05 October, 2012


I actually embrace change.
I may start off kicking & screaming (aka whining and more whining), but I eventually find something to like about working six days a week with overtime and I totally get into the new attitude.

I'm still working on the embrace-this-change part but I think I came up with a plan to help keep my creativity going which we all know keeps me from going insane.

It all revolves around this book: Omiyage by Kumiko Sudo
I first borrowed the book from the library then fell in love with it and had to buy it.  There are more than 20 projects that totally appeal to me  and I could see gift-giving in every one of them.

And then the book sat on my bookshelf - never too far from my thoughts - but not worthy of them until I needed the projects.
I have plenty of scraps and needles and threads so I think I will work myself through the book.

In Woodburn, there are three fabric shops catering to Russian women (old believers) which have all sorts of silky, patterned and textured fabrics to buy if I run out of scraps. These shops are near enough to my work place to run to during the lunch hour - so yet another reason to buy fabric. There is even a thrift store that carries old believer dresses.

A humongous amount of hand-stitching small pieces of fabric. Little projects that I can do on my lunch hours. Some for gifts, and some to keep.


  1. That is a cool looking book. I am eyeing one called "shape shape". Have you seen it?

  2. Oh! I saw your bag at tokyo mama! Very cool! Just think of all the people who will see it!

  3. Looks like a really interesting book. Portable projects are always good.


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