Archive for August, 2009


Last week I tried baking a new recipe. It’s called Millionaire’s Shortbread. It was super yummy. The bottom layer is shortbread. I have never made shortbread and I thought it was going to be really hard. The shortbread was super easy. The middle layer is dulce de leche. I have never had that either and it is so yummy. It took a lot to get hold of the dulce de leche. My Mom had to buy it for me where she lives. The top layer is chocolate. The only thing I would do different is cut the chocolate while it was still soft, so it would be easy to cut later.



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Polka Dot Pajamas

I just finished a polka dot pajama. They are made of a really cute green fabric with lots of different color green dots. It is a combination shirt and shorts. I cut them a size too big so they would be nice and comfy for sleeping, but I think that might not have been a good idea. I really did not like the pattern. Things seemed more difficult than they needed to be. The ribbon on the front is because I was not paying attention while I was cutting the front. Instead of cutting it on the front I just cut two pieces. I wanted to hide the seam. I still think their cute though.


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Portland Trip

I just got back from Portland yesterday. I got to visit family, eat good food and go supply shopping. I made sure to stop at Uwajimaya to get washi paper, magazines, music and slippers. I love washi paper shopping. The only bad part is that there is so much pretty paper I can’t choose. I also got a little dish to hold glue while I make washi dolls.  We also went to the Mill End store. I got an embroidery book, and some pretty fabric. I also got some great shots of a beautiful sunset on the drive back.

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After the camping trip I’ve been working on a few projects steadily. I have finished embroidering a tablecloth. The design is bunches of violets. It is worked in cross-stitch. Violets are my favorite flowers. I just have to figure out where in my house I can put the tablecloth.


This past I also got a new washi doll book. I wanted to make every single project in the book. The past few days I’ve been making one or two washi dolls a day. I have made a couple different types. The doll in the front is a 3-D washi doll. She is a maiko with a polymer clay head. I had problems with the head going onto the body but I think it turned out ok. I made a warabe doll. She is the one in the pink kimono with the white obi. I have made this pattern before and really like it. I like her a lot and I am thinking about mounting her and hanging her in my sewing room. The tall, thin dolls are from the new book I got. I believe they are meant to be bookmarks. They are very simple to make. I think my friends will be getting bookmarks for Christmas. I plan to use the green one with long sleeves for myself.


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Camping Trip

The past week Mark and I spent our time camping. We went out to Dworshak State Park, which is a park we went to last year and fell in love with. We had a great time camping, even if we both got bad sunburns. The first picture is of a little chipmunk that kept us company. He was so cute I had to take a picture.

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The next picture is of some clouds. One night the sky was filled with beautiful cloud formations. You could see everything from our camp.

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The last picture is a shot of the reservoir from a trail that we took around the back of the camp.

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