Nice weekend

Yesterday was a national holiday, so we had three days weekend! Sidra was very happy about it, seeing him so happy reminds me of the school days when a one day off was very appreciated because it meant one day without homeworks and one more night of sleeping late.

We went to Kayo‘s place on Saturday. I brought some Indonesian fried chicken that I have cooked meticulously… erm. Actually I’m not a good cook, so I used this magical sachet of instant spice paste to make the chicken. But they taste like homemade! On the other hand, Kayo has prepared real food for us. I think I learned one or two things by seeing her preparing food that day. Meanwhile, the boys were busy playing with their games while I watched Kayo cooking. Sorry for not being so much of a help!

Anyway, her place is such a lovely little den that fit her and her husband’s personalities so nicely. I can imagine them working together in there with love. Sidra was immediately attracted to Pixel, their ferret. She ran here and there and the way she hold things with her hands are just so cute! I think I want a ferret now.

Kayo and I had so many things to talk about. Not only about sewing and crafts, but also about life and other things. I visit her blog often, and read a lot about her sewing and life. But talking to her in person is different, yet somewhat familiar. It is a very nice feeling, actually. Thank you!  ^_^

At Kayo and Rejean

At Kayo and Rejean's place

Boys and their toys

Boys and their toys

The next day, we only went out in the morning because Sidra had to go to swimming school. Then we stayed at home the whole day, and my husband suddenly wanted to learn using sewing machine. I showed him how to thread the needle, my Janome has a built-in automatic needle threader, and my husband was especially surprised when I show him how it worked. The way he reacted reminded me of a little boy got surprised over a magic trick. It was so cute!

Of course he then got ambitious and instead of learning to sew straight stitches on scraps, he wanted to start embroider his T-shirt right away. I took off the sewing machine foot and he put his T-shirt on embroidery hoop, then off he went embroidering it. I’ve never embroidered with sewing machine before, so I wanted to try too. We took turn with the machine and came with this monkey face that looked like it was drawn with trembling hands. But we like it!

Learning to use sewing machine

Learning to use sewing machine

Our first machine embroidery! ^_^

And what is a nice time without some yummy dessert to top it off?

Ice cream time!

Ice cream time!

Chie and Kayo!

Kayo, me, and Chie Chie and Kayo

These two beautiful ladies is Chie from VivatVeritas and Kayo from Crochetie, both of them are also Burdastyle members and both have etsy shops: Chie’s shop and Kayo’s shop. You should check them out because they make the cutest dresses and accessories!

Anyway, I just met them today in Asakusabashi, it is another district in Tokyo with large selection of craft and bead stores. Some of the stores sell wholesale so the prices are quite cheap. We had lunch in an Indian restaurant before walking around the area. Then Kayo showed us several of her favorite shops there and at the end of the day, each of us went back with something in our hands.  Shopping is fun!

We took these pictures near the station, I feel so small standing beside these two ladies! Thank you for the lovely day, Chie and Kayo!


Kayo and me Chie and me

Indian food

Indian curry for lunch

Meeting Yoshimi

Our bags!

Our bags!

Do you recognize these bags? Yes, on the right side is my bag, and the pretty bag with rosettes is Yoshimi’s bag! They were sitting together side by side on a wooden bench inside an Indonesian restaurant in Shinjuku.

Indonesian food

Indonesian lunch

Yoshimi and I spent a day together  last Saturday, it was a bit cold and cloudy day but I was very happy to see her! We’ve met several times before to go fabric shopping, this time we just had a good time walking around Shinjuku area.

We planned to have lunch in a deli, but then Yoshimi mentioned about Indonesian restaurant and that she never had Indonesian food before. I knew one Indonesian restaurant in the area, so we changed our plan and went to Jembatan Merah (it means The Red Bridge). We had some Indonesian curries for lunch, and I was very glad that Yoshimi liked it. It was a good decision to change the plan!

Then we walked to Takashimaya building to look at some fabrics and sewing supplies in Yuzawaya, the place was very crowded because it was weekend. We also walked to Isetan department store, I went past the building very often but had never been inside it. There was a nice macrobiotic food cafe that we found in the restaurant area and we had some delicious cake sets. Mine is baked tofu cake which actually tasted the same as cheese cake, and Yoshimi had cake with nuts caramelized in it. Very delicious! We were busy chatting that we forgot to take pictures of cakes.

Shinjuku is a very big place and it can get a bit confusing if you don’t know the way. That day, we often got lost a little bit because I’m completely useless about directions although I visit there very often. My husband really knows his way around, so usually I just follow him without thinking too much about where I am, like a puppy. Very lazy. Sometimes I even pretend that I am a puppy following him. I know, I know, it’s weird.

Anyway, Yoshimi and I had a really good time that day and we talked about so many things. Not only sewing stuff! It’s kinda funny when meeting blog friends, sometimes they know things about you that real life friends don’t. And you kinda feel like knowing them because you’ve read all their posts in the blog. Well, time runs when you’re having a good time, how very true. We met in the morning and suddenly we were saying goodbye in the afternoon. Thank you for the wonderful time, Yoshimi!


Me and Yoshimi

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