Well hellooooooo Muses! Can you believe it’s 2015 already?! Where has time gone?! A new year, a new thing to focus on. Notice any changes? I started the new year off by giving the ol’ bloggity blog a make-over! It’s still a work in progress but it should be completed by the end of this week!
And now on to the fun! This year, in keeping with my One Little Word, “balance”, I’ve decided to take on a pretty big, well, undertaking. Project Life. No, for real this time!
Today, I have my first spread! I’m so proud of myself that I’m not behind!!!! And yes. By this point, I’m usually behind.
For Week 1, instead of focusing on the entire week, I wanted to focus on one day, January 4. We went to Futenma Gongen for Hatsumode, the New Year tradition here in Japan. This place is a Shinto shrine that is believed to be over 500 years old. The kids really enjoyed it and thought it was cool to experience a different culture and religion in such a real way.
This is Futenma Gongen. I thought the photo itself was enough so I didn’t add anything to it. The second photo is of our shimekazari. It’s a rope decorated with good luck charms for the new year.
There’s those lovely alphas all up close and personal. Those Thickers were so perfect for this spread…..and my newest “go to” item in my craft stash. The sticker on the green Project Life card shows a sheep. 2015 is the year of sheep or ram. And no kidding! “Say What?” It’s 2015!!!
Another Hatsumode tradition is tying the omikuji to ropes. This is piece of paper tells your fortune of the upcoming year and tying it to the rope is said to bring more good fortune and lessen the bad. We didn’t draw an omikuji because I cannot read the kanji on the paper. Needless to say, the kids thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.
And with that, I say, “Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!” Happy New Year!