Good things ALWAYS come out of bad situations/days…

After a beastly day at work, I was determined to finish my latest tunic…pick up a knitting project in “hibernation” mode (yes, this one has been napping for a LONG time…).

Decided to pair this tunic with a smoky quartz double strand from my li’l sis (thanks, babe). Wearing her love around my throat and heart chakra 🙂

It helps when I have a lovely child and husband…plus sisters…and friends…of course, a glass of good wine helps too!

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Teacher/staff appreciation week...

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned…every year, about this time of the year, the parent community at our school organizes a week long lovely treats for us…

My favourite is always the lovely smiles of our students as they hand me a flower to fill a vase…in my case…I’m very lucky to come into contact with all of our kids everyday…so it pretty much “upped” my chance of getting a flower or two.

This is after I did a little pruning…it is Friday after all, so some little flowers did not manage to make it into this photo…but the love fills my office…

Every year, I tell them…I wish I can snap a photo of each smile as they hand me the flower…put them on a frame and I can savor it for the whole year…

I am grateful for where I am…

my handmade childhood

May 3, 2013

Thanks to Kate…I’ve been thinking about that myself lately…where does it come from?

Mama sewed throughout her life…in the 50’s there was little to be had for a family like hers…my aunts and Mama made their own clothes…

70’s came along, there’s more to be had but not to Mama’s liking (price point or style)…so she bought lace trims from markets and sewn them onto store bought socks for us.  The boy in me hated those trims…they are scratchy and frilly…my older sis on the other hand loved them.

She made us pajamas, our school play costumes..many many lovely items that we do not have in our hands anymore but the memory stays…

My older sis has this beautiful red/white checked art smock…I have a pajama dress…my younger sis a simple mini quilt…

What does it mean exactly?  I do not know really…aside from the fact that we are blessed with the love of making/creating wearable items for ourselves and loved ones…passing along the love…thank you, Mama…

Oh…I should not leave out our Baba…who proudly displays his childhood embroidery work enclosed in a frame for all to admire…his school work from the 40’s…after the war in Singapore…he loves cooking and using his hands to create too…thank you, Baba…

My very own BMC

May 1, 2013

My very own BMC

Finally….I had time on the day we were all alone at mum in law’s to divide the 9 skeins of lovely Spindrift…and started the BMC.

Funny enough, as much as I thought I would be knitting at night while we were in Paris, that did NOT happen…

We were super exhausted by the time we were back at the apartment. Most of the knitting was done on the plane ride home!

Done with the first half and started the second…can’t wait to wear it with a light wool tunic I’m planning to sew up!

My third Dollheid!

May 1, 2013

My third Dollheid!

My third one was knitted up using all the leftover yarns from the Osaka tea cozy from the Knit Real Shetland book…that tea cozy was for my older sis…her birthday…

I took the left over yarns with me on the long plane ride to Europe and knitted while watching some great movies…my fave is Ernest & Celestine…

Oh I digress…so this was knitted up while we were at my mum in law’s…there was a whole day while girlie and I were home alone…resting, nursing a cold that came on while we were on the plane.

Mum in law was adoring the tam as I knitted, so I handed it over when it’s finished.

My second Dollheid

May 1, 2013

My second Dollheid

This…is my second Dollheid…in the colourway that Kate prescribed.

My older sis loves the skullcap I knitted her from the Knit Real Shetland book…so here’s one more for her!

My first Dollheid!

May 1, 2013

My first Dollheid!

I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVE Kate Davies’ blog and her designs…

This pattern was purchased a long long time ago but I had so much to “do” I never had a chance to get to it…

Once I purchased the wool though, the knitting portion was much faster than I expected, as it with all of her patterns!

This was knitted up in 3 days…mind you, I work full-time and have mommy/wife duties…

This saved me from the crazy super cold weather in Italy/France this April while we were there…thank you, Kate!

Tis the year…

Mum in law says she will not be able to make it over to visit…

We packed lightly for the coldest Spring in Italy for the past 50 years…

So glad we went…the elders were so pleased to see us…assisted 2 of them as best we could while we were there…

We made sure to sneak in 2 days of educational something for our girlie in Florence…the Uffizi and climbing the Brunellischi dome…

On our way home, we made a stop in Paris…more museums in the cold/rain/hail…made the best of the visit…crazy amount of walking…so good for us…

More posts will come…I promise…

Cafe Angelina (on the first floor of Galeries Lafayette)

We plopped our weary selves down…our little girl’s first visit to Paris…

My daddy brought me here years ago…we wanted to give her a similar experience.

I was thinking fondly of my big sis who LOVES montblancs when we were little…with a pot of Darjeeling.

Montblanc a bit too sweet for my taste (I’m not a dessert kinda gal) and sadly, the hard water in Paris did not allow the tea to do it’s part…aside from that, we had a splendid time…lovely to enjoy my husband and our daughter’s company…no work/school stress…