20 Ornaments in 20 Days Challenge

20 day challenge

I’ve got to get my butt in gear if I’m going to have anything to sell by Christmas. So, I’m going to challenge myself to make 20 ornaments in 20 days. Starting today, June 7th and ending June 26th at midnight, I’ll post a picture of each new ornament on my new Instagram account, Twitter and Facebook.

https://www.instagram.com/ornament.designs/
https://twitter.com/OrnamentDesigns
https://www.facebook.com/OrnamentsByAlyx/

‪#‎ornamentchallenge‬

Here’s day 1-4. Be sure to follow me to see the rest.

Day 1
Day 1

Day 2
Day 2

Day 3
Day 3

Day 4
Day 4

My Itty Bitty Workspace

I live in Yokohama, Japan. My husband and I live in a 2 bedroom apartment, which for 2 people without children is considered a lot of space. Our apartment is about 60 square meters and I believe that number includes our very spacious balcony. Within this small apartment is my very tiny ornament workspace. I’ve got one large bookcase for storage, work table with some drawers underneath and computer. That’s it!

workspace1
workspace2

As you see in the pictures I’ve got it nice and organized now. That will never happen again. As soon as I get back to making ornaments, which will be very soon, it will be a mess.

The opposite side of the room that you can’t see in the pictures is stuffed with personal items like books and clothes.

Best of Tokyo Craft Shops

Sometimes finding tools and materials for your crafting project can be difficult when you live in Japan but don’t read or speak much Japanese. For most people finding the local craft store is just a quick google search away, but for us gaikokujin, it’s a bigger challenge than that. After living in the Tokyo area for quite a while now I’ve figured out the best places for finding the things I need to make my ornaments. I hope this list might make your search a bit easier. Ganbatte ne!

Many of the links below are in Japanese and might be difficult to navigate if you can’t read Japanese, even with the help of Google translate. I recommend finding someone who reads Japanese to help you.

Yuzawaya

http://www.yuzawaya.co.jp/

The best place to find foam balls, cord trim, colored pearl head straight pins, embroidery thread and quality crafting tools. They also have a nice selection of fabric. There are many locations all over the Tokyo area. Usually located in the 0101 Department Store. I recommend signing up for a discount card if you are a frequent shopper here.

Shimojima

https://www.shimojima.co.jp/eng/index.html

I buy all my ribbon at Shimojima. It’s also a great place to find packaging supplies.

Tomato

http://www.nippori-tomato.com/

More fabric than you could ever possibly need or want. I usually spend most of my time on the top floor. It’s worth a stroll up and down the street to visit the other Tomato branches and other fabric shops in the area.
Here is a fabulous guide in English to all of Nippori Fabric Town.
http://www.tokyocraftguide.com/nippori-fabric-town/

Sanki

http://www.fi-sanki.co.jp/shoplist/index.php

Sanki is a super cheap clothing, home textiles, and other various junk shop. The few locations I have been to also have a craft supply and fabric corner. They have fat quarter discount bins that sometimes have awesome finds, but it can be hit or miss.

Craft Town Group Shops

http://www.crafttown.jp/

I don’t go to these shops very often but occasionally when I am out and about I will run into one just to see what they have. Sometimes their selection of cord colors are better than at Yuzawaya and I’ll get a color or 2 I don’t have.

And last but not least, the 100 Yen Shop!
Daiso and Seria
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Get tools like measuring tapes, upholstery needles and slider type cutter knives. Beads and sequin shapes can also be found here in the crafting section. Take a look in the gift wrapping section for unique ribbons too.

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This is just my list of the best places to find craft supplies in Tokyo. Surely there are more. If you know of a shop that is not on this list please leave a comment and let us know about it. 🙂