August 14, 2017

Outfit Inspiration 18

Tried incorporate with more than one person for outfit inspiration with similar outfit theme.
For this, I tried long maxi skirts as theme.

Ecko: t-shirt / Handmade by me: stripe skirt / Garage Clothing: cork flip-lops / Mexx: purse

Aeropostale: grey thin hoodie / Joe Fresh: black maxi dress / Converse: white shoes

Outfit Inspiration 18

August 7, 2017

Sketches in 2016 Part 5

It's nice to look back to what you've done.
Gives you more ideas on your next piece.

Sketches in 2016 Part 1
Sketches in 2016 Part 2
Sketches in 2016 Part 3
Sketches in 2016 Part 4

sketch 23

sketch 24

sketch 25

sketch 26

sketch 27

July 23, 2017

Niku Miso Dip With Vegetables

There is Japanese appetizer called "Niku Miso Kyuri" - Ground beef miso paste with cucumber.
Normally this ground beef is served with cucumber but I tried with other vegetables.

I like this dish because you can eat raw vegetable all you want with nice protein dip. I tried with ground beef, chicken, and turkey and they all taste good. For healthy option turkey might be better choice!

Miku Miso with Vegetable

Niku Miso Dip With Vegetables

Niku Miso Vegetable Dip:
- 500g ground beef or chicken or turkey
- 3 tbsp miso
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sugar or brown sugar
- 3 tbsp mirin or sake
- 1 onion, minced
- 2 tbsp water + 0.5 tbsp potato starch (Use this if your ground meat gets too saucy)

- Cucumber
- Mini peppers
- Radish
- Broccoli
- Lettuce

1. With optional onion, stir-fry it on medium sauce pan until brown.

2. Add ground beef and cook until it's no longer pink.

3. Pour, miso, soy sauce, sugar, mirin and mix all together.

4. Let it simmer until the sauce thickens. If it gets too saucy you can add potato starch to thicken faster.

Miku Miso with Vegetable

Niku Miso

July 16, 2017

Moleskine Fish Log

I started fishing about 5 years ago now.
Been logging my fishing trips in my planner but I thought maybe it's time to have its own official fishing logbook!

It's one of those thing I'm hoping to log my entire fishing life recorded in this notebook.

Scroll down to see the tutorial!

Moleskine Fish Log

Moleskine Fish Log: material

- Moleskine Soft Cover Ruled Notebook: 192 lined pages, 13x21cm - 5x81/4''
- 1 Sewing Needle
- 1 colors Embroidery Threads
- Sewing Awl or Ice Pick
- Pencil and Eraser

1: Design a cover. 

Moleskine Fish Log: concept

Moleskine Fish Log: concept 2

2: With piece of paper following the dimension of the notebook, draw out the design.

You are using this as transferring paper, so use a pencil to color in the entire design.

Moleskine Fish Log: transfer

3. Open the notebook and place the transfer behind the cover(front side facing down). Use any paper clip to secure the transfer if needed.

Redraw the design backward to transfer the design.

Moleskine Fish Log: transfer2

4. Use sewing awl to prick holes with desired length. This will be your stitch length.

Moleskine Fish Log: stitch hole

This is how it looks like from the back cover(image left) and the front cover(image right).

Moleskine Fish Log: final stitch

5. With embroidery thread, unthread the strings(it's usually 6-ply thread). I used 3-ply thread for stitching.

Moleskine Fish Log: threads

6. Now follow the holes to stitch.

Moleskine Fish Log: stitching

Example result:

Moleskine Fish Log: front and back

Moleskine Fish Log: close up

Moleskine Fish Log: back

July 9, 2017

Outfit Inspiration 17

Summer outfit!

Target : white tank-top / Orbs : skirt / Garage Clothing : flip-flops / Urban Outfitter : canvas bag / Coolibar : wicker hat

Outfit Inspiration 17

June 26, 2017



Went for punchy hot pink with my favorite monochrome painting approach!
What color should I do next?

Scroll down to see close up and a mini tutorial of this illustration.



June 11, 2017

Oyster Sauce Soboro Don

Soboro donburi is Japanese dish that uses ground chicken with soy base sauce mixed in and put on top of bowl of rice.

This one is slightly difference where you use oyster sauce as part of it and egg tartar sauce. It gives a creamy texture when you mix between these two!

If you don't have Oyster sauce you can replace it with soy sauce and it will still goes well with egg tartar. Another thing you can replace is use mustard sauce instead of mayo.

Oyster Sauce Soboro Don

Oyster Sauce Soboro Don 
- 350g~400g ground chicken
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 bowls of cooked rice
- green onion, chopped for garnish

Oyster Sauce:
- 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp sake
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce (OR replace with soy sauce)
- pinch spice
- 1/2 tbsp potato starch(with 1 tbsp water mixed in)

Tartar Sauce:
- 2 half boiled eggs
- 3-4 tbsp mayo OR 1-2 tsp mustard
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- pinch of salt and ground pepper

1. Lightly mash eggs into chunks with fork and add all tartar sauce in a bowl, mix and set aside.

2. Heat med. size skillet and satay onion until brown. Meanwhile in a separate bowl make the oyster sauce.

3. Add ground chicken with the onion.

4. When chicken is fully cooked, add oyster sauce to mix well, then add potato starch.

5. In the bowl follow this in order: rice ► chicken ► tartar sauce ► green onion 

June 3, 2017

Bow Tie

Made bow tie for Tim to attend a wedding.

This bow tie is made with simple construction compare to traditional bow tie. It's using elastic band as strap so it's easy to put over through your head and go under the collar.

With this simple bow tie you can use it as a bow tie, hair clip or pins!


Originally I was going to make fabric strap but made last minute change that using elastic band. It is a lot easy alternative to wear it around the collar.

- Denim fabric
- Elastic band

- Fabric scissors
- Sewing needle
- Thread
- Ruler/tape measure
- Piece of paper
- Sewing machine
- Iron

Bow tie measurement:
Bow: 3cm x 25cm
Bow knot: 1.5cm x 8cm

Bowtie: material

Use any piece of paper to decide the on bow size and use it as pattern tracer.
For bow, you need two of 3cm x 25cm
Bow knot one of 1.5cm x 8cm

Trace your pattern on fabric with chalk and decide how much excess fabric you need to stitch. (I left mine with 3/8).

Bowtie: prototype

Step 2:
With 2 pieces of 3cm x 25cm, put the front-side face together and use needles to pin together to secure for sewing.

Bowtie steps

Step 3:
When sewing, have about 5-7cm unstitched so you can flip it inside-out. Leave a mark so you don't accidentally stitch all the way.

Bowtie steps

Step 4:
After stitching around with a gap in the middle, cut the 4 corners and any excess fabric around it. This will help get cleaner fold when you flip it inside-out.

Bowtie steps

Step 5:
Flip the bow inside-out.

Bowtie steps

Step 6:
Use iron to get to get cleaner fold.

Bowtie steps

Step 7:
Stitch the gap to close.

Bowtie steps

Step 8:
Optional: Hem across the edge for decoration.

Bowtie steps

Step 9:
This is how bow will fold in final form. The ends of the bow should align with the loop of the bow.

Bowtie steps

Step 10:
Stitch across the fold to secure the shape.

Bowtie steps

Step 11:
The bow knot is folded twice. Use needle to secure the fold and hem the edges on both side.

Bowtie steps

Step 12:
When two pieces are ready to put together, wrap the knot around the bow and decide how tight you want the knot to wrap around the bow.

Bowtie steps

Step 13:
I went for looser wrap, just enough to see the bow folds. After that stitch the knot together.

Bowtie steps

For final finish, you can thread elastic band through the knot and decide how much elastic you need to wrap around the collar.

Bowtie steps
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