Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sew & Tell

We had the first major rain of the season yesterday.  It was beautiful!  I love this time of the year.  It makes me want to hurry home to get cozy on my couch with needles and threads.  It's also gift giving season.  So you better start planning.  Just like these ladies. 
From Mariko to her dear friend's baby...she handquilted it!
From great grandma Etta Louise to her great grand daughter, Etta Louise...
This is actually the back of the quilt (Etta and I were just in love with this beautiful peachy ombre fabric).  Yes, little Etta Louise has blue eyes and is receiving this handmade doll also.  Great grandma rocks!
And From little Mary Jane's mom to her little Mary I made the names up.  Sorry, I forgot to ask their names.  It's the skirt!  And more are on the way.  I'll get the names right next time. 
Here is why I call her Little Mary Jane...the shoes!  My favorite kind of shoes...and I love her style!
Thank you, Everyone!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Walking, Cooking, and Sewing

It's been beautiful here in SF. Warm and sunny! Is it the Thanksgiving month already? And this is my first post in November. I wanted to share some sewing projects. I've been doing a little easy sewing including napkins and a mini furoshiki (a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) for my lunch. These simple things are very satisfying when I don't feel like doing a big project, but wanted to make something. So my newest furoshiki made the cover on the website. Yay! I love that print. Other than that, life goes on as usual with more healthy cooking.
Taking an extra long walk on a gorgeous fall day exploring my "hood."  And I realized it is a nice hood.  Look what I found.
Yep, we are proud that we have a community garden in the hood...
Strongly agree...
OMG, I did something I had never done!  I cut up a whole chicken!
After seven hours...
Lovely chicken stock...
I don't know how much of each I put in the pot, but this soup is made of the following ingredients.  You figure out how much to put in to your liking.  Yep, I'm that kind of a cook.
Butternut Squash Curry Soup
butternut squash
curry powder
lime juice
chicken stock
soy milk
salt & black pepper
My version of falafel or I should call it a chickpea fritter.  I don't know.  Again, the following is what I used.
I can of chickpea
shiitake mushroom
1 egg
salt & black pepper
My lunch from yesterday, loaded with power foods.  I feel light and cleansed ever since I started "clean eating."