Lunar New Year 2015

What do you do with a bunch of coconut shavings you happened to buy for no reason at the store?

Macaroon Jar

Macaroon Jar with Year of Ram Doodle

….make a coconut macaroon gift jar for Lunar New Year….

Ingredients:

– Macaroons

– Tissue Paper and Ribbon

– Quart Mason Jar

– Cardstock, Markers, Tape

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Halloween – Yup I’m late, but why not carve a pumpkin!

So, this year, in the spirit of Halloween, I decided to give trick or treaters candy and Halloween pretzels. I had more pretzels than candy, so suffice to say, I ran out of candy first. I guess pretzels, while healthier, just aren’t as popular. I got some blank stares from the trick or treaters…. Haha. Hey, beats people giving out cans of heavy soda and apples! I remember getting those when I was a kid. It was always one house. Well, hopefully, my housemates and I won’t be known as the pretzel people…. but the pretzels were Halloween themed! Bats and pumpkin shaped!

But I digress… what is DIY about today’s post? A foray into pumpkin carving! Albeit….late. A friend gifted me a pumpkin, and I let it sit outside as decoration, but never got a chance to carve it until today! So.. here we go.

This is what I was shooting for. A friend kindly found something for me to try imitating.

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Looks cute, right? Somehow, I’m supposed to imitate this.

For a first time carver, I think I did pretty well. I didn’t have any special tools, just mostly random knives and spoons in my kitchen stock.

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First step after rinsing the pumpkin off. Cut the top off.

Next, get all the seeds and stringy stuff out.

Next, get all the seeds and stringy stuff out.

The stringy stuff just wasn’t coming all out, and I tried using a tool to descale a fish…not really sure it helped so much. I tried using a big spoon too… Do you have suggestions on best tool to use for this?

I drew a rough design of the minion on the pumpkin, and then started with fond a smaller knife to cut the eyeball.

I drew a rough design of the minion on the pumpkin, and then started with found a smaller knife to cut the eyeball.

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Eyeballs and hair….done!

Done! You can see my lines. Clearly, I had issues following them. Haha. The part with the mouth was terrible. My knife wasn't small enough, so I ended up with the minion looking like it got punched in the teeth! The hardest part was the section surrounding the mouth. The cut wasn't supposed to go all the way through, but deep enough for light to go through.

Done! You can see my lines. Clearly, I had issues following them. Haha. 

The part with the mouth was terrible. My knife wasn’t small enough, so I ended up with the minion looking like it got punched in the teeth! The hardest part was actually the section surrounding the mouth. The cut wasn’t supposed to go all the way through, but deep enough for light to go through. So… I cut the outline and then used the small knife to pick out some pieces slowly cutting randomly to get small chunks out. Using a small spoon helped to scoop the pumpkin meat out. The knife kept slicing it, but not taking the meat out of the hole.  And… because a tea light didn’t work, I just shoved a bright flashlight in it. Otherwise… I’d probably break the meat and the whole mouth…

And voila! Glowing in the dark! Came out better than I thought!

And voila! Glowing in the dark! Came out better than I thought!

Watch Phone Stuff on a Bigger Screen by Projecting It

So… lately, you may have heard about cell phone and tablet companies such as Samsung finding that smaller sized tablets which are comparable in size to bigger phones don’t seem to sell so well because the tablets simply don’t have as much capability as a phone. For example, you can’t really dial someone on the tablet unless you have an application for IP phones and so on.

I had an IPhone, and I will say I much rather look at a larger screen when I’m browsing material or watching videos on the phone.  Here’s one way to do it. It doesn’t take much effort. I haven’t done it yet, but I plan to eventually if I stay with a small phone. I know quite a few people who rather would use projectors than TVs. However, you really need a dark room and a flat white wall to project well off of.

Click below to find out how to make that Phone projector with a magnifying and shoebox!

 

How to Turn Your Phone Into a DIY Photo Projector for $1

Japanese Food Puns

Who loves Japanese food? Japanese food has always been a favorite of mine. Obviously on the cold side, there are the loads of sushi and cold beans and mochi (yes, admittedly I’ve brainfreezed on the ice cream mochi too). On the hot side, mmmm udon, fried tempura, etc….

Alas, it takes a couple of groans and smacks or some light chuckles when we begin to express our love of food in puns.

So…you might wonder “What chu tako about?!”.

Take a look. These stickers were designed by MIS0HAPPY. You can reach more of her pictures and even buy some of these stickers at the link, which the picture leads to. 🙂

 

28 Pun-tastic Teacher Gifts

It’s just too bad there’s no “WordPress” share button on non-Wordpress websites. So, I’ve just copied and pasted the links and front page picture here.

But anyhow, this article is pretty punny (Click the picture to get to the Buzzfeed article). I will say that I did appreciate my teachers, even my math teachers. You see, I used to hate maths, but then I realized decimals have a point. Sorry! I actually never hated math that much. It came easier to me than writing. Which gifts are your favorites?  I like Numbers 5 with the cookie, 7 with the latte, 15 with the donut, 17 with the berries, 21 with the light bulb.

 

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Buzzfeed Article Cover Picture

Source: Gabby Noone, Buzzfeed

Pizza Perfume – Say What?

For the polls below, if you vote “Other”, please write your explanation in Comments so everyone can see it. Thanks!

Admittedly, this post is not about a DIY project although I was requested by a coworker to make pizza perfume. Clearly, since I do not have the knowledge to create pizza perfume (besides smearing pizza on someone or ordering so much pizza to make the pizza smell cling to someone’s clothes), I did the next best thing: googled to see if one existed. Lo and behold, miraculously, pizza perfume does exist!

What do you think about it? Crazy? Is pizza perfume something only one gender would prefer smelling? One of my female coworkers was utterly repelled by the idea while one of my male coworkers decided it was the “best thing evar” because he would be able to smell pizza on girls. Note that he didn’t say he wanted the perfume as a cologne on himself.  Share your thoughts? Would you want the perfume/cologne on yourself, on someone else, or no one!

Pizza Hut released its “Eau de Pizza Hut” in Canada in 2012 after receiving a huge response to a promotional call for people to suggest names for the scent of “the smell of a box of Pizza Hut pizza being opened.” [Source Link]  Apparently, Pizza Hut thought it would be a romantic idea to release Pizza Perfume/Cologne in the U.S.  this year for Valentine’s Day!  As the Huffington Post reported, only 72 packages were available due to the perfume being part of a limited edition romantic package.  So, what did it smell like? Ironically, samplers said cinnamon buns….