Tuesday, May 28, 2013


so many rainy days keeping us cosy, but far from our garden. 
what is your favorite rainy day activity?

Sunday, May 26, 2013


we went foraging in hopes of finding wild leeks, but had no luck. we did find many chives on the edge of the forest, and that made us equally as happy. 

we liked both of these recipes:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

flower days

we have been busy gathering for a yard sale, and preparing a garden. 
summer soon!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

last piece for KCW


i managed to finish one more project for the kid's clothes week challenge. i have a jacket started, but did not have the time to finish yet because i spent one day being sick, and lazy. boo! 
this piece is from another japanese book. i found inspiration from an image via pinterest. 
 original at a wonderful shop, with great prices too!

p.s. underdress on suki made by makie.

Friday, April 26, 2013

baby suki

my dear friend karis recently sent me some photos she took of suki a couple summers ago. looking at them filled my heart. thank you, karis!

p.s. karis has a new blog of photos- a game of sorts she makes with her cousin.  

Thursday, April 25, 2013


when we were visiting san francisco last fall, i picked up a few japanese pattern books. two of the books are in english and the rest in japanese. this pattern was from a book in english. it came together very easily, and quickly, but i was surprised to find i like sewing from the books written in japanese more- it feels more intuitive. 

i couldn't believe the light when taking these photos at suki's bedtime. it seems just weeks ago it was dark hours before the bedtime began. i guess spring really is here.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

lazy days skirt and socks

to start the sewing week off i made a couple simple skirts. suki loves to wear skirts always, especially with shirts, pants, even dresses that do not match. she likes a lot of layers and pattern so much. i used the lazy days skirt as a guide, but hemmed the bottom rather than using a ribbon to finish it. 

i also finished the toddler socks from purl bee. i was not sure if suki would actually wear them, but she seemed very happy when i presented them to her today, even wearing them for a couple hours! she has very narrow feet so they slipped around a lot on her. i am new to knitting, but i wonder if there is a way to make the pattern more narrow. any advice?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

listening to these four arthur russell covers non stop.



adam has been giving me extra time in my studio this week to make some spring/summer clothes for suki. i was inspired by this challenge, and thought i would join in. can't wait to share what i am working on. i made the dress suki is wearing in these photos for easter- a very quick sew from a japanese book.

Monday, April 8, 2013

special day

during the month of march suki went to a weekly art camp at our local children's museum. after the last class, they had an opening to showcase the children's work on the walls and in personal portfolios. suki was very excited to share her work with friends and family in such a fun way. 

her painting is the fourth over on the left. here she is sharing her portfolio with adam- so proud! 

after the show and some play time in the museum, we headed over to a coffee shop for a hot cocoa treat. 

then ended our outing with a stop at the flower shop.

she picked tulips- red and orange.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

rose & edith

looking at these lovely rebe pieces 
currently on sale at specks and keepings

both perfect for layering in spring, and light enough to wear in to early summer.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


since suki is vegan she needs to have at least one snack a day, and they need to be nutritious. i have decided to share some of the snacks she likes, and if you have any ideas please send them my way. we like variety, and it is easy to get stuck. 

first, suki's favorite-

you will need:
frozen baby limas
almond milk (or milk of your choice)
salt and pepper (optional)

boil water. cook lima beans for 15 minutes.
stir in a small splash of milk and one teaspoon coconut oil
add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, March 11, 2013

hello, again!

so much time has passed since i last checked in! 

we had the best time on our fall road trip, spending time with our family in san francisco, 
and los angeles. 

suki was thrilled to have some kid time with her cousins. 

she loved the rock and mineral collection at the natural history museum. of course!

she was kiki for halloween. 

she is now three!

this year, we had a picnic to celebrate our last take out food for a very long time. hurray!

our kitchen remodeling is finished, and we have been cooking/baking up a storm. 

suki is working on her knife skills. she is a great kitchen helper.


adam made a book. it can be purchased here.

and the best update of all, suki likes to color now! for hours at a time!!