Guess what!? Guess what!? Marshie WON!!!!

Jump­ing for joy! XD

I can’t believe it, Marshie WON!! He won!!! AHHHHHH!!!

I’ve nev­er won any­thing before… this is real­ly kind of hard to believe… I think I need to like… make myself a cup of hot tea and sit down for a bit… I real­ly was­n’t expect­ing this… so grate­ful for the kind peo­ple over at Instructa­bles… sniff…


More favourite-things!

Tea, tea, and more tea.

A col­lage of TEA! And as you might know now mak­ing col­lages is also one of my favourite things to do. Cut­ting and past­ing and putting togeth­er, whether it’s with URLs or paper/scissors/glue. Though after a rather drain­ing work week (again) I’m feel­ing too lazy to set up a work space at the kitchen table today :P Set­ting up space on Big Huge Labs works for me just fine.

And I always learn some new things when I browse through pic­tures on flickr. For exam­ple, there are green tea and red bean KitKat bars in Japan! *drool* I hope I’ll come across one of those some day… And I’ve always want­ed to get myself a bloom­ing teapot… so pret­ty… The only thing stop­ping me is that I don’t real­ly like herbal/flower tea too much. Well, I don’t like tea that don’t go well with lots of cream and sug­ar. But bloom­ing teas are very pret­ty to look at and to take pic­tures of.

While brows­ing I kept see­ing pic­tures of minia­ture pas­tries, and they look just like real pas­tries and just as cute except they’re much small­er, which makes them so much cuter! So then I looked up the pho­tog­ra­pher’s blog — so impres­sive! Be sure to take a look if you enjoy eye can­dy — literally! ;)

Sweet week­end everyone!

Pho­to credits:

1. cup of tea, 2. Green tea and red bean KitKats, inte­ri­or, 3. Ice cube in ice tea, 4. tea tow­els, 5. Tea Eggs, 6. Mad Tea Par­ty (Explored), 7. 2009 Pho­to Chal­lenge — Day 43: Tea, 8. Green Tea, 9. Time for a Tea Par­ty, 10. Red tea, 11. Red Tea Field., 12. Black tea / té negro, 13. The March Hare, Mad Hat­ter and Dor­mouse Have Tea, 14. Numi flow­er­ing tea — after, 15. Tea Drips, 16. Camel­lia Japon­i­ca (Tea Plant), 17. new year tea, 18. A cow in the tea plan­ta­tion !!!, 19. Japan­ese Tea Flavoured Ice Cream, 20. 365/341 Tea set of unat­tain­able green, 21. tea&honey, 22. TERUHA TAKING A TEA BREAK, 23. Tea and Cake!, 24. Numi flow­er­ing tea — before, 25. Minia­ture Food — Pis­ta­chio Tea Tray

Favourite-things Friday!

1. pink all­sorts, 2. Tiny white (and pink) flower, 3. Pink Scol­lop, 4. Glo­riosa ten­dril with pink bokeh, 5. cup­cake: pink icing, 6. Pink and brown slime molds, 7. Cute <3, 8. Texture_Pink, 9. pink crea­tures

A col­lage (or, as I like to call it, a mon­tage) of pho­tos gen­er­at­ed by flickr and ran­dom­ly picked using the search word “pink”. Pink is one of my favourite colours. And I nev­er knew that mold could be pink!

Have a nice weekend!

Point & Shoot Wednesday

A very late point & shoot Wednes­day post, but I made it! And I’m bring­ing to you the rea­son why learn­ing how to use chop­sticks is good for every­one — now you can pick up any­thing! Even UFO’s!

Hope your Wednes­day was great!

The making of a chestnut

Pat­tern for a chest­nut! Pret­ty sim­ple and straight­for­ward. I sup­pose the fin­ished size is about the same size as a typ­i­cal chest­nut. I jot­ted down this pat­tern while I was mak­ing it, and I’m new to this pat­tern-writ­ing thing, so I apol­o­gize for mis­takes if there is any, and please let me know if you spot them. Your feedback/comments are much appreciated!

So, any­ways…

To make a chest­nut you’ll need:

  • Worsted weight yarn in tan and brown (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • 2 beady eyes (I used 4mm)
  • Pink embroi­dery floss
  • 3.5 mm cro­chet hook
  • Tapes­try nee­dle, sewing needle
  • Stuff­ing

Note: the chest­nut pic­tured is turned inside out, i.e. wrong side is fac­ing out, because I liked the shape of the wrong side bet­ter than the right for the chest­nut. It’s dif­fer­ent for dif­fer­ent yarn and dif­fer­ent amigu­ru­mi, I think.


Row 1: with tan, ch 3, 4 sc in 3rd st from hook, sl st in top of begin­ning ch

Row 2: ch 2, sc in same sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in each of next two sc, sc in next sc, sl st in top of begin­ning ch 2.

Row 3: ch 2, sc in same sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, insert hook in top of begin­ning ch 2, drop tan yarn and pick up brown yarn, yo and pull through loop to com­plete sl st. Fas­ten off tan yarn.

Row 4 — 5: ch 2, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in top of begin­ning ch 2.

Row 6: ch 2, 2 sc tog 3 times, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc tog 3 times, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sl st in begin­ning ch 2.

Stuff chest­nut. You might also want to sew on the eyes and mouth at this point (before stuff­ing it), but I pre­fer decid­ing the place­ment for eyes and mouth after the amigu­ru­mi is stuffed and shaped. I usu­al­ly make mag­nets or pin, so I hide the thread ends at the back where I would attach mag­nets or pin.

Row 7: ch 2, 4 sc tog twice, 2 sc tog over last sc and top of begin­ning ch 2. Fas­ten off, weave in end.

Sew on eyes and mouth if you haven’t already.

And there you have it, a chest­nut! I made mine into a fridge mag­net by attach­ing mag­nets to the back…

… and it makes sure I don’t lose the recipes I’d like to try but haven’t got­ten around to make (like this pan­cake cake I picked up at Ikea!)…

I used those very strong mag­nets that look like watch bat­ter­ies, and by putting an extra mag­net behind the fab­ric I can wear it as a pin! Here it is “pinned” on my show­er curtain…

Oooh, or it can be made into a key chain or cell­phone charm… strung togeth­er with cro­cheted fall leaves per­haps? Here’s a love­ly free pat­tern of fall leaves on Craft­Styl­ish)

Or it might just sit on your desk and smile at you while you work…

Any­ways, hap­py crocheting!

The story of napa cabbage and chestnut

For my mom’s birth­day and moth­er’s day this year I made her fridge mag­nets, of a napa cab­bage and a chest­nut. She had told me that she want­ed some fridge mag­net friends ever since I start­ed mak­ing them two years ago, and after mak­ing batch­es of them for com­mis­sions and shows and stores I’ve final­ly got­ten around to mak­ing her two, which I’m feel­ing rather guilty about…

But any­ways, I made a napa cab­bage and a chest­nut because they are nick­names that my sis­ter and I gave our­selves when we were kids. My sis­ter was napa cab­bage and I was chest­nut. Actu­al­ly, we still call each oth­er by those names. Not exact­ly “napa cab­bage” and “chest­nut” (although that would be fun too), but napa cab­bage and chest­nut in Chi­nese, which sound like “Cil” and “Lud” respec­tive­ly (hence the pic­ture with the alpha­bet mag­nets :D). Napa cab­bage is one of my sis­ter’s favourite foods (prefer­ably cooked in a stew with chick­en) and chest­nut was one of my favourite things to eat (prefer­ably cooked in a stew, with chick­en). So I guess that’s where the nick­names came from.

Napa cab­bage was a bit of a free-form cro­chet project so I don’t have a pat­tern for it…

Chest­nut, on the oth­er hand, is a bit like saku­ra mochi, so I was able to jot down the pat­tern as I went and I will post it soon, maybe tomor­row! :D

The nick­name chest­nut may have also come from the time when my sis­ter and I were play­ing teacher and stu­dent, and I was call­ing myself “teacher chest­nut”, because there was a “teacher chest­nut” in Dr. Slump, which was a pop­u­lar Japan­ese car­toon when I was going up. This “teacher chest­nut” had a large head that looked like a — you guessed it! — chest­nut. I remem­ber the door to his home is even shaped like a chest­nut in the top part to accom­mo­date his head.

Appar­ent­ly, he dri­ves a tank (?). I don’t remem­ber that. And obvi­ous­ly I did­n’t look like “teacher chest­nut” here but I guess I just thought the whole idea of a chest­nut-head teacher is fun­ny so I kept call­ing myself that.

So I was real­ly excit­ed when San‑X put out Amagurichan, a chest­nut char­ac­ter. I even got the plush key chain from Hong Kong (I went to Hong Kong for oth­er rea­sons, of course. Yes, real­ly, I went for rea­sons oth­er than the plush key chain. But I did spend a lot of time look­ing for Amagurichan prod­ucts while I was there…). It had an out­er shell around its head with a Vel­cro clo­sure so it can be removed. Extreme­ly adorable. Bad deci­sion to chain it onto my back­pack and go to school with it, because it got stolen soon after :’( Will have to find anoth­er one if I ever go to Pacif­ic Mall, or, bet­ter yet, Hong Kong :)

So, any­way, a bit of fun mem­o­ries from my child­hood. Here’s wish­ing my mom a very hap­py birth­day and a sweet year ahead, filled with bless­ings, joy, and good health. And have a sweet Mon­day everyone!