Monthly Archives: June 2012


I’m starting to sew. Though I guess I should say “again.” 10 years or so ago I made a few clothes, 2 years ago I made a few diapers for Chance. But now I want to start doing it seriously and start making my own clothes. I’ve had the same machine for 10+ years, and it spent probably 7 years stored in my parents’ garage, but I never cleaned nor oiled it – oops. I really didn’t realize I was suppose to do those things, and I wonder if I ever read the instruction manual at all, because none of it seemed familiar. I had been watching some videos on youtube and thinking “man, that’s a cool feature, too bad my crappy old machine doesn’t do that… crap, now I’m going to want a new one…” but when I read the manual I realized that it does indeed do pretty much everything! And I already had a few special pieces that had come included with it, such as a zipper foot and a double needle (though with that I wonder if time has dulled it…).

I really wonder how I managed t make anything 10 years ago, when I was clueless and there was no youtube, lol. One thing I remember making was a kimono, out of a robe pattern that I modified myself, which turned out great. How?!

Anyway, after a long-needed cleaning  and oiling, my sewing machine is running like new again. And I’m trying to learn how to sew well without spending a lot of money. Unfortunately, all the books about clothesmaking at the library are from the 80s or early 90s… except for one, from 2003, which was written by a woman that wanted to still dress in 80’s style business attire. It was about her own sewing style she had invented to avoid modern fashion. @@.

At least the things like curtains in those books are still usable. My kitchen does need some curtains…

Stuff for Nathan

I don’t know why I haven’t uploaded this stuff yet. Time is just passing so quickly lately.

Nathan (kid #2; Yuji is #3 and Chance is #4) had his 6th birthday on May 31st. That penguin keychain was for him, along with what is suppose to be a kawaii Batman (I don’t know, all the kids recognized it immediately, but Ray says it doesn’t much look like Batman), and a green and yellow lolipop keychain since he was jealous of my lolipops (when I was making mine I really thought they would be too girly for his likes, so I didn’t make him one, but then both he and Chance wanted some, lol). I didn’t get a picture of they lolipops, so just imagine the other ones with green instead of blue. I also made him an amigurumi heart – my first use of the safety eyes I finally managed to find! – and Yuji insisted on taking a pic of it inside her Koolaid Jammers purse, another project I failed to blog about…

Father’s Day

So here’s the stuff Chance, Yuji and I made for Father’s Day. Well, a small portion of what Chance and Yuji made, and all of what I made. The kids also made a bunch of other pictures/cards for their dad and both their grandfathers, and colored a mug for my dad.

My cards had some mistakes, but I’m learning, and I think they’re pretty good for being pretty much the second and third cards I’ve ever made…