Monday, November 29, 2010


Ouch!I had a whole list of things planned out for the holiday weekend... and things came to a grinding halt! Let's just say be careful around sharp objects...

So, I will be stepping away from the blog for a bit until my thumb gets better...see you in a bit...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Snow? Not here in Honolulu, but up in the Pacific Northwest. Mom was very excited with the first snowfall this week and I got many updates, so I'm sharing them with you.
The first is after one hour, the second was taken on the next day.
Snow in Issaquahsnow!

Stay warm everyone. Or hop on a plane and come visit me!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

don't forget behind the ears....

So... I couldn't resist and decided to take the advance soap making class to learn about color and additives. My first bars were the plain with fragance. This batch has fragrance, color AND oatmeal! I just cut it, so I have to wait a few weeks before I can try it out...

IMG_2872I didn't peek this time, so no photos of the gel stage. This is just before I unmolded it. I chose a orange/almond scent and a bit of oatmeal for texture.

IMG_2874Hmmm... didn't do a great job on the plastic wrap this time. Note to self: pay attention when wrapping the mold. What if I call it a "design element"?

IMG_2876We were going for a burgandy accents with the natural color of the soap. The color needed to be mixed (red and black). The results are more plum-ish with swirls of the natural... Not what what I expected, but a lovely surprise.

I decided to cut half of the batch into a smaller size. Handier to pass out and ask people to test it for me. It's laid out next to my first batch...

So what's next you ask? Well... I'm gathering the supplies to try it out on my own, without supervision.... wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wash Clean...

I love home made soaps. I have been buying them when we travel, online and from etsy. It gets a little pricey...

Last month I took a class at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. It was a class on making cold process soaps. It started off with a short lecture on the ingredients and process of making soap. Then a demo on mixing the lye solution and mixing a batch.

Beg. Soap ClassThen we all got to mix our own batch of soap. The ingredients were all measured out for a basic recipe and heated to the right temperatures. We just needed to pick our scent for the soap. This is what it looks liked shortly after I got home.
Beg. Soap Class
It needs to sit for at least 24 hours, wrapped up to keep the heat in, while the chemical reactions take place. I peeked to see what was happening. This is the gel stage.

Beg. Soap ClassAnd after a little more than 24 hours (because I forgot), I released the soap from the mold. The mold is wrapped in plastic to keep it from sticking. There were some small holes in my plastic where the soap leaked out and stuck to the mold.  
Beg. Soap ClassAfter it is cut into bars, the soap needs to be cured for about three weeks. If you look closely you can see that the bars are a bit shiny and not completely dry. These bars are scented with the Love Spell scent from the Soap Box (who conducted the class) and do not have any coloring added... that's for the next class...

Making soap in class was simple, everything was prepared in advance for us. I just used the first bar of soap and it is lovely... next class - adding color and additives...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Giraffe is DONE!

Giraffe - DONEGiraffe -DONE"Assembly required" is the cause for projects sitting in my "to-do" stack. This guy had all, but his mane and spots done. This weekend I sat myself down, determined to put him together... So may I present Mr. Giraffe... Giraffe - DONE

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

TTL 2010 socks - DONE!

It's seems like it's been ages since I've posted a finish... I am happy to report the Through the Loops Socktober mystery socks are done! Perfect for the "cool" weather headed our way.
TTl socksTTL sock DONE!

In Knit Picks Stoll - Duchess Heather on size 2.0mm dpns. I had two skeins and started each sock with a new skein, so now I'm left with two partial ones... Maybe enough for some short wristlets...

Monday, November 8, 2010

20 flowers needlecase

Are you here for the cross stitch? I started the next accessory in the 20 Flowers design. It is a needlecase to match the scissors case and fob. Just started it, so there's not much to see...

20 Flowers needle case

Friday, November 5, 2010

11/1 Aloha TowerLots of rain recently... And that means rainbows! Slowly, but surely making my way to 365 days of rainbows.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The last stop...

One last post of the trip...
The day before we left, we made a trip to the Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Barn. Don't you just love the colors of the market? I'll let the photos speak for themselves...
Issaquah Farmers Market

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

more tourist-y things

We did some hit up some the visitor attractions in Seattle. This time it was the Seattle Aquarium, The Museum of Flight and our usual stop to the Salmon Hatchery. Not all on the same day, of course...

The aquarium is nicely done. They even had a section on marine life found in Hawaii. The otters were having a blast swimming around in their space. Lots of room in the touch pool too!

I must say that I didn't really know what to expect when we visited the Musuem of Flight. I really enjoyed it. A little too much, I think, as we spent half a day there. We took the short walk across the street to walk through Air Force One. I spent a lot of time in the WWI and WWII exhibits. We even got to see a 787 take off for a test flight.

And lastly, we're here during the salmon run, so a stop at the Issaquah Hatchery is in order.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The root beer place...

XXX Root Beer

We always pass it on the way to Boehms candy, but this is the first time we stopped to eat at Triple XXX Rootbeer. How can you resist a place that actually tells you:

XXX Root Beer You know it's gotta be good!

It is a little overwhelming when your first walk in, every inch of the walls and ceiling is covered with stuff... Cool stuff...

XXX Root Beer
Triple X Root BeerXXX Root Beer

The menu is just as overwhelming... lots of choices and they all sound good! Dessert first - a Root Beer Float!
XXX Root Beer

XXX Root BeerThe Rocket Super 88 (the Classic Cheeseburger with Chili Fries)

XXX Root Beer 

The Chevelle SS 396 (Mushroom and Swiss Burger with Curly Fries and 2 Onion Rings

XXX Root Beer

And the Bumper (fried prawns)...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Time out - one sock done!

TTL SockA break from the trip pics... I am happy to report that as of October 31st, I have completed one (yes, ONE) side of the TTL Mystery sock. It is no longer a mystery me. I am happy to report that I am half way down the leg of the second sock, so hopefully I will have a pair of purple socks in the near future. It really is purple, click here for a better pic of the color.
The Stickey WicketAnother recommendation found us walking to The Sticky Wicket Pub and Restaurant at the Strathcona Hotel for lunch.

The Stickey Wicket

 The sandwich of the day was a Grilled Prime Rib Steak Sandwich. Perfectly cooked open-faced sandwich.

This is a Stickey Wicket Burger (bacon and cheddar) with a cup of Salmon Chowder. The best burger on the trip! Definitely not counting calories or cholesterol on this trip!
The Stickey WicketThe Stickey Wicket

The Stickey WicketAnd you gotta love the sign - " No rotten looking jeans"!