Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


























Here is birdie no. 2 I am currently working on. I am really trying hard to update my shop before the holidays but I'm not sure if I will make it. I should have started Christmas gift making months ago but I can never seem to get my act together until after Thanksgiving.

Some changes around here too, my littlest C started Montessori beginning of this month. I'm not sure if it's  the best fit for a very talkative and energetic almost 4 year old, but she seems to like it. She says there is no playing. Only learning by playing. And she continues to disrupt her ballet class and getting timed out occasionally. I've never heard of any child getting timed out in ballet! But they are very patient with her.  I started reading the book, raising your spirited child, and I can't put the book down. I wish I had read this book 2 years ago.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

one down, 4 left to go




I think I better make a little clone quickly because it's going to be really hard to part with this one.

Hope you all have a nice weekend xx

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I am enjoying working on..



He prefers the monochromatic look.

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, November 3, 2011




Well I'm back from South Korea and I had an exhilarating time. With no husband and kids in tow it was  incredible feeling of being young again with no other responsibilities other than being able to savor every moment. I had been back about 15 years ago but to see it through my parents eyes who haven't been back for 3 decades was an experience I will remember forever. Reunions with relatives, visiting beautiful Busan, watching farm women harvest sweet potatoes next to our family burial plot where we paid respect to love ones gone, vibrant Seoul, where many do not sleep many hours in a day, and the food! Eateries and shops fill every street in Seoul.
I had my parents all to myself on this trip and I will remember every moment of it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

a trip

I've been hard at work trying to update my shop for an update but I wasn't able to finish by September which was my goal because..I'm going to Seoul next week for 2 weeks! I'm accompanying my parents who haven't been back home for 35 years and I can't wait to be part of that. I haven't been back in about 14 years and I am really looking forward to the markets, eating the delish food and hanging out in the many coffee cafes there. The thought of all the craft supplies sold there is pretty exciting!
I am leaving my 2 kids behind which is really scary as I haven't been apart from them for even a day since they were born but they will be in the great hands of my inlaws who are flying in from the UK to help out, thank you mum!!



























I hope to get back to these fat little birdies and some dolls when I return; it's been too long since the shop has been empty.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

the resident clown






I'm glad this goofball was born on Christmas which means she won't be in Kinder until she is almost 6. Always on the move, is a major clown and completely hilarious. I am really worried how she will survive real school. Kindergarten in our neck of the woods is so strict it was a big change from preschool. I guess you have to be with our huge class sizes these days. Little C in comparison is going to grow up to be in law enforcement I'm sure. Stickler for rules and always looking at her with a big disapproval frown on his face!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

back to routines


I hope all of you had a great summer. We can't believe it's all over already.
Little C started 1st grade last week, and while I looked forward to having some extra time for myself and DD, I was already missing him by noon. He only had half days in Kinder so this is new for us. Starting 1st grade makes you realize that your little one is suddenly grown up and joining in with the big kids. As we waited in line last week, I held his little hand a little tighter. And he did too.

Friday, June 3, 2011











We had out of town guests come visit last week which of course meant a visit to the city and nothing beats that to make us fall in love with SF all over again. Especially on a beautiful sunny day, it's just magical. Having left San Francisco shortly after the 89 quake, we live about 40 minutes away but far enough so that we don't visit as much we want to. I worked in Union Square for several years; walking around Union Square, the sights, smells, crowds always brings back memories. We went up to Twin Peaks for the best view of the city and to Fort Point to avoid the Golden Gate tourist crowds and get up close to the bridge. After that, across the bay to Marin. 
Hopefully I will be able to visit the Haight, Hayes Valley next time if I make it to the SF Renegade..are any of you going?


And look what I got in the post yesterday, a surprise package from one of my lovely customers, who has just had a baby and I am so touched that she took time out of her crazy busy day to make something special for me and the kiddos. Thank you Mary for these treasures!

Have a great Friday everyone!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

done and dusted












































































Finally finished those crowns for the little production, littlest C enjoyed trying them on.

Yoshi the cat is officially a reject, back to the drawing board for a little pattern tweaking, but the little ones still love him. Hopefully that will motivate me to crochet another arm stitch the him up.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend.

x

Sunday, April 17, 2011

have you ever

volunteered for a project thinking easy peasy..then as usual you are over ambitious? Instead of making simple paper chain necklaces that the teacher would be happy with I decided all 28 kindergarten students must have cute felt crowns. Only problem is I have two days to finish this.. I have been frantically cutting, ironing/burning myself, sewing, running around get supplies, chasing fed-up kiddos to try them on and having dreams  nightmares about crowns. Girls finished, now onto the boys. Except they have one color versus two because I'm fed up with cutting. My husband demands the normal wife back. Oh, this morning, I looked at the leftover felt scraps and thought I might make cute matching bracelets to match. Glutton for punishment aren't I.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

packaging
























getting ready to drop off orders to the post office. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 11, 2011

sincere thank you!

Thank you so much everyone who visited my shop today and adopted my friends; I appreciate it so much! I will be sad to see them go but I am hoping they will bring lots of smiles to the recipients.

Have a great rest of the week xo

Sunday, April 10, 2011

preview

What a lovely day here in the Bay Area, CA. In between getting ready for the update tomorrow, we spent some time in the garden planting herbs. And we managed to find a kaffir lime plant so I was pretty excited about that. It's a young plant so no limes yet but fragrance of the leaves is just glorious. I can't wait to use it in Thai dishes.

Here is a preview of what's coming in the shop tomorrow at 3pm PST.




























The orange haired girl and some other special friends will have to wait for the next update.

Edited to add: The bear girls are approximately 14 inches long. I made them 2 inches bigger than my previous bear girls and this will be the new size from now on. 


Friday, April 8, 2011



























I've been working on a new little creature. He's been in my head for a while now, and it makes happy to see him come together. I absolutely adore cats and although I haven't had any as pets for about 10 years now, my children also love them too so this unfinished cat is already bringing laughter here.  The yarn I am using is very dear to me also, it's a vintage Patons yarn that my mother gifted me a few years ago. It is her leftover stash from a sweater she knit me about 30 years ago when we were living in New Zealand.  She doesn't knit very much and I know she spent many weeks knitting me this sweater and guess what, I lost it at school the same day she knitted it for me. I believe that was the last time she knit for me! Anyway, working with this yarn brings back so many memories of a place I loved so much as a child.



I will be busy sewing this weekend for the shop update on Monday at 3pm PST. Hope you can make it, have a lovely weekend. x


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Another preview for the shop update. Happy Tuesday!


Monday, April 4, 2011

shop update change and blog love

We finally got a taste of spring this weekend and this meant lots of time outdoors...so I wasn't able to get most of the work done I had planned this weekend. I decided to change the shop date to Monday, April 11 instead of the 8th.  The time will also be moved from 11am PST to 3PM PST. To all my Australian customers, I hope that it a better time for you! I will make a mental note from now on to remember to check Australian time for the updates..sorry about that!  On that note, I wanted to let you all know how thankful I am that despite my sporadic posting and my often empty shop you continue to visit me and support my work. Thank you for letting me know you are here and that my creations bring a smile to your day, it means so much to me!


Now, I wanted to share a super lovely blog I came across the other day. You know how you come across a site and you want to read all the entries?
Check out this gorgeous space. I want it. We want it.




all images by Guusje of  http://guusjes-appeltaart.blogspot.com

Friday, April 1, 2011



Here is the book I bought a few months ago from which I made littlest C's jacket, ISBN #9784579112777. It has quite a few adorable patterns in it but unfortunately the sizing only goes from 90 to 105cm.

I made these jeans for DS and he loves the elastic waist. He still forgets zipping up his fly after the bathroom visits :). This is from another book, I will post the book when I find it.

































































I've finished a birdie for the shop update. It is going to be very hard to part with this chap.
Hope you like him. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 27, 2011










Today I made a lightweight wool blend coat for my littlest C. I finally used one of the patterns in a Japanese sewing book. Anyone else have several Japanese books but never got to actually using them? A couple of years ago I started on a really adorable pant from this book, but ended up with a headache from finding the pattern pieces and never got back around to it.



This is a really sweet and easy pattern and it's a generous but flattering fit. It has adorable kimono like 3/4 length sleeves and it's fully lined.  And it passes her comfort test.
Next time I'll post the book and and a pair of jeans I made for DS.

Thursday, March 24, 2011








This old teddy which was originally my mother-in-law's, then my husband's has been through lot's of love, rough handling, dog maulings but I love it. Toys were truly made so well back then. I decided my teddy bear is a boy now, and I need to sew him a pair of pants and vest I think.

I can never seem to work on a series of dolls at the same time which is not very efficient, but it helps me stay motivated despite sore fingers. I've moved on to birds now, I hope I can get everything finished for the next update!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


On my desk today, I decided to give her a head of beautiful ginger hair, hope you like her.

Friday, March 18, 2011



We had a tornado warning today at noon and little C's kinder class was in lock down. The threat past quickly but it was nerve wracking nevertheless. I can't even remember ever having a tornado warning in the Bay Area.
Fridays is our day when the little ones and I got out to lunch; we will staying in today, listening to the pitter-patter of raindrops.

Have a nice weekend xo

Tuesday, March 15, 2011



My next shop update will be Friday, April 8th at 11am PST.

There, I've done it and commited to a date. I will hopefully have some birdies in the shop as well for Easter.

Have a great Tuesday!

xo

Monday, March 14, 2011

back at the machine







I'm back at my desk sewing after a short hiatus. I had surgery in December and I fell in love with knitting again. After years of unfinished socks, sweaters, etc, I realized I was approaching knitting the wrong way. I was impatiently knitting away, then giving up because of the time it takes to see a project to completion. While recuperating I learned that all those knits and purls can be relaxing and wonderful.


Anyway, I am hoping to have an update in a couple of weeks. But I am distracted by the immense sadness I am feeling for the Japanese people as they struggle with horrifying events that have/are taking place. I lived in Japan for 6 years and went to kindergarten there so I have many fond memories. I also called New Zealand home for 3 years in my youth so I was saddened by the tragedies there, and now this. Thankfully the friends we still keep in touch with are okay.  I can't help holding my two little ones close to me and remember that life is fragile and we are blessed everyday we are together.