My Blog Has Moved to a New Home…

Hello Friends. I spent the last couple weeks migrating all of of my old posts over to its new home.  Please click on the image above or here to take you to my blog. Why the move? Well, Katrina from Pugly Pixel/Powered by Pastries designed an awesome new layout for Blogger and I fell in love with it’s clean and simple look. So please update your bookmarks and head on over to now!

Learning How to Pickle

picklesMy mom came up for a spontaneous visit this weekend and we spent Saturday afternoon pickling vegetables. We used a traditional Vietnamese recipe for the brine.  So simple and so yummy! Next time I’m going to try to make some spiced pickled carrots like the ones they serve at Tartine. Double yum!

Project Coffee Table: Completed!

coffee table and tablescapingRemember when I posted sometime last year that I wanted to make this coffee table? I finally got around to ordering the hairpin legs and buying the table top last month. Then after a weekend of unsuccessful attempts to find a power drill, my friend Maria lent me hers and the table was completed. It still needs to be oiled every few days for the next two months, but so far I have to say, I’m totally happy with the results.

For these photos, my sister Jenny (pictured above) helped me with the styling and “tablescaping”.  She says, “We wanted the coffee table to be the focal point of our living room, around which our friends could gather to sip single origin espresso and trade tips about holistic vets.” Ha! We had so much fun being tablescape artists for the day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentine's day spoolHello friends and Happy Valentine’s Day! I had such a fun impromptu crafting session with my sisters and friend Jacqui* yesterday. I brought out all my crafting supplies and we all made valentines for our boos. I decided to ditch the traditional card and made an unravelling message instead. I stamped the message using my alphabet stamps and added a washi tape border. Then I ravalled (is that even a word?) it all up and packaged it inside a little muslin bag! Can’t wait to give this to Rance tonight!

* Thanks Jacqui for helping with the message. You are a true wordsmith.

A preview…

sketchbook pagesIt was mad dash to finish up my sketchbook these past few days, but I did it! My book is on its way to the Arthouse Co-Op in Brooklyn. Good thing the folks there gave us a 3 day extension, otherwise I don’t think it would have been possible for me to fill up all those pages. Above are a few of my favorite pages. The Sketchbook Project will be going on tour starting in March so check it out if you can! The tour stops in San Francisco mid-June…it will be so much fun to look through everyone’s books!

Sketchbook Project Update…

sketchbook projectFirst off, Happy New Year! One of my resolutions this year is to stay more organized and on top of things like long term projects…like the Sketchbook Project! I have completely forgotten about my poor little sketchbook until I found her last week underneath a pile of paper work. I have so many blank pages to fill and I only have two weeks to do it! Eep! Sometimes, a tight deadline really gets my creative juices flowing so fingers crossed that it won’t fail me this time. Stay tuned…

It’s a Wrap!

presentsBeing the procrastinator that I am, I saved all my shopping, gift-making, gift-wrapping, and card-making til the last minute. I stayed up til 4am this morning stamping cards and making all the my packages look pretty. My favorite go-to combo is kraft paper, ribbon, and shipping tags. On some packages, I added pages from an old german book that I had laying in my scrap bin. Cards were made using a new stamp in the Hero Arts 2011 Catalog. It is definitely one of my faves! Messages are from an old clear set. Off to take a catch some much needed zzzz’s! Wishing you all the happiest of holidays! xo, Mon

The 2011 Hero Arts Catalog is now available!

hero arts 2011 catalogHey Hero Arts fans! The 2011 Catalog is now available for viewing online! Check out all the new stamps and accessories. I think my favorite stamps that I worked on is the My Type cling set and the wood foxes! I wonder what your favorites are?  Photo by the Lisa.

3rd Annual Cookie Party!

cookie artyThis past weekend, my sisters and I hosted our 3rd annual cookie exchange. So much sugar, so much fun! I made snickerdoodles, one of my all-time favorite cookies, and my friends made other yummy treats. Photos taken by my friend Thu, as I was too much in a daze after consuming much-needed allergy pills and wine!


sweet potato biscuitsAlthough this is a belated Happy Thanksgiving, I hope everyone had a nice day full of food, family, friends, and laughter. I sure did. (P.S. These are the best sweet potato biscuits. Especially when served with honey butter.)


My name is Mon and I live in San Francisco. This blog is a place where I can share the things I enjoy doing. Including but not limited to: sewing, crafting, drawing, stamping, eating, day-dreaming...Thanks for visiting!

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