20150524

Camping

First camping of the season. Spent my long weekend chilling at Balsam Lake.

Enjoyed my time, waking up early in the morning to fish, see deers walking by, and little snail crawling across the road. I see more wild animals being less afraid of people so I was able to catch closer shot of a chipmunk that didn't scare.
The cute thing I saw was a chipmunk grabbed Ringolo that I dropped and tried putting it in its mouth but it was too salty(that's my guess because it was super salty for me) that he just tossed it and ran away.

Weather was great, food was great, it was good weekend.

@ Balsam Lake

@ Balsam Lake

@ Balsam Lake

@ Balsam Lake

@ Balsam Lake

@ Balsam Lake

@ Balsam Lake

@ Balsam Lake

20150510

Gift Wrap Decoration

An idea I've been doing with wrapping gifts for friends is decorate the gift wrap with sharpie markers. I love collecting plain brown/white papers that I can decorate something with it.

I started this idea with drawing polka dots and stripes as design element using different colors of sharpie markers. Then I thought about drawing characters on the gift wrap.

It's sad to say but this was perfect excuse for me to draw more often using natural medium. I can't even remember the last time using pencil to sketch.

So as a start off, I drew my favorite character from One Piece for 2 year old's birthday.

tony tony chopper gift wrap

tony tony chopper gift wrap

20150503

Outside

It's nice that warm spring is finally here.
Went out carp fishing but I think the water was still cold for them to swing by the shore

Walked around the shore and found nice looking pebbles. There has been lot of adorable ideas of painting rocks so I took some home.

Fishing wasn't so great but found something to take home.

pebbles

pebbles

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