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Herb Heaven

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The last Sunday, my friend delivered me LOTS of herbs and eggplants, tomatos from her garden.







Especially, there were a LOT of BASIL! - I love basil! She REALLY gave me a lot, so I chopped the basil to make pestos. I didn't know basil roots when its stem was kept in a vase or glass of water - she told me.

Anyway, it's been 4 days since the last Sunday. I enjoyed most of eggplants and all basil exclude the pesto!

Also, dill! (below)


I hadn't used hard dills. Dills I see at grocery stores are like a horse tail, took a little what I want to use it for. I ended up cutting them into small pieces and boiled them for a while. It became dill soup with chicken + eggplant + tomatos. It was good :D

That Sunday night, I visited R's friend. His sister had a cooking magazine. I found a good recipe for the fat eggplant. It was eggplant's roll - slice fat eggplant, boil it in a pot for a while until it become soft enough to be able to roll; spread ground meat on the sliced eggpla…

Japanese alphabet table runner - from Sara

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I received a picture of this great work from my customer who purchased my Japanese alphabet - Hiragana - quilt pattern!

(ありがとう = Thank you)
She said she wanted to do some practice before making a Hiragana quilt, and this is what she made! What a nice idea :D I have also made a "Ganbare" (Do your best) version for a gift long time ago. I think it's an excellent idea to practice Japanese words like this! Additionally, it's easier to make than a quilt.

She also shared her idea of making cloth blocks for a child's toy. I think that is a good idea, too. How about making cloth cards which is like coasters?- I actually planned to make fish shape cards and have already made a big circle pond quilt, which go with the fishes, long time ago. I thought children can play with the fishes on the pond quilt. Since I wasn't patient enough to make the small fish shape cards, I gave the circle quilt to my friend. - The same alphabet are often needed to make a word. So, you can…

Japanese Indigo x Batik Table runner

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While I was arranging my room some time ago, I found some UFOs and this is one of them. I think I was trying to make a small bag or something. Since I forgot what I was trying to make, the UFO turned to be a table runner.














I hope this will find a good home :)

Exciting day!

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Today was so exciting :D
It started with a meeting of the quilting group; the meeting was great as usual.
I had a lot to carry to the meeting today. Quilts for 3 customers, give away fabrics, donation quilts, and my work to do there.

I had the "Introduction to Communication" class this afternoon, which gives me opportunities to speak in public, which I don't like. Many people get nervous when they speak in front of many people, so do I. It's much better than when I was younger, though.

I usually keep myself quiet. It's not because I have nothing to say or I am not thinking about anything. I have things that I want to say, that is why I have written this blog for years. I feel like that not many people would be interested what I say because I feel people have better things to say. I don't want to waste their time by listening to my stories. And, I teel like that keeping that attitude for years made me forget how to approach to get in conversations. Blog is a …

New Quilting Pattern

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First of all, my camera, Nikon Coolpix S8100, is now under repairing. It was sent to Nikon a few days ago. I am now strongly, seriously thinking to get a SLR, and I think this is an excellent timing, but don't have time to research of it. I actually had a local camera repair shop to estimate how much the repairing cost is, and what was the problem. For some reason, I didn't ask the shop for repairing, but I thought it's good to hear what Nikon says because the problem, according the local camera shop, is kind of "Nikon sells a defective camera" thing. Nikon is a big company. I think I was just unlucky, and this could be happened with another big camera companies such as Cannon or Fuji. So, I am thinking to get a Nikon SLR, but not sure yet. I will see what Nikon says. The customer service of Nikon is NOT good so far.

Anyway, I wanted to state that things above because I don't like the pictures taken with another camera. This camera seems easy to deal with, …

The last day of my summer break

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Today was the last day of my summer break. There was nothing special today, which is appreciated, yesterday was very special, which is also appreciated.

Our quilting group had a field trip to Webfabrics yesterday instead of a regular meeting. This quilt shop seemed like carrying everything of quilting. I understand why people make a trip there. It's an hour drive one way, kind of far from our area.

I was supposed to enjoy "window shopping and just looking", though, these are what I got...





The 2 pieces of FQ have Japanese taste.
The solid bundle is made with 10 FQs. It's from moda. We don't have many quilt shops around here, our favorite one doesn't carry a lot of solids. And, Jo-ann don't carry solids in variety of colors.

When I took this in my hand, one simple quilt like rail-fence was on my mind, but I will wait until a better idea comes up.

After the quilt shop, we had a nice lunch at Magnolias. I had a tuna sandwich, it was very good.

After come h…

Rosemary

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Nice breezy Saturday, I caught my neighbor was killing her nice gorgeous herbs growing in her front yard when I came home from outing. I simply couldn't believe what she was doing. I was thinking "What a gorgeous rosemaries... Fragrance is so gorgeous as well!" every time I pass her house.

I screamed to her, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! ARE YOU GOING TO THROW THE ROSEMARY AWAY?!"

She explained that her renter has been taking care of her garden for years and actually didn't know what he was doing until she came out of her house to see what's going on. "I was shocked, too!" she said. He said "I planted the herbs 3 years ago. I thought they are too big. I will plant something else." She continued "I will have my little herb garden in the back yard, then."

So, here is what I got from her. I said to her, "I was thinking the rosemary is so gorgeous every time I pass here." She said, "well, it's all yours now !"


New Life!

It's so strange, but I feel I now have a new life.
My loooooong divorce process finally got final on August 16; I am totally happy! - I am anyway happy most of the time though :-p I am lucky to be born this way. I am thankful for my parents to inherit me this genes.

My marriage life existed only on paper, not real, my situation physically won't change at all after this process. But, it's so nice to feel that my ex is not part of my life anymore. I miss his rabbits, but him. My name was restored to my maiden name, I haven't received any financil support and won't receive any, which I chose, from him; so, I won't see his family name anywhere anymore. There is nothing to recall him :D :D :D :D I am confidence to forget about him very soon :D :D :D I don't carry unhappy things on. I think it's from my personality. I am again thankful for my parents to give me a birth this way.

Anyway, I would like to show the divorce process I went through. Nothing messy t…

Green Mug rugs

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Green Mug rugs made with natural and green colors fabric :)
They were actually leftovers from one quilt that I gifted to my friend. I finally made "something" with them.













There were total 9 blocks, so I made 9 coasters. Since US standard number of a set goes by multiplication of 4, I would keep the one leftover for something.

For your information, Japanese standard number of a set goes by odd numbers, 3, 5, 7... It's interesting to learn those small differences between US culture and Japanese culture, which SO MANY of them are opposite as I feel like they were purposely made.

Anyway, I enjoyed quilting on this coaster as well :)