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Christmas Chihuahua Table Runner

I made this table runner for my Mom for Christmas Day dinner. She has 2 chihuahuas so I thought it would be perfect for her house.




Upclose look at the chihuahua pattern.

Street Art

On my way to a Kings game at Staple Center and LA Auto Show, I saw this signage on the side of a restaurant and just loved it. Love the jalapeno pepper next to the shrimp cocktail.

Quilted Thanksgiving Table Runner

Here is the planning process for my holiday table runner. I wanted to make a table runner with the colors of fall, so I picked browns and oranges as my main colors. The pattern came from Let's Do Lunch by Atkinson Designs.

Here I just finished piecing my top together.


And after quilting (my first attempt at quilting with a darning foot) and sewing the binding, it is ready for the big Thanksgiving dinner!

Knitted sock (disclaimer: not a full pair)

Oh wow! It has been sooo long since I last posted! I have started to attach knitting with DPN! eeks! It's been fun eventhough I have almost poked my eyesballs out trying to fiddle with all those needles!

Well here is my first sock. I am hoping to get the hang of it better so I can finish a whole pair. The lovely foot model is my hubby who was sleeping on the couch when I took this picture.


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First Quilting Project

I have recently picked up another hobby/craft! pochacco906 and I have been talking about taking a quilting class together for some time and we finally took the plunged and signed up for a class on how to make Quilted Placemats! Our class was 2 days (in a row!) 5 hours each day! I was scared that 10 hours in a weekend would exhaust me but it was quite the opposite! By the end of our 2nd class, Pochacco906 and I were so pumped up over quilting that we were asking our teacher to teach us how to make a big quilt! Since then, we have been a bit obsessed with fabric and quilting patterns. There are nights that I lay awake in bed thinking about what quilt I want to make next! I know it sounds crazy!

Well here is one of my placemats.


Oct. 8th, 2009

I have been craving banana bread for the past few weeks. So I finally bought a few bananas, waited for them to get really ripe, and made 3 mini banana breads. By the time I wanted to take a pictures, 2 had already been devoured so I was able to get a pictures of the last bread...



I found the recipe here. Instead of buttermilk, I used about 2 table spoons of sour cream and 1 table spoon of milk. For decoration, I topped the bread with slices of banana that I sprinkled with a little bit of sugar. The recipe was easy and so delicious! In my opinion it was best to eat after it is baked because the crust was crunchy which was a nice contrast to the soft bread.

Twilight...

ok so I am very behind when it comes to reading. I LOVE all reality tv shows that are on VH1. You name it, I've seen it and am proud to admit it! But after seeing Flavor Flav, Brett Micheals, New York and now Daisy try to find love and sadly, come up empty handed, I started wondering what was I getting out of watching this. And let me tell you, when you start recognizing these reality tv characters popping up on other shows on other networks, it just shows how much reality tv you watch. One can only take so much ridiculous, scripted-but-"real" life action. So I decided to do something about it. Why did I name the subject for my entry "Twilight" you ask?

Well, I started reading... I started with Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential which was great. It taught me some things and made me really rethink Sunday Brunch buffets and "chef specials". My fiance is reading the book now and seems to be enjoying it. His parents owned a few restaurants and so he can identify with some of the behind the scenes stuff about restaurants.  If you ever eat at a restaurant, which is ALL of you, then you should at least skim through the book.  It will make you be alot nicer to the person bringing you your food.

Then I moved on to Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously which was just great! So funny and let me tell you, if anyone has opened a Julia Child cookbook or watched her on TV massaging meat while talking in her glorious Julia Child way, you will laugh and adore this book. And it will tempt you to get in your kitchen and make crepes or some kind of meat with a aspic! I actually noticed that I started looking with alot more butter while I was reading this book. hahah

So yea...now I am on to Twilight. I traded in a few of my japanese craft books for the books. I needed to make room on my craft book shelf so it was good to trade. So far I am a bit addicted to the book. I already read 160 pages last night and sat a coffee shop for about an hour tonight glued to the book!

Hello Kitty Redux

I crocheted Hello Kitty awhile back but put her on my shelf. She didn't look quite right. Her eyes and nose were too high, her neck was kinda skiny, and quite honestly, she looked like a Hello Kitty knockoff! But with the guidance of two Hello Kitty experts, littleyuzu and pochacco906 I was able to bring Hello Kitty back to life and she looks so much better. Thanks ladies for your help!

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cross posted here.

Craft Day

Craft Day #2 was such a success! It was a fun day of watermelon caprese salad, homemade pizza, carrot cake muffins with cream cheese frosting and crafts! I picked up LittleYuzu and we were on our way to Pochacco906's house for our fun filled day! Pochacco906 has been quite the baker lately and we have been very fortunate to be able to eat her yummy sweets!

Here are the carrot muffins out of the oven. Pochacco906 and I were able to learn from LittleYuzu how she decorates her cupcakes so the cupcakes not only were delicious but were so pretty too.

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Each of us had a mission and I think we accomplished some great stuff. I went there with 3 goals, to "fix" my Hello Kitty amigurumi that I have had on my shelf for over a year, show the girls my crochet bag, and start a pot holder.

Did you know?!

So I love fireworks!! I mean, who really can say they don't like fireworks?! Well I am lucky enough to live close to Anaheim Stadium that has a firework show every Friday night when the Angels are home and Disneyland that has fireworks nightly around 9:30pm but I will tell you something. Dodger Stadium has a Friday firework show and its pretty amazing!! My Dad and I went to Dodger Stadium on Friday and although the Dodgers didn't play well and Manny went 0-4 for the night, the firework show was so good! But I was sooo shocked because Dodger Stadium lets the fans go onto the field after the game to view the fireworks from the field! I took a picture of that and sorry, but I was too mesmerized by the fireworks to take pictures of the actual show.


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