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Gifts from My Students

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,… Read More

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Home Again – Vol. 3 Pretty Zakka

  While I stayed in Japan, I visited many stores that sell “zakka”.  “Zakka” are small household and interior design items in categories such as  the kitchen, bathroom, stationary,  crafts, fashion, etc.  They are all so pretty, of good quality and design, and very functional.  Just looking at them makes me happy and always inspires… Read More

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Tea Time Decor

A few years ago, my friend gave me a set of beautiful tea cups.  We have enjoyed everything from green tea to black tea, to coffee in those cups.  For me, it is quite enjoyable to have tea in such a beautiful cup because it relaxes me from a stressful day.  To make tea time… Read More

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Hana, Totoro, and Friends!

  I made a needle felted dog named Hana.  I made a dress for her with green lace trim and yellow shoes with hearts on them.  On her back, I attached a flower shaped button.     These three needle felted creatures are the famous Totoro and friends. … Read More

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Crochet Mini Bags

These crochet mini bags are the perfect size for daily handheld things, like snacks, lunches,  phones, or cosmetics.  I bought 3 different kinds of yarn; green, orange, and ivory of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool to make bags in each colour.  As I was making the crochet bag, I… Read More

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Quilted Pot Holders

Since I craft often, I have many left over fabric scraps. Although they are small, they have patterns that are much too cute to throw away. After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to make quilted pot holders with the leftover fabric. I sorted the fabrics by color… Read More

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Patterned Triangle Pouch

When my friend went to Japan for 3 weeks to spend time with her family, she brought back an adorable little gift for me.  It was a small package containing fabric and instructions for making a small triangle shaped pouch.  The pouch I made was very tiny (about 1 1/2 inches long on… Read More

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Teal Blue Hand Warmer

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… Read More