written by Sakura, (my daughter)
The winter is one of the coldest, dreariest times of the year, but what makes up for it all is the snow. It doesn’t snow here much, but when it does, the whole neighborhood is transformed into a beautiful, peaceful wonderland. I woke up to see snow falling outside my window, and it instantly felt like I was waking up on Christmas morning.
Pulling on stockings and layer upon layers of clothing, a walk out into my quiet street was the first thing I did.
The snow was beautiful, as was the breathless quiet of our usually bustling city neighborhood, but returning home and thawing out my freezing hands was arguably the best part. Not only this, but the steaming mug of hot cocoa I made was the perfect start to a lazy winter day.
Christmas is rapidly approaching and christmas decor is everywhere. One of my all time favorite stores is Anthropologie and I love the elaborate and creative seasonal decorations that they always set up. Their decorations actually inspired me to start crafting, myself. Last Friday night, my husband and I went out to spend a night in downtown to enjoy the Christmas decorations. We visited Anthropologie and I took some pictures of the decorations, such as the mugs, bowls, windows, and even their hardwood floors sprinkled with fake snow, and made a photo collage. Just looking at the decorations in the store makes me so excited for Christmas!
The winter wind is picking up outside my window, as the leaves fall from the trees, leaving them bare. The snow bunnies I needle felted in the summertime have finally woken up from a long, deep sleep in my studio. This is Ella and she is sweet and kind, and she loves books. After walking in the fresh snow every morning, she snuggles in a cozy place and dives into a good story.
This is Mila who loves to sing. In the snow, little birds follow her, as they sing together.
Finally, this is Chloe. She was in my first post of this blog, just saying hello. She has jut gotten her new mittens and she loves to play outside in the snow all day long with the squirrels.
I like to think of all my needle felted creations as my little friends, so I decided to write this post in this way. I hope you enjoyed it!
When the colored leaves begin to fall, I know that the hand warmer season has begun. Unlike structured gloves or mittens, the hand warmer allows for more flexibility. Without taking them off, I can pay a cashier using my credit card or pick up the bills and coins from my wallet. I can type on the laptop in my office until the heater works enough for me to feel warm. I can wander through the book store looking for a book and flip through the pages.
I made this pair of simple design hand warmers with 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. I also accented them with small crocheted flowers. I love the color of teal or ocean blue color of the yarn and I was instantly drawn to the yarn when I entered the store.
I made another pair of hand warmers of the same design, alternating a green and blue color.
Of course, I also wear the hand warmers when I take Cocoa and Haru on walks.
I love hand warmers, and for me, they are an essential for the wintertime.
I lived in big cities, small towns, and the countryside in Japan when I was a child. Like everyone, I have many memories from my childhood. I remember the beautiful Koi fish in the small pond in my grandma’s garden, the plum trees that my mom made plum pickles from, the uncomfortable kimono I wore for my 7 year turning of age celebration which I hated, roaming with my father and my dog in the mountain, picking mushrooms and persimmon in autumn, the beautiful lanterns lighting up the summer festival at night, and of course, the beautiful cherry blossoms in the springtime.
This “Konnichiwa paper collection” takes me back to my childhood and reminds me of all my precious childhood memories. Inspired by the designs, I transformed the paper into greeting cards, so I can share the importance of childhood memories.
When my daughter was in elementary school, I used to knit her all kinds of scarves and sweaters to wear. As she grew older, my focus shifted to my two other babies; wiener dogs named Cocoa and Haru. Like many other dog owners, I constantly spoil them and spend precious time and money buying them toys and little outfits.
One day I saw an adorable picture in my kitchen calendar.
The rainbow colored knit hat inspired me to make a similar one for my cream colored, long haired pup, Haru. So I picked up my knitting needles and alpaca yarn that I hadn’t used since my last scarf. Simply eyeballing the picture and about a million mistakes later, I had completed a pretty, pink, mini hat.
Ecstatic with the outcome, I excitedly plopped the hat on Haru’s head, and tied the bow below her chin. Much to my disappointment, the hat made her head look like a mushroom, and she looked like a canine water polo player. A bit distressed, I turned to my other dog, Cocoa, who was lying dejectedly on his bed. Calling him out, I hopefully tied the hat to his head. It turned out that Cocoa looked much better in the hat than Haru did, and my hat making efforts were rewarded!