It’s already September. Where did the summer go?
I’m already busy making stuff to sell for our annual Pasado’s Safe Haven Drive at Studio 904 (mark your calendar for Sunday, December 5, 2015). I committed to making a large number of hand-made crafts but found it was almost impossible to make them in large quantities. So I decided to create a system.

Here’s how I made 100 hand-made water colored Angel cards in a few weeks.
1) First, I set aside 1 hour per day to work on this project. I did them whenever I could but my goal was to give 1 hour total time.
2) I created a mini assembly line set-up in my craft room. The only difference is that I was the only worker in this assembly line… ha, ha.

Even though it was a lot of work I enjoyed every minute of it. Click on the images below to see how the cards were made.


Here are Eight Tips on how to build volume to your hair. My knowledge comes from extensive background and experience in owning a hair salon and showing our clients how to solve their hair problems. You might call this “Tips from the Trade”. Enjoy!

download (1)Do you have fine, limp hair?
Do you wish you could create more fullness in your hairstyle?

Follow these proven tips:
  1. For best results, instead of using a moisturizing shampoo, use a shampoo that claims to “volumize” or build body for your hair.
  2. Conditioners tend to smooth down the cuticle layer of your hair. This can lead to silky but very limp hair. If a conditioner is needed, use only a small amount on the ends of your hair.
  3. When styling fine or limp hair, use a round brush in combination with a vent brush. Oh, and don’t forget to use your fingers.
  4. Use hair gel sparingly, concentrating on the roots.
  5. Before starting the drying process, visualize the look you are going for by posting a photo of the style you are trying to achieve on the mirror in front of you. Look at the photo from time to time during the drying process. You will be amazed at how your hands and fingers will help to produce a similar look.
  1. Start the drying process by using your fingers to direct air flow to the roots of your hair. Be gentle and treat your hair with a light touch, vs. heavy-handed styling techniques.
  1. Do not over-work your hair by brushing through the hair strands over and over. Doing this will smooth out your cuticle layers too much and the end result will be flat and limp.
  1. When you feel satisfied with how your hair looks, give it a final touch by spraying it lightly with hair spray.
Now you’re ready to face the day with fuller, more luxurious hair!
Studio 904 proudly offers Aveda Products. Our recommendations for fine hair are:
  • Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Phomollient Styling Foam and Confixor Gel
  • Air Control Hair Spray
  • Controlforce Hair Spray
  • Volumizing Tonic

Are you like me?
Do you take pride in being perfect?

So let me ask you, does being perfect mean you do all the work on any given project by yourself? After all, if you ask someone else to take over, you might lose control, right?

I don’t know why human beings are that way. Always wanting to be in full control, whether it’s in decision-making or rolling out a full project.

IMG_4601I have a little confession to share with you. Every year around this time, I take part in the Seattle Buddhist Church’s “Kid’s Summer Program”. This is where kids from first grade – sixth grade gather for one week to learn various aspects of the Japanese culture.

It’s a great program. During this week, I can see that kids’ self-esteems are high, and I always wish every child could have the opportunity to participate in this great program.

My job is to teach the third grade children paper crafting. 

This year, I decided to teach the students how to make a Kokeshi doll, mini bulletin board with inspirational sayings.

Here is the samples I made

Here is the samples I made

I made a sample set of mini-bulletins, one for girls (with girl Kokeshis) and one for boys (with boy Kokeshis).

I looked at this masterpiece and said to myself, “This came out perfect. But how will I get the kids to replicate this design?”

I dreaded the thought of kids smearing all over the doll’s face with messy paints, and have the doll faces end up looking like Halloween Kokeshis.

I pondered, “Should I burn the midnight oil again, and draw all the faces myself?”

This is what one student made!

This is what one student made!

Here’s the end to this story. I let the kids draw their own faces and they came out as cute as they could be! Each doll came out with such a different personality.

But most inspiring to me was that kids were so happy and proud of themselves with what they’ve made.

I hope you will remember this story when your urge for perfection peaks its ugly head.

Don't they look happy?

Don’t they look happy?

Instead of going solo, allow others to show their talents by participating.  You will save a ton of time and will be able to have a far-reaching effect, plus it makes everyone happy! 

Let me know if you strive for perfection and what you you’ve done about it.


If you have been reading my blog, you know that I fell while walking my dog last spring and sustained a mouth injury. You can read what happened to me here.
Since then, I’ve gone through a year of dental reconstructive surgeries under the care of the remarkable Dr. Rhys Spoor and his kind and knowledgable staff. They are the best team ever! Read More →


If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know that I am passionate about the daily practice of Kaizen in my life. Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy. Here is my interpretation of this word, “Life-long learning in small incremental steps”. Read More →