Thursday, February 4, 2016



When you were:

I had no idea you were munching dog food when I saw you sat by E.T.( the pup) I bet the food was tasty, but they got all clean out. Sorry, you were so mad at me that I took off the food from you.

You never had terrible two! The first time you flew and moved back to states. You crawled up your little body and slept most of the time. You hold on to my fingers and helped out with luggages after we landed!

You started to understand what's going on in daycare! Made a few little friends there! You told Julie, my mommy is so cute when everyone else was bragging how beautiful their mommies are.

You learned to write your name. All the writing stokes were like flying geese, but I think that's the best hand-writing ever!

You graduated from Pre-school and I made first dress for you. It is red and muslin. Thank goodness it fits you and perhaps I could have sized down a bit to fit better. *And I made S the first birthday quilt!

Six -
We moved away from Iowa!  It was a heart breaking summer for both of us! You couldn't say Goodbye to Julie because you didn't want to make me cry. I knew it was hard for you moving somewhere that we both unknown about.

Life in N.D. started settled in and that summer we went visit our family. You begged so hard to adopted a pup. Oh, I never wanted to say Yes! But you begged grandma once more and of course grandma said she will take care of mommy for you! We got Lucky home that first weekend after we landed. Did you know he was named Lily first, but when S found out is a he, she changed the name.

First time you put on glasses! I had no idea you had such trouble seeing from the school board until the school nurse called! It was such a shocking news to me that day!

First time, we traveled like a backpacker in Japan! I read Konji and you read in English! We visited so many tourist points and ate so many local food. Although we always have had different idea about dinner options.

You probably had terrible Ten instead of terrible two. I felt very struggled and tough for this whole year! We went on different directions and angry at each other for small things, so much arguments and anger talks? Oh, this is a awful ten!

Something changed between that ten and eleven gaps? You became more observing and understanding the changes in life. It might had been the trip we took that summer.  We travelled like a backpacker again. This time, you were my leader and I followed you along! We still disagreed about dinner options. You asked me if you could go to a Japanese 7-11 right around the hotel kitty corner, I said I'll think about it. Then I let you went,  I wondered how you did in the hotel room!  You came bag with a full bag of food and even extra sweets.

I know this is going to be a great year! You will be more independent on your own for sure. You will probably less need me in little things and more about friendships. I know I will be slightly jealous about that, but I will be here for you!

The day has been all about this little celebration! I make sure there are Twelve balloons this time, as last time were on short. Then a quick stop to the cupcakery to pick up cupcakes then home making the little garland for the cake.

All the birthday cards have been found this morning. There are 12 of them this year! It has been a fun tradition in our family. I hope this birthday tradition will keep on...

S has requested her favorite dinner dishes from me. I have gotten all the ingredients this morning after gave her a ride to school. It has been just the kind of the day is all about S! I might not make a single stitch today, but you know I gotta make it a nice first day of being Twelve!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Random: Do things with great love

 #1 Ready and set! Backing fabric is still in search at this moment! Something like this {print}, so could add on a few appliqué pieces and create a quilt label, but I would like to use from my stash! It is not so difficult, but the challenging part is to apart some of favorite prints. The quilt pattern is by Jen Kingwell and pattern could be found in Quilt mania Spring 2015 issue and believed it will be a printed pattern soon. Check on the  #mysmallworldqal quilt along information from {verykerryberry}; great sewing tips and Kerry shared different sewing methods in each of the part post.

 #2 The collaborated mini quilt is completed and hung on the wall! The mini is hard to push forward. I set up a little goal each day and made few stitches from here and there. The hand-quilting is perfect for this quilt and the texture from the hand-quilting really is nice!  The quilt label is done within the quilt top and made it cohesively look as part of the quilt top.

** A wall of S minis!

 #3 Sashiko stitch sampler; Perfect for the summer basket tote! Cover up all the little essentials inside! A bit privacy for the basket tote contents! At this moment, not much inside, a few books from the summer that didn't get bring out! The sampler was purchased from {Pulo Soho} during my last summer visit.

 #4 Homemade Rasin scones; always need these homemade sweets for the bitter cold winter days! One gone missing before the door bell rang! It was me, had to taste it!

 #5 Alphabet sampler: the frame was purchased from IKEA. It was the first finished from the {eleven patchwork things}. Perhaps the spacing from the four sides could be wider?!

 #6  Welcome Sampler: A few oopsy-daisy..... the frame also purchased from our short stop from  IKEA.

 Maybe.. at some point, they will get hang up!

#7 Helpless detouring! You probably guess it right, I rewarded myself a slightly detouring making some fresh patchwork pieces. It felt really deserving! Kept one for myself, two shipped out, and one in the {shop}.

 #8 Patchworker always saves every bit of pieces! All these pieces were saved from the My Small World Quilt and it is in the {shop}.

#9 New hand crafted patchworks in the {shop} and a quick preview post is coming soon!  Half of the patchwork pieces from the basket has made their way to the shop!

 #10 Daffodil: That time of the year again?!  Took me 10 minutes standing in from of the floral section; should I bring daffodil plant or daffodil bunch home? Decision was made after seeing everyone placed the plant in the shopping cart. oh well!

 #11 The quilt top is ready! I had wished to push a little forward to completed the quilt and bound it before sharing here! The truth is, I can't wait to share! I used to avoid looking back all the fabrics that I have had. But I have much appreciation of these prints! This quilt top is around 45"x45"!

#12 Writing; This year is a serious of writing and journaling by pens and hands. I joined Midori Traverler Book journaling after a year of admiring these travelers around the world. They've encouraged me to follow along this new journaling path! Helping me to remember the life pace in the authentic way and  I've been finding it is such rewarding!

Today I will take a day or two off from the w.i.p. and start a few new projects! I ordered this {book} and anxious the doorbell ring anytime today!


Monday, December 28, 2015

Eleven patchwork things!

Oh, I have eleven patchwork things that I would like to share....

#1  I went through all the boxes in the studio and decided no long to ignore these embroidery flosses They have been sorted into colors and stored back to the container again.  Um, not much improvement, but it is nice to know what is there now. I would like to find a better way to organize them, it would be ideal to find containers that provides long compartment storage units, so each color could find a space on its own.

#2  In the w.i.p. stash, I found this collaborated mini quilt that S and I work together in our last N.D. year.  I plan on  finish the other side of embroidery and hand-quilt the mini. It would be a nice mini to add on to S' wall space for the new year to come! Lots little drawings that she made and very special to her. Yes, they are all animals, if you know her so well.

#3  The sashiko stitch cloth that could get some more attentions on! I love blue and white contrast in any prints and dinnerwares! It reminds me so much of the simplicity, calm, and quietness. It was planned for a mini quilt, but I think I'll round it up with the back cloth and use it for to cover top of my summer basket.

 #4 Cross stitch; the alphabet has finished a long time ago, but it would use a nice frame to let it shine a bit. It has been laying round for too long and it needs to be check off from the list soon! The little welcome piece is not so ready. Oh, the pattern is not where to be found! I so hope my dear friend still has the copy, so I could finish it up.

 #5 The advent calendar has been filling up daily, likely! There was a day or two that we just didn't make it to the table, but we made it all the way through the 27th now.  We've decided to finish it up for the month of December. It has been a really fun project for us! Simple and truly enjoyment!

 #6  Some kind and lovely package arrived in our mail box for the holiday! The package just made it on time to place under the tree! I can't say enough about these apple prints! There are new projects in mind for them, but I think I'll wait for a little while longer before getting into them.

 # 7  There are only a few days left for 2015. In the past, it doesn't seem very important to look back what I have accomplished, but this year as I've started the daily planner. It changed my mind and attitude about the day, week, and month! I wrote down little bits of everything; weather, food, good day, what project started and accomplished, etc. Well, it really works for me to track on all the daily basis! I am excited to get on 2016 planner soon! I found it is kinda silly to read memos that I wrote weeks, months ago, but I really like this idea and habit of daily journaling.

 # 8  These nine patch blocks have moved with me a few times! These are made by my friend when we still lived in ND; none of the seams are matched or nicely press! This afternoon, I have pulled them out and finished the rest of the blocks. I plan to sashing them with 2.5" wide fabric and finish it. I would like to send the finish quilt to my friend for the next year's holiday. It might be a perfect gift!

 #9 Snow has been falling in the city this morning! It finally looks and feels like winter wonderland here! It is so pretty to look out for the whole day! I mean none stop snow falling for a Full Day! The snow truck came this afternoon, but the road is covered with inches of snow again! I wondered if they will come again tomorrow morning! Fingers crossed because I am heading out of town!

#10  It is a small world..... Oh, I am so so so so closed to finish this quilt along! I have part 5 and 6 left to work on still! I am so ready to jump right in this project again! I probably will finish the sky first then decided on the rest! I have truly enjoy this quilt along, but stay on the commitment is hard! It is something that I have not been able to keep up for last so many years! Finish what I started! 

#11 I still have a basket full of patchwork pieces for hand quilting. I might not be able to get to them right away! Maybe one patchwork piece at the time! But eventually they will get done!

I am looking forward the week and new year! My little goal is finish most of them! I mean maybe half of them! It will be hard because I know I'll start something at the mid-point. Over the year, I have so many piled up or give up projects. I can't deny that I though about give them away, but at the end they stay with me. I am guessing my other side of mind was telling me to keep them for someday! I have found so many my early days works and fabrics lately! I can't tell you how much they actually mean to me! So many embroidery patterns, flosses, dish towels, and little things. 

Now let me talk less, do more! 


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Green Lady

Last late December, I received a copy of {Quilt Now} magazine in the mail. I though I'd make the cover quilt, {Chrsitmas Log Cabin Wreath} by Jessie Fincham aka {messyjesse}. { I think you'll enjoy Jesse's blog; it is so charming and I love all the fabrics stash that she puts together for her quilts}.  I didn't get to make the quilt when I received the magazine. It looked so complex when I first saw it in person. Oh, I didn't sit down and take time to read through the pattern; honesty!

I have been going through the pile of w.i.p box and check out what have been in the box then found the magazine and careful read through the pattern again! Duh! It is a such an easy and well written pattern to follow. It is such a beautiful quilt and so eye catching, if you seen it being made last year! I debated if I should go with  red or yellow for the center log cabin. Then I though it might be fun to go with yellow instead of the traditional red!

It looks fresh and crispy unlike the other quilt I have made. I really like how this turn out! For the quilting, I did the random wave lines that cross each other to create a bit bow tie look. Can you see? For the backing, I used three different prints that all some what holiday related. The music sheet print is so sweet! I used up all the yardage in my stash and went back to the store and got more!  It feels really great to finish this quilt, just in time for the holiday! I almost make it into a tree skirt, um... it would be so pretty, but I still think I'd like something more whimsical and possible use wool felt to make the skirt, maybe next year?

The color combination is so different from what I used to make, so I turned these colors into patchwork pouches and place one in the {shop}. I had to hand-quilted them all! With all the tiny squares, it seems just nice to added more hand touch to it. I keep one for myself, it will be my new hand-quilting box pouch or  I'd be using it for electronic chargers and little things. Then I made one scrappy style {mini coin pouch}!

Another project that I found in the w.i.p box is the {village wreath}. I know, this is something that I though I'd just enjoying other people's creations. The truth is,  I can't help myself thinking about the village wreath. So, I drove by the craft store and pick up the sale wreath, few more tiny trees and another cardboard house.  There is one tiny house and some little tiny trees. It is not glue on still, I plan to add a few items on. It might be another year of w.i.p, but feels great I finally have started this w.i.p. It looks nice above the library now and I would like to add a few more tiny houses later on if I can still find them.

This year, I made apple pies for the music teachers; something different. It feels so right after seeing the surprise reaction.  I also print out the receipt for them, so they could enjoy making apple pie in the future. I used remaining pie dough and added cut out shape of holiday figures. The second pie was handed yesterday, but I didn't get the photo. The second pie center is a bell that tie with a ribbon then lots cut out stars. Can you picture it with me?

I have not made the cookie list for this year yet, but there are 7 pounds of butter in the freezer, 5 pounds of sugar and 1 bag of 5 pound flour. I don't think I'll need that many, but I think we actually do! I'll be making a pound cake tonight for tomorrow's recital after party and then lots mini sugar cookies for S to bring to school. Oh, the {French seam style drawstring bags} are the little gift bags made from all the scraps remaining. These snowman's are really cute! I'll stuff lots little things for nieces then send to them soon.

Meanwhile, I'll spend next few days with butter, sugar, and flour. Hope we'll be able to get all these cookies made and share. Then there's an upcoming trip that requires long travel time or us.  I probably will not be able to make it back here real soon!

Wish you have a great holiday season, with families and friends!  Lots laughs and great time! 
Make sure to make it a fabulous time with families as we are so far away from ours and wish you double it up for us!  

+ s