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!