Monday, July 28, 2014

Unborn Outfits

On our recent trip to Hong Kong, I bought fabric.  I went planning to buy fabric.  Linen to be exact as I'm just crazy about the stuff these days.  I had a certain dollar amount in mind, even.  Well, let's just say things got a little out of control.

Meet Rowena.  Excellent English.  Extremely knowledgeable.  Very on top of her inventory.  The little vixen.  



 I spent a ridiculous amount of money.  Trust me.  Ridiculous.  

Fast forward to lunch and I am filled with remorse and contemplating putting a chop stick in my eye.  What was I thinking???

You know what this 1-in-a-million husband of mine says?  "let it go.  You'll get 2 years of enjoyment out of this stack:  petting it, pouring through patterns and blogs, planning, actual sewing.  Then you get to wear it.  And blog about it."  

He's a keeper.



Here's my haul:

Linen, of course :)
Bottom weight & light weight & coordinating print.  All pre-washed and dried 3 times per blog advice

Cottons & 2 pieces of silk organza:
The one on the very bottom is gorgeous cotton sateen


Look at this one!  Isn't it fun?  I'm thinking a vest and some sort of insert to pieces down the road.


This one is a stretch cotton silk with a border repeat.  Gorgeous feel and drape.


My husband even ended up stuffing most of this in his carry on.  Back home in UB, he asks me where I want the Unborn Clothing put.  :D  Seriously, though, I think I'll get about 12 pieces from this haul!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hong Kong Repeat

I have been away from the blog for a long time, mainly due to travel.  Lots of travel; much of it quick trips within the US seeing family.  Still, getting ready for a trip, being on the trip, recovering from the trip and then regrouping and planning for the next one is very consuming!  It is for me, anyway.

...but hey, I'm back and have a recent trip to share!

Due to recent Major Drama at my husband's company here in Mongolia, he was in real need of a vacation.  Mongolia has a week-long summer festival (we checked this off our life list long ago ;), so we took advantage of the extra days off and decided on another
trip to Hong Kong as it's a mere 4-hour direct flight AND it's in the same time zone!

Hong Kong was hot and steamy and we left to return to UB with Typhoon Rammasun hammering southern China and the Philippines and causing  crazy winds and rain in Hong Kong.  Still, we had a great time.

Warning:  this is a picture-heavy blog!  I'm anxious to get on to some sewing posts :D

We took a day trip on a Chinese junk to Stanley Beach.  So fun!








The urban parks!  All over.  Gorgeous.  Huge.  Quiet.  Clean.

3 large pools in this public pool complex!

Every day on our way to and from sightseeing, we walked through a gorgeous park next to our hotel and fell in love with the flamingos!  SO FUNNY!  They're very social--and noisy! and active--pics just don't do them justice.  Bath day was a real hoot.

Then there were a bunch of turtles that captured Randy's heart ;)  He took this pic of one "frolicking".  He talked of making a vedeo.  Enough said.

The shopping!  The city is dominated by consumerism.  Shopping tourism (primarily Chinese mainlanders) is huge--cruise ships pull up to the malls.  No lie.
 Forget Prada and Louis Vitton.  We tracked down printer cartridges (unavailable in UB, grr) at this 3-story electronics place in Mon Kok.  Score.  The place went on forever.

Then, there was my fabric shopping.  That little linen thing.  Stay tuned.

The streets!  Noisy.  Chaotic.  Crowded.  At times lovely

A stylish hard hat!



Really?  Bleck





Check out the little china dishes :)


Old & new
 Talk about high density living!



The trees.  Growing out of walls



The boats!




A great vacation





Monday, April 28, 2014

A Bunch of Sand Crabs

Here's some pics of our recent trip to visit Ben & Jana in Camarillo, California.  The place was drenched in sunshine and there were flowers everywhere.   The smell of flowers is almost overpowering (as if ;)

But...of course, it's the ocean that calls.  and that makes for the best pictures: