Friday, December 6, 2013
This year, I wanted to make a little somethin' for my friends as their x-mas gifts. I already gave out some gifts that weren't handmade but hey, friends-who-received-store-bought-gifts-from-me, I spent lots of time thinking about your presents as well ;)
I realize that I often don't remember what I have been given out for Christmas presents... TERRIBLE! While it may be reasonable to blame it on my memory, I think it's mostly because my Christmas shopping is super last minute.
With some time in hand, I thought about a lot what I want to give my friends for the holidays.
But who knew that thinking about it was actually the least time-consuming part? I didn't.
So I made a lap blanket for a friend that has a cold apartment, jewelry boxes for two friends who love bling, and a pouch for a friend that needs a pouch!
While I'm inexplicably anxious, I can't wait to wrap these up and wish my friends a happy holiday.
If they don't like them, I throw in some winks to throw them off.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I have been in a super crafty mode recently -- making lots of little things and finding happiness every second of it.
A few months ago, I went to Half Priced Books in Berkeley and scored this amazing English Garden Embroidery book. It doesn't give me the list of DMC floss that I should be using and that made me more excited as I can pick out my own colors and go all out!
My first experiment was with these melty perler beads. I over-ironed it a bit but overall, I am happy with it! For next one, I am going to try with more somber colors and see how it turns out.
Monday, November 25, 2013
When I was staying at my friend's in Paris, my friend raved about cherry stem tea. My friend says this helped a lot with her hands and feet, and bloating.
When I get on planes or time to time, my feet get puffy to the point that it's painful to walk so I figured I'd buy a pack of 100g of dried cherry stems.
Internet claims that it's good for blood circulation, lowering cholesterol, bloating, and liver but who knows -- I always enjoy drinking a nice cup of tea.
It looks like the stems can find these online in the US too, like on Tea Heaven.
I know cherry season is completely over, but it doesn't seem to be too hard to make them on my own -- eat cherries, rinse the stems, and dry them for 3-4 days!
However, how to make the tea is a bit time consuming.
And here is how I do it: * In a medium size pot, fill water to the brim
* Put about 1 to 1.5 dozen of stems in the pot and let it sit overnight (10-15 hours)
* Then, simmer it for two hours
* After that, switch the heat on the stove slightly higher than medium to boil for 5-10 mins
* Let is steep for 15 mins
* Strain the tea to an empty bottle
Voila, enjoy your tea!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Rose Bowl Flea Market (Los Angeles), Thrift Town (San Francisco), and Le Marais (Paris) were very kind to me this year.
I quite enjoy going to vintage & thrift stores and of course, flea markets. Through the years I've frequented those places my reasonings were always volatile - I want something unique, I want cheap clothes, I want to up-cycle! Whatever the real reason may be it's a great excuse to feel the high when you find a gem.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I started fall with a trip to Italy and Paris this year. While winter is quickly approaching in the Bay Area with oh-so-cold low 50F weather, I finally started to organize some photos from the trip.
I was very ambitious, bringing 3 different cameras but as always, I am full of regret wishing that I took more photos.
The charm of Europe is, of course, the age of it and it's easy to wonder how daily life must have been hundreds of years ago on the spot that I was standing.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
The trip to Clearlake, CA is now a great memory -- it was relaxing, serene, and charming. My friends and I found an amazing lake house on Airbnb where we spent a weekend eating, kayaking, laying in the sun, and just be lazy. The most asked question in the house throughout the weekend was "What time is it?" although no one really cared what time it really was and that was a pleasant feeling.
I am truly blessed to have my amazing friends.