Archive for May, 2011

Enchanting Geisha progress #4

May 30, 2011 1 comment

She’s coming along quite nicely, I think.


Since the last time, I did one colour on her second arm, finished her hair (except for the blue highlights), added another colour to her face, and did more work in black and white on her kimono. If you click on the picture, you can see the notes that I added on Flickr.

It’s really great, seeing this project move along. Before, it was just a few blobs of colour. Now I can really see what it’s going to become, and I’m looking forward to framing it and hanging it somewhere in my apartment!

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery

New books!

May 27, 2011 3 comments

I ordered some books from The Book Depository not too long ago, which, by the way, is a wonderful site because it offers free shipping without a minimum order, and takes PayPal as a form of payment. The books finaly arrived the other day, and I’m so happy I just have to show them off!


I’m a big fan of lace knitting, and Marianne Kinzel’s books are must-haves for lace knitters! I’ve also been interested in temari for a while, and I can’t wait to get some balls and start experimenting with patterns!

I also got something to expand my cooking horizons.


There are so many recipes in here that I want to try, not just specifically for bento but just because they look so good. I’m looking forward to trying some of them out, and I’ll be sure to post and let you all know how they turned out.

Categories: books

A birthday present

A friend of mine, who often takes the name “Griffin” online, is someone who can appreciate the value of a handmade item. And even though it isn’t much, I made them a personalized handtowel for their birthday.


I bought the handtowel from a department store, on a whim when I was in there looking for rolls of Aida cloth. The lettering is done in cross-stitch, while the border is done in half cross-stitch. It’s simple, but it was fun to make.


I bought two more handtowels, which I’m going to embroider in different ways to try experimenting with some new designs and stitch patterns.

Categories: cross stitch, embroidery

Enchanting Geisha progress #3

May 22, 2011 2 comments


The hair’s almost finished, except for the bits that have come loose and are supposed to be trailing down her back. I’ve done a little more of the face, some of one of the hands, and a little more of her fan, though what I did of her fan is in which so it’s not exactly clear in this picture. If you look, though, you can see it.

I’m having a lot of fun working on this project. I won’t be able to make as much progress on it from now on, though, since the reason I worked on it so often this past week was because I was on vacation from work, and tomorrow I go back. I’ll try to find some smaller projects, things I can take with me to work on during my breaks or my lunch, so that I can still keep updating this blog. I don’t want the only real content I post to have been during my vacation!

Categories: cross stitch

Enchanting Geisha progress #2


The hair’s much further along now than it was before (there’s more than twice the amount of black than there was in the first post that I made about this pattern), and there’s some definition in the face, too, which I did to give me a little bit of a break from all the black that I was working with.

That’s the fun thing about cross-stitch. You may be making the same stitches over and over, but after half an hour or so, you can always see that you’ve made progress!

I’m going away for a day, to a cabin in the middle of the woods, so hopefully when I get back I’ll have managed to complete a little more to show.

Categories: cooking

Japanese dinner

The other day, I decided to make some Japanese food for dinner. I didn’t get to make all that I wanted, because I was sick and couldn’t quite find all the ingredients that I needed, but what I did make turned out pretty well.


15 onigiri, stuffed with smoked salmon. The back 5 have a sprinkling of sesame seeds on them. These are the best onigiri I’ve made so far (I made some in the past), but I think they still need some improvement. I need to find a better way to balance the filling with the rice; there’s always too little of one and too much of the other!


The round things on the left are korokke, with potatoes, ground beef, and onion inside. These turned out best of all, I think, and there were a lot left over. Good thing they’re still tasty when they’re cold!

On the left, the things on sticks are tsukune, which is ground chicken on skewers. These were good, but not asgood as they could have been, because I didn’t chop the onions finely enough. At least I know for next time!


A steaming bowl of tofu miso soup. I didn’t make this from scratch, but rather it came out of a packet. It’s still good, though. I used to eat this stuff all the time shortly after high school, so the taste of it brought back many memories.

Next time, i want to try making kinpira, and maybe tamago no tarakabukuro, because they look so tasty!

Categories: cooking

Enchanting Geisha progress #1

May 14, 2011 1 comment

A while ago, I bought the Enchanting Geisha kit from Dimensions Gold Collection, and I’ve been making slow but steady progress. (Slow because it’s hard for me to find anywhere comfortable to sit while I stitch these days…)


This is the image from their website. I plan to make a few edits to it as I go. For one thing, the blue highlights in her hair stand out so vividly and look almost jarring, so I think I’m going to use one strand of blue and one of black instead of two strands of blue when I do those parts. I’m also going to change her eye colour from blue to brown. I have no idea why they thought blue would be a good colour for a geisha’s eyes, unless it was to make it more appealing to Western audiences.

This is what I have done of it so far:


Not that much, as you can see. You can click on the photo to see the notes I added on Flickr, if you like.

Categories: cross stitch