March 18, 2011


I'll be hanging out at the park this weekend,
taking a break from the stress of the past couple of weeks,
hoping to be nice and relaxed by the time spring arrives on Sunday afternoon.
Happy Spring Everyone!

March 16, 2011

Japan is in my heart...

Japanese was my first language. My family moved there when I was about a year old and when I began to speak, it was in a language my parents didn't understand. My mother had a neighbor translate for her.

My brother was born there. We returned to the US before he began to speak so he always spoke English. It was only then that I also learned to speak English and eventually forgot my Japanese vocabulary, but Japan has always been in my heart.

I grew up in a house filled with pagoda shaped lanterns, silk kimonos, moriage teacups, netsuke carvings and scrapbooks full of photos and Japanese postcards. My parents always spoke lovingly about their time there and instilled in us a deep respect for the Japanese people.

You have to admire a culture in which people greet each other with a polite bow.

March 04, 2011

time to share

I do love a beautiful hand crafted silver bead
and have built a nice a collection over the years.
Although it's hard to part with some of them,
a few have made their way into my Etsy shop recently.
I thought it was time to share.

March 01, 2011

fun with paper

.. today's little celebrations ..
some delightful vintage paper finds