19 Apr 2017

By The Way, What Has Become of Honeymoon?

We will have a fifth wedding anniversary this year. But our honeymoon has been postponed all the time and it hasn't come true yet. I had started to give up on honeymoon, but finally we booked a proper long holiday! It's the first time to have a long holiday apart from travelling to my own country Japan. So we call this 'honeymoon'.

15 Apr 2017


Wherever I am, every time I find a cherry blossom, I always look up the tree. It might be my habit or just Japanese people's habit.

There is the traditional colour of Japan. It is traditionally used in Japanese textiles, literature, arts and crafts. And the names of colours originate from elements of nature, like flowers, plants and animals. For example, 'Sakura-iro' is one of the pinks, meaning cherry blossom colour. It's a lovely system, isn't it? I like those Japanese delicate colour expressions.

Some photos have arrived from Japan. It's cherry blossom season. They are so beautiful, aren't they?

5 Apr 2017

Sewing Project - Cushion Covers

Once I start to sew something, I can't stop doing it. Some upholstery fabric which I used for making footstall was left over. So I had thought to make cushion covers as well.

The fabric design is by one of my favourite British textile designers, Wendy Bray's. The fabric wasn't enough to make two whole covers, so I got a plain fabric for the back side. I was supposed to get a mustard coloured one, but I couldn't find anything that was my cup of tea. Instead I got a nice red fabric for the back. And I sewed them without resting. They are match the footstool and also the living room. I am very satisfied with them.

Well, what's next??

3 Apr 2017

My project - Upholstery

Last time, I joined an upholstery workshop. Because I thought that it would be nice to make a footstool for the big mouse, and also that the skill might be helpful to upholster chairs.  

When our next door neighbours moved out, they gave us lovely chairs. The cushion and fabric looked a bit tired, so I had a plan to upholster them. Since I have now learned how to, finally I upgraded the chairs. I got a cushion at a market and selected lovely upholstery fabric; blue and white. On the left is the original chair and on the right is the new one I upholstered. 

I am very satisfied with this result.