19 April, 2015

Sunday Sewing

Some Sunday sewing.

I pulled some of my Japanese fabrics to make a tote bag with some kimono accents.
I was looking for a coordinating neutral and I found this batik with japanese characters. Or is this chinese?
I do know this fabric is not from japan.

The fabrics sewed themselves into a simple hip bag with a slip pocket inside as well as outside.

This bag measures 7 1/2" x 8". On the small side.

I sewed the lining longer than the outside and ironed it down to sew, creating an accent at the top.

I've been in a funk since I got back from my trip.  Dealing with postal drama that keeps going 'round and 'round inside my head. Tired from a very intense trip that taxed my auto-immune.

I'm trying to make sense of a lot of things in my life.

Friday prompted a turnaround in my mindset.
My postal mgmt is in the quandary of not being able to nail me to the wall on any of their far-fetched accusations. My auto-immune is *there* and I need to continue to be mindful of it.

These things won't change and I need to live my life and not fret at stumbling blocks.

Sewing helps.

I weeded for an hour this morning too.
Then I planted a bunch of spring greens.
Beets, chard, bok choi, lettuces, kale.

Good stuff.

08 April, 2015

Spring In The Country

Creative girl yelled over at me from the work fence to see if I wanted to go check out the Spring Bazaar at the Canby Fairgrounds.

From vintage tchotchkes to handmade pretties.

Old window with birds sitting on a line.

Purses with bling.
Old windows - repurposed.
Silverware windchimes.

Found me a rusty biplane.

Solar lights taken to the next level.
Local popcorn - Tutti Frutti.


 Spring In The Country  

Running now (monday) through Saturday
April 6-11.
At the Canby Fairgrounds.

01 April, 2015

Chirimen Gathered Round Basket

I needed to sew something today.

It's reversible.
It's a quick sew.

I had two Chirimen pieces about 9" square. I picked these up at the (forgot name) department store in kyoto for 98 yen each. (82 cents).

It can be difficult to cut into vacation fabrics but this seemed the right pattern to use up most of the square with a third fabric cut as a binding.

Fun and fast.

I saw the idea on Benta's blog: Slik Stitches.

She used this tutorial.

31 March, 2015

Flowering Cherry Trees - At Home

Kwanzan flowering cherry

Favorite dwarf iris
I took the dog out for his morning walk and snapped a few photos around my yard.

I somehow had pretty amazing dry weather while in japan. Even when the day was chilly, I mostly had sunshine for my travels.

At home, it mostly rained, making our (ahead of schedule) spring go crazy.

Rhody, azalea, red tulip
I try to glory in the blooms.
That sneaky artillery weed is about to fire off it's seeds.

Patio bed with 24yr old red emperor tulips

My back walkway from house to hangar culminating in star magnolia.

Good to be back.

29 March, 2015

Hello Kitty and Her Airplane

I found Hello Kitty in her airplane at the airport.

I don't even like Hello Kitty that much but she is cool with airplanes.

I was torn between a hand towel and this canister of ? cookies.

Both light weight but I only need one in my life.

Torn between going off to Naritasan Park to view the cherry blossoms which are going gangbusters today or slacking at the airport.
Feeling a bit lazy after a busy two weeks.

I made this passport cover a few years back for my sweden/Finland trip.

It's sized to hold Euro money.
It worked very well there.

On the left side, pockets for photo ID and credit card with pockets underneath for tickets/receipts.

I don't have to take my passport out most times so it was very convenient.

Most people in USA and Europe use their cards to pay for stuff.

Here, in japan, only somewhat useful.
Paper money is similar in size to American dollars - my passport holder is a bit short.

Also, it's a very cash society here.
Lots of coins.

I withdrew  $200 at the first atm. That's a lot of cash to be carrying around.  That amount would last more than a month back home. I mostly use cash for garage/estate sales and incidentals - important things like coffee.

Except, they don't use cards  here  very often.
I had to rethink my cash needs.

Nippori Fabric Town used almost $150.
Trains/buses/ uses more.

In any case, the conversion rate was pretty simple -- 100 yen to a very pretty dollar.
But you do need to mind your change and give back those pennies (silver color) and nickels ( with hole - don't confuse with other coin with hole) as fast as you get them.

I think I read on Blossom Quilt blog(?)  to bring a two zippered coin purse and separate out right away the good coins from the nearly useless coins.

You can buy one stamp at the 7-11. The hotel doesn't sell them.