May 28, 2009


This siggy block is for a friend who is collecting siggy blocks from all over the world for her future siggy block quilt. This is my first siggy block I made. "Siggy block" is short for signature block and they are small squares that quilters love to swap and collect. It was fun. I used my favorite fabric and appliqued my dear evil eye applique design to the center square. I'm going to give it to her in Istanbul, and I hope she'll like it.

May 26, 2009


This is the first time I used these fabulous Japanese "sakizome" yarn dyed fabrics for a project. I like these fabrics so much that I couldn't get myself to use them for something until now. I always admired these "sakizome" fabrics that were used in the Japanese patchwork magazines, but it took a while for me to get some.
I didn't add this purse to my Etsy shop for the time being, but it's possible to buy it through this blog. If you like it, the price will be $28 and all you have to do to get it is just to contact me at

May 18, 2009


I started a %20 OFF VACATION SALE on all items in my Etsy shop and in this blog today. I'll be on vacation in Turkey from June 13 through Aug.18. It'll be a long one with my family in a beautiful environment. I can't wait to be there!

I'd like to clean out my shop before I leave for Turkey if possible, so that I can put some fresh items when I come back home. So it'll be a good time to take advantage of this opportunity. Please click the title and check out the items in my shop! ...Or contact me directly at about any of my items!

May 13, 2009


These are my beloved "kai no kuchi" colony! Some of them are new for my trip to Turkey, some are old, the remnants from my craft shows. I intend to give them to my friends and family as gifts during the summer. Since they're different and rarer than most of the things they see around, people love them dearly.
I love making them! And they're the best seller of my Etsy shop. Some years ago, a Japanese friend of mine gave me one as a gift. This was my first time to see a traditional Japanese handicraft "kai no kuchi" container and it was all her handwork! I admired it and used it as a holder for my wedding ring a long time. I kept it in my purse all the time and when I felt like taking off the wedding ring for some reason, I put it in the kai no kuchi! It was so convenient to carry one!

After I had started patchwork, I came across a how-to for a kai no kuchi box in a Japanese patchwork magazine and I thought "why don't I give it a try? It looks very easy to make!" I always have to convince myself first that I can make it; I start making whatever it is in my head first and I virtually completed it all in my head , then I start sewing. This is what I do normally.

In case of kai no kuchi, it looked very easy in my head, but when I really started to make it, I realized it was difficult than what I had expected. It required some meticulous planning of production steps. In the end I had to invent my own sewing order and some tricks to make it easier to sew.
This is the first "kai no kuchi" I made and sold! I used vintage kimono fabric for this and I liked how it looked and felt to my touch! It turned out to be very cute! And to my surprise, people loved it so much and right now I'm selling them quite satisfactorily.

Recently I decided to sell my kai no kuchi boxes (and the other hand made things you have seen in my Etsy shop for that matter) and to take custom orders also through this blog of mine! Especially for the fellows who find online shopping tiresome, boring, difficult and sometimes insecure. All you have to do is just to contact me at! If you like my hand made items, but you don't have enough courage to do that going on and registering to purchase that item, just email me! I'm sure we can work something out and I can make you a special one!

May 6, 2009


When I had seen all the beautiful snapshots from Istanbul in the Etsy article on the previous post, I strongly realized how much I missed my hometown Istanbul!
We'll be over there from June 14 for the summer holiday and I can't wait to set out! I've already started filling up my suitcase little by little!
For the time being I will have to settle for looking at some pictures that I had taken last year and now I would like to share 2 of them with you guys!

This is the view from my house in Uskudar in the Anatolian side of ISTANBUL. Oh my, this beautiful panorama of Bosphorus Strait is enough to bring tears to my eyes!

And this is the sunset on the Black Sea from the window of our summer house in Sile-ISTANBUL! What a sunset, isn't it? Actually it's different every evening in different colors and very fun to wait for it!



There was a wonderful article on the 's handmade blog "THE STORQUE" about Turkish Etsy sellers, reported by my ISOT friend Pinar of toosis, adorned with beautiful photos of my hometown Istanbul. Please visit the related link below and get acquainted with some of the amazing artists from Turkey! And don't forget to read all the comments to the article! They all gave me goose bumps on my arms!

昨日、ETSYのハンドメードブログ”The Storque”にて、ISOT会のメンバーである私の友達のPinarさん「プナル」が作成してくれた、きれいなイスタンブルの写真で飾られている、トルコのEtsy出店者たちについての記事が出現しました。どうぞその記事を下記のリンクにクリックしていただいてお読みください。有能な芸術家たちに出会うことができますよ。そして、記事の下部分にあるコメントを読み忘れないでくださいね。他のEtsianたちがみんな素敵なコメントを書いてくれたので、それらを読んだら、鳥肌が立ってしまいました。