Professional-look Dimsum and Garbage-like Hotpad

November 28, 2006 at 10:36 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Blogs, Food | 3 Comments
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Steamed Twisted Rolls

This is what we are having for dinner tonight. These are steamed twisted rolls with green onions (葱油花卷) made by hubby as I am not good at handling yeasts. I was really surprised that hubby can make them in such good shapes. They look and taste exactly like those I had in China long time ago. Actually, it has been more than 10 years since last time I had these twisted rolls as it is not typical in my family.

Hotpad from Recycled flyers

Here is another thing I have wanted (to try) for more than 10 years. And I finally did it! I weaved with paper! Tuesday is my most relaxed day in a week, so I managed to weave this simple hotpad with Lidl’s flyer today. It took only 3 pages of flyers. Hubby had been asking me why I kept rolling those flyers during the whole weekend. And, he gives NO comments on the final result. 😛

I have to admit that it is too colorful and it still looks like garbage. Certainly it may look better if I choose newspaper for the cane. But I cannot bear the feeling that much ink from the newspapers would be all over my hands:-(, which is obviously the reason keeping me away from this kind of recycling crafts. I would rather leave it as it is. It just fits our soup pot.

Soup-pot

p.s.

I found the blog Great Green Goods when I was searching for similar recycled woven projects this morning. It is very inspiring for recycled crafts.

Granny’s hexagon

November 19, 2006 at 10:02 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Books, Craft - Misc | 6 Comments

granny's hexagon

Eventually, I finished this project today before noon. I felt sort of released. It is because not only this project has been in progress for almost 1 month, but also these two balls of yarns are finally used up although it is a little sad that I am not sure if I can get any new yarn as cute as these two.:P

It is a two-way shawl. It can as simple as a cozy scarf as well as a small shrug. I first found this kind of cute shawl from a Japanese knitting bookボレロ・ショール・ケープ(Bolero, shawl, caple), which is just released by the publisher of Cotton friend in last month. ISBN4-8347-2462-X. No wonder this shawl is not really unique. Such shawls have more and more appearance in new books recently. In fact, this simple shawl is worth trying.

3way shawl

But I dont wanna copy it. First, I wanted to be more creative. Second, I didnt think I had enough yarns and buying new yarns didn’t sound right to me. Hence, I decided to combine this shawl with another tentative plan: Granny’s Hexagon.

Right, it’s hexagon, not square! When I was crocheting the blanket back in September, I cannot help thinking the relations between Granny’s squre and Grandmother’s flower garden. Basically, both of them are classical craft pattern. However, they are so different at the same time. One’s motif is a square, and the other’s is a hexagon. Certainly, granny’s square is crochet pattern and flower garden is for patchwork quilts. Then, my immediate thought is whether it is possible to crochet some hexagonal motif similar to Granny’s square. I sketched a little for this crochet hexagon at the moment. I have considered many possible projects to apply this pattern and the shawl is the best fit.

I don’t have much yarn left. The two balls of yarn (100g each?) were bought in a sale in March. I have used them in almost every project that needs yarns: the cellphone purse, the amigurumi cat, the bracelet, the DC purse, the snail and the calendarbook cover. As a result, I was worried about whether it is enough while crocheting this shawl. In the end, I have to disassemble the little snail to finish the shawl. It is definitely “use what I have“. Lucky me and poor snail……

Pastry vs. Paper

November 14, 2006 at 12:24 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - How-to's, Food | Leave a comment

jam pastries

The package of pastry has been in my fridge since we held a party at our appartment almost 1 month ago. It was quite hard for me to bake more palmiers in past few weeks. The expiration date is the end of this week, which forced me to consume the pastry ASAP. I made some easier jam pastries, which are much larger than my palmiers. And the folding is more tricky and funnier than that of palmier.

The folding also reminds me of a snowflake I’ve planned to make for a while. The snowflake really has something in common with the jam pastries I made last night. LizMarie is so kind to provide a nice tutorial of making a paper snowflake ornament. And I am so lucky to get a flyer printed on a piece of blue paper last weekend. In other words, I have everything (but time) needed for the project. As hubby pushed me to submit my assignment 10+ hours before the deadline, I am staring at my assignment until the last min. That’s why I have a few hours free before the class this afternoon. It turns out the snowflake only took me no more than 15 min! I should be able to make more before Xmas, I guess. 🙂

snowflake

BTW: I use glue stick instead of tapes and staples in the tutorial. 🙂

Too busy

November 11, 2006 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Misc. | Leave a comment

It’s getting more and more busy….. There are so much readings and so many assignments waiting for me. 😦 I just dont have time for crafting so that I can hardly find anything interesting to blog unless I switch to a new topic, say linguistics? 😛

Anyway, tight schedule and heavy homework don’t mean that I can’t have fun. For example, dumpr created the above picture for me. Quite entertaining. 🙂

It’s Peter Callesen!

November 6, 2006 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Craft - People, Craft - Websites | Leave a comment

Snowballs, 2005

 

 

I’ve seen such kind of paper crafts from various resources in different languages, e.g. forums of different purposes, maillist, blogs of a lot people, etc. Due to the “transmission lost” of information over the internet, it took me a long time to find the origin: Peter Callesen.

 

I would call his work “2.5D papercut” as it combined 2D with 3D. They usually consist two parts: a piece of papercut and 3D items made of piece cut out from the same piece of paper. As Peter said, it’s obvious magic. I can’t find any other word better than that. Many if his works is based on beautiful fairytales. They actually reminded me a lot of joyful memories. Maybe Denmark is indeed the country of fairytales. 🙂

 

Sweet Dried-pork snacks

November 3, 2006 at 9:53 am | Posted in Food | Leave a comment

pork snacks

We’ve got some minced meat left after we made dumplings the day before. In order to use it before it go bad, I tried a new recipe(Chinese) of sweet dried-pork snacks, which are unavailable in Asian markets in our city. Both appearance and tastes of the results are quite satisfying me and hubby. But the amount is much less than expected. One reason is that we almost ate up the first piece before the second was done. 😛 The rest is stored in a container which was for salad.

Ingredients:

  • 450g minced pork
  • 4 tsp white wine (which I used to substitute Chinese rice wine)
  • 3 tsp oyster sauce (which substitutes fish sauce)
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • some black pepper/chilli peper/”five spices”/any desired spices

Spread the mixture of all ingredients evenly on a piece of baking paper. Bake 20 min at 120 C. And bake 25-30 min at 175-180C depending on the size.

There is another similar recipe availabe here.

Cold winter and warm books

November 2, 2006 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Craft - Blogs, Craft - Books, Craft - People, Craft - Websites, Misc. | 4 Comments

It’s freezing cold. Yesterday we stayed at our highly heated apartment during the whole day, thereby the low temperature this morning is absolutely a surpise for me. It is torturing while waiting for bus this morning. 😦 Shivering in the wind, I tried distracting myself by thinking something warm. And a scarf is what I needed! I am working on a crochet project using my leftover yarns recently. If the yarns are not enough for my original plan, I might make it a scarf.

There was another thing in my mind: knitting. Although I have been struggling with the idea for a while, it is just not easy to pick up something that were given up 10 years ago. The idea became even more tempting after I accidently read two wonderful knitting books from Nicky Epstein.

Knitting on the edge Knitting over the edge

It’s the first time I realize that knitting can be so diverse and so interesting. Especially the second book introduced many unusual lovely embellishment designs. Except the roses on the cover, my favorite design is the cute blue scarf. It must be my first project, if I start knitting again.
cord scraf

Sable stasher has posted a few excerpt pages of Knitting over the edge.

The interesting thing is Nicky Epstein has a new book coming out at the end of this month and the title is Knitting beyond the edge. on->over->beyond->….what will be the next?:-D

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