When He Cooks


He always presents the food just so {::SMILES}.

While I did think of breaking up with him because my from scratch spaghetti sauce gave him heart burns, I kept trying in hopes that his body will adjust. Food, good eating, is very important to me and the thought of being with somebody who can’t appreciate it would be difficult. I’ve been a natural food store and farmer’s market consumer even before the organic/green hype and dining out at quality restaurants is what I save my money for. While I did, still do, have my occasional ramen noodles (mostly Indonesian or Korean), I try to stay away from processed and fast food — although Sonic was my favorite place to get a hamburger (and I miss it now and then still).


But, after a few more spaghetti, other homemade goodness, and many many trips to lovely restaurants (plus showing him pretty photos of food), I think I have successfully turned a soup-eating-straight-from-Campbell-can man into an (artistic) foodie.


Oh, and he dresses nicer now too! He is still a jeans and T-shirt guy but he can easily dress it up a notch (still not GQ, working on that one, HAH!!).

The girls have been following our footsteps. M refuses to eat fast food and Jovie has only been to McD once. I wanted to try a British McD. Emma loves to see how fancy her food will look and Jovie… she’s still just happy with bread and butter.

So ladies, if you just met or in the early stage of a relationship with a barbaric man, there is hope!!!


I did make a card. LOVE the new Waltzingmouse Heroine set!!! I thought I took a photo of it in natural light, but I still can’t find it. So here it is, in night light. I made this for a little 3-yrs-old, Jovie’s new pre-school friend. This little friend had a little party last weekend and Jovie was invited. Such a fun party and Jovie cannot wait to get invited to another one. Ahhhh, the joy of being a pre-schooler. New friends and new experiences!

Take care and have a great weekend!!!

To My Favorite Guy

Happy Birthday, Hubby

Happy birthday!!! So very glad that you were born many years ago! So very glad too that I met you 8-yrs ago, drunk and all, at a club. If we met in an online dating site we would most likely never have gotten together. The system would never in a million years match us up (if it did, it would be because of the plus/minus 3% margin of error… or a computer glitch), HA!! You have to admit though, I am a lot more charming in person than in photos or online (he’s thinkin’: Yeah, right, only if no word comes out of your mouth). As odd as it may seems we’re still happily together and I have to say, we’ve made some pretty cute mini us along the way {::SMILES}. Love*** you tons!!

To all of you reading out there… life is so much nicer when you’re with somebody who loves you as much as you love them. Even though you’re with somebody you’re free to be yourself and become whatever it is that you desire. It really is worth it, even if you have to make many sacrifices, adjustments, and changes because in the long run you’ll gain back everything that you’ve lost and achieve many more. It’s rewarding to be with somebody whom you can learn from and after the few years together he still gives me the butterflies + warm and fuzzies.

The above card I made for the hubby. I used WPlus9’s stamps: Woodgrain Silhouette and Addition (my FAVORITE sets!!) and a 2Sketches4You sketch by Kazan. This week Wplus9 is the sponsor and there’s an AWESOME prize for this week’s winner. Also, this is 2S4Y’s 2nd anniversary and there are MORE prizes to giveaway!! Go check 2Sketches4You out and also see what the other DTs has to offer.

The card’s fairly simple, I used the twine that I purchased from Etsy: Annie42 (yards of twine from this store for a great price!!!), Martha Stewart twill ribbons that I found on base for $2.50/spool (YEEESH!!!!! The one I have is a 7-yrds spool), staples, PTI button and kraft cardstock, and SU cardstock + ink. I think despite the flowers the card is pretty manly.

Well, I was suppose to go on base but Jovie just woke up from an extra long nap. I need to pick up M soon so we might just wait til we get M to get some groceries. We buy fresh produce from the store in town but there are a lot of things that we still pick up from the base once a month too like American cereal, Oreos (cheaper) and my ramen noodles. I still love ramen noodles, Shin Ramens to be more exact. That’s my craft secret. When I eat ramens before I craft I am more creative. Oh, and after wine too. More later!!

M’s B-Day, Part 1

M’s bday isn’t until Feb. 5th but because of our awesome moving schedule we decided to have a month of celebrating M’s bday. Today it was family day and she chose Dim Sum at Bo Ling‘s in Kansas City… or actually Overland Park, a suburb of KC on the Kansas side. As always it was delicious. Then we grabbed a few things from Whole Foods and then ice skating. BUT, ice skating didn’t happen because it was an outside rink and our little princess did not want to be out in the 9 degrees Fahrenheit (-12-ish Celcius) weather (we don’t blame her). So instead we dropped the hubby off at Mercy Seat and us girls went to another known KC location, 39th st (close to the also known West Port), for some coffee/hot cocoa (Javanaut — we like local shops than chain if possible. The Starbucks is at the next block), and 2nd hand bookstore shopping. M got herself five chapter books. She loves to read like her parents.

No crafty goodness today but I want to post some photos to help me remember what we did this weekend.

For once my M dressed up like a normal girl. She still got layers of clothes but at least they were coordinated… although her rainbow color outfit sometimes makes her more adorable. Oh, check out them boots from Santa (they’re by Primigi if anybody wants to know), I want some!

M All Dressed Up

Our two girls.

The Girls

Our little shrimp. She’s only 13lbs some ounces at 7 months old. She’s in the 10th percentile in height and 5th in weight. Her head is normal tho, ha! My poor baby, 90-95% of babies her age are bigger than her!

Jovie with Her Goofy Look

And what hubby got after I picked up from Mercy Seat (suppose to be one of the best place to go in KC, Exile is another great one). This is one big reason why our marriage is still going well. We let each other do whatever and support each others’ wants. I’m not a tattoo person. I’d like one but I’m too chicken to. But, I let him ink up as long as they’re nice looking. This is his fourth.

Hubby's Tattoo

M’s Present by Hubby and I

Today the moving folks came to take part of our stuff. Even though it hasn’t really hit us, our (slow) big move to England is finally starting. We can’t wait and in my head I’m imagining all the places we’ll see and the food we’ll eat. You all know I LOVE to eat. You should have been there for our first date. I ate everything on my plate! My then not-even-boyfriend was in awe. It’s amazing that he called me up again the next day he he…

Today I took lots of naps and by late afternoon I was feeling better (thanks everybody for your well wishes). After my nap I started looking at felt gadget cases on Etsy. M’s big present this year is a camera. We decided on the Canon 1200 because it’s small, has a viewfinder, and has a lithium rechargeable battery. If it wasn’t for the viewfinder I’d have gone with a Panasonic (it has a Leica lens, wider angle, and did I say Leica glass?) but the viewfinder won. M likes taking pictures with my Canon dSLR but it’s just way too big and bulky for her to lug around. A lot of point-and-shoot doesn’t have a viewfinder and we want her to get use to looking at that little piece when taking pictures. Anyhow… I wanted a cute case for M’s new gadget and was actually ready to purchase this one from Suezybees:


when hubby said, “You can make one, you have all the stuff. You can die cut a cute bird or flower or something.” Hmmm, he’s got a point. So I gathered my butt load of felt and thread, needle, scissors, ruler, the crochet flowers Clouds made me, some PTI Christmas vintage buttons, and went to work. Two hours later (a pro can probably do this in 30 minutes) I got this:

Canon Felt Case

Ignore the crookedness, ignore the bad corners, and just look at the big picture. You think she’ll like it? I hope so! Inside is an acrylic block which coincidentally is the size of the camera. For the flap, the flower was sewn on top of the button hole. This part was the hardest to do. It wasn’t hard, just nerve wreaking because it was the last thing and if I cut wrong then I’d have to rake my brain again to cover up my mistake or start over again.

I have to thank the hubby for pushing me to do this. I love felting but since I’m not so good at it I rarely do it. For this project hubby did more than motivate. He suggested hole + flowers + button flap instead of snaps and a button on top and that the button should be placed a bit to the side instead of centered. The best part of this project was that I made this while chit-chatting with him in the living room. We would have liked it better if we weren’t sick but we did make the best of it.


First the camera is 3.5×0.9×2.25. If your gadget is bigger/smaller, adjust accordingly.

For the tan felt: 4.5×3.5 which gave me .25″ on each side I’ll be stitching and an inch of space for the thickness of the camera. If you want it to be less snug, you can cut your felt to 4.5×3.75 or 4.5x4bag. The key is to remember your sewing space and the thickness of your gadget/case.

For the brown felt: 6.5×3.5

I think I should have done rounded corners. As you can see from my creation I’m not so smooth on them corners. Actually I’m not sure how to do corners. I’m a self taught stitcher. Any hints?

After all’s cut I sewed the buttons on to the flowers AND the tan felt. The button holes were right above the crochet flower holes and so it worked well for me. If you have crochet flowers with bigger holes I’d probably sew the flower to the felt first and then the button to the felt after.

Then comes the stitching. Now, since I’m no stitch expert I tried to use as long of a thread as I possibly could (I used two strands of thread tied together at the end making it into a four strand). Starting out is always tough for me for some reason so I try to avoid it as much as possible.

It’s not showing on the picture but the tan felt was stitched all around.

After the stitching comes the flap button, hole and flower. To do this close the flap. Place the flower on the flap to help visualize and after you’re happy with where it’ll be stick your needle to the center. Leave the needle there and place the button under it. Eye ball again, and again, and again. Sew this button on the to tan felt. Close the flap and place the flower on the brown felt on top of the button. Feel it again, and again, and again and cut. Cut as big as the button and stitch around it. Now, I’m not sure if you have to do this but I did it thinking it’ll make it last longer. I dunno tho for sure.

Last but not least with the white/light color thread  sew the flower on. On my flap there’s no indication that the flower was sewn on. I did it very carefully.

That’s it!

I’m Thankful for…

M + Jove


I am a VERY lucky person and I am grateful each and everyday. But every year on Thanksgiving I do think about it a bit more and still the best three things in my life are the folks above. Then my friends and a handful of extended families. I also have my health. I’m very lucky there. My dentist said I’m one of the 1% who still have their wisdom teeth and I rarely get sick. I have every single body part that I was born with. Everything else in my life… they’re wonderful bonuses. My education has been a wonderful gift. My job has been very fulfilling and fun. The second income has been a treat. Our travels have been joyous. And our future adventure across the pond will an experience to cherish.

So today we celebrate Thanksgiving and are very thankful that we have love, nutritional food, clean clothes, good health, a warm loving home and all the bonuses that we have been very fortunate to receive.

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!!

PS: Jovie moved, thus the blurriness. Still love the photo though.