Sunday, March 10, 2013

Autumn Apple Salad with Creamy Maple Dressing

Just went and saw the movie Oz The Great and Powerful. It was visually enjoyable to watch. It was already past 8 pm when we got home so I decided to make something quick and easy for our Sunday night dinner. This Autumn Apple Salad is so flavorful and full of texture. I am sure your family will enjoy it.

5 ounces romaine lettuce
2 apples of your choice, cored and cut into bite size pieces - I used 1 Red Delicious and 1 Fuji
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts (see note below)
1 avocado, cut into cubes

Monday, March 4, 2013

Liz Lisa Fukubukuro 2013

I absolutely love Japanese brand Liz Lisa. They have the most adorable and sweet designs featuring ribbons and lace. The only downside, their clothing is one size fits all and like most Asian brands, that translates to a small in US size. Consequently, I am not able to fit in most of their clothes, unless it's something stretchy like a sweater or cardigan. Therefore most of my purchase from them have been accessories and cosmetics. I usually go to their Shibuya 109 and Harajuku stores when I visit Japan.

I am so delighted when MaruQ store opened in Japan town San Francisco. It is the only retailer outside of Asia that sells Liz Lisa, Tralala and Liz Lisa Doll. They just opened mid December and as the New Year tradition, they are offering Fukubukuro or Lucky Bags shipped directly from Japan. Fukubukuro is a very popular Japanese tradition. Merchants are offering these mystery bags filled with random things and are sold at ridiculously lower price. The catch is you don't know what you are buying so you must love the brand enough to buy those bags.

I was lucky enough to purchase two Liz Lisa Fukubukuro from MaruQ, a Sweet Ribbon Boston Set and a Royal Rose Big Tote.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Princess Tote and Bento Lunch Bag

I bought this really cute princess fabric from Etsy to do a project for my friend's seven year old daughter. The fabric has all four princesses dancing on the lavender background and it has some pretty glitters. I decided to make a small tote and a matching bento lunch bag. I used the bento lunch bag tutorial from SuperBuzzy. This site has super cute selection of Japanese fabrics. I am planning to order some stuffes from them soon.

As for the tote, I followed the Twenty Minute Tote tutorial from The Purle Bee and made the size smaller to fit little girl. I ended up making two princess totes so she can give one to her best friend.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Recent Fabric Purchases

The last two weekends I have been visiting fabric stores in San Francisco and around Bayarea. Thanks to my dear husband for accompanying me during my fabric shopping. So far, my favorites are Peapod Fabrics in San Francisco and Wooden Gate Quilts in Danville. Both carry beautiful selection of fabrics and the prices are reasonable. Below are some of the fabrics I recently purchased and can't wait to use for my next projects.

Fat Quarters from Beverly's

Fat Quarters from Peapod in San Francisco

Monday, January 21, 2013

Reversible Sewing Machine Cover

For my second project, I decided to make a cover for my sewing machine. I started to notice some dust on top of my machine and I learned that it is really really bad for sewing machines. I found this great tutorial for a reversible sewing machine cover from luvinthemommyhood website and made one yesterday. I tweaked it a little bit and did not use the buttons since I have not figure out how to use the automatic buttonhole yet.

I used red fabrics with hearts, polka dots and Hello Kitty prints on one side...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sew Addicting

I have been on Pinterest on a daily basis ever since I discovered it last year. I have been pinning tons of recipes, fashion and crafts. I came across so many adorable sewing projects and so wish that I knew how to sew. It was New Year's day, when I decided that I want to learn sewing. Went to Joann's store that day and signed up for the 2.5 hours basic sewing class. I was lucky and took the last spot for the upcoming Saturday class.

I went home and researched different sewing machines online. The winner is the Hello Kitty machine from Janome. After reading the online reviews, I think this is the perfect beginner's sewing machine for me, especially since I am also a Hello Kitty fan. It has all the basic features that a beginner would need and a really adorable design. It has 23 stitch patterns and 1 step automatic buttonhole. I put in my online order and delivery is in two days which means it is scheduled to arrive the same day as my sewing class. How perfect is that? I can go practice right after class!

So finally, Saturday came and I was so excited about receiving my sewing machine and going to my class. I went to Fedex and picked up my package before going to the class. The class was very basic and good for a beginner like me who didn't even know how to thread a sewing machine. However, if you've done any sewing project, I don't think this is the class for you. I came out of the class, learning how to thread and finish a seam.

I went home and opened my Fedex package with excitement. Ta da! Here is my new toy. Isn't it adorable? I absolutely love the red color on the back of the machine.

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve

This holiday season flew by so quickly. It's hard to believe that today is the last day of 2012. In the past, I like to go out and have nice dinner on New Year's Eve. However, this year I can happily say that I am just staying at home and enjoying the last day of the year with my dear husband and my two lovely dogs, Mochi and Bocce.

We went to Japanese supermarket to buy ingredients for our special dinner tonight. The only thing I cooked was Tori Soboro which is sweet ground chicken simmered in soy sauce, mirin and sugar. It is usually layered on top of rice as a donburi. It's so easy and fast to cook, making it perfect for weeknight meals.