Saturday, April 27, 2013

Here's Haruyo!

I'm back!  One last intro for this release... meet Haruyo!  Haruyo is named after my aunt who was born in the spring, so I'm guessing that's why part of her name is "Haru" or spring in Japanese.  Anyway, I thought it was fitting since she is holding wisteria, which often blooms in the late spring.  

Wisteria flowers are so pretty!  I just love how they hang down from the trees!  I fell in love with this flower after I saw these photos....  I never knew how beautiful these blooms could be!  Dang!  Japan just has everything that I love!  Visiting the Wisteria Tunnel in Japan is definitely on my bucket list!

Ok, so by now you know about my You Tube addiction right?  Well, my friend and guest DT member, Linda of lfundoo on You Tube is partially responsible for my addiction.  She turns me on to all kinds of  crafty goodness.  So while checking out her channel, she posted a video on her entry to the My Scrap Room challenge.  Now I am a member of My Scrap Room too, but I'm too chicken to join the swaps or challenges.  If you aren't a member yet, go check it out here!  I think Gina runs the site and hosts challenges and swaps. 

One of Gina's challenges was to make a desk organizer. She has a tutorial on how to make the boxes here...  And you can see Linda's Hello Kitty version here...

So of course I had to give it a go and put my Sister Stamps twist on it.. Here's what I ended up with...

OK I know it's not using typical asian colors or papers, but I really wanted to use my new Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper pack from Linda!  Thanks girl!  I love it!

Since the colors in this collection are soft, I decided to color up Haruyo using my favorite purples. S he matches nicely since she's carrying a wisteria stem.  Doesn't that match in the Secret Garden?

I decided to go with only 8 boxes. It was very easy to make!  I trimmed down the front row of boxes so that they were different sized.  After I taped them all together, I binded them using lace trim around the edge.  I think it gave it a more finished look.  Then I added some flat back pearl trim over the lace and then went to town using prima, wild orchid crafts and i am roses flowers.  Also used a couple of prima butterflies on the front and back.  Here's a shot of the back of the organizer.

I hope you give it a try!  If you do, please let me know either by leaving a comment here or on facebook.  I'd love to check out your creation!

So earlier I told you about one thing on my bucket list right?  Well, if you want a chance to win Haruyo, just do the following:
1.  Leave a comment on THIS POST by 04/30/13 11:59 HST.
2.  Tell me about one thing on your bucket list!  I'd love to hear about it!

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to find out who our guest designer is for this release!! I'm so excited to tell you!


  1. Wow!! Talk about luxurious! The box is girly and fun. Haruyo is gorgeous! Fabulous job with your project.
    Visiting Japan and New Zealand is on my bucket list.

  2. Haruyo is so adorable! Love the wisteria! I would love to live overseas (Europe) for a year and just explore all of the fabulous countries and soak in all of the art and culture!

  3. wow, what an awesome project! haruyo is so pretty!

  4. The desk organizer is such a great idea! ~ I love the colors you used for Haruyo; purple is one of my favorites!
    I, too, would love to visit Japan someday.

  5. Awww...Haruyo was my grandmother's name! Such an adorable image--love the wisteria!

  6. Oh your box is Gorgeous! ! Love this nrw cutie too!!! On my bucket list is to go to new york city some day!!!!

  7. Those wisteria pictures are pretty and this is another cute image! My bucket list is huge, but visiting Japan is definitely towards the top. My in-laws are going in a couple of weeks to visit family. Wish I could join them!

  8. Love your organizer. Haruyo reminds me of my "Fuji Musume" doll (I think that was her name) but much cuter. Your coloring is wonderful, too. My bucket list is way too long - but going to Japan to do craft supply shopping is definitely on it. :)

  9. Wow Jenny, love how your organizer turned out! Your coloring of Haruyo is amazing as always and the papers in the pack are so pretty! I better open mine up and take a look. Hahaha! xoxo, Kimmie

  10. Your organizer is so beautiful! I love the choices of color and paper. One of the things on my bucket list is to visit Australia and Japan one day.

  11. Love the mix of beautiful pattern papers that highlight the adorable Haruyo. Austrailia is next on my bucket list.

  12. Your desk organizer is gorgeous! And love Haruyo and her fun hat!:) I have a long bucket list, but one of the top ones at the moment is to become an elementary teacher.