A Look Back – “May Moments & June Joys”

I think the most fleeting time of year for me is fall. Perhaps it’s because I’m mildly obsessed with it, and this year, I’m extra excited to be stateside for the season after almost 7 years of being in Japan. Summertime is a wonderful, slower time of year for me. I LOVE that it passes by more like a bullet train, whereas fall’s timeline is analogous to a rocket launch or Dumbledore using Fawkes for a quick escape. Poof! It’s gone! So, to sum it up, they both go by way too quick, but summer feels a little slower, and I treasure the pace! Here are some “moments and joys” from our 2015 spring/summer.
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Photo shoot for one of our new Little Kuro Cloths in “Miami Circa 1982” with my beautiful sister, Evangeline. Now in our shop!
We received the sweetest box of goodies from our dear friends in Japan! Including Kaipher’s yukata in the photos below! He was so thrilled to have it for the summer festivities!
The night before Father’s Day, we took Nathan to the Birmingham Zoo’s “Zoo Brew” event. The zoo stayed open later than usual, and a local brewing company along with a local BBQ company were present providing delicious food and chilled adult beverages. We rode the carousel, checked out the animal “night life”, and while waiting in line for the zoo’s train ride we watched fireflies dance around the creek that runs through the zoo’s estate. Β It was a pretty magical night!
As always, I get “grossly festive” for most holidays. Here are some creations I made for The 4th of July.
We’ve spent chunks of our spring and summer visiting friends and family in Florida. Kaipher will start preschool the end of August, so we took full advantage of having very few commitments in Birmingham and really maximized the amount of time we were able to see our family. I’m still missing a few dear ones, people I haven’t had a chance to catch up with, but I know being in Alabama greatly increases the likelihood of seeing everyone at some point. Anyways, here’s a little snippet of some Florida fun!
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We wrapped up the month of June with Nathan’s birthday. I had Kaipher help me bake an Amazing Raisin birthday cake for him. I put on some Miles Davis, prepared myself for a total mess, and it was not stressful at all for this OCD mom, haha!
Oh! and he didn’t turn “29”, but Kaipher had used our “4” back in February so “34” wasn’t an option, and I wasn’t about to do “35”! πŸ™‚
Along with baking the Amazing Raisin cake, we also tried a yummy new cocktail recipe. Β You can find the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess (click link for ingredients & directions).

Ok, now back to work on Oslo & Alfred’s Halloween 2015 goodies!


Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black, and Nathan 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. πŸ™‚ 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

A Look Back – “January Jiblets & February Frolics”

This “look back” is just a glimpse of what January and February 2015 held for us as a family, and our little business.
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January 18th – Kaipher waiting patiently in our hotel lobby for our ride to Haneda airport. After months of cutting massive amounts of “immigration-red-tape”, we had our embassy interview on January 15th, and my baby boy became a U.S. Citizen upon entry, and of all places, that was in Toronto, Canada!
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We watched “My Neighbor Totoro” countless times while living in the hotel, and Kaipher requested a “soot gremlin” drawing. I was able to keep my Society 6 shop up and running during our huge transition, and this print is available there now! Click here: “Soot Gremlins”
After arriving in Birmingham, AL, we spent two days unpacking and settling in, then we had to get out. Our first outing was to the Birmingham Zoo. Kaipher was obviously thrilled after days of packing, traveling, and unpacking. And big surprise, the flamingos were my favorite.
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Settling into our new home and enjoying our obligatory “seasonal tree”, along with a cozy fire, adult beverages, and some mind stimulating board games.
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Here’s another new print in my Society 6 shop!
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The nature trails in Mountain Brook are beautiful! We are loving our new neighborhood!
We also celebrated Kaipher’s 4th birthday in February! While we are missing Japan so very much, we are thrilled by this new chapter/adventure.
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Happy Birthday to my heart, my love, my baby boy, my little man!!!

Credits ~ Photography by: Nathan Black, and Taren S. Black

The Kuro Clan – “Here We Go, 2015!!!”

The Kuro Clan rang in the New Year with dear friends here in Tokyo! Below are some photos from our fun-filled evening!
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I made some intensely festive headbands with dollar store goodies (& my loverly epson printer) for my friend Annie & Me! We looked fantastic! haha πŸ˜‰
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When we saw that Kaiph was still awake at midnight, we let him join in on the sparkler fun! Hope everyone had a wonderful (& safe) New Year!!!

Credits ~ Photography by: Nathan Black, Taren S. Black, and Eric & Annie Boerm

A Look Back – “October Occasions”

The month of November has been crazy busy for us as we prepare to move stateside in December. My studio is all packed up, my art prints have been shipped to Florida, and we are starting to count down our final days here in Japan (Boo Hoo!!!!!). I say, “final”, but we are soooo open to living here again one-day. We’ll see what the future holds for us and Japan. πŸ™‚ Here are some fun moments from our October!
I went as Jessica Day, “It’s Jess!”, from the tv show “New Girl” for Halloween 2014
My boys hit up the “trick or treat” scene as ninjas!
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Halloweeny doodles & Fall Festival fun!
A new textile design inspired by Kaipher’s fascination with the neighborhood summer spiders. Now that it has gotten cold, we don’t see the spiders on our evening strolls anymore.
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Jack-o-lantern fun!
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Missing these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies today!
I hope everyone is having a lovely fall season & wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!!!


Credits ~ Photography: Nathan Black, Taren S. Black & Eric Boerm of Boermania Designs

Around Town Ep. 2 “Flow Magazine in Tokyo!”

I was so thrilled to find out that the lovely ladies from Flow Magazine were coming to Tokyo, and having an event at the Daikan-Yama Tsutaya Bookstore! I found out about Flow Magazine when they contacted me and asked to feature one of my art prints in their upcoming “Book For Paper Lovers” issue. I was so humbled and thrilled by the offer! Meeting the creators in person was a great experience! I highly recommend Flow Magazine to all creative minds and anyone looking for a way to slow down and appreciate the little pleasures in life. πŸ™‚ Below are some pictures from the event!
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With the creators of Flow Magazine, Astrid and Irene, and my art feature in their upcoming “Book For Paper Lovers”!
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Making new friends with fellow creative minds!
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My beautiful goodies from the event!!! Now to pour myself a cup of hot tea and cuddle up with my new magazines! Get your copy of “Flow Magazine” or the “Book For Paper Lovers” here: www.flowmagazine.com

Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black & Annie Boerm of Boermania Designs

O&A Everyday – “Halloween Hair Bows!”

Boo! It looks like Halloween is sneaking up on us! May I suggest getting your festive look on with a few handmade hair bows? πŸ™‚ I’m selling these to Japan locals only due to the proximity of the holiday. Please let me know if you’d like one for yourself. I have a few large bows and a couple small bows. You can see the size difference in the photos below.
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The small bows are featured above and the large bows are below.
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Hope everyone is having a fantastic October! Have you decided what you’re going to be yet? πŸ™‚ Happy Haunting!!

Credits ~ Photography by: Nathan Black & Taren S. Black