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…before I pack up my sewing machine.

It’s a linen skirt for fall.  It’s really long!  Is it too long??   (We found her hat from last winter while we were packing.  I think it makes the outfit.)

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I haven’t posted much recently because I have been so busy.  We are in the midst of a big transition in our family.  After much thought and discussion Junji and I have decided to return to the States.  We are moving back at the end of August.  We are really busy with all of the details involved in an overseas move.  There really is a lot to be done.  We are still unsure about what the future holds for us exactly, but we are excited about all of the possibilities.  It should be an adventure for sure, so I hope you’ll stick around to see how it all unfolds.

In Kochi we are living in a very small apartment.  It is actually the first floor of a family home, and it is very lovely, but tiny.  My new hobby is fantasizing about our new home–wherever that may be.  When we move I want to be very intentional about the kind of home that we create and what we bring into our home.  I can spend hours looking at Japanese design magazines, and trying to figure out what I like.  One of the many things that I have gained from my time living in japan is a more clear sense of what I like in terms of design.

I recently bought two great books about sewing with linen.  They have lots of really nice projects in them, and I have been inspired.  (I wanted to give you the links to the Amazon Japan pages, but I am having trouble putting in Japanese links, so I will have to try that again later.) I made this bag for Saya’s toiletries (comb, nail clippers, sunscreen etc.).

I also made this little wall hanging for Saya’s new room.  (Everything I make seems to be for my daughter.)  I want my dad to help me make a cool wooden frame for it.

Sometimes I don’t know what to make, but I have lots of ideas floating around in my head right now–mostly for Saya’s clothes, so I hope I can find time for sewing amidst all of my moving duties.  Wish me luck!

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It’s three in the morning here in Kochi.  I haven’t posted much this week because I have been busy with a sewing project.  We have a big party to go to tomorrow, and I decided that I would make a dress for Saya to wear.  I often get a bit overambitious with my projects, and I had to stay up late last night and tonight to finish in time…but I am finally finished!  I am so happy because the dress turned out well.  I think it is the perfect summer dress for Saya.  I am kind of a beginner when it comes to sewing, so usually the ideas that I have in my head don’t translate quite right when I actually try to make them, but this time I think I got it.  It is a sewing miracle!  (hmmm, now I have to figure out what I am going to wear)

I don’t have a photo of the dress yet, so here is a photo of my new shoes instead…

I love these sandals, and so does Junji.  He is the 10% owner of the shoes.  (We have the same size feet.)  They are handmade and recycled.

I hope everyone is having a good week!

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Saya’s skirt

This used to be my skirt (from banana republic).  It never looked quite right on me, so I changed it into a skirt for Saya.  It looked almost exactly like this when it was my size.

Envelopes (inside out)

I got this idea from an awesome book I bought last weekend.  I wish I could tell you what it’s called, but it’s all in Japanese.  Airmail envelopes usually have some kind of interesting print on the inside, so you can just cut the original envelope down the sides, flip it inside out, and re-tape the sides with colored masking tape.

I love colored masking tape these days.  It’s awesome for card-making, wrapping gifts, and lots of other  projects.

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I spent a little more time on this than I normally would on a bag. I had to make it extra special for my best girl.



(strap/embroidery on the back of the bag)

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The other day, when we were out for udon with Saya’s grandfather, we saw this beautiful family with two little boys. They all looked so good in their natural hippy style clothing. The boys were dressed alike with tunics and striped pants. They looked so comfortable and cute, and Saya already had a similar tunic, so I went home and made her these striped linen pants.

I added this little crab because summer is coming soon, and there will be loads of crabs crawling around our backyard. (Actually, there were a few dead crabs in the entryway of our house when I came home from work today. Apparently Junji brought them inside because he wanted to sketch them.)

Also, yesterday we made lots of these PET bottles filled with colored water and beads. Fun for kids of all ages (and adults 🙂 ) I brought them to the kindergarten today and everyone loved them.

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For Sakura

I finally finished this school bag that I have been working on for Sakura‘s birthday. This isn’t the best picture, but I am really happy with the way it turned out. I used scraps of different floral print fabrics for the decoration. You can see a more detailed shot here.

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