Bobby's Diary: Handicrafts

Let’s bear a Christmas tree!

Next to the snowman and wreath, you can see a Christmas tree. Can you guess what it is made of?

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Let’s BEAR Santa!

Christmas is approaching. During this period, my friends, brothers, and sisters show up here and there in town to celebrate Christmas. Some of them play the part of Santa Claus. The other day, my mom found this Santa Bear at the reception of a hotel in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Look at this Bear! What do you think it is made of?

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What does “GVA” stand for?

Look at this! What do you think it is? My mom went to Switzerland last month, and stayed there for a week. In Geneva, when she dropped in a kiosk at Geneva Station, she was fascinated by this.

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I LOVE MY PLANET

On January 13th, my mom left for Geneva by way of Istanbul. At the airport in Istanbul, she had to wait for about four hours to transit. When she was walking around at the airport, she was attracted by shopping bags carrying the words, “I LOVE MY PLANET.”

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Eco Magic

Today, I would like to introduce a rush-made item that my mom brought back from Cambodia. Look at this! It looks like a purse, but it isn’t. What do you think it is?

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A “Beary” Cute Blouse for Whom?

My mom bought this in Cambodia. What do you think it is? It is made of lovely pink cloth and mat rush. It looks like a blouse, but a blouse for whom?

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Beer Holder or Water Holder?

The other day, my mom, who is working in a small town in Laos, went to a cafe for lunch. After ordering a tuna sandwich, she looked around the café as she waited. She is always looking for “Let’s BEAR” products.

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Embroideries from Around the World!

My mom used to enjoy making embroidery, but she rarely does nowadays because of her worsening eyesight. Instead of doing it herself, she enjoys collecting embroideries from all over the world. Let me share some with you today. All are “beary” beautiful!

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Big Hugs for You!

One Japanese designer, Ms. Hiroko Samejima, who had stayed in Ethiopia through an international volunteer program, started a leather product business several years ago. She has a small office in Addis Ababa, and employs some Ethiopian staff. Quality sheep skin is available in Ethiopia. She designs leather products, such as bags, pouches, and cushions, and provides technical instructions for her Ethiopian staff.

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Ethiopian New Year!

Look! My mom made a “New Year’s Tree” from Enset paper to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year! On the tree, you can see some coffee beans. These are also from Ethiopia. Mom and I think that coffee is the national symbol of Ethiopia. In the world, there are a lot of coffee-producing countries, but coffee originated in Ethiopia. Did you know that?

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