Raindrops pouch for my girlfriend♡ レインドロップス(しずく)のポーチ ♡

My girlfriend visited me with her cute little boy over the weekend. I stitched up a small gift for her just because she deserves something special from me!


The pouch design is my original. I call it the "Raindrops pouch" because it's the pouch version of the "Raindrops Tote" from my book :)


The "raindrops" are made from cut out felt and then machine appliqued on to linen panels. 


Friends are like stars... you can't always see them, but you know they're always there ☆彡 This is my favorite quote that truly describes my feeling for my friends.


***Love, Amy***

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♪Crocheting flower corsage and chair pads ♪ かぎ針編みのコサージュと円座をあみあみ♪

Lately I've been very busy with work, home, kids, and everything else that I hardly have any time left to sit down and sew... :(   Yet I try my best to squeeze in crocheting time whenever possible during my crazy schedule.


This is a crochet flower corsage I made last year end. The crochet flower pattern is from my book. For this corsage, I added several fake pearls in the center (instead of the covered button shown in my book).


I somehow managed to stitch these crochet chair pads for our kitchen chairs. I didn't follow any patterns here, I simply crocheted in rounds with double crochets and popcorn stitches.


I used these super soft and bulky Bernat baby blanket yarns. Great for making chair pads!


Here I'm stitching another chair pad while I waited at my daughter's doctor's appointment. For me, waiting time is a crocheting time!


***Love, Amy***

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Celebrating Japanese New Year in Southern California 2015 ♪カリフォルニアで日本ふうのお正月♪

Happy new year everyone!

As a Japanese family living abroad (i.e. Southern California), I try my best to celebrate our New Year's Day with traditional Japanese new year food, mainly for our girls who are born and raised here in the U.S. 

If you've been following my blog for several years, you've seen the same food over and over, year after year for the New Year's Day post and here I go again this year! lol  Here's is the list of prior year posts of New Year on this blog :


2010 →
 (*includes explanation of traditional dishes)



Every year I prepare new year food in abundance, pack them in several ju-bako(重箱)lacquer boxes (I own several of them), so that I can share the food with my friends and neighbors. This year I was not able to cook as much variety of dishes, so I prepared red bean rice to fill in the space. Red bean rice or Osekihan (お赤飯)is considered as festive food in Japan.


We made chopstick holders with these origami papers.


 The food is packed in  ju-bako lacquer boxes, then wrapped in furoshiki (風呂敷)wrapping fabrics like this before delivered to our friends and neighbors.


We feel blessed to be able to celebrate this new year with good food surrounded by family and friends. Wishing you all have a prosperous and healthy 2015 with lots of crafty time!


***Love, Amy***

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Patchwork needlebooks made for my crafty friends ♥ 手作りニードルブックのプレゼント ♥ 

Today I'd like to show you what I had stitched for my crafty girlfriends as holiday gifts this year... Patchwork needlebooks!


I followed an awesome tutorial by my talented friend, Amy of nanaCompany. You can find the tute here.  It's super adorable and highly recommended project!!

作り方はこちらのレシピを参考にしました。→☆ 親しくさせていただいているブロガー友達のAmyさんのブログ nanaCompanyより。

For the inside (needle holding pages) I did not have good felt sheets on hand (100% wool felts are probably the best to store needles)... So instead, I used 100% cotton batting (I selected the thickest batting I had on hand).  It may not be the best option available, but hopefully it works!


Reverse side of the needlebooks.


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And above image is the "genuine" needlebook that Amy of nanaCompany had made for me recently. (Check out this post for our first get together!)  As I immediately fell in love with her work, I decided to make a couple more for my girlfriends... Hope my crafty friends like it as much as I liked mine!

そしてこちらのニードルブックは本家本元、レシピ考案者の nanaCompany ブログの Amyさんからいただいたものです♪(初のオフ会についてはこちらから→★)とっても可愛くて一目で気に入ったので、今回私も友人たちにプレゼントさせていただきました。 友人たちにも気に入って使ってもらえたら嬉しいな♥

***Love, Amy***

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Sewing for my newborn nephew♪ 甥っ子君に手作りベビーギフト♪

When my nephew was born in October, I was so happy that I immediately began stitching his initial and birth date onto a piece of linen...


... to create this simple patchwork drawstring bag.


Then I whipped up these handmade bibs for him... 

Actually I wanted to keep on stitching more handmade goodies for the cutest baby boy but due to the lack of time... I instead rushed to our local Target store and bought more baby stuff! lol

その後もちくちくと手作りビブなど作ってみました。 本当はもっとハンドメイドのギフトを作り続けたかったのですが時間的制約もあり。。。

Here is what I got from our local Target store for my baby nephew. (Oh and the chocolates are for the new mom and dad!)


I packed everything up and shipped to my youngest brother's family who lives in Tokyo. Hope the baby likes the gift!


***Love, Amy (the proud aunty ♥)***

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Happy Holidays from my little Kotori bird ☆ 小鳥ポーチよりホリデーシーズンのご挨拶☆彡

Hello my friends! I'm just dropping by to wish you all have a safe and happy holiday season with your loved ones... 


Wishing you the best from my original *kotori* zipper pouch holiday version! (lol)  
Note: Kotori refers to little bird in Japanese. The pouch pattern is featured in my book, Zakka Handmades


***Love, Amy***

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Puffy Ponytail Bows made from my book ♥ふわふわリボンゴムたくさん作りました♥


I stayed up late last night to put together these "puffy ponytail bows" for my oldest girl. As you may already know from my previous post, my fourteen year old loves pastel colors, hence she selected these fabrics.

♫母さんが~夜なべをして~リボンゴムを作りました~♪ すみません字余りですが(笑)昨夜は深夜までこんなの作っていた母さんです。前回に引き続いて今回も中学生長女からのリクエスト作品です。

These were made for my daughter and her friends. I had to rush to make these last night because she wanted to bring these to school on Monday morning for some sort of school activity. (And today is Sunday)!


Here's the view of the back side of the ponytail bows...


The project is featured in my book, Zakka Handmades


***Love, Amy***
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Handmade Bow Pouch for the teenage girl ♪ハンドメイドのリボンポーチ♪

I've been making things here and there, yet I just haven't had a chance to post pics on my blog with the start of the holiday madness!  Let me quickly show you this handmade bow pouch that I whipped up over the Thanksgiving weekend per request of my fourteen year old daughter.


Actually, it was made for a good friend of my daughter as a birthday gift. As always, my daughter selected the fabrics (She loves pastel pink!)


Pattern is my original. 


I like to add a small embellishment ball to the zipper pull...


A birthday gift is complete with a Starbucks gift card inside of course!


Of course now I need to make two more of the same pouch for two of my own girls!


***Love, Amy***

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My Color Wheel Dresden Mini Quilt and Happy Thanksgiving♥ カラフルなドレスデンパッチワークキルトの完成と感謝祭♥

Here's my recent finish. Color wheel dresden patchwork mini quilt! Check out my earlier post on how to make these patchwork dresden plates if you're interested.

最近仕上げた作品です。カラーホイールのパッチワークドレスデンのミニキルト♪  興味のある方はこちらの過去記事→☆ にドレスデンパッチワークの作り方を簡単にご紹介していますのでよろしかったらご覧くださいね。

You may recall this color wheel dresden patchwork that I stitched up a while ago... It has been sitting on my sewing table waiting to be quilted, binded and finished.  I'm so happy that I was able to tick this off from my work-in-progress list of things to do... Phew!


これでまた一つ「やりかけ作品」やっつけることができて嬉しいです(笑)  。 「数々のやりかけ作品」についてはこちらから →★

As for quilting, I decided to go with diagonal lines that radiate in all directions from the center out. 



Then I stitched the center circle on top of the dresden "wheel". The gray x white polka dots print I used is Linen Mochi Dot by Momo from Moda.

全体をミシンキルト後、中央部分の円を縫い付けました。グレーx白の生地はModa社のLinen Mochi Dot by Momoを使用しています。

 For the binding, I selected pink and white gingham check. 


I'm happy with the outcome❣

This mini measures approximately 18" x 18" or 45 cm x 45 cm.  I plan to add this to our "mini quilt collection wall" a.k.a our kitchen wall in our house... lol! 

45 センチ 四方のドレスデンパッチワークのミニキルト(ウオールキルト)の完成です♪ 近いうちに我が家の「ミニキルトコレクションコーナー」(←つまりはキッチンの壁。笑)に飾る予定です。

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On the other note, I recently visited momen plus, my fave fabric shop here in Torrance, CA, with my sweetest sewing friends, Amy of nanaCompany and Jennifer of SunnyinCal!FYI... Amy's first sewing book is coming out soon and Jennifer just released her first quilt pattern! Yay to my talented friends!!


さて、先週末には仲良しのソーイング仲間と近所にあるお気に入りの布地屋さんでいわゆる「オフ会」をしてきました。今回ご一緒させていただいたのは、nanaCompanyブログのエイミーさんと、 SunnyinCalブログのジェニファーさんです❣

ちなみに。。。エイミーさんは近日中に初めてのソーイング本が出版される予定です。→☆ ジェニファーさんも、やはり初めてのキルトパターンの販売を開始されたばかりなのです→★ お二人ともお忙しいママですが手芸の腕も文字通りのプロ級❣ 本当に素晴らしい~。

As always, I wanted to buy everything in the shop, but I tried very hard to narrow down my purchase to these fat quarters... Aren't they lovely?


Look! I even got handmade gifts from my friends!!! This happiest patchwork zipper pouch filled with bunch of cosmetic goodies was received from Jennifer. (Actually this photo was taken after my oldest girl snatched the prettiest lip gloss from the gift!)  Thank you so much Jenn for your generosity. Love this!!

そして何と!今回は同行したお二人からそれぞれ手作りギフトをいただいてしまったのです♥ 柄合わせが明るくて素敵なこちらのパッチワークのポーチはジェニファーさんから!しかもポーチの中には使いやすそうなコスメがどっさり(実はリップグロスもいただいたのですが早速長女にとられました~涙)。

And this sweetest needlebook (with my initial handstitched...awww) was received from Amy.  Thank you so much for such a thoughtful handmade gift, Amy!! It's too pretty to use!!

そしてこの可愛らしいニードルブック(縫い針ケース)はエイミーさんから❣ 私のイニシャル入りであまりの可愛さにもったいなくて使えません~。

From left to right: me, Jennifer, and Amy


After we shopped for fabrics, we went to the bakery next door and each had big slice of cake together... Ha ha! Thanks for the super fun afternoon, ladies♥

And to my fellow sewing/blogging friends, I wish you have a happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones♥



***Love, Amy***

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