it turns out, in 2012 i had even less time to blog. i started a new full time job, and am now in the final stages of dissertation writing. craft project time was (and continues to be) at a premium. but at the end of the year, and especially around christmas, i threw myself into making a few things. above: paper snowflakes on the shoji doors in my apartment. i love these--thinking about leaving them up all winter.
some christmas paper crafts, plus decorations from the 100 yen shop.
actually, this was the first project of the christmas season: paper cut out light covers (lights from ikea).
chrismas mantle (tiny felt tree from muji; the tiny paper chain was a fun project)
and a new teapot and calendar for 2013. in japan, new years is a quiet holiday, spent with family at home, eating, visiting the shrine. starting out the new year with a clean house from top to bottom. this year i actually did the oosoji (big new years cleaning)! now just to see if it sticks.
ikuta shrine in kobe
2013 is the year of the snake (image from crictor, modified ;-)
i dont really like snakes, but i always loved the illustrations and the story of crictor the boa constrictor.
happy 2013 to you and yours!
hopefully it will involve crafts...once i start it's hard to stop.