Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - More Borders Please

I added another set of borders on the top and the right sides.  I also took out all the templates from the tree and will soon be ready to start stitching it down.  Maybe it'll be done by Christmas time.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hold On To Your Panties

Headline News on Japan Today:  600 Items of Stolen Women's Underwear Found in Suspect's Home.  This is big crime news in Japan! 

"Police in Mitaka, Tokyo found 600 items of stolen women's underwear in the apartment of an unemployed 39-year old man who was arrested while trying to steal lingerie from the balcony of a woman's residence last month." According to the police, the suspect has admitted to the theft and said he had stolen these items over the past three years.   

While this is a strange story, I don't think that it would be crime news in the US. There are so many violent crimes to report that weird stuff like this gets printed under "News of the Weird", not the crime story page. 

I feel very safe in Japan, but I still hang my underwear to dry inside.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Ladies' Set

On Fridays, my last class ends at 5 o'clock. Yesterday, I wanted to go to the Indian restaurant after work.  I asked one of my friends at work to go with me, but she had to work late, so I ended up just going alone. It was too late to invite anyone else to go.  I've been there with different people and I like it. The food is good, it's not expensive, and they remember I don't want butter on my naan. They have cheaper lunch sets in the middle of the day. In the evening there is a different menu, and I get the "Ladies Set".  

First they bring out the salad and soup, and yes, that is corn on the salad.  (Mayonaise and corn are added to everything possible here in Japan.) 

I get vegetable curry - hot, along with naan (no butter), and a lassi to drink.  

The restaurant staff is happy to wrap up what I don't eat to take home, so that I have room for the ice cream.  

Don't ask me if men can order the Ladies' Set because I don't know.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Beady Earrings

One of the stitchers was wearing a pair of earrings with a small peyote stitch square that she had purchased.  We all admired them and I took a photo, thinking how easy it would be to make them.  

My beads were still out from the beady strap project, so I made two little squares.  

I tried making a little tube, but the order of the beads was not quite right, so I tried again and this was what I wanted. (left no, right yes).  

I made a second tube, then connected the square and the tube with some more beads and added a few more.  This is what I ended up with!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Designers Are Back At Work

We hadn't met for a few weeks, and were happy to get together again!  Their pieces are incredible.  Here is what they looked like at the start of our session.   

I had taken step by step photos when I put mine together so I could show when I couldn't explain. Sometimes the photos weren't enough and some "unstitching" had to take place.  

By the end of the session, they were beginning to attach the frames. Next time, we will work on making fobs and maybe some other beady things.  

Until we meet again!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Still on the Background

Yes, I am still stitching away on the first layer of the background.  There's more to do on top of this layer!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beady Fob

I made a little fob to attach to my frame purse.  I want to make a few more little beady fobs, but I got distracted going through my beads and supplies.  When I get through playing with all this stuff, I plan to make a few more.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - Colorful Border

I have pieced the background and made a colorful border. Not the typical Christmas colors, but this is what I like.  I cut five inch strips, then cut the strips into random widths.  I put all the pieces in a basket and sewed them together in the order that I pulled them out.  

I loosely pinned the tree to the background, but I think it will be lower when I stitch it.  

I am pleased with how this is coming along. When I do things like this, I don't plan or draw things out.  It develops at I go and I like it that way. 

Look what the Easter Bunny sent me! Arigatou Okii Usagi!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Evening Hanami Party

Friday afternoon at work, I received an email from my friend, asking me to enjoy the cherry blossoms after work.  I was excited to say yes.  They purchased pizza from Napoli and bought some beverages (no alcohol for me with my high bilirubin issue) and I met them near the park.  

Ohanami is more than a tradition in Japan, it's a ritual. My friend said if the people of the world could experience ohanami, there would be no conflict.  I think so! The beauty of the sakura, the petals softly floating down, food and good friends for company.  I can't really explain it, you need to experience it.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Festival

The company where I work hosts a spring festival every year.  Usually the festival is held outdoors under the flowering cherry trees, but this year it was rainy, so the mainstage was moved into the gym, with the vendors under tents outside.  

I saw and talked with many of my students and also met some of their wives and children.  There was entertainment for both the adults and the children.  

First there was a famous comedienne.  She is famous for imitating other celebrities.  I can't remember her name. 

The entertainment I was interested in was the KyuRangers.  I just found out about them the week before the festival from my students.  Apparently, there is a different set of Super Heros every year and the KyuRangers is this year's version.  I was a little dissapointed that only five of the nine Rangers were there, but I guess it came down to budget - five actors cost less than nine! There were lots of bad guys.

As I was leaving the festival site I met one of my students with his wife and their famous dog, Milk.  

I am glad I was able to attend this fun event.