Meet Jessica of Zakka Life

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Name: Jessica Okui
Location: Bay Area, CA
Website: Zakka Life
Kids: Evan, 6 and Morgan, 3

Do you need a little zakka in your life? Even if you're not quite sure what zakka is we think the answer is a resounding yes. And you can find a dose of it at Jessica Okui's blog Zakka Life where she shares ideas, tutorials and recipes that represent her crafty self and embody her spin on a zakka lifestyle.

We've featured several of Jessica's projects on Ohdeedoh before because they're fun to do, sweet in appearance, often useful and the end result is something you didn't even know you needed in your life, but now can't imagine not doing or having! Jessica is a busy mom and one way she's able to find time for crafty projects and activities is by including her two cute children, Evan and Morgan, who make cameo appearances in her many posts about crafting for and with children. One of our favorite things about Jessica's projects is that they can pretty much always be done with things you already have or that are easily obtainable - no hunting down obscure materials!

We were so glad to have the opportunity to ask Jessica a bit about Zakka Life and what inspires her:

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

I started blogging three years ago for two reasons. One, I had just discovered the craft blog world and was fascinated by it. I was reading blogs like Wee Wonderfuls and Molly Chicken at the time. These sites inspired me to create my own blog. The second reason I started blogging was because I wanted to write a craft book. I knew I needed to build credibility as a crafter and figured a blog would be a good start.

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Tell us about Zakka Life and what "zakka" means to you.

When I think of the word “zakka” I think of it as a craft genera (the Japanese take on country or kitsch) or Japanese craft books. When I first started writing Zakka Life I had planned on posting only “zakka” inspired crafts. This quickly changed when I realized my view on crafts was more inclusive. Now I think the site takes on the other definition of “zakka” “everything and anything that improves your home, life and outlook”. My site reflects what I enjoy whether that be crafts, food or family.

Are there any projects or types of crafting you've been wanting to try or learn but haven't yet dared tackle?

What do I not want to learn! If I had my way, I would learn how to cast jewelry, throw pottery, and make stained glass windows. When it comes to creating, I’m all over the place. I like to try everything at least once. The only thing standing between me and another project is time.

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What's your favorite type of project to do with your kids?

My favorite project to do with the kids is simply drawing. I love how children are so uninhibited when it comes to art. There are no rules for them. They use unconventional colors and draw outside the lines. It’s pure imagination.

What are some of your favorite blogs to visit?

There are so many wonderful blogs out there nowadays. Some of my favorites include Bloomize, CRAFT blog, Japan Couture addicts, Scribbit, and Skip to My Lou.

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Any plans for a book?

I started out three years ago with the intent of creating a craft book. Somewhere along the way I found myself more focused on Zakka Life rather than a book. Now that my youngest has started preschool and I have more free time, I’m placing my energy and time into a book proposal.

Thank you, Jessica, for being part of the Big Blog Family and for all the inspiration you share on Zakka Life! Readers, have fun exploring Zakka Life - it's definitely one for your bookmarks or RSS reader.

Since our inception, we have loved hearing from all of our readers as well as reaching out to several in the blog community. You are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands all writing about your families, style and what makes you tick. To continue fostering this great blogging community, we'll be featuring close-ups of our favorite family and design blogs as part of our "Big Blog Family".

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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