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食品

That’s “food” in Japanese.

And if you were thinking that Japanese food is all sushi and miso? You’d be wrong.

Japanese food

I admit that I’ll eat most things, but I won’t eat that…

Matcha kitkat

Snacking on the Shinkasen…  Matcha Kit Kat bites and Kirin, in a limited edition Sakura can.

The tastiest grilled chicken ever.

Wasp larvae. And yes, I ate them all.

The gyoza at Anzucco was worth the 45 minutes spent in the pouring rain, trying to find the restaurant.

Red Snapper. It’s a pretty big fish.

Sesame Whitebait. They’re pretty wee fish. And they were for breakfast!

The most kawaii buns in the world!

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The end of our last drinks in Japan… 愛

Sakura season

I’ve not been the best at blogging this year. A mixture of work, cats, DIY (it’s always bloody DIY) and life has gotten in the way.

Today’s tasks included redoing the window box for spring, planting a mint and baking scones… I can’t pretend that it’s a tough life, because it’s really not. And one of the very recent things that had me counting blessings and dwelling very loudly about how lucky I am, is my recent (very recent. In fact so recent that I still have holiday blues (I know I’m talking about feeling lucky, but I change my mind quite a lot)) honeymoon in Japan.

Two weeks, 3 cities, 1 village, 4 geishas, countless temples, 1 chance of being eaten by bears… it was a whirlwind of a trip and I’ve got a few too many pictures to prove it.

One of my favourite photographic subject? Cherry blossoms. Planning my honeymoon to coincide with Cherry Blossom season meant that I was destined to take at least a couple (!) of pictures of the little things.

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

And I was in good company.

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami
Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

After all, where better to photograph a cherry blossom, but in Japan!

… or my mum, at least.

Happy Mother’s day.

A few pictures from a recent (birthday!) trip to see Light Show at the Hayward Gallery.

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Light Show

The perfect exhibition for a magpie…

It’s on till the end of April, you should go.

Two years ago, I got a sewing machine for my birthday. It was great!! I used it 3 times to make 3 cushions, and then I got engaged (not because of the cushions… or was it?!!?) and forgot about it for a while.

Fast forward a year or so and catastrophe strikes! A horrible accident involving a pot of olives with a leaky lid, and a trust oil cloth tote bag, means I am now without tote, and anyone who knows me KNOWS this isn’t good news. I’m a girl who’s always cold and can’t travel light. I need  tote. So… you know what I did? I decided to make one.

A quick glance online told me that it wouldn’t be that hard, so I bought some polka dot cloth (I might have outgrown the colour pink, but I’m still a fan of dots…) and started sewing.

John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Sewing, Home Made tote bag

Dotty fabric, and a twee measuring tape. Sewing Threesmallapples-style(!).

To add some strength and to make it less flimsy, I lined the bag using some heavy white linen fabric, which were the handy off cuts from some IKEA curtains.

John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Sewing, Home Made tote bag

“Measure twice, cut once” that’s the phrase, isn’t it? (I might be a bit of a nerd).

John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Sewing, Home Made tote bag

John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Sewing, Home Made tote bag

To make the body of the bag, I sewed the two pieces of fabric back to back, before turning the material inside out, so the seam was now on the inside.

John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Sewing, Home Made tote bag

John Lewis, Cath Kidston, Sewing, Home Made tote bag

For the straps, take a piece of fabric 4 inches thick, fold it in half to create a crease in the middle. Then fold each half of the fabric into the middle crease, before folding the crease closed. This way, all of the edges are ‘inside’ the strap, meaning the strap is stronger and has no loose edge to fray.  Pin the strap to hold it together, before sewing along the open edge to hold it closed.

John Lewis, Home Made, tote bag, sewing tutorial, polka dot

I attached the straps to the body of the bag before sewing the side edges of the bag together.  I still need to figure out a neat way to attach the straps… A bit more practise needed, I think.

John Lewis, Home Made, tote bag, sewing tutorial, polka dot

Almost there…

John Lewis, Home Made, tote bag, sewing tutorial, polka dot

The old “sewing on the inside” trick again…

John Lewis, Home Made, tote bag, sewing tutorial, polka dot

Once it was all sewn firmly together, all there is left to do is turn it the right way out…

John Lewis, Home Made, tote bag, sewing tutorial, polka dot

And “Ta-da!!”, the finished article. I was so (sew?) pleased that I’ve actually already made another one as a gift and after 2 weeks of daily use, carrying a lunch box and a hard back, it hasn’t fallen apart yet. As you can imagine, I’m as pleased as punch.

Not-so-heavy metal

There must be something I can do with this old Tord Boontje Garland light shade from Habitat?

 

Admittedly, being made of spindly, bendable, floral shaped metal, it wasn’t actually much of a *light shade* but it was pretty, all the same.

 

But after 2 years stored in a box, under the stairs, it might be time for it to admit defeat…!  I’m sure I used to be a hoarder? I’m not quite sure what’s happened to me.

 

Extended absence

Home improvements forced me to take a bit of a blogging break, but Having Builders In turned into Christmas, which turned into New Year, which turned into DIY (EVERYTHING turns into DIY). Time really does fly.

Talking of time flying, a year ago today, I went on the easiest wedding dress shopping trip ever!  The first dress turned out to be THE dress:

Fur Coat No Knickers

It might not look it, but it really was.  But just to make sure, I did try on a few others…

Fur Coat No Knickers

Fur Coat No Knickers

The little 60′s bubble dress was a bit of a favourite.

Jacq was on hand (with glass in hand) to give some helpful advice.

Fur Coat No Knickers

Not loving frills so much…

Fur Coat No Knickers

A bit of pinning convinced me that this was the one.

And a little nip and tuck ensured it was perfect.

**apologies for the quality of the pictures, Louise was a bit too excited to focus the camera**

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