Monday, October 21, 2013


Hi everyone! We are having a pretty mild Fall this year here in North Indiana. The trees are slowly getting Autumn colors. This is the view from the Cathedral window in my living room. Love the colorful leaves shining in the sunshine.

It has been many many things going on around myself. I'll just show and tell you some of things I am having here.

My new work room move is still in progress and it is taking shape little by little. I know! It is taking too long. I just don't want to make myself stressed out since this is the busiest time of the year. I have a so very long "TO DO" list and it seems that I will never be able to finish. Just thinking of that even make me feel stressed! ( I know many of you have the same feeling right now! ) But there are definitely some progresses I can see!

I got quite a large "new" dresser and now use the top of that as a cutting table. And I made a Mood board on the wall above that. I am going to share the detail and a short tutorial for making it later. This project is super easy, you can make your mood board instantly using papers and some Washi tapes. (This is not a board for pinning stuff. Only for Washi taping.)

In the room, there are several projects going on. Editing a new sewing pattern is one of them.

Crocheting with twines. I am preparing to share a tutorial for making really pretty things with this utility yarn.

 I found this beautiful dress at my local thrift store.

 Look at this pretty detail of the cotton lace on the bottom! This material is perfect for making things for Christmas! Can't wait to start!

 I finished the legwarmers I was working on. Now Nina can wear them for warming up at her ballet lessons. I want to make another pair of "Ballet Pink" ones next time. (Did you know there is a color called "Ballet Pink"? That is a common word among Moms whose kids do ballet.)

Nina asked me to embellish her dress for the school picture day. The dress was given by her Dad last Christmas. It has small stars in a dark navy back ground which looks like a little polka dots from far. She thought that is a bit too plain for the photo shooting so she suggested to add some lace tapes on it. I sewed narrow lace tapes I had in my stash on the front body of the dress.

I purchased some vintage goodies from my favorite boutique in the town JUNK EVOLUTION. A fun blue trivet which shaped like silverware. A primitive geometric pattern silk scarf. And a thing looks like a wire basket I actually don't know what it is. But I just needed to get that. Because.......because I am pretty much obsessed with collecting baskets. It is hard for me to resist getting them when I found pretty or unusual baskets. Is this a basket for collecting eggs? Or a strainer? If you know what this thing is for, please let me know. I will appreciate it! (^o<)

There is one more thing to tell you. I might have written this before. My husband runs a small real estate business. We buy abandoned houses and remodel them. Then rent them out. This is the picture of the house he newly purchased....... I made the image relatively small. Because it is not a pretty picture. I did not want to disgust you with it. I am guessing that the previous owner might have been a hoarder. This mess will be taken care of by the seller before all the procedure completes. The structure and design of this house don't look bad. This will be a pretty nice house after all next Spring (I hope!).

Thank you for reading. I hope you all have a nice week! See you soon!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Things happning on my work table (and around the house)

 Wow, it's October? No kidding. Wow. I say this approximately twelve times a year. "Where did my last month fly away?"

Collecting myself, I have been too busy with working on my original pattern making and other chores to write for the blog so long. I am almost there to finish moving my studio from the basement to upstairs. It was very hard to start any new projects when I was in the middle of moving. But the furniture setting is finally decided and many of my stuff which need to be stored in this room got their new home. So at last I can start my work in this incomplete studio. (But now, I have the feeling of success about this move pretty much!) Today I want to share what's going on my work table recently with some pictures you might want to take a look.

I fell in love with this fabric collection "Spring house" by Stephanie Ryan when it was released right away. I didn't have any plan yet but anyway I needed to get some or all of the patterns of this collection! It is rare that I really love whole prints in one collection. This was one very rare thing which happened to me this spring. I wish I could buy all in yardage. But you know, I couldn't. So I got a set of layer cake and conserved (^.^) until a perfect idea flushes on me. I am making a patchwork window treatment for my new studio with these! It is going to be a fabulous, beautiful curtain! I will report you the progress. Please be patient and look forward to it!

Every year, the first day when I feel Fall in the air, I want to start knitting like as many of you do. And also I swore myself to use up my yarn stash or clear them out. So I picked some of my old balls of yarn and just started knitting. This is going to be a long scarf. I will just keep going until I use up the balls. I want to make it look a bit fancy (not only something for spending my stash quickly). I consider this project as a relaxation. So the pattern has to be a fun and also simple enough to meditate! This lacy Rickrack kind of pattern is perfect.

This one below is nothing special. It's practical. I am knitting a pair of leg warmers for Nina. Her ballet school locates in an old building. Sometimes her classroom gets cold in the Winter. She takes two lessons and two rehearsals for Nutcracker a week in the building. Keeping muscles warm until their bodies get ready to move is very important for dancers (and other athletes). I am hoping that these will keep Nina away from injury when she has fun dancing.

Do you remember these old school chairs? We got these from a big school auction. Tim refinished them really beautifully and they are ready to go. We are planning list them in Craig's list soon. Hopefully we will find nice happy homes for them. (To be honest, I really don't want to part with them. Because they are so adorable!!!) Well done Mr.W!

I walk for half an hour in the Wooded Estate every weekday morning. Seeing the nature changes seasons is my favorite. I see some Autumn colored leaves. The most beautiful time in South Bend is just beginning.

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this. Have a great week.