Chiaki Creates

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Taking stock

Chiaki Creates - Taking Stock chiakicreates.comEnjoying: being in love with the most amazing man I’ve ever met.
Listening: to Paul Dempsey and Something For Kate.
Wearing: my tan Chelsea boots.
Making: more time for relaxing and consequently getting more stuff done.
Cooking: sweet potato wedges with lemon and ginger crème fraîche.
Drinking: banana yoghurt smoothie and supreme matcha green tea.
Feeling: excited and slightly anxious about the future.
Reading: Starman: David Bowie – The Definitive Biography by Paul Trynka.
Looking: forward to seeing Dylan Moran live again in May next year.
Wishing: my broken toe would heal quicker.
Liking: being a bookseller.
Waiting: for the next episode of Serial.
Snacking: on bananas with almond butter.
Coveting: a navy midi a-line skirt to be worn with Breton tops.
Hearing: so much morbidity on The Last Podcast On The Left.
Learning: to balance and simplify everything.
Loving: all the straightforwardness in my life.
Watching: Dig! and BoJack Horseman.
Admiring: my best friend in Sweden who is the most resilient woman I know.
Getting: my priorities straight.
Wondering: how much of my life I’ve spent trying to decide what film to watch.
Playing: Werewolf at a dinner party that my housemates and I hosted recently.
Noticing: how little I care about material possessions.
Giggling: at Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey by Richard Ayoade.
Bookmarking: art exhibitions that I want to visit.
Deciding: to focus more on writing and less on crafts.
Hoping: that I’ll be able to visit my friends and family in Sweden in January.
Contemplating: to grow my hair out and to start teaching workshops.
Wanting: to get a black midi kimono dress because my old goth self says so.
Thinking: a lot about my childhood and adolescence for something I’m writing.
Knowing: that everything is random and that’s what makes life so beautiful.

Taking Stock is a feature inspired by the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mike’s.

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December goals

Chiaki Creates - December Goals○ Adjust to my new job as a bookseller.

○ Buy some winter clothes.

○ Read more.

○ Stock up on Japanese Cherry Garden tea from Yumchaa.

○ Call my dad.

○ Do more things that make me smile every day.

○ Register with a new GP.

○ Do loads of Christmas baking with my housemates.

○ Be kinder to myself.

○ Drink hot chocolate.

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Etsy shop update

Triangular Floral Vintage Fabric Cushions by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comTriangular cushions made out of vintage 60s and 70s floral fabric.Triangular Vintage Fabric Cushions by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comTriangular cushions made out of vintage 60s and 70s floral, Scandinavian apple and waves fabric.Razzamatazz Crochet Cushion by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comCrochet Razzamatazz cushion made from a vintage pattern.Round Floral Vintage Fabric Cushion by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comRound draped cushion made out of vintage floral deadstock fabric.Triangular Pink Floyd Brooch by Chiaki Creates chiakicreates.etsy.comTriangular wooden brooches inspired by the cover art of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

Pop by my Etsy shop here.


7 podcasts you should be listening to

Chiaki Creates - 7 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To chiakicreates.com1. Serial
A new podcast that tells one suspenseful story over a whole season. They simply keep going until they’ve told the whole story. Season 1 investigates the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore. This is all about storytelling and it’s done beautifully. I’m completely addicted to this podcast.

2. How Did This Get Made?
Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas discuss films that are so bad that they’re amazing. They make me cry with laughter every single episode. I spend an awful lot of time talking about bad films as there isn’t really much of a discussion when you talk about good films. I recommend listening to Tiptoes, Jack Frost, Liz and Dick, From Justin To Kelly and The Room to start with.

3. The Cracked Podcast
Intriguing discussions from Cracked’s editorial team. Cracked is one of my favourite websites and their podcast is equally brilliant. Here are a few of my favourite episodes:
Why Your Brain Is Sabotaging You
How One Logical Fallacy Keeps Making You Wrong
5 Seriously Stupid Movies That Will Be Studied By History
Statistics That Prove We’re Wrong About Everything

4. Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
The hilarious Richard Herring interviews the biggest names in comedy. It’s silly and extremely laughter-inducing. My favourite interviews so far are Edgar Wright, Adam Buxton (all of them), Brendon Burns, Stephen Fry and Ross Noble.

5. No Such Thing As A Fish
The QI Elves share the best facts that they’ve found out each week from the QI offices in Covent Garden. Learning new things every day is essential for my wellbeing and this is a perfect way to learn random facts. Start anywhere.

6. The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show
Jeff interviews creative people who have turned their obsessions into professions, as well as offering expert analysis on geeky things. He’s a fantastic interviewer and asks all the right questions. My favourite episode so far is Hoarders Cleaner Matt Paxton. It made me go “EWW!” out loud in the post office causing some confused looks.

7. Stuff You Should Know
Chuck and Josh of How Stuff Works talk about well, stuff you should know. I loved What Makes A Serial Killer? and How Panic Attacks Work but it’s super interesting no matter what topic they talk about.


Ch-ch-ch-changes and the myth of a perfect life

Chiaki Creates - The Myth of a Perfect Life chiakicreates.comHello my lovelies! Hope you’re well. As you know, I’ve been conducting some rather intense self-analysis lately and felt that I needed some time off blogging. All this soul-searching made me realise that this blog doesn’t feel like me anymore. I started resenting how it represented only one heavily edited side of me. I’m in no way perfect. I don’t have a perfect life. Far from it.

Everything I share online has been carefully chosen and edited, which is fine but it’s not the whole truth. I don’t tell you when I’m too anxious to leave the house for a couple of days or when I can’t stop crying because I’m fed up with fighting my depression. This is something I struggle with on Instagram as well. Many people don’t realise that it can take 20 minutes to get a snapshot right. They look at the pretty pictures and think that my life must be perfect. It’s just how our brains work.

The truth is that I’m fighting for happiness every day. Some days I’m not even sure I want to be happy because it just seems like too much work. All I really want to do is talk about difficult things. I want to talk about how life can be improved. I want to be radically honest with you. I want to focus on my two biggest passions: writing and the human mind. I have no desire to do any more crafty tutorials or outfit posts.

I’ve been labelled a craft blogger, fashion blogger and even an interior design blogger, yet I never wanted to be either of these. I blogged a lot about crafts yes, but I never wanted to be locked into one subject. I felt like my blog was going somewhere I didn’t want to go so I’ve changed direction and given my about page a makeover.

“This blog is all about living with intention, creating your own reality and appreciating the simple pleasures in life. My aim is to empower and inspire you to live like you mean it by showing you how you can make your life happier, better, simpler and fuller. I want to encourage you to question everything and realise your full potential. Most of all though, I want to make you smile.

I’ve struggled with mental health issues (mainly depression, anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder) my whole life. I’m not claiming to have all the answers but I’ve learnt a few things along the way, so I write to help others, as well as myself.”

I hope you’re as excited for this new journey as I am.


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