Hello friends!

I completely forgot what date it was since to me it still feels like February and it’s been very busy this week, all all day yesterday and today.  Anyway I looked through old posts from previous month’s of March and found this one.  It is a little sad because it does talk about the grief I felt when I lost one of my cats, but it is from 2013 ie 10 years ago, and it’s not as raw any more though I did get a little tearful reading it and thinking about that time (it only got worse in subsequent years when I lost her two companions).  But anyway, I’m sharing it as I thought you might enjoy seeing the vintage kimono fabrics that are still framed and hanging on the wall in the living room.

Second on the Second

Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s Second on the Second Challenge asks that you bring back a post that you’re proud of or an old one that was shared before anyone knew of your blog.  The post I chose for Second on the Second today is one from March 2013 – remember this is a second look at an OLD POST, this time from 2013, not a current post! Hope you find it amusing.  Enjoy…

original post is below

These past few months have been pretty hard.  After looking after Poss for so long and then having to finally say goodbye to her, really broke my heart.  I felt so bad that nothing could be done to save her and she was such a great cat, even right to the end, she was still loving her comb that I brushed her with and gnawing on it to get more brushing.

After that I just couldn’t think about anything but how meaningless things were, and how unimportant, and so I started throwing all kinds of things out, or donating them – including the new and unused cat tree that I bought last year that the cats didn’t like.  I donated it to the Cat’s Protection people so at least some little cats can enjoy it.

So it seems that grief works this way for me, I throw away a bunch of stuff that means nothing to me any more and then I work on jobs that I’ve put off, I guess really to keep my mind busy and off the sadness.

One job that I have been putting off is doing something with my vintage kimono fabric.  When I bought it, I had planned to do something with it, make it into a bag or something, even a cushion, but when it arrived, I really didn’t want to cut into it.  So then it sat around gathering dust for a while since I didn’t know what to do with it.  And then I had a thought – why not just frame it as is, and hang it on the wall.  That way, it’s protected, it’s uncut and I get to see it all the time!  I just needed to get some frames.

These two square frames I actually already had, but they had something else in them.  I bought them years ago in an IKEA sale.  The one above has several pieces of kimono fabric in it, set in a square to fit the frame.  The one below doesn’t have kimono fabric but instead has another panel of fabric that I didn’t want to cut into either and since it has a lady in a kimono, it seemed to fit with the other one.

This one I really love!  It’s a long piece of red kimono, with gold and silver embroidery on it of cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums.  This piece I really didn’t to cut, so I managed to find a frame on amazon that would fit it nicely.
Here’s a closer look at some of the embroidery and can you see the almost shadow pattern on the fabric itself?

And that chrysanthemum!



original post is above

I hope you enjoyed a second look or probably a first look, at this post from 2016.


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March 4, 2023 8:01 pm

Wow! This is a gorgeous post. Thanks for sharing it. Have a nice day.

March 3, 2023 3:20 am

Japanese fabric arts are so fabulous, and so varied. They worked in indigo dyes, in spectacular silks, and so many others, with amazing traditions for many types of fabric. Framing the fabric is a great way to enjoy them.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Erika N
March 3, 2023 2:09 am

Poss looks just like my kitty Emma did. She was such an amazing little lady, tough as nails but sweet, sweet, sweet. I swear she’s still around though. You might think I’m nuts but I actually think I even saw her once. I lost her 10 years ago, so I can relate to your post. And those are pretty wall pieces. I love the idea that they are vintage kimono pieces. Hope you had a great second day of March. hugs-Erika

Valerie - Jael
March 2, 2023 7:00 pm

This second look is my first look. It’s always hard when one of our let’s dies, they are always family. Have a great rest week, hugs, Valerie

March 2, 2023 4:53 pm

Gorgeous! nice idea to frame them and enjoy

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