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I miss you, camera

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

heart peels

I miss my camera dearly. I usually take lots of pictures every day, but now it’s in the shop. I am addicted to it I guess. I like to document my life, even if I never look at them much or share them with anyone. When I was little I used to imagine that a great invention would be made where anyone’s memory could be fully recorded and replayed like a VCR. My mind is always so full of ideas and thoughts bouncing around. It never rests really. It’s loud inside my brain and I have trouble falling asleep. I think that this invention would allow my mind to rest a little. I could let some things go. Let them bounce right out of my head! It would all be there on tape, and could be accessed at any time. So taking lots of pictures is my closest way to replicate this dream of mine. You’d think video might be better, but it’s it’s too hard to take and keep track of IMO. I’ve been using my husband’s camera whenever I get the chance, but it’s not the same. I am so happy that I might be able to get it back tomorrow! I’ve never been great as steady blogging, and without the camera, its generally rather improbable that I might even come here. Well despite that, here’s a little something just because I felt like popping in.

I’ve been making candied orange peels around here whenever there are peels to be had. It’s much better than throwing them out and it’s way better than eating crappy junk food candy. I wouldn’t say these are healthy, but they are organic and pure and simple with no scary ingredients. I like to call them REAL candy. The kids gobble them up. It’s amazing this photo even happened. Four out of sixteen remain and didn’t last much longer after this snap. Got the recipe from Martha with a tip off from Sarah. And the syrup that is left over in the pot is useful for sweetening your tea or anything else that could use orangey sweetness.

The creature pile is building up in the corner. When I get my camera back I shall start adding them to the shop. Other than that, I have two pretty big exciting projects that I just embarking upon. For now, they will remain a secret. But just for fun, if you like, you can peek at my page of sketches that I scanned and compiled to help gather my thoughts for one of said projects.

Please send good wishes that I will be reunited with my dear camera soon. I know, I am really lucky that this is one my most pressing worries at this moment.

Pink hoops

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

I got some pink embroidery hoops. The pink is so strong, that it gravitationally pulled all the other pinkish things in the room to them.

Testing out the pink hoops.

Made this with Obamicon.
I am feeling pretty inspired by our new president. He makes me want to work hard and get things done. Yesterday was a very happy day. But that bow just touches me in special way! It makes me wanna put huge awesome bows on everything!

A crafty pay it forward game

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I played a game today that I saw on three different blogs. Here it is word for word:

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five lucky “victims.”

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- what I create will be just for you.
- it’ll be done this year
- you have no clue what it’s going to be or when its going to be. It may be fic. It may be poetry. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you expect me to do something for you!

Well I got all piggy wiggy oink oink and like ME ME ME! on three different blogs, and so I feel it’s only right to pay it forward thrice. So the first fifteen folks to chime in below (if that many people indeed do chime) will have to 1. have their own blog and repost and 2. email me their address at jh *at* jennyharada *com*. You only have to do 5, not 15 though! I don’t know what fic is so I probably won’t send you fic. And I have a few things I owe some other folks right now, so I probably won’t get to it for at least a month or two. But we have all year!

I am really missing my camera. Luckily, I have a huge backlog of photos to share. Photoless blogging just doesn’t feel right to me.

broken rolling pin
Sweet potato cracker dough killed my grandma’s rolling pin. :(

heart and star mini pizzas
The “crackers” came out more like little Bobolis. (Don’t know what a Boboli is?) I always loved when my mom made Boboli for us. So the next logical step was to make little pizzas. I forgot to take a picture after cooking. Too hungry, got distracted by eating them. Do you know of any good cracker recipes?


Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


Yawn. Good morning. I’ve just crawled out of my cave. The cave of holiday hiblogernation. Decemblur, as Teresa so aptly named it, was a blast of yummy lovey times in the Harada household. Well all the decorations are long packed away and now it’s time to make big resolutions and work on living up to them. Last year I made one little resolution – to draw every day. I didn’t keep it 100%. Maybe 50%, but I think that’s still pretty good. And a bonus unexpected thing came out of it – I actually started keeping a sketchbook in 2008! I’d tried many times in my life to keep a sketchbook, but it never really worked out. Strange thing about that is most of my drawings have been of clothing designs, not of creatures! Hmmmm… new directions in ’09? What? It’s the 20th already? Janublurry! Well there’s a lot of snow and the ground and that is nice. What’s not so nice is my poor dead camera. I hope it won’t be long before it comes back to me in tip-top shape. Camera fixing elves, make haste!! Ok so here are two pictures of Daisy dog, taken last month.

This is Daisy.
Daisy lives with Lauren. (
Once there was a real live Daisy and although I never met her, I bet she was way cuter.
Daisy can hug and lick.