marketplaces.
It was such a coincidence that the sewing machine that I have been looking for was from my friend Brenda.
Or was it meant to be?
My grandma used to have one of these SINGER foot operated sewing machines ages ago. I remember the sound of the foot going up and down rhythmically when I was a child.
My grandma's machine is not as fancy as this one but I remember the...


HAND STITCHING

HAND STITCHING

HAND STITCHING

When I see beautiful hand stitching, I just get so excited and the right side of my brain goes crazy.
Tamara, from our creative team created this beautiful hand stitching work.
She spent two hours hand stitching with this and I fell in love with it straight away.
I just love HAND STITCH WORK.
I can imagine so many things incorporating this intricate work.
What can you imagine in this stitch work? 


My weekend

My weekend

I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend! My weekend was pretty good.
Between my work and family I was able to go to a pottery class.
It's been a few weeks since my dear friend Paola and I joined the class. I have sometimes need to challenge myself to commit time towards the pottery class, because I have been so busy in my life trying to balance work and my family.
How about you? How do you balance your time between your personal life and work?
Once I get there, I really enjoy the...