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Cruise 2013
Cruise 2013
Cruise 2013
After a fabulous holiday Caribbean cruise and spending time with the hubs’ family, we are now back at home, trying to return to regular life. “Trying” because I have been terribly sick. It started off as a cold and a sore throat. Then I started coughing last week and haven’t really stopped. Finally, the hubs forced me to go to the doctor–I’m so glad he did, I now know what is bugging and it’s not at all what was self-diagnosed. Seasonal allergies! They are tricking my body into thinking I need to continue to fight off infection, causing my symptoms to persist and making me feel like I need to cough out my lungs.

Although I LOVE the weather here, there are a couple of downsides to living in the SF bay area: 1. Seasonal allergies last ALL year long. My doctor thinks it’s because the peninsula is situated between a desert and an ocean–given the weather and the strange wind patterns here, everyone is bound to be allergic to something in the air. 2. Insects. We are sharing our home with some creepy crawlies that I’ve never seen before. Google Images has been particularly helpful with identifying what they are. *Shudder.*

But there is always something about living here that makes me do a happy dance. For instance, we live within a short drive of the nearest PUBLIC bikes¬†shop and they are having a sale until the end of March! I ordered mine today and can’t wait to pick it up this weekend. In pink! Woot woot!
PUBLIC Bikes
This post has nothing to do with sewing–trying to sew while sick is not safe. The concentration is enough to make my already sinus-pressure-cooked head explode. As it is the second day of spring, I have spring cleaning sewing projects planned, Boo’s 2nd birthday present to be made, a friend’s newborn gift to make and a couple of other projects I am itching to sew… as soon as my throat stops itching!

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Happy Birthday, Mama!

This post is dedicated to Froo & Boo’s Mama, or the hubs’ mom, or the best mother-in-law I could ever have wished for. (Seriously). We wish you the very best, most memorable 60th Birthday ever! The sign below reads, “WELCOME MAMA YEYE UNCLE ERIC!”, written and drawn by Froo.
Mama's Birthday
In both the Chinese & Korean language, there is a different title for grandmother, depending on which side of the family she comes from. There are also different titles for siblings, relatives and in-laws, making it easier to identify extended family members. The hubs’ parents are lovingly called, “Mama & Yeye”.
Mama's Birthday
Mama had requested a Froo & Boo Colour Block Tote Bag for her & Yeye to use on the cruise. She wanted to pay for it, but I wanted to make it as a gift for her. It is customized with the titles that her and Yeye wear with the utmost pride and joy. Mama chose navy blue so Yeye wouldn’t object to carrying it as well.
Mama's Birthday Mama's Birthday
Since the tote was something that Mama had requested, I wanted to make her something else, too. So I made her a cowl-neck sweater using this pattern that I got on sale at Jo-Anns. I used a stretch French terry in grey that I was intending to use to make Boo a sweatshirt version of the flashback skinny tee, but the fabric was such a great match for the pattern.

I followed the pattern instructions, except that I sewed most of the seams using my new serger. I also used a double-needle to finish the hems on the neck, sleeves and shirt bottom. After trying it on, I almost wanted to keep it for myself, but I had already told the hubs that I was making a shirt for his mom, so I had to give it up. I am definitely going to make another one for myself. It’s a very easy pattern and the fit is comfy, yet form-flattering. I really like the cowl-neck of the shirt and the serger made it so fast and easy to sew.
Mama's Birthday
My one modification: sleeve tabs. I love sleeve tabs! It gives you the option of having long sleeves and 3/4 length sleeves. I followed the instructions from the Shearwater kaftan pattern using the same anchor covered fabric for my cruise-worthy skirt. I purchased the buttons from Dressew in Vancouver. I love how the dimensions adds a bit of sparkle to the button by reflecting light off the angled surfaces.
Mama's Birthday
Mama, Yeye & Uncle E arrived on February 28, but Mama’s birthday isn’t until today, March 2. We gave Mama her birthday gifts on the day she arrived and she wore her new shirt that night and the very next day. I’m pretty sure that means she loves it as much as I do. This post is scheduled to publish on March 2, while we are away, so I’m not sure when I’ll be posting anything new for awhile. I plan to take it eeeeaaaassssy.
Mama's Birthday
By the way, doesn’t Mama look so young?? She’s not afraid to get down and play with Froo & Boo–joyfully participating in all of Froo’s ideas and plans to have the very best day ever. She’s also hip and has great style. Shopping with her is oodles of fun–we spent the 2 days before the cruise shopping and checking out the new outlets at Livermore. It was the best way to start our holiday cruise!