My mom came out for a week and helped me get my twin girl nursery mostly together! There’s still a few more things to do, like make the curtains, get a big fluffy chair, finish the changing table drawers and a few more shelves, but it’s really getting there!


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…)

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.