Have you ever felt like you just don't fit in? Like the world around you doesn't make sense and you're the only one who sees that? Well, I always have. And I feel like the answer is that .......
I was just born 100 years too late!

06 July, 2011

Kindle or Nook .... I'd still rather a BOOK

When they make the Kindle smell and feel like a real book, I may be tempted to purchase one as it certainly would make moving easier (last time I moved, some 20 boxes were just books alone) and free up a lot of shelf space.

.... then again, maybe not. There just isn't, and never will be, anything like holding a book in your hand. The smell of the pages (especially that wonderful perfume of age), the feeling of them flipping through your fingers, the sound the pages make as they are turned .... nope, nothing can ever replace that.

02 July, 2011

Boogie woogie bugle boy ...

I have been really into the 1940's for some reason these past few months. Swing music, flouncy skirts and headwear have taken center stage and I've channeled this into my knitting, crochet and even sewing.

I have some new items that I've put up for sale (with more coming) ...

And then some that I'm not sure I can part with, like this hat:

All were made from this wonderful 1940's crochet pattern book. I'm eyeing this sweet pair of gloves to tackle next.

Swing on!

13 June, 2011

And now back to our regular scheduled program ....

Back in step with the theme of my blog .... I have found a new love : Electro-swing!

Take the foot tapping big band swing sound, add some modern touches and voila.

This explains it very well ....
Once you hear it, you're gonna get hooked for sure - I know I am!

Happy dancing!

06 May, 2011

Cranes and bracelets and Japan relief ... oh my!

The cranes event was amazing and wonderful! Hundreds of cranes were folded and so far I have about 700 strung. I will be collecting more cranes today and finishing the senbazuru this weekend with plans to ship the package out early next week.

With my attentions so focused on the cranes these past 2 weeks, I've taken a short hiatus from the Japan relief bracelets. But today I finally had a few spare moments to myself and sent another donation to the Red Cross Japan disaster relief fund

..... The total amount, as of today, donated from AmiKami sales is : $1,030 !!!!

This has been a wonderful experience for me to be able to do so many things, include so many people in efforts for helping a country so very close to my heart. Thank you so much, everyone, for all your support!!

28 April, 2011

Operation : Senbazuru of Hope

I've been so busy this past week getting ready for the big day! Operation Senbazuru of Hope - 1,000 Cranes for Japan is underway and we have already made hundreds of cranes.

The community support and efforts for this non-fundraising relief effort for
Japan has been wonderful. The grand finale will be on Tuesday, May 3rd when people and kids from all over Big Bear are coming together to make cranes, write messages of hope and string the senbazuru. Then, the package of love and prayer will be shipped directly to people who survived the earthquake and tsunami.

It is going to be an amazing day!

14 April, 2011

Amikami Japan Disaster Relief Fundraising UPDATE .... and more!

Elementary school children together for the
first time since the March 11 earthquake.

(AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Miho Ikeya)

I can't believe it, but I have just received enough bracelet orders to exceed the $1,000 donation goal! But I've decided I'm not stopping now, and I am not making any more goals ... the sky's the limit!

I've been so deeply touched and encouraged by the phenomenal response I've received since I began my fundraising efforts. I'm am also so inspired by outpouring of support all over to help Japan in this desperate time.

I am currently working on a new Japan project, but not a fundraiser this time. I am working with my friends, students and community in the small town where I live in to make 1,000 cranes to send to Japan. I'm not certain of who the recipients will be exactly, but I'd like to send them to a school I recently read about - Okawa Elementary.

This small school was in a town completely destroyed by the tsunami. Only 34 of the 108 students and 1 teacher out of 12 survived. The school year is beginning in Japan and on April 21, the remaining students will be using classrooms in another school to start their year as the rest of the country does. It made me so sad, but to think of their courage and strength to continue on is so inspiring. I would like to send them something to show them that even 5,000+ miles away, there are people thinking of them and praying for them.

I'll post more on this as it starts coming together. I have already had such an enormous response to this plan, I know it will be a wonderful thing!

07 April, 2011

Another donation made today!!!

I am so excited to announce that I made another donation to the Red Cross for Japan disaster relief today in the amount of $280!!

That means the total donations from the Japan relief bracelet sales is $520. Yes, that means I've met my goal .... but that was the OLD goal. New goal is $1,000 and I already have enough orders to put me well on the way of achieving that.

100% of the sale price of these bracelets are being donated to the Red Cross. The bracelets can be purchased through my Etsy shop at www.amikami.etsy.com.

Also would like to thank Shino for posting my Japan relief bracelet on her blog: http://beautifuladdiction-shino.blogspot.com/ where she is showcasing relief efforts and showing support to Japan. Beautiful!

Thanks to all for support of this cause and keep praying for Japan!