2019 Fukubukuro (Lucky Packs)

I adore following the lucky pack fever every year, even if I don't buy most of the time. This year though I am really wanting to fill some holes in my wardrobe (I took a three year shopping break and feel like I missed tons of fun themes), so I'm holding out hope for something interesting.

If you want to pick up a lucky pack, make sure to check the brands website or social media for all the details. Some may be offered only in store and not online for international purchase.

Here is who we have so far:

- Alice & the Pirates Harajuku (added 11/29)

- Angelic Pretty online (added 11/28)

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Fashion

International Lolita Day Winter 2019 Edition

I spent a rainy and breezy International Lolita Day out at the fine arts museum. It has been quiet some time since I actually remembered ILD and didn't want miss it!  The museum's latest exhibit is "East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from The Al Thani Collection", on show through Feb 24th, 2019.

The finished jewelry and loose stones were a sight to behold. There were many pieces from the Cartier design house, as they were most favored by the Maharajas. Sadly absolutely no photography was allowed, so you will just have to use your imagination or see if the exhibition will be touring in your area.

Coordinate details:
JSK, blouse, hat, socks: Aatp
Umbrella, bracelet, bag: Btssb
Necklace: Meta

The museum has a very delicious cafe where I joke about having had pie shaped lunch x2. That is the main course was a butternut and mushroom quiche and for dessert I had an apple almond tart. So delicious! I am very glad I skipped regular apple tart and went for the almond version instead.

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Daily Snaps

A Little Piece of Home

Sometimes when I start to miss San Francisco I go make a cup of tea. Mind you I do drink tea just about all day long of one type or another, but I mean a special cup of tea. I will get out my favorite leaves and select a particularly special tea ball to brew them in. So why is this tea ball so special you may be asking? Well, not long after I had to move back to Texas a mysterious box arrived. I hadn't ordered anything, what could it be? Turns out some very sweet friends had put together a care package full of goodies to surprise me. One of the items inside was this tiny tea pot shaped tea ball.    Not only is it shaped like a tea pot but it also comes with a delicate scallop edged plate to rest it on when you're done using it. See the chain? If you pull gently the lid pops off so you can place the tea inside.    Whoever designed it seems oh so cleaver to me, as by running the chain through the handle it keeps the lid from popping open when you place the tea ball into your cup.  The only drawback may be that the chain is a bit too short to hang it over the side of your cup, but I don't mind. I still think it makes some of the best tea in the house because of the lovely thoughts behind its arrival in my life. Continue reading
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Growing My Hexie Garden

After such a positive experience with my earlier swap, I stumbled upon a hexie flower swap. This one is less organized but it's also international. I have become quiet addicted to english paper piecing and can't seem to stop! 
I started this project about three weeks ago and in the last week the flowers have really started to land in my mailbox. It's so exciting to receive fun mail!
Here are all of my amazing flowers thus far. The separate lower ones have come in over the last week.
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I’ve plunged into La Passacaglia

If you follow quilting much on social media, you may be familiar with the growing english paper piecing trend, especially the amazing La Passcacaglia pattern.

After seeing many amazing wheels created and their fantastic kaleidoscope of patterns I caved and bought myself the book and some supplies at a quilt show.

Here is my progress so far, I just finished my first wheel this week.

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New Spin Block Project

After five weeks without a sewing machine I think I started getting a nervous twitch. That probably sounds a bit strange, but I'm sure my fellow sewers know what I'm talking about. I've been incredibly stressed lately, so I decided this past Sunday to take a day to ignore the house and just focus on some self time. The best thing about taking a day for yourself is sewing whatever you want, so why not start a new project. I've had this pattern for a while now and I have been slowly buying fabric for it as they catch my eye. So far I have these two pieces 95% done, as I still need to applique on their centers and trim them up. (See, that applique thing has come up already!) IMG_7778.JPG

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