Archive for December, 2008


Wednesday, December 31st, 2008


Kiki\'s \"Whaaaaaat??\" Face
 
Hello everyone! It is so so close to New Year! My family over in Japan has already celebrated the 2009 6 hours ago! Well, I am writing early today.
 
First, I’m gonna talk about the dress, continued from yesterday. It is fished, and I love it! :P Oh, please excuse the huge mess in the background, thanks!

I love sundress!

I love sundress!


 
I love dresses, but sundresses are so special! I love that it’s so flattering to women, and it is so summery. I know it’s too early right now, but when the warm weather comes in, I’ll be wearing sundresses everyday! :P
  This dress, when I saw the fabric, I wanted to do empire with ruffles and lots of lots of gathers, but, I changed my mind. It is shorter than the sundresses I’ve been making, it’s a good length to wear with boots or high heels ( Do I say that to all the dresses I make? oh, well! but I really think that way!). And it has 2 pockets, of course!, and it’s fully lined so the underwear won’t see through, who wants to have to wear a skirt lining in summer!? not me! So, with this dress, you won’t have to worry about that. It also has the hang straps. The opening for this is a back zipper. It is very fitted, so make sure you close the clasps on top of the zipper, I know they are tiny little mane you hadn’t paid much attention, but they do a great job on keeping the zipper closed when I wear a tight fitted dress! :) And no, it’s not becasue I’m wearing too small a dress for my size! …I think! :P
 This dress is very small, if you wanna know the size before we officially post them , message me ;)
 

 
I finished “trying to” make a little bit of “Osechi” for the New Years. I only made 3 things, and still deciding if I wanna make more…but! At least I made a few, I wasn’t going to make any! :P I will get them ready in the Osechi box tomorrow and put a pic up tomorrow :) I so wish I could eat my mom and grandma’s osechi, and ozo-ni, they are the bestest! My job on New Year’s Eve when I go back to Japan for New Year’s is to make Kurikintonn, my most favorite!
 
And, then, this is our last lunch of 2008!
 
Last Vegan lunch of 2008

Last Vegan lunch of 2008

this is the same thing we ate last dinner too, but since I made too much “Gomadare”(the dipping sauce on the right side in the pic) last night, and I so love this dish and wanted to do it right this time, I actually asked my mom for the original recipe I was going for last night. I still managed to mess up how to layer them, but, it was better than last night’s! Yum yum yum!
 
Oh, and my Brown Rice project that probably no one cares but me, I don’t know if you can see them ,but they have some tiny tiny sprout coming out! Try really hard to see them in the picture! But, you should be able to see better once the sprouts get bigger, yes, they will get bigger!
3rd Day, 12-31-08

3rd Day, 12-31-08


 

 
Finally, I wanted to write this last blog to thank everyone who ever came to this blog, who came to this website, leaving us a comment, giving us a cheer. We really appreciate your support! And we really wanna thank all who has purchased our dresses and help us donate to an animal charity. We will keep working hard in 2009. We couldn’t have been here without any of your support.
 
2008 was a big change for us, we moved to NY finally, and 2009 will be the year of all the new challenges and all, and we ask you to come with us, we might feel down sometime, but your few words, “I like hana hattori dresses” are just all we need to keep going, every time we hear someone tell us that, we feel the hard work we put is reaching somewhere and gives us energy to keep going. So thank you! thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope to see you again soon in 2009!!! We hope to get to know you better in 2009!! :)
 
love,
 hana 12.31.2008
 
Here’s the last kitty pic of the year, everyone!!!
Last Kitty Train of 2008

Last Kitty Train of 2008

lots of lots of love, the Kempers.




Wednesday, December 31st, 2008


My Brown Rice Diary, the second day!
 

The second day brown rice of my project 12-30-08

The second day brown rice of my project


  No obvious change is seen so far, but it’s only the second day, let’s be patient. If you have no idea what I’m doing, read here!
 
I just took a pic of today’s, I think, you might get excited! :) Also, I have a slight suspicion, that Mian might be drinking water from this brown rice bowl while we sleep.
 

 
Kitty pic from our past collection!

Kitty pic from our past collection!


Have a Wonderful Day!!! :)
 love,
 hana




Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


Hello, everyone! I hope you had a great day today, finishing up all the things you didn’t wanna bring to NEW Year with ya! :)

It was a really windy this morning, and, made me wonder how much do you have to weigh to be blown away by wind? like, paper weight, how much does a piece of paper weigh? I asked Whitney, and he said no one has asked him the question before, and, I got jolly hearing that. That’s is all, my empty story is finished.
 

Our kitties love to sleep on the back top of our futon, they sleep there everyday! and they fight over it. Kiki’s the most regular customer at this place, but Milan, even though he’s a bit too big for it, sleeps there too. And, sometimes, Kiki’s sleeping there and Milan comes in and start biting her to steal her seat. that’s when we say, “Oi, butthead!” The word. “butthead” is used fairly often in this household. Yes, I did hear it’s a word little kids use a lot! :P

Here’s the angel Kiki pic, and “The Dude” on the background with the bedhead!

Kiki! and the Whitney who wasn't aware he was in the pic!

Kiki! and the Whitney who wasn't aware he was in the pic!

You wanna see another one, right??

Kiki senses she is being watched, I think.

Kiki senses she is being watched, I think.



 
And today, I can show you a pic of a dress! It’s been a while, but, take a look!

not quite finished yet!

not quite finished yet!

Please ignore the tights, I was just wearing that since this morning, and, you know, when you put on a tights, you either keep them on, or take them off. And, I didn’t wanna take them off, so I kept them on. Am I confusing you?? Anyways, it just means, I didn’t mean to style like this! :P

I love plaids. I’ve talked about this before. I didn’t think I liked them, but my designer friend calls me for awesome fabric sale deals, and the first things she says is always, “Hana!! I see this awesome plaid fabric, you love plaid! you’d love this one!!” and I thought, “…Do I love plaid??? Am I the plaid person??” That was the beginning. I hang up the phone and looked at my fabric condo, then thought, “Well I guess I Do love plaid!” I even have plaid section of fabric condos. Thank you, my friend, for letting me realize my love for plaid! Now I am aware, I love plaid, and if you see awesome plaid fabric on sale, gimmmmmmme a call!!! ..and polka dots, floral, and vintage, and psychedelic, and and and… just gimme a caaaaaaaaaall!!
 

I meant to talk about the dress, let’s get back to it. So. this dress is not quite finished yet, I’ve finished all the machine parts, and I have a bit of handstitching parts left. It will have 4 buttons on front. I should finish tomorrow and put another pic of the finished dress soon! Maybe that’ll be the first pic of 2009!

Ok! Now, let’s talk about FOOOOOOOOD! Whitney brought back a baguette(フランスパン?), we wanted to re-create the amazing bread we had at the French African restaurant we went last week. A baguette with olive oil, with herbs and olives in it!
BTW, a baguette doesn’t have eggs in it, I didn’t know that! It was exciting to know! :)
And to eat the baguette and with the olive oil, we though Japanese food wouldn’t be the best match, so, our lunch today is pasta! I use this recipe so often, Try it sometime! Original recipe
 

We jsut really wanted to eat a baguette, dipping it in olive oil

We jsut really wanted to eat a baguette, dipping it in olive oil

The olive oil was really good with the baguette too! I’ll share my recipe with you.

Dipping Olive Oil

  • Olive Oil
  • Dry herbs ( I had rosemary, Oregano, basil today)
  • Sea Salt and Black pepper
  • Picked olives ( the ones that comes in a bottle or can)

Mix all of them together, stir. I guess you can’t really call this a recipe, it’s too easy! I didn’t even measure it, I just poured olive oil, as much as I wanted to dip, and sprinkle all the herbs and sea salt/ pepper. I did that in the morning, and let them sit for a while, and before we eat, I added the olives. But, I think I could’ve added the olives in the morning too! :)
 

 And then, to the dinner!
 

We ate a lot! ..Wait, that\'s not unusual!?

We ate a lot! ..Wait, that's not unusual!?


 
yum yum yum. If you notice, we’re eating a leftover! Can yu tell which one? It’s the tofu one on the bottom right. We do sometimes, have some dish we can’t finish and eat at the next meal. That might make us less scary creatures than the ones who eat up so so much food you see everyday in pics on this blog! :P And we do, always clean up our food, we’re proud “Clean Plate Club” members!
 
Anyways, I think I’m gonna go make me some Chai tea with rice milk, if I can find Chai tea bags! hee hee :) I know I wrote a looong loooong entry today, I really appreciate you keeping up with me! Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s eve with the ones you love, and the ones that love you! Don’t forget to say “Happy New Year’s!” to your lovely animals too!
 love,
 hana




Monday, December 29th, 2008


Hi All! Hope you had a wonderful day today! Did you notice we’ve been making this blog page different? Do you like it? We’re still working on it, please come back to check often! :)
 
Well, it’s almost the end of the year… hm, I still haven’t finished the “the end of the year cleaning”, the Japanese tradition that I haven’t quite kept up since I came here ! :P
 
But at least we (Whitney) finished the last laundry of the year! Thank you, Whitney! And I worked on organizing the house more, I did not get much done at all. BUT! I did find the denim skirt I had been looking foe ever since we moved here! It’s my favorite skirt I’ve ever made! :) And we changed the air in the house with all our windows open, it felt so so good, and somehow brought me the air of Japanese Big Cleaning Day atmosphere, it was a great feeling. I’m so glad it was kinda warm today and I was able to keep the windows open without freezing to death! :P

 
So, I was gonna make Shu-mai and brown rice for dinner. I hadn’t decided on others, but I had those 2 things already on my mind, so I had a dried mushroom soaked in water to soften, and also you can use the water for broth for miso soup. but, look how big this dried mushroom is!!!
 

HUGE dried mushroom!

HUGE dried mushroom!


Well, I should’ve put something next to it, so you could actually see how big it is, you can ask Whitney, he seemed super impressed! Also, I had to get the brown rice ready in advance to let it soak for at leat 6 hours, then I thought of a project. I always hear white rice is already dead but brown rice is still alive, so if you keep them in water, they will sprout! Dooooo youuuuu think it’s true?? I’ve been curious, so I’m going to test them out! And I will try to keep a diary of my brown rice till they sprout or rot, it could be that japanese brown rice and the brown rice I have are different… we’ll find out!
 
The 1st Day, 12-29-08

The 1st Day, 12-29-08


 

 
and for lunch we had Yakiudon! We had been craving it! Finally we got them in our tummy, and made our tummy jolly.
Yakiudon!

Yakiudon!


 

 
And I got a card from my mom, giving me a teary eyes with her sweet words! We appreciate it, ハハ!
Sweet sweet card from my mom

Sweet sweet card from my mom



 
Speaking of my mom! I wanted to show you some fabrics she sent me! They are all so great, my friends love them too! I think she picked all the ones I like…how weird that we have the same taste now, but, very awesome!
 
Thank you, ハハ!!!

Thank you, ハハ!!!



 
And, to finish up this long blog entry, is our dinner! I think I mixed up kinda Western, Chinese, Korean and Japanese all together in one meal. Well, it was all yummy! :)
 
Vegan Dinner

Vegan Dinner



 
Thank you for coming to peek my blog, I hope you have a wonderful night, and wonderful tomorrow! :)
  love,
 hana
 
 
Ooh, I almost forgot!! How could I leave you without the kitty pic of the day! (even though we took this pic on Friday) Doesn’t Milan look miniature?? our lovely kitties!!
 
Cute Kiki, funny looking Milan

Cute Kiki, funny looking Milan




Sunday, December 28th, 2008


Did you get what you wished for?? Did you eat lots of yummy yummy food and drank lots of lots of champagne (specifically, Andre) and went to bed early?

Good! We’re glad! I think we did too!

So, it’s been a while, but I’m gonna share our Christmas with you all here! Well, when I say I’ll talk about any Holiday, I just mean, Food! Somehow, my body’s not doing so great for some reason, and Whitney had been an amazing little cook’s helper! We made:

  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Caesar Salad
  • Creamed Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Potato-chick pea-sage (some what like a soysage?)
  • Baked Beans
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Brown rice
  • Vegan Chocolate chip cookies!
  • Our Vegan Christmas Meal

    Our Vegan Christmas Meal

 
Whitney made the green bean casserole, Caesar salad, and the cookies! They were so so good! The vegan Caesar Salad was too good, I’ll be requesting him to make it again soon! and since it’s not a real Caesar salad, there’s no bad ingredients in it, and not much calories either… Thank you, PETA for sending us the nice Christmas card with all the recipes! :) It was a part of all the things that made us jolly jolly!
 

 
And we drank champagne and got even more jolly, and i think we fell asleep by…midnight?

Our Very Jolly Ingredients

Our Very Jolly Ingredients


 
And we hope your Christmas was amazing and filled with magic and love! Here’s to you who love our kitties, jolly kitties!
Jolly kitties...Really?

Jolly kitties...Really?


 
You’re gonna have a wonderful week, everyone!(That’s right, I stated it like I know it will! )
 love,
  hana




Sunday, December 28th, 2008


Hello all!

I have an exciting news! Music and Fashion blog,VAINZINE was so nice they wrote about us! :) This makes me very very jolly.

If you were a “Grumpstown” listener, you’re super familiar with my music taste and you’d probably be like “Ahhhhhhhh, I know Hana!” reading it. hee hee

anyways, their blog is really fun and pretty awesome, so please check them out! And don’t forget to check out their article about me too! ;) Read their hana hattori article

Thank you so much, VAINZINE!

Thank you so much, VAINZINE!

And soon, I’ll write about our Christmas! Come back to check that out, I was so excited about this blog, I wanted to tell you all about this right away!!

Have a great sunday, people!

love,

hana