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Monday, April 29, 2013

red roses

effects of spring light
i restarted embroidery and sashiko stitches

Sunday, April 28, 2013

ready to sow seeds

felt like early summer day
ready to sow bitter melon seed

Saturday, April 27, 2013

experiment result

flower experiment ended up like this
above: cotton
below:  linen
interesting plant growing in my balcony but
not sure what it is... do you?
i like it anyway though
few strawberry on the way
my mind at the moment is so absorbed by
natural dyeing and found some
usuful book at the library. 
photo:  kitchen towel dyed with herbs
having cup of hot jasmine tea
came home with lots of interesting books
books to read, to relax
and to learn new things

Friday, April 26, 2013

bakery or gardener

the other day, one coworker asked
"what would like to be beside what you do now?"
"lady in a bakery! who sells fresh bread in a little shop"
that was the immediate response
beside bakery,
gardener wouldn't be bad
ever since this flower came from russia
i was amazed by this little plants
they survived cold months without any complaints
remained content with lovely lovely pink flower on their tip
now spring, they doubled in size
although only few, was able to get some seeds
it's been so nice to have some
pink color in my balcony

Thursday, April 25, 2013

taste of spring

last year, one of my coworker brought one delicious meal
this year, i tried it myself for the unforgettable taste
i bought this at the store, shredded the stem, cooked in vege oil,
seasoned with soysouce and black pepper
have you ever eaten this before ?
how did you cook?  i would love to hear any
different way of eating

Wednesday, April 24, 2013



red and pink tulips, viola, and some blue wild flower
all these being dehydrated for 1-2days,
boiled for few minutes 
ended up with sweet pink

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

forgotten red onion

as i remember correctly, there were three red onions
in the mesh bag when i bought it couple of weeks ago.
i gave one to my sister, ate one in salad. 
it was delicious red onion and made the salad color
very pretty in the eyes...
then, i forgot one more existence for a while.
she has secretly grown in my kitchen shelf.
now, it makes me contemplate whether to eat
or not....

feels like living in a woods lately. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

new curtain and fabric

beautiful fabric i have been looking for to make
a curtain, finally found at the store and fell in love
today.  and also bought two summery cheerful fabric
and thinking about making summer bags.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

dying flower

red pansy

first poppy from the garden and lavender                                       red pansy and cherry sage

thank you j for sharing this fun dyeing method
i am not sure how it will look in the end
but it was fun activity

all flowers from my garden
red pansy left blue color
orange poppy ended up in purple flower on the fabric
will post the result when it's dry


Thursday, April 18, 2013

sunny day walk

* a small restaurant window
* old house in neighbor
* beauty salon on the way back
* myself under the sun

got hair cut.  stopped by various shops.
get lots of snacks in my bag on the way home. 
walking around here and there surely makes
me feel alive.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

soap of the day

every once in a while, it feels nice to
spoil myself with beautiful things. 
this lovely packaging makes me want to
give a hug.   you can find this natural soap
here at tokyo factory

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

knit and shade

 thyme flower
red potatos from my parents' farm
shade art in my tatami room early afternoon
although it is spring time, always love the texture and
warmness of knitting.  often think of knitting even
during the summer and throughout the year.
this lovely hat was in my mailbox after the
recent earthquake and it warmd my heart. 
i so look forward to wear this next winter. 
thank you so much.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

saturday morning

this morning, there was a scary moment.  5:30am,
 earthquake hit our land and i felt the big shake while i was
still in bed.  my gas line was stopped half a day but able
to get recovered by lunch time. 
thankfully, we are still here safe. 


Monday, April 8, 2013


bought two pairs of pants with floral pattern which i was 
looking for.....feels like a girl again after wearing dark pants
all winter.  
in the afternoon, this spot of my balcony has beautiful shade
and enjoy immersing myself in this tranquil beauty. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

after the spring storm


calm morning came back after the storm
tulip family i moved to rear end of balcony were safe
juneberry flowers are half distroyed
but luckly half are still smiling this morning
and some new flower buds found ✾
heidi brought me smile with this photos
it is heart warming to know people enjoy
the seeds i sent...
thank you heidi