Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sorry if my spelling is weird...but I'm British!

It was a while back when I asked on the Etsy forums for some feedback for my shop. I felt very brave and was steeling myself for the critiques about to come my way. What I didn't expect though, was that some of my American Etsy reviewers would critique my spelling.

"You spelled jewelry wrong on your banner", said one reviewer. Oh no! Panic set in. After checking, I realised what was going on. My British spelling was throwing people off. And it still does, on occasion.

So here I am, giving you a heads-up that I won't be changing my spelling of the following words (sorry,  it just doesn't feel right):





Mata ne!

P. S. And I also measure in cm and mm.....
P.P.S Even Blogger is pointing out my errors on this post by putting helpful red dots underneath!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

End of Year Sale

I'm having an end of year sale on my Facebook page. Lots of OOAK jewellery available with free shipping.
Thanks for looking.


Click below to visit my Facebook page:

bikudesigns END OF YEAR SALE

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Such a waste!

Japan is very fond of the leaflet. Everyday we find a stack of high-quality printed material in our post box, which makes me kind of sad. I always go through each piece of paper to see who is advertising what, and then promptly dump it in the recycling bin. What a terrible waste. 

Not only is this a waste of paper, printing ink and energy, but the people who created these leaflets probably studied for many years at design school, worked late night-shifts to get the work to the printer on time, toiled over which font to use, the perfect background and the most impactful layout. And I just come along and throw it away. Makes you think, doesn't it?

So, the next time you come across a piece of junk mail, spare a thought for the person who created it and try to re-use in some way before tossing it in the bin.

Mata ne!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What's in a name?

People often ask where the name 'bikudesigns' comes from.  To me it seems obvious, but to anyone living in another country I guess it's not that easy to understand.

As I have been living in Japan for most of my adult life (wow!), it seemed appropriate that I sent a little nod to the country I call home when I set up my little studio business several years ago.

The name 'Victoria' in Japanese translates to 'ビクトリア' which is pronounced, 'bee-koo-toh-ree-ah'. My friends shortened my long name (too many syllables) to 'ビク' (bee-koo) and added 'chan' (a term usually used for young girls or between friends). From there it was an easy step for me to take the 'biku' part and use it in my company name.

So there you have it...bikudesigns was born in Japan, and continues to grow in a little Tokyo studio.

Please check back for new work coming VERY soon or follow me on Facebook for more up-to-the-minute updates:

Mata ne!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

'New' Studio

WOW! Where does the time go? I can't believe I've been away from blogging, Etsy and the bench for so long. I've since had another baby (a boy this time), and as he is now approaching 1 year, it's time to start planning my return to the bench. Recently I've been interested in crafting in general, turning my hand to Japanese paper cutting, crochet (again!), and most recently (and most excitingly) sewing. I have a fabulous sewing teacher who is teaching me how to use Japanese patterns to make children's clothes. Learning to sew properly was a life-long ambition, especially as I come from a background of sewers. So expect to see a variety of crafty creations coming this way soon.
As well as my own craft work taking a bit of a change in direction of late, I've also been focusing on inspiring my 3 year old daughter to get creative. She has been working with me in my new studio space and has already had a try of my sewing machine and today made a copper wire necklace using pliers (under supervision of course!). It's fascinating watching her work as she rummages around in her collage box (a bunch of fabric off-cuts, random scrap-booking stuff and other bits I found).
So that brings me to the 'new' studio space. I was actually looking for a studio somewhere close to where we live, but what could be closer than a home studio? I just had to bite the bullet and clear out the 3.5 mat 'storage' room we have been stacking with unwanted things, baby equipment and Christmas decorations. It was once my studio space, but when baby number 2 was in process, became a storage space.

It is still a work in progress, but mainly, things are where I want them to be and each drawer has been sorted through and rearranged. As far as 'storage' rooms go, this one is not half bad. It has a window, aircon, electricity but sadly no water.

 The view from the door to the jewellery bench and stack of paintings ready for an exhibition...some day!

 The 'clean' table for card-making and sewing

 Ready to go. Needs a bit more sorting to get the tools in the right place.

Sorted drawers with rather uninspiring, yet functional labels

Thanks for sticking by me. Would love to hear your comments about the new space. 
Will make an update soon with new work,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New work

It seems so long since I had time in the studio to play around with some new ideas. Here are few new pieces I completed a couple of weeks ago. Hope you like them! They are now available in my Etsy shop.

Nugget necklace
Nugget ring

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Hi everyone,

It has been a VERY long time since I last blogged, but things have been very hectic. I had a baby 16 months ago, which meant that I have had only a small amount of time for creating. My studio space was given up for baby too, so I had no time and nowhere to work!

Baby has now started school 2 mornings a week, so I now have some time to destash and organise my studio before embarking on some new creations.

I've started to list my destash items on Etsy, so if you are interested, please take a look.
Looking forward to having a few moments to blog more often in the near future. Thanks for staying with me;-)