Monthly Archives: May 2009

oh Japan (sigh)…I want to go back!

So a friend of mine found a deal to Tokyo from SFO at the end of June that is only $450 ROUND TRIP. That is ridiculous, but I guess it makes sense to be so cheap since it will be super hot  and humid during that time. I would love to go  because I loved Tokyo, but I can’t go during that time. =( I went last January and I had the most awesome time, especially since it was my very first trip to Asia.  I loved the food, the toys, the buildings, the shopping, the polite people and overall, I just wish I had more time there. More specifically, I wish I had more time to go fabric shopping there! One of my friends just came back from Japan and she was nice enough to pick up some fabric for me. I love the fabrics from Japan. The prints are so beautiful, there are a lot of fabrics with cute characters, the fabric is thicker and the fabrics look great on my handbags. =) The Kimono fabrics are lovely, too, and there are many fabrics with cherry blossom prints, which I love!

So I wanted to share a couple photos of my Tokyo trip last year.  I did my research of the best fabric stores before we went and I was lucky to find someone who had posted exact directions and photos on how to get to Tomato, an 8-story building of fabric! So I jumped on the Yamanote Line and got off at the Nippori stop. After eating some burgers at MosBurger for energy, we went on a hunt for fabric. Along the way, there were a bunch of notion shops and small fabric stores. And then we saw it….TOMATO!

Tomato - Nippori, Tokyo

Tomato - Nippori, Tokyo

Not only is Tomato 8 stories high, but it also has a smaller store connected to it too! So we jumped from floor to floor until I found the floor with the bargain fabrics. There were rolls and rolls of fabrics in such great bold colors. To me, fabric is like a drug. So when I saw all that fabric, my heart stopped and my eyes widened. I was so excited that I didn’t know where to start. But I just jumped in and starting digging through all the amazing fabrics. Even though I hoarded many rolls of fabric, the employees and customers were still very nice to me. I bought meters and meters of fabric. I would have bought more, but I had to hold on to all the fabric for the rest of the day walking around Tokyo. Trust me, next time, I’m bringing a giant empty luggage to fill up! But I am happy with what I bought and I have been making many handbags from these fabrics that I was able to bring back home.

Lookie what I got!

Lookie what I got!

What an amazing experience to be in Tokyo! I can’t wait to go back again and eat all the yummy mochi, ramen and fresh sushi! I will have to save a whole week to post about all the things I experienced in Japan. Hopefully, you will get a chance to go to Tokyo if you haven’t been there already…but if you go, can you bring me back some fabric? heheh =)

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

DSC_0183 This past Saturday, I sold my Melinda Mae handbags at the 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration. It was my first time selling my handbags at this fair, but I will definitely be applying to participate again. The celebration was huge and there were vendors, food, live music, health information and much more. I was lucky to be placed next to my friends at A Hui Hou hawaiian jewelry, where we shared capri suns and sunscreen. I was expecting the weather to be cool and breezy as it usually is in San Francisco. Unfortunately for us, it was burning hot! We arrived at 8:30am and it was already really hot. I really liked that my booth was next to one of the stages so we were able to enjoy a cover band and Lyrics Born while selling Melinda Mae handbags.  It was great to chat with all of the friendly people that stopped by the booth and I saw these cute dogs while I was selling too! DSC_0209

Thank you to all of those who stopped by and came to check out my new wristlets. =)  My next show will be on June 20th at the JCYC Community Center in San Francisco Japantown ( I hope you can make it!

So soulful…

JL4I love love love soul music and one of my favorite artists is John Legend. I have already seen him at the Filmore, the Independent, the Greek Theatre and the Paramount Theatre and I have loved him every time! He is coming to the Bay Area again and will be performing at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley with India Arie! I also love India Arie and the Greek Theatre is such a great outdoor venue! The concert is on September 6th and the weather should still be nice and warm during that time. I would highly suggest you go if you can. Check out the info here: If you end up going, try to get near the stage when he sings “Slow Dance”. You might get to slow dance with John Legend! =) 

Also, on June 6th, Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild are coming to the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. I just purchased my tickets and I can’t wait to hear Anthony Hamilton live for the first time and to see Musiq Soulchild for the second time. I can not wait to hear Anthony Hamilton sing these songs live: “Cool”, “Charlene” and “Can’t Let Go”.  

A few weeks ago, I saw Goapele singing at Yoshi’s Oakland. She is amazing live and she is so beautiful. One of her songs “Don’t Be Shy” can be downloaded on her website, , even though it has not been released on an album yet. I have been listening to that song over and over in my car. Download it and let me know what you think!

Here we go!

Melinda Mae
Hello everyone and welcome to the Melinda Mae Handbags blog! I wanted to have an opportunity to share the great things that I find, share some random thoughts and let you know what’s new with Melinda Mae handbags ( I would also love to read your comments and hear what you have to say.  Maybe you agree or disagree with what I write or maybe you’ll get some good information to share with others. I am excited to start blogging! 

Through this blog, I will post upcoming events where I’ll be selling my Melinda Mae handbags and also, show off some new designs and fabrics. I will be sharing some great places to find fabrics/notions and highlighting some great independent designers/business owners. I love food so you may find a few food photos and many “mmmmmmm” posts. =) I also love live music, cover bands and soul artists. So I’ll post some upcoming shows and smooth jams that I find.

So thanks for reading and don’t forget to leave your comments! =) 

-Melinda Mae