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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Back On Track

I feel so excited to be back on track, with this summer going by so quickly! I have enjoyed all the company so much, but I am also happy to get back to the normalness of being a homebody that I love. Let me say firstly- A huge thank you to everyone who commented, and encouraged our family with the dear little fawn. It was very sad but Life happens , so on we go. I found this fabulous tablecloth the other day thrifting that Im hoping to make some shoulder bags out of later this week. It has been such a blast, and a great learning experience having our exchange student here! He has helped me translate a bunch of my Japanese craft books that Ive been dying to figure out. The lightweight grocery bag above is made from a pattern from one of those books! I was dying to try some, because i love using fabric bags while shopping.
Im hoping to make a bunch for my sho this weekend. My crib quilt top is almost done, what a job! I dont know how you ladies are so amazing at lining all these blocks , but mine seem all over the place! Oh well not to bad for a first attempt at the disaearing 9 patch.
And I must show you this fantastic book cover my friend Karen made me in a trade.
Isnt it cute! Im making her a painted clipboard in return, hopefully done this weekend as well! Our time with our student is flying by! I wish he could stay longer, the kids just love him! Ive learned so many things about Japan, and its culture, its been a fabulous experience. Here he is cooking us an amazing cabbage,tempura lunch. I wish I knew what it was so i could make it again, but he brought all the ingredients excet the bacon, and cabbage from Japan. I love the packaging & wrappers from all his goodies-so fun!
I have been taking photos like crazy so I can make his family a surprize album of him & his time here in Canada. Those necklaces they are wearing are hemp macrame that my son taught him to make this week. He thought that was really fun to do because they made they're own beads. But for now the memory album is definiatly the top crafting priority at the moment.
Have a great weekend!


Anonymous carolyn said...

Nice grocery totebag... I'll be it's cheerful to put your milk and bread in it.
We had a German student make spaetzl for us at the end of her stay, very fun. Keep enjoying summer. I'm heading to the sewing room now!

2:52 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Did he call it tempura? Because the picture and the ingredients makes me think maybe he made okonmiyaki? It's a sort of pancake with cabbage, flour, bacon and other ingredients. Glad you are enjoying his visit! We had such a good time when we hosted a student, wish we could do it again.

8:34 PM  
Blogger corry said...

I think you're doing a fine job with the disaearing 9 patch quilt!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Oh I'm sure his family (and your student) will just treasure the memory book!! That's a great idea!

How wonderful as well he's helping you with the translation of your craft books--it was all meant to be. Your quilt looks great--you did an excellent job as always.

Enjoy the rest of your summer now that things are starting to slow down a bit for you :)


4:07 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

How nice of you to have an exchange student. I think that's great. Love that book your friend made you. It's adorable.

12:07 AM  
Blogger weirdbunny said...

How wonderful to know what your japanese books say !!

YOur patchwork is lovely. Mine is never in line, but I think that's the beauty of sewing by hand.

2:18 AM  
Blogger Mrs.Kwitty said...

Hey busy lady!

How fun that you have that exchange student--it is great for your kids to have such a close relationship with someone from a different culture! And he even cooked for you, yeah!

I think your quilt looks great! Now I don't feel so bad about the quilt tops that I've made that NEVER seem to match up quite right!

I'm so glad you like the bookcover and thanks for posting a pic of it (I never remember to take pictures of the things I send off!)

Smiles, Karen

2:49 PM  
Blogger Jes said...

How cool!!! To have all of those books translated!! It sounds like a wonderful experience for the whole family!!!!!!!

6:32 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Hello again! Typepad hasn't been sending me emails about comments, so I didn't see the comment you left about Okonomiyaki. Here's a good, easy recipe for it:


In Japan a yam flour is also used with the regular flour. The tempura your student was referring to was probably tempura bits--tempura is vegetables or shrimp dipped in batter and deep fried. Crumbs of the batter collect in the bottom of the frier, you can actually purchase these fried batter bits packaged at the grocery store and some people add them to okonomiyaki.

5:59 PM  

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