Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Making a big waving...




































It has been a long miss time here!    Hi and Hello {sending big hand waves}

There was a lot of traveling for us nearly this half year! The move went really well! The moving company arrived on time and we were able to get everything out from the container within 2 hours; we finished everything before 9a.m. Then unfortunately, my right hand was diagnosed with Tenoynovitis shortly after all the moving. I was not able to move or left anything then it took a few months to recovered and still painful or sore when I use lots of right hand. 

Between times, I was itching for sewing and everything{little patchwork here and there}!  I have a workroom now rather a studio; really small space. The workroom actually is the storage room in the apartment as well.  I used the half of the room for studio and the other half is stack up with still packed boxes from the move and other containers.  Since the limited space in the room I went ahead and purchased another  {Ikea Bill Book Case} So, I could have more storage space around the workroom area. There is a cutting table in the back of the sewing seat now {yay}. That has been one of my to improved for sewing area goal. Most of the cutting rulers are set on the table and it fits a large cutting mat {24"x36"). I am really pleased with extra  space on the sewing table now. 

I have been really careful with my right hand since then and really would love it to feel better.  I have slowly started a few hand appliqué projects this summer. It is quiet addict to cut all the little pieces and using needle turning every little points. I am so pleased with the little bear pouch. There are little pouches planned,  but not started yet!  

After getting settle into the new place, I took a day trip to Manhattan alone and stopped by few fabric stores. I went visit City Quilter before they closed their store and purchased few basic prints then of course M&J trimming is my favorite trimming store in the city. You will like it if you come visit the city. It does take around 2 hours for me to hop on the bus and get on subway to go into the city, but the city never gets old on me. I like walk around the streets. My favorite breakfast place is street vendors that do breakfast cart; bagels {overflow cream cheese} and just right taste of coffee.  That day I made it back before dark for sure! 

In early October, I made a quick trip to visit my family oversea. It was a such needed trip to see them and get together. The flight was so long {15.5 hours}, but it was the first time I took a direct flight there.  Ma still looks great and finally gained a little weight back and Pa looks well and slightly lost some weight. They celebrated my 38th birthday there. Ma bough me some small chocolate cakes and a cup of latte at 6 a.m. and just smiled shyly at me and I giggled!  That night, she made the traditional birthday noodle soup for me and it has been almost 20 years that I haven't had it. It felt really heart warmed and special that day! My siblings went got a fancy cheese cake from my favorite pastry shop. It felt just when we were kids they tried to sing me birthday song, but now extra members {nieces and sister-in-law} in the house for the celebration.  Of course, lots Lucky the pup time! He spent most of his time with me while everyone was out for work and jobs.  We did lots scootering around the city and we shared some local food together { mostly small bites for him}. I left home with filled confidents and heart warm this time!  

Returning to NY was already a Fall around the negiborhood trees. Fall is just nice everywhere, cooler weather and warm dishes on the table! I made an apple cake early and already devoured. It was a new cake that I tried to make. The whole cake was filled with 10 granny smith apples. The crust is quiet firm  compared to a flaky apple pie crust. It was also tasted less sweet, since the sugar requirement was much less than the cake.  I have gotten another 10 granny smith apples last week and about to make a apple pie for the Fall.  

The East Coast is so pretty around the Fall season. We visited Bear Mountain a few weeks back. It is such a nice park to be out and about! The Hudson River lays between the mountains and it is just too gorgeous! I filled the picnic basket with all the food along the trip and really love the road trip to upstate. We did ride on the Merry Go Around for the fun and spent lots walking time in the park. On the way home, I took the drive which is still scary around the highway here {smile}! 

It has been a cooler days around here finally and I have slowly moved myself to the workroom space this week; arranging the shelves a little more these day. It feels that I have missed two fabric boxes, but I think I might just need to dig in and try to find where they are. I have been working a few days a week with an art studio in lower Manhattan. On the day, I am not traveling there, I will be spending time in the workroom.  

Wish you have had a fabulous summer! Lovely Fall to start with...
Now I wish some snow on the ground.. just because it is so closed to holiday season!  

xxc 

P.S. I plan to be more regular posting now on! cheers! 





33 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your right hand - I had tendonitis in my foot last year and it really is hard to have to rest it and not be able to do what you want! So happy that your move went well and that you are back to posting. You've been missed! Hope you will be happy in NY.

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    1. Hi Susan,

      I hope your foot is recovered by now! I am glad and happy your welcome back here~

      Have a lovely day,

      xxc

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  2. Terry in Lancaster PANovember 29, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    So glad to have you back! I've missed your posts! So happy to hear that things are going well to you. I hope your December and the New Year are joy-filled!

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    1. Hi Terry,

      Thank you for the welcome back note! We have gone to few festive places here in the city and quiet loved by all the decorations and changes in this season!

      xxc

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  3. A big wave back at you! It's so nice to have you back posting and to hear that your move went well. Your charming description of your homecoming inspired some sweet memories.
    Re your hand pain: I've had tendinitis, elbow pain, sciatica, knee pain and middle back problems over the years. These problems come back from time to time but I've learned how to treat them (thankfully!). It takes some work to learn how to treat your own problems and I highly recommend the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies and the Miracle Ball Method by Elaine Petrone.
    https://www.amazon.com/Trigger-Point-Therapy-Workbook-Self-Treatment-ebook/dp/B00ECLGALG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480447201&sr=1-1&keywords=trigger+point+therapy+workbook
    https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Ball-Method-Relieve-Included/dp/0761128689/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480447537&sr=8-1&keywords=the+miracle+ball+method

    (I wish I knew a better way to share links)

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    1. Jeannie,

      Thank you for sharing the links with me. I'll check into our local library for both books. Somehow, this pain and discomfort do come back from time to time. As doctor recommended, not to lift more than 4 pounds object for 3 months or longer! But it seems quiet impossible due to daily basis.

      xxc

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  4. Im glad to see you writting again... welcome back :)

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  5. So lovely to hear your news! Sorry about your hand though. I have that as well, in both hands and it's tough to take a break! But it won't get better if you don't. Hope it feels better soon.

    I love NYC. You are so lucky to live close by!

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    1. Michelle,

      I remember the last time I had it was when I was a young mother! I held baby most of the time and was in both hands as well. I had quiet a bit of treatment at the time, mostly acupuncture and wearing bends.

      NYC never gets old! It seems like every time i travelled in is a different look than the last trip. :) This time of the year is just so festive with lights and shoppers from all over the places.

      xxc

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  6. Oh my Chase, what a lovely surprise to see you here on my screen this early morning. Welcome back and all the best in your new life for you and your daughter in New York State. You have had many changes and hopefully this one will be full of many good memories also. And yes, take care of that hand. Sympathizes abound for that. Wishing you and your daughter a most happy upcoming holiday season. And never fear, the snow will come but let's not wish it too soon. (from a fan in Southern Ontario, Canada)

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    1. Hi Deb,

      Thank you for the welcoming note! Wish you have a joyful holiday season as well!

      xxc

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  7. It is so nice to see you again in blog world, Chase :) J.

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  8. So nice to hear from you, well come back, we missed you!
    Myrto

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    1. Thank you for the welcoming note!
      Have a wonderful day!

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  9. Welcome Back! I have missed you, too. Sorry to hear about your hand. It will get better in time. Sounds like you had a lovely time with your family. Being with family is always a pleasure. Enjoy the season. Snow will be coming!

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  10. Hello there and a warm welcome back! I have been missing you and checking regularly to see if you turn up. From your photos it looks like you have landed near me - isn't that the Walkway Over the Hudson you are on? Let me know where you are and I will take you to our next guild meeting! You would enjoy this group as it is very diverse and some work in the city. We also have a member who has opened a shop in Beacon that you would love! here is my email: jomellenthin@vassar.edu
    So HAPPY you have returned!
    xox

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    1. Hi Jody,

      Thank you and i have emailed you! Have a wonderful day

      xxc

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  11. So nice to hear from you again! You were always in the back of my mind - and I wondered how the move went. So happy to hear that you are well and that you also had a chance to visit your family. That was special! Take care of your hand - it is hard to be patient, but worth it in the end - hope it heals fast :)!

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  12. Lovely to hear of you and your updates. Take care dear one. Merry Christmas

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  13. So pleased to hear about your adventures, sewing projects, and latest studio! I so enjoy your postings. Thank you for sharing. Happy fall!

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    1. Glad you stopped by here, Ruthie!

      Have a great day~

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  14. i know i dont comment often, but i read every post of yours. im glad you are settled and were able to go home to visit your family for a birthday. new york sounds lovely. i love hearing about your adventures. i had tendonitis a couple years back and it took me many months for the pain to be gone! happy holidays and i look forward to your next post!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! Oh, it means so much that you left this note to me! :)
      I will do my best to get this hand fix! It comes and goes from time to time, which is hard!
      Hopefully after the holiday season cooking I'll be able to rest a few weeks without cooking so much!

      Have a wonderful day,

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  15. So glad you're back!!! We missed you.♡

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    1. Hello, friend! Thank you for checking in and I have missed sharing bits and bobs with you all~

      Have a wonderful day~

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  16. So glad you are back. I have missed you! Hope your hand gets better soon so you can make your beautiful quilts.

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  17. Welcome back! I really missed your blogging!

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  18. I am SO happy to see you back!!! I just checked in this morning...and it was like a GIFT to be a few posts behind!!! I always LOVE to see your beautiful work...and your pictures! I hope your hand is healed by now..and you are enjoying lots of creative time! Love and hugs to you and S...XXXOOO

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