Archangel Holiday Boutique 2016

We held a fundraising event, Archangel Holiday Boutique 2016, on October 7th and 8th 2016. I’d been preparing for this boutique for one year as one of the organizers, starting from December 2015. Finally, we finished two event days in a success 🙂

There were 3 organizers, and we had meetings once or twice per month. There were several difficulties in proceeding the event preparation, but over all, I’ve enjoyed doing them. We picked up over 20 high quality local artists, scattered flyers and post cards in down towns across the Bay Area, and made new website and kept posting on SNS pages.

The event venue preparation was also a lot of work, but the main organizer did really a great job about it. I personally enjoyed decorating the venue 2-3 days before the event dates.


Making lots of decorations


We’ve made banner. I like it 🙂

On the event days, I was working as a cashier, and greeted guests. Thanks to the gorgeous weather, I had suntanned… oops…


I also worked as one of the artists. I even had my booth there 🙂


NatsuDesign booth at the boutique 🙂


My most popular item was this “made of cotton” pearl jewelry 🙂

I loved talking to customers face to face, and giving some advices!!


Hope she loves her pearl necklaces now 🙂

The venue looked really beautiful.


I’ve made some new artist friends 🙂 With my favorite artists -an owner of Aplat, a culinary tote store, and that of Flowie, an original textile bags and accessory products.


I’m so happy to have spent my whole year to this fundraising event!! Our goal, to raise funds in support of local foster children and to spread awareness of the current need for more volunteer mentors, seems to be ended up in a good results 🙂


With volunteer stuffs and great local artists 😀

I won’t be joining in the organizer team for 2017 since I’ll be very busy with my own life, but hope this event will continue for good cause!!

TIPS 4 health & beauty evnet

With my other skilled friends who shares the same interest in health & beauty, we opened a 1 day only petit boutique at a rental event space. We named the event as “TIPS 4 – health & Beauty”.

I sold handmade jewelry, another sold handmade cream and the other sold vegan sweets. For the event, I prepared some new designs 🙂 The theme is “Spring”! They will be also coming to my web shop soon 🙂

Spring designs (NatsuDesign)

Here is the photo of vegan sweets.

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Here are the handmade creams without anything chemical, but only with natural ingredients.

handmade cream.jpg

Here is my jewelry section. I need to learn how to display the items nicely…

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I also used a model photo streaming. I hope this helped people to get an idea how it will look on them 🙂

natsudesign display with ipad photos.jpg

We also had some free sessions that everyone can enjoy! Yoga.

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Craft workshop, a bracelet making.

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It was our first attempt, but we had so much fun and I hope the visitors also had lots of fun 🙂 I’m already looking forward to our next boutique day. Thank you so much for those who supported the event and those who visited us 🙂

Repairing my hair accessory

When I was working back in Japan, I bought a hair clip. I really liked it because it was shiny and cute, simple but stunning 🙂 I always carried it in my purse, and whenever I wanted to tie up my hair, I used it. I like keeping my hair up when I want to get concentrated and work on something.

This is the thing after several years. I don’t think this looks appealing to any of you though…

hair clip before

The embellishment chains and the pink glitter were  falling off. I knew it didn’t look good, so I wasn’t using it for a long time, but I just couldn’t throw it away.

I probably didn’t know what to do if it was two year’s ago… but now, I know exactly what to do.

First, I glued the chains. I should have done it long time ago but I was also lazy…

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It’s already looking much better than before… isn’t it?

Then, I used my favorite items… resin and glitter!! For the glitter, I thought of changing color from pink, and chose gold 🙂

hair clip (with repairment tools).jpg

Let me show you how it looks after I repaired 🙂

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It looks much better now!! I will probably be able to use it for another several years now 🙂

hair clip (Before-After)

I think “fast fashion” involves with lots of “waste”, which is really bad when we think of the world’s environment. Through repairing experience, I thought I’d like to make things that would be cherished by customers for a longer time with love.

You can check my handmade jewelry and hair accessories on my Etsy store. I hope they will be your favorite for a longer time 🙂


NatsuDesignShop on Etsy

Please let me know if there are something that I can help you with repairing your favorite jewelry or accessories 🙂