Happy Birthday, Shannon!

Kevin, Raf, Shannon and I got together for a shabu shabu dinner at home, to celebrate Shannon’s birthday. We ate, laughed, and talked the night away, over good food and Shannon’s favorite wine, Beaujolais! It was a blast!

I love that the at-home shabu shabu dinner is quickly becoming one of the rituals for us. It’s so much more economical than eating this Japanese hot pot dish out at a restaurant, which can easily go up to $25 a plate. I also love that we can collapse onto a couch after eating just a little too much!

I sewed up a handmade bag using the lovely Etsuko Furuya’s Eshino collections for the b-day gift. It has an adjustable strap (so it can be used as a messenger bag or a tote), with easy-to-open magnetic snaps inside. I wanted to make something in her favorite color but this was the closest to red I can find in my fabric inventory.

You know you had fun when you see an aftermath like this! Happy birthday, Shannon!

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Handmade Playmat for Baby K!

Here is the playmat I made for my boyfriend’s baby niece, who turned one this weekend!  YAY!  I was determined to make a handmade gift for her so I was happy when I came across this wonderful tutorial from my favorite craft blog, The Purl Bee for inspiration (this blog is created by my favorite crafter, Joelle Hoverson, who is also the co-owner of the lovely Purl Soho).

Perhaps the most challenging part about this sewing project was matching the two fabrics (I usually end up spending hours trying to find the best combination and get a major headache) but other than that, it was a fun and tear-free project to make, and I absolutely love the way it turned out. All fabrics are from Heather Baily’s Nicely Jane line that I purchased online.  I absolutely adore her style!

It feels like it was only yesterday that Baby K came into this world, and at age one, she is as cute as ever!  Happy birthday, sweet little angel!

Fabric Information:

Front
Nicey Jane Picnic Bouquet Moss (green floral)
Nicey Jane Dream Dot Celery (green and pink dots)

Back
Nicey Jane Picnic Bouquet Tangerine (yellow floral)
Nicey Jane Dream Dot Splash Blue (blue and yellow dots)

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