Category: Daily life

Much ado about nothing


After a long absence from my blog, I’m making an attempt to upload some of the travel photos that used to live on my old iWeb site. It’s been a good project for the week, as I’m solo parenting while my husband is away on business. When that happens, I usually find I don’t have the energy (or focus) to sew as well as I’d like, so having a project to play with on my laptop is a fun diversion.  And it’s a fun walk down memory lane.

I’m starting with the easiest photos, the gotouchi Kitty and Chopperman charms I’ve collected over the years.  Hopefully I’ll have them all up later today.

Work in Progress

I feel like this phrase applies to so many things right now.

I’m in the process of rearranging my site, trying to organize my travel photos from the last 15+ years.  I’m not quite sure how I want to present these, so I may just throw individual photos up as blog posts until I figure it out.  Or, it may just keep changing every few days.  Who knows.  🙂

I also have these vague ideas percolating in my brain of how to incorporate my love of sewing with my love of Japan; perhaps making some art with my photos and sewing.

And there’s the ongoing struggle of being a mom and wife and still figuring who I am underneath all the roles I am/have/take on.


It has become our tradition to go to Bob’s Red Mill Store & Bakery every Saturday morning for breakfast.  Since Eloise and I won’t be able to tomorrow, we headed there this morning.  Just as we are walking in, who should we meet but the man himself, Bob.  I felt a little star-struck, but said hello.  He said hello and gave Eloise a token to pick out a free cookie.  It’s not often you met the head of a successful company on his way to have breakfast at his own store.  A fun encounter to start our day.


You are drying your hair and enjoying the almost meditative repetition it involves, when the bathroom door opens and (not yet three years-old) Munchkin walks in and looks at you.  You turn the hair dryer off, as she obviously has something to say.

Looking at you with large, earnest eyes, she says, “I put a bump on your seat, so you don’t get an owie.”

What? Did I hear her correctly?

“You put a bump on my seat so I don’t get an owie?”

“Uh huh.”

“Oh, okay.  Thank you.”

Because what else could you possible say?

And then you spend the rest of your hair drying time wondering what you’ll find when you head to the living room.

The short-yet-long summer

I still can’t believe that it’s September already.  Where did the last two months go?  While it doesn’t feel like I’ve done anything, there has been a lot going on Chez Spiceweasel.

At the beginning of July we headed to Minnesota to visit my family for over a week.  In addition to spending a lot of time just relaxing, my mom and I also dug through boxes in the garage and unearthed treasures for Munchkin.  Treasures like this Fischer-Price record player that my sister and I played with when we were munchkins.


And my sister gave us this piece of art for Munchkin, which she purchased in New Orleans.  It totally goes with the creature theme that seems to be developing for Munchkin’s room.  I love it so much!


After we returned from MN, both hubby and I caught colds on the same day.  Thank you very much, airplane air!  It took me almost two weeks to get over that, so my productivity in July was pretty much nil.  I did, however, manage to finish my “diaper” bag.  I used the Amy Butler Sunday Sling pattern, which is reversible.  I made the large size, and now wish I had made the smaller size.  I think I’ll be able to fit my daughter AND her stuff into this bag.  Still, I love it.  No one else has one just like this.

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I also got a little mobile made for Munchkin’s room, out of scraps of felt, ribbon, and fabric I had laying about.  I live in Portland, so there had to be a bird in her room, right?


In early August I went down to Austin, Texas, (yeah, am I crazy or what?) to help a friend do inventory for her etsy fabric store.  She sells the most adorable Japanese fabrics, so I was happy to help.  Thank god for air conditioning, though.  I think the highs averages 104F or 106F every flippin’ day.  OMG, how do pregnant women in the South deal with the summer heat?  We worked hard and I ate as much Tex-Mex as I could, as Tex-Mex is one area where Portland is severely lacking.  Just looking at the photos of the food now makes me so crazy hungry for it.  (Below, my last dinner in Austin: Chuy’s Chika-chika boom boom with Hatch green chile rice and refried beans.  A girl would pay a lot of money if they could deliver this fresh to her doorstep every so often.)1116244_707222092627265_796533763_o

After returning from Austin, I had another regularly scheduled OB visit, where I was told that my iron levels were low; borderline anemic.  So, my doc put me on extra Iron supplements, which have really helped improve my energy this last month.  Thank goodness, too, as my energy pool already is limited as it is.

Since returning, the crafting and sewing mojo has been returning, though I discover I can’t spend all day at it like I would in previous trimesters.  Here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

I appliquéd some scraps of Japanese fabric to some scraps of IKEA fabric and embroidered around the edges to make an ABCあいうえお block for Munchkin’s room.  I had planned to frame each one in a little IKEA frame, but in spite of measuring three times, I still made the squares too small.  Feh.  I stitched it into a single block and it’s now getting framed.


I made a ton of diaper inserts.  Well, ok, maybe only about 56, but it felt like a ton.  I am planning to use the Flip diapering system and rather than spend US$5 per insert, I did some research on-line and found a place to buy pre-cut diapering blanks.  I slapped them together and sergered (serged?) the edges, and for a fraction of the price of name brand, I (hopefully) have enough diaper inserts to last me for days.1073985_714029231946551_1049471620_o

I also made this cute little reversible skirt for Munchkin out of a scrap of Heather Ross knit given to me by my friend from her store.  I’m trying to avoid pink overload, but sometimes you just have to give in to the cute.  Right?11181_710298918986249_23250149_n

And the latest off the sewing table is this little reversible pinafore dress made with some fat quarters and half yard cuts given to me by that same friend.  (Albeit these she gave me five years ago… ^ ^;;)1184968_719840351365439_341160205_n 1011652_719840644698743_954416441_n


And in addition to this, we’ve been working on house remodeling projects: hubby got the entire basement and garage rewired (to code, yay!), we had some pros in to remove the last of the asbestos wrapped ducting in our basement, we removed the last of the ducting in the house, decommissioned our air conditioning unit and removed it, removed our aged furnace, had our old natural gas pipes removed and replaced, ripped out the nasty late 70’s brass fireplace insert from our fireplace, and started making holes in the main floor walls to get the main floor total electrical rewiring project started.  So, yes, it’s been a bit of chaos around here.  All part of the larger plan to get the house insulated before winter, and get a room ready for the Munchkin before she arrives in the world.  (Full term, munchkin, you hear that?  Full term, please.)

More sewing awaits on the sewing table, but more house projects also await.  We’ll be making progress in both this month.  More posts to come.

Happy September, everyone!