Japanese Sewing Pattern Book

Well two weeks ago, I just can’t stop thinking of what project I ought to begin. That got me to searching on the Internet for Japanese Sewing Pattern books. And guess what? I bought this beautiful Japanese Children’s wear sewing book off a very famous seller on EBay. I believed no one can disagree with me her, her quality in online services, also the items on sale.
I really appreciate her beautiful lace wrapper. Also, her quick service. Thank you.

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Searching for a long lasting home machine – JUKI

I am looking for a very long lasting sewing machine and I have always used JuKI – industrial kind, but due to space problem… I am looking for a home machine that can do heaps more; embroidery, sewing, and quilting.  LOL.  sound too much?

Anyway, I found this great place to shop simply because of their tip top customer service.

So check them out:  http://www.sewingmachinecity.com.au/

Will update you with pictures of my project once I get my hands on these JUKI-monstrosity machine: HZL – F600 and Home Serger MO 735.

Pictures are below:

http://seamslikeparadise.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/sewing-machine-review-juki-f600.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamos/3101437555/lightbox/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamos/3101437555/?reg=1&src=fave

My yellow submarine is reappearing…

Hi followers and lovers of all handmade,  I have been away for a long long time now, and I finally have good strength to write again.  So sorry to all of you that was following me for sometime now.  Please forgive me for disappointing you friends.

Now that I am back, I want to celebrate with you what I did this afternoon:
Sourdough Bread!!

Yes, this is entirely homemade and handmade (no miracle, or life changing machine involved here) sourdough breads.  And my entire family and friends are loving it.

Firstly, I want to say thank you to Andrea Ferguson for giving me the starter and from there I need to treat it like a pet (living pet).  She also gave me a very good ratio to mix the bread and the whole granny story on how to look after my Holly (my pet)

Well, I must say this journey was not easy as I live in a very cold area in Tasmania.  This success came very close to giving up the whole idea of making my own bread and crepe and what not!

upclose and personal with my Holly after being in the tanning bed for 1 hour

Holly #1, Holly #2 and all the way to Holly #5

trying out my artistic side of photographing

loaf form from Tupperware; with the recipe below I yielded a good five loaves.  
(I love how it comes off clean)

Sourdough 101

1)Sourdough dislike cold places.  (can’t grow well or rise)

2)that just mean Sourdough loves heat.  Grows really well in the summer

3)Sourdough dislike metal surfaces touching it.

4)Sourdough loves plastic, wooden made, glass or ceramic bowls or spoons.

After three attempts I now have a 100% success rate and I would love to share my tips with you:

How to look after your pet (Sourdough)


Firstly, you need to be ready to have a new pet in your kitchen.

Be sure to give time to look after it like you would look after a goldfish? dog? lol!!! (since, we are going to take care of it we might as well give this thing a name) My son gave it a name and a type too; Holly the Sourdough Dinosaur.  (I was laughing out loud when he gave me that whole story)
After we have build an emotional attachment to our sourdough we are well and truly ready to begin.

Feed pet with even amount of flour and water (the amount of repetition really depends on how much you will be using)

If you do not bake a lot then, my suggestion would be just before you want to use it (bake it) and keep the rest of it in the fridge for 7 days.  (that way, your pet is hibernating and does not require any feeding during the 7 days)
Reminder: Being in the fridge ONLY means the process is being slowdown.  So feed your pet after 7 days

….. ANOTHER WAY

You may want to feed your pet once a day on a daily basis.  (your pet will certainly grow really heaps, Be careful that you may well and truly create a monster pet! LOL!  This style of feeding is mainly for families that eats only sourdough bread and you have a heap of recipes using sourdough as a main ingredient.

For both methods please make a blanket for your pet and be sure to change your pet’s sleeping area (container) once a month.  WE want to have a clean area for your pet to grow.  LOL!

Sourdough Bread Recipe

4 cups of sourdough (pet)
6 cups of water
13 cups of flour
salt to taste

Mix starter and water.
Add 6 cups of flour and mix well, with your hand.
Add the rest of the flour and salt and mix with your hand again.  (very sticky so I suggest that you use only one hand as your other hand might be useful to pick up a phone call or a bubba)
When it is all mixed well, leave in the big bowl overnight in fridge.
The next day put it in pans or free form.
Leave it on the bench top for the day (be sure where you leave her has a lot of heat) and covered with a wet tea towel.
Once you see your pet double in size you know that it is ready to be put in the oven.
Depending on ovens, I have my oven turned up to 150C for 1hr.
Beat the bread like a drum and you should look for that drum sound.  And it is cooked.
Andrea’s oven is turned to 180C to cook for 40mins.

As I mentioned earlier, I live in a very cold area so I omitted the step where I had to put the sourdough in the fridge after I mixed it up.  It fact I need to crank up my heater just to see it double in size.  So have a go and try what suits you bestest.


Hope you like this recipe and will try it.  Do let me know how you find your pet and how you like this recipe.  Enjoy life!

Tasmania

Hi friends and family, we finally arrived in Launceston, Tasmania.  I apologized for the delay of updating my blog.  This is my third week being back here in Launceston or Launnie.
At this stage, I have yet to settle, there are a lot unpacking and sorting and re-settling, still.  I honestly do not know when I could be back online (just got line connected) and writing blogging with all of you out there, but this I really want to share before I get off.

YES… it is NICHE Market by the St. Giles Society this Friday and Saturday; 1st and 2nd April 2011 at the Tramshed Inveresk, (before Mowbray, Launceston) All 20% of the sales go to St. Giles Society.  They have a Facebook page which you could go and find out more.  So google Niche Market.  See you there!

Turkish Monkey

I am missing my cymbal
I crochet this Turkish guy for my son, Elijah as a gift for him on his last birthday.  I did not manage to post this up as Monkey has not arrived to his hometown, Istanbul.  So, there you go… he is home and proudly showing off his homeland to you all.
As I have posted about this book I bought from NeedleNoodles  called the Creepy Cute and I really love that book due to the pattern diagram they have (just like those in the Japanese Crochet Book).  I am getting alot out of those diagrams since a diagram is flat compare to language (words).  An Asian reading the words and an American reading the words could mean all very differently.  So, I am very thankful for all those pattern diagram.

Tiered Skirt from Cucito Magazine

frontal tiered skirt for my 6 year old daughter
close up of tiered hem at 1 cm

hem of skirt

gathers on tiered skirt

frontal view length: 34.5cm
tiered and gathered; three tiers

I want to be honest with you: I am very proud that I managed to finish this project with zero understanding of Japanese words.  I am sure this statement has given the highest credit to the Japanese Craft Books in the market globally.  I read so many blogs across the globe and they all say the same thing.  “You do not need to know Japanese Language to be able to sew, so long you are a crafter or seamstress or know and understand basic sewing skills and techniques.

Nonetheless, I did owe purlbee and movinghands a lot of credit too.  Thank you so much to these people that TOOK their PreciOUS time to blog on Japanese Sewing/ Crafting terminology to the whole world.  Thank you so Sew much.

Juggling my rubber balls … will be back on Wednesday

is she tossing or juggling?  I wonder about myself too

I am so sorry but, with my children having to go to schools and me being their teacher, it is a whole lot of matters to deal with all at one time.  Yes, I homeschool my children for this time being as I am also in the midst of relocating to another land … It is just too good!  I am ReAlLy juggling my rubber balls now . . . I still see a lot of them on the floor but, the good side is they are only rubbers.  So, I am adjusting to all these and I hope to write some great tutorials and exciting pictures posted up soon.  Love lots!