Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sakura matsuri and Turtle!

It's this time of the year again! Spring has sprung and people go outside to look at it. To satisfy this need there is a sakura matsuri in this town, the most beautiful town in the world!

There's got to be something wrong with this sakura matsuri, though, because the weather is always, always shit then. The first year I wanted to go there, it rained in sheets. The sakura matsuri gets canceled when it rains a lot, so it got canceled that year.
Last year spring hadn't sprung yet and there were no sakura to be seen, so artificial sakura twigs were tethered to about five trees. That was pathetic. Also it was cold as fuck.
This year spring had sprung a month ago and the sakura were all gone by the time of the sakura matsuri. And it was cold, the sky was dark and after half of the matsuri time it started to rain.

Anyway. I went there with Akane, who wrote this very cute post about it with pictures. She shows pictures, but doesn't really tell the story of the yummy onigiri she made. Or the yummy salad I made, for that matter. We went there, bought an-pan (omg, so good!), sat down on my picnic blanket and watched the cosplay people. We tried to guess their characters, but failed miserably. We're too old and too little into anime/manga, I guess. And we ate! Onigiri (one salmon, one shiso, just thinking about them makes me hungry again, yummy!), an-pan and salad, drank green tea and were absolutely stuffed! And then friends of Akane gave us sakura mochi, so we ate that, too. It was actually good it started to rain and we left, otherwise we would have ended up eating even more. Possibly sushi. They teach you to prepare it yourself, very nice.
We had a lot of fun and now Akane even painted me on her blog! It's my debut, people!

Buuut, since the weather was so shite, I remembered a very nice spring day a few weeks ago in the park. I sat on my picnic blanket (I go nowhere without it now that I own it!!) with a friend, when something caught my eye in the grass. Something was walking towards my blanket!
This little cutie belonged to the next blanket over and was very curious what we were all about. Walked around my blanket and looked at everything and everyone. Also tried to climb everything and everyone. These little feet are spiky!
But so cute! I could even pet it!
So much cuteness! The little turtle had to be picked up by its owners, because it refused to leave us to go home. Who wants to go home, when you can be entertained by strangers?! Not this turtle.

That was the best day this year, so much sunshine! The sakura matsuri must have done something wrong in its early days, so now they only get shit weather. How can we redeem this unknown mistake?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New life as a skirt

Being unemployed comes with loads of free time. So I thought I could do some sewing. I want to learn how to sew with a sewing machine and on I went to some places and got flyers about their courses. But the courses work like this: You choose what you want to make, you either have the material or buy in the store where the course takes places, and then you sew and the teacher helps you. This creates a little problem for me. I have absolutely no idea what to make. While thinking about this I remembered that I still have two tablecloths at home. I bought these on the flea market to re-fashion them into skirts.

Might as well do that first! I don't need a course for these and the material just lies there anyway.

I started with the red table cloth. I ironed and measured and finally figured out, I could make two skirts out of one table cloth. Why not?

First I made a mini-skirt. I don't have a red one and I like the bright colour.
Also introducing my new picnic blanket. Jaaaa~
The table cloth wasn't all that well sewn and the hem was crooked. I decided to rip it up and sew again. This time with a decorative woven band.
Stupid me! Couldn't I have thought about this before cutting the table cloth?! Oh no, now I had to fight for every millimeter or else my bum would hang out my skirt. Also, it took like thousands of years to complete. The ripping up took about two hours alone, because the damned hem was sewn on with three(!) threads!
Then I folded the fabric and made a new hem. Then I sewed on the woven band. All in all I've sown my way around this hem five times! I cursed this stupid idea so often while sewing! Well, I had a lot of time for cursing then...

This is how it turned out! In the end I was glad I did it. I really like the woven band, too.

Cutesy little flowers that just smiled at me in the shop. "Buy us, buy us!"
The ends meet like this: I folded each end and sewed the folds together. I deliberately put them together a bit further from the side seam, so the skirt wouldn't get a dent there.
Now its flow isn't interrupted, just as I intended.
I used an OPTI zipper. Gawd, never buy those, people! Look, what it does! It creates a gap! And I couldn't help it, because the zipper is so not flexible. I couldn't bend it any other way. I don't like things that I bought who then still don't want to do as they're told.
Guess, I could sew a little something on there to force the two ends together, but I won't. The gap won't be seen, because my top, sweater or whatever will cover it anyway. But it angers me to see this. From now on only YKK zippers are allowed in my house!

All in all, I'm really happy with this one. I haven't worn it yet outside the house, but the opportunity will come, I'm sure! Looking forward to it.

I wonder a bit, if the table cloth ever thought it would get a new life as a skirt... Stupid! Table cloths don't think!