Over winter break I got some much needed time with my sewing machine. Josh and I brought our game Splendor with us to Taiwan and it has been living in his razor bag. It was functional but decidedly not cute, so I decided to turn some fabric from my stash into a cute game bag.
Since all the Splendor pieces fit so well in the razor bag I modeled the new bag off its dimensions.
The game has a theme of trade and travel so I chose this leftover wave fabric to represent traveling across the ocean.
My friend Colleen is awesome and sent me a care package when I was feeling particularly homesick! It was an incredible gift which included a fancy seam ripper and Chickapig, a board game popularized by my beloved Dave Matthews.
The box design is cute but not great for travel so I decided to make more game bags. Once the board folds up it’s pretty compact. There are a lot of small pieces though so I made a couple of smaller bags and put in velcro closures to ensure nothing fell out.
There’s enough room in the largest bag to hold the smaller two, making a great traveling case.
The game has daisy cards which are beneficial so I chose this leftover fabric from my sewing machine cover to reflect them.
Josh and I’s book Formosa Moon was officially released October 1st, 2018. We had a great book release party at Taipei’s Red Room. (We actually had our party last October. I’ve just been too busy with grad school to blog.)
Our friend Carrie came out and we were delighted to see her. She has been incredibly supportive of this project and of us. Her site My Several Worlds chronicles her extensive travels and living with chronic illness. Her writing is powerful-do check out her site.
Roger from Goodoo Puppet Troupe came up from Tainan. Goodoo is our favorite puppet troupe in Taiwan and is featured in two chapters in our book. If you visit Taiwan, see one of their live puppet shows. They are phenomenal.
Since Josh and I were dressing up for the party I thought it appropriate that Floyd and Hazel did as well. Hazel’s outfit is repurposed clothes from a local clothing swap. Floyd’s new vest was made with leftover fabric from my sewing machine cover.
We read several chapters from the book. It was fun to get live reactions to our stories. Floyd and Hazel got an encore as did we!
Thank you to all our friends who came out to support us! Special thanks to our friend Tobie who helped keep as grounded as we set up and to Red Room for letting us use their beautiful and welcoming space. We had a great turnout and a wonderful night!
Didn’t make our book release party but still want to read our book? Buy a copy on Amazon here. Alternative booksellers are listed here.
My friend Carrie gave me these cute capris. Besides having a fabulous wardrobe Carrie blogs over at My Several Worlds about travel and chronic illness. I highly recommend checking out her site.
The fabric was super cute but I don’t wear capris so grabbed my trusty seam ripper and got to work.
I cut up an old black tshirt that was wearing out and added triangle sections to make a flared skirt.
The capris had a pocket that I transferred over. I’m so happy with how it turned out. And I think of you Carrie when I wear it!
This project was completed last September. Grad school has kept me far away from blogland. The next month I made a bold move and cut my hair.
I’ve joined the pixie club and love it!
Back in July I wrote an article about glove puppetry in Taiwan for Topics Magazine. I’m late posting it here but luckily you can still read it online. Local puppet troupes and my fave puppet museum are featured.
Taiwanese Puppetry – Continuing a Rich Tradition
Now that our book Formosa Moon has been released, Josh and I are starting to do more promotion. Our latest was for a tv show and we got the full treatment. You can buy our book here.
Despite my side eye to the mascara, the experience was fun. The hair and make up person curled my hair and I swear I could feel it straightening back out during the interview.
Even Hazel and Floyd got spruced up!
More details soon!
Our Australia vacation was quite the adventure. And like any true adventure it had its highs and its lows. Since I’m a bad news first, good news second kind of gal I’ll cover the low part first.
During the end of our time in Australia we both caught the flu from a friend. I fought it for several days but it dug its claws in and put me in rough shape.
My eyes were so red I looked possessed! A doctor in Singapore filled me up with medications and told me to stay in my hotel room. The trouble was my ear drums were in danger of rupturing if I flew so I had to rest up to recover enough that I could fly back to Taiwan. My trip to Singapore can be summarized by this photo
which is the view out of our hotel room. It was a long three days of self-quarantine. Josh was feeling better so was able to explore the city and visit with friends. He brought me back delicious Singaporean food-a mango coconut rice dessert was my favorite. While visiting our friend Trust he got interviewed about Formosa Moon. The Taiwan News ran an English translation of the article.
Lonely Planet travel writer to publish book about Taiwan
Inspired by our soon to be released book they created a Top 7 list of books about Taiwan.
Top 7 non-fiction books about Taiwan
As for our book, Formosa Moon comes out October 1st. You can pre-order it here.
I’ll cover the awesome parts of our vacation next post.
Josh and I just got back from Australia and what a trip it was. Pictures of Oz soon but in the meantime I’m happy to announce that I got to write a guest blog post for Taiwan Scene again. This time it was on Ghost Month.
Getting the Most from Ghost Month in Taiwan can be read here.