Monday, November 28, 2011

We joined Tsunami Relief Volunteer Tour

Daiske and I visited Shichigahama, Miyagi, Japan on the weekend, volunteering
for one day. We left Yokohama at midnight and took a highway bus for 6 hours
to get there.

On the way to Shichigahama, we stopped by Matsushima.

The city is famous for its bay, which is dotted by many pine clad islets and
has been ranked one of Japan's three most scenic views.

Matsushima was hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. Damage was not
as devastating as elsewhere along the coast. Shops and hotels in the city
have reopened now.

452 volunteers got together from all over Japan on Saturday at Shichigahama
volunteer center which was opened for a community center before 3.11.

We were assigned to clean up clutter on the ground of someone's property whose
house was attacked and destroyed completely by the tsunami.

As volunteer beginners, we are not sure how much we could help them within a
day but we'd like to visit the north again and report the process of
restoration through this blog.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

DIY: how to make a fabric bow tie - super easy version -

You'll need at least 8 x 8 inch fabric swatch to make a bow tie for the Christmas ornament as shown in this picture.

Cut the fabric swatch in 2 pieces. One is 5 x 3 inch and the other is 1.5 x 8 inch

gather the center 
scotch tape the center
tie a knot with the other piece        

                                                 attach a thin wire or thread on the back


Monday, November 7, 2011

DIY: wicker basket

I happened to find a trial class of wicker crafting at my favorite cafe last month.

I called my friend and we decided to join the class, hoping to make
our own cute baskets like the "ebagos bags" we love so much!
Making a wicker bag looked like it would be as simple and easy as
weaving, BUT the hard thing was to find the right type of branch. Our
instructor had soaked a bunch for a couple of days for us, in order to
soften the branches for the weaving process. The right branch has to
be hard and thick for the warp part and soft for the weft in order to
weave easily...

Anyhow the instructor gave us a ton of help and, thanks to her
patience and kind instruction, we finally were able to make a decent
looking basket:)
Our goal is to assemble them with fabric bags so that we can enjoy
several styles throughout the season.