Published July 7, 2015
I was born in Taiwan. I was raised in Taiwan. Now I live in the US, but I still love and miss the place where I grew up. Every summer I take the family back and now hopefully my kids will love it too. I heard a travel show once describe Taiwan as a glimpse into what Mainland China might have been like if communism hadn’t swept through. It’s a lovely place if you love the city and a lovely place if you love the country. We stay in the capital city – all crowds and business, but just an hour away and we are out in the fresh cool air of the mountains. So that’s my plug for the beautiful island. And here are some of my favorite shots from our trip.
My favoritest shot – some water buffalo grazing on a mountain top.
And where there are water buffalo, there is…
These water buffalo followed us up the mountain trail, blocking the only path down. It was a tight (and scary!) squeeze, but we made it down. Whew!
Boats docked on the Danshui river.
Cat wants into my favorite clothing shop. The shop cat was relegated to the front porch because a customer with dogs was in the store.
The food. Ahhh the food. It was delicious.
Spring onion pancakes.
Custard cream puffs.
Fortunately without a car we took public transportation and did a lot of walking to work off the yummy food.
The lightbulbs on this fishing boat were so unique. I want some in my house!
Grass sandals drying out.
Old military fort.
Old mansion from the 1840s.
Love this door!
Traditional Chinese dining room.
Traditional Chinese kitchen.
Vacation is good. Vacation in a place you love is even better! Thanks for making it through my little travel post!
Published July 2, 2015
I’m such a cheater.
But I feel pretty good about it.
I saw this little flower in a field and loved it’s shape and beauty. Took the shot and started to wonder it if would be possible to paint it on canvas. But what do you do when you want to paint something but have no drawing ability? You tap into your other strengths and figure out a way to cheat.
First, I loaded the picture onto my tablet. Then, taped tracing paper to the tablet and traced the flower with a marker. I did it this way because I’m really not skilled at drawing with a mouse.
Then, I photocopied the image onto a transparency and made a projector using my cell phone flashlight, glass door and canvas. It reminds me of the old overhead projectors my teachers used in class. This is best done in dim light.
After painting my gray background, I traced the image of the flower onto the canvas and filled it in. I could only be happier if I actually knew how to properly paint, but I haven’t figured out how to fake that yet!
This weed is apparently called a Smallflower Dessert-Chickory or Texas Dandelion. So purty.
Published May 12, 2015
I made this quilt for my friend Jessie “no-pink” girl. This pattern, the Rosaile Quilt from Valorie Wells, is nice and easy, but like any quilt, takes a good deal of time. I’ve been working on this one for months.
I pulled deep from my stash. I see some old Amy Butler in there, some Joel Dewberry, some Heather Bailey and even some Hobby Lobby fabric. Some fabric I’ve had so long I don’t remember who designed it. A few years ago the “oldness” of the fabric might have bothered me, but I’ve learned that unlike my high school clothing trends, as long as I like a fabric print, it is timeless.
I’ve made hexagon quilts before, but this pattern is much easier than how I’d done it in the past. The pattern comes with 2 hexagon sizes. I made a twin-sized quilt using the smaller hexagons. I love how it turned out and love it’s soft wrinkley-ness. I’ll see Jessie in a couple of weeks bearing this as a gift. I truly hope she likes it.
Published May 10, 2015
Crafting , Happy Circles
Little Imogen was dedicated at church this morning. As her godparents, we got her a children’s Bible and a lamb. The lamb beat out the bear because a lamb is a much more biblical animal. :)
She hasn’t even had her first birthday so she doesn’t need a bag, but a personalized gift bag was a must.
I started yesterday afternoon and gifted it this morning. Whew! Unfortunately as I was handing it to my friend, I realized I hadn’t hand-stitched the opening in the side seam. Oops.
Published April 3, 2015
Leave it to Sew Mama Sew to throw a contest that I really want to enter. I can’t remember the last time I entered an online contest. The Spectacular Softies Contest sounded so fun and I’m not even normally a softie maker. I think I’ve sewn three total. Maybe. Here is entry #1: Pinky, the Pom Pom Turtle.
Pink linen, wool felt and lots of hand-stitched pompoms. Pinky deserved a name full of alliteration and fun.
Here’s her belly. Poor girl was only on her shell for a moment.
And now, to her great relief, she’s right side up again. Here’s an aerial view.
The rules say I can enter more more than one softie. Bet you can’t guess what my next post will be!
Published April 3, 2015
My second entry to the Spectacular Softies Contest from Sew Mama Sew: Coffee the Pompom Sheep.
Are you seeing a theme here? I went a little pompom crazy for this softie contest. But they are just so fun. And soft! They are really soft. Perfect for softies. This baby was sewn and stuffed, then covered with hand-stitched pompoms.
You’re probably wondering why a creamy white sheep would be named Coffee, aren’t you? Well, there is a good reason. When I was ready to sew her little feet on, I realized that I didn’t have any brown pompoms. So I mixed up some super strong coffee, soaked some oversized creamy pompoms in it overnight and out came my brown feet. They turned out perfectly – still soft enough to stitch, but sturdy enough to hold her weight.
Sewing these softies was super fun. Thanks to Sew Mama Sew and her #6weeksofsofties for the inspiration!