Sunday, March 31, 2013


This has been one of my favorite hobbies for a long time. Growing up I was not able to produce anything of my own and not having the freedom to wear cosmetic jewelry was part of my culture. However, I did admire my friends wearing them and making a statement. I took a beading class thinking that I can make my own jewelry and the ability to make unique pieces for myself. I visited this back very recently, when I saw some beautiful faux pearls at the craft store.

I love the feeling of having a strands of pearls but wanting to treasure the pearl necklaces which was pass down from the family. I decided to knot the faux pearls and now I have few strands that feels great but can be paired with clothing for everyday. Easy project to finish. Perhaps, I could make some strands as presents for friends during holiday!


Friday, March 22, 2013


Last Summer was my first year getting back to work. I was at school setting up my classroom for this coming Fall. On my way home I was able to pick up these chairs from the roadside. After few weeks I was able to pick up two from my neighborhood. I accumulated total of four chairs but two different styles. This was sitting in my garage for a long time.

I needed a chair to work at my working table and Nigel needed one to read in his room. The solution was to pick up a gallon of paint with primer and I love the shade of swiss coffee ( very softer white). 

The outcome is these beautiful chairs in our home!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Making Nicolette’s Clothes...

I remember growing up my mother loved making clothes for me and when I got older she had a dressmaker who would come to the house and make dressers. It was a fun experience. Now, I take part in sewing and making little things for Nicolette. I do know this is a gene that I share with my mother and she was a very talented person. 

This a basic skirt I made for Nicolette she was happy to wear it to school. I am planning to sew more hopefully I can get few projects done before the school year ends. I bought the fabric as it is. I did not sew the ruffles all I did was add a lining and an elastic. This is my baby step towards making her clothes. I have knitted a dress for her. Hopefully I can sew a dress for one day!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Bath Time...

Taking baths has become a fun routine in our house. We are still working on finishing our bathroom but having the tub has helped us on getting back into routines. Nicolette enjoys her bath time to the fullest. She loves to gather her toys and play for couple of minutes before she goes to bed. 

I add a little bit of lavender oil to the water which makes it very calming and a soothing. The aroma of the oils fills the room with a calmness which helps every one after a busy day. 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Visiting Turkey...

This sounds a little crazy. I was peeking through the front door to see if had any luck melting the snow from the previous nigh rain. To my surprise I saw a turkey at my front yard. I have not seen a wild turkey up close. I took the camera and started to take pictures from inside the house since I did not want to startle it. 

Then I began to follow it outside with my camera. Later in the day as I was pulling the car to the back of my house I saw two. However, this time though they were picking my my compost pile. I could not take any pictures. We enjoyed the unexpected visit from turkeys very much. 


Monday, March 11, 2013

Celebrate Daylight Saving...

We turn all the clocks in our home yesterday except for all electronics because they convert to time saving automatically. That being said I decided to celebrate the turn of Spring with something springy. We made this wonderful recipe from here

This is a very adult cake though, I did add few spoons of confectionery sugar to the filling/frosting. Depends, on if you wish to offer your kids less or more sugar. I did not buy the mascarpone instead I made it at home or I would say substituted it with home
made stuff. This was yummy and I did enjoy it but I would like to sink my teeth in it with a cup of hot tea. 

Can’t wait to get my hands in the dirt for another season of growing!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Stormed in...

We got nineteen inches of snow. We are at home and trying to dig ourselves out. I think we are tired of ALL this snow. Total of twenty four inches. We love the snow but not this much. With all this I was able to spot this beautiful Cardinal. I bet this is a boy and he was hanging out all by himself. 

Our maple tree is cracking and my dear neighbor told me that I need to be careful when I am around the tree. 


Sri Lankan Food, Work, and Dinner...

I have to admit going back to work with a four year old and a fourteen year old could be challenging. There are days I am overwhelmed and tired. However, I do manage to do some cooking at least once a week. Most of the meals are Sri Lankan food such as curries. When I take on this task my little kitchen can look like this. 

I do find this way of cooking could be very helpful for us to survive the crazy schedules we have. All meals go into containers and we serve them over warm rice. Sometimes it is much easier to serve the curries from the containers to the plate slide it into the microwave for few minutes and serve the warm rice over it. 

This way we could have dinner at home instead eating out. I save most of my time to get my projects and fill mailing orders!

Some of the vegetables we consume are beets, potatoes, cauliflower, and many more like to keep my options open so I can introduce new food to the table!