Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Post-Christmas memories

Now that the holidays are over and everybody has gone back to their routines, I've decided to share a couple of memories from the holiday season!

Not so long ago, I met my future Santa-to-be: Gillian! We started following each other's blogs and Twitter accounts and got chatting and at some stage, we decided to swap goodies. How surprised I was when a postman rang on my door-bell on the morning of the 24th of January and brought me a package from Canada!

The package contained a whole lot of sewing essentials: several metres of horsehair braid, knit stay tape, a needle holder (the one that looks more like a lipstick), Kleenex(!) and a beautiful handmade garland! You ask why Kleenex? Japanese tissues are of very poor quality and every time I am out of Japan I bring Kleenex, the best brand of tissues. So in my stock I've got some Thai, English, American, French, Australian and even Israeli Kleenex. Now my collection has been replenished with Canadian Kleenex!

I was so excited (even over-excited) that I hung the garland on my neck, pretending to be a Christmas tree! Gillian, it was so sweet of you to make this wonderful present! 

Now it looks more civilized, hanging across the room ;) 

On a random note, during the last couple of months, I've got hooked on chai which I drink without milk. The obsession has reached the stage where I make the entire mix by myself. 

Here's my recipe:

*dried ginger (peel fresh ginger, cut into dice and dry in the oven)
*cinnamon sticks
*assam tea or darjeeling tea (assam tastes better!)

For one serving of tea, I boil a saucepan of water with 2-3 cinnamon sticks inside it and keep it on the heat for approximately 5 minutes after it reaches boiling point. Then I take it off the heat and pour it into a teapot together with the tea leaves, 3-4 crushed cardamon pods and a teaspoon of cut dried ginger. Wait 5-7 minutes and enjoy your chai! Add milk if you like :) 

 What are your nicest memories from the holiday period?


  1. What a fun parcel! :) And your chai recipe sounds AMAZING!

  2. Can I help you and send some Kleenex?%))

  3. Such a lovely Christmas present! And thanks for the chai recipe- I'm totes giving this a go!

  4. I'm so glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun choosing the colours for the garland - I'm glad it's got a happy new home! :)

  5. Maider - Masustak Eguzkitan9 January 2013 at 08:47

    Necesitas Kleenex para tu colección? Te mando más? ;-) je, je, je...
    La verdad es, que la navidad me da un poco de nostalgia y me acuerdo de los que no están con nosotros... pero estas las he pasado muy bien, han sido diferentes!

  6. What a great package. But I do love the garland around your neck :)

  7. My nicest memories of the holidays were visiting Terrain, which is a a garden center out in the suburbs (I live in Philadelphia). They decorate the trees and their store with such pretty lighting and it puts me in the holiday spirit every year.