Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Finish - Pin Cushion and Fob

I used some of the Japanese fabric I bought at the flea market for this cathedral window pin cushion and tulip scissor fob.  





I like things that match.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday - Blue Windows



I continue to enjoy doing this.  I have plenty of blue "windows" to work with and now I need to cut more of the background fabric.  


Take a look at Queenie's window project here (end of post) and Janie's window project here!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Empress Michiko and Jeeves



A couple of weeks ago, in her birthday interview, Empress Michiko stated that she wanted to read the Jeeves books by P.G. Wodehouse after she retired. There are about 30 short stories and 11 novels in what is known as the Jeeves series. Since her interview and unintentional recommendation, thousands of Japanese have sought out the series at their bookstores and local publisher Kokusho stated their telephones would not stop ringing after the Empress spoke about the series. 


Have you read any of the Jeeves stories?  Which are your favorites?  I love them all!






Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 27

Not much progress on the little project.  Blame it on the Cathedral Windows. I attached the flap and found some batting.  I hope to decide on the lining fabric this week and work some more on it.



Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 27

October 28 - November 3  

70, 72, 72, 64, 64, 64, 66



Sarah at Sarah Did It! is continuing to host us on Wednesdays, so please check out the temperatures around the world.  Feel free to join in! 


I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Two temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black  


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Memorial Service for Eye Glasses




In Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, a memorial service for old eye glasses is held at the Ichibata temple. Every year for the past 30 years, this service has been held on November 8th.  People come to this temple to pray for relief from eye problems. This year about 200 pairs of glasses were collected at the service, which will be donated to people in India in need of eyeglasses. 


When I lived in the US, I donated old glasses to the Lion's Club. What do you do with your old eyeglasses?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sumpu Castle Excavation Site

I had visited Sumpu Castle Park many times, but I didn't know about the new excavation project until last week.  My friend and I had a look at it. It reminds me of an archeological dig I read about in a mystery story. What will they find here?




Inside this little building there was a video (in Japanese) on one side and information on the other.













I'll probably go back to see it again.


(If you are interested in Japanese Castles, please check out my Castle Page to see links to posts about the castles I've visited.)







Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Finish - Brown Butterfly

I've been spending all my stitching time with the Cathedral Windows lately and neglecting my butterflies, but I decided to finish this one before it was forgotten. I made tulips from the red floral kimono fabric.







Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ogushi Shrine Festival

I don't know what this shrine festival was about, but I enjoyed the Japanese drums.  





In June I went to the half year festival at this shrine.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Work In Progress Wednesday - More Windows

I really like doing these.  I'm wondering why I didn't learn to make these a long time ago!