Sunday, July 1, 2012

My cup runneth over.

A magical weekend!
Our son from Singapore took advantage of a fabulous deal on the new Singapore Airlines budget carrier Scoot! to fly down for the weekend for a visit. As a bonus we are taking care of our three granddaughters for the weekend also and this meant that they were able to spend some rare time getting to know their uncle. As I write this they are out Laser Skirmishing with him and grandfather while I catch up on 'housework'...(read etegami and blogging!)
To keep my hands busy while chatting and catching up I have been using some of the precious pieces of chirimen silk I bought from Japan to copy a little bag in the shape of a cicada that I purchased in Japan six years ago.I have wanted to do this for a long time but was unable to buy just the right kind of fabrics. Even now I have used more colourful fabrics than the beautifully understated Japanese original, however I am pleased with the result.
I also made another set of otedama with the small offcuts and I am enjoying them, they make great 'worry beads'!
To top all this off there is the etegami of the finished little bag which measures only about 10cms.
For the etegami I have used one of the new cards my son ordered from Japan they do not have bleed as such, more a kind of blurr, shall have to work with this to find the best medium to use.

The original Japanese bag (or pouch really).
 My versions.


  1. Adorable! Sounds like a wonderful weekend :) <3.

    1. We see our son so rarely, maybe twice a year, three times if we are lucky and then only for short visits, I guess that's what you do, feed them and then unleash them on the world! Hope you are genki.

  2. My daughter has been visiting us for the past week. I wish I could keep my hands busy with sewing but I cannot sew a stitch. Your creations are Enchanting!

  3. Thanks Debbie, it's so nice to have the time with the kids isn't it?

  4. Hi, Origame,
    Wow, so cute! Beautifully done! You're so clever.
    Cheers, Sadami

  5. Carole, so wonderful to have your son and the granddaughters. They will be able to learn so many wonderful things from you. The little bag is charming and the etagami captures it perfectly. Debbie said it best: Enchanting!!!