Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - More Tree Progress

The pieces are coming together.  I'm beginning to think about the background and embellishments to decorate the tree.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thank You, Brigitte!

Yesterday I received this beautiful pattern in the mail - a gift from Brigitte, who blogs at "At Brigitte's Place".  Thank you for this great gift!  

I think it will be wonderful, stitched up in blue. I can't have enough little toolie things.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Small Shrines In My Neighborhood

There are several small shrines in my neighborhood that I see when I am out walking.  I love living in Japan!

This one is on a roof!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Japanese Election Campaigns

In Japan, election campaigning lasts two weeks, not the months and sometimes years like in the USA!  You can see who is running on the boards that are posted around town.  You can hear who is running because candidates drive around the neighborhoods with loud speaker vehicles, like this one. Their words are wasted on me because I can't vote in Japan, but I always wave to them anyway.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Designers Continue

I am so proud of and pleased with the work of these stitchers.  Their creativity is amazing!  

Here is my simple purse design.  If you look close, you can see one dragonfly, two butterflies, and three ants. Japanese has counter words that are used with the number, depending on what the thing is - flat, long and thin, machinery, small things, small animals, etc.  I thought these three things would fall into the small animal group (piki, hiki, biki), but found out that butterflies are in the category with large animals (to).    I piki tonbo, ni to chocho, san biki ari. Nihongo wa muzukashi desu!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Rose Afghan Finish

Yes, that's correct!  A finish!  I thought I would work on the afghan a week, then go back to working on Mary, but I kept working on it. At first I was going to put hearts in the blank squares, but I didn't like how that looked, so I changed to tiny rose buds.   I unraveled the edges and tied groups of eight threads together to make the fringe.

This is the first of my 17 in 2017 projects to be finished.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BEBEC Garden Party

I was invited to and happy to attend the first BEBEC Harunoyoseue ga - denigu cafe  or what I called the Garden Party. BEBEC stands for Be Encouraged, Be Emancipated, Community.  The group has other events planned for the coming year, including a Mother's Day flower project, a cooking party, and a Christmas party.   There will also be a radio interview on station KMIX on April 8th at 6 pm.

The first part of the party was making a basket flower garden. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures when we were doing this.  My hands were full of dirt anyway.  It was a very professional presentation on how to take the plants from the container to arrange them in the basket and how to take care of the little garden afterwards.  My thumbs are not green, but I will try to take care of my garden.  

Food preparation is not my strong point so I usually eat very simple meals.  This luncheon was just amazing!  Quite different from my usual fare. Everything was very delicious!   

I really enjoyed this gathering and feel like I've made some new friends.  Thank you for including me!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - Starting to Put It Together

I've started stitching the rows of hexagons together.  This cutting mat makes a handy holder for them.

Linking up with Sarah's Help for Hexieholics.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Flea Market

When I walk to the train station on weekend mornings, I see a little flea market along the walking path.  Usually I am not able to stop and look because I am going somewhere.  Recently, I was just walking, not going anywhere in particular.  I stopped to look and  made a couple of purchases. It's an interesting mix of food and vegetables and children's clothing and hand made items and old things and other stuff.  I bought ten spools and one card of thread, all for 500 yen.  I also purchased 12 men's ties, all for 400 yen!