Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Work In Progress Wednesday - Finished Woven Bag

The end of October I took a weaving class with my friends. 

I knew I wanted to make a bag, but was thinking about the possibilities and was in no hurry to do the finishing.   Finally, it is finished!  I stitched some decorative flowers on the front, made a loop for keys or a fob, put in a magnetic snap, and made two pockets - one wide and one narrow. The lining is from kimono fabric.   I like it.  

Here are my friends' finished bags.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Round Three

So, here I am in round three of my chemotherapy schedule.  My blood tests are showing things high or low, out of the normal range, but my doctor said that is to be expected.  I am feeling a few more effects from the drug - tiredness and now signs of Hand Foot Syndrome.  My hands are okay so far, but the soles of my feet are red and peeling.  I'm slathering on this Nivea creme constantly.  

All in all, I think I'm holding up rather well.  Daijoubu desu.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mikan - The Perfect Fruit

I've found an open air fruit stand selling bags of mikan for only 300 yen!  I've been buying them for several weeks and eating them every day.  They are easy to peel and have no seeds.  I think they are the perfect fruit.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Alphabet Club - Q

There is no "Q" in Japanese, but I'll take this chance to show my quilts (or kiruto  in Japanese). 


Bigger Quilts - Wall and Bed

Linking up with Chiara at the Grey Tail.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Heating My Apartment

I'm feeling quite pleased with myself and I'll tell you why in a minute.  

The weather in Shizuoka is quite different from the weather in Hokkaido. In Hokkaido, there was no need for an air conditioner because it never got hot enough to need one.  In the winter, it was very cold and snowy and we used a toyu stove to heat the apartment.  I wrote about it here

In my apartment here, I have a combination air conditioner and heater, called an air con.  When I moved in, it was set for the air conditioner mode, but recently it has been getting cooler at night.  I wanted some heat, but didn't know how to change from air conditioner to heat.  I couldn't read the Kanji on the remote control.  

Everything can be found on the internet!  I was able to find this and have now changed it to heat!  I just compared the kanji in the article with  the kanji on my remote.

It's a difficult world when you are illiterate, but I'm always happy when I can win over Kanji.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Let the Birthday Begin!

I love my birthday!  I love it so much that I don't just celebrate the DAY I was born, I celebrate the entire month.  This year, with my medical challenges, I am even happier to celebrate my birthday. 

My wonderful friend in the USA, who knows me well, stitched this amazing gift and sent it to me for my birthday.  I am so happy with it.  My favorite animal, my favorite color, what could be better?  I know how long it takes to make a gift like this, so I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  

Thank you Rhoda! 

PS  You may remember this gift I received for my birthday in 2013, also made by the same friend. She knows me well!  I was the only Giant Panda in Hokkaido and always got a lot of attention when I wore my panda hat and scarf.  (Thanks again!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Work In Progress Wednesday - Felt Coasters

Here are the two in progress coasters I'm working on.  The backside fabric is blue with tiny tea cups and tea pots.  

I've also been working on some gift stitching that I'm not showing yet.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My New Ironing Board

I've wanted and needed an ironing board since I moved here, but hadn't been able to find one.  Finally, I found this one at Home Assist for about 3,000 yen.  I can sit on the floor and iron, or put it on my little table.  (I don't think I'll be ironing on the floor.) Before I bought this, I was putting a bath towel on a folding chair to iron - very inconvenient!  

I am happy with my purchase and expect to get a lot of use out of it with my many projects.