Fabric Shop in Okinawa, Japan

Aloha! I’ve been under the weather since our trip to visit this cutie in Okinawa, Japan. It was a chilly, windy week and every one but Evelyn (who, thankfully, just had a runny nose from teething) got sick…allergy, head cold and/or upper respiratory junk is not fun when there is so much to see and do!


Such a cute little “kimono” outfit!

Just in case you think we didn’t get there and back again…


Getting our first stamps in our passports was quite exciting, it went very smoothly and with no delays! 🙂

With the weather and being sick, I still managed to find a fabric shop during our trip! I couldn’t find too much information on the shop but it has been in Okinawa for a good while. I found this article online but not much else.

I don’t know what the “66 cents” means…I didn’t see anything for that price or even ending in that price. This photo is of the front store and held the quilting cottons, notions and, interestingly, an olive oil shop above it!


Courtney and I entered from the side entrance. To the right were these cabinets full of all types of thread. The price in Yen (371) converts to about $3.29 U.S in case you’re curious!


To our left, were these bolts of fabrics. You can just see the stairs leading up to the olive oil shop. These novelty fabrics seem to be very popular.


On the other side of the thread cabinets were these fabrics on rolls rather than folded onto bolts. I had recently learned there were traditional Okinawan fabrics and these in the lower right seemed to be the closest I found. Surprisingly, there were not very many to choose from.


I can’t interpret the writing on this one…but I loved the texture!


This is the second part which was behind and left of the front building. Note the drinks vending machine…they are EVERYWHERE in Okinawa. Residential, retail, parking lots, street corners…everywhere!


We actually started with this building first and found it had decorator fabrics, satins and silks and such for clothing making and a bit of quilting cottons (primarily fat quarters and remnants). This store had signs for no photography (so the pics from the shop above were taken on the sneak!)


I did ask if I could photograph these fabric holders as I was paying for my purchase. He graciously said I could!


I have never seen fabric bolt holders (is that what they are called?!) made of wooden frames and covered with paper! Have you?!


Cool, right?! They appear to be old (judging by the discolored tape) but are they?


I bought this fat quarter (to entertain Evelyn while we browsed) and this remnant. I think it will make a lovely wall hanging to remember our trip. I paid Yen 1804 or about $16.00. The remnant piece is 1-1/2 yds and the normal 43″ wide.


After a fun day shopping, we went out for dinner. This photo was taken at Hamasushi – fast food sushi on a conveyor belt. What an adventure and pretty good food! That’s a tiny peek at the conveyor just over Courtney’s left shoulder. Grab a plate as it goes by or place an order for cooked and/or specials. They add up the plates when you are finished!

More photos to come…we have two cameras and two cell phones to retrieve photos from so stay tuned!







Got Batiks?

Happy New Year! Can you believe we are already a week into it!? I have been busy quilting and preparing for our upcoming trip to Okinawa, Japan! I can’t wait to share it with you when we return!
Today, I am sharing the Aurifil blog about Island Batiks and their new Fall/Winter 2016 collection. I love these fabrics and thought with all the cold wintry weather occurring in almost every state this past weekend, you might need a fabric fix!



Welcome to our Fall/Winter edition of Island Batik Week!! We’re so excited to partner with this wonderful company once again to present a variety of new fabric lines along with the coordinating Aurifil thread collections. We’ll be featuring one designer every day and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Fall/Winter 2016 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.


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Deep Purples, greens and magentas are beautifully represented in Kathy Engle’s  Coastal…

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A Wedding Blesses Our Family

Bless me bloggers, for I have sinned. It has been 3 weeks since my last blog! At one moment, it seems like those days went by in a blur but I remember them as long and stressful. Thankfully, there were at least a couple of days of sunshine after Winter storm Sparta! Don’t you hate it when that groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter…and gets it right?!?

Our daughter’s wedding went splendidly on March 7! The snowstorm less than a week before the wedding caused some tense moments for Chris’ family, who traveled from Maryland, but they all arrived safely. Here is the happy couple after the deal was sealed! What a blessing!

Captain & Mrs. Christopher Nicklas

Captain & Mrs. Christopher Nicklas

Notice Chris’ crisp white vest and bow-tie? Well, that one got delivered to the chapel about an hour before the ceremony! The other one picked up the day before? It was mint green…NOT what was requested!

There were only a couple of other tiny bumps before the ceremony but it ended just like it was supposed to!

First dance as husband and wife...

First dance as husband and wife…

Father-Daughter dance...

Father-Daughter dance…

My husband, Eddie and the new son-in-love Chris!

Thumbs up…she’s all yours now, Chris!!

If you read this post, you recall there was more big news coming for us in 2015. Not only are we moving to Kauai in a few weeks (yes! really!!) Chris and Courtney will begin there life together at his new overseas assignment in a few months. He is being stationed at Kadena Air Force Base…that would be in Okinawa, Japan!!

Look at the beautiful, sunny island they will be enjoying! Oh, and it’s only a mere 4,500 miles from Kauai!! I will figure the logistics of visiting them on another day!

Kumejima Island, Miyako-jima, Okinawa, Japan

Kumejima Island, Miyako-jima, Okinawa, Japan

As for our move, we finally got through the final loan approval process (I scanned more documents in one day than I ever did when I worked full time!!) and got the good news along with the appraisal on March 20! That was the longest week…we truly believed our dream might be slipping away…again!! We even started scouting out places in Florida to consider. We were NOT going to spend another land-locked summer in Oklahoma!!

Our closing has been pushed back to March 31. We are pretty sure it will happen but, honestly, I am still not packing stuff just yet!

I finished another quilt top to keep my mind and hands busy. I’ll post it tomorrow and try to get back in the swing of keeping things updated. The next few weeks will be busy and the ever-present checklists will have to be dealt with accordingly.

Stay tuned!!!

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