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Family photo December 2013
Hello! My name is Novita.

I’m a stay-at-home mom living in Tokyo with my little family. We’re originally from Indonesia. My son and I moved to Tokyo in 2008 when I got married to my husband who has been living here since 1999. This is the story of how I met my husband.

I started to learn sewing in 1997 using a hand-cranked sewing machine, then a treadle sewing machine, and graduated to an electric sewing machine. I continued to study for one year in ESMOD (l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode), Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1998. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to sew after I graduated, since I worked full time in an office.

Shortly after moving to Tokyo, I found myself with lots of free time and I decided to restart this old hobby that I hadn’t been doing for almost ten years. It was one of the best decision in my life! This blog was started as my sewing journal so I can look at and learn from my past projects. I also tried other craft like knitting, crocheting, or needle felting, but always went back to sewing.

In 2013 our family started to foster dogs for ARK (Animal Refuge Kansai). These dogs are abandoned or stray dogs, we take care of them them before they find a forever home. It is such a wonderful and loving journey for our little family. Then we met our newest family member, Fuwawa, a female Chinese Crested dog who was 7 years old when we adopted her in September 2013.

I hope you enjoy my blog and can find some inspiration here!

Thank you for visiting!
♥♥♥ My husband’s blog. When he’s not busy, he loves drawing.
♥♥♥ My son’s blog. He loves drawing too.
♥♥♥ Fuwawa’s photos in my Instagram feed.

Tools – Sewing

Babylock BL-75 and Janome Equle CP 4850

Babylock BL-75 and Janome Equle CP 4850

Janome Equle CP 4850 stitches

Janome Equle CP 4850 stitches

  • Janome Equle CP 4850 – Used since February 2010, replacing my Janome Agneau d’Or Y101. Both are only available in Japan. Before I got a serger, I used zigzag stitch (#8) and stretch stitch (#6) on my Janome for sewing knits.
  • Babylock BL-75 – similar to Babylock Imagine. Used since March 2012. It is a gift from a very kind lady!


Tools – Pictures

Tools – Blogging:

  • Hostgator – Hosting company that I used for the first two years of blogging in this domain.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Hosting, mainly maintained by my husband. I switched to AWS after about 2 years with Hostgator.
  • The Thesis Theme – The first premium WordPress theme that I bought after using free theme, Atahualpa. I love tweaking my blog and making changes in Thesis is so easy. It also has great support service and a helpful forum.
  • Headway theme - It is a premium WordPress theme offering drag and drop layout editing, easy design customization, and developer friendliness. I changed my theme to Headway on December 2012.
  • Flickr - For image hosting.

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links above are affiliated by Viglink and I will earn a commission on referrals or sales generated by those links. That said, I personally trust and use  all the products listed above and have found them satisfactory. More disclosure….

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