I finished the third one in my geisha doll cross stitch series.
I named her ‘Chisato’
Chisato – often written with the Kanji for 千 (chi) thousand & 里 (sato) village –
means ‘thousand villages‘.
Here’s the second one of the Geisha Girls Cross Stitch series I’m doing…
I named her ‘Miyuki’
Miyuki – often written with the Kanji for 美 (mi) beauty & 雪 (yuki) snow – means ‘beautiful snow‘.
Other Geisha Girls I stitched:
This is the first post of the geisha girls cross stitch series I’m working on whenever I feel like it. They are all inspired and/or done according to the pattern from iamnotadoll on etsy 🙂 I just gave them different names that I personally like or connect with each little geisha doll.
Misaki – often written with the Kanji for 美 (mi) beauty & 咲 (saki) bloom – means ‘beautiful blossom‘. With her green kimono and the purple/pink hair that name fits perfectly in my opinion 🙂
After a long journey, struggling with infertility due to Endometriosis, going through fertility treatments (IVF), our “Snowflake” from a frozen transfer stuck with us . Finally, in the early hours of July 18th, 2014 we were able to hold our precious daughter in our arms!
We are overflown with joy and excitement of what each new day brings and love to cuddly with our “Snowflake”. As she turns 1 week old today – I want to show you what I did to her Baby album cover (I went all crafty before birth to pass the waiting time). You see, she also has been given a ‘real’ name, obviously 😉
BABY ALBUM (front cover)
I cross stitched her name ‘Nanami’ as well as some little decorational motives. The “subtitle” reads: Little summer snowflake. To add some playfulness I took buttons and just randomly put them on there as well. The crochet border is supposed to add some summer-vibes.
FRONT COVER INSIDE
On the inside of the front cover I put a cross stitch owl family and in Japanese it says “Papa, Mama, Nanami” above their heads. I wrote down the lyrics of a song that just speaks right from our heart.
The pages inside which we hope to fill with lots of photos are of different length because I put the same type of crochet border on each page as the front cover has. It’s just more vibrant and cheery that way I thought 🙂
On the inside of the BACK COVER I put the seasonal owls that I already posted a while ago on my blog here
On our choice of name – NANAMI
It’s a name of Japanese origin that is usually written in simple Hiragana ななみ without having a meaning. If it is written in Kanji like this: 七海 it has the meaning of ‘seven seas.’ (To hear the pronounciation CLICK HERE )
We like to interpret the meaning of the Kanji as “Cosmopolitan”, because the “7 seas” go all around the world. We want our Snowflake to go wherever she wants to go in this world & have her discover the various, different, unique parts of the world on her own way. By that, we not only think of the geographical world, but also the different, colorful cultures, lifestyles, life plans people have (i.e. a couple = not just man/woman etc).
In that sense^^^^we hopefully manage to raise our girl to be an open-minded, cosmopolite person who will be able to live a colorful life with her very own mind ❤
I finished tha last handmade project I started before giving birth – and it’s a cross stitch project.
“Seasonal Owls”: Spring – Summer – Fall – Winter
I was working very hard on all four owls because I wanted to finish it before giving birth – I will not start anything else now while waiting to go into labour (^_^)
A few days ago, the urge to cross stitch something has hit me again. I found a picture online of various city sceneries & decided to go for the one called “Pretty Little Tokyo”.
This cross stitch piece of a stylized Tokyo skyline features the Tokyo Tower, the Rainbow Bridge, the Tokyo City Hall, the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, the Sky Tree, Senso-ji Temple, and Mt Fuji. Shinto gates, cherry blossoms, and a boat complete the scenery.
Tokyo is a very special to me – it feels like a second home. I’m so familiar with lots of different places and things in that city and even though I’ve visited (and lived) there for some time, Tokyo manages to surprise me with new, so far undiscovered things every time. ❤
In between packing boxes & getting everything ready to move into our new apartment in a few days, I actually managed to keep up with my crafty fever (^_^) I went back for a short cross-stitching adventure, because these owls looked just too cute not to be stitched for the future baby album of our snowflake.
I tried to make up the colours for the baby-owl as a sort of combination of the colours of Mum & Dad owl, you know…because they are a family and such. I also added “Mama”, “Papa” & the name for the baby owl in japanese writing, but since we decided to keep the name somewhat private until after birth, it’s not in the photo^^
Anyways, Just looking at it puts a wide smile on my face (^_^)
I finished another “Precious Moments” cross stitch picture, which will go well with the one I showed you in my last entry.
I did choose my own colors (not the ones given in the instruction), because…I’m just a rebel like that *laughs* I wanted the blanket to be all green, because I crochet a very green baby blanket myself (also posted in this blog somewhere) and I thought the violet flowers and red hearts would just stand out more like that.
I can’t wait to decorate the nursery – snowflake’s room…only 2-3 more weeks until we move!
After I went through my phase of crochet & knitting, I’m currently indulging in the craft of Cross-Stitching. When a ‘nostalgia-package’ from my mum arrived, I found this Precious Moments cross stitch in it, which I must have made more than 10 years ago. I didn’t even remember it until I opened the package.
It will definitely go in Snowflake’s room, once we have moved & currently I’m cross stitching a second Precious Moments picture to go with it. The last few days though, I spend cross stitching something special:
I won’t reveal more than this sneak peak because it’s not the time to do so yet. This picture is the start of me cross stitching Snowflakes name & little decorational things^^^ I will probably reveal the finished result after birth 😉
The thing I love about cross stitching is that by taking the time and stitching every little cross-by-cross you can creat a whole picture or lettering. To Cross-Stitching is something like the ‘Original Pixel Art’ (^_^)
I also sorted out my colors/threads by the way: