Welcome to my blog, I’m so glad you’re here. Just in case you were wondering, my name is pronounced “sun – eye”. If you, like me, are obsessed with all things design, craft, illustration and kid fashion, you might enjoy what I’m doing here on this li’l space.

A little (or perhaps more than you ever wanted to know) about my background…

I studied Communications, Business and Education at UCLA and once propelled into the real world, I didn’t know what to do. I started out as an administrative assistant (quickly promoted to Account Executive – an elusive title that still didn’t mask the fact that I was making copies for a living) at a glamorous marketing company right out of college. After a year, I decided spending hours coming up with marketing taglines wasn’t my cup of tea, and went to Japan to teach English via the JET program. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life and arguably one of the most magical (next to having a child).

After two years of teaching, I went back to UCLA for a graduate degree in Educational Counseling. And this is where my nomadic career starts because it turns out that I didn’t really want to do educational counseling. I have been a graphic designer, a manager of international programs, a director of operations for a theater company, a production artist for the Pottery Barn catalog, a dispatcher for a neighborhood watch, an artist/manager for a handmade gift ware company. Most recently I’ve worked for companies like Corbis and Microsoft in “Creative Services”, mostly as a project manager for digital media. For a few sleep-deprived years as a new mother, I did some freelance illustration specializing in girly, fashion-y and children’s illustration. I even had a couple of art shows to boot.

I live in Seattle, and I have a wonderful husband and fabulous little girl (“K” will pop up a lot around here), and they are my everything.

This blog is my attempt at trying all the things that feel right and being open to surprises. I hope you’ll join me as I bumble through…

Wanna know more? Or commission an illustration? sanaeishida13ATgmail.com


15 Thoughts on “About

  1. Oh how I love everything you do! I am so pleased to have discovered your blog :) all thanks to the sweet comments you left on mine. See you around the web!

  2. I’ve been following your amazing taste on Pinterest and just found the website – it’s beautiful, adding it to my reader.

  3. Hi Sanae! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. I hope you like that :-) You can read more about the Award here. an

  4. Clover on March 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm said:

    Hi, I don’t see that you have email so I will leave my question here. I am visiting a friend in Seattle in May and have a day to fabric shop. Please tell me your suggestions. Mainly for apparel fabric vs just quilting cotton. Thank you.

  5. Hurray for blog sharing and guest posting! Just found your blog via the handmade kids clothes swap and I’m so pleased I did. I am fairly new to sewing and very new to blogging, but am sure I will get some great inspiration from you.

  6. annemiek on May 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm said:

    Hi, just found your website through the Belgian style challenge, and just love your designs! You might consider adding the functionality to follow your blog by email, as I would love to be able to!

  7. Kristi Andres on May 13, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

    I want to echo Clover’s comment. I will be in Seattle for a day to shop in May as well and am wondering if there are some good shops for apparel fabric, specifically knit. I’ve just started buying it off the internet, but it’s hard not to be able to feel the fabric. I’m from Bellingham and all we have here is a JoAnn’s and thrift shops.

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  9. Hello, how lovely at last after loving your pinterest pins for so long, to realise you have a blog – a sewing and illustration blog even. Just yesterday I photographed my first sewing post, in, at a guess, five years. And here I am at your wonderful blog today. I think we are going to be friends :)

    • Thank you, Charlotte! Your photography is exquisite and I’ve been following you on Pinterest too. Yes, Ithink we are going to be friends indeed :-)

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  11. Kristi Andres on October 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm said:

    Random question. I made a dolman top (my own pattern) with long sleeves after your batwing top post. I cut the sleeves at short sleeve length and then finished them to long sleeve with a trapezoid shape (so it would be tighter at the wrist). I have seen shirts like this in the stores. Do you know if there’s a name for the style/thing I did. I feel like I’ve heard one before but can’t remember it. Thanks!

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  13. Really do enjoy reading your blog! I see so many beautiful things. I especially love all your fabric choices and sewing for you :) I am so in love with Japanese sewing patterns :)
    Best, Lisa

    • sanae on March 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm said:

      Thanks Lisa! I can’t tell you how obsessed I am with Japanese patterns. The fit is so fantastic (at least for my daughter) and I’m slowly trying to make them work for my body too :-)

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