Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Getting Ready...

Just moving things around to make room for the tree...it'll be all about Christmas soon...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sew & Tell - Sara's Quilt

Among many other things, Sara is a modern quilter. I've seen her works in the past, and they are usually more geometric with solids. But, it is nice to see a change once in a while. On her new quilt, she used seven bundles of precut kits from the MOMO collection (the finished size is about a twin size). I've never thought about using a precut package to make a quilt. What if I don't like some prints in the package? I always thought. But, now that I think about it it's not a bad idea. The pieces are already cut. And colors and prints are already coordinated. What could be easier? Yeah, it's perfect if you are very new to quilting, or if you are...um...unwilling to spend that much time getting ready to sew. Hence lazy :-) Sara claimed herself latter :-) Thanks to the precut packages, she finished fast. It's colorful and whimsical. She is very happy with her choice of backing fabric, half linen and half cotton lime green. I love it too! It's really cute! Thanks always, Sara!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2010 menu:
pumpkin curry soup
scalloped potato gratin
shrimp and avocado salad
caramerized onions, mushrooms, bacon, wild rice stuffed turkey breast
sweet potato and yam cheese cake

I will enjoy these in gratitude...hope you are enjoying your day too...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Yellow Patchworked Tablecloth

So after all, I was the one who needed a new tablecloth for the holiday table. Or maybe just for everyday use. I patchworked four yellow prints randomly. I love it. It makes me so happy. Everytime I pass by the kitchen, I stop and admire it. And I could do this forever. I even brush my teeth in the kitchen so I can admire it again. It became one of the things that make me smile. Well, things I make for home should always make me happy anyway. There are so many flaws, but I love my home!

a flower from our yard...

i've been searching for kitchen art for the empty wall next to the window, but no luck yet.
maybe i should make something myself. a mini quilt in a frame? or another little display shelf?
i used the following prints + yellow solid...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Prints

I can't possibly post every new item here. More colors and prints restocked...See you there.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sew & Tell - Priscilla's Linen Gifts

I always enjoy conversations about sewing with Priscilla. I especially love to listen to her sewing life in her old school years. It's fresh and vintagy at the same time. Her stories make me wish i could go back in time to see the American sewing life that I never knew. I could imagine from those vintage sewing books and patterns that I own, but it's absolutely a pleasure to hear from someone who has experienced that era. The other day, we talked about what was our first assignment in our Home Ec classes. A pair of pajamas for me, and an apron for her. Then she told me that everyone had to use gingham fabric and smock the gingham. Yes, smocking! Yes, gingham! You could guess what decade that was :-) A smocked gingham apron sounds so cute! No, I mean, can you believe they taught smocking in school? Do they even teach how to sew a button in today's school? I don't know. We also complained that women these days are not sewing enough. Especially here in San Francisco. We hold such a high reputation to be creative, artful, and unique, but we are so behind from the rest of the country when it comes to sewing. Yeah, girls, start sewing. Show the world that city girls can sew too. These tea towels and pot holders Priscilla made for her friend are great to start with. Simple and straightforward. And they are scrap busters. And the technique she used on her potholders is very interesting. I've never seen it and never known it. Her sewing machine has a "hand quilt" stitch function that makes the stitches look like they were hand quilted. Really? Really! The trick is to use invisible thread in the bobbin, and color thread for upper stitches. Well, most of us don't have a fancy machine like hers, but the point here is it's easy to start sewing. With a holiday gift season just around the corner, you better start taking a step. Thank you, Priscilla for sharing!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sew & Tell - Lisa's Quilt

Lisa was one of a few people who discovered me right after Peapod was opened. I still remember the first thing she said when she stepped in. "WHAT are you doing here? You are in the WRONG neighborhood!" she said in her amazed voice. And I also remember what she purchased on her first visit which was a brown linen dress with embroidered roses for her little girl and a wool tote bag for herself. Both my handmade works. No fabric. Because making a quilt, or maybe touching a sewing machine, was not her thing back then. But, ever since her first visit she wanted to learn quilt making. So she whipped herself up, and voila! This quilt! I loved being able to enjoy this quilt being progressed over time. Her striped blocks were growing slowly every time she came back for more fabrics to add to. Then backing and binding. Honestly, it's been a while since I first saw this quilt in progress, but she finished it! She even rented a long arm quilt machine and quilted herself in a free circular motion. Amazing! Gorgeous colors. And I LOVE the wonky stripes. Thank you, Lisa for sharing!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Let the Sunshine in

Ah, a sunny Sunday morning...I could melt in the sun like our silly dog.
Off to the market...then to work. See you later.

working on something yellow...
taking a nap in his favorite spot on a sunny morning.
(he just fell off the chair right after this shot :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Friday

Just wanted to share my growing clover with you...
Our lawn is lusciously green now. It's time to go buy a mower.
Happy sunny green Friday to you!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Hoot hoot hoot...bright and fun prints have arrived...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sew & Tell - Maria's Baby Blanket

So October has passed. It's time to sit down and get serious. I mean sitting down in front of the sewing machine. After all, it's November. It's getting cold. It's getting wet. And the days are getting shorter. The perfect time to stay home and sew. Maybe you need a new table cloth to decorate your holiday table. Or a pillow to befriend on the couch. Or a blanket to snuggle in. I have said this numerous times, but I will say this again. Nothing could be cozier than mom's handmade quilt/blanket. It is sooooo special. I have a picture to prove it. Baby Adella knows. She is just one special bundle of love for her mother, Maria, who, of course, is the creator of this adorable mushroom and daisy blanket. Such a happy blanket. Can't you tell that Adella loves it? Thank you, Maria!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

French to Classic to Fall Colors

sorry for the poor picture quality...

for your old french country tables...

what could be more classic than the cat in the hat...

never get tired of fall colors...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Shop Open

I'm feeling a bit better, and the shop is open today Friday the 5th...
So sorry if you visited and found it closed yesterday.
I hope to see you soon...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Calling in Sick

Sorry, the shop will be closed today...trying to get better for the weekend...
You guys have a good Thursday.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Brown Clover Tunic

There, I finished my brown clover tunic. The same pattern that I used for Diane's tunic. I chose a small brown clover print and love it. This is such a nice pattern. Since this is my second time to use it, it went much more smoothly. See? The more you sew, the better you become. Simple! This is what I say when people ask me how to polish their sewing skills. Yeah, just sew. And as you sew more, pay more attention to detail.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hello November

Hello November. And congratulations to the Giants. No, I'm not a baseball fan. I never watched any game during the regular season, but the World Series was a different thing. It excited me. I hurried home to watch the games. It was more out of patriotism to the city of San Francisco, but the games were actually fun to watch. After all, San Franciscans couldn't possibly lose against Texans, don't you think? Oh, and if you are wondering, there were no trick-or-treaters on our street. While watching the game, I waited for them with "The Cat in the Hat" hat I made for my son on. Candy in the bowl ready to go. Spirit so high. But, none. Nada. Zero. What was I thinking? I quit.