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Donna Pedaci
Lakewood, Ohio
Unschooling my two daughters, trying to teach myself Japanese, in search of enough time to sew but wasting too much time online.
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, japanese, doramas
Recent Activity
Folkwear patterns have been around for a while, I think I probably first saw this pattern back in the 80's. I was with my parents walking through a historic village and we had stopped at one of the shops where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Purple Kappa
I think, as with most things, when you stop doing something, the longer you wait to start again, the harder it becomes, until it doesn't even seem important anymore. So it is with this blog, and the last post I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Purple Kappa
Sunflowers are a favorite of mine. We have a some that reseed in the front yard, but none are the big dinner plate kind. My guess at the seeds is 2,200.
That floral fabric in the second picture is lovely! We homeschool, but one summer the girls went to day camp for a week and I was dreaming about all the free time I would have. But honestly, by the time I'd drop them off, drive back home, do some housework, I'd have maybe a couple of hours before it was time to pick them up, cook dinner, make lunches, do laundry if they needed clean camp shirts and then get everyone settled down to bed. I felt I had less time than when they were home.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2012 on crafty inspirations at Wee Wonderfuls Archive
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The facebook page for the Costumer's Guide had a post a few weeks ago--a theater in Kalamazoo didn't have the space to store all of their costumes, so they were giving away some of the more damaged pieces. They went... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at Purple Kappa
Miranda is a fan of the show Oddities and wondered if there might be a similar place here in Cleveland. There doesn't seem to be, but we were already planning a day trip to Pittsburgh for her fourteenth birthday so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at Purple Kappa
I hate garage sales, and yet I love them. I hate looking over really awful crap and feeling uncomfortable for not wanting any of it. I really hate when the people who run the garage sales follow you around and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Purple Kappa
We picked up a new batch of foster kittens and mama cat back at the end of April. When we took them in two weeks later for vaccinations, they were showing signs of ringworm. Ringworm in humans is annoying, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Purple Kappa
A few weeks ago Ivy and I watched the 1995 version of A Little Princess, which is a lovely movie, but takes so many liberties with the book. It's really more of a remake of the Shirley Temple version, complete... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Purple Kappa
One of the motivation factors towards driving to Animarathon last week was finding out that Ohio Kimono was liquidating her stock. While it was disappointing to learn she was closing her business, it was for the happy reason of enjoying... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Purple Kappa
We had an extremely mild winter and a bizarrely early spring. I keep waiting for that last big blizzard the weather likes to dump on Cleveland as a final hurrah, but I think maybe it's not going to happen. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Purple Kappa
Last Saturday the girls and I drove to Toledo for Animarathon X, a free one day anime convention at Bowling Green State University. It's about a two hour drive, but I figured the anime being free would make up for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Purple Kappa
A few weeks ago I ordered some fabric from It arrived last Thursday and it was lovely. A brown striped linen gauze and a black and grey striped linen/cotton blend. But when I unfolded the pieces, it seemed as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Purple Kappa
Miss Kagashi at Multiculturalism for Steampunk has started a weekly feature that she hopes will inspire people to explore the whole world with ideas for Steampunk. Each week a country or culture is picked, and anyone can submit a design... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Purple Kappa
Ivy's final cosplay is finished. This is Enma Ai from Hell Girl The sailor top was made with a basic shirt pattern and numerous online searches on making a middy collar--it was particular challenging to find one with the triangle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Purple Kappa
Because I've been busy making cosplays for Ohayocon, a large anime convention in Columbus. Pinkie Pie Gijinka--Pinkie Pie is a pony from the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A Gijinka is assigning a human form to a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at Purple Kappa
From around the Tremont neighborhood This tree had worn strips of ribbon tied to the branches, they appeared to have something written on them but were too faded to read, maybe wishes or prayers? Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at Purple Kappa
Every year the Cleveland Zoo is open for Thanksgiving, with free admission and special animal feeding demonstrations. In past years I've thought about going, but didn't think we'd ever be able to be up and out of the house in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Purple Kappa
The Day of the Dead is a happy, colorful celebration in many Latin American countries. The indigenous people believe the souls of the dead return each year to visit their loved ones. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the date... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at Purple Kappa
Miranda's friend joined us for tricking treating. She's the zombie schoolgirl, Miranda is a werewolf schoolgirl and Ivy is a dog mailman (which I think might have got her extra candy, her bag was pretty full!) Pumpkins carved by Ivy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Purple Kappa
At a city-wide garage sale event last summer I wasn't finding much until towards the end when I was delighted to find these little dolls in a jumbled box of odds and ends and plastic toys. I was even happier... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Purple Kappa
I bought a couple sets of paper dolls off of Ebay last week--from some other pictures I'd seen on the internet, it appeared it was likely they were actually reproductions but they were still cute enough that I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at Purple Kappa