The Kuro Clan “Hisashiburi/Long Time No See”

Hi again! Man oh man, what a year 2015 was. Just a quick recap! We moved from Japan to the United States after being in Japan for almost 7 years. From Tokyo to Alabama…hello reverse culture shock, haha! Our son immigrated into the U.S. and now has duel citizenship…pretty awesome, but an incredibly grueling and frustrating process. My husband started a new job, well, I should say, “we started a new job” since we truly strive to approach life as a team. And in fall 2015,  we closed on a house and Kaipher started preschool on the SAME DAY! Needless to say, I’m thankful to finally feel settled after a very busy year.
Our little man’s first day of school. Can you tell he’s excited?? haha:)
The teachers asked that each child bring in a project sharing their favorite color, food, book, interests, and toys. Kaipher’s project was covered in the color blue, corn and onigiri, Obake Densha (Ghost Train), space and astronauts, and space-themed Legos. My heart beams with pride!
Our sweet, little home! It’s a work in progress…built in 1945, it is quaint, cozy, and an all around classic with a white picket fence(?!) Geez…feeling blessed! (Interior pictures to come!). Every one of our rentals in Japan was even smaller, so we don’t mind the size at all. And OH MY GOSH, central heat and air! (Can I get a hallelujah!?) My fellow Japan dwellers understand how lovely central heat and air is, especially during these winter months. Plus, having the ability to walk to Kaipher’s school, shops, restaurants, the library, and the park make the location perfect for us!
Ok, just a few “holiday photos”!
Kaipher trying to copy his cousin Karys at the Black family thanksgiving event. ❤
My little space lover’s ornament this year, marking his love for space and his move to the U.S. 🙂
Sibling love! Our first Thanksgiving & Christmas back in America since 2010. It was pretty special. haha:)

Ok, moving on! I had the pleasure of creating a commissioned piece for a local business here in Birmingham. After visiting the Wheelhouse Salon, I was happy to create a piece to honor the establishment’s 2 year old birthday. Such a cool place! If you’re a “Bham local” I highly recommend visiting the Wheelhouse Salon!
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And now, a skip, leap, and a jump on to Valentine’s Day!
Our living room on the morning of Valentine’s Day. 🙂 Lots of love to hand out!
Sushi take-out on Valentine’s Day for me and my boys. And now, some new goodies in our shop!
Introducing our “Always Hungry for More” enamel pin!
Available with a silver metal finish
And a black metal finish

Hope this year is treating you well so far! (^_^)/


Credits ~ Photography by: Denise Schepper & Taren S. Black

O&A Everyday – “Free Print Party!”

It’s that time again! I’m retiring another batch of art prints. After our huge international move, it feels like the right time to have a “fresh start”, so I’m saying goodbye to some older designs. Now through March 30th, 2015! See details below!Mar BP 2 02
For this Free Print Party, I’m offering BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!!! When you purchase one retired print, you can choose a second retired print for FREE! Plus, I’ve discounted the retired prints from $15 to $12, so this is quite an epic sale we’re having. 🙂 Check out the prints below to see if there’s something you just have to have! P.S. there’s a little something special for customers who have purchased one of these prints in the past, and would like to make a purchase now!
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“Balloons in Paris” ~ $12 (Only 5 Available) Click title to purchase and choose your free retired print!
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“The Book Tree” ~ $12 (Only 2 Available) Click title to purchase and select your free retired print!
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“A Rainy Day at Sea” ~ $12 (Only 4 Available) Click title to buy and pick out your free retired print!
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“Take Me To Paris” ~ $12 (Only 5 Available) Click title to purchase and choose your free retired print!
And if you just LOVE that adorable, little, strawberry cake box, check out my friend’s etsy shop here: Yecco
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“Yokohama Skyline” ~ $12 (Only 5 Available) Click title to purchase and choose your free retired print!
That little cherry blossom box is another design by my very talented friend, Etsuko. Here’s a link to her super cute online shop: Yecco

Terms & Conditions for the BOGO FREE Print Party:

*Please leave the name or description of the free retired print you’d like with your purchase in the comments box at check-out!

*1 free print per a retired print sale while supplies last. *No limitations per a customer, purchase as many retired prints as you’d like. For example, purchase two retired prints and receive two free retired prints, while supplies last. *The number of available prints is listed under each photo and in each etsy listing. *All retired print sales are final (you’re gonna wanna hold onto it, anyway:-) ).

*If you have purchased one of the retired prints featured in this post in the past at full price, and you’d like to make a purchase during this sale (March 13th – March 30th) we have a special free gift especially for you with any purchase! Please leave a note in the comments box during check-out letting us know that you have purchased a retired print at full price in the past!
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Happy Shopping!!!

Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black