Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

A several months ago, I found an old Dylan Thomas book at a used book shop. Although throughout my life I had an odd aversion to used things, even books, I have found new found love for things and books with a bit of history. Merry Christmas to you all from me and Dylan Thomas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Christmas is approaching quickly and the last of the gifts are wrapped. As I always do at this time of the year, I think about all the things I wanted to do to make the holidays a bit more special. There seems to be not enough time to accomplish all the things I have meant to do. Again as I always do at this time of the year, I think to myself, "I shall begin holiday preparations much earlier next year." We shall see!

One of the few handmade items I have managed to make: rice hand warmers using Kate's pattern.

I am thankful for my family, friends, all the old friends I have reconnected this year, blog friends, and those who gave kind words to my creations. Love and hugs to you all!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First juried craft fair

I have spent last month busy preparing for my first juried craft fair. The Bauer Drive Community Center holds Holiday Happening Juried Craft Fair annually in December. Although I have gone shopping there before, the "juried" part scared me from submitting my work for the show. Due to communication mix up, I didn't know I was selected until two weeks before the show. So the good part of last month was spent frantically stocking on items I promised to have on my table.

Although I am not cut out to be an outgoing person, the shoppers were quite nice with compliments. I enjoyed oos and ahs expressed over my work!

Chaan of Angels and Anchors had a stall next me and she was quite bubbly, drawing me out of my shell. I have learned a lot from her.  It was fun talking to spouses, usually elderly gentlemen, visiting stalls and giving some advice, coming from decades spent on craft shows, to newbies like me!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Getting ready for holidays...

Creating a bit with a few minutes here and there, sigh, wishing for more time.
Did I tell you I wanted to be an architect as well?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happy Dots!

Tania of Indobay Inc. had a contest to name her new magnets. And yesterday, she selected the name I have suggested as the winner. It's here on her post. I am so thrilled to name a product for a fellow Etsian! These yummy magnets are "happy dots."
[Indobay, Inc.]

Aren't they adorable? Click on the photo to the link on Etsy. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Inspired by autumn rain

As if to compensate for the summer drought, the autumn sky is steadily sprinkling rain for us. I took in some creative inspirations from my front yard.

I am sure my garden feels as refreshed as I am thanks to the autumn rain...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tie Dye for Little Toes

I found an unused tie dye bandana in my stash and thought it would be fun to make a pair of baby shoes.
It seems to go well with a bunny made from Mad's leftover tie-dye shirt. The shirt was too big for her so I ended up with the bottom part for a bunny. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Follow me to a give away!

Ravenhill is hosting a give away at her blog. Her friend, Apol, of La Pomme,  is providing the prize. I love Apol's serene home decor items. Natural fibers and muted colors are simple yet quite lovely. The prize is a choice from two of her pretty items in her fall collection.

Personally, I love her pears. So, let's go and tell her about our favorite fruits for a chance to win one of Apol's fruits!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


I have been to a wedding last weekend with Mad. She's at an age when she and her friends are so into going to weddings to see the dresses, decor, and dances. I must say, I love weddings, the festivities and excitement can't be beat. Today I saw cutest wedding cake toppers on Etsy by Red Light Studio's Cynthia Spencer. Sweet, aren't they?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Although it's quite hot still

... summer is winding down. I have been away from blogsphere busy with college visits, getting ready for girls' school, and getting ready for my first Korean school teaching post!
The Times Square commemorating the end of WWII for America with Alfred Eisenstaed's black and white photograph of unidentified sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain...

Stayed overnight in Jersey City, New Jersey before heading out to Rhode Island and Massachusetts...
The Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island...

Looking out from our hotel in Newport...

A very talented gentleman sketching before a statue at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts...

And in the creative department, inspired by tinyhappy's reversible shoes, I made some baby shoes! There is a popular pattern online by Maked along with others sold on Etsy. I started with Maked's pattern but it seem to be small on the heel area. I tried extending the heel pattern and made the front of the shoe a bit more angular. Babies usually have toes that are similar in height making it straight in the front. Had a great fun making them with fabric from my stash!
Do you think I made enough? :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Getting ready for school...

Yes, it's my favorite time of the year. Of course, I am not talking about the heat and the humidity of the season but the shopping for school supplies time! Even though I am no longer in the school system, I get so excited about school supplies along with my daughters. They think I get more excited about it than they do. And it's probably true! It might be second best shopping chore, next to book buying. Ah, the smell of new books and new notebooks...

Gem and I were at Staples to pick up some binders and I saw these black and white composition notebooks. I got myself all three different designs. I like the flower one while my daughters opted for the checkered one.
We also purchased some extra items for the county public school's school supply drive.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Yearning for the ocean...

Our power went out on Sunday afternoon, due to gusty 70 mph wind that swept across the county. Thinking it would come back as swiftly as it went out, I didn't think much of it. So naive of me, sigh. It came back on Tuesday and we were considered lucky since there are still many without power. Not having air conditioning in this heat, you yearn for the ocean breeze and hope for no summer for a few years to come...

On one of the Metro stops from work, I could see the Discovery Channel building with a shark looking at you.

It made me think of other sea creatures...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Brilliant sewing ideas!

I was visiting Flossie Teacakes and found really cool sewing tips which just made my day. The first one is using A4 card, marked in 1/4" intervals, as a hemming guide instead of using pins all around the hemming area. I am not sure what the dimensions are for an A4 card. I am thinking an index card would do.

[A photo by Flossie Teacakes]

She also has a tip on top stitching when altering a pair of jeans. Like most petite people, I have to shorten my jeans. I didn't know how to get the factory hemmed look. Florence found out and she kindly posted on her blog. Use top stitching needle and top stitching thread on your regular sewing machine. See her revelations here. You will enjoy her humorous, good writing.

[A photo by Flossie Teacakes]

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Black cats, anyone?

Mad bought a black T-shirt that is too long for her. In her innovative endeavor, Mad cut her T-shirt short and modified it to fit her better. I was thrilled to have her remnant. But what to do with it? Black cats!
In the shop...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Goodies from tinyhappy!

I have been admiring works of Melissa of tinyhappy for years now. I couldn't resist ordering a pair of baby shoes before her move to a new house. I know, my daughters are way too big for them but when the pair came and needless to say we all loved it. She included a card made of her watercolor drawing and some mending threads. Sigh, they are all lovely!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Gem!

We celebrated Gem's birthday today! She didn't want a huge party but a smaller one with the family. She selected her flowers and came up with a menu. A menu of Korean food to be prepared by her mom - me! It took yesterday afternoon through the evening to all day of cooking today. Sigh, achy body... I am only posting her favorite dish, gimbap, here.

Happy Birthday, Gem!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Scoutie Girl's Zoomed Local

I was so thrilled get an email from Linda of a la mode stuff , who writes for Tara Gentile's blog Scoutie Girl. She featured my small embroidered pillow for her Zoomed Local segment. It was great way for me to see others who create from my area! Thank you Linda...

Thursday, July 8, 2010


This may be an old information for many people. Has anyone registered with Postcrossing? If you like receiving snail mail, sans bills and advertisements, you might want to try it out. It is a neat outlet to send and receive postcards from all over the world. I love receiving mail but with the advance of communication technology i.e. Facebook, twitter, and all other social media out there, I get less and less each day. Last two party invitations were evites! My girls receive birthday invitations via Facebook. No more pretty envelopes or cards spilling out of our mailbox.

And then I came upon Postcrossing. I have registered and received an address in Germany.

Here is the card I have already written up and stamped...
It is a postcard I picked up at the Brookside Garden. It is quite pretty all year around. I hope Carmen in Germany likes it!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hello, it's been awhile...

With the northeast in the sweltering heat, I am enjoying the day off - inside air conditioned home! Hello there, I have been away due to demands of life! I hope I could keep up more often even if it's just to say hello now and then. With the lack of time to create anything these days, I was so surprised by a note from UniqueFiberArts. She included one of my pincushions in her Etsy Treasury list. This prompted me to get my act together to finish some projects and start new ones I have been planning to do. Thank you Debbie!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

While I was out, spring went by...

Hello everyone! It seems like spring has come and gone while I was engulfed by life's mundane things and doings. While we hung out with Neptune on the Virginia's shore... The cherry tree on our yard shed its blossoms
and as azaleas bloomed dad came by and filled the pots on the porch...