30 June 2011

A little bit about me!

I have trouble thinking of ideas for blog posts. So I suppose the most easiest thing to talk about is me!

So what can I tell you about?????? I will talk about computer games.

Yes I am a gamer and I live with a partner who is also a dedicated gamer as well. We don't spend all our spare time playing computer games, oh no that would be borderline madness but lets just stay that we have spent a whole weekend playing a game and only stopping if need be. However we haven't done this for a long time.

Anyway one of the things that we both love to play are flash games. Little games that you play on the internet to waste time (or to avoid doing proper work). Now for all you oldies out there you will remember point and click games. Games where you will spend all your time clicking the screen to pick up unusual objects and then using them in manners which would leave you wondering "why did I do that!".

One of those such games are the Minoto Escape games.


These are a series of surreal games where you use objects to achieve a happy (but pointless) ending but the graphics are so cute! Not to mention you will get some genius English translations which have often caused more confusion. After you have played 10 adventures in a row, you will begin to get the gist of the game structure however when you first play one it is confusing.

Okay the adventures will not stretch your brain capacity but it is a charming way to spend your time on the internet.

What do you think about them?


27 June 2011

Golden Ume-Japanese Bridal Tiara Kanzashi

A bride should always be the centre of attention and this kanzashi certainly make it so.

Made from ivory colour habutae, these delicate ume (plum) blossom have been hand-folded and then decorated with gold bead cap and silver pearl beads. Enhancing the flowers arrangement are 2 decorative strands made from silver wire, gold bead caps and more pearls.


Golden Ume measures 13.5 cm(wide) by 5.5 cm(height) by 4cm (depth) with the metal comb being 4cm (wide) by 3.5cm (height).

This tiara will be truly unique as it is made to order for you and therefore if you have any special request to make regarding this tiara such as colour or fitting then do not hesitate to contact me. Once I have received your order, it will take me 5 working days to be ship your order.

If this one doesn’t quite tickle your fancy then why not browses though my etsy shop or my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/kittykanzashi_designs. All of my designs can be customisable to your wishes and needs so do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to fulfil your expectations.


24 June 2011

Kimono Fashion Show - WE NEED YOU!


Its true I need your help!

My friend and I have been approached by Hyper Japan 2011 to organise a Kimono fashion show however although we have the kimono and accessories we need the following:
  • Makeup Artist
  • Hair Stylist
  • 6 Models
The show will be happening on the 23 July at Olympia Two in London at 16.00.

If you want to know more details then email me kittykanzashi@gmail.com.

21 June 2011

Mellow Pink-Japanese inspired Kanzashi

A nice and mellow kanzashi brooch for you to purchase!


Perfect to wear everyday to add a little bit of summer to your wardrobe. Made from vintage kimono fabric, the petals have been hand-folded and delicately arranged on a felt base to create these pretty flowers and momiji-style leaf.


They are then finished off with a lilac pearl and a small piece of mizuhiki cord for the leaf. The flowers and momiji have been arranged so that the momiji swings freely which will add a little movement when you wear it.


The arrangement measures 8cm (wide) by 9cm (height) by 3cm (depth) (3 1/8in x 3 1/2in x 1 1/8in) and is attached to a 2.5 cm (1in) brooch pin.


Have you found a kanzashi that you like but would like it on a hairband? Or you have seen something that you like but would like to customise it to your personality, style or occasion then do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to fulfil your expectations.

20 June 2011

Ume Embrace- Japanese Bridal Kanzashi Tiara


This kanzashi just shouts glamour and why shouldn’t every bride feel the same way.


This tiara consists of 5 hand-folded ivory ume (plum) flowers which have been arranged so the tiara will circle your hair bun. Each flower has been decorated with a silver bead cap and ivory pearl bead and 4 decorative strands have been included to provide just a little bit more sparkle to the piece.


Ume Embrace measures 14cm (wide) by 6cm (height) by 6cm (depth) with the metal comb being 4cm (wide) by 3.5cm (height). This tiara is made to order for you and therefore if you have any special request to make regarding this tiara such as colour or fitting then do not hesitate to contact me. Once I have received your order, it will take me 5 working days to be ship your order.


If this one doesn’t quite tickle your fancy then why not browses though my etsy shop or my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/kittykanzashi_designs. All of my designs can be customisable to your wishes and needs so do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to fulfil your expectations.

17 June 2011

Starlight-Japanese Bridal Kanzashi Tiara

This is a unique kanzashi for brides who are looking for something out of the ordinary.


Made from three layers of fabric, these petals are formed using “tsumami” technique and have been carefully attached to a felt base. The star has then been finished with a gold bead cap and ivory coloured pearl.


Adorning the star are 5 decorative strands made from hand-twisted wire, pearl and yellow cracked glass bead. These complement the colour co-ordination of the star.


Starlight measures 8cm in diameter and is attached to a metal comb that measures 3.5cm (height) by 4cm (wide).

This tiara is made to order for you and therefore if you would like to customize this hairpiece (such as the colour or fitting) then do not hesitate to contact me or just drop a note into “message for seller” at checkout with your choices.


Colours that you can choose from are as follows
• Ivory
• White
• Lilac
• Purple
• Royal Blue
• Pale Blue
• Red
• Black
• Baby pink
• Pale Yellow
• Green
• Orange

Fittings choices
• Metal comb
• Plastic clear comb
• Metal hairband
• Hairpin (4 in in length)

Once I have received your order, it will take me 5 working days to be ship your order.

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If this one doesn’t quite tickle your fancy then why not browses though my etsy shop or my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/kittykanzashi_designs. All of my designs can be customisable to your wishes and needs so do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to fulfil your expectations.




15 June 2011

Midnight Beauty-Japanese inspired Kanzashi

There is something of the night in these kanzashi.


These handmade flowers are crafted from a black cotton fabric with a subtle pattern printed on them. Simply but very striking, ideal for someone who is looking to own something feminine rather then girly.


Midnight Beauty is a one of a kind pair of hairclips as I no longer have any more of this lovely fabric. Each hairclip measures 3 cm wide by 3.5 cm height by 1 cm depth and the clips are alligator style so will be suitable for all hairtypes and hairstyles.


The little red box in the picture is for display purpose only and not for sale. If you would like the little red box with your purchase then convo me and I will give you my prices.



Although I do not have the fabric anymore, I have many other fabrics available for you to choose from so if you found a kanzashi that you like but would like to customise it to your needs, taste or occasion then let me know. I am sure I will be able to create a kanzashi that will meet your expectation.

14 June 2011

Lovely website to recommend.

You may have noticed that I am a kimono lover.

As such whenever I come across a website that showcase kimono worn in a contemporary way then I am all over it.



My good friend Shelia writes and translate for a website Kimono no Kokoro and it is brilliant. Especially the latest edition as it shows a wonderful way of wearing the kimono in the rain. I am so tempted to try it for this Saturday as I will be going to the June KDJ in Stoke-on-Trent and the weather forecast is not good :(

Anyway the website is http://kimonokokoro.com/

And I mustn't forget to include the credits for these photos.

Models : Ryoichi Ishii, Chisato Ohtomo and Mariko
Photographer : Okumoto Akihisa and Izumi Satoru
Kimono select : Okumoto Akihisa
Hair and make up : Hachinohe Akiko and Taguchi Chisato

13 June 2011

Hello again!

Phew my exam is finally over and I have recovered from the stress and lack of sleep. It was not a nice exam so the weekend was spent enjoying alcohol and food AND IT FELT GOOD!!!!

Now I can concentrate on my kanzashi and other projects that I have started.

Oh I must mention this, I will be moving to a new website which is dedicated to Kitty Kanzashi Life!

1 June 2011

Kanzashi for the winner of Our Big Day for 10K!

So on 18th May Heather Hodges was the lucky winner of Our Big Day for 10K giveaway.

Heather won the following kanzashi.


However she wanted a little bit of customisation to reflect her wedding colour scheme. Therefore with this in mind, I created Green Momiji Delight!



I hope you enjoy your kanzashi!