Thank You 2014 { 0 }

2014 was a honestly an epic year for me, personally. In November, I married my true love! The entire year was filled with wedding planning and hand crafting all our wedding invitations and decorations. I finally made a Bride and Groom Two Peas in a Pod Plush for ourselves! Thank you to all my customers and fans who continue to help support me and Mochi Studios! I love making plushies for you all and look out for more handmade creations in the New Year including more wedding inspired projects!

Danny Dong Photography

Wedding Photography by Danny Dong Photography

Our own Bride and Groom Two Peas in a Pod Plush!

My own Bride and Groom Two Peas in a Pod Plush

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~ Rita

Thanks for Coming Out to the J-POP Summit Festival { 0 }

Thank you so much to everyone who came by the J-POP Summit Festival in Japantown! I had so much fun meeting you all! The turn out was incredible!! Thanks for loving my handmade plushies so much, I sold out of nearly everything I made for the show! I even had to pull out some limited edition plushies from my personal collection on day 2 because I didn’t have enough plushies to vend on after an amazing first day! I hope to see you again next year!

Mochi Studios at J-Pop Summit Festival

Mochi Studios at J-Pop Summit Festival

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~ Rita

J-Pop Summit Festival { 0 }

Mochi Studios will be vending at Bazaar Bizarre at the J-POP Summit Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown! It will be the first time I will be selling there so I’m uber excited to meet new people! There will also be a Ramen Festival going on at the same time so expect huge crowds!

J-POP Summit Festival
San Francisco Japantown, on Post Street, between Laguna Street and Fillmore Street
July 19th & 20th 2014 from 11AM to 6PM

Mochi Studios will be debuting new Plushies like these Limited Edition Plush Donut Animals!

Mochi Studios Plush Donut Cat, Bunnies, Cats, Bears, Pigs

And of course there will be lots of Peas in a Pod Plushies and more!

Mochi Studios Peas in a Pod Plushies

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

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~ Rita

Tea Time with Mom { 1 }

I love my Mama and there are days when I wish we spent more mother-daughter time together without my dad and brother. I’m trying to make up for all the time I spent worrying about work. I’m making more time for lots of girl time for me and my Mother. We recently went to Tyme for Tea in Fremont’s quaint Old Niles district for tea time. It was her first high tea experience and it was a pleasant afternoon without the guys. We delighted in scones and peach tea and dainty sandwiches and sweets and the company of some of my Mushrooms then strolled down the street and checking out cute antique stores.  This is what summer is made of ^_^

Tea Time with Mushrooms

Tea Time with Mushrooms

Tea Time with Whtie Rabbit Mushroom

Tea Time with Purple Mushroom

Tea Time with White Rabbit Mushroom

Tea Time with Mushrooms

Tea Time with White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts Mushrooms

Tea Time with Purple Mushroom

Here’s my beautiful Mother~

Tea Time with Mom

I’m so blessed and grateful for my amazing Mother.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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~ Rita

SF Bazaar Bizarre Craft Show This Weekend! { 0 }

Every year, Mochi Studios only has time for 1 craft fair and every year it’s the San Francisco Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show! This will be the only time you can squish and adopt Mochi Studios Plushies in person! It’ll be the perfect time to find adorable huggable plush toys for everyone on your holiday list! I’ve been making some exclusive Narwhal and Gnome designs and will launch some new giant plushies just for the fair because they’re too big to ship! This year, we’re partnering with Ms Amanda Jayne to maximize the cute factor! You’ll find ALL of her famous hand crochet coffee cup cozies, fingerless mitts, hats and more!

San Francisco Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show
Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th 2013
11 :00 AM to 6:00 PM
@ Concourse Exhibition Center, East Hall
620 Seventh St. (at Brannan), San Francisco, CA 94103-4901
Free to Attend!

Mochi Studios and Ms Amanda Jayne will be at Booth #135!

San Francisco Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Craft Show

Ms Amanda JayneHope to see you there!

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~ Rita

Craftster Lap Quilts for All Swap 5 Top Finished { 2 }

Before online quilting bees went viral on Flickr, there was the Lap Quilts for All Swap on Craftster. Marie, aka Athenamat, started the very first round in 2008 and I participated in the third, fourth, and fifth (and last?) rounds. For each round, each member sends our some of our fabric to each of the other swap members to make a 12.5″ quick block with and then send them back to each other and the result is 12 awesome lap quilts each with different quilt blocks! Here you can see all the different quick blocks we made for each other (I’m ritapizza on Craftster)! I honestly haven’t finished my lap quilt from the third round (I’m hand quilting it one block at a time) and here’s my finished Mermaid Quilt from the fourth. For the fifth round, I was inspired by Oh, Fransson‘s Sawtooth Star tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew, so I sent out a variety of prints from Annette Tatum’s House line with some Kona solids in cream, rose, and baby blue for a very soft, girly, vintage-inspired palette and I asked for star blocks.

Star Quilt Top Close Up

This quilt started with 11 quilt blocks from my fellow Craftster members and 2 blocks from a Flickr friend Sew2bed. You can see who made which blocks on this picture on Flickr.  I decided to make a bunch more star blocks for a total of 25 stars for a bigger quilt.

Here are the tutorial links to some of the blocks I made:

It’s really hard to take a picture of a quilt this large in my living room…

Star Quilt Top

I made the majority of my star blocks last summer and decided to sash all the blocks with Kona Ash for a very modern and sophisticated feel. Thanks to my Flickr friends for helping me decide on Ash because it’s perfect! I finally got around to finish the 3″ wide sashing recently which frames each star block nicely. The little star cornerstones just kill me with cuteness! I made 8″ wide outer borders because I’m dying for Natalia to machine quilt feathers all over the borders.

Here’s a close up on some of my favorite blocks:

Star Quilt Top Close Up

For the back, I used some large scraps from the front to make a Giant Star with wide borders. I did some math to make the star even bigger which would have been awesome but I didn’t have enough fabric to make it. The background is Moda Bella solid in Robin’s Egg which I love! It’s the perfect crisp and lovely aqua which gives the back a huge vibrant kick that’s missing from the soft colors of the front.

Star Quilt Back

I’ve sent this quilt top and backing to Natalia to work her magic long arm quilting all over it! I’m too excited!

I think by the time I finish this one, I’ll need to give it a better name than “Lap Quilts for All Swap #5 Quilt”!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks and Have a lovely weekend!

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~ Rita