DIY Marbled Easter Eggs

DIY Marbled Easter Eggs
I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  I’ve been wanting to try marbled Easter eggs for quite a while. I have to say that it was pretty tricky to get the colors and dipping the egg just right, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy. See the image below for the items you need to make marbled Easter eggs.

NOTE: Wear disposable gloves (it makes a huge difference).

materials needed for egg marbling
NOTE: To make a “drained egg” take a raw egg and a safety-pin. Carefully poke the top of the egg and make the hole larger by moving the safety-pin in a circular motion. Make sure you break the yoke. Flip the egg around and poke another hole. Blow through one end and empty out the raw egg. Rinse with water and let it dry.
marbeling the polishes
Slowly add your color combination into the plastic container. Use your disposable chopstick or mixing stick to make a marbled pattern on the water’s surface. Take your drained egg, and dip it QUICKLY in the water. Sometimes I had to add in colors a second time and do the other side of the egg. Make sure that the design you want to see on your egg is the same design you make on the water’s surface.
use your egg carton to dry the eggs
Once your egg is dipped, use your egg carton as a place to dry and store your eggs.
eggs drying in cartontie dye
Once they’re dry add the eggs to your Easter basket or use them to create a colorful centerpiece. Have fun!  This is the perfect project for the fashionistas who save all their nail polishes ;-). xx

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DIY Birthday Cards

DIY Birthday Cards
materials for birthday cards
cut card stock paper
customized birthday cardMaking any kind of personalized cards are fun, simple and very inexpensive. All of these materials you see above were available at home.  I always seem to have the dilemma of not having a birthday card ready when I have a birthday party to go to! I decided to make four customized cards out of one sheet of card stock paper (how resourceful!). After I used my paper cutter to cut four strips, I folded them in half, stuck on a gold sticker, and used my gelly roll pens to create the illusion of a balloon. To finish it off I wrote “happy birthday” inside each of the cards. You can customize your birthday cards anyway you like.

If you don’t have gold stickers, you can use other stickers like neon price stickers. You can find these at your local grocery or office supple store. It would also be cute to make a cluster of different colors to make an illusion of a cluster of balloons. If you don’t find the ones you like, draw your own circle :-). Have fun! Simple. Fun. Adorable.

DIY: Valentine Kisses

Valentine Kisses

Valentine Kisses

Do you have your Valentine’s for next week? Well if you don’t, here is an easy Valentine Kisses DIY project! It’s fun, easy and very customizable. I like to send little valentines to my friends and family members that live around Portland and who don’t.

Valentine Kisses: Materials You Need

Valentine Kisses: Materials You Need

materials:

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • chocolate Hershey Kisses
  • white card stock
  • gel pens
  • cellophane bags (Valentine cellophane bags $1.00 at Target)
  • glue stick
vintage bowl of Hershey Kisses

vintage bowl of Hershey Kisses

Outline your kiss

Outline your kisses

Step 1: Take a Hershey Kiss and use your pencil to outline its circular shape.


Step 2: Use your scissors and cut as many circles as you want. If you are sending a lot of Valentines cut out as much as you can, but you can also mix Hershey Kisses without little messages on the bottom and it will make those with sweet messages even more special.

sweet messages for the kisses

sweet messages for the kisses

Step 3: After you write your personal note, flip the card stock over and glue the blank side of the paper and stick it to the bottom of the Hershey Kiss.

glue + note + kiss

glue + note + kiss

kisses with their notes

kisses with their “love” notes

sealed with a kiss

sealed with a kiss

bag your kisses and send a note

bag your kisses and send a note

Step 4: You can either leave your Hershey Kiss Valentines in a cute bowl or individually package your Valentines in a decorative baggy and send to your friends and family!

Ta-da!  Seal with a kiss and your valentines are ready to be delivered. Happy Valentine’s Day! xx

Pretty Things: Light

New inspiration notebook for Tangerine Tote

New inspiration notebook for Tangerine Tote

This week’s Pretty Things highlights my crazy but productive week for “Tangerine Tote.” I have been busy thinking about awesome new ideas to share with all of you as well as talking to more local businesses in Portland to feature on my site.  I decided to collect my ideas and thoughts in the three journals I found at Target. Each of them has an inspirational quote on each of their covers. I thought the red and polka dot, William Shakespeare journal would be a good one to start with. TIP: Be sure to carry around a journal in your purse or briefcase so you can jot down random thoughts. It will help you remember ideas or instances you experience in your busy day for later inspirations.

“Joy delights in joy.” – William Shakespeare

Making "Tangerine" Comos

Making “Tangerine” Comos

Yumm… Tangerine Cosmopolitans. Here is the recipe to WOW your friends (I promise).

Ingredients You Need:

Mix these chilled ingredients together in a large pitcher. Stir. Pour the cosmo mixture over ice in your martini shaker. Shake 100 Xs (or as much as you can).  Pour into your martini glass and serve immediately. The ingredients above equals one batch (serves about 6). It is really easy to double, triple or even quadruple a batch. These cosmos also freeze nicely! You can keep the leftovers in the fridge and treat yourself after a long day at work.

framing postcards

framing postcards

Oh postcards.. they truly are pieces of art. I found the blue + yellow ones in Shanghai and the other NY ones when I was visiting MoMa in NY. In my earlier post this week, Framing Postcards, I talked about how easy and inexpensive it is to frame postcards you find when you travel, walking through an art museum, or visiting a cultural exhibit. These postcards mean a lot to me and remind me of great memories I made at these awesome places.  Go ahead, frame your favorite postcards and start decorating!

Recipe hunting via Smitten Kitchen

Recipe hunting via Smitten Kitchen

Doesn’t this cake look amazing? My aunt let me borrow her Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! I wasn’t familiar with the blog, Smitten Kitchen, but now that my aunt has introduced it to me I am in love with all Smitten Kitchens’ recipes. She truly has an eye on photographing food and her cookbook and blog are full of fantastic recipes (some are simple enough for even me to make). Take a peak at her blog if you are looking for some tasty meals to try out.

Morning coffee - Barista soy vanilla latte

Morning coffee – Barista soy vanilla latte

There is something about a nice cup of coffee, thick sweaters and some bright arm candy on a chilly morning. Once per week, I meet my dear friends, Kamauri (YehWho) and Christina, for early morning coffee before we start our work days. We either go to Portland’s local Barista or Cafe Umbria.  It’s nice to have a weekly catch up to see how everyone is doing and what their weeks are looking like. I love starting these mornings earlier, because I always seem to come to work in a better mood and more awake after a refreshing, early morning chat. If you are finding that you are in a funk or your week days are blending in too much with one another, try switching up your routine and adding an early morning yoga class or starting a weekly coffee date with friends.

My Arm Candy:

Hope everyone had a great weekend and you are all ready to start another exciting week! Looking forward to posting more DIY project and local business reviews. xx

Framing Postcards

framed postcards

framed postcards

Every time I travel I love to collect postcards. When I say “postcards,” I don’t mean picking up generic postcards from your average convenience store around the corner, I mean postcards from a museum or art exhibit. In 2009 I studied abroad in Beijing, China, and during my time there I visited my absolute favorite city in the world, Shanghai. Shanghai is one of the most magical and beautiful cities I have ever experienced. If you get the opportunity to travel, live or study there – you are in for the best experience of your life. Shanghai is like a New York meets Hong Kong meets Paris – simply magical.

Whenever I look at these postcards I am reminded of the time I spent there, meeting my best friend, Winnie Tsui when we studied together in Beijing and flying to visit Shanghai for an unforgettable long weekend. Winnie and I were determinded to go to the highest viewpoint in Shanghai (Shanghai World Financial Center). These three postcards depict this iconic sky scrapper in three eye-popping colors. Framing postcards from this fabulous trip is inexpensive and it will always remind of my time in Shanghai.

frame + postcards

frame + postcards

Materials You Need:

  • Frame (depends on size and quantity of postcards)
  • Postcards of choice
  • Tape
  • White card-stock paper (measured and cut to fit in the frame – find at local art store)

I used an old black wooden frame with three sections and two piece of glass. Pretty basic. I had to visit BLICK to measure the glass so I could buy and fit white card-stock that would frame the postcards.

Shanghai Postcards - yellow + blue + red

Shanghai Postcards – yellow + blue + red

If you have more than one, play around with the different colors and arrange in the order you want. Remove the “clean” glass from the frame. Grab your card-stock paper and lay it on a table with the white paper facing you. Flip the frame over so the screws and hook are facing you.

flip the frame upside down - straighten and place postcards on a blank white paper

flip the frame upside down – straighten and place postcards on a blank white paper

Carefully, double tape the back of the postcards and stick them firmly to the white card-stock.

 Finish

After the postcards are sealed neatly against their white frame, remove the wooden frame. Add glass, card-stock with postcards and seal the frame. Hang it on the wall or lay it against your night stand like I did.

This post is simple, but instead of framing print or photograph you take, try framing your favorite postcards from when you visit new places. It’s inexpensive and fun.

Love,
T.T.