I'm overdue for a post, I know. My schedule has basically gone haywire, and left me with little time and energy to keep up my crafting. I do plan on picking things back up again, and will resume normal posting when that happens.
A few weeks ago, one of my students, H.A. came to me about a charity event, "Pray with Music," in England this May. A Japanese friend of hers living there wanted to sell a Japanese-style product to raise money to help with the Tohoku Earthquake-Tsunami disaster relief. We decided to make tsumami kanzashi hairpins for the fundraiser. We ended up only making about 70 pieces together, but considering our busy schedules, I think we did a great job. I am very proud of H.A. for jumping right into learning the craft, and doing such beautiful work. I hope, even in the smallest way, that our efforts will somehow help the Tohoku area get back on its feet. 頑張れ日本！