The True Sea

The human mind, old films, literature and podcasts.


New business cards

Chiaki Creates - New Business Cards chiakicreates.comChiaki Creates - New Business Cards 2 chiakicreates.comI wanted my new business cards to properly reflect my design aesthetic and after a couple of failed design ideas, I think I managed to get it right. To retain the super bright colours, I went with glossy paper. This was my first order from MOO and it certainly won’t be my last. I’m very pleased with the quality of the business cards.



Contributor to Simply Crochet

simply crochetMy oversized clutch bag is featured in the new issue of Simply Crochet. I love this fantastic magazine. It’s always full of gorgeous crochet projects.simply crochet 3I’m honoured that they also featured me on the contributors page and the bag looks absolutely amazing in the photos they took of it. I’m so pleased.simply crochet 2Simply Crochet issue 8 is out in the UK today and I urge you to go buy a copy straight away. If you do make my bag please send me a link as I’d love to see it.


Recipe: Boules de neige (Snowballs)

Recipe adapted from The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot. Makes approximately 23 biscuits.


125g caster sugar
100g dairy-free butter
1 egg
1 tbsp soya milk
2 tsps vanilla extract
2 tsps baking powder
250g plain flour
4 tbsps apricot jam, preferably smooth
100g desiccated coconut

Preparation method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

2. Cream sugar and butter in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. In a small bowl beat the egg with the soya milk, then add it along with the vanilla to the large bowl.

3. In another medium-sized bowl mix baking powder and flour together. Add this to the large bowl taking care to incorporate. The dough should be smooth, thick and slightly sticky.

4. Roll balls of dough about the size of a walnut between your hands. Place the balls on the baking trays, spaced about 5 cm apart. Bake for 10 minutes then turn the oven up to 200C and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Leave the biscuits to cool on a wire rack.

5. Once completely cooled warm the apricot jam and sieve it if not using the smooth kind. Pour the coconut on to a side plate. Roll the biscuits in the jam and then in the coconut.
I cannot recommend The Art of French Baking highly enough. It’s a fantastic baking book that covers absolutely everything. There’s even a Maison Bertaux recipe in it which happens to be one of my favourite places to have cake in London.


A Brighton day trip

brighton 2brighton photo boothbrighton pier 2brighton pierbrighton the royal pavilionLast Friday my mum, my best friend and I took the train to the seaside. Somehow I had managed to book train tickets for the sunniest day in living memory. My best friend and I got really badly sunburnt strolling along the pier eating 99s. I wore one of my favourite summer dresses, the Wavepool Hello Dress from Modcloth, which resulted in a big v-shaped sunburn on my back. I bought Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook and we drank cider in the sun. We went to an all-you-can-eat salad buffet and in the early evening we decided to wander around the Royal Pavilion before catching a train back to London. Brighton is a lovely little place. I particularly like all the vintage shops and tea rooms. I’ll definitely go there again soon.


30 before 30

Update: Since there’s now less than a year left before I’m 30, I rewrote the list and excluded the things I won’t be able to accomplish within that time frame.

1. Move back to North London.

2. See The Mousetrap in the West End.

3. Attend a demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony.

4. Watch all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films.

5. Meet a few of my heroes.

6. Start eating more whole foods again.

7. Do what I love.

8. Have my handmade things sold in independent shops.

9. Get a feature or an article published in a magazine.

10. Buy a domain name.

11. Start an emergency fund.

12. Attend a screening of The Birds.

13. Join a tea and craft group.

14. Buy a DSLR camera.

15. Start selling my handmade things again.

16. Go on a weekend getaway.

17. Start practising mindfulness and doing yoga.

18. Join a book club.

19. Go on a holiday on my own.

20. Have an eye test and get a pair of glasses.

21. Escape nicotine addiction.

22. Have business cards printed.

23. Start crocheting a blanket.

24. Do a creative project collaboration.

25. Pick up learning Japanese again.

26. Sort out a proper creative workspace.

27. Significantly improve my drawing skills and my handwriting.

28. Visit Brighton.

29. See Conor Oberst live again.

30. Start working on mastering the art of French baking.