Sunday, May 13, 2018

Shop closure announcement


Due to our upcoming Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor, our shop (both online and brick & mortar) will be closed for a short while. Please know that our online shop will be still open to accept orders and we will ship orders placed as soon as we are back in our fulfillment room! 

We really appreciate your understanding! And cant' wait to share our stories from the upcoming week. If you are interested, please follow our adventures of TSL Inspiration Lab here on our Instagram




Monday, April 30, 2018

Let's do this! Santa Monica Classic Run/Walk in September, 2018


After taking the much needed 3 weeks off after LA marathon in March, I'm up and running again. Right now running between 3-4 miles each time and the goal is to increase the mileage little by little to get to my baseline (about 15 miles/week) over the summer.

I will be training again for Pasadena 1/2 Marathon then LA marathon, 2019. But for now... I am enjoying how it feels to run just for the sake of running. The morning weather has been perfect for a quick jog and watching all the spring flowers burst out of the sidewalk and trail has been so rewarding.

Truly, I could not have finished the training and the half & the full marathon without support and encouragement from my friends and families. Especially the way Satchi and Coco have cheered me along my running journey this past year has been so incredible. So as a part of the Los Angeles race series, I will be signing up my family for Santa Monica 5k run/walk that will be happening on September 9th (Sunday)! Girls are super excited and started doing some morning run with me. I am also hoping that our BK team will run/walk along with us to share the joy. It's my turn to cheer the people around me to be a part of the journey.

So I wanted to extend the invitation to our Baum-kuchen community. If Running or walking 3 miles along the Pacific Ocean crossed your mind recently, join us and let me know that you registered! Seriously. It will be so much fun!!

You can start registering for the race after tomorrow via below link.
https://www.santamonicaclassic.com/

And if you are up for half marathon in January, here is the link to the one in Pasadena.
https://www.pasadenahalf.com/

I know that my life shifted a little in a good way since starting to train last year and I love that it can be contagious.

Let's do this:)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Adding colors with the Engineer Pouch with Pockets

With the spring season full in the air, it feels perfect to celebrate the arrival of the new Engineer Pouch with Pockets from The Superior Labor. These new colors bring so much life and vibrancy. I love them all!

I have been using my Natural canvas with red paint version for over a year now and I can't tell you how handy this pouch is. Having two internal pockets make such a difference in keeping small analogue artifacts and everyday essentials organized and easy to find. It's the pouch I keep all my "must have at all times" items and when I swap the bag from work to family bag, I just transfer the pouch and know that I have everything I need (like wallet, my Jibun Techo, favorite everyday pens, etc.)

Here are colors that are currently available. I can't wait to see which color will be your favorite!

Navy canvas with Light Blue paint
Khaki canvas with Orange paint
Olive canvas with Navy paint
Natural canvas with Blue Gray paint
Black canvas with Black paint
Natural canvas with Red paint (pre-order)











Monday, April 23, 2018

How childhood looks like at our home


If you ever run into my family in the neighborhood, my girls' pants will most likely have holes on their knees (and perhaps stitched by their little hands using hand sewing techniques). They love their worn-in pants with holes because these pants are comfortable for them. Their toes will surely have some dirt in them and bottom of their feet will easily give away how they run through dirt barefoot... every day.

If you have a conversation with them, they will probably know very little about popular songs or current TV shows (or Disney movies) but could probably tell you about their favorite plants and animals and why they love them so much. 

Our dinner chat is around places they want to visit soon and what they want to experience there (currently Arizona to see Saguaro Cactus). We also enjoy talking about favorite part of the day which they will gladly tell us some kind of made-up game they came up with. 

We love spending time together and reading books. We also love sharing life adventures together even though we occasionally get frustrated and cry because we are all humans. 

When we decided to start homeschooling, we made a commitment to their childhood. To offer as much unstructured open-ended time as well as time to learn from nature through play and promised that we would continue to have a lot of conversations about many different things in life. We talk a lot about design because that's who we are as a family. We also talk a lot about what's right and not right as humans because that's important. 

We can never compare one family to another because each family is unique... 

But.
I do believe each family should and can build a unique mission that is true to the family. 

And yes... why not add some dirt time to the mission even just a little bit:)
Because I swear... kids usually never fight when they are knee deep in the mud playing. 





Friday, April 20, 2018

Getting back to nature journal

Few stars are aligning to lead me back to nature journaling again and I am really excited. To be able to take some time here and there to jot down my observations and time spent with nature and kids.

(As you can imagine), I have gone back and forth between different notebook size and wondered what would work the best. I wanted something that had enough pages so I could have a documentation of seasons captured over time yet more pages meant heavier and bulkier notebooks. At the end, I settled with my Traveler's Notebook. I can easily grab it wherever I am and it's slim enough to fit in any bag I might be carrying at the time.

I will keep you posted how it goes!



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Designed by People. Made for People.

We recently made a new BK sticker that says "Designed by People. Made for People." This is an important statement for me because it sums up "why" we do what we do behind Baum-kuchen. In the world where so much of focus is on profit, sales, and monetary success, I want to challenge the status quo at Baum-kuchen and have a laser sharp focus on making people around us happy. I want to speak with our action that people in and around Baum-kuchen matter more than anything in the world.

We are celebrating Baum-kuchen's 8th birthday. (Thank goodness it coincides with Satchi's birthday. I can always remember how old our Baum-kuchen is:)  It doesn't feel like I have been a part of Baum-kuchen for so many years... but I have vivid memories of many incredible milestones we have passed together.

As an eight-years-old business, I am grateful that we have a voice and we can continue to stand behind our word every day.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

TSL Inspiration Lab prep

We are gearing up for our TSL Inspiration Lab in May that is about 1.5-month away. Since we are thriving to create an experience that is fun, inspiring, and organized, there are a lot of thoughts that are going into crafting all the details as well as designing the flow of the experience.   

Ame and Frido worked together in creating this adorable illustration featuring Hoover (a super cute dog that is a part of the TSL family in Japan) and Baum-kuchen cake playing together. I love the playfulness and the quote we chose to accompany, "Life is what happens after you make a plan." The quote is so in tune with how this very magical relationship came to become over six years. Just like anything in and around Baum-kuchen, our collaboration with TSL has been organic, people focused and intuitive. 

I am so thankful for so many design opportunities that are brought forth to make the event happen and how everyone is taking a unique role. I am sure Ame's sweet illustrations will brighten the day, Eunice's beautiful aesthetics will add exquisiteness to the many tactile details, and Frido's design sensitivity will make the process of customizing the leather cover inspiring! 

Baum-kuchen has always been "studio/shop" as a whole, and we are super excited that an event like this highlights the design studio aspect of who we are!

p.s. our Inspiration Lab is completely sold out, but we still have some spots left for TSL pop-up shop where guests can browse unique artifacts which TSL will be sharing! 




Saturday, March 31, 2018

Let the gratitude and humbleness come to life by running

Hooray!!!

I am so happy to share that I finished Los Angeles Marathon two weekends ago! When I completed, my first text message to Frido was "Finished, and it was amazing!!!" and that is still exactly how I feel about the experience today. Running through our own city was such a treat too. I have never thought it was possible to get from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica Beach with my own two feet.

Yes. It took almost 5 hours, but I never stopped moving forward. Physically, most incredible part was the feeling of the energy rushing through the body during the 2nd half of the race. Thanks to the pre-race carb-loading (Thank you so much, Susan, for feeding the entire family with tasty and nourishing food for 10 days leading up to the race!!). Even though I never wanted to eat another "healthy carb" ever again, eating strategically during the pre-race week really helped.

A huge thank you to our running team who is so close to my heart and our experienced coach Andy for putting together a training program that strengthened me physically and emotionally to be able to complete the race.

And of course..., there was nothing like seeing the smiles of families at the 16th-mile point of the race as well as each morning when I returned from my training run.

The day was worth all the sweat and tear that went into the 6-month training. And I believe running brings gratitude and humbleness in life. It's magical.










TN Blue // Color comparison

We are so excited to share that we have received our first inventory for the new TN Blue at our studio. It's nearly impossible to conclude exact color of the TN Blue (since each TN blue will be slightly different from one to another due to the nature of the leather as an organic material). But I thought it might be visually helpful if you get to see the new and original TN Blue next to each other. 

TN Blue Passport in the photographs is the new version added to our collection!

Wearing the leather also changes the leather color over time, and each leather seems to act and react differently. I have seen TN Brown get both darker and lighter over usage. (My original TN Brown have gone very light compared to my friend's TN Brown which got richer and darker in color). Humidity in the air, oil on your hand, coffee and water stains, etc. all go into the color factors. 

I hope you get to see "YOUR" Traveler's Notebook evolve with continuous usage.




Monday, March 26, 2018

Getting in the travel mode with Traveling Balloon Pants!

We recently got a sample of Petite Size of the [TSLxBK] Traveling Balloon Pants from The Superior Labor. We have been carrying the regular size for a while and I am thrilled that this petite size will be able to travel around the world with more friends who have the petite body frames. Eunice tried it out and it fits lovely on her. She is 5'2"! 

I love wearing these pants with ankle hems up to my knees especially when the weather gets nice. It's so fun to match them with a pair of sandals and feel like I have a big puffy balloon around me! During the winter time, I wear the pants with my sneakers and my favorite Happy Socks

I hope you enjoy them! Happy traveling:) 








Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hang in there...



It has been the most demanding 14 days. Satchi picked up flu... and back to back, both girls were sick. And it coincided with the 2 weekends with the longest runs for my LA marathon training and Frido has been out of town. Taking care of kids with high fever for 3 days in a row without much sleep then running 19 miles is strenuous. I am exhausted yet also thankful for being able to get through it with a lot of help from friends and families.

This morning I was happy to see both girls playing in the mud. Giggling and laughing... 

If you are a mom, dad or caregiver... taking care of kids or family members with flu. I feel for you. Know that there will be an end to the tunnel. Hang in there. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Staying true to who we are.

I wrote this content few weeks ago for our BK Love Letter (you can sign up here if you are interested:). This message is really important to me so I wanted to keep a record here as well. Someday I might look back to this post and smile:)

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February was an indeed short month! Days flew by but not without making the time count. I am back training for a marathon. Making each step cautiously but with a sense of optimism... just the way I run my life.

At Baum-kuchen studio, we are in the full swing of planning Inspiration Lab with The Superior Labor that will be happening in May. This Inspiration Lab is especially important because it is the first tangible manifestation to answer a question that has been lingering in my head for last few years.

"In the midst of a culture that is everything instant and disposable, where do we stand as a shop?"
I have been pondering a lot about the responsibility which weighs on me as a shop owner. I have wanted to find an authentic way to help our community embrace artifacts instead of constantly needing to sell more new things. What if Baum-kuchen can be a hub to support the wearing-in process of the artifact? Yes. We will continue to curate and share artifacts we believe in with you. At the same time, can we also be there to help transform your beloved artifacts to be truly yours with stories, memories, and love?

Creating something new is time-demanding and comes with a sense of vulnerability. I am thankful for the BK and TSL team's support to power through the process of creation. The event is shaping up beautifully with a lot of fun and original contents. You can read more about the Inspiration Lab details here on our website if you are interested. I hope this will be the beginning of something little bigger for our studio/shop.

While you are browsing the BK space, I would love you to take a look at an interview piece with Ame. She is the newest member of Baum-kuchen studio and we can't be happier to share her passion for all things analogue with you. Also, Trina is sharing a story about journaling with "authentic voice". I am immensely inspired by Trina's personal journey and so grateful that she can inspire us all with her insightful thoughts.

As spring nears, I hope your "home", whether it's your physical home or inside of your journal pages, continues to be a reflection of who you truly are.

xoxo

-wakako

always work in progress...

Los Angeles // March 3rd, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A fun way to explore our website: BK Staff Pick by Eunice

We are always looking for ways to keep our website engaging! We just incorporated a new area  "BK Staff Pick" in our Featured Collection! Scroll down our website a little and you will see this month's featured collection by Eunice!

We are constantly changing our collection and curated artifacts so check back often to see what we are up to! Also, "Love for Analogue User Stories" has been such an inspiring project. I hope you are enjoying the ongoing updates to these stories as well.

xoxo
-wakako

Friday, March 2, 2018

Traveler's Notebook BLUE to come soon



The other day, we received an update from Traveler's Company that they will be integrating TN Blue regular size, passport size and pen holder clip into their permanent collection! We are, of course, beyond excited as it was a pretty special color for a lot of people.

Right now we are waiting for more updates from our distributor reg. the timing of the first delivery as well as the quantity we will be receiving. If you are interested in getting more updates about TN Blue, please send us an email so we can add you to our contact list.

Since TN Blue will be a part of the regular TN collection (instead of limited edition item like TN Olive), we should be able to carry them as in-stock items in a long run. But we might have a limited quantity at first.

Please stay tuned!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Take more adventures // San Pedro Tide Pools

This year, our family's word of inspiration is "Adventure". We picked the word with a hope that we will take more chances to go on adventures near and far as a family. To try something new without overanalyzing too much and to enjoy the ride together.

Los Angeles is such a metropolitan area that comes with all the convenience of a big city yet outskirts of the city can bring pretty wild adventures. We often go to Millard Canyon in Altadena for a short hike and Annenberg has become a go-to place for a beach fun. 

When we had a day to ourselves last week, we wanted to try something new for a change and we decided to check out the Cabrillo Beach Tide Pools in San Pedro. When we got to the area, we stopped at a nearby diner "Lighthouse Cafe" for a fuel. It was mid-day on Friday so it wasn't crowded and we adored the neighborhood diner vibe. And when you step out of the diner, you can see a lighthouse straight into the distance through the street. We looked up the tide here but to our surprise, low tide on the day came 2 hours after the scheduled time and it took us by a bit of surprise when we arrived at the tide pools which were still pretty full. We got to play at the beach while watching the tide and it was lovely. When low tide finally came around, girls were ecstatic to peek into each tide pool looking for little sea creatures. They were also so fascinated by all the rocks there since we are learning rocks and minerals at home and got to collect some sedimentary rocks to add to our growing rock collection. 

From Pasadena area, beach feels little distant to casually visit for a stroll (if you know the LA traffic, you know what I am talking about! That 30 miles drive can take us hours!!!) but I am glad we are able to still squeeze some ocean breeze while weather continues to stay warm in the area!!

What kind of adventures are you taking in 2018?? 




















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