Sunday, October 12, 2014

OUAT October Finish


I've spent the morning and early afternoon stitching this month's OUAT block by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  It's such a cute tale to stitch. I wonder what tale will be next month's design?  I have a feeling that at least December will be Hansel and Gretel with candy motifs, but who knows.

I hope I can stitch a bit on the border this month so the whole design will be finished in December.

Until next time >___<

Friday, October 10, 2014

Earl Grey and Artwalk

I'm currently waiting for my aunt so we can carpool to work. I noticed this box of tea on her kitchen counter and couldn't help but laugh and decide to share it with you all.

It's an American company, but I love the 'renowned in international circles' part just in case we need an incentive to buy it because it is foreign in origin.

Sigh....the silliness of American advertising.

In other news, Kristina and I will be at Artwalk tonight so please join us.

Until next time >____<

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mini Autumn Package

Good evening, everyone! On Saturday, I sent a mini autumn package to my friend Amanda. 


I found an adorable DMC kit featuring a wooden owl that you can decorate with stitches. I thought Amanda would enjoy it since she is always making creative things to use in her card making and gift presentations.

I had stitched up the mini Totoro plushie a while ago and attached a keychain to him so Amanda could carry him around CA :) It's always nice to have a tree spirit along for the ride.

Hope you liked your little package!

Until next time ^____^

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kawaii Cinderella

This is my progress on the OUAT block for October. I hope to finish it up this week.


I should have realized that the theme for the month would have been Cinderella since it involves a pumpkin,  which is perfect for the month of October.

Until next time >____<

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Estate Sale - Vintage Chinese and Japanese Embroidery

Good afternoon everyone! I'm sure my readers along the Gulf Coast are enjoying some lovely fall weather with temperatures in the 60s today. Weather like this always reminds me of two places, Walnut, CA and Egham, Surrey. Hopefully we can keep these temperatures until the winter instead of going back to summer temperatures, but you never know what you'll get living in the south.

Last Saturday my sister and I went downtown to Room 1927 beside the Saenger Theatre for estate sales from the Magee Farm and a residence in New York.

There were quite a lot of items ranging from books, glassware, ceramics, furniture, silver, and paintings at the sale. While wandering the room, my eyes kept going back to several framed embroidery designs. One was a beautiful 1830s-40s embroidery on silk, but the condition of the piece was in such disrepair that I knew I'd pay quite a lot to have it conserved so I didn't pick it up.

Here is what that piece looked like:


The entire piece was falling out of its frame and had damage to the middle part of the design. The faces of the woman and child were torn. I can only hope that someone saw this piece and decided to purchase it for the chance to have it conserved.

It is quite a beautiful piece despite the damage and if it was from the Magee Farm, it is a rare example of embroidery because our southern temperatures and weather are not kind towards textiles if proper techniques are not taken to keep the piece in good condition.

The other embroidered pieces that I had my eye on were frame Asian designs.

First off, I found this lovely Chinese embroidered silk mat.


I have tried to do some research on this embroidery design, but all I've found so far are designs with a similar floral border and that it might be a place mat. I've found nothing about a date for the piece. I'm thinking perhaps mid-20th century.......makes me wish I knew someone who was an expert in Asian embroidered textiles.

The other framed piece that I bought was this gorgeous Japanese (or Chinese) landscape embroidered on silk in blacks, browns, and silvers.


I love the muted palette of colors in this design. It helps to invoke the bareness of the landscape. I was surprised when looking closer at this design to see that a lot of the stitches in this piece were quite simple ones. The beauty of this piece is definitely due to its simplicity.

I plan on sending a picture of this design to a professor of mine from college who teaches Asian history and knows several Asian languages. I'm hoping he can translate the characters and chop mark on this design and see if we can come up with an artist.

Until next time ^____^

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Recap

Recap:

Read:
1. Fallen by Karen Kate
2. Iron King by Julie Kagawa
3. The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher
4. Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
5. Kawaii Japan by Marceline Smith
6. Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
7. A Home for Her Heart by Janet Lee Barton
8. Itazura Na Kiss manga volume 1 by Kaoru Tada

Crafts:
1. Pumpkin drawstring bag
2. Kero amigurumi
3. Moogle amigurumi
4. Balthier amigurumi
5. Spider amigurumi
6. Cactuar amigurumi
7. Pumpkin bunny amigurumi

What's next for October? Hmm....not sure. Possibly more fall crafts or an early start on Christmas crafts!

Until next time >____<

Pumpkin Bunny Amigurumi


Pattern: Spring bunny by All About Ami
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft bone, green and orange
Hook: size H
Notions: 6mm safety eyes and black felt
Start/Finish: 9/27-28/2014

With pumpkins and fall weather on the brain yet again, I decided to stitch up a bunny dressed up for Halloween as a pumpkin. Isn't she cute?

I learned a new technique while making this amigurumi, the buttonhole stitch. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be!

I hope you are enjoying some lovely fall weather and crafting up all sorts of fun things for the season.

Until next time >___<

September Skoshbox

I received my September skoshbox earlier this month, but decided to save it for the end of the month to sample in order to give my coworkers a much needed pick-me-up.

They have changed up the information card this month with photos of each item. This is a great idea especially if you have several items of the same flavor in a package.




I thought for sure that I would have a non-melted box since it came in the mail on Saturday and I was able to grab it before the heat set in. So much for that idea, the Pocky in this package was still melted together. I'm convinced it is because it ships from Hawaii which means it is in transit for several days and in crazy conditions at various mailing centers. Sadness for future skoshboxes!!

Favorites: (in order)
1. Mint chocolate Pocky: how can you go wrong with Pocky? Well, maybe if you don't like mint flavored chocolate. Fortunately, I love mint and chocolate so I'm a big fan of this flavored Pocky. I wish the Asian markets in town sold other flavors besides the basic chocolate, strawberry, or almond crush. Maybe I can conceive Amanda to keep a lookout for this flavor while she's out and about in CA!

2. Mario Chocolate Crisp: (chocolate baked wheat puffs) Have you guys ever eaten wheat puff cereal? I remember it as a kid. It was one of the few cereals our grandfather would eat and my sister and I came to love it too. These chocolate crisps are amazing. Wheat puffs covered in chocolate...yummy tastebuds all around!

3. Pizza Umaibo: (pizza puffed corn snack) Yet again, I haven't had a flavor of this snack that I've disliked so far. This pizza flavor is no exception. If you see it at your local Asian market, go ahead and pick it up because you won't be disappointed.

4. Macadamia Nut Oreo Bar: Finally an oreo treat that hadn't melted yet! This oreo barely made it on my favorites list.....it was saved by the sheer fact that it was an oreo. Otherwise, I couldn't taste the macadamia nut. I think perhaps if it was a bigger bar I might have been able to taste the difference with the macadamia nuts.

5. Dragon Ball Gum: (fruity bubble gum) Just your basic gum, but with Dragon Ball Z wrappers. They would definitely make good party favors for those who love Dragon Ball.

Questionable: (in order)

1. Matcha Look Adult Series: (crispy green tea chocolate) This little bar wasn't terrible, but its consistency reminded me of the green tea Kit Kats. I guess I'm not a fan of textured green tea in sweets.

2. Haihain Baby Veggie: (vegetable crackers) Yet again, not bad, but there was hardly any taste to these crackers. It would be something I would eat if someone gave it to me, but I've had better senbei. 

Dislikes:

1. Utility Truck Ramune Candy: I'm sure if it's just me, but so far none of the 'ramune' candies have tasted like ramune. To make this one even worst, it was grape flavored ramune. Ugh....gross! And the whole 'blow through the hole to whistle' gimmick didn't deliver with this candy. You could make a noise with this candy, but it wasn't a whistle.

I can't wait until next month's package. I wonder if they will include any Halloween packaged items or fall flavored goodies!!! Until next time ^____^

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn Butterfly

Look what was in my aunt's doorway this morning....


Isn't it gorgeous?! I hope it is okay. I picked it up gently and moved it over to a flowerpot. Definitely not normal butterfly behavior.

Thank you for sharing your beauty with me,  little butterfly.

Until next time >___<

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cactuar Amigurumi - 1000 Needle Attack!

Pattern: Cactuar by Byakko's Corner
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft green
Hook: size H
Notions: black felt
Start/Finish: 9/22-23/2014

Cactuar attack!!! My sister laughed when she saw this fun amigurumi.

Until next time >___<