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August 3, 2016

a parcel from Japan

P1100257my very own samurai

think I’ll hang him by the front door

and the silk I painted

which was sent to my friend framed with glass

she wisely removed it before mailing

P1100258it is a fukusa, used for gift wrapping or covering tea ceremony utensils

I love the gold leaf, even the hem stitching is done with gold thread

then there is the abundance in the garden

P1100261in the 20 years since I planted it the fig tree has never been so abundant

I leave them until they are almost dripping off the tree, liquid honey

and share them with the raccoons and starlings

they are great to just eat, like an apple

but good with yogurt or fantastic baked, served with ice cream

they don’t last long so at the end I cook a huge pot of orange/fig marmalade

started August’s prayer flag, although it is different this month

P1100264an origami crane made from a shibori sample, I’m planning on three of them

I backed the light cotton with lightweight fusible interfacing and mulberry paper

stitching through several layers was hard on the fingers

P1100263this is the one I brought home from Japan

P1090436these are Bryan’s

they came from Studio Saiseiryu – which translates as “recycle lifestyle”

the home and life of Mixer and JunP1090473here they are in front of the shop

for some background information on this wonderful, unique couple

go to


 my kind of shop

a little bit of everything

it is wild and wonderful and crazy

tiny and jam-packed

P1090478shoes off and enter

notice the string of tiny prayer flags

P1090479Bryan never stops moving

P1090498there is so much to see

P1090480the wonders never stop – what did heather buy?

P1090494explaining her kantha stitched quilts

all made from scraps

I bought my own string of prayer flags

P1100266the proceeds go to the children of Fukushima

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2016 4:21 am

    what fun! i agree fb is time consuming and lots of maimed people and animals as well as the daily kitten cuterie od. blogs are much more interesting, but they take time and people want instant gratification. sigh.


    • August 10, 2016 8:12 am

      Neki – it has become a quick and easy world without much depth or substance. I will resist as long as I can!


  2. August 6, 2016 6:33 pm

    Yes! Your blog is one of the few I still read regularly. I hope you keep it up! The samurai owl is so precious, as is everything else. I’m coming to get your figs next year…


    • August 6, 2016 7:00 pm

      Kristin – thank you for still visiting. So many people have stopped writing blogs, everything is on facebook but I find it a BIG waste of time. Just put on a pot of fig marmalade, they are coming to the end. Going to have to prune the tree hard, it more than doubled in size this year.


  3. August 4, 2016 7:05 am

    Yes, you are definitely an inspiration – love the tsuru! I made some years ago – but this time I think indigo….


  4. August 4, 2016 3:35 am

    I’m the opposite of Textile Ranger–your post leaves me all wound up! There’s so much to see and be inspired by–I don’t know where to start! Your painted silk is absolutely stunning and the origami prayer flags are a neat new direction. I wish I could come get some figs, too . . .


    • August 4, 2016 7:49 am

      Kerry – sorry! don’t intend to get anyone wound up, I’m pretty sure you can do that without me! Think making cranes could become addictive.


  5. vdbolyard permalink
    August 3, 2016 4:41 pm

    oh. just, oh. and some wow there, too. AND FIGS!!!! i LOVE figs!


    • August 3, 2016 5:14 pm

      Velma – there is not much more one can say! I’m giving away buckets of figs, wish you were close.

      Liked by 1 person

      • vdbolyard permalink
        August 4, 2016 4:16 pm

        one bucket, please. i wish…


      • August 4, 2016 5:00 pm

        Velma – well get on your bicycle then, but you’ll have to pedal fast – it’s hot here and they’re melting off the tree


  6. August 3, 2016 3:25 pm

    I live a very stress-free life, and yet a few moments with your blog leaves me feeling even more relaxed, peaceful, and inspired! Thank you!


    • August 3, 2016 3:57 pm

      TextileRanger (sorry, I don’t know your name) thank you for such a lovely comment, it is very rewarding to know that the blog has such a positive influence.


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