Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I'm back from Japan!

Hello Japan!  It was very cold when I arrived in Tokyo.  The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom next week, after I leave there...  But I found a small cherry tree that had some open flowers!  It was perfect for my little travel companion, Balu-chan.  

I visited Atelier Nona to learn new skills.  It was first time for me to go there, and I was a little nervous.  The atelier was decorated beautifully with her works!  And Nona sensei was so kind, and patient.  I'm very happy that I could complete four items in two day sessions!  Thank you Nona-sensei!

I found many pretty ideas at Nona-sensei's atelier.  A tiny glass bottle is in the mini granny bag, and these white flowers are made with felt.  

These corsages are "old rose," they can work with any basic outfit!  Oh, I wanted to make one of these too, but I didn't have enough time!  Nona-sensei had some kits, so I got the orange color one.  If I am good, it will be like the one, second from left, the front row on the picture.

My friend has been learning Oya, the Turkish crochet.  She sent me some of her work for my birthday, and it has been perfect for me to display my bags on.  When we met in Harajuku, she showed me more of her crochet work.  They are so beautiful and her skill is advanced!  I love the ones with shiny beads!

I enjoyed my handmade trip in Japan!   Nippori, the fabric town, was crowded as usual, but I found very good quality linen there.  And I came home with many pretty fabrics and cute prints, so please look forward to seeing new items in my shop soon!  I hope that I can visit Japan again next January for the International Quilting Festival!  Oh, and of course, I miss my mother and friends, I want to see them very very soon!

My next shop update will be April 12th, Sunday!  

Thank you for visiting!

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