Quick Wedding Scrapbook Page

Whoops, so much for weekly updates.

I’m finally coming out of hiatus after a few weeks of nonstop moving, baking, crafting, gifting, and WORKING.  The fruits of my non-office labor will hopefully be posted to the site soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to give a quick (and long overdue) shout-out to Crystal (former bachelorette) and Dave who got married last month.  Photobooths seem to be the must-have at weddings as of late, and a friend of mine rented his out (and also does AMAZING photography for weddings, special occasions, etc.).  Kenny came up with the great idea of having scrapbooks at the wedding for the guests to glue their photobooth strips in and leave the newlyweds a message.  Sho-Yu managed to squeeze the entire team (and coaches!) into the booth, so here’s what I whipped up:

Cheers to my gorgeous teammate, Crystal, and Dave (the newest member of the Sho-Yu family)!

Upcoming Projects

My mentor (often referred to as JM) and one of my best friends is a big workout/health fiend.  Earlier tonight, he e-mailed me a link to his YouTube featuring some of the advanced calisthenics exercises he’s doing.  Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with the below screenshot of my web browser?

I need to go to the gym.

New projects in the near future include some sort of baked good for a dinner party this Saturday and a utility/teacher’s apron (thanks Jamie!).  I have a few other ideas that will hopefully come to fruition before the holidays, so stay tuned! In the mean time, enjoy the video!

Hawaiian-Themed Corkboard

Awkward Moment of the Month:  I fulfilled my civil duties earlier this week at jury duty, and on the first day I perused the rack full of magazines there.  Since I had already read my monthly subscriptions to Women’ s Health and Lucky, I reached for the second most mindless piece of reading imaginable (after Cosmo) – Glamour.  I flipped about halfway through the magazine when a gentleman and fellow juror asked to borrow my pen.  He bent over next to me, filled out his summons form, turned bright red, gave my pen back, and then sheepishly scuttled away.  Strange.  Then, when I turned my attention back to the page I had flipped to, the words: “ARE YOU NORMAL ABOUT PORN?” in giant red letters glared back at me.  Needless to say, I will probably never be caught with an issue of Glamour in my hands ever again.

Anyway, I noticed my latest posts have been sewing-heavy as of late, so I’m mixing it up a bit!  Today’s post is from a project that goes all the way back to 2004 when I customized a corkboard as a housewarming gift.  I didn’t really have a plan of execution at the time or even a good idea of what I wanted it to look like for that matter, but since the giftee was born in Hawaii, I knew it had to have some tropical elements to it.

The "Before"

I purchased three 8-foot bamboo poles from Stats Floral in Pasadena and literally used a handsaw to cut each and every piece of bamboo you see below.  Let me just tell you – treated bamboo is REALLY difficult to saw because it’s such a sturdy wood.  It also leaves a LOT of dust – I vividly remember seeing the dregs of khaki bamboo sawdust every time I blew my nose the next day.  I staggered the length of most bamboo pieces, while longer pieces run up the far sides to make whatever gets pinned to the board feel somewhat “framed”.  The plastic bamboo leaves and silk flowers were purchased at Michael’s.  I had to cut off the flowers from their plastic-covered metal stems, and snipped the fake bamboo leaves from the bouquet-like arrangement they came in.  I glue-gunned my faux shrubbery and blooms down at the top, so that the leaves hung down the sides.

Finished Product

Not sure if you could have guessed, but the recipient’s name was Matt.  I cut the name out in one shape (as opposed to cutting out individual letters) from black foam paper, and bordered it with a yellow/orange/red pseudo-gradient using puffy paint.  I drew the hibiscus using puffy paint as well.

Close-Up

As another aside (yes, I’m giving in to ADD today),  I am really beginning to see similarities between blogging and the female psyche.  As much as normal women want to be liked more for their personality and not solely for their looks (“it’s what’s inside that counts!”), they also want others to find them physically attractive.  The same goes for me and my writing, but since this is a product blog I do want people to think the things I make are attractive.  On that note, I do plan to acquire some picture taking and editing skills in the near future for any new projects – perhaps the blog-equivalent to a boob job if we are continuing the tangent.  Until then, I’m stuck with my bad shots (a.k.a. small boobs) until I’m no longer posting backlogged projects.  Many thanks to all two (three?) of my readers for enduring my aesthetically unpleasing photos.  Hopefully you still enjoy the writing.  🙂

Potholders and Oven Mitt

Today’s post is inspired by my stop at a Crate and Barrel outlet on the way home from a bachelorette party weekend in Palm Springs.  Needless to say, it was a very fun weekend with some of the most amazing women I’ve known for more than half of my life and love with all of my heart.

I always find myself wanting to buy everything at C&B, but to be able to do so at outlet prices is truly invigorating.  I guess you know you’re beginning to get older when popping in to a specialty cookware store excites you more than perusing the designer clothing brand outlets.  However, I can’t even give an honest comparison because we just went to Nike and the C&B outlet and decided that was enough hysteria for one day.  I ended up coming home $2.50 poorer, but a green spoon rest richer!  I was reminded while I was there of the cooking set I made last Christmas for my basketball team’s Secret Santa gift exchange.  Kelli O, this one’s for you!

I was really glad that she had been my Secret Santa draw, because she loves all things pink and Hawaii and it just so happened that I had bought some pink Hawaiian print fabric from a trip I had taken to Oahu last summer.  She’s also a girl after my own heart with her love of food and eating, so I thought these would make for a great gift.

I’m splitting my posts to cover the Potholders and Oven Mitt today, with the Cafe Apron coming next post.  When I first embarked on my stitching adventures, the first sewing books I bought were One-Yard Wonders: 101 Fabulous Fabric Projects and Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects.  I got the instructions for the potholders from One Yard Wonders, and I referenced elements from both books to create the oven mitt.  I had also made a set for my boss for Christmas, so I’ll throw in photos of those as well but delve into detail next post with the Cafe Apron.  I neglected to take pictures of the creation process, but here are the finished products!

I know that this is supposed to be a craft/food blog, but I must digress and relive one of the many stops from last night’s bachelorette party – the gay club.  One patron scoffed at us as we made our our way inside and snootily asked why we were even there if our bride was “marrying straight”.  It was then that I understood how a straight man must feel in a bar full of angry lesbians.  I thought about apologizing for not being born with a sword to cross with the fellow, but refrained.  We then met a straight male go-go dancer from the Czech Republic who began to chastise me for texting in the club instead of “enjoying myself”, but we were interrupted by another patron who did a hand-stand while the dancer grabbed money from the guy’s fly with his mouth.  The go-go boy then proceeded to chat with my friends about the state of today’s economy so freely as if he were in a regular everyday situation, instead of wearing nothing more than a pair of boots and tiny bright red briefs surrounded by a hundred gay-and-gawking men.

At that point, I took a step back and thought to myself, “Only with Sho-Yu and Joyce could this be happening.”