December is here! I love this time of the year with all the colorful Christmas lights and yummy holiday feasts. But most of all, I love all the creative crafts that I get to do during this time of the year. Every year, I make my own Christmas cards and a ton of cookies. This year, I am trying a new project – making my own Christmas gift tags. Gift tags always feel like something you slap on your gift last minute because you didn’t have time to prepare a nice card. It doesn’t have to be this way anymore.
Where have you (bracelet) been all these years!!! I can’t believe that I never used bracelet as an accessory until this year. Please don’t judge me~~ I think the reason that I haven’t considered bracelet as an accessory is because I used to play piano and dangling bracelets are sort of distracting. Now that I don’t really play piano anymore, it’s time to bring on the bracelets! Cling cling!!
I have to thank my sister for the inspiration to wear bracelet again. For her baby shower, we wanted to have a little crafting activity for all of her bff’s and what better idea than to make “friendship” bracelets to celebrate their friendship! But rather than the traditional braided bracelets which are quite challenging to learn in the amount of time we had, I put on my thinking hat and came up with this one of a kind gold bead bracelet that is super simple and looks amazing!It takes about half an hour from beginning to end to make one bracelet. The hardest part is gathering the right parts and pieces. In the “jewelry world”, there is a whole set of jargon like findings, spacers, crimps etc. that you have to learn first. It took me hours to master the jewelry lingo before I was ready to shop online for each component for this project.
In the world of Pokémon, the most recognized Pokémon is without a doubt our zappy little Pikachu. If you have watched the Pokémon cartoon, you will know that Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur make up the Magnificent Four in the Pokémon world. However, ever since the Pokémon Go was released, popularity of Snorlax has sky rocketed for several obvious reasons. First of all, he’s a mythical pokemon which means he’s hard to find. Secondly, he’s got the looks. It very well resembles a cross of Miyazaki’s Totoro and a giant teddy bear. Fluffy and cuddly. Thirdly, it’s got a cool name. Snore+Relax = Snorlax. Just pronouncing the name makes me want to take a snooze. Not to mention Snorlax’s lifestyle makes all Pokémon (and me) jealous. He just sleeps all day and wakes when he’s hungry. No need to exercise, just sleep, eat and sleep. Just imagine a life where you could eat all the ice cream you want…
I am not sure how it happened, but I am totally addicted to Pokémon GO. My weekend consists of stopping at pokéstops, throwing balls at pokémon and drinking boba tea like no body’s business (this one is just personal preference). And lucky for me, my husband is fully supportive of my latest obsession, so he volunteers to be the designated driver while I sit in the passenger seat spinning pokéstops and throwing balls at those cute little creatures. Occasionally there are some cursing because they feisty creatures don’t want to cooperate, but with a razz berry or two, they succumb to my curve balls (usually).
My first taste of ube was in the form of ice cream from Mitchell’s Ice Cream. After that first bite, I knew ube and I would have a long lasting relationship. So here’s my latest food cartoon inspiration!
Did you know June 17th is International Sushi Day? Sugoii, more reason for sushi!!
In honor of this important day, I decided to sketch a little something something. Here’s what came out of it! I call him Mr. Nigiri. Hope you will like it!
By the way, many Japanese restaurants will serve complimentary dish to celebrate this special day!
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I am back!! Last two months have been a whirlwind of events. I changed to a new job, went on a honeymoon that was long overdue and visited my parents living on the other side of the globe. I am just so thankful to be settling down again and returning to my sketchpad.
Over the last two months, I have accumulated a mega list of ideas that I can’t wait to draw/make/do and share on the blog. Here’s a little appetizer to what is yet to come. Hope you will feel cool and refreshed with the summer in full swing!
background photos courtesy of White Hart Design
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“Now that I have KonMari-ed all my clothes, how do I fold them correctly?” I am sure I am not the only one with this question. If you have seen my 10 illustrations that summarize the KonMari method, you would have discovered a cheat sheet on how to fold your basic clothes wrinkle-free and make them stand upright. However, I realized that there are still many different types of garment that require specific folding instructions. With that in mind, my sketching hands got to work. Before diving into the folding method, here are the fundamental principles for folding the KonMari way:
SUGOI! (Japanese equivalent of “Awesome!”) The sequel to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is finally here!
Have you heard of the tiny house movement? It’s a social movement where people are downsizing to smaller spaces that range from 100 to 400 square feet! To take that into perspective, just imagine living in a house the size of two 8×10 ft bedrooms!
This weekend, I attended a tiny house meetup at a local community college and oh boy, was that an experience. Talk about simple living! I got to tour a newly built tiny house called “the Dandelion”. It was a school project built by students enrolled in their tiny house program. The total space is only 144 square feet, but it has all the standard features of a house. I really like the tiny house concept because it’s a mobile home that can be customized to feel just like a real home.
2016 is here, what are your new year’s resolutions? I don’t know about you, but I think being more awesome than the year before is a pretty good one 😉At the beginning of every year, I like to jot down a list of things that I want to accomplish for the new year but I have to admit, many of them never materialized. For example, I have always wanted to self study Japanese but it never quite happened.
I love this time of the year but figuring out what gifts to buy and planning all the family visits can get really stressful. What do you do to alleviate stress? My two favorite destress recipes taking a walk in the park and sketching next to a window view.
I am back in San Francisco! I have finally recovered from jetlag from my trip in Taiwan. Weeee!
As I was contemplating on what to share for my first post upon returning to the U.S., I started craving for Dochi Juice. I knew right away that’s my topic for the post. During my stay in Taichung (middle of Taiwan), I discovered this super cool juice shop called “Dochi Juice” (it literally means “Which Juice” in Japanese). This isn’t your standard juice shop where you pick a juice blend from a preset menu. See the image below? You pick up your own “fruit or vegetable Lego” from this giant display wall.
Last week my sister and I set off on our very first sister road trip down the Pacific Coast. It was not our first time traveling together. In fact, we have been on a lot of crazy adventures together on our own like hiking the Inca Trail and canoeing up the Columbia River. I used the term ‘crazy’ because we encountered some major “glitches” like having difficulty breathing due to high altitude sickness or getting caught in a current we couldn’t get out. Fortunately, we always overcame those obstacles and laughed about them later (after we recovered).
Ever since I discovered the book – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I have become a Joy Seeker. I am always on the lookout for things that bring me joy and eliminating things that no longer do so. For those who have gone through the KonMari purge, I am sure you can relate to that feeling.
Although I very satisfied with the finished result of my Konmari-ed my apartment and smart phone, something seemed to be missing. It took me nearly half a year to finally realize that surrounding myself with joy is not the final destination. The highest level of happiness is being able to share and bring joy to others.
Surround yourself with joy & SPREAD it!
Once I realized what I had been missing, I knew I had to act on it immediately. I decided to launch The Joy Club where everyone can share their simple moments of joy and share them with people from all around the world.
When I think of fall, I think of red, orange and brown. But in the Pantone world, it’s a totally different and rich interpretation. This year, Pantone has developed a gorgeous palette for fall that I couldn’t help resist making a post on it. Here is the link to the full story behind each color they selected.
Here’s all my favorite things about fall with Pantone inspired color palette:
I L O V E nature, it never ceases to amaze me. Last week I went on an 8 mile hike where I was thoroughly immersed in the fall season with changing foliage. Leaves were turning from green to yellow to red and the trail was covered with fallen leaves. I was snapping away like a detective, recording everything I saw on my little adventure.
I was so inspired by the experience, when I got home, I began to doodle like mad in my sketchbook. This “Joy of Fall” is one of my finished drawings. It depicts one of my favorite things about fall – stepping on colorful and crunchy leaves and kicking them up! It makes me smile when I look at it. I hope it will do the same for you!
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I love buying jewelry, but I always struggled with how to organize them effectively (necklace get tangled up, earrings lose its partner, etc.) Thanks to the KonMari method, I have reduced my jewelries in half and decided it was time to finally find a “home” they rightfully deserve.
After decluttering my entire house according to Kondo Marie’s method, it’s time to apply her philosophy to the digital “stuff” stored in my computer, phone and tablet. It’s a daunting task, but I figured, if I could clean out my house, I could do anything! I decided to tackle my smart phone first since it’s something I use everyday and it’s always running out of memory storage.
Decluttering your phone will speed up your phone and help your batteries last longer.
I LOVE the fall season!! It is my favorite season of all. Crisp air, falling leaves, burnt amber foliage, everything about it is so beautiful and inspiring. Get your F R E E Fall inspirations printable HERE)
If you saw my previous post on toast, you will know that I am a little obsessed with toasts. Whenever I make a toast for snack or breakfast, I feel like an culinary artist. The toast is my blank canvas where I can add anything I like, really, anything. Salsa and egg when I feel bold. Pbnj when I feel nostalgic. Avocado mash when I feel free.
One of my favorite things about being a student was shopping for school supplies! Back in those days, I loved the end of August because I could go on a back-to-school shopping spree where I bought enough colored pens and highlighters for a whole class. Nowadays, I buy stationery for a slightly different reason. I buy stationery as a small treat for myself.
They do say it’s the little things that count 😉
I have walked past this shop so many times because it’s a block from my fav salted caramel ice cream. But I never noticed it because usually my mind is on what ice cream I am going to have. I finally learned about this shop through a friend who lives nearby, and what a gem! Rare Device carries a curated collection of locally and internationally handmade creations. Every time I go, something new and fun is on display. It’s like a bazaar full of artistic inspirations!
Yes, the second roundup of top ice cream spots in San Francisco is here (Part 1 here)! This second roundup is comprised of winners in the Gelato, Softserve and Frozen Yogurt categories. To make things less confusing, I made a poster to show the differences between each type of ice cream. During my research, I found some surprising facts. For example, I always thought frozen yogurt was the healthiest option, but it has a lot more sugar than the rest even though it’s low fat or fat-free. So if you are counting calories, fro-yo doesn’t work because it actually has similar amount of calories as ice cream. But who counts calories when they are having ice cream?
One of the perks of living in San Francisco is that the city is very health conscious. You will find that many of the ice cream shops are not shy about sharing what natural and organic ingredients they use. But if you live elsewhere and eat ice cream regularly, I recommend sourcing out higher quality ice cream for your indulgence.
- O=Organic options
- V=Vegan options
- M=Multiple locations
16. Holy Gelato – Holy it’s amazing! Besides having a large selection of gelato and sorbets, they have an array of vegan gelato as well.
( 1392 9th Ave San Francisco, CA 94122 | 415-681-3061 ) O / V
Don’t miss: Honey Lavender & Irish Morning
I have officially reached and probably exceeded my yearly quota of ice cream. San Francisco is an Ice Cream Mecca. I had no idea there are SO MANY amazing ice cream spots when I first decided to take on this ambitious mission. The amount of ice cream calories I consumed for this mission is…worth every count! My husband would agree, he was always delighted when I asked him to help me finish my cones.
If you are in San Francisco, THIS LIST IS ALL YOU NEED. These 30 golden spots will satisfy any ice cream cravings this summer (or year round, nobody is judging).
PART 1 has all the ice cream spots whereas PART 2 has all the gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt and soft-serve spots (some places sell more than one type). Confused by all the types? Here is a visual comparison of ice cream and gelato (sorbet is simply gelato without the dairy (replaced with water or soy/coconut milk).
Every single one has something special (flavor, texture, ingredients, toppings, etc.) that makes it popular and beloved by locals and tourists alike. To make it easy for your next visit, I have selected 1 or 2 flavors that you must not miss (at least ask for a sample when you are there) based on customer reviews, scooper recommendation and my taste buds of course =) Now, get your napkin ready for your drool, here is PART 1 of my ice cream adventure!
- O=Organic options
- V=Vegan options
- M=Multiple locations
1. Bi-Rite Creamery – Legendary ice cream. Each flavor is spot on delicious!
( 3692 18th St San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415-626-5600 ) M / V / O
Don’t miss: Salted Caramel (tad sweet, but burnt caramel flavor is spot on) & Balsamic Strawberry
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Coffee much? I wish I could everyday, but I have a super weak stomach. I can only have a few sips before the acid starts to make tornadoes in my tummy. But I still love coffee, I would kill for an iced coffee on a hot day. Well, no one needs to die thanks to cold brew coffee! My husband introduced me to cold brew coffee sometime in May when he stumbled upon Stumptown coffee at our super badass neighborhood bakery. I didn’t think much of it at first, but since I started drinking cold brew, I noticed my tolerance for coffee has increased from a few sips to almost a whole cup. I started to research into this cold brew miracle and found out that it has a lot less acid and many other great benefits. So here is everything I learned from my research, hope you will try cold brew coffee on your next coffee break! (it’s my first time making an infographics, hope you like it =)