New Store

I’ve been quiet lately but I have been busy! I’ve opened up my Etsy store🙂 check it out🙂 http://www.etsy.com/shop/NostOWLgia

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Kyle and Mel in Japan pt 1

Josh and I have been having a lovely week with Kyle and Mel! We have just been to Osaka to Umeda Sky Building, Namba and Yaki Niku. Then to Kyoto to the Golden Temple and Imperial Palace and also to Nara where we (not me!) fed the deer and fed the turtles… I want a turtle!!! We also had great fun at Karaoke but hopefully all videos of me singing will be destroyed!

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We made wishes for the Tanabara festival, I wished for future success in my business! Wish me luck!

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A rock climbing wall, halfway up a building!

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And my new bunny friend I won in a UFO catcher!

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Temples and deer and turtles!

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Birthday Adventures

I’d have to say that this has been these most amazing birthday!!! The birthday spoilage started a week ago when mum and dad sent me a sizzix! It is an amazing cutting and embossing machine, and I have big plans for it! Then, on Wednesday night after work Josh gave me the most wonderful and thoughtful present of all my favourite things. I love blueberries so he found me blueberry wine, I love tea so he found a cute happy birthday tea! Do read the “engrish”🙂 he also got me two wonderful craft books to inspire me as I work towards my craft dreams🙂 and he gave it all to me in the cutest bag!

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But this is only the beginning! As soon as I opened my presents we raced out the door to catch the night bus to Tokyo!

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After a long night of almost no sleep we arrived at Disney Sea! We waited for the park to open, it was very exciting! People race in to get fast pass tickets, but being a Thursday the racing wasn’t overly necessary!

At the moment Disney is celebrating Easter and Spring, so there were lots of beautiful floral displays and Easter egg shaped characters.

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As you walk through the gates to Disney Sea you are greeted by a Mediterranean harbour.

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Which also includes a pirate ship, castle and volcano of course!

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From there we moved on to Atlantis!

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Then on to the home of King Neptune to hang out with Ariel under the sea.

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Strawberry popcorn!

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Indiana Jones temple, this ride was scary!

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Time for a smoked turkey leg before heading over to America!

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A stage show we saw part of, all the tableware from The Beauty and the Beast.

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Then a pirate ship before moving on to see Aladdin and Sinbad.

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By this time we were completely exhausted! So back to the hotel with an ocean view! Lovely!

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The next day was another early start. But I was ready with my Marie popcorn bucket, my Mickey mouse hat and my birthday sticker… Time for Disneyland!

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Disneyland was so busy! We didn’t go on a lot of rides but we still had a lot of fun!

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Alice in Wonderland!

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Splash mountain, the wait for this was 120mins so we didn’t go on😦

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Then it was over to Toon Town!

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Minnie Mouse’s house!

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Mickey’s house next door.

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Chip and Dale’s house, where peanut butter is made!

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Mother duck and ducklings… Who live under a roller coaster!

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Lady and the Tramp and my darling Marie before a final look at Disneyland.

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And the perfect way to end my birthday, Tamagotchi donuts in Tokyo!

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And our souvenir, a delicious box of chocolates!

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A truly perfect birthday!
And to finish the weekend a trip to Sweets Paradise with Cara!

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Fox and Owl Swap

My lovely swap partner Ysmeine received the package I sent her on Friday, I can’t believe it got there so quick! This was the Fox and Owl swap on Craftster, my favourite online hangout.
Here’s what I made:

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A needle felted fox compact mirror, with my first French knots for his eyes.

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A needle felted fox, who needed a home of course! So I built him a terrarium to live in, inspired by one of my crafting hero’s, Knickertwist, you can find her amazing work, including tutorials for the tiny mushrooms and houses over at her blog Pixie Hill.

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It didn’t quite fit into the first jar, which sucked because it had a really pretty lid!

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I also made an owl phone cover. Modified from a pattern by Nilmerg.

I also made some crochet owls. They are available as a free crochet pattern here
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A cross stitch owl bookmark.

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My first ever atc.

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And some extras, a ceramic owl bowl, origami paper and one piece figurines.

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I’m looking forward to my next swap, Vintage Swap starting soon! And steadily working through my journal for a month swap🙂

Felt animals

My first felt animals! I’m working from this sweet little Japanese craft book at the moment, and hope to start developing my own patterns soon!

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A little chocolate cat and a monkey!

The rest of golden week and the weekend after

Just riding back home on the local train, it gives me plenty of time to blog🙂 the rice paddies have been flooded this week. They look really beautiful!

Tuesday of Golden Week, Dani and I enjoyed epic fail day. We started our day with a trip to the Boston museum to see the Icons of Style exhibition… It was closed. So we moved on to our next activity, a visit to a puppy cafe. A puppy cafe is where you can go if you don’t own a pet (dogs and cats are very expensive in Japan!) to play with one for an hour and have a coffee. It took us a very long time to find the puppy cafe in Shin-Sakae and when we finally did it was byo puppy! It was a grooming cafe😦 so we decided to walk to the next suburb over to meet Josh for lunch, only a fifteen minute walk. Unless of course you are Caitlan and Dani, in which case you get lost and it takes an hour. But we were determined to spend time with a cute little pet, so when we finally met Josh we went in search of a kitten cafe and after an hour we found it:

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But of course it was closed!!!! So feeling very disheartened we jumped on a train and headed for Osu Kanon and finally some success! We might not have found any pets, but we got to take these lovelies home:

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Our winnings from the UFO catchers🙂 a maid cafe outfit from Osu Kanon and some of the decorations in the mall:

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Wednesday we had a quiet day, crafting and studying🙂 I can’t wait to post photos of what I made but it’s for the fox and owl swap, so no photos until my partner receives🙂 it’s been such a super fun swap though🙂

On Thursday we went to Osaka to visit Mayuko. She is moving to Germany next month to start her new job as a flight attendant with Lufthansa. She is going to be amazing!

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I tried sushi for the first time, there were lots of seafood free options🙂

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The Umeda Sky building, the scariest escalators I’ve ever been on!

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Can you see our reflection?

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A refreshing drink at the top

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And what trip to Osaka would be complete without a trip to the Hello Kitty store? Super cute Tuxedo Sam bag that held my new Hello Kitty travel sewing kit🙂

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Strawberry milk bath bomb, so wonderful!

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Mayuko and I got lucky dip bags at a jewellery and hair accessory store for 300 yen, cute things inside!

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We spent a lovely day with Josh’s host family. This is some mochi wrapped in bamboo they gave us, it was really delicious and sweet! We spent the day chatting and playing games!

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And a very happy moment! I won my favourite character from a UFO catcher! A Nyampire!

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What a way to finish the week, Omu soba made by Josh🙂

Golden Week Days 1 & 2

Quite possibly the most aptly named holiday, Golden week so far has lived up to our expectations! We started Sunday by playing put put at the park, and seeing a man feeding the birds, though not pigeons like you usually see!

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Then we went to the Belgian Beer Festival! We enjoyed some delicious beers and food!

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A robot made of chewing gum! Cara and Valerie were impressed😉

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And some delicious cheese with raisin lollies.

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After the festival Cara and I had some lunch, pizza, yum! And went shopping at Daiso, the ¥100 shop. Then we met up with Josh for a ride on the ferris wheel in Sakae.

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That night Josh and I enjoyed dinner at Japan’s #1 Okonomiyaki restaurant. It is delicious!!! I also had my favourite Japanese dish, Omu Soba. The restaurant is owned by the most wonderful, lovely couple who have made us feel so at home in Japan!

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After dinner it was back home to soak in our weird Japanese style bath tub, it looks like an oversized laundry sink! What bath would be complete though without a bath bomb?

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And as it dissolved look what appeared!

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A teddy bear!!!

Today we visited a shrine at Jingu Nishi, called Atsuta shrine.

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The oldest tree at the shrine:

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Prayers tied to the fence ^

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If you’ve ever wondered what a thousand paper cranes looks like:

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An amazingly rusty building we saw

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And a token for studies, let’s hope I can actually do the course I want now!

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