January 2012

I just got LASIK surgery a few days ago!   I LOVE IT!!!   I’ve had to wear glasses/contact lenses since the third grade so I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.  I’m so glad I did it, it’s a total lifestyle change!  I feel free!  I thought I’d write about my experience […]


Ever since I saw this Distressed Picture Canvas tutorial last year over at Delia Creates, I’ve been itching to make my own. (Here is another tutorial I found on the web, it seems to be a pretty popular technique!.) Getting professional canvas prints can get pretty expensive so this is a great cheap way to fake […]


Fabric and Flower Shopping in Taipei

by ilene on January 27, 2012 · 10 comments

in sewing, travel

When we were in Taiwan for Jeff’s work last week, my friend Jossy, who was back in Taipei for winter break, asked if I wanted to go to the flower market and fabric district with her. Since Jeff worked late most days and I was usually left alone at the hotel, this was a welcome […]


Fabric and Craft Shopping in Tokyo

by ilene on January 26, 2012 · 29 comments

in sewing, travel

Besides going on a massive hunt for kitkats while we were in Tokyo, I also wanted to shop for some Japanese fabrics and crafts.  Tokyo, home to HelloKitty and Pikachu, is like a candy store full of all sorts of “kawaii”  (“cute” in Japanese) things. I dragged my poor husband all around Tokyo, which might […]


Gimme a Break… Did you know that in Japan, Nestle has released over 200 kitkat flavors?  Some of them are pretty bizarre, it’s kind of a collectors thing and a brilliant marketing scheme.  Old flavors are retired and new flavors hit stands every year so only about 20 flavors are available at a time.   Some […]