Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy pumpkin

We bought a pumpkin two days ago.
We usually cook them with brown sugar and coconut milk to make dessert.

This time, I only steamed it.
My attempt to reduce sugar consumption.
Its taste is actually not bad.

By the way, we don't really celebrate it but the picture matches the occasion.
So, "Happy Halloween!"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A newly found treasure

Last week, my mom gave me one big plastic bag that she said was from my aunt (my dad's older sister) who lives near my mom's house. So I came to my mom's house and picked it up. Inside, there are two boxes and a few books. Then I remembered that my aunt used to do various kind of needleworks many years ago. She has retired from her work as a principal of an elementary school at the moment.

It turned out that the books were old cross stitch pattern books and a few pattern sheets. I think it was from three decades ago. There were three Ondori books I couldn't afford back then.

I opened the first box.
There were several cross stitch and embroidery samplers. I wondered what I could do with these pieces so they wouldn't go to waste...

And few more old charts. I actually had stitched the castle at the right-bottom of this picture too when I was still in senior high school, in collaboration with my mom. We were still using plastic canvas at that time, so we had to stitched everything on the pattern. I remember that I detested the blue sky part because of the never ending use of blue yarn... I am actually pleased with the using of Aida fabric nowadays, so I don't need to do the one-color-background.

Let's move to the second box.
There are various color of DMC flosses.

And wool yarns.

The DMCs still have the old color-tag.

So this is my whole newly found treasure...

I surely hope it will motivate me to start stitching (seriously) again despite my cruel work loads.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My treasure (part 2)

Good coffee is a pleasure
Good friendship is a treasure


And so, after receiving the two Germany mugs, I began to think of what to send Sylke in return. Then I decided to make a cross stitch card to send to her. My choice was My Cup of Tea from CrossStitcher Magazine #229 by Margaret Sherry.

I have stitched this one at the end of 2010 for New Year Cross Stitch Exchange 2011 with fellow Indonesian cross stitchers.

The reason for this choice was because I thought Sylke loves cat & tea :)
Few words written expressing my gratitude, it was ready to fly to Herne, Germany.

Since I knew that Sylke's hubby loves to collect stamps, I decided to send the card by regular snail mail, so I could use my special choice of stamps. Despite the convenient amount of time travel needed, I feel like sending mails via Express Mail Service lessen the fun because of the lack of stamps to be attached...

I hope she will like this super extra special tiny card :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My treasure (part 1)

Good coffee is a pleasure
Good friendship is a treasure


I love collecting mugs. Friends, family members, and colleagues are very much aware that I'm a mugholic, so they sometimes give me lovely mugs from their business trip or vacation to add to my collection.

What I didn't expect was having my "virtual" friends to contribute their generosity and effort to it too.

My instagram friend, Sylke Uhlig, sent me a big package filled with sweets, chocolates, and of course 2 Starbucks city mugs to fill my crowded cabinet, all the way from Herne, Germany. She kindly offered me the mugs after seeing me posting several picture of my morning coffee using my collection mug on instagram.

I was dancing with joy when the postman decided to drop by that day. But my heart skipped a beat to the sound of clanking glass. And what I feared the most was happening in front my eyes, the mugs were broken!

But then she decided to send me another pair as a replacement. I kindly refused the idea but she insisted to do it anyway.

A few weeks more waiting, the same postman delivered the mugs wrapped in two separate packagings. And I didn't have a chance to explain about it to answer his confusion as to why I kept receiving stuffs from abroad. I just shrugged and prepared myself in anticipation.

She cutely attached some pocket tissues as a "buoy" on each mug, afraid of getting them broken again.

So, here came my new mugs! Safe and sound! But the most important thing is a great memory of our mugs adventure. I surely will treasure it for the rest of my life.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Pink ribbon October

October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

My mom is actually one of the breast cancer survivors. She had her surgery back in 2002. After a series of chemotherapy and 5 years hormone-therapy by consuming Tamoxifen, she was declared clean from cancer in 2008. She only has to do a yearly cancer blood test afterwards. Thus, I was given a warning on this matter. I should do an early detection.

P.S. This Hard Rock Cafe pin was bought by my hubby on his Bali trip with his high school friends a few days ago.