Composition Notebook Sewn Fabric Cover

Back in 2018, I had received a gift from a friend/coworker’s mom.

Randi was over in Tampa for work and I had seen her notebook cover and told her it’s so cute and pretty. I had assumed she had sewn it herself and had told me that it was her mom who had sewn it.

Months later, Randi flew back to Tampa and we saw each other at the office.  Upon seeing me, she said I have something for you. I was so surprised that she had something for me and she told me it was from her mom. 

It was a composition notebook sewing kit that she had prepared for me. In the kit were a letter, an instruction, and the materials that I would need to finish it.  The red fabric already stitched with cushion and even has my initial embroidered on it. It also has several already cut fabrics to serve as the pockets where I could insert in the composition notebook cover/flap. It even came with a polka dot designed ribbon to match the theme, which I assumed was a love bug theme.

I have never met Randi’s mom, Miss Dixie H. So this was truly a sweet surprise. Upon seeing the gift, I had remembered the notebook cover I saw from months ago. Randi mentioned it to her mom and so her mom made something for me to finish. I read the letter, twice! As I couldn’t believe what I just received. I thanked Randi and had also thanked Miss Dixie as well.

For the past 2 years, I have been trying to finish it.  But each time I opened the kit, I felt intimidated by it. It was really simple, all I had to do was sew them together. However, I didn’t want to ruin it. I was afraid that I would mess it up.  So I always end up putting it aside. This went on for 2 years. Every now and then, I would open the kit then close it back. 

When my furlough started, I had added this in my list of goals to accomplish.  I would look at the kit then I would tell myself maybe tomorrow I will feel more confident to do it.  

I realized that if I still have not finished it even with more than 20 days into my furlough, then I will never be able to finish it. Therefore, I have decided that I cannot let this go on and not be able to finish it. So a few days ago, I had opened it again and read the instructions possibly 5 or more times.  I googled the verbiage as I’m not so familiar with the sewing terms yet, such as “selvages” “batting” etc.  Once again I felt intimidated.  For the past 3 days I kept looking at it then putting it off.  I played with the fabric placing it on the notebook, then look to see if I sew it here or there would it be okay. I would put it down to walk away from it for a bit. Then come back and hope that I can overcome whatever roadblock that’s stopping me from making it.

Today I told myself, I need to at least start doing something with it. So I went ahead and started sewing on the edges. I couldn’t follow the image of the instruction so I went with my gut feeling and just placed where the pockets would be. This was one of the struggles I had before, whether where to place the pockets or how many pockets I should add. I realized that I just have to keep it simple. I told myself, “just sew the pockets that you need to insert the book cover.” That seemed to help. I found myself keep asking, “now what?” After each hurdle I would face, now what? After I had sewn the pockets, now what? After I had sewn the lining with the pockets on the notebook cover, now what? Then it came the time for when I had to sew the ribbon on the edges. Once again, I tried to figure out what it should look like. In the end, I went with my gut feeling. I think it turned out great!

If you do look at it closely, you will see that I still have a lot to learn when it comes to sewing. The stitching looks very messy. For sure, I won’t be entering any sewing business in the near future. I still need a lot of practice.

I want to thank Miss Dixie H. for giving me this project. I apologize for the delay in finishing it as I felt intimidated by it. In the end, I had to let go of any fears that I had and just told myself to have fun making it – and I did! This will be one of my cherished gifts. Thank you again.

ASL 04.28.2020 (Clearwater, FL)

Kawaii Bento Box

Look at the cute bento box that I bought from Amazon.

It’s actually smaller than what I’ve expected it. But I think it makes it more portable that way. I can tell you now that this bento box is good only for packing lunch for one (1) person.

It’s just so cute that I don’t regret buying it!

I haven’t used it yet. But I plan to pack some good food soon for Chris to bring for lunch.

If you want yours too, I got this from Amazon. They actually have it in 2 colors: blue and red. Japanese Traditional Rabbit Blossom Bento Box Set with Bento Bag (Blue) I personally like the blue one. But the red one is cute too.

ASL 04.24.2020 (Clearwater, FL)

I got my Hello Kitty e-mail account back

For the longest time, my Hello Kitty e-mail account was locked out, as many other subscribers have also experienced. We kept checking and checking for months and months. Only to hear them say, that they are still working on it. We don’t really know what happened. It was just one day we couldn’t access our e-mail account anymore. It kept giving me an error message and telling me to agree to the terms of agreement to be able to create the email account.

It went on for months. I, somehow, forgot about it and just ready to give up. Today, I was going through my stuff online and thought about my old Hello Kitty e-mail. I tried to log in. I had expected the same error message. What do you know, I got the same error message. No shocker there. Click on the check box to let the system know that I’m not a robot and agree on the terms agreement. Then, I see spinning wheel. “Hmm, I’ve seen this before.” I already know this, it’s just going to keep doing that and then tell me the same error again. And then something happened, I see something I’ve never seen you before. I didn’t recognize it right away. The inbox now has an updated look. It no longer looks like the basic html format that it used to be. I was so excited to be in. But told myself that this might not be right. So I tried to send an email from my Hello Kitty account to see if it can receive an email. A new message to my other inbox came in with the title: Test Email. “Good, it worked.” I told myself. Now let me try sending one to my Hello Kitty e-mail, same title same message. Moments later, I received the needed e-mail. “Great, it’s back!” That’s when I finally confirmed that I now have my favorite e-mail address back.

If you are interested to register a Hello Kitty e-mail account, then go to http://www.sanriotown.com and choose the e-mail address that you would like to have. There are other options, other than hellokitty.com; there is also mymelody.com and kuririnmail.com. Happy registering!

ASL 11.10.19 (Clearwater, FL)

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Just received my Hello Kitty pen!

I have just received my Hello Kitty pentel energel pen.  I ordered this back on June 24th, and it just arrived today, July 5th.  It was actually estimated to be delivered on July 9th.  So I think it actually arrived early.  However, I’m truly used to getting it within 2 days. Why?  It’s because I ordered this from Amazon.  But the item is coming from Japan.

So far I like my pen.  I have yet to see if I can refill it with an actual pentel energel pen refill.  I truly like this pen because it’s cute, but not too childish.

If you’re planning to buy this pen, you better buy it soon as they only have limited availability.

Amazon:  Sanrio Hello Kitty Energel Ballpoint pen  (as of 07/05/19 there are only 3 left)

ASL 07.05.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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My New Kindle Paperwhite

I have traded in my old Kindle Paperwhite for a new improved waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.  I was also able to buy a case for it — a yellow one — which I think is so cute!

I can’t wait to start reading my ebooks with my new Kindle Paperwhite.

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ASL 06.19.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty Choco Treasure Quick Review

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Hello Kitty Choco Treasure (Chocolate + Toy Surprise) Quick Review:

  • Chocolate is on the plastic egg shell
  • It was enjoyable to unwrap the Hello Kitty wrapper
  • Chocolate taste was ok, nothing to be excited about.  I think kids would like it.
  • The prize is a roll of Hello Kitty stickers.

I don’t know if all prizes are stickers though.  I can tell you that I won’t buy another one to find out.  If I have a kid to give to, then I would reconsider.

ASL 03.15.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty 3-Piece Cookie Set

Hello Kitty 3-Piece Cookie Set from Hello Kitty Cafe Truck 
Price:  US $13.00

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As you have read in my previous blog, I’ve been trying to avoid eating the Hello Kitty cookies.  Two week later, I finally have taken the cookies out of the box and unwrapped them.

Please keep in mind that I ate it 2 weeks after I had bought it.  So my opinions below may have been a bit better if I had eaten it right away.

It is as pretty as what a Hello Kitty cookie could be.  I didn’t have that much expectation as you may have previously read, I saw these cookies as novelty items rather than actual food.   The experience of eating something so cute!  That type of novelty!

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I have finally taken a bite.  A few bites later, I had to put it down.  Let me explain…

The cookie was really sweet. It’s too sweet that it would be good to drink coffee to complement its sweetness.  I took a few bites and I had to put it down.  It was just really sweet for me.

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The cookie itself was crumbly.  Not as fresh as I had hoped.  But then that’s my fault for not eating it right away.  Maybe next time I’d eat it right away.

Overall I think the cookie was still ok.  But if I had a chance to go back to the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, then I would prefer to buy the Hello Kitty Macarons again instead of the cookies.

But I got to admit though, these cookies are much cuter than the macarons!

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ASL 03.02.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Tampa, FL

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Tampa, FL

For years, I have been missing opportunities one after another.  I even contemplated on driving to Miami to be able to at least get a glimpse of this uber cute food truck.  Now that they’re back in Tampa, I was finally able to get to see the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in person.

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Saturday morning, I saw a text message from a friend.  It was a picture of a news segment and showed the internationally famous logo of a cat that has no mouth. I was excited but didn’t say anything to Chris.  While sipping coffee and talking about the things we could do today, Chris said, “We can do all that as long as we go somewhere before 8pm.”  “Why?” I asked.   “It’s a surprise.”  Looking at him and I smiled, “Oh I know what it is.”  He looked back and tried to check and see if I really knew.  Then I said, “Hello Kitty.”

The pink truck was just going to be in the area for a day.   Even though I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for some time now, we didn’t go there right away.  We ended up doing something in the backyard — a few things that we’ve been putting off.  We really didn’t leave until late afternoon to head to the mall, where the Hello Kitty Cafe Truckwas parked for the day.  We still had plenty of time thought.  Usually around this time, the crowd would have thinned out and we wouldn’t have to wait so long to get a cookie or pastry.  I wasn’t really sure what I would find when we get there.  I also don’t know why, for some reason, I thought that I might be able to order a sandwich shaped like a Hello Kittylogo.  Sorry to say, I didn’t see any sandwiches on the menu.

We got to the mall and was able to miraculously find parking right away.  I didn’t know where it would exactly be, as I assumed it would be parked somewhere outside the mall.  Chris, having been preparing to surprise me, he already had this info and knew where it would be.  Wow! He really prepared for this.  I followed his lead.  We went inside the mall. I thought we would just go through the mall to get to the other side.  We didn’t go to the next door, but instead turned left.  Ahh maybe we’re going through another door, I thought.  Nope! My eyes lit up as I saw a cute pink truck towards the end of the hall.  I was surprise to see it inside the mall.  As in previous years, I had seen the photos and videos of the pink truck being parked outside.  Inside is good, I thought.  It won’t be hot.

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There were only a few people in line, which was good because it meant we won’t have to wait that long.

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I looked at the menu and noticed that many are already sold out.  Luckily, there were still some macarons and cookies.  I kept going back and forth between the 2. But in the end, I was able to leave with Hello Kitty Macaronsand Hello Kitty Cookies and a FREE Hello Kitty Tote.

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The cookies and macarons are just so cute! I’m going to have to fight the urge of eating them right away.  When I can’t fight any longer and we eventually eat them, I will let you guys know how it tasted.  Don’t worry, I don’t think I can resist that long!

Ainee 02.16.2019 (Tampa, FL)

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Hello Kitty Macarons

 

Hello Kitty Macarons

Hello Kitty Macarons from Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.
Price: $16.00

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Hello Kitty Macarons

These cute macarons, not macaroons, didn’t stand a chance!
We thought we could wait before eating them because they were just so cute. Nope! I took one look and then hurriedly took a couple of photos. Then that was it! We ate all the macarons. All 5 of them! I love Hello Kitty but I guess I love food more.

They were delicious! I admit that at the beginning I didn’t expect much on flavor because I considered this food more of a novelty (edible) item, rather than actual dessert. I was surprised when I took my first bite.

Chris and I were splitting each macaron so that both of us could try each flavor. So after my delightful first bite, I had to stop myself from eating the whole macaron before Chris could try it. Now, I’m not saying that they have the best macarons because that would be an exaggeration. To be honest, I haven’t eaten that many macarons in my life. However, I have had several macarons that were better than these cute pastries. The bottomline is they were good and I would surely have them again.

Chris and I were not sure of the macarons’ flavors. But here is a list of what we both believe to be the possible flavors:

  1. Red – Strawberry
    • It tasted like strawberry. If we’re wrong, it could be cherry. But our final answer is strawberry.
  2. White – Vanilla
    • I would really say that at first bite it tasted like vanilla. But this was the one that has the subtlest of flavors among the 5.
  3. Blue – Chocolate
    • The filling tasted like chocolate. It was really delicious. I would want to eat another one of these.
  4. Orange – Pineapple
    • It’s a little bit tarty. It tasted familiar. But the sourness made us lean towards pineapple. The second choice was mango, then orange was the very last of our guess. But we both agreed with pineapple.
  5. Green – Green Tea (Matcha) or Pistachio
    • At first bite I thought it was green tea (matcha) but a few more small bites and it tasted a bit nutty. That’s why we thought that maybe this is pistachio and not green tea.

My favorites are:

  • Based on flavor: Blue and Green Macarons — Strawberry would be the 2nd runner up.
  • Based on design: Blue and White Macarons. I love the shade of blue that they used on the blue macaron and I love the simple design of just having a cute bow on it. The white one can’t be missed on design as to having the Hello Kitty face on it.
  • Both design and flavor: The blue macaron came out as the winner for having both delicious flavor and cute simple design.

At the time of this writing, we have not eaten the Hello Kitty Cookies yet. As soon as we get to eat them, I’ll try to post how they tasted. I’m hoping it’s as good as this one.

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ASL 02.16.2019 (Tampa, FL)

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Tampa, FL