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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Spring Tote Bag

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Spring has come, at least in the Pacific Northwest!  For my next project I searched for brightly colored, elaborately patterned fabrics to mix and match.  I found two blue patterned fabrics and made a tote bag.  The bag is big enough to carry a purse, a phone, as well as many other things.  In Seattle, we need to bring our own bag  for shopping, so I can carry this bag to go to the grocery store, farmer’s market, or boutique.  There are two small pockets and a magnet clasp inside.

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Crochet Pillows

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For my next crafting project, I made pillow cases which have fabric pattern on one side and crochet on the other side. I learned how to knit before crochet, but I always thought that crochet was very pretty.  I started making simple scarfs and small bags with crochet.  For the crocheted side, I matched a white yarn with pink, blue, or yellow yarn.  I made 25 motifs and stitched them together.  For the  fabric side, I picked a patterned fabric that matched the crochet color.  I also attached a zipper so that I can remove and wash the pillow case.

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Yellow crochet and pig patterned fabric

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Pink crochet and pig patterned fabric

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Blue crochet and patterned fabric

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