Friday

The story about the food I made the day before my trip


 


So it's always extremely hectic the few days before I travel. I have to bake/prep food so that the Yams "don't starve" the few days I'm away. My mum will say that she will try to cook a few meals so that the family doesn't have to eat the highly-processed takeout food. The last trip I made, she managed to cook ONCE. This time round, they only ate takeout food. *LOL*


The few days prior to my trip I already made a custard tart and blondies. Here was what I made the day before my trip...

1.  Chicken veggie galette for nephew #1's breakfast (exam week). The galette was cut into single portions on baking liners and stored in the fridge. All the kid needed to do was take out a portion and plop it into the airfryer for 5 minutes and he gets a hot breakfast.

2. I also baked 2 loaves of bread for the rest of the Yams to eat with spreads of their choices. For breakfast. But I did make sure there was about 40 eggs in the fridge so that nobody was "starving". *winks*

3. And homemade pasta sauce because the tomatoes were not going to make it till the day I returned home. *hahaha*. 


Did I mention that my Monday flight was at 3.30pm? Yep. I even cooked lunch for them before heading for the airport. It was their only non-takeout meal for the week. *dramatic music plays in the background*


This layout came together fairly quickly. The fussy-cut florals were previously cut from a Takashimaya paper bag. I just matted the photos with scrap bits, added stickers, washi tape and fussy-cut bits and finished with some chipboard bits and a ribbon tab for texture.

Happy weekend friends!:)



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Thursday

Thursday's cute kraft bag project


 


This was a super fun and quick project. :)


Using bits of scrap paper, stickers and washi tape. Added some blooms along with a cute birdie and it's all done! :)


Super cute, eh? *winks*


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Wednesday

Workspace Wednesday - what's for lunch


 


For this week's Workspace Wednesday, I'm sharing what I had for lunch today!

I only had to feed the boys (dad, nephew #1 &3) and myself today so I decided to make an old fave that I had not made in a while - bibimbap!:)

Minced pork, fried egg, lots of veggies topped with a spicy chilli sauce and lots of sesame seed with steamed Japanese sweet corn rice.  Yep...clean bowls all around. *applause*


Then I had a dessert of espresso coffee with MCT oil (brain food) and a chocolate Swiss roll that I bought from a recently-hyped local bakery yesterday that dried out from the overnight stint in the fridge (read: not good).

These days if I eat something sweet, I try to eat it at the end of a savoury meal so as to reduce blood sugar spikes and being satiated at lunch makes me less likely to want an afternoon snack before dinner.

What about you? What did you have for lunch today?


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Tuesday

Tuesday's page from the sketchbook


 


Happy Tuesday friends! Still working on the daily eye drawings....trying to add more lines and details. Have yet to tackle deep wrinkles (for an older person) because those are quite challenging and require many layers which this cheap sketchbook with really thin paper can't handle.

But I'm 1/3 into my sketchbook and I'm excited to have a complete sketchbook (albeit a small one) of eye sketches!:)


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Monday

Make Stuff Monday - an upcycled umbrella box


 

Upcycled box


Today's Make Stuff Monday is an upcycled umbrella box! :)



Yep...apparently in Vietnam, corporate gifts always come in a gift box...even if the gift is an umbrella! :)


It would good for a skinny bottle of wine/sauce or a rolling pin? *LOL*


I used some really old wrapping paper, then went in with stickers and washi tape. I "upgraded" the handle with bright pink ribbon. 

What do you think?


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Thursday

Some people go to cafes for coffee/tea


 


Some people go to cafes for coffee/tea...or maybe a cake or two....


Your gal of course has to do extra shopping...so she can make them at home! *winks*


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Wednesday

Wednesday's decorated paper bag project


 


Happy Wednesday friends! Here is this week's decorated paper bag project! :)


Sometimes, all you need is a big bow for a little "drama"...;)


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Tuesday

Tuesday's Workspace - today's eye sketch


 


I'm travelling this week but still working on my daily sketch practice. Here's today's eye sketch! :)


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Monday

Mixed Media Monday - let's get back to mixed media florals


 


Last month I was pretty consistent with my eye drawing practice....yay! *high fives all around*

This month I want to get back to mixed media florals...coz I haven't quite mastered florals and now I'm a little rusty from the lack of practice. *LOL*

Happy week ahead friends!


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Friday

Friday's decorated envelopes


 


Happy Friday friends! Today I'm sharing two decorated envelopes! :)


These were envelopes containing skincare samples from a recent Kiehl's event I went to.


Some fussy-cutting from mooncake packaging, washi tape, doily and some lace for texture.


Fussy-cut florals, stickers and washi tape.

These were super cute to decorate...and are sure to put a smile on the recipients' faces. :)

Enjoy your weekend friends!


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Thursday

This week's upcycled decorated kraft bag


 


I've had this gold foil doily for a really long time. It was always a little too "loud" for my projects. But I'm on a mission to upcycle all my happy mail bits so I decided to just stick it on this week's upcycled decorated Kraft bag project. Since it is so in-your-face, might as well use it to frame the focal point of the project, right? *winks*


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Wednesday

Workspace Wednesday - pan size matters


 


Officially I have been cooking 12 -14 meals a week for over a year (lunch and dinner) and some days, I still get the pan size wrong. *LOL*

Usually it's because the pan has already been used for a prior dish and I can reuse the pan without washing it (because nobody wants to do extra washing unnecessarily right? *winks*).

The thing is that when I add half the veggies in, I already know that the pan is too small....but I still add them all in...cover with a lid...and hope they cook down a little so that when I remove the lid to stir-fry, I can get them all to stay within the pan (clearly the cleanup is worse than using a bigger pan in the first place).


And there we have it my friends...perfectly stir-fried Asian-style veggies in a pan that is far too small. With no casualties and messy cleanup. A victory of sorts.

And just another day of cooking for the Yam family.

Hope you are having a great week so far.:)


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Tuesday

Tuesday's eye drawing


 


So I struggled a lot with this eye drawing. First of all, I went a little crazy over the colours in the iris. And then I added a teardrop...and it was looking all crazy. But I managed to salvage it and it looks maybe okay? *LOL*

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Monday

Make Stuff Monday - a sweet decorated paper bag


 


In today's Make Stuff Monday, I'm sharing this sweet decorated paper bag.:)


Except for the bow, I've kept all the elements flat (mostly stickers) for easy storage.


Happy week ahead friends! :)


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Friday

What's new in my life


 


Happy Friday friends! Just sharing some new stuff in my life. First up, I got new workout shoes! I'm a home workout warrior so nobody sees my shoes except me. Still, I need them to look nice for me, on me. *winks*


I finally caved and bought a bluetooth keyboard to use with my iPad and iPhone. Such a pretty pink colour right?

Enjoy your weekend friends!:)


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