April 23, 2018

2017 Sketches Part 4

More sketches!

2017 Sketches Part 1
2017 Sketches Part 2
2017 Sketches Part 3

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April 15, 2018

Outfit Inspiration 23

You can never have too much boyfriend shirts.

LOFT: boyfriend denim shirt / Walmart: leggings / Puma: High rise sneakers

Outfit Inspiration #23

April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

Enjoy your long weekend!
I'm spending my weekend, cleaning, decorating my home and doing art.

How is your weekend?

Happy Easter.

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March 24, 2018

Pikachu and Charmander Amigurumi

Here is a little adorable Pikachu and Charmander amigurumi.

Small as putting on your palm!

Pikachu and Charmander

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General Materials:
- Scissors
- Polyfil
- 3.5mm crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Glue Gun or Fabric Glue

Credits:
-Pikachu and Charmender crochet pattern referenced from Loop Tee Loops
-Color swtich technique from Oomanoot


Pikachu and Charmander

Abbreviations
sc = Single crochet
ch = Chain stitch
dec= Single crochet decrease one
inc = Single crochet increase one
sl st = Slip stitch
* = repeat


Pikachu:
- 2 matte black buttons
- 2 circles of red felt
- Black yarn
- Yellow yarn
- Orange or brown yarn
- Brown or black felt for back stripe

Head and Body:
Row 1: sc 8 in loop.
Row 2: inc* x 8 (16)
Row 3: sc, inc* x 8 (24)
Row 4-6: sc*
Row 7: sc 7, inc, sc 8, inc, sc 7 (26)
Row 8: sc* (26)
Row 9: sc 3, dec x 10, sc 3 (16), stuff head.
Row 10: sc 6, dec x 2, sc 6 (14)

Continue to the body.
Row 11: sc 2, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 3, inc, Sc 2, inc(18)
Row 12-16: sc, dec* to close with a sl st.

Arms x 2:
Row 1: ch x 5 in loop
Row 2-3: sc*

Legs x 2:
Row 1: ch 6 in loop
Row 2-3: sc*

Ears x 2:
Yellow Row 1: ch 6
Row 2: sc, inc* x 3
Black Row 3-6: sc*
Row 7: sc*
Row 8: sc, dec* x 3
Row 9: dec to close  with sl st.

Tail:
Brown Row 1: ch 3
Row 2: sc 2, turn.
Yellow Row 3: sc 2, turn.
Row 4: ch 3 turn, in starting in 2nd chain from hook, sc 3, turn
Row 5: sc 3
Row 6: ch 3 turn, in starting in 2nd chain from hook , sc 4, turn
Row 7: sc 4

Attach cheeks, back stripe and sew, arms, legs, and tail. Decide where you want the eyes and stitch together. This Pikachu is 5 stitches apart.


Pikachu and Charmander

Pikachu and Charmander


Charmander:
- 2 matte black buttons
- 1 white oval circle felt
- Orange yarn
- Tail: small portion of red, yellow, orange yarn

Head and Body Arms and Legs::
Follow Pikachu's head, body, arms and legs.

Tail:
Row 1: sc 3 in loop.
Row 2: sc, inc*
Row 3-5: sc*
Row 6-9: dec 1, sc

Flame:
Step 1: About 6cm strips of yellow, red, orange yarn, thread each through the tip of the tail.
Step 2: Unravel each strands of yarn and tangle each other so colors blends.
Step 3: Trim with scissors to shape it like a flame. 
Step 4: Pile them together and twist gently to give spiral effect.

Attach arms, legs, tail together and glue on white felt for stomach. Eye are sewed together with 5 stitches apart.

Pikachu and Charmander

Pikachu and Charmander

March 11, 2018

Outfit Inspiration 22

Overalls are comfortable.
I'm hoping to continue wearing this as I get older!

Talula: gun metal zip-up hoodie / Gap: overalls / Esprit: black tank top / Dr. Martens: black leather boots / Hand knit by me : hat

Outfit Inspiration

March 4, 2018

Tomato Sliced Salad

For people who loves tomatoes by itself!

Easy side dish I like to make with main meal. And you don't have to make too much, it can be small plate portion, but I like to make extra so it can carry over the next day.

This is usually my immune system booster meal that I always have just when I feel that I'm about to get sick. Chewing on raw green onion helps you clear out your scratchy throat the next day!

Tomato Salad



Tomato Sliced Salad
- 5 choices of your favorite tomatoes sliced to 0.5cm
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds, grind
- olive oil or sesame oil
- sea salt and pepper

Step 1:
Lay tomatoes on plate nicely, and sprinkle salt all around it.

Step 2:
Dump green onion on and sprinkle salt again.

Step 3:
Sprinkle sesame seeds and ground pepper and then drizzle oil on top.

Step 4:
Let it sit in the fridge for at least 30min so the flavor comes together.


There's no "correct" measurement to make this. The important part of this is to sprinkle sea salt on tomatoes and green onion so the green onion juice will drip through the tomatoes and it becomes more flavorful.

Sometimes I would even use more green onion to completely cover the tomatoes but you can adjust that based on your preference!

Tomato Salad

February 25, 2018

OHHIO Blanket

Few years ago, I was looking into chunky yarn knitting.
I've always wanted a blanket made from yarn for my bed.

The challenge I wanted to do was arm knitting. I found few cute chunky yarn on Etsy, then I came across Ohhio from Kickstarter.

This was exactly the type of yarn I was looking for. The outside has seamless cotton shell and the inside has microfiber cotton filler.

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket



From Kickstarter, I got their large braid throw. It fits my Queen size bed. You have choice of Light Grey, Pink, Dark Grey, and Blue, I went for Light Grey.

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket



Large braid throw comes in 3 spools of chunky yarn. And pretty heavy too!
I must say, arm knitting was workout on my upper arms.

Keeping my arm up was quite tiring!

OHHIO blanket


Materials:
- 3 OHHIO Braid Ball (80m)
- Needle and thread(comes with OHHIO braid ball). Click here to how to connect 2 Braid Ball together.

Size: Queen size bed, 60''x80''/152x200cm

Cast 21.
Row 1: Knit stitch across.
Row 2: Purl stitch across.
Row 3-33: repeat row 1 and 2.

You can view more on their youtube video on how to cast, knit, and close.

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket

OHHIO blanket


One of the good thing about this project was, it will only take one sitting to complete it if you know how to knit.
It was SO fun, it does make me want to buy more to make other cool things!

OHHIO blanket

February 19, 2018

PURPLE

I found out recently that Pantone announces color of the year. This year is PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet.

For fun, I picked my favorite ultra violet color range to do this illustration!

I've been doing series of bold color illustration if you want to check out other colors I worked on:
PINK
BLUE

PURPLE

PURPLE: closeup

February 4, 2018

Outfit Inspiration 21

Comfy cardigan with comfy winter boots.

Jack and Jones: stripe toque / Bluenotes: white oversized t-shirt / Jacob: black long cardigan / Walmart: patterned leggings / Sorel: black carnival nylon pac / White Feather: geometric necklace / Handmade by me: red crochet scarf

Outfit Inspiration 21

January 28, 2018

January 22, 2018

Sweet Potato Rice

There is this amazing Japanese Fall dish called Kuri Gohan.
It's very simple recipe where you use chestnuts and steam them with rice in the rice cooker. But the problem is, chestnut is huge manual labor where you have to soak the nuts for few days until they're soft for you to slice off the skin with a knife.

SO for alternative, try using Japanese sweet potatoes!
It definitely doesn't do justice as Kuri Gohan but it still has nice cozy, sweet and soft texture as chestnuts. I'm also addicted with sprinkleing black sesame seed on top to give that roasted flavor. When it's up to me with my rice bowl, I cover the entire bowl with black sesame seeds!

This recipe is so stupidly easy I make them at least once a week in large batch!

sweet potato rice


Sweet Potatoes Rice
- 2 small asian sweet potato(satsumaimo) or 1 medium size
- 2 cups(rice measurement) Japanese rice
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp sake

Optional:
- Black sesame seed


Step 1: Cut potatoes into cubes.

sweet potato rice


Step 2: In the rice cooker bowl, add rice and water first following the water you need to cook rice.

Step 3: Add salt and sake, and mix with rice very well.

Step 4: Add potatoes on top, spreading them evenly. Cook the rice.

Step 5: Once it's done cooking, mix the rice bowl until potatoes are mixed with rice very well.

Step 6: Serve in rice bowl and sprinkle black sesame seed.


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sweet potato rice
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