Friday, January 29, 2010

My latest treasury.

Into the deep.
Beautiful blues.

Thanks !

Generation gap from Body Scrub

I had my first time to use body scrub the other day. You may feel something odd from this post, but I am not a stranger very much.

I didn't know what body scrub is, because I have never used it.
The last Sunday, my first American friend Debbie gave me a gorgeous bath set. The body scrub was in the set, and Debbie told me that it is like a body shampoo to clean your body.

I tried it 2 days later. Put it on my mesh towel to scrub my body. I expected to see a lot of bubbles... but they have never appeared. I think, in my generation, something liquid or gel to wash your body, bubbles are supposed to appear when you rub with a towel. I thought I need to put it more on the towel maybe, but I got the same result - bubbles don't appear. - STRANGE!

After the shower, I asked my house owner - she is older than me - if she knows about body scrub. She told me the same as Debbie said, it is like a body shampoo to clean your body. She added that bubbles shouldn't appear. OH. She added more that she prefer to use soap instead of it. WE need bubbles to clean our body!

Her daughter who is 21 likes to use that kind of things, so I decided to give it to her... I am sorry, Debbie... but I need bubbles to clean my body. I think it's because I was born in older generation. I have never seen body scrub in my young time :(

Thanks again Debbie, for your hospitality the last Sunday!

P.S. maybe Amyee could use it....

Friday, January 22, 2010

Birthday party

I joined my friend's birthday party today. I don't have a car to drive around, so other of my friend came to pick me up. Thank you very much, Terri!

Here is the birthday cake for her :D



We had a lot of fun, I especially loved her house tour...! She has finished the house remodeling, and today was the first day for her to show off her awesome house...!

And...., birthday gift for me too!
Kirin beer :D It is Japanese brand. Thank you, Marsha!!



Now, I am getting sleepy...., I think I will go to bed much earlier than usual after preparation for the next sewing project.

The weather was a little miserable this morning because of sleet, but the time I had today was so gorgeous :)

Happy birthday (tomorrow), Nancy!!

My smiling Buddha

I am not a religious person at all, but I think I like to honor nature and ancestors along with Shintoism which is the primary religion in Japan. Buddhism is different religion from Shintoism, but I think we sometimes mix them together as one religion.

I have a one small smiling Buddha, it always makes me smile when I see it.



I got this cute Buddha in a famous pottery festival in Kyoto, Japan a long time ago, it has been with me for a long time and keep to make me smile.

OK.
A little craft topic that I have been missing for a while.





I knitted this bag with wool yarn..., and felted.

... It turned to be really small... too small...., what would I be able to use this for????

* Big Sigh *

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Computer issue

Since I got a new computer with the newest operation system Windows 7, I worried about if I need to buy updated applications that work with Windows 7, but I had no choice. You cannot buy a new computer with older operation system. I used to use 2000 pro and XP, the applications I use are too old to be updated anymore, I was thinking I may have to buy full packages of them.

Luckily, Windows 7 pro and premium allows XP to run on the system, so I got Windows 7 professional for my computer. Since I am a very forever beginner of the computer world, my friend who lives in Japan has been helping me to solve any small problems, caused unexpected problems by changes on the computer, and setting it up. It is amazingly wonderful that he can operate my computer using remote software - Team Viewer -, I cannot believe that everything was done from Japan! All I did while he was working for my computer was to put necessary CD or DVD in the DVD drive, to turn on a hardware along his directions, and was just watching my computer, and sometimes.... knitting... (sorry....).
I now don't have to buy the new updated applications that is compatible with Windows 7 :D Hope this environment will last for a long time.

It is always nice to have a friend who is very knowledgeable about a computer...!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fell in love with a box.

I sometimes fell in love with a small things. It is usually with stationery, a little mascot, a small decorations.

This time was... with a box !




This box was made out of fliers and thin strings. I think it is an art.

It was very hard decision to make to not purchase this box.... but I don't like to gain my belongings anymore. BUT to leave it in pictures doesn't take room! :)

Friday, January 08, 2010

Very belated Happy New year! :D

Thank you very much for leaving me a heart warming comment for the last post. They support my heart to know someone who even I haven't seen in person cares about me. I am doing much better here than a month ago, things are settled down. I have been also having fun to see American culture that I didn't see when I was with my husband.

After the new year's day, the house owner's daughter's birthday party was held. Actually her birthday and my birthday is the same day! What a coincidence, this must be something special between her and me! Actually my husband has the same birthday as mine, I feel even something odd like..., "Again?!". Well, I am really happy about it since she is a very cute girl !

Anyway, this was my first time to see a birthday party as family gathering. It's hard for me to believe many relatives get together for a birthday party. I think this never happen in Japan. Maybe just a family might get together to celebrate birthday for one of the family member, but not relatives with 2 hours driving to sing the birthday song. I could fortunately join the party and sang the song for her :D

One more surprise. She likes an apple pie. The house owner (her mother) baked it for her birthday (and maybe for me too, since I have missed it when she baked it for Christmas). It looked strange for me to see big number's candles on a PIE!! I expect a birthday cake is always like ... short cake or chocolate cake, not a pie. But anyway, the pie was delicious!!

And..., I can now enjoy chatting with my friend through Skype wherever they live, in the USA, in Japan, and it's all free! What a nice program! What I love about Skype is that I can work and chat at the same time, because of hands free. It's very nice!

I started to make some bird drawstrings bags today, cut, cut, cut fabrics and made many beaks today when I was chatting with my friend through Skype. Trying to put them on my Etsy shop this weekend.

Here is the picture of the beaks.


I am hoping to make a pattern of the drawstrings bag, since I received inquiries for it from people. Hope it will get done soon!

Anyway! Wishing you all to have happiness as much as you can!! and Happy new year :)