I threw a baby shower for one of my really good friends this weekend!

I also made her something for her to-be baby girl. Disney’s The Little Mermaid is basically to Crystal what Beauty and the Beast is to me, so I really wanted to make her something with Ariel on it.  This is my first time doing applique embroidery with my  machine, it was really fun and wasn’t hard!  The embroidery file is from heathersue and the rainbow piping, pique and the pattern (“Melody’s Mermaid Sunsuit”) are from KariMeAway. I got the rainbow bubbles fabric from Joann’s. The body of the playsuit is made with cotton bird’s eye pique. I added a little more rickrack to the straps later, but please note the rickrack on the ruffle-butt, too!  The pattern was simple to use, it’s almost all one piece (plus the straps and ruffles) making construction a breeze.

I made Crystal and Derek wear bunny ears, cause I’m totally that crazy aunt from the Christmas Story.

Of course I had to also get her a tiny yukata when I was layed over in Narita. Actually, the gift is from my parents to Crystal and Derek, but I picked it out. 🙂 🙂  BABY STUFF IS SO CUTE. AGGGGH.

I also made my mom’s Chicken Salad recipe.

(which is super refreshing tasting, and super easy to make)

You basically take 3 cans white meat canned chicken, combine it with about 1/2 a cup of mayo, about 2-3 tablespoons sweet relish, some chopped apples, chopped grapes and chopped walnuts, some pepper and salt…. stir it up, and then add more stuff to taste as you like!  Serve it with lettuce on a croissant. YUM.

Here’s a few photos of the decor. Excuse to use chenille pink chicks in decor… Yes, please!

I love big glass vases and such right now. It’s so easy to fill them with colorful things to make a big impact… in this case, pink Easter grass (and roses…)

In February this year, I took a trip to see my family in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the things we did was go to Botany Bay. It’s an old 1800’s plantation and beach turned wildlife preserve. Here’s some of my photos from that day.


You’re not allowed to remove anything (including shells) so people feel the need to somehow arrange the beautiful shells they find,… perhaps to prove that they have been found? Who knows. You see them hanging on trees and arranged at the end of the beach.

I think the driftwood trees are very beautiful. Some have been worn away by the ocean so much that they look like silk.

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Ah, well, it’s not a very big collection! Only three! But they are all ones that I got while on trips to really neat places.

The kitsune mask is from Kyoto, Japan. The Monkey King opera-style mask is from Beijing, China and the protective tiki-esque one is from Maui, Hawaii.

I wish I had one that was from London or the UK, but… I can’t really think of a very London-y mask, can you? (Also I feel a bit weird about getting it after the fact…) I also have two more carnival-style masks, but I’m debating whether to put them up with the others or not since they don’t really go with my “masks of exotic places I’ve gone to” theme.

Been really busy lately but got to take a few hours off to hang out with some of my friends at the Ren Faire! I hadn’t been for probably like 10 years or something, but I couldn’t resist going when my friend Greg said we should all dress up in Star Trek uniforms and beam onto the alien planet. Our away team ended up representing several different eras of Star Trek and all the crew colors. 🙂 It was pretty funny and we had a good time.

Most of us had pretty cheap costume-store Star Trek uniforms that we modified a little since we were just doing this for fun and laughs. (I took mine in to fit me better, since my shirt is a men’s shirt… and TrueMee took a XL men’s shirt, ripped the sleeves off and turned it into a dress.)

Away Team photo thanks to TrueMee


With my fairy friends from Firefly Path, TrueMee and Nicole (Photo thanks to Nicole)

With my friends Crystal and Derek. Derek works at Phineas and Ferb and Crystal is one of the directors on Futurama and Napoleon Dynamite animated series. 🙂