The second bunch

February 22, 2009 at 11:34 am | Posted in All Finished Crafts | Leave a comment
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If you are wondering why the title of this blog entry is “the second bunch”, you must have missed/forgotten the first bunch that I posted a few while ago. The last bunch is from cardboards. This time, the coasters are made from pages of the campus magazine I have been using for my weaving projects quite a few times. I might try some other material to make the third bunch in the future. It is always nice quick projects to make coasters. I’ve already got all types/sizes of coasters all over my place, causing a little mess. Maybe a coaster holder is more urgent than the third bunch. 😛 The good thing is I can find a coaster whenever and wherever I am putting a cup down.

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E for END

June 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts | 1 Comment
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EActually, this woven E doesn’t really mean END. It’s someone’s alias. 😀

EI got the initial weaving idea when we were in Wandlitz and made a prototype with scrap paper immediately. The surface of scrap paper was not appealing so I tried several materials and the recycled ribbon turns out to be the best among what I can get. Although it is still a little too shiny, it works o.k. with the bracelet from my college roommate. This bracelet is really not my type. I would prefer something with leather cord. Anyway, I am still looking for more suitable material for this.

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Retarded post, again

May 13, 2008 at 2:24 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Books, Craft - How-to's | 3 Comments
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How my desk looks like always reflects how my life is going on. The picture on the left shows a small part of my desk roughly 10 days ago. It simply became worse and worse until I started packing up for the trip. My desk at home is empty right now, while I am creating another mess on the desk in the hotel room in a small old town north to Berlin. I am sure I will clean up before we leave….hopefully….:)

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Occasional knitter needs markers

May 6, 2008 at 10:44 am | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Misc | Leave a comment
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I’ve been knitting a little more than usual recently, but the knitting “mojo” is almost gone now. I surely wanted some of those nice little notions sometime when I was knitting. Meanwhile, another me kept reminding myself of the limited space in our apartment. Hopefully I didn’t expand my stash and my tool kit too much.

On the other side, for a little more serious knitting project, say a garment, there are some really necessary tools, e.g. stitch markers and stitch holders. Without any stitch markers, I may have to count the same 100+ stitches over and over before carrying it on. I have a yogurt bottle to keep scrap yarn I got from the projects. No matter how short the yarn would be, I keep it. Whenever I need a marker, I simply pick a piece distinct with the working color and tie a slip knot onto the needle or a stitch so it can be taken off easily later.

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Light and shadow

April 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - People, Craft - Websites | 1 Comment
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I have been thinking to make one of these since I saw mizusugi‘s ribbon ornaments. J and I had a discussion about how hers should be made and came to a conclusion that it must be made up of several small identical parts to be stringed together into a ball.

I was rather expecting something made by sort of weaving and insertion. After many messy experiments, I finally came up with a star that doesn’t look too bad. The paper strips were still from the same magazine as the crab and the basket set. I think it can make great accessories as Francesca’s.

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Oh, Crab!

April 17, 2008 at 3:37 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Websites | 2 Comments
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I was in the kitchen when Mr Y came back from work yesterday evening. As Mandarin is the “official” language in our apartment, I was a little surprise to hear Mr Y’s first words were in English: “oh, crap!” I rushed out of the kitchen to see what’s wrong and soon realized what he said was “oh, crab!” because he saw the crab I made during the day occupying the place for his laptop.

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Basket x 3

August 11, 2007 at 10:13 pm | Posted in All Finished Crafts, Craft - Books, Craft - How-to's | 3 Comments

After doing some crocheting, some sewing and some finger knitting, I decided to move on doing something with paper During the cleaning up last weekend, I threw out all the flyers/extra paper products. And, I also noticed the campus magazines were published with high quality coated paper, every page of them. It’s not clear why such nice paper is chosen for such a rarely read free campus magazine, however, since the paper is much stronger than normal flyers sheets, the magazines are surely great material for “recycling” craft projects.

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Professional-look Dimsum and Garbage-like Hotpad

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

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.



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.

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