August 30, 2011

Reconstruct Your Old Clothing (part 2)

In continuation of last week's Part 1 involving reconstructing shirts and such, Part 2 focuses on sweaters. Some of these projects I found are so cool, I'm kind of tempted to scour Goodwill and other second-hand stores for high quality fibered sweaters, but that would defeat the purpose of me purging my closet and getting rid of stuff. Sometimes, the internet is not good for me.

Alpaca Wool Sweater Handbag, via The Inadvertent Farmer

August 28, 2011

Sunday Linky Party #30 + Goodies

Hi everyone! How're you all doing this week? I've spent a wonderful month with my hubby while he was studying for the Step 2 (he's almost done with med school) but now he's started rotations again and left for somewhere far away today :( I'll be working as usual and waiting patiently for us to finally settle down somewhere together, like a real family. Don't worry, I make it sound much worse than it really is. Only half a year more until he's a resident, just like in "Scrubs," or "House," or even "Gray's Anatomy," which, btw, is also a required book in the curriculum.

This week, get ready for more quality projects to improve your life in some way or other! Thanks for being such a positive source on the internet! :)

Turn a plain clutch into a cute purse with this tutorial from The Kurtz Corner. You should see the before pictures. This purse is so cute!

August 23, 2011

Reconstruct Your Old Clothing (part 1)

I've been purging out my closet lately to make room for new clothes (and to generally get rid of stuff that I haven't worn for years and probably never will wear again). After awhile, I started feeling wasteful, wondering why I bought all this stuff only to not wear them?? If only I could scold Jen-of-the-past and tell her to stop shopping. Then I decided to check out the internet for ideas to revamp all my stuff. Boy, did I find a lot of stuff...

DIY t-shirt tutorials:
Petal Tees Tutorial, via Ruffles and Stuff

August 21, 2011

Sunday Linky Party #29 + Goodies

Here's to another happy Sunday! :) Hope you're all having a good weekend (although that's not always possible). But we try to make the best of everything because that's what we crafty people are good at, right? Check out this week's gallery of great projects and recipes!

This is a tutorial for all of the above! Yep, pretty cool huh? I love how cute and useful these vintage-inspired boxes look. Learn how to make some yourself at The 36th Avenue.

August 16, 2011

Cute Bento Box Lunches

Alright, I've been eating a lot of Japanese food for lunch because there's a Japanese supermarket near my work that sells packaged lunches for a very reasonable price range. Unfortunately, they do not sell super cute bento boxes like the ones I'm going to show you. One day, I'd like to make a couple of these for my future kids and be the coolest mom ever, but for now, let's just gush over how cute and fun they look! :)

Bumblebees Bento
by luckysundae over @ flickr and her blog at cuteobento

August 14, 2011

Sunday Linky Party #28 + Goodies

Going to visit a friend in Sacramento today :) Not sure what to do there, but I'm excited. We have some great projects again this week and I can't wait to try some. I really need more space in my home. Actually, I really need to do some "spring" cleaning and purging!

Make the coolest back-to-school shirt with sharpies and your imagination! This would make a fun project to do with your kids and they'll get a totally unique shirt out of it :) Thanks to The 36th Avenue.

August 9, 2011

Top Words on Your Blog

Ever wonder what the most recent keywords to your blog or website are? Apparently, mine are about making orange juice and partying, ha! I found this awesome website called Wordle, which lets you submit a paragraph in a word box or the link to your website, and instantly creates this amazing word cloud by picking out the words that appear the most. This is a useful tool because it helps you see what your blog/site is really about, whether that's what you want it to be or not.

August 7, 2011

Sunday Linky Party #27 + Goodies

So on Friday night, I worked late, and then headed to YardHouse, a pretty classic American restaurant serving burgers, seafood, and "the world's largest selection of draft beer," so they say. Don't know if any of you have heard of them, but they're from Southern California and had recently opened one in Northern California, which means the one (and only one) any of us Bay Area folks go to is extremely popular with long wait times. To make this short, my hubby and our two friends tried a bunch of their beers (that came in samplers) and I discovered I don't know much about beer at all :) We also had a delicious chocolate souffle cake that the lava cake recipe far below reminds me of.

Are you one of those people who have trouble picking out the perfect color scheme? Well, that's okay, because you'll always find perfectly complementary colors on a paint chip from a paint store. The Crafty Cpa did just that and made them into beautifully chic coasters, for everyone to enjoy :)

August 2, 2011

The Truth About 100% Orange Juice?

I was feeling a little sick today so I thought drinking some orange juice would help. I've always heard that Vitamin C and lots of liquids are good for recovering from colds (although I had a slight fever, so maybe that wouldn't have helped). Interestingly, I found this article, while browsing Yahoo, that states even "100% pure" orange juice is artificially flavored.

Orange Ginger Marmalade by BartonArtel

No wonder the typical "fresh-squeezed" orange juice from grocery stores never tasted like fresh oranges to me, which is why I never liked orange juice much. Apparently, in order to mass-produce orange juice, big name brands (like Tropicana, Minute Maid, Florida's Natural, etc) pasteurize fresh orange juice and take out all of the oxygen in order to preserve it without adding chemicals (the juice is then stored in million-gallon tanks for up to a year before shipping out to grocery stores). Once the oxygen has been removed, the juice no longer tastes much like oranges, so companies have their own blend of artificial flavoring to make the juice taste like oranges again and to make sure each carton is consistently flavored with the taste their juices are known for.