Things I take seriously sometimes, okay…just right now.
Creativity, crafts, imagining things and somehow constructing and creating things are such a part of me that I can’t seem to remember my life without valuing these things. It’s always been a part of how I process things and fills my heart with song. When I was eight years old, I recall looking at a corrugate box. I flipped it over, covered it with some scrap fabric (with a bold birds of paradise print on it) and stapled the edges to the box. I topped it off with a vase, candle and other decorative pieces including my favorite Hello Kitty pencil box. I told my mom, “You don’t need to worry about spending money on getting me a desk. I made myself one!” To top it off, my friends loved my desk and wanted one too. Double Score!! For as long as I remember, this is how my mind has worked. What can I make? How can I repurpose something? How can I make something with heart-work and give it a personal touch? Maybe this stems from the fact that as a child, I was poor that it was necessary? Perhaps my creative energy comes from living in an almost reality and craving an utmost fantasy.
These days, I have more means than I did at the tender age of eight and while I don’t need to create a desk for myself anymore, it does not mean that I immediately order what I want. “Just because I can, does not mean I should,” are some words that I try to remind myself. So, I try to look at other resources, options, and if I don’t like what’s available, I will create what I want. I also try to apply this to other aspects of my life and that’s why it’s so very fulfilling!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope this inspires you. Why do you DIY? What inspires you?
Ever want something and you don’t like what’s available? Well, that’s how I felt about getting a personalized, raised dog food bowl stand for Ace. I looked on many different sites, and I was this close to spending more money than I’d like on mediocre, unconvincing, not as stylish food stand. Yes, I get it…it’s just a food stand this is certainly a first world problem, but if it’s something I am going to buy once and look at, it best be to my liking. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Yeah…and it’s true, Ace can really give two cents about how his food is being served to him…the guy eats anything!
Do you want to make your own personalized raised dog food stand? Look no further! There’s absolutely no need to spend big bucks. Today’s post is a late post to yesterday’s Make Something Monday…a DIY tutorial on how to make your own Personalized Dog Food Bowl Stand. You can definitely make your own stand, but I loved this one that I found from Kathy Ireland’s Loved Ones line. (Go Kathy!!! What an entrepreneur!!!) It’s timeless and I especially like that it’s adjustable so it’s great for Ace now that he’s a pup and will still work for him when he’s an adult. To customize it, I tweaked it a bit.
If you’d like to customize or personalize our own stand, here’s what you will need:
You know when something has me feeling good, I’ve got to share it in hopes of it making your day just as wonderful too!
If you want to make someone’s day, rush to your nearest Trader Joe’s (and hopefully they’re still in stock) and buy the tulip bulb in a vase kit! For Valentine’s Day, I got some of these for my sweet sisters and my best friend. Miwa (the BFF) texted me this photo of how they’ve blossomed already (in less than 10 days)! Of course, I rushed to Trader Joe’s last night and got one for myself. Dancing tulips in my house…who can say no to that? Aren’t they just so pretty? It’s the little things that get me all tickled up inside. Have a great one friends!
We had a One in a Minion Birthday bash for my sweet nephew, Preston. What happens when you have an idea of what you want, but there is no such thing in the market? You creatively visualize and then construct. That’s what you do! I wanted minion hats for all the kids, but I was not impressed by anything out there. So I made my own. If you want to make your own minion hat, do not fret, I got you. For this week’s Make Something Monday, we’re making Minion hats! This is a very easy DIY tutorial! The kids loved it so much that some used it for their Halloween costumes! Happy Crafting.
Cut the black ribbon or black tape so that it fits around the hat, using your glue gun, apply this on to the hat
Cut the Silver/ Glittered foam paper so that it’s your preferred size to sit as the border of the eyes. I used different eyes. Some had a 3 inch googly eye, while others had two 2 inch eyes. Cut your frame so that it’s slightly bigger.
Using your glue gun, apply the googly eyes on to the foam paper circles that you made. Apply this on top of the black ribbon you just glued.
Cut the black pipe into the hair pieces (sizes are based on the hair styles you’re doing), with your glue gun, apply the black pipe cleaners to the top of the hat. Have fun styling their hair.
If you want to, you can add a label (tagging it with a name personalizes it/ makes anyone feel special and avoids confusion)
Now go watch your crazy Minions have fun!!!! May their excitement bring you joy!!!
I love you SOY much, I could eat you all up Hello Kitty Soy Sauce Valentines! I love simple gifts with a touch of personalization and add some heart to it…and it’s a quick way to zap my heart and make me smile. Today’s blog is simple, has a free template and is also my first giveaway...check it out.
When I was at my local sushi deli a few months ago, and I saw these adorable Special Edition Collector Hello Kitty soy sauce dispensers made by Kikkoman, I had to load up on 2 dozen of these. Yeah, the patrons thought I was nuts, but seriously…they had no idea what I was up to. (Neither did I) I just knew I needed them.
It’s Make Something Monday, and since it’s Chinese New Year’s today and with Valentine’s Day coming right up, I wanted to share this very simple DIY with you. I also have label downloads available for you. It can be given as a Valentine, be used as part of Chinese New Year host gift, gifted to any Hello Kitty fanatic or soy sauce lover (and who doesn’t?), or a just because gift. It’s just adorable! So adorable that I decided to do my first giveaway. All you need to do is like today’s blog by February 10th, 2016 and one winner will be chosen and will receive an I Love You Soy Much Special Edition Hello Kitty Soy Sauce dispenser. (Only open to residents and shipping addresses located in the United States).
Here’s what you need:
Hello Kitty Soy Sauce Dispensers (for the sake of this DIY, you can actually use any sauce you’d like)
baker’s twine or ribbon
gift tag hole punch (if you don’t have one, you can just cut the tags into your preferred shape)
handwritten message or your favorite message already printed on your choice media
And JUST LIKE THAT! It’s February! Not a pound shed, but on track with a few things. Slow and steady friends, slow and steady. It’s Make Something Monday! Whatever you make (or not) may you make your Monday a great one!
When my oldest niece (now 15!) Crystal was a Kindergartner, we made these Heart & Lollipop Valentines Flowers and we had so much fun. If you’re looking to create something with your young ones (and old ones for that matter), this is a fun and easy one. They also make for a great card as opposed to the typical cards you find at the local store. This idea came from Martha Stewart’s site, and I tweaked a few things here and there.
Supplies needed for your Handmade Valentines Heart & Lollipop Flowers
Stack your 4 hearts, write a message or name and hole punch.
Insert the lollipop
I found pre-printed floral stock that worked out well too!
Ribbon (this is optional, and I used this in lieu of glue to hold the petals/ hearts together)
Pen (I use my favorite colors)
Use card stock to make a half-heart template about 3 inches high and 1 1/4 inches wide. Fold a 12-by-3 1/2-inch piece of construction paper in half vertically, and trace four half-hearts along the fold.
Cut out hearts; unfold.
Stack hearts; punch a hole 1/4 inch up from bottom. Position petals to form a flower, making sure holes line up. Secure by applying glue around holes; let dry. Or you can secure it using a piece of ribbon and tying a bow (this can act as the stem, so I used a sage green) Write name on a petal. Insert lollipop.
Have a Sweet February, friends! And if you make this…let me know how it goes!
With Chinese New Year (February 8th) and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a recipe that would feature both of these events and this weekend’s recipe will do just that! My friend, Judy shared this recipe with me a few years back and it’s a must try. Here in Los Angeles, there’s a cafeteria style restaurant called Tender Greens and Tony’s a regular there. A few years back, they had this light cake called the Citrus Olive Oil Cake. Though I don’t have a sweet tooth, this dessert is a must!
Though this is not a Chinese dessert, I thought it would be appropriate because of what it represents. During the Chinese New Year, it’s tradition to exchange oranges and tangerines. Through the play of words, gifting oranges and tangerines represent having an abundance, happiness and prosperity. And who doesn’t want that? The brighter the orange, the better as the color of the fruit symbolizes ‘gold,’ and has an auspicious meaning to bring good luck and wealth.
You can also make this for your special Valentine with a hand written message that says, “ORANGE you happy to be my Valentine?”
This recipe was featured in the Los Angeles Times and adapted from Pastry Chef Annette Picha. I made mine using mini cupcake tins because I thought it would be cuter. Whether it’s for Chinese New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, or just because, I hope you enjoy this recipe.
2 eggs at room temperature
About 1 1/2 cups (11 ounces) sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup good quality olive oil
Zest of 2 oranges, or citrus fruits of your choice, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar together until pale and thick, about 4 minutes.
In a separate bowl, combine the milk, olive oil and citrus zest. With the mixer running, slowly add to the egg mixture, scraping the bowl down once while mixing to make sure all of the ingredients are incorporated.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Over low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, scraping down the bowl once again while mixing to make sure the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
Spoon the batter into the lightly greased muffin tins, filling each cup about three-fourths of the way full. Bake the cakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 24 minutes, rotating the muffin tins halfway through baking for even heating.
Cool the cakes completely, then dust lightly with powdered sugar and sprinkle over extra citrus zest before serving.