Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Next Class-ABC Class!

Next ABC class will be on Tuesday the 4th of December. We will be making a "Christmas Wishes Meander Book!"See you soon!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kono Elementary School Festival!

We were invited to go to the Kono Elementary School Festival on the 18Th of November, by my friend Eiko-San. Elsa and Lilly also went with their families. Eiko had told me that they had 8 Kimonos for the American women to try on. I couldn't wait, I hadn't tried one on in the whole two and a half years I have been living here. They let us wear them the whole time we were there. They chose a very beautiful light green Kimono for me. Even Shelby got to dress up! There are a lot of layers to the Kimono and it is very involved to put on. The Japanese ladies that dressed us were very experienced and fast and knew which ones would look best on us. They chose the perfect colors for each one of us. The Obi (sash) they wrap round your waist is my favorite part of the kimono. They can tie it to make many different designs like bows or drums.

videoThe video is just a small part of the play the kids put on. They practice for this festival all year. Their costumes were very beautiful. I wish I had video taped the entire play! They were wonderful!!! After the play they had food for sale (udon noodle, rice ball, soda, coffee), crafts, and plants. To see more pictures of that day look at the side bar of my blog.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Our ABC Class!


I held a "Christmas gifts" ABC class today. The first project on our list was a Sugar jar filled with "Peppermint Cocoa" with a mini whisk attached to the bow. I went to the Daiso which is the Japanese dollar store and found these cute little sugar jars and the whisks. We put 3/4 cup of Swiss Miss cocoa mix in them and layered mini marshmallows and unwrapped peppermint candies on top. The captions on the back of the jar were Snowman Soup and the directions. Here is what it says: "Was told you've been good this year, Always glad to hear it! With freezing weather drawing near, you'll need to warm the spirit. So here's a little Snowman Soup, Complete with a Peppermint. Add hot water, sip it slow, It's sure to do the trick! Place 2 rounded tablespoons of cocoa mix into a cup. Gradually add 6 0z. of hot water into mix. Add a peppermint and Marshmallows and you are done!"


The second gift was a peppermint candy bag with topper. Very simple project but always looks so cute. Remember to look at your candy wrappers or what ever you put in your bags and pull colors from them to use on the topper. Everything will match and you will look like a PRO!


The third gift was a coffee slide card that has a coffee stencil attached to it's pull string. Inside I used a packet of Godiva coffee. I tied a wooden coffee/cappachino stencil to the top (For stenciling powder sugar, cinnamon or cocoa on top of coffee) In Japan they have a chain of stores called "Daiso." They are Japan's dollar store. Some have 5 floors! They beat our dollar stores by far! I find the cutest things for my classes. I found the tie-on's for the slide card, the cute little glass sugar jar and the mini whisk at the one closest to me. I will really miss them when we leave! I used the Espress yourself retired stamp set for this project. The caption for the card says: We've shared a coffee and a laugh, as friends so often do. So when you brew this pot of Godiva, imagine I'm there with you! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


I just finished a job for a lady on base that is having "Twins!" She needed 70 baby shower invitations. Her colors were to be white and silver and she chose a christening gown as the background. I used the brushed silver paper and the gowns were stamped on shimering white, then cuttlebugged.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Aged Christmas

My card is a 5 3/8x5 3/8 square. The dimensions, starting with the background paper, are5 1/4x4 1/4 cranberry crisp and 4x5 Fruitcake Holly berries. Moving clockwise, the tree box dimensions are: 2 3/4x3 3/4 Old Olive, 2 5/8x3 5/8 Fruitcake cherry and 2 1/2x3 1/2 fruitcake Holly Berries. The flowery box: 4x2 1/4 Old Olive, 3 7/8x 2 1/8 cranberry crisp, 3 3/4x 2 Fruitcake Tidings. The plaid box: 2 3/8x3 cranberry crisp and 2 1/4x 2 7/8 Fruitcake plaid.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Next Class- ABC Class

Our next ABC class is on Tuesday the 20th of November. See you soon!

Our 2nd "Crazy about Christmas" card class

Our second "Crazy for Christmas" card class was today. I found this ribbon at our PX and wanted so badly to use it on our cards. It is made by Hallmark. I used the perfect presentation "North Pole December 25Th" circle stamp. The Sweet Holidays stamp set was our main stamp set that we used. I have never used the gingerbread house before. We colored it and Versa marked it, then poured iridescent ice all over the image. We heat embossed it then added the liquid applique and heated that up, also. It is so cute and fun to decorate! Also, the candy cane came from the Holiday Tag Team set. The box that we made was just a 2x4x6x8 box. I cut a large 12x12 Whisper White paper into 81/2 x 12. Then I cut that into 71/2x 81/2 and kept the left over for the top of the box. I made them 51/2 inches tall.
I thought this turned out so cute I may use this for my Christmas cards this year. Kiriko's class did a wonderful job on their cards today and did a better job at coloring our little houses than I did!

Monday, November 12, 2007

2nd "Crazy about Christmas" Card Class!

'Tis the season to be stamping! We will be making a Christmas set. See you tomorrow!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

"Crazy about Christmas" Class!

We had our "Crazy for Christmas Cards" class today! I wanted to have them make a Christmas card and a matching Christmas box. Both the box and card have pieces of fresh Cyprus on them. I love to use natural elements in my cards. It smells so good when you take the cards out of the envelopes! We used liquid applique right on the branch as to look like snow. The snowman came from the "Thanks snow much" retired set. I believe that was my first stamp set ever! I love the color combination with this card. I used Purely pomegranate, Old olive, Whisper white and River rock. Also, Dashing Christmas paper.



Hiroko is concentrating :o)My Beautiful friends! Thank you so much for all the food for our lunch today! It was so good! I especially loved the Chinese meatfilled buns. YUM!

Two of the finished cards. Great job!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Next Class-"Crazy about Christmas!"

'Tis the season to be stamping! We will be making Christmas cards tomorrow! See you all then!