Hello World!

We’re still around and costuming! We’ve definitely slowed down a lot though with life getting busy and some of us having kids (holy cow), but we’re all still active and you’ll see updates here and there.

Latest Blog Posts
Star Wars Family Photo
This year’s holiday theme card was of course: Star Wars! I am so so grateful to Jeff Kuo, who is my go-to photographer for everything. He’s so great to work with, so versatile, produces amazing photos, and I love his cat. =D He was also incredibly forgiving of me for waiting until the last minute to pester him for photos. I had grand plans to do the holiday card photoshoot in November and be all on top of it, but I ended up having an emergency quilt to finish in November (which I’ll blog about later), so I didn’t get my imperial officer costume done on schedule, and the photoshoot ended up getting pushed into December. One of these years, I will actually get my act together so that I will not have to pay the rush fee for the card printing. Thankfully the only costume I had to make was mine. The Princess [...]
Mon, Jan 25, 2016 8:31:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
I-Spy Quilt
For Christmas, I made an I-Spy quilt for The Brood, which they love. I’m really happy they like it because they were pretty apathetic about the other quilts I made them (which is fine, I don’t expect a baby to have much of an opinion about which blanket they’re spitting up on). =D I almost wish I had made the quilt bigger with more blocks except that I didn’t want to sew more blocks… I-Spy quilts require a bit of planning because getting enough blocks takes time. I think the best way is to join a swap group. I joined the I-Spy swap group on Yahoo Groups which is a very well run group. I participated in 4 swaps before I had enough blocks to make my quilts. I made 2 I-Spy quilts at the same time, one for my brood and one for Aimee’s girls. Each quilt had 56 blocks [...]
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 9:16:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Cat Head Kangaroo Pocket Dress
The Larva has a cute shirt from Taiwan that has a cat head kangaroo pocket on it. (That is a mouthful… I gotta think of another name for this.) Anyways, she loves that shirt, but she spilled paint on it and I couldn’t wash it out (and I really tried), so I decided to make her a new dress with the same style of cat pocket on it. I took photos as I was sewing and wrote up a small tutorial, so here we go. I rifled through my patterns and picked a cute dress. Any dress pattern that has a waist seam will work. You’ll need whatever fabric and notions the pattern calls for. On top of that you’ll also need: a small piece of fabric for the cat pocket and ears Wonder Under or some other fusible web like Heat n’ Bond iron-on heat transfer vinyl for the cat face (I used Siser [...]
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 5:00:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Just got back from China/Taiwan. I have a million photos to crawl thought but I thought I'd post the Summer Palace ones first.We were actually really popular with the other tourists there which was really cool! Apparently they get a lot of people in traditional type clothing at the Summer Palace so the staff there didn't even blink an eye at us. We got waylaid for photos a lot, but this group of schoolgirls were so cute that we asked them if they'd take a photo with us. =DAnd now I am going to go attempt to put my internal clock back on pacific time. =P [...]
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 8:19:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
On my way home today, from two-ish wonderful weeks in China. I’ll have more later, including tales of our epic-cosplaying-at-the-Summer-Palace, but for now, Aimee posted pics at the HCC journal, click here A few bitty thoughts… A Starbucks, across the street from a Starbucks, in Shanghai. Sled ride down from the Great Wall. Mandatory tourist Terrifying Ride of Death(tm) pedicab/rickshaw Lots of “unintentional exploring” Finding awesome bakery on the last day (*cries*) No cries of CURSE YOU FOR DISRESPECTING MY CULTURAL HERTITAGE DISHONOR ON YOUR COW for cosplaying at ancient historical landmark, woo! Epic hair wars between j-rock wannabe boys on subway. People didn’t really stare at us any more than they usually did on the subway, even though I was wearing a satellite dish on my head. But I got an excellent signal. Would you like to check your Facebook? Not getting sick and no rain until the last day! woooooo! (unfortunately, though, ugh.) $13 one [...]
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 4:53:00 PM, Continue reading at the source