Saturday, August 23, 2014

PTI Make it Monday #177 ~ Using Cover Plate Negatives

I just came back from San Francisco and can't wait to play along with...

first thing I do is to dig out the negatives from my previous project, I never throw those away, I have black and white in the same bag where I keep the cover plate

I decided to use the white ones, stamped them with PTI happy hexagon mini stamp set, using Lemon tart ink from PTI too.

the tiny bees is from PTI  friendship jar summer filler stamp set

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tokyo Mini Album

This is a travel journal+album Lauren gave me

I jot down a few lines every evening at the hotel while I was in Tokyo, and add the rest of the stuff when I come home so the album and color pen is the only thing I bring with me

I was happy that I still remember how to write in Japanese

After I come home, I print the photos and add the maps I collected during the trip

the note was done when I was there so I won't forget when I come home

that way, I get my travel journal done as soon as I get home, it was quick and easy so I make another one following the same format, and this one is for my Europe trip, which I will be showing sometime later when I get a chance.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project Life 2014 ~ July 11 - 20

Project Life 2014

July 11

Dolce is back in Singapore interned at global banking department there, it is her first day in Singapore and she sent me photos of the yummy food she had.

July 14

Breaking news!!!!!
We just learn that Ikea is coming to Las Vegas, summer 2016. I know, it is 2 years away but I can sure wait. I love Ikea, way back when I still living in Singapore, my girl friend Ann and I would go there few times a week for breakfast and just window shopped, oh of course, we picked up little trinkets here and there, I just love Ikea market place. Now that I live in Las Vegas, the nearest Ikea is Burbank CA, whenever I visited Clare, I always make a stop at Ikea.

July 15

Today is Papi's 1st birthday.
Happy Birthday dear Papillon!!!!!

we took him for his birthday walk and then gave him his birthday present after shower, he tear his birthday present in 5 minutes but we don't care! : )

I dig out his baby bell and let him wear that today, the one he wore when he first came into our life.

this is Papi at 9 weeks old, I still keep that red ribbon bell he wore and put it on him again today, on his first birthday

by the way, if you haven't know yet, Papi wear a different ribbon/bell every time after we shower him, mostly once a week, so by looking at the ribbon, I'd know when the photo was taken, my hubby thinks that I am crazy that way, LOL!

If you don't know the story of how Papi came into our life, you can read about it HERE!
We want a dog but we travel a lot and KNEW that we can't have one, I don't know how one Saturday shopping at Pier 1 changed everything, but it did! Sometimes when I hold him in my arms, I still can't believe we have a dog.

July 16

We just need to take a few photos on our deck to mark this special day of Papillon.

Photo in September when we first got Papi, he was 9 weeks old then

photo today when Papi is ONE!

just look at how much he has grown in a year

I love your Papillon!!!!

Well, I also do a bit of canning today

jalapenos straight from our garden to the can

Liz left a comment on this post asking for the recipe, HERE you go Liz!

10 or more large Jalapenos, trim the stem and slice
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt

*note - I tried 2 tablespoon salt, my husband loves it but I think it is a little too salty for me so I reduced half of the salt for the 2nd batch.


In a medium sauce pan combine the garlic, water, vinegar, sugar and salt.

Heat to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Once at a boil, add sliced jalapenos pressing them so they are submerged under the pickling liquids.

Remove the pot off the heat and let them sit for 10-15 minutes.

Use tongs to transfer the jalapenos into a clean jar.

Ladle the picking juice over top until you’ve reached the top of the jar.

Let cool at room temperature before securing a lid and popping them into the fridge.

Should last a long while if kept refrigerated in a airtight jar.


Still on the road, I will visit you when I come home.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Postcard from Monterey, CA!

It is a beautiful morning here in Monterey....

the sun is behind the clouds...

air is chilling but nice....

we took a walk.....

{Come play along with us at Our Beautiful World ~ Signage}

trying to soak up natures treats along the way....

and caught a few more signs too
{Come play along with us at Our Beautiful World ~ Signage}

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 225 ~ Inspiration Photo Challenge by Kirsty

This week at

I pick this photo for our inspiration photo challenge

You can do anything with what inspired you, the colors, the baby girl theme etc.

Here's mine, a mini album for a baby girl

you might notice that friends of mine keep having baby girls, LOL!

here's mom and dad with little precious

this album actually going to Grandma (seen in photo with baby) of the baby girl, who flew all the way from Singapore to Vegas just to take care of the baby, after staying for 3 months, she is finally going home, so I made this little brag book for her to bring back to Singapore

hop over to 

and be inspired by the CCCB designers