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May Totoro be with you

18 Jan

Today I am posting two other attempts at “nail enameling” 😁.
I made these two  Ghibli themed pendants for two beautiful and very special fans of Totoro: my friend Michela’s daugthers Viola & Ester.

So now they can take the Spirit of the Forest always with them….

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Noisy bells bracelet

28 Aug

Again string, fuchsia glass and gold coloured beads, plus some little gold bells…. a bit noisy but cute.

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the noisy bells bracelet

black string gold pink beads bracelet

string, beads, bells…. and kanji.

Wedding purse

23 Jul

I have been invited to a wedding at the end of July (apparently people do still get married!!) so since I’ll be wearing a pair of sandals with a bit of gold in them I decided to make myself a matching purse with some Japanese “kimono” fabric I purchased recently at a stall in a Japanese “matsuri” held here in Milan last month….

It is small but capacious enough, and it is also reversible!

Reversible kimono fabric purse

Reversible kimono fabric purse

 

this is how it looks...

this is how it is shaped…

 

the reverse...

the reverse…

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and this is how it looks….

Yukio necklace

3 Jun

I was watching “The Wolverine” the other day when I saw one of the characters, Yukio, was wearing a necklace with a lovely pendant, and it came to my mind that I had a similar pendant that I used for this necklace here… but since I realised that I haven’t been wearing it that much, I decided that I could do a better use of that lovely pendant…

Yukio

Yukio

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Yukio necklace

 

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Yukio necklace… quite

 

“The Wolverine”

16071 days

17 Apr
                                                                きのうの愛 それは涙
                                                            やがて かわき 消えるの
                                                           あしたの愛 それはルフラン
                                                                    おわりのない言葉*
 
*さよならの夏 Sayonara no Natsu
(“Summer of Goodbye”, theme song of From Up on Poppy Hill)
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さよならの夏

 16.071 days and counting…

 
 

Howl’s earings

26 Nov

I am a huge admirer of Miyazaki Hayao‘s works. I love all of his anime, they just transmit me hope and peace and they are of huge comfort especially in dark and rainy days. As yesterday was just one of those dark and rainy days I decided to cheer me up watching for the umpteenth time “Howl’s Moving Castle”- ハウルの動く城.

And while watching I decided to make a replica of Howl’s earings, hoping that they’ll bring a bit of his magic in my life too.

I used jade stones and red crystal beads.

my version of Howl’s earings

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Howl (click on the picture to enlarge)

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Miss Doronjo’s earings

4 Sep

I made this pair of earings for my friend Paola’s 10 years old daughter, Marta, who is very much into skulls and such.

As I saw the little skulls I immediately thought they looked like something Miss Doronjo, from the Yattaman anime, would wear. 🙂

YATTA!

Miss Doronjo’s earings

 

Role Models #2

18 Jul

I’m not a football fan. Not at all! But yesterday evening I watched a bit of the Women Football World Cup final and saw a mouse defeting a giant.

2011 Women Football World Cup Champion: JAPAN

Japan became the first Asian nation to win the Women’s World Cup, beating the U.S. 3-1 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw. The team, small in stature compared to the Americans, fell behind twice but battled back to tie both times, their final goal coming with just three minutes left in extra time.

The women’s team, whose Nadeshiko nickname comes from a pink frilled carnation symbolizing grace and beauty, had increasingly received attention from the national media as it climbed throug the tournament, making up for its lack of size with pinpoint passing and a swarming team defense.

Japan Nadeshiko celebrating their victory

Japan’s players used the disasters as motivation throughout, watching pictures of the devastation from their homeland before some matches. The team displayed a banner reading “To our Friends Around the World — Thank You for Your Support” before the final.

“I can’t believe it,” said Sawa, Japan captain and a veteran of five World Cups. “We have got this result because we never stopped fighting until the end. This has been my goal and now I can take home the gold medal.”

Their result is even more impressive when you think that, after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami disaster, they faced huge difficulties at training together, not to mention their budget… or lack of it, as it often happens in women sport (read more).

Anyway, this is another clear example that size doesn’t matter… Arigatou and well done Japan!

Japan Nadeshiko celebrating their victory


Tanabata

8 Jul

Tanabata, 七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”, is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.

It’s said that your wishes will come true if you write them down on strips of paper called tanzaku and hang them on bamboo branches. (read more)

My tanzaku

Role Models

23 Jun

I enjoyed so much watching  Kimiko Date-Krumm playing Venus Williams in the 2nd round at Wimbledon yesterday.

Date-san left the tennis circuit in September 1996 but returned to action 11 and a half years later in April 2008, and at 40 years of age not only she claimed her first Wimbledon singles victory since reaching the 1996 semi-finals beating Katie O’Brien 6-0, 7-5 on Monday, but she gave Venus Williams, five-time Wimbledon singles champion, a real shock.

Kimiko played her tennis with great grace and tenacity and not only she simply refused to succumb, but she has also been in charge for most of the match. Williams required almost three hours to withstand the squall. She eventually triumphed 6-7(6-8), 6-3, 8-6, but all the applause was for her opponent.

Arigatou Date-san, for showing us that not only size but also age is not an issue.

I don’t care about the age, but of course it’s very, very difficult to continue in the best condition all the time. And then every time after the match it’s difficult to recover,” she said.

Kimiko Date-Krumm, 2nd round, 2011 Wimbledon

I played a very tough opponent,” said Williams of her adversary who came out of a 12-year retirement in 2008. “She doesn’t play anywhere near her age. She’s a huge role model. She hits hard and she runs fast and she’s extremely competitive, as you saw. She came to the net more than me, and it takes a lot to do that. She was managing to get up there and play well.”

Kimiko Date-Krumm v Venus Williams, 2011 Wimbledon

“I hope I can enjoy playing even if I win or lose.”  KD-K

Kimiko Date-Krumm, 2011 Wimbledon

Kimiko Date-Krumm//
Country: Japan
Birth Date: 28 September 1970
Birth Place: Kyoto, Japan
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5 ft. 4 in. ( 1.63 metres )
Weight: 117 lbs. ( 53.2 kilos )
Plays: Right
Turned Pro: 1989
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