Floating

That’s how I feel right now. I’ve got so many things I’m working on, but it seems like nothing is getting done on any of them.

It’s like, I know I’m doing things. I spend a lot of time doing them, but I’m getting nowhere.

All this to say, there’s nothing interesting to show this week. But hopefully soon. Maybe it’s time to start something else. Because that solves the problem of working continuously on things and never getting anything done, right?

You Can Do Anything With The Internet

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Lately we have been watching a lot of YouTube videos involving surprise eggs, PlayDoh, and food. We inevitably ended up on videos of people making those Japanese candy kits, which prompted a, “I wanna try that!” from the little one. So yesterday I went to the mall in search of some.

I started at the Tokyo Lifestyle store, where I tried to find the kit that looked the easiest to do, considering I was making it with a three-year-old, and none of us can read Japanese. I decided on the pudding, and also the chocolate and Oreo Pocky (the bottom row). Then I decided to try the Lolli and Pops store downstairs, since they have a pretty good international selection. I was also on the lookout for some cinnamon jelly beans and potentially some surprise eggs. They didn’t have only the cinnamon jelly beans and only had the Kinder Joys, not the plain chocolate eggs. But they did have gummies, another different flavor of Pocky, and my Pandas (which were also at the other store, but I was trying to be good). And, of course, I got taken in by the caramels hanging near the register.

Anyway, enough about the way too much candy I ended up buying. On to our adventures trying to make this kit. As you can see, the whole box is written in Japanese. My first thought was to re-download the Google translate app and just take pictures of each step. That turned out to be less than helpful. It translated well, but as often happens with straight translation, it wasn’t very understandable. After looking all over for pre-translated instructions, I finally just found this video on YouTube.

It took a lot of pausing and rewinding, but we managed to pull it together. It didn’t look quite like the picture, but it tasted really good. And isn’t that what making candy is all about?

I Rainbowed Bread

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Sunday I decided to make bread. I made this decision around 1pm, went to the store, then came home and laid down until around 6pm. Which left me finishing the bread about 10:30pm. Because I’m good at planning like that. Oh well.

Anyway, I used this white sandwich bread recipe from Julia Child which created two loaves of bread. I only rainbowed the one because getting this:

Rainbow-ing some bread. Fingers crossed. #latenightbaking

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took about thirty minutes and was only one loaf. Next time I will split the whole thing into seven and dye it before splitting for the two loaves.

Another thing I learned doing this is that, while the glass storage container is roughly the same size as the bread tin and is oven safe, it doesn’t exactly let go of the bread very easily. Even with cooking spray. So I’ll probably be better off just getting a second bread tin like I contemplated at the grocery store.

Overall, the rainbowing process was really simple. After the first rise, I added food coloring to the dough by making a little dimple in the ball and dropping the food coloring in before kneading it with my fingers. It does get a little messy, so I would lay down a cutting board or maybe even parchment paper, and possibly consider gloves. The food coloring will wash off, but it will take a few washings. I’m just saying, if you make this bread in the middle of the day and are planning to go places afterward, probably best to protect your hands.

Coloring Pages

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The last of the Mother’s Day gifts are the ones I literally finished on Mother’s Day. I started on Thursday, but I didn’t get much past laying down the grids until Sunday morning.

Cool things are coming…I hope.

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I created the originals on half-sheets of cardstock with a Sharpie pen and a Faber Castel brush pen for thicker lines and the darkened parts. Then I scanned them, cleaned them up, and printed them again on cardstock. I also wrapped a piece of regular paper around them and taped it to create an envelope.

I originally intended to make five, but waiting until the last minute left me with only the time to make three. I’m working on being more prepared for these types of things, but I’m not quite there yet. Obviously.

Want to color these yourself? Click these links, or go to the Freebies page (These are full-page): Top page Middle page Bottom page

Mother’s Day Gifts

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Remember the birthday necklaces I made in January and posted last week? Well, I decided to make Mother’s Day gifts for my grandmothers that would go along with them. This time, I made bracelets.

I used the same amethyst chips, some silver wire, and some silver chain. I made five beaded links and connected them together with chains. I once again used a magnetic clasp, because it is one of my new favorite materials to use in jewelry.

I also made some Zentangle cards to send with them. I drew the patterns with a Sharpie pen, and then colored them with Prismacolor markers.

Birthday Necklaces

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I completely thought I had posted this before, but apparently I only thought I did. I made these necklaces in January, because both of my grandmothers have birthdays around the end of January.

They also both happen to like purple, so I thought these amethyst chips would be perfect. The shorter one has groups of three with a focal group of five, while the longer one has a focal group of seven surrounded by groups of five and the rest are three.

I think my favorite thing I learned making these was about the magnetic clasp. It is so easy to put on, especially as a bracelet. And it has a super strong hold.

I liked these so much that I made more for my Etsy store. I also made this video with it:

May Day

Happy May Day, everyone! I have been working really hard this week to get ready for “officially” opening my Etsy store. I’ve got three (of my intended five) items up right now, and one of them is the focus of the video I have just finished.

It’s the stop motion video I recorded in March. It took a full month of cutting out the unnecessary parts, then half a day of recording the music and putting it all together. The fingers of my left hand are now bruised from recording way too many takes of the guitar part.