Friday, April 25, 2014

Japanese Class EPP

If you’ve been reading my blog on Mondays, you know how much I am enjoying EPP (English Paper Piecing). It is so much fun for me, I think everyone will like to do it.  This week after Japanese class I stitched with four of my classmates and one of my teachers.  The project was a coaster made from seven hexagons backed with stick-on felt.  I think everyone enjoyed the project.




 

One person took hers home to finish, one just needed to cut away the extra felt, the others took home finished coasters.



I am very happy to have more people to stitch with!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Waiting for Spring

The cherry blossoms have come and gone in the rest of Japan.  I’m watching every day, waiting for them to pop out here.  The dark bark tree in front of the white bark trees is a cherry tree.  I think I see some little buds.  I hope I see some little buds.

 
Ted planted some corn, melon, and kabocha on our balcony, later to be transplanted to the garden.  Yesterday he noticed one kabocha has started growing. Yay!

 
It takes a long time for the snow to melt here, but flowers are trying to grow anyway.


 
It will soon be beautiful with millions of flowers – spring is coming!
 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Moon Dragon Finish

I really enjoyed working on the Sun Dragon and the DragonMaster, but the Moon Dragon… well, not so much.  Near the end, it’s been a real chore to work on it.  I’m glad it is finished!




 
Next on my big project list to work on, and hopefully finish, is the Queen. 

 
I’m linking up with SharonB’s Work in Progress Wednesday.  You can join in to be encouraged to work on (and finish) your big projects or take a look at the projects of others.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday - 108 Rice and 109 Square Boss

The rice stitch is a favorite of mine.  I recently used the diagonal rice stitch to make this box top. 

 
I also used the rice stitch as part of my RSN Knot Garden, with knots and beads on top of the rice stitch base.


 
The square boss is new to me, but very similar to the rice stitch, so it wasn’t difficult. I tried it out with perle #8 (ecru) and perle #5 (blue).
 
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Morning Star Count - 314

Eight more flowers this week for a total of 314.

 
I’m linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Fleas and Snow White

What a great day we had yesterday!  We headed out of the house at 9 am so that we could get the 9:25 am bus to Sapporo.  Once in Sapporo, we went to the subway and bought the Donichika tickets for 500 yen each.  It’s available on weekends and holidays and good for as many subway rides as you can make in a day. We more than got our money’s worth. Our first destination was the Hokkaido International School’s Spring Bazaar and flea market.   I went to this event last year by myself.  Ted must have been on a field trip that day because he loves to go to flea markets. We had a little walk from the subway station, but it wasn’t too far.

 
It was held in the school gymnasium and there was also a food area with the senior class selling Thai curry and Indian curry meals for 400 yen.  Both had meat so I passed them up, but Ted enjoyed the Thai curry.  Proceeds from the curry sales were for the benefit of an orphanage in Thailand.


 
Ted found quite a few fleas – some books, a Japanese print, a hammock, some brass bell things, a tool set, and maybe some other things.  I bought a mola for 500 yen, two beautiful saris for 500 yen for both, and some Japanese looking cotton print fabric – three for 300 yen.  We were both happy with our purchases.


 
Then we went back to Odori Park to see flowers – the snow is gone in Sapporo.

 
Our next destination was Hokusei Girls’ High School to see the play, Snow White in English! I have attended Tea Ceremony and Kanji workshops at this school in the past. Some of the tea ceremony girls recognized me and waved from across the auditorium.


 
It was fantastic! The girls were adorable and their English excellent. They sang and danced – it was amazing! The costumes were perfect.  I thought there would be many English speaking foreigners in the audience, but I was wrong. The audience was mostly other students in their sailor uniforms.




 
Before leaving Sapporo, we had dinner at a soba restaurant.
 

 
Walking home from the bus stop, we saw this life size Marilyn on someone's porch.  It must be spring.