A week in montage

1. Napkin origami, family gathering at restaurant :D

2. Storm approaching!

3. Red bean pudding cake, among other glorious dim sum food

4. Received royal mail! awesome :D I ordered a used book through Amazon and it was shipped from the UK!

5. We tried making sea glass jello with this recipe, but forgot to dissolve gelatin before adding condensed milk, so the gelatin was all clumping and I thought I could salvage it by beating it with an electric mixer… anyway. It tasted excellent, just a bit foamy at the top and the jello pieces all broken into bits at the bottom… perhaps we could call it sea foam jello instead :P

6. Sighted! White berries! A bit like snow on the bushes. I wish I know what they’re called…

Favourite things of the week!

Hope you’ve had a fabulous long weekend! Didn’t write for several days because I have been away, but I’ve also been saving these links to share! :D

I saw this quite a while ago — another brilliant, brilliant way to make small gift bags by How About Orange! From envelops! And also pretty tape! Perfect for Christmas cookies, I think. Or those cookie mold ornaments I was making! :D

Spotted another paper-folding project recently via Whip uppaper crane cupcake toppers! Would go well with green tea cupcakes, I imagine. This looks like a promising recipe…

And a really neat activity I saw today via The Crafty Crow, Combining music-making, song-writing, and watercolour! :D Read the post on Nettle’s Notes to see how it works, it’s really cool.

I stumbled upon these fabric flowers on Simply Vintagegirl a while ago — look how pretty!!! Really want to try making them, but kind of weary about the flame part for the petals… the tutorial has really clear instructions though! So maybe if I come across some synthetic silk one day I’ll give them a try…

Aaaand last but not least (though the tiniest), saw these candy corn *squeal* by Danielleorama on Tiny Plush Tuesday! They remind me that fall is quickly approaching and that makes me so very happy :D (Yes, I’m one of those odd species that aren’t too fond of summer) I’m also feeling rather inspired to start crocheting a candy corn :D

Happy day!




The making of a motivational mini-wheat

According to our Hoops and Yoyo calendar, September is breakfast month! It is also back-to-school / end-of-vacation month! So! Mr. Mini-Wheat is here to help stick motivational messages on the fridge.

It is, as you might be able to tell, inspired by the talking frosted Mini-Wheats. I’m not a big fan of Mini-Wheat myself (a bit too fibery for me), but I’m extra fond of these talking Mini-Wheats because they remind me of the comic strips Mike used to draw.

I made a regular sugary one and a strawberry one :D It would be fun to also make the brown sugar one and the new blueberry muffin flavour.

Here’s what I used:

Heavy duty jute twine (I would like to use a thinner twine, but that was all I could find at the dollar store).

6mm and 5mm hooks.

A small square of white felt, and double layer of a bit of pink fabric cut from a retired t‑shirt (because I didn’t have pink felt).

Sewing thread in black, white, and pink.

Sewing needles.

Two magnets.

And here’s what I did:

Twine is very stiff and knots can become undone easily, leaving a longish tail in the beginning prevents the piece from coming apart. Also, I crocheted rather loosely throughout because the stitches are more tight when doing rows of slip stitches and, on top of that, twine doesn’t stretch.

Leaving a tail about 4″ long, ch 6.

Row 1: ch 1, sl st in each ch across through back loops only, ch 1, turn.

Row 2–4: sl st in each sl st across through back loops only, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: sl st in each sl st across through back loops only. Leaving a tail about 12″ long for sewing, fasten off.

Now I have a rectangle. It will be folded in half and the short sides sewn together.

crochet complete!

Then I cut out small pieces of the white and pink fabric and embroidered faces on them with black thread.

hello, world!

I then sewed the frosting faces onto the crocheted pieces before folding the pieces in half and sewing the side edges together.

fibery wheat…

I actually didn’t quite “sew” the edges together. Because I didn’t have a needle with a big enough eye, I used the smaller crochet hook to thread the tail through the loops down the edges.

I only “sewed” one side together, leaving the top and bottom seams open. I weaved all the loose ends into the top and bottom openings.

And then I attached a magnet on the back. And here they are, on the fridge! (They’re about 1″ tall.)

And a motivational message waiting to be found…

Happy September, everyone!

Tourist for a day, with haiku’s.

A couple of days ago I travelled to a part of the city that I don’t visit very often to hang out with a friend.

Look! Rice noodle rolls,
hand rolled and sprinkled with shrimps.
Peanut sauce drizzles!

Hello there, koi fish.
Swimming amongst the pennies
in the neon lights.

Oh, what lovely street!
Sidewalks lined with summer blooms
and not a raincloud!

When in doubt,” she says,
over tea and maple fudge,
“pinkie out, my friend.”

Beaming white flowers,
unfazed by hot sun, standing
head high and chin up.

Not as brave, we two!
Sought refuge in cool lounge
and chocolate bloom.

For my beloved,
a delicious souvenir -
green tea KitKat bar!

Journey home melted
green tea sugary wafer.
Tasty nonetheless!

Cheers! :D