Saturday, November 17, 2012

A UFO Finally Finished!

 I finally finished this crazy quilt pillow case. I think it took me about six years to finally get it done. The part that I kind of hesitated on was deciding whether I was done embellishing it. I finally decided that I just needed to decide that I was done with it, sew it together and be done with it and I am so glad that I did. 

I go to the Farmer's Market at Windward Mall and there is a vendor who has all these exotic fruits. Some of which I have heard of, but never seen before.

This first picture is of Jaboticaba, which my mother-in-law used to talk about all the time. She used to tell us about how good Jaboticaba jam is. It's no wonder that I never heard of it or saw it. The sign says it is grown in Brazil. Wow, that jam must be expensive!
This next one is Egg Fruit, a Southeast Asian fruit. I have never seen or heard of this before. The sign says it is highly nutritous, but doesn't tell how to prepare it. According to this website, it is pureed and added to shakes and ice cream. Interesting...
 This next item is either a nut or a seed and not a fruit. I have never seen or heard of this before either...has anyone else heard of this?
This particular fruit has been displayed so that people could taste it. I unfortunately was not able to taste it because I am on an elimination diet and fruits are not on it. This website says Mamey Sapote tastes like a mix of sweet potato and pumpkin and it is used in shakes, ice creams, and smoothies.
 I'd never seen this one before either, but it sounds really yummy.
 This is another one that I've never seen or heard of before. They had a little container with grapes that had been peeled.

There were so many more exotic fruits, that I'll save them for another post, as this one is getting rather lengthy.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Totoro, Skele-Monkeys and A Puppy

I'm finally posting about this. I made this during the summer for my nephew who was born at the end or August. His parents really like Totoro, so I thought this would be cute. I found this pattern on the internet here. Normally, Totoro is gray, but I thought I would make him in baby blue and white for a little boy. Totoro came out pretty cute. 

For those of you who don't know who Totoro is, according to the Urban Dictionary, Totoro is: 

A forest spirit that is only visible to children. They are associated with Camphor trees and have the ability to play the ocarina. They hang around with Catbus.
I also made a flannel receiving blanket. I bought the fabric from Fabric Depot on a recent trip to Oregon. Loved the store and want need to go back. The fabric has skele-monkeys and it is so cute.
I'll leave you with this thought that I found on this card. It says,"Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you". I thought it was so cute, yet so true.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This and That

 These Big Bang shirts were spotted in a shop in Ward Warehouse. I didn't know they had Big Bang shirts. lol.

Below on the right is a picture of a card that I liked.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


This large moth was in my room at school when I was trying to clean my room to close up for the year. He was huge! Someone told me that these are getting to be rare, but I'd rather not have them near me!

When I asked people how to get it out of my room, they told me to leave it alone. Then they would ask me if one of my relatives died recently, to which I replied, "no". I looked up the "old wive's tale" on the internet and it said the moth had to be white, so I guess it didn't apply in this case.

I did close up my room for the year... and I have no idea where it went. I also don't know if it is still in my room. I do hope he is gone when I have to go back next month.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


 While I was in Oregon, I got to go to Fabric Depot. Wow! That store is huge! We had nothing like that here in Hawaii. They had an area outside loaded with clearance fabrics and on top of that there was a sale on their regular fabrics inside. The first two pics are of some of the fabric I purchased. I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the fabric because I shipped them home in separate flat rate boxes. I've got to go back there. I didn't get to see the whole store.

One can never have too many neutrals. I bought those fat quarters from Walmart before the trip.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Senior Art Show 2012 at Hallie Ford Museum

 My DD had her senior art show at the Hallie Ford Museum. She had 4 pieces in it about memory.  It is about how you only remember certain things.

The pieces are mounted between plexiglass to give the effect of shadows on the wall. The shadows on the wall came out blue in the photos I took.

The first piece is about how she remembered the bicentennial quarter as the drummer boy quarter, but didn't recall the words written around the quarter since she learned about the quarter before she could read.

 The next piece is about how she wished all the sand on the beach was snow.

The third piece is about how she remembered the big macs. She always thought they were huge when she was little, but now that she is all grown up, they're not that big.

Her fourth piece is a video tape about the Rugrats and Reptar, I believe it was the movie, but parts of the tape are missing.

The rest of the pictures are of some of the other pieces of at the Senior Art Show.

The one on the wall with the circles and squares was about patterns.

The clay pieces in front of them were about man's impact on the earth with automobile parts imbedded in the clay.

The next one is about endangered birds. They made paintings and paper macho' birds made out of books because e-books may cause printed books to be endangered like some species of birds.

The last two pictures are drawings about how people interact with each other. I just took pictures of them because I thought they looked like Japanese anime characters.

Here is a link to a video that someone took on the opening day of the Senior Art Show.



Friday, June 8, 2012

Gluten Free in Oregon

 We went to a restaurant in Portland, Oregon called Old Wives Tales for breakfast. I had scrambled egg whites with roasted potatoes, but then I didn't realize that it had spices on it that I might have been allergic to some of the spices, so we ordered some gf toast. I ate the gf toast instead of the potatoes.

DH had the scrambled curried tofu with the spiced roasted potatoes.
We also went to a restaurant called Seasons & Regions for dinner. The food there was delicious! I had the Honey Ginger Lime Salmon and it was sooo good that we went back there again for dinner.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bernina Club

 I went to a Bernina Club meeting in April and we learned how to make this pincushion. It's called a Flower Tower Pincushion. If I have time, I'd actually try to make this pincushion.

This orchid plant in our yard was blooming. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

RRCB Part 6

    Hsts for RRCB part 5 finally completed! I had to make 600 hsts with 30 2-1/2" red squares. I lost count and turned the last 30 red squares into hats. Now I have to make more red 2-1/2" red squares...sigh. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Orca Bay & Fabric From Samoa

 I finished part 2 of Orca Bay. Mine consist of yellow/orange strings. I changed the color. It should have been red.

The next two pictures are of the fabric the Polynesian Club used for their costumes. I was asked to help them sew their costumes for their "I Am Samoa" competition at the Polynesian Cultural Center in May. The fabric came from Samoa and it was beautiful. I don't now if you can see the glitter on the fabric, but it was everywhere. So fun! We used the sewing machines in my room at school.
The administrator in charge of the club designed the costumes. The picture of the top you see in the pictures wasn't the actual design used for the performance. The top went through some major design changes after the picture was taken.

The students worked very hard and practiced a lot. In the end, they won some sort of cash prize for their performance, so the effort was well worth it.

Congratulations to the Polynesian Club!

Monday, April 30, 2012

RRCB Parts 3 & 4

 Finally finished part 3 & 4 of RRCB.

Part 3 is neutral string blocks.

Part 4 is green and neutral squares.

We're getting there!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Farmer's Market

Every Wednesday, I go to the Farmer's Market at Windward Mall to buy papayas and other local produce. The papayas are $0.89 - $0.99/lb. I try to buy the ones from Hilo and the Red Papayas or Sunrise Papayas. They also have Kahuku Papayas, but I hardly buy those because the other two are better, in my opinion.

My Anti-Candida diet allows me to eat 1 whole papaya a day. That is the only fruit I am allowed to eat, so I try to buy enough papayas to last us the entire week, until the next Farmer's Market.

These are pictures of only the first floor. There are more vendors on the second floor. I find that the produce I buy here is fresher than the produce from the market.

The last picture is of the angry bird I made. I found a pattern online and decided to try and make it. I'm wondering if I should make some more.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Break

 During spring break, we had a large water main break in our neighborhood. This large break caused four other small breaks, one of which was in the lane next to our house. We had no water for about a day.

This is a picture of the water wagon where we had to get water to flush our toilets. No water for cooking, drinking or bathing, just to flush the toilets. We filled our bathtub and used the water from there, rather than keep going in and out of the house to the water wagon.

The next picture is of the trucks fixing a break up the street. They didn't get the the one in the lane until about 10:00 pm. It was too dark to take a picture then.

This next picture is of the man draining the water from the fire hydrant so they could work on the break in the lane. This was at about 5 pm.

We didn't have any bottled water to drink in the house, so I had to go to Safeway to buy some. We only had some large expired bottles of water in the house, so I used those to wash hands. We also went to get some Wet Ones to wipe our hands so that we don't use too much water to wash off soap.

This picture is of the area where the large main break occurred. I took this picture while on my walk. They were working on this one all day and well into the night.

Our water came back on at about 2 am. The pipes were screeching and making so much noise that we didn't get much sleep. It's a good thing this happened during Spring Break.