Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happy Snowman Ornament Finish

Happy Snowman was designed by Tina Herman. It is a free chart available here.  I used 28 count linen and DMC floss, not the called for fabric or threads. The cording is made from DMC perle #5.  I also used a snowflake bead I had in my stash.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Japanese Imperial Family Update

I can't help it, I'm fascinated by the Imperial Family. 

Did you know that the members of the Imperial Family are known by only one name each (no family name)?   Another fact I find interesting is that they are not allowed to vote (or to hold office).

Emperor Akihito is the 125th Japanese emperor.  The title passes to the male heir. Men born into the Imperial Family marry and stay in it for life.  When women in the Imperial Family marry, they lose their imperial status and become commoners.

In July, a law was passed by parliament that will allow Emperor Akihito to abidicate the throne and retire.  This will be the first time an emperor has abdicated in about 200 years.  I read just yesterday that this will take place on March 31, 2019, with Crown Prince Naruhito ascending to the throne on April 1, 2019.  I don't know why it takes so long.  Why can't he just retire right away?

Yesterday was Empress Michiko's 83rd birthday. Her husband the Emperor is also 83 years old. His birthday, December 23rd, is a national holiday in Japan.

Princess Mako, the twenty-five year old first grandchild of the Emperor and first child of the Emperor's second son announced her engagement in September.  I think it was in May that it was announced that she would announce her engagement later in the year.  There will be another announcement later about when the wedding date will be. So many announcements!

Twenty-two year old Princess Kako (second child of the second son of the Emperor) left Japan in September to spend a year studying in England at University of Leeds. She will study performing arts and psychology as an exchange student from the International Christian University in Tokyo, where she is a junior. Her older sister Mako also spent a year studying abroad at University of Edinburgh in Scotland. 

That's all for now about my favorite Japanese family. If you are interested in the Imperial Family, check out the Imperial Family of Japan blog.

Friday, October 20, 2017

ABC Sampler Finish

I started this when I was on vacation in August and now the stitching is finished.  It was an old kit (pattern said 1985) with 28 count linen and Danish Flower Thread.

I'm not sure what I will do with it now. Ironing it would probably be a good thing.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Izu Peninsula Part 2 - Dogashima

After visiting the gold mine, we took a bus south along the coast to Dogashima. The road was narrow and we had some nice views out the window.

First we took the boat ride where we saw some views of the coast before going in a cave that had a hole in the top.  

This is the cave entrance

After the boat ride, we took a hike and saw where we had been.  

It was a hot day, so we had ice cream cones.  I was surprised to see that it was Hokkaido ice cream!  

There was a giant clock near the bus stop.

We took the bus then the train to Mishima, where we ate dinner at an Italian restaurant.  I forgot to take a picture, but I had a wonderful seafood pasta dish.  

After dinner, we returned home by train. It was a fun day with friends.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Little by Little

I stitched two lengths of thread on the Kogin project this week.

I made one new petal on the pansy stumpwork project. 

I pieced the back for the Midnight Mystery Quilt - seven cat fabrics.

I worked on the paisley pocket quite a bit. This might be finished into an ornament.  (I have an idea.)  

These are all 17 in 2017 projects.