Grand Canyon


Sunrise. Grand Canyon. So beautiful.


on the road


We did a lot of driving on our trip. A LOT. We drove on dirt roads and roads so empty that we could stop and play frisbee in the middle of the them. We also experienced the longest (6 hours + ) of bumper to bumper traffic in our lives. But I have to say we did well. It helped that all of the scenery was beautiful.



We went on a big trip in September. We’ve been home for a few weeks, but re-entry into real life after a long trip can be tough, and I am just now starting to go through our photos. I will do a few more posts with photos from the trip.  Memories from California: meeting Pil Ho, Dao and Lauren, surfing, playing at the beach, Dave and Sahra’s wedding, browsing shops, visiting places John hung out at as a kid, dinner with Rafe

birthday gift

birthday gift

I made this as a birthday gift for one of Saya’s friends. I was planning to post more details about how I made it, but the photos didn’t turn out. 

Basically I just cut out five panels. One of the panels l I cut in half, then sewed it back together a few inches. (That’s the front panel.)

I sewed four of the seams together. At that point I hemmed the top and bottom. 

birthday gift 2

Finally, I sewed the fifth seam to close it up. Easy peasy. 

I wanted to do more decorations, but I ran out of time. The little deer is something I made a while back.

DIY tiny weaving on paper

tinypaperweaving1tinypaperweaving2You don’t need any kind of loom at all for this project. Just the few simple materials you see above. And it is so much fun. I could spend hours at this tasktinypaperweaving3You start by making two rows of small holes on a sheet of heavy cardstock. (My holes are spaces 1/16” apart but you can adjust as you wish.)  Poke all the holes first–before you start stitching. Stitch the ”warp” of your weaving onto the paper.

tinypaperweaving9.jpgChoose a color of embroidery floss and thread a long strand of it onto a needle. Start weaving with your shapes first and then fill in around them.




tinypaperweaving6To hide your tails, thread them onto a needle and bring them through to the back of the cardstock. You can secure them with glue or tape.

tinypaperweaving8When you are finished you will have a small piece of artwork that you can frame. Or just hang it on your wall with tape 🙂

Gobble You Up!

gobbleyouup2gobbleyouup1Saya and I checked this beautiful book out of the library a few days ago. It is printed and bound by hand. Saya and I decided do some black and white artwork on kraft paper inspired by the illustrations in this book.

gobbleyouup4There is something so satisfying about drawing with sharpies. I could have done this for hours and hours. For the white we used acrylic paint. I tried chalkboard markers first, but they didn’t show up very well on the kraft paper. The white acrylic paint worked well.

gobbleyouup5I had fun making this. I want to do another one tomorrow.

gobbleyouup6Saya’s is very cute. (And she said I could call it cute because it supposed to be cute 😉 )

gobbleyouup7One last picture because Michael is cute and he wanted to be on the blog.


DIY dollhouse hammock

hammock2.jpgWe made this cute hammock for Saya’s dollhouse. I made it to fit her Maileg mice and other small friends.hammock1.jpgYou’ll need:

a piece of fabric 11” x 5 1/2”

two pieces of dowel rod 5” each

4 small screw hooks

tassels (optional)

twine or string for hanging

needle and thread

hammock3.jpgHem the long sides of your fabric. Fold the edges over 1/4” and then 1/4” again and then sew.

hammock4.jpgOn each end fold the fabric over 1/4” and then 3/4” and sew.

hammock5.jpgScrew the hooks into the ends of the dowel rod. (You can also see that I used a pair of pliers to close the hooks.) Then put the dowel rods through the pockets at the ends of the hammock.

hammock6.jpgUse a needle and thread to attach the tassels to four corners of the bottom of the hammock. (I cut these tassels off of one of Saya’s dresses because she didn’t like them, and I saved them for future projects.)

hammock7.jpgJust for fun we let mouse have a nap outside in a tree!

Any questions please send me an email. xoxo


tissue paper birds


Here is a craft project I tried a few days ago with Saya and a friend. They are flying tissue paper birds. Each one is made from four popsicle sticks, a thin dowel rod, tissue paper wings, and a bit of cardstock for the tail. We decorated them with sharpie markers.

I was planning to use wood glue, but the kids were too impatient to wait for it to dry, so we used a hot glue gun for gluing the wood pieces together, and just a regular glue stick for gluing the tissue paper in place.

We had fun playing with them when we were finished.

stitching by hand


I love stitching by hand. It takes a lot of time and I always wish I had more time. I am finishing a quilt I started a long time ago, and I am making bracelets for a new shop that is opening. I also have bracelets in my etsy shop. You can use the coupon code newhouse15 for 15% off.


tree slice wreath


Summer days are long. I always try to talk Saya into painting with me. Yesterday she wanted to, so we made this tree slice wreath, and then moved on to painting on paper.