Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Voice - Season 9

The Voice is on again and I think that every single contestant is so uber talented that at this point anybody could win.

Right now, I'm totally rooting for these guys because I think that they're so special.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello Kitty Pouch

Here's the Hello Kitty pouch that I promised. The fabric came from a used dress that I got at the swap meet for $1 awhile back. All I got left of the dress is the little bit of material that you can see in the upper right corner of this picture. 

The pouch is quilted (!!!) and is about 5 x 7 inches.


This charm and bell that I used for the zipper pull were given to me by my coworker, Mich.

Geri found this buckle for me. It was on a beat-up purse at a rummage sale that we went to on Saturday. I totally needed it so that I could make the strap adjustable. If anybody knows how I can get more of these for cheap, can you let me know? It's 3/4-inch outside measurement. 

Didi gave me a bunch of these labels. I love, love, love it.

I asked Geri to model the pouch for me while we were at the swap meet yesterday. Sweetie put her iPhone 6s Plus in the outside pocket to help you gauge the size. 

Came out cute, yah? I'll be doing a giveaway drawing for this. You can enter the drawing by leaving a comment here or by emailing me at Wendell will draw a name on Sunday morning 10/11. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gìs Jrock Radio

My brother shared this video with me. It reminds me of Wendell because if he could, he would . . . play baseball all the time.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cross-body Phone Pouch

I usually carry my cell phone in my pants pocket, but sometimes it's not possible . . . mostly because my pants are getting tight again. Bah! I decided to try and make a small phone pouch. 

I wanted the pouch to be padded, so it was as good a time as any to try my hand at quilting. I'd never done it before, but after watching a lot of YouTube videos I was ready.  I forgot to document the process and had to fish these scraps outta the trash for this picture.  I layered the fabric like this. Outer fabric, batting, and inner lining.

Back in the day they used to pin the fabrics together before sewing, but now they use this temporary fabric adhesive instead. It works wonderfully. I found this at Walmart. It was expensive . . . around $9. I looked on Amazon and it's expensive there too, and they don't ship it here.

I don't know if you absolutely must use a quilting foot, but this came with my machine so I used it. It has "feed dogs" on it that help move the top fabric along while the feed dogs on the sewing machine itself move the bottom fabric. Thick material just glides along!  So cool, yah! 

I chose this fabric because of the "gridlines" that are already on it. It was easy to just follow the lines to quilt the three pieces together. Only thing . . . I forgot to change to a stronger needle for the thicker material and . . . yup, I broke another needle. 

I had juuuuust enough fabric to make two pouches . . . one for me and one to share.  It's 3 1/2 x 6 inches, and it fits my iPhone 6. 

I sewed a velcro-down strip of fabric over the top of the pouch after this picture was taken to prevent the phone from accidentally falling out. 

If you can make use of this pouch, let me know . . . First one to email me can have it. I'll update this post if/when it goes.

Update:  Got one taker!  Next giveaway is gonna be a Hello Kitty pouch!  I'm still working on it . . . not pau yet.  I'm thinking of making it a drawing instead of "first taker" 'cause it's so cute . . . 


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Laney Hobo Bag

I'd been wanting to make a hobo bag and found a nice pattern here:  Laney Hobo Bag.  Cute, yah. It has a Pellon interfacing which keeps the bag from drooping.


It's supposed to be reversible, but I sewed in a lanyard with an attached coin purse, so you kinda can't use it inside out. The adorable slippah zipper pull was given to me by my friend, Al. Thanks Al!!

I asked coworker Julie to model the bag for me so that you can see its size. 

Anybody want the bag?  First one to email me at can have it. I'll update this post if/when it goes. 

Update:  One of my favorite readers just e-mailed me and wants the bag!  I'm supah happy.  Stay tuned . . . cute cell-phone holder is coming up real soon.

Monday, September 28, 2015


Coworker Lauren turned me on to this awesome site called Photogrammar which was put together by some smart people from Yale

Photos and descriptions like the 1943 photo below can be found there by using an interactive map. Go check it out! It is so cool!!


Japanese-American volunteers. First pair of brothers among the AJA [Americans of Japanese ancestry] volunteers inducted into the U.S. Army in the territory were Chitsugi, twenty-three, and Minoru Manabe, twenty-eight, who took the oath of allegiance together among the first batch of fifty-eight Kauai registrants sworn in. Both were born at Anahola but lived in Kealia, Kauai with their elder sister Fumiyo Hashimoto who is shown bidding them goodbye. Both went to the Kapaa Grammar School and last worked for the Lihue Plantation Company. They volunteered separately without each other's knowledge immediately after formation of an AJA combat regiment was announced




March 1943

Lot Number (Shooting Assignment)


Call Number (Library of Congress)


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Japan 7-Eleven Instant Soups

I brought back a bunch of 7-Eleven soup packs from Japan a few months ago for my son, but since he hadn't eaten them yet, I thought I'd take them to work for lunch this past week.

This is the Tan Tan Soup.

This is what's inside of the pack . . . a brick.

I added about 3/4 cup of hot water. I was kinda surprised. It was really, really good.

This is the Fried Eggplant Soup.

The brick was a little crumbly. 

Looks good, yah!

It was!  I think this is my favorite.

This is the Onion Soup.

The brick was kinda small.

And since I had two packs, I used them both at one time.

It was really yummy too!

I had a tuna/avo sandwich with each of the soups. 

They went well together.  For sure I'm gonna get some more packs next time I go to Japan. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Small Hello Kitty Tote

I remembered to take a "before" picture this time. I got this bag from the swap meet for $1.00.  It was kinda bucket-shaped, open on the top with a tie-string, and it had tie-together straps for its handle.


I cut the bag nearly in half and made the handles more "normal". It's kinda small now, around 11 x 7 inches.

I used the material which I cut off to make a recessed zipper.

It's lined with a quilted fabric. 

Not sure what you'd use the bag for except to show off because it is kinda small, but it is cute. If you're a Hello Kitty fan and want it, and you're the first to email me at, you can have it.  I'll update and let you know if/when it goes.

I got one winnah already!  I'm soooo happy!!  More bag giveaways to come soon.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wendell's Eggplant in Spicy Sauce

This recipe is from Harumi's recipe book called Everyday Harumi.  I totally loooooved this dish. Even Harumi says that this is one of her top three favorite recipes. If you like eggplant, then for sure you should try and make this. I like it so much that I can even eat it cold, right from the 'fridge. 

The "Spicy Sauce" wasn't spicy to me. Just vinegary. Maybe it's the way that Wendell made it. He also added in some beef . . . "just because".

1 lb. 3 oz. eggplant
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup mirin
2 1/2 tbs. superfine sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar, unseasoned
2 to 3 tbs. finely minced leeks or scallions
1 tsp. finely minced garlic
1 tsp. finely minced ginger
1 to 2 red chilies, seeds removed and finely sliced into rings
sunflower or vegetable oil for deep frying
shredded leek to garnish

1.  Trim eggplant, and using a potato peeler, make some stripes in its skin. Cut into 1-inch disks and then quarters. Place into a bowl of cold water, soak for 5 to 10 minutes, drain and pat dry.
2.  Combine the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and rice vinegar to make a sauce and set aside.
3.  In a skillet, heat enough oil to cover the eggplant. When hot, add the eggplant pieces and deep fry at a medium-high temperature.
4.  When the eggplant is cooked (when it is soft in the middle) remove from the skillet and drain off any excess oil. Put in a bowl, add the sauce, then the minced leek, garlic, ginger and chili and combine.
5.  Serve with shredded leek on top.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Me and Geri went to Sprout Sandwich Shop in Kaimuki yesterday. 


It's on Koko Head Avenue next to the crack seed store. The same crack seed store that I saw John Travolta in front of a long time ago . . . but that's another story . . . 

They had a nice selection, and were kinda busy.



The lemonade was $4 . . . very refreshing.

We shared a The Duke ($9.50). It was very, very yummy, and for some reason, very watery too.  It kept dripping and made a mess all over my hands and my plate. 

After our lunch we walked across the street to The Calico Cat. And just like Honolulu Aunty said, the lady there was so nice . . . unlike one of the ladies at the other fabric store in Kaimuki . . . ahem. Geri bought some cute Minion fabric. She plans to make a blanket with it.

On the way there we passed by Verde Kaimuki and saw this sign.

And this is the menu that was posted outside of Hale Ohuna, a "modern Hawaiian noodle bar".

We ended up in Kapahulu at Shimazu Shave Ice. For the record, that's not my shave ice.

I want to show you what I got at a rummage sale that me and Geri went to earlier in the day.

Sooooo cute yah! 2 bucks!