20150426

Crochet Train

Celebrated my dear friend Celine's daughter Eloise's 3rd birthday by making her favorite toy she's been interested playing with. I thought about making plush version of wooden train that she can maybe cuddle with.

It was great exercise to experiment how to make hollowed structure for the window part. And to retain its shape, I inserted stiffen felt in the base, top and main body. I hope that worked.

I was pretty focused on constructing this train that I forgotten to take any progress shots. I'm excited to do another project using these techniques!

crochet train plushie

crochet train plushie

20150412

Pillow Case

While ago, I had this two large cushions I got from a couple who were moving out.

Bought striped fabric from IKEA, they're nice and durable and have so many cute designs to choose from.  Check out more selections!

Making pillow case is one of good practice for sewing. Cut the fabric following the dimension of the cushion. For zipper, I reused the zipper from the old cushion case.

pillow case

pillow case

pillow case

pillow case

With the old pillow case I cut them into four squares and sew the edges and stitched inside the square. Reuse your unused fabric into cleaning cloth so you never have to buy them!

pillow case

pillow case

20150405

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! How is your long weekend been?
It was snowing today, it feels like Fall again.

Had productive weekend. Did some small house decorating that I would love to share, did some drawing to try sticking to my new year resolution.
 
Another thing I've been doing was hunting down left over goods from Target before they close. There are lot of things I bought from them within the past year and I'm upset that they're closing.

Target lovers, there are few days left before they really close the door hope you find something good!
happy easter!

20150329

Hamburger Steak

Tried out making hamburger steak! It's pretty convenient meal to make if you don't mind eating again on following day because you can have so much leftover. You can use the same burger mix as donut burger I made while back

Hamburger Steak

Hamburger Steak
- 1 box of mushroom, chopped

Sauce:
- 1/2 cup mirin
- 3 tbsp soy sauce or katsu sauce
- 1 tbsp kitchup
- 1 cup water

Burger mix:
 - 2 pound ground beef
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4cup dry bread crumbs/panko
- 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, grated
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper

1. Make burger patty about 3inch wide and 1.5cm thickness. Press down the center of the patty to make the middle thinner than outside so the patty cooks evenly.
*Make many patties as you can. 4 will be used for this recipe, rest can be wrapped and leave them in fridge for next day or freeze them.

2. In a medium sauce pan ( preferably with lid ) with oil coated at med-high heat, lay 4 patties and grill until once side is brown.

3. Flip over the patties, add mushrooms in the pan filling the gap and then pour the sauce.

4. Let the sauce bubble and then reduce the heat to med-low or medium to simmer for 5-8min or until the sauce thickens. Check occasionally. If the sauce is thickening too fast, remove the lid and simmer. 

5. Pull out the hamburgers and place them on a plate. Then pour the sauce and mushroom on top. Serve with your favorite side dish.

Hamburger Steak

20150322

Ceiling Fans

You can decorate your ceiling fans with a touch of color on the tip. When I turn on the fan, it reminds me of propeller that I tend to be amused by the color and design

dipped

Very simple process, just dip the ends of the fan into bucket of paint. Use a brush to brush off excess paint.
Used green for master bed room and blue for the studio.

dipped

dipped

dipped

20150315

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

Few month ago, I was looking at a menu at Liberty Noodle in Eaton Center's food court. The dish that caught my eyes was their Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice( with edamame beans and a sriracha-honey drizzle).

Why not try making your own?
There's so many possibility with this recipe based on your preference. Add more bacon if 5 strips isn't enough!

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

- 5 strips of bacon, chopped
- 1 bag of frozen edamame, boiled
- 1 package of oyster mushroom, sliced
- 1-2 pack of your favorite kimchi
- 1.5-2 cups of rice
- 1 cup of cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup of green onion, chopped
- 1-2 eggs, sunny side up
- 1 tbsp, sriracha sauce
- 1 tbsp, honey

1. Cook the rice with rice cooker.
2. In medium pot, boil water with salt following direction from the package of frozen edamame. Leave the beans aside. During boiling process, mix sriracha sauce and honey together in a small bowl and set aside.
3. In large skillet pan, cook the bacon until nice and crispy, set aside. Remove oil if there's too much in the pan. In the same pan, add oyster mushroom and cook it until it's nice and brown.
4. Add edamame beans, bacon, green onion, and kimchi and stir fry until the flavor comes together for 5 min at medium heat.
5. During that time, make sunny side up egg with another small pan.
6. Add rice to the stir fry and mix well together. (Add more kimchi if you want more spice and kimchi flavor.)
7. Pour the fried rice in a bowl, lay egg in the center, drizzle sriracha honey sauce, then garnish with cilantro. 

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

20150308

Kitchen Shelves

A little idea you can do to decorate your kitchen. I added 2 wall shelves so I can have more space to put away my kitchen supplies.  I've stained the wood to match with my counter and bought shelf brackets at IKEA.

The wall is painted with chalkboard paint that I painted when I first moved here. I found this cute wire frame "YUM" sign at Target that I would love to use it in the kitchen.

Materials:
- White paint- Paint brush
- 4pc, $2 natural wood brackets from IKEA
- 6pc, $1 soft rubber screw hooks from Dollerama
- 2pc, 1x8x4 knotty pine wood from Home Depot
- Minwax Wood Finish - Golden Oak 210B
- 8pc, screws
- 4pc, screws

Kitchen Shelves  

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Before: The wall was blank after finished painting with Chalkboard paint. Tim drew out pots, pan, dishes, and cups to make the place more interesting while we were deciding on shelving.

Kitchen Shelves

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This sign was bought as black sign, it was on sale at Target for $9 so I spend the time to change the color to white.

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves

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For these brackets, you can actually buy white brackets for $4 to save time but I wanted to use up left over white paint that I didn't want to waste so I purposely bought $2 natural wood brackets(and it was cheaper!).

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves 
 
Kitchen Shelves 
 
Kitchen Shelves