When I saw the chest at Michael's, I thought it might be the perfect thing to keep all my Japanese things in-- at least, the ones I don't display. My room is purple, so I decided to paint and decorate it to match. I'm pretty satisfied with the results. I made all the stencils myself, and it was my first time, so I think it turned out alright. Here's the front, and a detail of the design. Cherry blossoms are one of the national symbols of Japan, and there were some beautiful cherry groves near Subashiri. Here's the side, and finally the top. The symbol is the kanji part of the Japanese word omoide, meaning memory. I still need to shellack the chest and let it dry completely, but when it's done I'll keep it at the foot of my bed, just like those girls in the historical fiction novels I read as a girl. ^__^;;;
I always feel funky when I put stuff like this up, as I don't want to come off as prideful. But I also wanted to share it.
... plus, I think I know what I'll be doing for a shower gift if anyone I know has a baby. ^_~