Brown eyes

Passion, caffeinated

I used to hate my brown eyes. I wanted blue like my mother’s that reflected the sky and ocean. But brown is earth, brown is chocolate and tree trunks and old paper. Brown is dark enough to hide ancient stories under murky water, but not dark enough to paint a wasteland. Brown tells a story that includes the recessive but buries it deep within. A time capsule entombed beneath six feet of soft brown earth. A single speck of sand on the beach, cousin to all but clone to none. A smear of all the colors melted into one. A story that exists passively, so that when people call me a blue-eyed all-American girl, I smirk and say “not quite.” 

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Passion, caffeinated


Beware the shiny things, for they can
lose their luster.
Lusting for the listlessness that comes
after hours of energy spent conversing,
I become drowsy stirring our stories together.
We’re drugged by the glistening world
As all the shiny things shimmer and blind the
passersby pedaling onward, their
own stories spinning invisible webs
of dreams and realizations.
Eardrums confirm what eyes may see,
Assumptions build beds for the weary but
create only hollow nourishment.
Mouth speaks and invites the stranger in
To the hearth where real food
for thought is served.

“Sonder –
n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own — populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness — an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed…

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Sew Geeky: Jiji the Cat

This is so adorable! Especially if your little one wants to be a kitty for Halloween!!!!

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Jiji Sweatshirt by you & mie

So so so much sewing going on over here!  I wish there were more hours in the day so I could sew more!  But who doesn’t right?  I’m here with a post for Sew Geeky, a fantastically nerdy series hosted by Sew Chibi and Max California.  Each month, they pick a theme and invite some people to sew along with them!  In fact, everyone can sew along!  Everyone is encouraged to celebrate their inner geekiness!

This month’s theme is Studio Ghibli.  I jumped on this opportunity, because I’m a HUGE Ghibli fan.  If you’re not familiar with Studio Ghibli movies, I urge you to go and look some up and watch them immediately.  The director/writer/producer that is most strongly associated with Studio Ghibli is Hayao Miyazaki and he has created some of my favorite movies.  He is the genius behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away…

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images (7)Good afternoon ladies and gents! As you can see our topic today is fall. It is seriously, the best season EVER!! Leaves changing, apple cider, hot cocoa, hayrides, Halloween, and best of all…….drum roll please……..THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!! I mean, who doesn’t love thanksgiving? Turkey, stuffing, noodles, sweet potatoes……. I get excited just thinking about it. In honer of fall I will be making some wreaths to give to my school’s fall festival. I will have pictures following this in a couple weeks. One question for all those who visit…..if you have babies or little kids, what will they be dressing up as for Halloween? I would love to see pictures!!!!!!

With love,


Watercolor Dress {and tips for painting fabric}

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Watercolor Sundress and Tips for Painting Fabric // you & mie

So I have exactly one project coming out of this Kids Clothes Week, but I’m pretty damn excited about it!  The (optional) theme for this season was Kid Art and while this dress was probably the last thing I needed to make, I got really excited by the idea of getting Yuki involved in creating a one-of-a-kind garment for herself.  I had all sorts of ideas like fabric painting, stenciling, iron on transfers, etc.  But I knew I didn’t have much time so I could only pick one thing.  If you know me, you know that I looooove fabric painting (like this cardigan, this hat and bag, and this dress) and I thought Yuki should have a go at it since she loves painting too!

Watercolor Sundress and Tips for Painting Fabric // you & mie

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My Life.

My life is usually fun and awesome, but sometimes it sucks. Like right now. My grandfather has kidney and possibly liver cancer. It is just really hard because we are really close. Now they have tons of visitors, many Japanese and many relatives. My moms parents were missionaries in Hokkaido, Japan. That’s why there are so many Japanese coming here right now. Sometimes I just want to cry, but I won’t. I’ll be strong.

Scrumdiddlyumptious! – Celebrating Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl inspires me to be…


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Roald Dahl’s arguably most widely known book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is fifty years old this year. Since its publication, countless children and parents have delighted in the humor, adventure, and imagination of the story. Many have waited breathlessly with Charlie Bucket to see a Golden Ticket inside the wrapper of his chocolate bar.

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If one hasn’t read the book, it is almost impossible to have not seen either of the film adaptations that bring the mysterious and fantastical factory to life in brilliant Technicolor, trademark songs, and memorable visuals (Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry is my personal favorite). More than any of Dahl’s other works, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has permeated popular culture and even spawned a candy line named after the candy maker, Willy Wonka. In addition to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl’s books almost always feature a hero that the reader…

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