Obsessed: Blythe Dolls


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blythe 1

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blythe 2

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blythe 3

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blythe 4

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blythe 5

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blythe 6

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blythe 7

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How kawaii are Blythe Dolls?! With the dolls’ over-sized heads and large eyes, hobbyists customize them- from skin tone, hair, clothing and accessories. I just love their expressions and poses. The hobbyist spares no small detail on these dolls- no wonder they cost $200+

Obsession around these fun dolls has reached a cult like following.



Road Trip Fun: Part 3






After a day of adventures, ramen and beer is in order!




Multnomah Falls


Multnomah Falls Pool


So many trails


Liv, the adventurer


Horsetail Falls


“Actually, the best gift you have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” Lewis Carroll


Nat bought her first pair of Dr. Martens


If only I could have tried all of them…


Ice cream time


Oregon Coast




Near Heceta Lighthouse


“I believe there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” -Henry Thoreau


And here we are, back in sunny California!

After leaving Seattle, we made our way to Portland, Oregon where I rented us a fun little place from Air bnb. It was our final destination before heading back home to California.

We visited the beautiful Portland Japanese Garden our second day in Oregon. It was a beautiful day, a little light rain, but we didn’t need to break out our umbrella. It is known to be the nicest Japanese garden outside of Japan. It did not disappoint! I took about a million pictures, everything was so inspiring and lovely. After our visit to the garden we headed to a shopping area where we purchased art supplies at Blick and Natalie was so stoked to buy herself her first pair of Dr. Martens. We ate so much good food- the highlights were donuts at Blue Star Donuts, Salt & Straw ice cream, Ramen at Noraneko, pretzels and root beer at Henry’s and German schnitzel at Swiss Hibiscus.

The next couple of days we headed 45 minutes outside of Portland to visit Multnomah falls. It was so crowded but well worth it. Wow, this is a huge waterfall, just breathtaking! After exploring here we decided to hop back in the car and keep driving. We stopped for two more waterfalls. Oneonta and Horsetail Falls. Both just really cool! It was so fun to see all the falls and make those lasting memories with my girls.

After out three days in Portland, we headed to the Oregon coast, passing through Tillamook and traveling down south to our destination in Yachats, Oregon. What a loved about our drive were the fresh fruit stands and coffee huts. We stopped to buy fresh cherries at a fruit stand and kept ourselves warm with coffee and tea. The Oregon coast was rainy and freezing for most of our trip along the coast!

We finally arrived in Yachats at the Fireside Motel (highly recommend!). I reserved a room right on the ocean for the night. We watched otters play in the surf and enjoyed a lovely meal at Ona before retiring for the night. We were pretty tired! We had been traveling for the last 15 days!

We left the next morning as we were driving back to Yreka, California for one last night with our friends who live there. I think the girls were pretty anxious to get back home, get back to routine, get back to their daddy. We left Yreka early in the morning and drove 9 hours to get back home. What a trip!

I had the best time with Olivia and Natalie. I am so lucky to be able to go on road trips and see new places with them. We had plenty of Beatles music, snacks and adventure, and really, that’s all one needs, right? I can’t wait until our next adventure in Japan!



Road Trip Fun: Part 2


We just entered Oregon!


Our home for the next couple of days in Hansville, WA


Nat and Farra


Liv, Farra and Nat


We waste no time getting to exploring!


Foul Weather Bluff


Evening stroll on the beach


Our hosts Charlie and d’Arcy


Liv in her element


At Point no Point beach




I love shells!


A little break from our exploring


Point no Point Lighthouse


Nearly 100 steps- we were so active this entire trip


When in Seattle you visit the gum wall!




Paradise Valley Conservation Area


See the owl? He dive bombed us as we walked by!


So much beauty in Washington! Cant wait to visit again!

After leaving Yreka, CA, we made our way (nearly 10 hours in the car) up to Washington. We decided to see Washington first, Oregon on the last part of our road trip. My friend wanted us to come up for the 4th of July. She wanted us to see what the 4th was like. So we made it up to Hansville, WA July 3 by late afternoon. We wasted no time in getting to our exploring. It felt so good to be in Washington! 

Our first visit was to Foul Weather Bluff. We had the beach to ourselves. What an amazing place! Olivia loved it here. She’s a nature girl, just like her Mama! We visited Point no Point beach and the lighthouse. What a fun experience. Our friends took us to the best places! For the most part, we spent a lot of time in nature, and that’s what makes Washington so lovely in the summer. It really is an explorers paradise!

After a couple of days in Hansville, we took the ferry over to Seattle from Kingston to spend the last half of our visit in the city. We took the kids to Pikes Place Market, the Gum wall and just took in the sights and sounds of the city. Our remaining stay was in Bothell, WA. What a great city! It’s right next to Woodinville, known for wine produced in the region. We ate some amazing food and had a great time! One of our favorite places to visit is the Paradise Valley Conservation Area. D’Arcy and I visited here on my last trip to Seattle and its one of my favorite places. So much green! We hiked here for a couple of hours, had a nesting owl swoop down on us- that was pretty exciting. Olivia spotted it hanging in a tree down the path. We stopped to watch it, it just eyed us. Finally, it swooped down on us. Another hiker told us he had lost a few hats by the owls swooping down on him. This time of year the owls become territorial and confront hikers. The owl just didn’t want us in its space.

It was Liv and Nat’s first time to Washington. We had an amazing time visiting with our friends, so much fun packed in! Can’t wait to go back! Stay tuned to see our last destination- beautiful OREGON!


Road Trip Fun: Part 1


Heading out on our 16-day road trip!


First stop: Mojitos at the Boathouse at Hendry’s beach


Teresa and Bethany


Santa Barbara Museum of art


Afternoon playing at the Pacific


Lovely dinner at Finch and Fork YUM!


Were ready for day 2


At the Santa Barbara Mission


“The only thing that makes life worth living is the possibility of experiencing now and then a perfect moment.” -Paul Bowles


Onto our next destination…


Wine tasting time in Paso Robles! All this driving makes me thirsty!


Made it to Pacific Grove- Monterey


Teresa and Bethany


Trip to Monterey Bay aquarium


Liv, Nat and Bethany


The girls and their crab dinner!




Day 4: San Fransisco


We stayed at the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown


Very pretty!


Waraku is the #1 Ramen spot in San Fransisco


She’s a pro at ramen eating


I went with the spicy one


We made it to San Fransisco and it’s freezing!


Good fun in the glass elevator at the Westin St. Francis- were 34 floors up!


Took a two hour bus trip through San Fransisco


Groovy time in  Haight-Ashbury


Made it to the Golden Gate Bridge!


Steven flew up to join us for the night. On our way to have a cocktail at Sir Francis Drake


Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Cafe


Cheers to friends and adventures!


Love these two! Fun times!


Japantown Peace Plaza


That long stretch of nothing until we reach Yreka


On our way to Scott River to play


So beautiful!


This was a mountain paradise




Good times with Christine!


Liv and Jordan- these two have known each other since they were wee babes


Sunsets in Yreka


At the lake- our last night in Yreka before we head up to Seattle…

What a fun road trip! Our first stop brought us to beautiful Santa Barbara. We headed straight to the Boathouse at Hendry’s beach for a late lunch and cocktail. After recharging we headed to State Street for some window shopping and exploring. The beach was our next destination. The fog was heavy at times but the girls had fun splashing in the Pacific. I made reservations at Finch and Fork (a farm to table style) and we had a lovely dinner. After more walking around, we headed back to the Hotel Santa Barbara for some rest before day 2…

Day 2 was going to be about five hours in the car before reaching our destination in Pacific Grove (Monterey). We first visited the Mission in Santa Barbara for a couple of hours. We explored the grounds for a couple of hours then made our way by lunch up to Paso Robles. One of my favorite wines is Tobin James so we made a stop here to purchase some wine to bring back home. After wine tasting we continued our journey and arrived in Pacific Grove. We rented a lovely cottage a block from Monterey Bay. We had stayed at this cottage a year before and had to bring our friends to share the fun space. We spent three days in Pacific Grove exploring, recharging and eating lots of yummy food! After our three days here, we headed up north to San Fransisco. We arrived at Hotel Kabuki, checked in and headed across the street to Waraku to warm up- it was so cold in SF! We next set out and visited Union Square to do a bus tour. Our two hour tour took us all over San Fransisco. We ended back at Union Square where we met up with Teresa’s husband, Steven and did some window shopping. Finally, we took an Uber over to Francis Ford Coppola’s restaurant, Cafe Zoetrope. We had a lovely dinner here with our friends on our last night of the road trip together before we parted and went our separate ways.

Day 6 had us heading up north again to Yreka, California to visit our friends who moved here two years ago. We spent a couple of days hanging out together, catching up like old times, visiting the Scott river for some fun. We still had another 10 days of our road trip in Oregon and Washington. I will do a separate post about that part of our trip. Stay tuned!


Crafty: Hand Embroidery


Inspired by the work of Yumiko Higuchi


This one was fun! Different shades of purple


A bumble bee for my bee keeper friend, Carre


Made for a friend that moved to Texas. She hopes to have an alpaca farm.


Delicate Floral



Geisha for my friend Masami-san. This was so much fun! I loved working on the hair “kanzashi” accessories

My latest obsession. I decided to give hand embroidery a try after seeing a tutorial from Sublime Stitching online. I decided that I would purchase a few simple supplies and a pattern from Sublime Stitching and give it a go. I was instantly hooked! After my first go at it I discovered that I wanted to challenge myself with something more difficult. I found a picture of what I wanted to make online, printed it out and using tracing paper, taped it to a window and traced over the design. Once I had the design on tracing paper, I took my fabric (linen), layed it over the top of the traced design and traced over that onto my fabric using a tracing pen. Tracing pens are easy to use and wash off the fabric with water. Everything after is easy. Just pick a stitch and work slowly. I find that intricate designs can take several hours, over several days. I find those to be the most rewarding.

Tools to get started: Embroidery floss, embroidery needles, hoops and fabric. It’s that simple!

Japanese Fairy House

japanese fairy house via weefolk studio

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japanese fairy house via moss and stone gardens dot com

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japanese fairy house via pinterest

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japanese fairy house via amazing beautiful world.net

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japanese fairy house via etsy

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When my girls were little we loved making fairy houses. After visiting the local nursery for all of our supplies, we would find a pot big enough for all the pebbles, small rocks, plants, and ornaments. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of our fairy houses from those days (hello old school camera) but I can vividly remember Olivia setting out a small bowl of milk and honey to entice the fairies to visit. It was a magical time! Here are some very fun, Japanese inspired fairy houses.

Domo Arigatou!