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16 August 2006 @ 12:04 am
Whew. *wipes away sweat*  
My big project for the past week and a half (aside from sleeping an inordinate amount of time, anyway ^^;) has been painting a medium sized hope chest I bought unvarnished at Michael's Arts & Crafts. After three trips to Japan, I've accumulated a lot of mementos, letters, scrapbooks, and so on. I used to keep everything on a little table next to my vanity, but if I stack that it any higher, I'm gonna need a building permit. I also have two yukata (summer kimono) and a very nice hundred-dollar kimono, all of which need to be kept someplace safe.

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. ^_~
Emotional Temperature: accomplishedaccomplished
The Band Plays:: "Let's Hang On"-- by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Amberminttown1 on August 16th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
The chest is gorgeous. I especially love the silver stripes on the side, so metallic and shiny and pretty.
And it's not prideful to want to share something beautiful you've made. :)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love1garnettrees on August 17th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
*blush* Thank you so much! The silver stripes just sort of happened, because that's where the seam in the wood was. I'm glad I did them, though. ^_^

Thanks so much for the comment!
Nebula: dawn 'love'authoressnebula on August 16th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
That chest is beautiful; you're so talented artistically. You deserve to feel proud: you did awesome with it! I'd have bought something that looked like that. ^_^

Meredith Bronwen Mallory: notafraidgarnettrees on August 17th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
You always say the sweetest things, darling! ^__^ I'm so glad you like it, though.

I'd have bought something that looked like that. ^_^
*grins* That's one of the best compliments a girl can get!