Friday, December 30, 2011

This Time of Year

journal page, collage papers, image of my mother's wooden paddle

My Ishibashi grandparents lived with us in East Los Angeles when I was a child.  Grandma Ishibashi  busied herself the week before the new year by cleaning out the whole house, inside and out.  She sewed a new outfit to wear on the first day of the year.  Festive symbolic Japanese delicacies were prepared 
by Iwataki and Ishibashi grandmothers from their magical kitchens.

journal page, acrylic paint, stencil, scrapbook paper, photo of my great grandfather

We visited our relatives all day on January 1, driving from home to home, 
eating the special food that they prepared, playing with cousins,
listening to stories told by wise grandparents.
I have never missed a New Year Celebration with my family.

journal page, acrylic paint, magazine images, rub on

I have become the proud bearer of the family tradition, 
cleaning and chopping
before each new year.

Happy New Year 
to you
and yours.
I am grateful for your visit
these first six months of my blog.



  1. Happy New Year to you - I am grateful for your inspiring blog! xo Lorraine

  2. Have a wonderful New Year, don't work too hard ;~)

    Sue x

  3. Your new year celebrations sound lovely-I like the idea of cleaning the house from top to bottom to be ready for the new year. I have been doing a little of that myself this week!
    Happy new year to you!

  4. I just love traditions and rituals too. Happy New Year. 2012 plans to be an awesome year.

  5. Happy new year to you, Irene. Your creations are great. Love your sense of design. Hope to see you soon.