We are getting ready for a big adventure in Japan. We are leaving after next Friday... for three whole weeks!!!
Prior to this trip... when we traveled (and were not available during Coco's birth), we never doubted closing our shop during our absence. But now... that we are slowly growing, we wanted to do things differently during this trip and have a good support system to continue opening our online store.
I am thrilled to share that "the" support system we will have is our lovely friend Christine (who designs and makes pretty leather clutches, etc.). Christine and I have been working together for last few weeks to pass on the Baum-kuchen order fulfillment flow and it has been a pretty exciting process for me.
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Between fulfilling orders and helping in-store customers... I had little downtime today so I snapped a few photos from our studio/shop. I made small changes in the space... especially loving some of the vintage artifacts Frido recently found at a local estate sale. So here is a post. A part documentation for ourselves, a part visual story to share from our shop...
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Aside from their amazingly utilitarian Engineer Bag, I am excited to share that we are also stocking The Superior Labor Engineer Pouch at our shop! I use the one with orange paint to organize little things in my Engineer Bag.
We are making some changes here in our Baum-kuchen studio/shop as we slowly move forward through January. One thing we wanted to experiment was to create more making space within our studio space... contrary to having a lot of "display" space like a regular shop. It took some big furniture moving (takes a while with one person doing it...) but I am happy how our small nook became a little cozy corner where our vintage maple work bench comfortably fits. The nook gets so much natural light with a big window and is a lovely place to sit and work with hands.
If you walk in our shop, you might catch me sitting there... working:)X
XI can't believe it only has been a week since I was in San Francisco to attend Remodelista holiday market. It was a bit of crazy gig I pulled out of my pocket... I left Friday late afternoon with two overweight suitcases full of Baum-kuchen goodies (these two suitcases weighted more than me!!), crushed at my sister Yuko's apartment, woke up to do an all day pop-up at Heath Ceramics in San Francisco (one of the busiest market I have ever taken a part of!!), celebrated the day with Yuko over beer and Yakitori after the show was over..., then flew back to LA arriving home at 1am on Sunday...
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I still remember the day when we posted our very first workshop on our website. Even though we had years of teaching experiences as well as hosting design related workshop..., creating and executing the Baum-kuchen original event was really new to me. I felt pretty nervous.... probably more nervous than the time when I signed our lease for our studio/shop. That day, I prepared myself to write a blog post about "what to learn from failing..." on November 24th in case we would not get enough attendees.
Fast forward 1.5 month..., I am happy to report that we did fill up the space for the workshop... and had tons of fun. A lot of work went in to make the afternoon as special as we could for our guests and I loved the creative challenges we encountered along the way. I guess we keep trying new things to keep ourselves "uncomfortable" so we can evolve and grow...
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I can't believe it will be tomorrow! Our very first Inspiration Lab on "the Art of Gift Giving". It has been TON of fun getting ready for the day... including brainstorming and creating the contents for discussion, styling the space... and of course little goodies to share with our lovely guests. Today I spent most of the day in our studio working diligently... tidying up all the loose ends. I still have bit more to do tomorrow morning... mainly organizing the overall space in our studio and styling the table top (fun part!!!) and hunting for white paper cups for coffee (surprisingly had to find!! crazy, right?)
This feels very much like a milestone to me because I have told Frido million times that he and I should create a special workshop together... combining our design and teaching expertise. I also once thought I might want to become an event stylist... Of course I chose the path of Baum-kuchen instead of pursuing event styling... but I always loved making a scene and vignette special with a touch of design. It feels that this opportunity is bringing a lot of things I have dreamt of doing/being together in one place.
I am so thankful for our lovely workshop participants who have decided to invest their time and resources to be with us tomorrow.Thank you Jessie, Sara (and Jack), Christine, Brigitte, Minh, Erin, Deb, Tamara Georgia and Gloria!!! I can't wait to spend the afternoon with you.
Also very very special thank you to Susan of The (other) Kennedy Compound and Christine of clau for providing amazing goodies to share with our guests.
I am looking forward to sharing more about the event and all the details tomorrow (or Monday:)!!!
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Last week we visited a local farmer's market and came home with a bouquet of flowers. I talked to the flower lady and asked where she got her flowers from... hoping that they had come from a local gardens. Surprisingly... they came mostly from a flower market in downtown LA. It wasn't bad... but I was so wishing for a story that is little more... authentic.
In another two weeks, we will be hosting our very first Baum-kuchen workshop on the topic of "the Art of gift giving". We feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to share our thoughts on this subject matter... since curating and creating a memorable experience that comes from giving and receiving a gift has been a big part of our frequent conversation!
Perhaps it comes from my upbringing in Japan where people apologize for giving gift as a part of the cultural code... but Frido and I take the responsibility of giving gift pretty seriously. For one thing... we really prefer not to clutter our loved one's home with a random "stuff" because we are so careful not to add anything that is not "right" to our house.
Also as a designer... it's an ultimate project to create an experience that brings smile to people we love. It's tangible, personal... and so rewarding. Over last few years... we scored high on some gifts and miserably failed on others... and through those experiences, we are starting to get a sense of what works and why. During the workshop, we will be sharing some of our insights to curate unique gifts, generate new ideas for upcoming gift giving seasons, and create a signature gift experience.
Now that the workshop is around the corner, we are finalizing our agenda, putting together a collection of very special gifts to our participants and figuring out the details!
There are still few spots left in the workshop so if are curious and interested in the topic, join us! We will make sure to bring a thoughtful afternoon in the very Baum-kuchen way!
You can sign up for the workshop here!
I am so beyond words with gratefulness for all the support you have shared throughout the week. All the encouragement we received via emails, comments, and hugs mean so much to us... THANK YOU!!
It has been two weeks since we moved into our studio/shop in Glassell Park and I am starting to feel pretty settled and cozy in the space:) I would love to do a proper introduction of each corner in the near future...; meanwhile, I thought I would share an aggregated collection of Instagram pics from our studio/shop!