about me

cherie and baby

Hello!  My name is Cherie (rhymes with berry) and I love to make things!  I remember growing up watching my mom sew.  It seemed pretty magical – I could ask her to make me something and she was able to make it, seemingly, out of thin air.  I didn’t really pick up sewing myself until after college and then it really got kicked into high gear around the time that my first daughter was born.  I haven’t been able to stop since!  And it still feels magical to me – I love thinking up a design in my head and trying to figure out a way to make it happen.  But now I understand all the hard work that goes into it too.  I love sewing kids’ clothes, women’s clothes, accessories and things for around the home.  I still dabble in various crafts occasionally and one of my favorite things to do is stamping, stenciling, or painting fabric to make it truly unique.

I live in San Francisco with my amazing wife and my 2 daughters, a spunky 3.5 year old and sweet 5 month old – a house full of girls!  I was born in Alaska, but grew up in the Bay Area of California, went to college and grad school in Los Angeles, and lived in Japan for a couple of years before settling in San Francisco, a city that I absolutely adore.  I love being outdoors in sunny weather (camping, hiking, picnicking, going to the beach), watching movies, having crazy dance parties and tickle wars with my girls and I’m also kind of obsessed with Instagram.  Oh and I loooooove good food and drinks.

I also love to craft, bake, take pictures, knit every once in awhile and try all sorts of new things, like carving my own stamps or dyeing fabric.  I hope you join me on my crafting and sewing adventures!  It’s always more fun when others join in.

cherie

about the name:
mie is my middle name.  it is japanese and has been a part of my identity for a long time.  as a kid, I hated it because no one could pronounce it correctly.  as an adult, i’ve embraced it because it’s unique and is a symbol of my heritage.  most people pronounce it as “me,” which is why i named my blog “you & mie.”  it’s actually pronounced “mee-eh.”

thank you so much for visiting my blog!

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44 thoughts on “about me

  1. Did you have a pattern for the little purple dress that you dyed after sewing it? It is
    so darling, and your little girl is very precious in that outfit!!!!!

  2. Hello Cherie! Congrats on becoming Freshly Pressed! This blog is adorable. I love all the beautiful beautiful clothes that you have made and your little girl is sooo sweet! I’m following – hopefully I will dust off my sewing machine soon :) Have a lovely week!

  3. What a pleasure to find your blog tonight. In a crazy moment, I finally acted on my sewing urges and got a machine last week. I’m both petrified and thrilled to begin — thanks for the seeds of inspiration on your blog!

  4. Love your blog! It feels so cozy and real. Your daughter is beyond adorable and reminds me of my little girl, who is half an Anglophone me, and half Korean. Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your love of sewing and creativity. Living in Seoul, the clothes for children are trendy and cheap, but that’s just it..cheap. They quality is lacking and honestly, so is personality. I don’t want my daughter to look like everyone else on the playground. I’d love to read a blog post on recycled fabrics and/or how you use your scrap fabric! ^^

  5. With so much “mixed” marriages of interracial relationships (who produce the most beautiful babies!), it’s so important for everyone to keep their heritage, as not to lose our culture! I love your middle name, Mie! My husband and I (being from different cultural backgrounds) have agreed to keep our heritage with giving a “foreign” middle name tied to our culture to any future kids … :)

  6. Please do you have the pattern of Mei dress from My Neighbour Totoro because I would love to make it for my two year old granddaughter who absolutely adores Totoro and thinks she is Mei.

    • Hi! I don’t have a pattern for it, but I could definitely tell you how I made it. It was a combination of the Every Little Thing tunic from Shwin & Shwin and a circle skirt. Let’s email!

  7. Hi Cherie, I’ve been following your blog since the FP times. A few months have flown by so quickly! I’m always excited to see your posts because they are so creative and simply lovely! That’s why I’ve nominated you for the one lovely blog award. Feel free to do with it what you want, it’s just to let you know I think you’re doing some seriously lovely stuff and to thank you for sharing!

    http://thisislemonade.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/frivolity-and-friendship-2/

  8. i love your totoro costume for your little kid. oh i wish i can buy it from you for my son. he just turned one this year and it’s a perfect halloween costume for him since we decorated his room full of totoro’s stuff animals :)

  9. Your blog is just so lovely and inspiring.
    Do you have a pattern (or advice) on how to make your lamb costume? It’s ridiculously adorable. My 3 year old just informed me that she’s going to be Little Bo Peep for halloween and our twin babies will be her little sheep. Time to dust off the sewing machine!

    • Hi Jennifer! I’m sorry I didn’t see this earlier! Hmm . . . so advice on the lamb costume? I think I cut 2 rectangles (one for the front and one for the back). Then cut the two bottom corners off for the leg holes. With right sides together, sew the sides together from the top of the leg hole to where you want the armhole to start. Fold the leg holes and arm holes under and sew down to conceal the raw edge. Fold the top edge down and sew to create a casing for the ribbon. Add snaps along the crotch and you’re done!! A good secret I learned for attaching snaps is cutting the snap strip off an old onesie and just sewing the whole strip onto the new project. I know this must sound totally confusing, but I hope it kinda helps. I’ll try sending you a little sketch to see if that helps. Good luck!

  10. Beautiful blog filled with bottomless inspiration. Thank you! I hear rumors I’m getting a sowing machine for my 30th birthday… Ah, and the adventure begins..

  11. So happy that I’ve found your site, recently I mention to my mother-in-law (the quilter) how I would like to learn how to sew and in fact my thirteen year old has shown and interest as well. I’m a little afraid to try but after browsing through your posts you might be the person who can persuade me a bit. So guess what I will be call my mother-in -law and setting up a time for my first session. Do you have any suggestions for my first project? Hoping to get my fab daughter involved. Thanks as you can be sure I will be following.

    • Wow – thank you so much for your sweet comment. Seriously – it’s this kind of thing that makes me feel like there is a real purpose to my blogging! Anyways, I really do hope you try to sew. I can’t guarantee that it’s going to be a passion for everyone, but I think everyone should at least try and who knows what it might become! It’s great you have someone in the family who can show you how and I’m sure she can recommend some great beginner projects, but some that come to mind are a simple drawstring bag, a throw pillow case (envelope style is super easy), a really simple elastic waistband skirt. Those would all be great for a 13 yo too. A simple blanket or whole cloth quilt could be nice and practical too. The internet has a ridiculous amount of tutorials, even videos, to teach you how to make almost anything you can think of! I hope this helps and I hope you give it a try. Best of luck!!!

    • Thanks a bunch for the reply, I only just found my comments section, lol, but hence its all good. Once I get a handle on blog techniques, I’ll be able to share more of my passion. Keep on crafting to your heart’s content.

  12. all these clothing items are adorable!! :) the ethreal dress is so cute! i pull out my mom’s sewing machine every once in a while and usually like what comes out ;) ill be looking foward to more tutorials

  13. I’m so excited to find your blog. I found you on Instagram first but decided to check out your sewing challenge for June here. I adore S.F., in fact my sister lived for several years on the Presidio near Baker Beach and even after they left, I keep returning. I was fully convinced that by 2017 (after my boys both graduated) I would move to San Fran and own a funky coffee shop (how original, right?) but life through me a curve ball and I now have a great partner and an almost 2 year old daughter…and won’t move to S.F. any time soon. I’ve been teaching myself to sew for a year and a half now and have always love good fabric and fashion. It will be great to follow your blog now!

  14. Hi! I stumbled across your amazing blog last week when I was working on getting my own blog going and I am just in love with all the projects you work on. Just wanted to say I’m a fan, keep up the inspiring work. :)

  15. Hi! I love your blog. Especially your little girl pictures, her is Kaya, right? I love her name, I am pregnant right now and I am thinking of naming my daughter Kaya. Love your blog ;) Cheers

    • Yes, my youngest is Kaya. It’s funny, I hadn’t heard of anyone named Kaya when we picked the name but now I’m meeting more – seems like it’s picking up popularity? But I agree it’s a beautiful name :) Thanks for the comment!!

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