Spring is here! Summer is around the corner! Let us all rejoice in the warmer temperatures! Let us rejoice in only needing to wear one pair of socks! And no more layers of thermal underwear! Yayyy! Other than leaving behind the bleak winter, one of the best parts of Japanese spring is seeing the sakura… Continue reading A Sakura Daruma Grainline Alder Shirt
Where am I? What year is it? Happy 2019, everyone! I wish I could come up with a wittier title and a cooler project, but that’s about all I have to share right now. We have entered deep winter in Japan and I’m in a particularly snowy and wet area. There is no insulation in… Continue reading Japanese Seat Cushion Covers
I’ve always had issues finding the perfect button-down blouse. Store-bought shirts would either be too tight in the shoulders and back, or too tight in the hip area. Thank God for the joy of sewing and the plethora of indie patterns that allow me to finally feel comfortable in button-down shirts! I’ve had lots of… Continue reading My First Long-Sleeved Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt
One of the many things I am grateful for when I moved to Japan is all of the help I received from other JET participants and coworkers. You would think since I’ve done this before that it would be easy and I would know what I’m doing. WRONG. I’m in a new prefecture, 11 years… Continue reading Thank-you Embroideries
OHMYGODIMISSEDYOUGUYS!!!! I’m popping in to say hello, I’m still alive, and I’m mostly settled into my new home in Japan! Check out my previous post to see why I made the move in case you missed it. To say the past couple of months have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. It feels more… Continue reading I’m Back and Now on the Other Side of the World!
Hello sewing friends! Boy do I have some news to share… I’m moving! To Japan! What?! YES!! I’ve been slacking more than usual on the blog this year because I have been crazy busy trying to bust out as much overtime as possible at work and preparing for my new life. Not to mention we… Continue reading Huge Changes Ahead!
I’m a little late posting about this since life has been a little more than hectic lately, but I wanted to recap my January trip to Japan. I know, I know, wasn’t I just there? But Japan’s got a special hold on me and DD and I wanted to explore some new areas this time.… Continue reading Japan Trip 2018
When it was time for me to visit my friends on the other side of the world, I wanted to bring a little something from home to give. It’s customary to give omiyage (souvenirs) when you are in Japan. Whether you are starting a new career or seeing friends or family after a while, you… Continue reading Southwestern Coasters
Japan is a sewist’s dream come true. All of the evidence is there. I mean, how many sewing bloggers in the past couple of years alone have traveled there to splurge on high quality fabrics and super cute notions? Just to name a few, Cashmerette, Sew in Love, and Crab & Bee! I have always… Continue reading Fabric Shopping in Japan and Other Cool Stuff
Japan, The Land of the Rising Sun. For me, it is the land where I fulfilled a lifelong dream and connected with so many people. It had been eight years since I lived there (read about it a bit here) and I finally went back last month to visit. It almost felt like I never… Continue reading Japan Trip 2016 – My Home Away from Home