Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My first Toy Society drop!

I made this Santa for my first toy drop at the Toy Society! I dropped him off at my local Trader Joes in the Hollywood District of Portland Oregon.
You can check out The Toy Society at if you are interested in making your own toys to drop off.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cabin Fever!

Well the big snow storm the weatherman forecasted hit us hard and will not let up! It's been snowing and freezing rain on and off since Sunday. Plus we are supposed to get another 3-4 inches of snow tomorrow. Having a white Christmas sure is going to be nice but... My husband has missed over a week of work.. with no pay. Plus the garbage isn't being collected because the trucks do not have chains. All over the city people are losing power because the ice from the freezing rain is making trees and branches fall. Our neighbor's tree fell and came really close to hitting our other car.
The family is starting to have cabin fever too, lol. We walked over to the Post Office and grocery store yesterday. We saw about 5 cars and a bus stuck in the snow. They all had chains on but the snow is just too deep and there is that pesky layer of ice underneath.
The kids are having a blast with it at least! They went sledding down our hill today!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hiro, Crafty Wonderland & the Crazy Snow Week.

A couple months ago I bought a really cute Amigurumi book.. 大好きなあみぐるみ (Handmade Knit Amigurumi ISBN:9784277172240) from the Portland Kinokuniya book store. It's out in Beaverton on Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy inside the Uwajimaya grocery store. I absolutely love this store and could spend hours browsing through it. Anyway.. I finally finished making the first amigurumi from that book. I named him Hiro (yes as in Hiro from Hero's, lol).

Last Sunday was Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale at the convention center. 125 tables of crafty goodness. I'd been planning to go to this for months and when the day finally came so did the snow!! It rarely snows here in Portland. The mountains around us usually get all the snow.. but here on the valley snow it only happens a few times a year and then it's normally just a trace. But Sunday it snowed a lot! We had to take the train to avoid driving in it. The line to get in was still pretty short by the time we got there and we even ended up getting goody bags. I was really surprised how much really cool things were in them.. books.. hair goodies.. a sake cup.. yeah it was the bomb. Totally worth the snowy trip to get there and it wasn't as busy as I was expecting. The booths were all really cool and I bought a really cute ceramic coaster with a bunny and squirrel for my computer table.

It kept snowing and melting then freezing all week on and off! The kids didn't have school on Monday, Wednesday or Friday because of the snow and ice. And now the weatherman is forecasting more snow for tomorrow and calling it the biggest storm of the year! The nice thing about it is that tomorrow is my youngest son's 7th birthday and he is really exciting to go sledding!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

Sunday was my 31st birthday! Another year older and another year I can say.. I don't feel older than I did the year before. It might be because strangers tend to think I'm younger than I am. Last week I went shopping with my mom and the gal that rang up my purchase started to ask if I wanted to sign up for the store credit card and then she stopped in the middle of her spiel and asked how old I was.. like I wasn't 18 yet. Stuff like that has always happened to me. Like the time I was out with my kids and my parents and someone thought my children were my little brothers. It used to bother me.. but now it's really nice! :D
So to celebrate this year's birthday my husband took me out for a child free evening of fun. We went to see the new James Bond movie. Quantum of Solace. I'm a huge OO7 fan. Is it any wonder I married a guy who's nickname is 7 (because of his birthday o7/07/77). Then we did a little shopping at the mall and went out to a yummy dinner at Red Robin. On the way home we went and picked up doughnuts at Krispy Kreme.. because I'm not a big cake fan.
To top everything off I got a couple of really wonderful birthday gifts this year. My husband and kids got me a set of Sookie Stackhouse novels, you may know it better as TrueBlood on HBO. The books are way better than the show, but I still love the show too!

My mom bought me the cutest TokiDoki bag. Graziosa in the Carnival print. I've been wanting this messenger bag forever! Thanks mom!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fun with Glow in the Dark yarn.. Jules the Amigurumi Snail

I've finally made something with the Bernat Glow in the Dark yarn I bought a while ago. Meet Jules the Amigurumi snail. The pattern for this cutie came from 100倍かわいいあみぐるみ―2日で編める、かぎ針あみ
The glow in the dark yarn is so cool! I'm surprised how well it really glows. I've bought a ton of it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Past Projects

Since I had most of my past projects showcased on my old blog and in my Myspace photos I thought I should add them here in a slideshow. As I was putting it together it really hit me that I've crafted a lot of things!! I guess it really adds up overtime. I have a few new projects that I am working on and some that have been finished and are just waiting for me to take photos of. Lazy me.. I'll get to it real soon. As for now please enjoy the slide show of my past projects!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween! My first "Blogger" post.

Welcome to my new blog on Blogger. I was using the blog on my MySpace account but it was a real pain to work with and I've heard really nice things about Blogger... So I made the switch and here I am!

Yesterday was Halloween! One of my family's favorite holidays.

My youngest son who is 6 years old was a fighter pilot. I found him a vintage child's jacket that had a ton of old war patches at a local thrift shop. Then on eBay I finally found a vintage military hat that matched the coat perfectly. He just lost his bottom 2 front teeth last week! His first tooth fairy visit too. Kids grow up so fast!

My older son who is 11 was Sasori a member of Akatsuki from the Naruto anime series. I made his costume from scratch without a pattern and boy was it tough! I'm not that great with sewing but I'm getting better and I was really surprised how nice it turned out!

My husband wasn't going to dress up at all.. but the day before Halloween his work decided his department had to participate in the annual costume contest. The people in his department ended up choosing Music Stars of the Past for their theme and tried to talk him into being Billy Idol.. I didn't want him to shave off his beard though so I talked him into being George Michael.. Poor guy! He looked really cute.. hehe.
I didn't have time to put a real costume together for myself this year. I spent way too much time on the Sasori costume. So didn't dress up this year.. well I did wear cat ears, lol.