Friday, April 30, 2010

What Has Made You Happy Lately?

I guess I am a pretty easy person to please. I can see something good in pretty much all situations. Also, the simplest things (for example, the cake I baked turned out well or I grabbed the last box of cookies at the store... things like that) make me smile.

Last week the package my sister sent arrived. It had some Japanese sewing books I wanted... That made me super happy!!


I have been really busy lately, so I haven't had a chance to sit down to truly enjoy them. Although even just skimming through them, I found so many pretty clothes I want to make.

Look how cute this is!


or this:


When I used to live in Japan, one of my favorite places to go was the book store. Can you guess which section I spent most of my time in? Yes, the sewing and craft sections. There are soo many nice sewing related books in Japan, I miss going to the book stores over there.

One time, I tried to order two books off of Amazon Japan, they were about $10 each(I wanted to order 2 books), with shipping, the cost came to over $60! That is insane!

Now you know why these books made me so happy.
Is there anything that has made you happy lately?

24 comments:

FoundinFlowers said...

Those look amazing!

Southern Gal said...

Almost finishing (finally) a re-cover sewing project on a baby car seat carrier for my daughter. Maybe tomorrow?

Ana said...

They are beautiful! And I am envious that you are able to read them!! :)

Diane said...

Oh what a wonderful package! I, too, love those japanese sewing books. I have found mine on etsy - in the supplies section. Not quite $10, but not $60 either! Have fun :)

the thrifty ba said...

the smell of brownies. they make your home smell so lovely! (guess what dessert was tonight)

laura said...

PLEASE, PLEASE, post some toutrials of the things you make useing your patterns!!! they are just too cute!!!!! ps, i'm laura and i follow your blog everyday!!!

Lulux said...

Great! It's very nice of your sister to send you all those books.

Things that make me happy??? hm when I'm able to finish a sewing project ☺☺☺

Kisses

Pink Princess said...

YES!! I found 2 old school pictures yesterday (check my blog) One from brother and one from moi when I was in Kindergarten!! Never saw these before and it made my day lol.

Hugs from Marian

Charity said...

Oh, those books are so lovely! I just found the Girls Style Book on ebay, and can't wait to dig in with some sweet things for my daughter for summer!

Little things making me happy is a must! This week: ranunculus in a pot, a thrifted skirt, homemade blueberry scones... yum.

Kelli said...

Being healthy makes me happy (I've been fighting odd illnesses for the last two weeks) and watching my son be a young man and surprise me with his abilities, that makes me the happiest.

Julie said...

That is so nice of her! The two outfits you highlighted are very sweet! Enjoy

Deanna said...

I really like the dresses on the cover of the first book. My 9-year old daughter would LOVE that!

Judy said...

How fun! Packages make me super happy! I love when someone sends me a random or surprise package. I feel like a little kid again rushing inside to open it :)

indywriter said...

I was walking through a fabric store with my mother-in-law, telling her how I wanted to make new curtains for my kitchen window. My current curtains are at least 8 years old, and weren't what I had really wanted to begin with. I just could never find the right fabric. Just as I was telling her what I wanted, I saw the perfect fabric.

It sounds silly, but I think the angels sang. This fabric just makes me smile whenever I see it.

Melissa said...

The Japanese sewing books are wonderful! They have beautiful photographs, their drawn out directions are so easy to follow. Can't get enough of them. I'm a tad jealous at the selection you just received! I bought mine off of ebay. Of all things I won the book for 99cents with $5 shipping. Its brand new. I LOVE it. So that is one thing that made me happy! The other, my hour long cat nap I had yesterday. Awww the best!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

In my house I love the European decor magazines. There just have that certain something.

The thing that makes me the happiest right now is that there is only one week left in this school semester.

Dawn, said...

your blog!!!!
Up late the other night and found you. So fun, thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

Bonnie said...

I just made some satin flowers for hair clips that I'm in love with! I really like the girl's green/blue dress on the front left page of your new book! So cute.

Playfully Prissy said...

Just found your blog and fell in love! Love all the tutorials! I just posted a post about them. Hope that is ok. I knew alot of my friends would love your blog as well. Can't wait to check out more of your archives. Have an awesome Monday!

cruella said...

I am very happy because I've just got a small alotment outside the city for cultivating my own vegetables and flowers! Such an idyllic place, I can't resist showing you all:-)

http://hem.bredband.net/inkan/bellmans/

The house is a communal one for fixing lunch and sheltering from rain - and having the occational party!

The text is in Swedish, but I guess the pics are pretty self-explanatory. I live in Stockholm and I truly love your inspiring blog.

(I'm also a newly won fan of Tokyo and Japan after spending a week there in October celebrating our 15th anniversary. I'll definitely go back and do some travelling.)

Emma! said...

Riding my bike with my new basket this weekend made me so happy! Riding in the park as fast as I could reminded me of being a kid :) So fun!

Miss Debbie said...

We remodeled our hall bathroom recently, but, for various reasons, I have not had the time to decorate it. I got it done this weekend and that made me VERY happy. I smile, every time I look through the door!

The Tablescaper said...

It is interesting what makes us happy. Sometimes it's the little things.

- The Tablescaper

my mudda' calls me jack said...

I check your blog almost everyday, but haven't ever commented. I'm happy to have just blessed our new little girl on sunday. I'm happy that I have a sister who made her the most adorable dress. My family makes me happier than anything else for sure.
my blog is nothing fancy, but i posted pictures of the blessing day with my sweet girls and the beautiful dress... if you get a minute between all of your amazing creativeness!!!! oursweetyounggirls.blogspot.com
p.s. loved the hair bows... will you do tutorials?

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