Hello and welcome to the Handmade Cozy Life blog! As the title suggests, the aim of this blog is to document the ways in which I make a lot of things myself in an attempt to live a truly rich, abundant, cozy life.
The term "handmade" emcompasses many types of crafts, so a quick explanation of what exactly I do is in order here. The type of thing I make most often is food. Yes, that's right, home-cooked meals are a big part of my handmade cozy life. I also do patchwork and other types of hand-crafting, which I'll also share here sometimes.
Now, what exactly do I mean by "cozy"? I chose this word to form part of my blog title out of a desire to conjure up an image of abundance and comfort borne of self-sufficiency. Since the look and feel I'm aiming for is the kind of comfort we associate with Grandma's house, the result is pseudo-vintage by default. I've always loved old-timey florals, semi-antiques of questionable market value, old kimonos, and doilies--you can never have too many doilies!--so my home gives off a decidedly Grandma-ish vibe, of which I am very proud. My idea of true luxury is spending the time and effort on food and daily goods, so I aim to implement all the little tricks that my grandma--and probably your grandma, too--used in her attempt to live just a little bit better on less.
What is a "rich lifestyle," anyway? My idea of wealth is NOT a lifestyle in which you have a lot of money or surround yourself in expensive things. What you need to live a rich, abundant life is not great heaps of money, but a determination to get maximum value out of what you do have, and a little ingenuity. I scour 100-yen stores and antique flea markets for things that fit my asthetic, and if I can't find something, I make it myself. Once I get nice things cheaply, I use them, because my daily life is occasion enough to enjoy them. I cherish my relationships with the people who really matter to me, and try to live at a standard that is high enough that I can show my friends hospitality. I treat not just my friends but even myself with the same consideration, because making my living space cozy enough for myself takes a certain investment of time and effort. At the same time, whenever there is something I really want to eat, I can eat it whenever I like, because I make it myself. That is why a handmade life is a cozy life.
A word about me is probably in order here. As you can see from my profile picture, I am a fox sprite who can use human language and take human form whenever I wish. Since making things by hand takes time, many people might assume that you have to be an affluent stay-at-home spouse in order to live like this (then again, they might not). But I am neither affluent nor a full-time homemaker. Though originally from the Kobe area, I am a fox who currently lives in Tokyo disguised as a 30-year-old single human woman who works full-time in a corporate environment. I face constraints on time and money (just like you) as my reality, so I have to be clever about it, but if I can create a rich, handmade cozy lifestyle, so can you. I plan to share the methods to my madness on this blog. I hope this helps you to make your own handmade cozy life!