12 January, 2012

Lovely Surprise Gift

 Right before Christmas - Friday and Saturday (Christmas Eve) to be exact, I received two small parcels from my friend in Japan. We discovered each other last Spring in the SewMamaSew Giveaways. It turns out she grew up right behind Canbyland, where I live.
She writes a sewing blog that occasionally delves into Japanese culture in Awagi. She has a traveling sewing machine repairman AND a traveling fabric salesman. I am very jealous of her good fortune.

 All of the goodies laid out.

Hello Kitty from Awagi cloth.
Can one take it out of it's cellophane and use it? Is it destined to be a souvenir?

The green packet caught my son's eye.
Thankfully, she worte in english that is was a bath bomb and not candy.

 This darling little cosmetic-size bag with it's lacy zipper and key fob.

Reverse side of the crane bag.
It's sitting on another Tight-n-Tidy bag in a soft blue.

 She sent along a Star Kit containing pre-cut strips of Japanese papers and Japanese instructions on how to make Magic Stars.

Magic stars only take a few minutes to make and you can easily fill up a containter full for luck? Similar to a 1000 cranes?

 This is the Tight-n-Tidy Tote I ordered from her shop. 
She blogged about this fabric and I couldn't get it out of my head. I am using it to carry my laptop to the library for my mom's e-reader class.

I love these cherry blossoms on the purplish-grey background.

Look who remembered about my airplane fetish.

Thank you, dear friend.


  1. I love that cherry blossom fabric too! I wish she sold it in her store.

  2. You are so very welcome! I'm glad you could read the star instructions. Wait till you try the bath bomb. It really smells great!
    Oh, and do use the Hello Kitty towel. Every tourist town in Japan has their own Hello Kitty handkerchief design. Hello Kitty and Tokyo Tower, Hello Kitty Kyoto Geisha, and now the Hello Kitty Awaji Island Onion costume. It's too funny!
    I hope you don't mind that that crane's head is cut off on the pouch. I think it's kind of funny myself. Am I morbid? Or coolly Goth?


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