Blackcabbit's World

Bit by bit, the Blackcabbit crafts its nest of DIY handmade art and illustrates a kingdom of doodle critters to beautify the world she lives in.

One DIY Christmas Ornament a Month – 07 Pinecone Flower & Butterfly

If you have read “A Novice’s Attempt on Sashiko” (my previous post), you’d know that Ajisai (紫陽花/Hydrangea) has been on my mind lately, especially during this Tsuyu (梅雨/rainy season). So I decided to make it … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Novice’s Attempt on Sashiko

Sashiko (刺し子) means quilting in Japanese, and it mainly uses Running Stitch (aka. Straight Stitch). It was originally used by common folks to mend and reinforce cotton garments into heavy … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · 6 Comments

One DIY Christmas Ornament a Month – 06 Pinecone Mice

Introducing Miki & Mini, the mice on a red pinecone, which is my sixth Christmas tree decoration. They are part of my pinecone craft series in Japanese style. Of which, I’d share basic techniques of Chirimen Zaiku (ちりめん細工/Crepe … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

One DIY Christmas Ornament a Month – 05 Pinecone Tako

Introducing Tako, my fifth Christmas tree decoration. He is part of my pinecone craft series in Japanese style. Of which, I’d share basic techniques of Chirimen Zaiku (ちりめん細工/Crepe Handicrafts) that I am learning from books. Okay, here is … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Festival for the Children!

On May 3rd, we went to Forest and Park for the 21st Century (21世紀の森と広場). Matsudo City was holding her annual Kodomo Matsuri / Children festival (第41回松戸市こども祭り) – an event opened to the public … Continue reading

May 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

One DIY Christmas Ornament a Month – 04 Pinecone Monkey

Introducing Joji, my fourth Christmas tree decoration. He is part of my pinecone craft series in Japanese style. Of which, I’d share basic techniques of Chirimen Zaiku (ちりめん細工/Crepe Handicrafts) that I learn from books. Okay, here … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Riding the Swans in Kashiwanoha Park

Last Saturday, we visited Kashiwanoha Park (柏の葉公園). Before Fireball started his Spring term this week, we thought we should do something interesting, like having a “relaxing” Swan Boat ride on the park’s … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Conquering a Pirate Fortress in Misato Park

Spring was definitely in the air when we visited Misato Park (みさと公園) in Saitama prefecture last Saturday. Almost under every Sakura tree there was a group having picnic. Since Hanami (花見/cherry blossom … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Riding Experience at Yukari Traffic Park

Last Saturday, we brought Fireball and his baby sister to Yukari Kotsu Koen (ユーカリ交通公園), which is a traffic park for children, in Matsudo City (Chiba). The road safety park has … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Asakusabashi)

A little Kapipara (Capybara) told me about Bead Town in Tokyo. Located in Asakusa-bashi (浅草橋) are numerous distributors selling huge assortment of beads, gems, crystals, precious stones, jewelry findings, tools etc. BEL ART … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

One DIY Christmas Ornament a Month – 03 Pinecone Bunny

Introducing Bunny, this cutie is my third DIY decoration for my future Christmas Tree. Want to know how to make a chirimen pinecone rabbit? Okay step by step, here we … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

How To Bake Pinecones for Crafts

There are many great tips on the internet on how to prepare pinecones for crafts – all on a mission to destroy the evil critters residing in them before they … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

One DIY Christmas Ornament a Month – 02 Pinecone Porcupine

Introducing Piney the Porcupine (side view). If you have read my previous post (Red Pinecone Dolly), you will know that this is going to be my epic project for my … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

One DIY Christmas Ornament a Month – 01 Red Pinecone Dolly

Why am I talking about making Christmas ornaments at the very beginning of the year? Blackcabbit’s brain must be frosted. Ho Ho Ho, it all started when I picked up … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Have a Spirited New Year in 2014!

Dearest Friends of Blackcabbit, A Japanese New Year e-card (Nengajo/ 年賀状) for you, for the year 2014. May the Lord bless you with grace and refresh you always, so that … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas Snowman Wrapper

Yeah, Christmas Day (my favorite holiday) is just round the corner. To welcome the season of giving, I decided to spread good joy by handing out chocolates to Fireball’s classmates … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

DIY Gesso / Chalk Paint

Fireball had a Christmas Party in his kindergarten last week. Like most of his school events, we the mothers were very involved. While rest of the Okaasan-tachi were making Christmas … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Commissioned Artworks for Creaminal Treats

For the past two months, I have been burning midnight oil, especially after the kids slept. I was commissioned to illustrate 8 characters for my sister’s cafe, which I digitally … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

Handmade Skipping Rope

Remember the rope my son received on his Sports Day? We were told to make it into a Nawatobi (縄跳び/ Jump rope) and bring it to school. Not sure how … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Undokai: A Mother’s Love in Action

Tokiwadaira Kindergarten’s Undokai (運動会/Sports Day) was a success, and in my opinion, one with high quality! Clearly the kids and their families had a great time. When it ended, mothers … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Undokai for a Happy School of Sea Creatures

My three-year-old Fireball attends Tokiwadaira Kindergarten (TK), a school that has a strong love for picture books. Every year, they will adopt a favorite and make it the theme for … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Magical Day at Disneyland with My Little Ones

Finally, Natsu Yasumi (夏休み/summer holiday) is ending this week for Fireball, my three-year old. He has been staying indoor most days. So, in order to make it up for him, … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Splashing Time at Teganuma Aquatic Park

Last Saturday, we bought Fireball to Teganuma Shinsui Hiroba (手賀沼親水広場 / Teganuma Aquatic Park), which is located in Abiko City (我孫子市), northern part of Chiba Prefecture. They have a wonderful Mizuno … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Enjoyable Day at Ichikawa City Zoo

Fireball’s summer holiday is coming to an end. Since his mummy and eight months old baby sister are not big fans of intense summer heat, he pretty much had to … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

DIY Projects for my Pre-schooler 4: Sling Bag

Here is a Sling bag (aka. Messenger bag) I made for my three-year-old, four months ago. In Japan, this type of school bag is more commonly known as a Shorudā Baggu (ショルダーバッグ … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

DIY Projects for my Pre-schooler 3: Lesson Bag

Here is the Lesson Bag (レッスンバッグ) that I made for my Fireball, three months ago. Woah, time flies! In Japan, Lesson Bag is also known as a Ehon-bagu (絵本バッグ) or … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

DIY Projects for my Pre-schooler 2: Shoe Bag

After I wrote the step-by-step process for the O-bento Set, I have decided that there will be a total of FOUR instead of five posts for the “DIY projects for my … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

DIY Projects for my Pre-schooler: O-Bento Set

This is a continuation from my previous post – The Big Preschool Prep for ME. Of which, I mentioned how I made my own “Transportation & Animal Series” appliqués, and … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Nerve-racking Start of a Pre-school Life

Kindergarten life begins… My son the Fireball, who is now 3 years old, had his first Nyuenshiki (入園式 / School Entrance Ceremony) on 10th April. It did not begin well. … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Big Preschool Prep for ME!

The wait is almost over. My little boy is starting his Yochien (幼稚園 / kindergarten) tomorrow. With the new-found extra free time and all my accumulated secret plans, I can finally … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 6 Comments

Hina Matsuri – The Doll Festival

Hina Matsuri (雛祭り / the Doll Festival), which is also known as Girls’ Day or Peach Festival, is celebrated on March 3rd. For this event, Japanese families with little girls … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Reversible Box Bottom Tote Bag for my Bento

Last saturday, I made a reversible tote bag for my 3-tier Bento Bako (弁当箱 / lunch box), which is used for family outings or church lunches. The pattern I used was … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

Celebrating Love in Japan – Valentine’s Day & White Day

Valentine’s Day Like the rest of the world, Valentine’s Day (バレンタインデー) in Japan is pretty much hyped up with a gift-giving mindset. However, what is interesting about Japan is that … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

National Foundation Day of Japan

February 11th is celebrated as Japan’s National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinen no hi / 建国記念の日). This date, which Japan emerged as a nation, is actually based on an old legend … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fabric Painting with Crayons & Acrylic Paints

Even after the garage sale event, my nesting instinct was unyielding. So, I preoccupied myself with several sewing activites. For instance, I modified & sewed THREE double bed sized Bosui shiki pedo (防水敷パッド/waterproof … Continue reading

November 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

My Nesting Instinct & My First Garage Sale Event

Have you been wondering why I haven’t been blogging much lately? Well, it is time to share my secret… I’m 34th-week pregnant and is blessed with a baby girl. I’m … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 4 Comments

My First Attempt on Oshie / Kurumie Craft

In my previous post on Oshie (押絵) / Kurumie (くるみ絵) – a Japanese traditional craft, I promised that I’ll share my undertaking of an Oshie craft kit in details with you. Well, … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Japanese Traditional Crafts – Oshie / Kurumie

Oshi-e (押絵/押し絵), which literally means “Pressed Picture,” is a traditional form of Japanese handicraft since the Edo period. Like a jigsaw puzzle, the picture is made up of many pieces. … Continue reading

August 6, 2012 · 3 Comments

Embroidery Project – Travel Pillow Cases

A year ago, we travelled oversea with our newly-bought travel pillows. Despite of their manufacturer’s claim, micro-beads started oozing out of them easily. Mine totally did not survived the trip … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · 6 Comments

Authentic Home-cooked Char Siew Rice

Japanese food, especially sushi, has been my number one favorite food. However, after staying in sushi paradise for a while now, I’m beginning to crave miserably for the comfort food … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · 9 Comments

Ring of Fire over our Chiba Sky

Early this morning, we had the opportunity to watch the rare occurrence of “Ring of Fire” in the sky, at the comfort of our home in Chiba. The Japanese called … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Etegami for GW – 04 Children’s Day

In Japan, May 5th is Children’s Day (Kodomo no hi/子供の日): Here is the fourth Golden Week’s etegami I did, featuring Kodomo no hi. To all the children of the world, … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Etegami for GW – 03 Greenery Day

May 4th is Greenery Day (Midori no hi / みどりの日). It is a day to appreciate and preserve Japan’s greenery; a day to express our gratitude for natures’ abundance and … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Etegami for GW – 02 Constitution Memorial Day

May 3rd is Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day (Kenpo Kinenbi / 憲法記念日). Frankly, I doubt I will know the significance of this patriotic holiday if it is not for my etegami … Continue reading

May 3, 2012 · 7 Comments

Four Etegami for Golden Week – 01 Showa Day

I realized that I had been pretty slacked with my Etegami Art Series recently. So, before I’m further delayed by motherhood, or get busy planning a new series, I decided … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 4 Comments

Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Shinjuku)

This is actually a continuation from my previous post. Of which, I shared about my way around Nippori Fabric Town. Since I was familiar with the area, I finished my … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · 22 Comments

Craft Stores in Japan – Tokyo (Nippori)

My hubby is so sweet! Early this week, he gave me some cash, offered to babysit our “Akuma no ni-sai” (terrible twos), so that I could spend the entire day … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · 10 Comments

2012 Nengajo Draw Result!

Sigh, this year my husband and I did not win any prize for the Otoshidama-Tsuki Nenga Hagaki (お年玉付き年賀はがき). However, my in-laws did. They generously let me have all the fun by designating … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

My Winning Nengajo!

Last month, I sent my 2012 Nengajo for a Japanese New Year Card Contest, which is annually organized by our local newsletter “UKIUKI”. Today, the result is out. I’m happy … Continue reading

January 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

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