Redesigned pot holders

The dog days of summer are officially upon us so we’ve been spending a lot of time in the air conditioned indoors planning, scheming, sewing and redesigning some of our products.  While we’ve been hard at work, this is what Allie has been up to:


Dog days of summer indeed!

Anyway, one of our favorite Pretty in Gingham items to make are potholders!  They are such a great way to add a pop of color and personality to an item that is an absolute necessity in the kitchen.  We decided to redesign our potholders to include more patterned fabric (instead of our previous design which featured more of a contrast between patterns and solids) and fun criss crossed stitching.



As always, our potholders can be customized based on the color or pattern of your choice.  They make a great gift when paired with one of our Pretty in Gingham aprons or dish towels or would make a fun hostess gift along with some freshly baked goodies.

Karen JPEG

Craft fair recap

We hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather we’ve been having in Southern California lately!

Thank you so much to those of you who came out to visit us at the craft fair in Venice this weekend.  We had a great time meeting new friends, purchasing handmade items from other vendors and snacking on yummy things like homemade spam musubi.

IMG_2536This was our first time participating as a vendor at Venice Japanese Community Center Craft Fair and we have to say that it has quickly become one of our favorites.  It was extremely organized and everyone there was so nice.  There was plenty of fresh air despite the fact that we were in an indoor gymnasium and the lighting was nice and bright.  Each vendor had plenty of space to set up and display their items.  The best is that proceeds benefit the Venice Japanese Community Center which provide classes and activities such as martial arts, basketball and senior adult programs.  We can’t wait to participate again next year!

Karen JPEG

Happy belated 4th of July!

We hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July spent with loved ones!  The weather was gorgeous and we spent the day with our adorable patriotic pup and had a delicious bbq with our kids and grandson.


We’ve also been busy putting the finishing touches on our inventory and display for the craft fair next weekend on Saturday July 11 at the Venice Japanese Community Center.  Find out all the details here.  We’re super excited to have the opportunity to share our Pretty in Gingham items with you and hope you’ll join us for a fun day of shopping.  Admission is free and the craft fair will be open from 9am-3pm.  Come early to beat the crowds!

We’re also really excited to share another one of our brand new items which we will be showcasing at the craft fair this weekend.  Our brand new Pretty in Gingham table runners are made of lightweight burlap and feature decorative fabric accents on either end that can be customized based on the colors or pattern of your choice.  Our runners are unique because they measure 36″x13″ and do not hang over the edge of the table making them less of a safety hazard for little ones who have a tendency to grab and pull anything they can get their hands on.  Our grandson is still an infant but we wanted to create something that is not only decorative but functional and safe so we can prevent as many mishaps as possible once he gets older.




Pair one of our table runners with one of our signature aprons, dish towels or pot holders to make a one-of-a-kind customized gift perfect for a hostess, bridal shower, housewarming, or just because!  Feel free to email us at with any questions or for special orders.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Karen JPEG

Get your baby burp on!

We are super excited to share a sneak peek of our brand new Pretty in Gingham burp cloths which we will be featuring at the upcoming craft fair on Saturday July 11 (click here for more details)!  I initially came up with the idea for baby burp cloths when my grandson was born.  I thought it would be really fun for my daughter and her husband to have some customized burp cloths in the colors and designs of their choice (i.e. Star Wars prints for my Star Wars loving son-in-law) rather than the generic ones in the stores.  We have gotten so much use out of these burp cloths in the short amount of time that my grandson has been around and I am really looking forward to being able to include these as a regular Pretty in Gingham item!


Our Pretty in Gingham burp cloths are dual lined with a soft comfortable fabric on top which is gentle on baby’s skin and an absorbent terry cloth backing to ensure that anything and everything gets soaked into the burp cloth and not into your clothes!  Our burp cloths make great gifts (we have tucked them into baby shower gifts and have included them in a gift when visiting a family and their new bundle of joy for the first time) and can be special ordered based on the colors, prints or design of your choice.



Karen JPEG

What we’ve been up to lately…

We’ve been super busy spending time with our newborn grandson and prepping for the upcoming Craft Fair on Saturday July 11 at the Venice Japanese Community Center.

RAP Craft Fair Venice

Along with our signature adult and youth aprons, dish towels, pot holders and tote bags, we’re really excited to debut some brand new Pretty in Gingham items for the very first time!  We’re hoping these pieces add a bit of color and fun to your homes and now is a great time to start stocking up on some early Holiday gifts.  We hope to see you at the craft fair!

Karen JPEG

Hooray for summer craft shows

We’ve been MIA the past few weeks spending time with the newest addition to our family but we’re back and excited to share our upcoming summer craft show on Saturday July 11 from 9am-3pm at the Venice Japanese Community Center in Los Angeles.  Admission is free and proceeds benefit the Venice Japanese Community Center so come out and join us for a fun day of shopping!  We think handmade gifts from local small business owners and vendors make the best gifts and we’re looking forward to getting a (very) early start on our holiday shopping.

We hope to see you there!

RAP Craft Fair Venice

A great big thank you!

Thank you so much to all of you who came out to spend time with us this weekend at the Bunka-Sai festival and craft fair in Torrance!  We had a great time sharing our Pretty in Gingham products with you and were thrilled to meet some new friends and enjoy some great Japanese food and cultural events in the process!


This week we’re planning to finish up the special orders we received during the craft show and then we’ll be focusing on some new and exciting items and changes we plan to debut at our next scheduled craft show over the summer.

And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, please feel free to email us at if there is anything we can do to help you with your Mother’s Day shopping!  Forget the crowded malls and the stress of wandering aimlessly while trying to find the perfect gift for the special women in your life.  Shoot us an email and we’d be glad to help you design a custom order without you having to leave the comfort of your home!

Have a wonderful rest of the week friends!

Karen JPEG