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For Japan With Love

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

 I can barely watch the news without crying. Japan holds a very special place in my heart. Although I only spent a year there, I learned so much about myself. There was a time when I was reluctant to go and reluctant to stay but by the end of my year there I had fostered friendships and found a new appreciation for both Japan and the U.S.

I’ve donated to through which is being organized by Lydia of Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged. They hand picked Shelter Box as the organization they are donating to. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

I was feeling down because I donated monetarily what I could (which really wasn’t much) and wanted to do MORE. I figured I could piggyback on what Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged has put together and donate services. This is what I’ve come up with! I’m encouraging creatives, bloggers, people who have the hook up for cool things to donate! If you don’t blog but want to contribute let me know and I can help get your donation out there. Stay tuned, I’m hoping there will be some great donations! 

I donate because…

I lived in Japan for year. It resides close to my heart. I’ve donated money but now I want to do more.

What I love about Japan

I love shirokuma. I love how I would go running in my little town and people would yell “GANBATTE!” The people. The food. The natural beauty… I could go on and on

What I am donating

Family Photography Session
Location: Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Bay Area, Mt. Shasta
includes session time, online gallery, CD of images [donation $200+]

Wedding Photography Coverage
Location: LAish Area
includes 6 hours of coverage, online gallery, CD of images [donation $1600+]

How this works…

  1. Contact me to verify this availability
  2. I’ll confirm, we set up a tentative date/plan
  3. You donate through WWW.FORJAPANWITHLOVE.COM
  4. Forward the confirmation to
  5. I’m all yours!

I will also be participating in the Blogger’s Day of Silence. I know I haven’t blogged as much lately but on Friday, March 18th I will purposely not be blogging in honor and respect for all that has happened in Japan. If you’re interested in participating, please e-mail or for more information.

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts and then some!

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

When I was in grade school, I LOVED having penpals. I had one who was from Isreal and I looked forward to seeing her cute envelopes and the airmail stamps. I’m not sure if it stemmed from living in small town and being at wonder about the rest of the world, but I thought it was facinating. Along with this love of penpals, I also developed a love of snail mail. It still exists. When I first heard the song ”Mr. Postman” by the Marvelletes I listened to it constantly (I also had a love for oldies music at a young age). It was like it was written for me. 

Anyways, why am I telling you this? When I saw on my blog friend Sandy from Sandy A La Mode announce that she and her friend Illy were going to be doing a gift exchange called Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, I quickly signed up since I saw it as an opportunity to get a package in the mail! And from a fellow blogger who is into crafy stuff and glove! Double greatness.

My swap partner Mariel has a great blog that I’ve been following recently. Reading it reminds me of all the things I am thankful for. Through this process of getting to know her via blog, I found that something we sadly have in common is that we both lost beloved grandparents this year. It’s odd the places where you’ll find commonalities and people who warm your heart.

I’m thankful to have been paired with Mariel. Not only is Mariel a designer, but she also has Ayumi intuition… HOW did she know that possibly one of the only other things I love more than snail mail is MY NAME on something! She made me my own notecards! Growing up with a name like “Ayumi” you don’t exactly find keychains or mugs with your name already on it. Check out her etsy shop  if you’re as excited about personalized goodies as I am. Mariel also had Ayumi intuition when she sent me a Starbucks giftcard which will definitely come in handy!

Add on: If you’re curious what I sent, see Mariel’s post here.

Dear Mariel,
Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve become a huge cry baby since I’ve had my own babies, or if it’s because I know we both lost a grandparent this year, or if it was simply the amount of thought and pieces of yourself that you put into this package, but I got teary when I was going through its contents last night. I feel so thankful and touched that we could meet and connect. I hope we can meet up in person sometime in the nearer rather than later future!
Your new friend,

The package. Mariel lined the inside with giftwrap which I thought was a great idea that I will definitely utilize this season!

The perfect gloves for a photographer!!

A bag & earings made w/ love & style! This fabric is so great!

My new notecards!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Inspired Buyer: Might be a lot of fun!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

I thought I’d post this, cause it looks like such a great event. I’m taking my Aya on a date to watch a play in OC so I might try to make it to this and get some Christmas shopping done!

Check it out!