Thank You and Happy New Year!

image

It has been almost  2 months since I started my blog, Koko and Haru – Kokobiyori.  I have posted about the crafts I made, the foods I’ve enjoyed and the places I have discovered.  I have also discovered other people’s wonderful blogs and it quite a joy to read them. Thank you for viewing, liking, and commenting on my posts.  It means a lot to me and constantly encourages me and inspires me to keep pursuing my passions through my blog.  I look forward to blogging Koko and Haru – Kokobiyori in 2015.

Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

image  image

 

Quilted Pot Holders

pot holder 7

Since I craft often, I have many left over fabric scraps. Although they are small, they have patterns that are much too cute to throw away. After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to make quilted pot holders with the leftover fabric. I sorted the fabrics by color and matched them with complementing patterns.  This trial and error process of matching different swatches of colors and designs is one my favorite parts of crafting.

I made two kinds of pot holders; one with pink flowers and polka dots on brown fabrics and another with an herb pattern and blue polka dots on green fabrics.   One side of the pot holder has a pocket so that I can insert my hand to hold a pan.  I included my “Kokobiyori” logo and attached a ribbon in the corner so that I can hang the holder on the side of the refrigerator.

The pot holder was easy to make, and became adorable Christmas presents for my friends.

image  pot holder 6

pot holder 4 pot holder 3

image pot holder 1

The Moomin House and Other Little Paper Crafts

moonmin 2

When I was a child, I loved crafting with little papers.  My grandma made small umbrellas with cigarette packages and my mother taught me how to make the classic paper crane with origami paper.  I made hundreds of adorable little paper cranes and flowers.  I measured and cut construction paper to make paper chains for my birthday party.  I drew princesses and cut them out to make paper dolls.  Nowadays, there are so many beautifully designed papers in craft stores, right at our fingertips, just waiting for me to start crafting things like handmade cards, scrapbooks, and ornaments. Like every Christmas season, I went to a craft store and bought some beautiful Christmas themed papers to get in the holiday spirit.

card 2-2            moomin 5

moomin 4

I was inspired to make this blue house with a red roof by thinking of Moomin troll’s house.  Moomin troll is the main character in the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.  There was a TV animation of Moomin that I watched when I was a child.  Since I was young, I didn’t fully understand the story or the context, but the animations were beautiful and I remembered exquisite details, like the style of Moomin’s house.  The Moomin house and other little houses are perfect Christmas decorations for the mantle.

moomin 1

My good friend who loves making cards lent me a die cut machine, with a variety of shaped dies.  I cut out different shapes using this machine from the patterned papers.  I thought that the cut outs were the perfect size to assemble some mobiles, so I made one with butterflies and another with whales.  Not only are they adorable, they intrigued Haru as well!

mobile 5  mobile 1

mobile 2mobile 4

mobile 3

 

Pike Place Market on a Saturday Afternoon

 

PM 19

On the weekend, I occasionally go to Pike Place Market by the waterfront in Downtown Seattle.  I sometimes buy flowers, fruits, or vegetables, but I usually just buy a snack and enjoy a stroll around the market to look for something interesting.  I love seeing all the vendors selling seafood, flowers, pastries, and arts & crafts.  I love seeing the street performers.  The market is full of a festive energy that mingles between the sellers, local shoppers, and tourists.

DSC_1140

PM 20

The trip today began with a visit to see the Christmas trees being sold.

PM 17           DSC_1105

DSC_1183   DSC_1184

There are so many wonderful foods sold in the market, but my favorites are the pot stickers and BBQ pork buns from a Chinese bakery, the croissants or lemon bars from a French style bakery, and the tamales from a Mexican deli.

DSC_1143

DSC_1145      DSC_1147

DSC_1167      PM 3

As we were walking around the market, we noticed a little friend bustling around on his little legs with just as much purpose as everybody else.

PM 13

PM 8     PM 14

PM 11     DSC_1180

After milling around the market, we headed to café to enjoy a cup of coffee and the croissants accompanied with apricot and raspberry jam.  It was a lovely Saturday afternoon.

PM 4

PM 5

 

 

 

Hand Knit Leg Warmers

DSC_0705 

Living in a city, I walk everywhere; to the Sunday Market, the café, the library, the park.  It is fun to simply walk around the city in search of a new shop or to go on a picnic with Cocoa and Haru in spring and summertime.  It is, of course, not as much as fun in the very cold winter.  Although we don’t have much snow, it is very wet and windy.  Therefore, I love wearing boots in the wintertime because they keep me warm and dry.  To dress up a simple pair of boots, I knitted leg warmers (brown with white lace & white with pink lace and white pon-pon) to match my boots.  This is one of my small tricks to make the cold wintertime a little more enjoyable.

DSC_0701       DSC_0710

white leg warmer 2      white leg warmer 1

white leg warmer 4 brown leg warmer