Curved Sleeves? Or, why this picture is so funny….

THE "GAY 90s" in OLD JAPAN -- Pretty Is as Pretty Does

This picture (courtesy of Okinawa Soba) is a shot of three young gentlemen on vacation in Japan in 1890 something. The casual kimono they wear are the same as today’s, disregarding the pattern printed on the fabric and the padded hems; a functional but no longer necessary trend that went away in the 1920s (minus certain cultural displays by performers such as the infamous Geisha). So why is this picture so hilarious?
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Saint Nicholas Day

Happy Saint Nicholas Day! In several cultures, this is the day Saint Nick (or Santa Claus, or Father Christmas) comes to visit, and leaves gifts in shoes or stockings. He sure left a lot of stuff in my shoe^^

Saint Nicholas Shoes
Here are some ideas to celebrate yourself!
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Nordic snowflakes

The first Sunday in Advent means the beginning of a four week period filled with baking, decorating, and in my case, crafting. Here is a simple free pattern for a Nordic snowflake ornament designed by me. It takes me about an hour to make one, so you can whip up a snowstorm. Let the chaos begin!

(Seriously, if the hustle and bustle has caught you, remove yourself at once. Christmastide was not intended to have you pulling your hair out or have kids so wound up they cry. Or you cry. Ignore it for the day, watch a winter themed movie like Frozen and pretend it’s June^^)

Nordic Snowflake
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