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Back to School – A New Insulated Lunch Bag

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  It is time to think about back to school!  I made an insulated lunch bag which can hold a container, fruit, a water bottle, and more!  There is a small pocket for small items and a cup holder for a small thermos inside of the bag.  The bag is made with two alternating fabric patterns to create a cute contrast.

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Needle Felted Baby Penguin – Christmas ornament #2

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This adorable needle felted baby penguin was made for a Christmas decoration.  It’s so adorable with its present and its knitted red hat. I also made the penguin so that it can have a string attached to its head so that it can be made into a Christmas tree ornament.

 

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Kimono Girl & Piggy

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My first needle felted kimono girl found a home through Etsy so I have created another kimono girl.  She wears a light blue kimono and yellow obi tied in a bow at the back.

imageI have also created a needle felted pink piggy with lime green dots.  Her ears are made with a flower patterned fabric.  She currently lives by a lake and loves to take walks on a sunny day.

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An Early Morning Hike

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Sunday mornings are one of the only times that I can sleep late and eat a big breakfast.  I like to stay at home and spend the day crafting.  However, my daughter wanted to go hiking because it was going to be another beautiful sunny day.  The forecast predicted a 90 F day so we decided to go hiking early in the morning , when the air would still be cool and crisp and we could be able to avoid the crowds.

We headed to the Twin Falls trail, located about 45 minutes drive east from Seattle.  It was around 9 am when we started to hike and there weren’t many people on the trail.  As we expected, the morning air was cool and fresh.  It was a perfectly sunny day but the trail was in the shade and the sun beams that came down from in between the tree branches were beautiful.

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At the end of the trail we could see two waterfalls that were very beautiful.

At first, I was reluctant to give up my lazy Sunday routine and go hiking, but it was very refreshing and energizing!

 

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I Opened an Etsy Shop! -Kokobiyori

Hello!

If you have visited my blog before, then you know that crafting is not just a hobby, but a huge passion of mine. For a while now I have wanted to open a shop on Etsy, which is an online marketplace for artists to sell their work. After much researching and planning, I have decided to open and to hopefully physically share my crafts with people around the States, and later with the world. I am starting out my shop, called Kokobiyori with only needle felted crafts, but hope to add some of my other crafts later on as well. I will link my shop in this post, so if you have a little time, please check it out!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/kokobiyori

Here are some of the products that I am selling.

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An Urban Sunday Hike

 

For at least the past week, Seattle has been enjoying some hot weather with temperatures nearing the 90’s. This heat is unusual for the pacific northwest, and I have been trying to go outside as much as possible to enjoy the sun. This Sunday I planned to go hiking, but of course, the Seattle weather decided to switch out the sun for some typical light rain and forecasts of thunderstorms. Disappointed, my husband and I decided to instead, take our daughter and our dogs to a nature city park close to downtown. The park is truly a nature getaway surrounded by an urban setting, complete with miles of woodsy trails, sand dunes, and rocky beaches.

I enjoyed the trails that were not strenuous at all, and felt very secluded and peaceful, while the dogs loved exploring the beaches and low tides.

This excursion was a great way to spend a cloudy, muggy, summer day.

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Gifts from My Students

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Last Saturday was the last day of my Japanese language school for the 2014/15 school year.  It has been 8 years since I started teaching Japanese to children.  Every year the students in my class are different and each class is unique.  Over the year I get to know my class by communicating, studying together, playing games, and doing activities, and by the end we have formed a bond. On the last day I had mixed feelings, because I was happy to finish another year and to send the students off to the next level class but I was sad to say good bye and not see them in my class anymore.  But I know that the next year holds new students and a different teaching adventure.

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Each year students have given me very special gifts; handmade thank you cards, paper cranes, animals made with origami paper, drawings, handmade stuffed animals, etc.  I love to see their short, handwritten  messages in the Japanese I taught.  I love to see pretty drawings with their names in Japanese characters.  Those are very special gifts from my students that I keep in a box.  But most of all, I love to hear how much they enjoyed my class and that they look forward to coming back to school next year.  I am fortunate to be able to receive these priceless gifts from my students.

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