The Five Senses

I’ve wanted to make this adorable Pinterest-inspired gift for awhile now, so for Valentine’s Day, I personalized it by adding a poem with each line hinting at the contents of the gift.  Here’s how it goes:

“Dear Stud Muffin,

You and I make scents.

You’re not only my bud-dy,

You’re the Swedish person I know.

Hope you’ll always adore me!”

Can you guess what’s inside? ^_^

Here’s what I put together for some of the women in my life.

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Glazed strawberry muffins and tulips wrapped in butcher paper from my online orders. Be resourceful!

If you’re wondering what I received…From my Mom, a lovely V-day card.  And from Kevin, a box of chocolate-covered strawberries as a reminder of our first Valentine’s Day five years ago.  And…this gorgeous chair for my study and craft corner!

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I Love You Because Message Board

I made this frame a few years ago, and it is as useful today as it was when I first gifted it to my sweetheart.  It will also make a great gift for anyone you live with or even visit often, like parents, siblings and friends.

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Materials

  • Picture frame with glass pane
  • A special photograph
  • Print-out of “I ♥ you because…”
  • Dry-erase marker

Instructions

  • Simply frame the photograph and template.  More importantly, remind your loved one why you adore them every day.

Tips

  • Use tape to secure the photograph, so you can swap it out with another one in the future.
  • The pictured dry-erase marker has a cap-mounted magnet and eraser.  Glue a small sheet of metal to the back of the frame so the marker is always within in reach.
  • The frame has a glass pane on the back as well, to add a handwritten message with the gift.

It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Arm Knitting an Infinity Scarf

 

In search of a gift idea, I came across this simple knitting method.  It took about an hour to learn by rewatching this Youtube tutorial several times, but after that, it truly is a “30 minute scarf”!  I’m planning to make more from the large selection of colors and designs!

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Scissors

Tips

  • For a thinner scarf like the currant, use one super bulky (size 6) skein, 8 stitches and 28 links.
  • For a chunkier scarf like the oatmeal, use two super bulky skeins, 6 stitches and 30 links.

I will be adding to this post as I make more scarves!

Kimchi Fried Noodle with Egg and Spam

Since moving back from college, Kevin and I have longed for several dishes from restaurants we use to frequent.  One particular dish we miss is kimchi fried noodle with egg and spam, and because we have not been back for a visit, we decided to make some for ourselves.  The recipe is really easy and definitely satiated our cravings!

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I used two udon packets in this dish, which serves 2-3.

Ingredients

  • One package of udon noodles
  • One egg
  • Kimchi, store-bought or homemade
  • Spam, cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp butter or any type of cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1.5 tsp. of granulated sugar
  • Green onions, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat one tablespoon of butter or oil over a frying pan.
  • Add one package of udon noodles. Cook and stir for two minutes.
  • Add kimchi, spam, sesame oil, sugar and any other ingredients to your liking. Stir until all ingredients are red from the kimchi.
  • On a separate pan, cook the egg.  I prefer sunny-side up or over-easy.
  • Serve noodles and egg with some green onions for garnish.

Tips

  • Substitute another protein for the spam.
  • Use bits of dried seaweed and sesame for the garnish.
  • Pair this dish with a side of soft tofu soup and you will have a meal!

Christmas Gift: Succulents in a Mug

A super easy do-it-yourself gift for Christmas or any occasion!  Succulents (and cacti) are low maintenance and perfect for the California drought.  I read that these only need to be watered once a month during the fall and winter, and every two weeks during the spring and summer.  Ultimately, it is best to observe the leaves and decide whether the plant requires some watering.

Materials

  • Succulent
  • Mug, or any cute container
  • Pebbles
  • Charcoal
  • Cactus and succulent potting soil
  • Moss
  • Chopstick
  • Ribbons of your choice
  • Glue gun

Instructions

  • Glue and tie the ribbons onto the mug. This is the most difficult step, but everything ahead is a cinch!
  • Layer the ingredients in the following order: 1/2 inch of pebbles, 1/2 inch of charcoal, 1/2 inch of potting soil.
  • Remove the succulent from the plastic pot and place it into the mug. Use the thin side of a chopstick to gently loosen the soil around the roots to prepare the succulent to adapt to the new environment.
  • Holding the succulent in place, add potting soil to fill in the mug and stop at the base of the succulent.  Use the thick side of the chopstick to pack the soil and remove any gaps.
  • Add a thin layer of small pebbles to cover the soil.
  • Decorate with moss and larger pebbles.

Tips

  • Check that the soil is dry before removing the succulent.
  • Decorate the mug before layering the ingredients to avoid jumbling the layers.