Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BEBEC Spring Party



Saturday evening I attended a wonderful party.  It was a dress up affair on the 18th floor of a nice hotel.  (I wore a red and black dress I last wore ten years ago when I was thinner and blonder. Oh well! My earrings were new.)




My friend welcomed everyone, and was thoughtful to give me a copy of his welcome in English! 



The food and drink were fabulous.  








I was happy to see people I had met before and glad to meet many more people. 








There was a quiz game, but I had no idea what it was about.  I was on the B team.  



The A Team


After the quiz part there was an additional "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to determine the winners. 




Thank you for including me in this Spring Party! I had such a good time.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - More Borders Please

I added another set of borders on the top and the right sides.  I also took out all the templates from the tree and will soon be ready to start stitching it down.  Maybe it'll be done by Christmas time.



Linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hold On To Your Panties

Headline News on Japan Today:  600 Items of Stolen Women's Underwear Found in Suspect's Home.  This is big crime news in Japan! 


"Police in Mitaka, Tokyo found 600 items of stolen women's underwear in the apartment of an unemployed 39-year old man who was arrested while trying to steal lingerie from the balcony of a woman's residence last month." According to the police, the suspect has admitted to the theft and said he had stolen these items over the past three years.   


While this is a strange story, I don't think that it would be crime news in the US. There are so many violent crimes to report that weird stuff like this gets printed under "News of the Weird", not the crime story page. 


I feel very safe in Japan, but I still hang my underwear to dry inside.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Ladies' Set

On Fridays, my last class ends at 5 o'clock. Yesterday, I wanted to go to the Indian restaurant after work.  I asked one of my friends at work to go with me, but she had to work late, so I ended up just going alone. It was too late to invite anyone else to go.  I've been there with different people and I like it. The food is good, it's not expensive, and they remember I don't want butter on my naan. They have cheaper lunch sets in the middle of the day. In the evening there is a different menu, and I get the "Ladies Set".  


First they bring out the salad and soup, and yes, that is corn on the salad.  (Mayonaise and corn are added to everything possible here in Japan.) 

I get vegetable curry - hot, along with naan (no butter), and a lassi to drink.  


The restaurant staff is happy to wrap up what I don't eat to take home, so that I have room for the ice cream.  


Don't ask me if men can order the Ladies' Set because I don't know.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Beady Earrings

One of the stitchers was wearing a pair of earrings with a small peyote stitch square that she had purchased.  We all admired them and I took a photo, thinking how easy it would be to make them.  



My beads were still out from the beady strap project, so I made two little squares.  



I tried making a little tube, but the order of the beads was not quite right, so I tried again and this was what I wanted. (left no, right yes).  



I made a second tube, then connected the square and the tube with some more beads and added a few more.  This is what I ended up with!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Designers Are Back At Work

We hadn't met for a few weeks, and were happy to get together again!  Their pieces are incredible.  Here is what they looked like at the start of our session.   




I had taken step by step photos when I put mine together so I could show when I couldn't explain. Sometimes the photos weren't enough and some "unstitching" had to take place.  






By the end of the session, they were beginning to attach the frames. Next time, we will work on making fobs and maybe some other beady things.  




Until we meet again!