20150125

Painted Porcelain Jar

I had lot of leftover paints from painting walls and doors so decorated this plain white porcelain jars I use in my kitchen.

Just doing little tweaks makes your kitchen look different!

Striped Porcelain Jar: after

Materials: 
- Porcelain jar
- Masking tape
- Semi-gloss indoor paint
- Paint brush
- Jars you want to paint on
- X-acto knife

1. Use the tape to mask out any design you like. I love stripes so I'll stick to my favorite design. You can use ruler to measure the thickness of each stripe but I eyeballed it for this project.

2. Go nuts and brush on. I did 3 coats to get the bold color to appear.

3. After 48hour of drying peel off the making tape gently. If the paint is coming off with the tape, use X-acto knife to slice between the paint and tape.    

Striped Porcelain Jar: before

Striped Porcelain Jar: wip

20150118

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Tried making homemade taco seasoning. I really can't handle spicy food so I modified original recipe to make it mild.

Very easy to make. Just mix all the spices into medium size bowl. One batch makes about 2/3cup. Then pour into little jar to store. Depending on your taste, start with 1 1/2tbsp of seasoning for 1 pound ground beef.

This seasoning also work well with Chili too!

Mild Taco Seasoning:
- 2tsp garlic powder
- 2tsp onion powder
- 2tsp dried oregano
- 4tsp smoked paprika
- 3tbsp ground cumin
- 4tsp sea salt
- 1tsp coriander
- (1tsp chili powder if you want a little bit of kick)

Original Taco Seasoning:
- 4tbsp chili powder 
- 1tsp garlic powder
- 1tsp onion powder
- 1tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4tsp cayenne pepper
- 1tsp dried oregano
- 2tsp paprika
- 2tbsp ground cumin
- 3tsp sea salt
- 1tsp coriander

taco season

taco season

20150111

Funko POP collections

These are collections of Funko's POP vinyl toys of our favorite characters.
It was time for us to display them nicely somewhere so we decided to have them in the master bedroom where we can see them everyday.

Funko POP

I'm keeping a record of materials we used to build this shelves for future reference when we decide to add more. Steps are pretty straight forward, we did spend time sanding off the edges for smoother result and didn't stain the wood. Everything is bought at Home Depot.

Materials:
- 1 pack of 8x1 drywall screws with plastic wall plugs.
- 8 pieces of 8''x36'' pine wood shelves(cut into half from 4 pieces of 8''x36'').
- 16 pieces of 5x6 brackets.

It's so nice to see colorful toys displayed nicely when you wake up in the morning!

materials

room

Funko Minion

shelving

close up

done!

20150104

Happy 2015

Happy new year everyone!
I had great 2 weeks off of spending time doing crafts and decorating my home.

Did a little illustration to celebrate 2015 with my character I made for "Kite" short film. I looked back recently and I still like the character so I might bring him back more often.

Just yesterday was my 15th anniversary since I started my homepage back when Geocities was around. I'm hearing that lot of youngsters doesn't know what that is and that actually made me sad.... But Geocities Japan is actually still around so please go check that out and what was it like back 15 years ago.

I'm hoping this year I do more art for myself, and continue explore and share things that inspires me!

2015

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20141215

Pajama Pants

Another little project I worked on during my day off few weeks ago. These are fabrics I collected while ago that I need to start using for purpose.

I followed a pattern to make this pants, super standard pants that you can totally google image it. And then I reused the same fabric to make strap for each of these pants.

It's a good practice if it's your first time to sew a pants for yourself!

pajama pants

strap

pants #1

pants #2

20141207

Shepherds Pie

Tried out making Shepherds pie from a recipe site I love to go to.

Shepherds Pie:
-1 1/2 to 2 pounds potatoes (about 3 large potatoes), peeled and quartered
-3 strips of bacon, chopped
-1 tbsp butter
-1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
-1-2 cups vegetables—diced carrots, corn, peas
-1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
-1/2 cup beef broth
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
-Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice.

1. Boil the potatoes until tender. Mash them with potato masher and add salt and pepper and 1 table spoon of butter to season it.  Leave it a side 
2. Cook the onion with carrots until tender, then add corn, peas and bacon.
3. Add ground beef and cook until it's not pink.
4. Simmer with broth, Worcestershire sauce for 10min.
5. Preheat oven to 400F.
6. In a large baking dish layer with beef and veggies and then potatoes on top. Use fork to rake the surface of mashed potatoes to brown the surface nicer when baking.
7. Bake for 30min.
8. After that set the oven to Broil and brown the surface more if you like it more crispy.

Shepherds pie

20141130

Stripe T-shirt

Did a painting of a girl wearing stripe t-shirt used for main image for my website and this blog.

It's so sad to say, but this is my first painting I've done in 2014.
I look back to my work back in highschool where I used to draw every Sunday morning until evening and then get screwed at night not finishing my homework.

So next year, my new year's resolution is to at least do one painting a month!

stripe t-shirt