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What clothes are made of

With that headline, this is just an excuse to post some pictures of my cute newly moved in neighbours! I’ve always thought you had to live out in the country to have a sheep farm. Apparently I was wrong since my new friends live right here in the city. Sheep really are one of my favourite animals and if it weren’t for the fact that you eventually need to kill them, I wouldn’t mind becoming a farmer.

While I adore my new neighbours, I wonder what’s going to happen to them. Will their wool become clothes? Will they become someone’s dinner or will they just continue being fluffy and cute lawnmowers?

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How to hem jeans with the original hem (magic hem)

I’ve always been quite short, and growing up I always had to re-hem every new pair of trousers I got. Back then, I  simply cut off some of the length and made the hem from scratch. While I ended up with jeans of a more suitable length, I always felt that the clean, new hem didn’t match the rest of the look. If only I had known about the “magic hem”!

The instructions given in the video aren’t always clear so I recommend that you watch it closely to get a hang of what Mr. Hyi Lim is doing. I’ve seen a couple of other videos on the subject as well but those were forgetting one detail. That is to hide the seam allowance/left-over fabric inside the hem. If you follow the instructions in this video, you should end up with a neat looking result both on the outside and the inside.

I can’t wait to try this out. I almost feel like buying a pair of jeans in the wrong size, just for the sake of it!


The trick to watching the Great British Sewing Bee outside the UK

<Update> Since MediaHint now wants to charge people for their service, I recommend that you use Hola instead. It might even be better than MediaHint since you can pretend that you currently reside in pretty much any country. For instance, we used it a lot in Japan to watch some Swedish tv.

Hola is available for Chrome, Firefox and Explorer and you’ll find it here:


Do you want to watch the latest season of the Great British Sewing Bee, but the BBC iPlayer won’t let you? By using MediaHint, you can bypass this silly Geo-restriction. All you need to do is install it and then you never need to think about it again. It doesn’t work for all sites with geo-restrictions, but so far I’ve found that it works great with BBC and Netflix.
The MediaHint addon is available for the following browsers:
Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/media-hint/

Chrome: https://mediahint.com/install_chrome.html

When you’re done with the installation, all you need to do is start watching! BBC iPlayer – The Great British Sewing Bee (Season 2)

Good luck and have fun!

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Tatami mat and tea table

What would you do when you returned from a vacation in Japan and then realized that you simply miss the country? We took care of the problem by trying to recreate certain aspects of the house we rented in Kyoto. Most rooms in the house had tatami floor and it wasn’t hard to fall in love with the thick, soft rice straw mats. Although we liked the scent from the rice straw tatami, we ordered 3cm thick mats made by Japanese washi paper. The main reason for using paper is that we’ve got both friends and family who are allergic to grass.


We got the tatami mats delivered to us a couple of days before Christmas and my husband was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle them myself. “It’s alright, you have no idea how strong I can be if I really want something”, I said to him as he was getting ready for work. The delivery man who turned up with the two large packages didn’t look very muscular to me and he juggled them with ease so I thought that it would be a walk in the park for me to carry the mats up to the third floor. I was dead wrong. The weight of the darned packages was 30kg each. Luckily, my neighbour showed up to save the day!

The tea table is a real family project. My parents in law gave it to us since they didn’t really use it any more. My dad offered to sandpaper it (not by hand though, he’s got a machine). My father in law then helped us saw off the legs to make it shorter. I then stained the table in a wonderful dark-brown colour. Last but not least, my husband covered it with varnish to make the surface more sustainable. A lot of work but great result!


Fabric scraps and gift wrapping

First of all, I’d like to wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas and Happy holidays!

One thing I’ve always liked about Christmas is wrapping gifts. Every year since I was a kid, I used to spend hours wrapping up the gifts. I enjoy that almost as much as receiving gifts myself ;)

For those of you who are doing some last-minute shopping or haven’t wrapped up your gifts already, I’ve got a quick and easy tip. Use some old fabric scraps to wrap them! If the cloth piece is large enough, use it as wrapping paper or just use it as ribbon.I really like how the string on the front gift resembles and obijime and the green fabric scrap an obi sash on top of the Christmasy “kimono” (a.k.a. regular wrapping paper).