Sausage rolls

Peter has been pestering me for sausage rolls for ages. Last night I finally made some.

It was unknown territory, as I have never seen or eaten a sausage roll before so I was going by some different Australian and British recipes and Pete's childhood recollection. In America we have Pigs in a Blanket but these were much lighter, and tastier. Peter said that they were better than the ones he remembered, but that's probably not true.
We ate them with some hard cider, and heaps of ketchup (which I was told was necessary). Not bad for a first try, eh? Oh if anyone has some sausage roll tips, please tell me because I'm pretty sure that they will be requested again.


In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
Speech is born out of longing,
True description from the real taste.
The one who tastes, knows;
the one who explains, lies.
How can you describe the true form of Something
In whose presence you are blotted out?
And in whose being you still exist?
And who lives as a sign for your journey?

- Rabia al Basri


Please excuse....

My extreme dorkiness. I just discovered that I finally fit back in to a pair of my pants, for the first time in a year! Yeah for me!!!

*sorry, I couldn't help myself. Here is something to make up for my nonsense.....


Summer WIPs

Today is almost everything that you want out of summer. Laid back, a nice breeze, warm but not too warm. Its lovely isn't it when the universe decides to give you a reprieve from life and let you chill out? I'm chilling by watching Chocolat - I love this movie, and it was nearly better watching it on dvd so that I could see the production extras, now I have to read the book! - and working on my Icarus scarf

I'm still just increasing and increasing, but its moving along smoothly. After the headache that was the Trellis scarf ( I kinda shoved that one to the bottom of the WIP pile) this is a breeze.
I'm also working on this

A mockup of a little blouse from my NY children's clothes craftbook. I'm doing it by hand so that I know how it all fits together before I start cutting into the real fabric. Its going good so far but I'm kinda hung up on the sleeves. How does one piece them together and pin them so that they fit seamlessly, it is so counter intuitive how they fit inside out and backwards....I just keep moving them around and repinning? I'm winging it, but I'm sure that there is a 'proper' way to do it and dread doing it on the machine for the real version.

Blu-chan is enjoying her day by taking an especially long afternoon nap. We had a rather exciting morning, very out of pattern. Our yoga class was filmed for a segment on postnatal (mom and baby) yoga for a local daytime show, which was rather interesting...to be filmed while exercising. Actually they really just filmed the part where we help the babies do yoga, but the camera guy got very close up to take shots. So Blu is going to be on television! Unfortunates I don't' have a television to watch it, which I suppose is just as well....I don't need to see myself on screen.

San Francisco is just hitting the point where everything is in bloom. This is my favorite part of living in the city, honestly - the fact that things grow here! Walking around San Francisco this time of year is great because not are there only fabulous bouganvilla but calla lilies, orchids, magnolia trees all in bloom.

Hope you are enjoying the summer as much as we are!


Starting from zero

This week we are starting at the beginning, energy-wise. Instead of -1 or -2 that is. Usually Monday hits and I'm still trying to catch up on my sleep. Why the clean slate? Yesterday I was very fortunate to be able to sneak out of the house on my own for a couple of hours, to the spa. I came home in very relax noodle shape...like a soggy piece of spaghetti, but well, not that gross. I believe I have mentioned the Kabuki spa and communal baths that is near my house. How wonderful it is, how relaxing, euphoric....etc. It was exactly what I needed yesterday after a stressful week, and to top off the bath I went whole hog and got a massage. I think it seriously has changed my life. Never having had a massage before, I admit that in the past I have been a little dubious about how incredible it could possibly be when others have told me so. No more, I am completely converted. I'm now positive that I should have a massage at least once a month (well maybe once every 3 months...they're pricey) to get rid of all of the residual tension gathered from carrying around a heavy infant. My massuse -Chris, a very authentic Kiwi, pounded me back in to shape (it was a deep tissue massage, I really do mean pounded) and as a result I have had more energy today than I thought possible. Trying to convince Pete that he needs to go, I'm almost there - I think that it might appeal to him because its not a 'back rub'-type of massage.

Its a good thing that I'm all relaxed because Blu-chan has a cold, her first. The poor thing is coughing and sneezing and blowing snot bubbles everywhere. So is Peter (except for the snot bubble part). :-(


Toshiyuki Fukuda

I have a new favorite illustrator. Toshiyuki Fukuda does wonderful illustrations, with interesting subjects and compositions. I love the colors that he uses, they make the pieces feel very old like something out of an antique children's book.

If I knew where to go I would buy a bunch of his work.

(Found via Mais Pozinhos another great illustrator)



Lots of Changes

We have been undergoing a lot of changes around here. The changes have been piling up in little doses recently, but this last week I feel a little un balanced with all of the shifting going on. The most glaring change (#1) has been the weather. It is absolutely freezing! A true San Francisco summer, 55 degrees farenheit with doses of fog and wind. Its miserable, but so is the other extreme. We spent the weekend at my parents, 2 1/2 hours to the north, where it was 105 degrees and we prayed for a breeze. Blu-chan found the heat a bit difficult but I dunked her into the baby pool.
Which brings me to another recent change (#2), the sitting. Blu has been scooting along the floor for weeks, like crawling but more commando style - its not quite cross crawling on hands and knees, but effective - she can still cross the room to something she wants. But she wasn't sitting on her own until this week, probabaly because she spends more time on her tummy than sitting up. But now, its all about the sitting. And what a difference it has made for her.

Now Blu can play with things two handed, as evidenced by this bucket which she is in the process of dumping on herself. We also got her a highchair this week, now that she is sitting up, and have started to feed her actual food! (Change #3). This is very very exciting for her, (and for us - we finally get to sit down to dinner together). So far she's only tasted bananas but she really likes it, and now everything on a spoon she follows with an open mouth. Not to mention that if she watches you take a bite of something, she makes puppy dog eyes and munches her mouth in imitation. So cute!

But along with the first bites has come....the first tooth(#4)! I wish I had a picture - its on the bottom-middle, peeking out. Very white and very very sharp. She started cutting it about 2 weeks ago, but its still wiggling its way out - rather painfully. Luckily the homeopathic stuff works wonders- we only resorted to Tylenol once, after walking in circles for 3 hours at 2 in the morning.

Our last change came in the form of Blu's acceptance to day - school this fall. Which means that I get to go back to school. I am relieved that she got in, I didn't think that she would, but its also a little bit bittersweet because it means our 'babymoon' will be over in just 2 short months. After that I don't know if we will ever be able to spend time like this together again, just the two of us. So we are working hard to enjoy the time we have left, changes and all, so while I might not post so frequently over the summer - I'm still here!


Japanese craftworld

From time to time I have the urge to scroll through Japanese Zakka and Handmade shops online. To see whats out there, and what people are doing with the craftbooks when they can actually read them. Thre are many many talented people out there making things, some are selling their items in handmade shops, some are writing books and articles that find there way into Kinokuniya for people like me to devour. Some keep blogs, some don't. But all are noteworthy. Here's a couple of things that I found recently....

Felted coaster and coinpurse

from Cage a really cute online shop with nice needle felting.

I'm also digging these bags from Kabott

and this little guy by mokomoko via Lu*Lu



We are very excited around here today. Peter's sister Anai and her family are coming home this afternoon, from a 10 month sojourn in Rome. We are thrilled, because not only have we missed them terribly but we haven't seen our niece, now 2, since she was 1 1/4. And Anai has never met Blu-chan! So I'm off to give the house a welcome-home clean. I might even tackle the growing pile of craft items that is threatening to over take my living room. I have been inspired by all of the organized craft rooms floating around in the blogosphere to take action with my own space! See here and here.