About Shar

Hello & nice to meet you! I’m Shar!

{ artist . foodie . photographer . crochet queen }

{ lover of all things cute }

I am a California girl and former expat from Japan.
I live for food, photography, travel, and crafting.
I believe that there is no such thing as too cute.
I want everyone to smile.
I’m in love.

Want to see more of my photography?
Check out my Portfolio, my Instagram, and my Flickr.

Want to know more about me & my blog?
Read on…!

Shar shooting in Kyoto

My name is Shar, and MMM-FRUIT! is a personal lifestyle blog about travel, photography, food, and DIY crafting.

I started blogging before Blogger even existed; mindless ramblings and websites of the past long gone. Then one day in December 2002, MMM-FRUIT.com was born. Since 2002, this website has gone through metamorphosis a number of times, and the content has been changed and removed over the years. But in the end, MMM-FRUIT.com has always been, and always will be, my little home on the internet where I can write about and share the things that make me happy. Why the name MMM-FRUIT, you ask? Because I like fruit; it makes me happy, it’s delicious, and it makes me say, “Mmm…” ;)

I am a 20-something blogger / photographer / artist / nerd / crafter / foodie. And though each year, I get closer and closer to 30, I still have the face of an 18-year-old.

California, I love you! ♥ #California #palmtrees #sky #love

I live in… well, I’m a California girl. I grew up in a suburban town just in-between the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley. I moved to Sacramento, where I studied Photography for two years. Then, I moved back to the suburbs, became a commuter, and worked in downtown San Francisco for two years. In the summer of 2010, I moved to Japan. Yes, Japan! I can’t believe that I left California. And then, in the summer of 2012, I moved back. Yes, back to America. I can’t believe that I left Japan!

Love that it's safe to leave your bags as a placeholder in Japan.

I lived in Shizuoka Prefecture, home to Mount Fuji, and producer of over 50% of Japan’s green tea. Shizuoka is conveniently located in the center of the country, so I was able to travel to just about anywhere in Japan. I worked for two years as an English teacher, a job that I found extremely fun and rewarding. Japan is an amazing country. Japanese is a beautiful language. The people there were friendly, kind, and interesting. And though I no longer live and work there, I will always think of Japan as a second home.

Some of you may know me from craft forums, blogs, and Etsy. For about seven years, I ran an online web-shop where I sold crocheted accessories and amigurumi plush toys. My patterns have been published online and in a couple of books. I closed the shop in 2010 when I moved to Japan, but I am thinking of opening it back up now that I’ve returned to the US.

I am married to my high school sweetheart. We are both foodies, inquisitive minds, and travelers. He’s a lot funnier than I am, and I wish he kept a blog so you could see (read?) just how clever he is!

Things I love: Hearts forever

I love a lot of things. My husband, obviously. But besides that: cameras, crocheting, coffee, cookies, cake, chocolate, cute things… strangely, a lot of things which begin with the letter “C”. (Perhaps I am the Cookie Monster?) I love the color pink (and teal). I love Audrey Hepburn; and Tiffany’s; and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I love sakura in the spring time. I love Polaroid. I love scarves. I love knitting hats, but I generally hate wearing them (messes up the volume in my hair, you know). I love reading books. I love making lists. I love the beach (even though I can’t swim). I love to travel. I actually love flying. I love In-n-Out burgers. I love ice cream. I love French macarons (but haven’t mastered making them). I love drinking tea. I’m learning to love wine. I love Starbucks. I love vanilla lattes and peppermint mochas during the holidays. I love holidays. I love love. And I love life

I believe there’s no such thing as too cute; too pink; too much; or too impossible.

I believe life is meant for living, for enjoying, and should be spent with the people you love, doing the things you love doing the most.

I think 5-year and 10-year plans are no good, because change occurs too frequently. My philosophy is just to enjoy life and take things as they come, one step at a time.