The Harada shop in miniature form

I don’t know why but I have always liked things in miniature form.  I’d quite like a miniature village in my back garden or the job of making scaled models of buildings from white card.  As a child I had a doll’s house which had 2 floors with 3 rooms on each floor.  I remember…

Birdcage lampshade

There are 3 things I like to draw, and strangely all of them begin with the letter B; birdcages, birds and bicycles.  However, it is important to note that I don’t like to combine them, I dislike a bird in a birdcage.   Some may think this is because subconsciously I don’t like the thought of…

Aunty Lou’s Birthday Bus Cushion

It is hard to believe that Aunty Lou was born 80 years ago, 400 years to the day that Queen Elizabeth I was born (I know this because Aunty Lou mentions it every birthday).   To celebrate the occasion the Harada’s travelled from our various UK location to congregate with the Cousin Smith’s at Aunty Lou’s….

Simone’s Birthday cushion

My first Letchworth friend was Simone.  We met at the start of the 2010 hockey season and had two things in common; both new to the area and unfit.  Since then she has become a great friend due to her having the warmest heart and a major plus of being a Gossip Girl and Home…

Non sewing summer adventures

The aim of this blog was to post once a week,  unfortunately I did not factor in the extremely good weather that the UK has been experiencing of late!  If its sunny outside then I have to be out  enjoying the day and not sat inside sewing or typing.  I can’t even apologise for having…

Cushions cushions everywhere

In 2010 I moved to Letchworth, a town historically known for being the first Garden City, the first uk roundabout and more recently being one of the locations for Simon Pegg’s new movie.  It is also the home of The Settlement (http://www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk), an adult education centre that was formerly a non licensed public house.  The…

The new home accessories.

This week has seen an influx of new accessories into my home.  Whilst I do like making things myself, unfortunately even I have to admit I  can’t make everything.  Or at least not yet! The first 2 items I bought myself and can be categorised as under the kitchen sink  accessories. They are a :…

Lavender Lodge Bunting

Last year my mother had a shed custom built for her garden.  It is small but sweet and at 5 ft 2 in tall, Mum is the only Harada able to stand upright inside.  She has lovingly painted the outside sea green,  made flowery curtains for the window and named it “Lavender Lodge”. I think mainly because…

The First Post: The start of a life ambition

To start my own blog has been on my life’s list of things to do for the last couple of years. In recognition of a new drug approval at work, we were given the gift of time to symbolise the fact that a medicine creates extra time for a patient to spend  with their family or to do…