Handmade birthday card with a cake

I made this for my friend in Japan.  Although her birthday was last week, I still have not sent it to her yet.  Oh, well.  I got a couple of things for her, but feel like I want to put something else in.  So I keep postponing it.

I used a ribbon, rhinestone and pre-made flowers to decorate it.

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Birthday card with balloons

My friend’s daughter was turning 3 and I was invited to her birthday party…  Well, as expected, I was the only one without a little one!  But it was good to see their new house and I enjoyed ice cream bar they had.

I am not sure how I came up with the idea for the card…

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Fixing a backpack zipper…

Well, this is not an upcycle project, but one of my students was carrying a backpack with zipper totally broken, so it was always open.  I offered to give him a new one since I had 3 backpacks I was going to sell at our garage sale, but he didn’t want a new one.  He is really attached to it.  So I offered to fix the zipper.  It looked relatively easy.


I could not find gray zipper, but he was very happy to see the backpack with a working zipper.  He is excited that he can put stuff in it now.  It was great to see his smile. 🙂

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Valentine’s Day card

Ok, I am behind again…  I got really sick early March and could not do much for a week or so, I even missed boxing class!

Anyway, I have been getting ideas from Pinterest and this is what I made.

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I am trying to experiment with ink a bit more lately…  I love the tiny wood pin!

Finally…Ugly sweaters!

So when we decided to have ugly xmas sweater party, we knew we wanted to make our own…

We went to a goodwill San Mateo and got somewhat plain, ugly and xmas sweater.  Then after xmas, we went back to the same store after xmas to see if they have anything else.

I got a few things from them, and started attaching thing on my sweater.


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It was fun!

Ugly Xmas sweater party decoration

As I promised yesterday, I am posting our cheep and cheesy decorations for our party!  We got ugly wrapping papers at 90% off discount at a local CVS.  So we probably just used $1 or so to decorate.  It was a big hit!  We wrapped my paintings, closet door…

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Then xmas tree…  We actually drove around our neighborhood looking for a small old brown xmas tree people were getting rid of! To our surprise, most xmas trees people are getting rid of after almost 1 month after xmas were still green!  So when we saw this small brown tree, we were excited!

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Well, stay tuned for our homemade ugly xmas sweaters!

Ugly Xmas sweater cookies

I always wanted to have an ugly xmas sweater party, so I finally made it happen this year!

I made ugly sweater cookies with shortbread cookies and homemade icing.  My friend and I decorated them and had a great time!

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We were pretty happy with the results even though some are not quite ugly! It is def. harder to make something look ugly than pretty for sure…

We made our sweaters also and decorations are cheap and cheesy, just as we imagined!  I will post them in following posts…

Painting walls

When we bought our house in 2011, neither of us liked the wall color.  Every wall in our house had the same color.  So after 5 years of living here, we finally decided to paint the living room.  Mostly light grey with darker grey as an accent wall.

Now onto one of 2 bedrooms.  I painted the accent wall with mustard yellow 2 years ago… but not the rest, so I finally painted the rest.  I am getting better at this.  And finally, repair around the doggie door is gone!


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Now we have 2 more rooms to go… Our bedroom and dining room.  Right now, I am working on redecorating our laundry room.  It is always fun to figure out what to do with a room.  I guess I need to get paint samples for the laundry wall!

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Reusable shopping bag with fabric from Guatemala

I got this small fabric from my friend and she told me it was something her mom got from Guatemala.  It was too small to make anything, but was large enough to make 2 of these.  One for me as a sample.  For mine, I didn’t add lining.  But it seemed a bit weak…  So I made another one with lining fabric I already had and color matched the fabric.  It is big enough for a few things and sturdy enough to put heavy items such as milk, fruits and veggies.  I like when the handle goes all the way around the bottom, so the handle won’t rip the fabric and fall off.

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Mochi is investigating it…

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I added some depth…

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Here you can see the lining.

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I would like to make a lot more with tons of remnants I have…  I just have to find the time!

Upcycling my new pillow cases into neck warmer

We bought a set of duvet cover and pillow covers long time ago.   We sopped using duvet cover long time ago, but I recently found unused pillow cases in our cabinet.

Trying to figure out if I can use it for anything…  I thought it could be good for neck warmers.  I could make 2 of them from 1 pillow cases.  I got an idea of how to make the insert from what I already have.  I used white rice as a filler.

Approved by Mochi!

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Since I already have one at home, i brought it to school for kids to use when they are sick and etc…

Sigh…  I have a lot of upcycle projects.  Just have to find the time.

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