Friday, September 19, 2008

craft purse, or crafty purse...


Alas, I was forced to go to another sale at Swany's, the fabric store in Kamakura. this is the number one thing to do in Japan while the kids are at school, I think. It was my turn to drive, so we piled into the car and I took off cautiously down the road. When we got their, Swany's was packed and the parking lot was full, so I stayed in the road with a number of local ladies who also had their blinkers on. People who cling to the cultural stereotype of Japanese women as shy and submissive have never been to a sale at Swany's, or to the parking lot for that matter.

Anyway it was a blast, I love a good crowd sometimes. The cute little pieces of material I found were irresistible. Yuri announced that we would all be making "craft bags" to hold our stuff later. I have learned to go with the flow when it comes to my neighbors, and usually end up having a good time. What the heck, it has been raining all week and the kids have been in school.

Pam has the gift of being able to look at a thing like a jacket or purse, turn it inside out, and replicate her own pattern. We each made bags somewhat like this one. Mine has poodles and polka dots.

All afternoon we were doing this, until our kids were watching cartoons, having multiple snacks from multiple cupboards and tracking mud back and forth between eachother's houses.

I'll miss these guys when they move. Yuri is moving early November and Jenny is moving then also.....Navy life...

2 comments:

H-bomb said...

Wendy! Super cute purse! I love it! You are so crafty!! Also, I love that you have dispelled the myth about quiet, shy, demure Japanese women....as in the sale and the parking lot. Love these posts! Keep 'em comin'!!

Ethan & Alisa said...

My Best Friend the Dog Lover would Die to have that bag! Awesome!!!