Created With Aloha Two

Created With Aloha Two

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tea For Two

Today I would like to share the card that I made for last month's tea swap.  The optional theme was "tea for two" and the optional color was purple and silver.  This is what I came up with

and what my tea swap partner sent to me.

Here's the inside of the card.

This was another fun tea swap. I especially had lots of fun coloring the images with my Copics and a silver shimmer marker.  It's too bad that the silver doesn't show up as being shimmery in the picture.  Now I need to get working on the one that is due this month.  I better get moving on it since I need to send it out tomorrow.  Wish me luck!  :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Last Weekend and A Secret Pal Exchange

I can't believe that it was already a week ago that I had a long weekend.  Wish it was another long one. LOL!  Last weekend, my family and I went on a mini vacation to San Diego.  We all had a great time together shopping, walking along the wharf,

eating good food, and going to Legoland.  Everything made with legos always amazes me, but the foxes were my favorite this time.  (It's one of the newest additions to all the awesome creations they have.)

The only crafting that I've done lately was last week.  I put together goodies for my Secret Pal for Valentine's Day at work.   Each year we sign up for the activity and are assigned to someone to surprise goodies with all week.   Here I gave to mine.

Mine loves sushi so I got some sushi erasers and put a magnet on each one.

She is very organized so I thought that the flower pen and this giant clip would be useful for her.

She loves french fries from McDonalds.

This is what I received from mine.

Inside the heart box is one of my favorite candies, almond rochas.  I am not sure how my Secret Pal knew, but I love monkeys and my favorite two color combos are pink and purple.

What a cute bag and wand.  The card from my Secret Pal was super sweet.

It is always so much fun participating in this activity.  Besides prepping of this activity last week, two co-workers and I were in charge of bring snacks.  I thought it would be fun to have Valentine's Day themed centerpieces on the tables.  This is what I came up with.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have to share.  Have a fun, relaxing, and crafty weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope that everyone is doing well.  Lately, I've been getting more and more behind on my craft projects because of all the other tasks on my "to do" list.  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything. I'm trying to not get too stressed.  LOL!!!!  Okay, enough about me.  Let's go onto a much happier topic- the crafty stuff that I've been making.  Even though it's been a bit hectic I am very happy that Valentine's Day is today. It's one of my favorite holidays next to Christmas because I always enjoy surprising family and friends with gifts to show them some extra love.  Last weekend and this week I've been working on these Valentine's Day tags for my gifts.

Here's a picture of the tags on the gifts.

These are the cards that I gave to my Sunday School students

and the treats for the kids on my caseload.

To take a little breather from everything my hubby and I went out to dinner on Tuesday to celebrate Valentine's Day before the whole world did.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Ruth Chris.

I hope that all of you will have a wonderful Valentine's Day.  Happy Valentine's Day from my heart to yours!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy Year of the Horse!

It has been lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year so far.  It started off with having dinner at my house with my hubby, kids, and my parents.  Then on Sunday we had our annual Chinese New Year brunch.  Each year one person makes a huge pot of porridge and the rest of the people in my Sunday School Department brings the condiments.  Here is a picture of my bowl of ono porridge full of condiments.

My favorite condiments are 1000 year old egg, greasy Chinese bread, nori, and green onion.  To make the festivities more fun a lot of us wear our Chinese outfits.  Here is a picture of my hubby and I with our outfits on.

As a gift to the students in my Sunday School class, I made these tags and attached them to the back of the tablets that I purchased from a party store.  (I printed the horse out because my Year of the Horse stamp has still not arrived.)

Here a close up picture of the tags that I made.

I put the tablets in a red envelope.  After church we went to California Adventure to continue our celebrating.

One area was beautifully decorated in Chinese decorations.  This is one of my favorites.

We saw Mulan and Mushu, Chip and Dale, and Mickey in their Chinese outfits.  (My kids wore their Chinese clothes to take a picture with the characters.)  My favorite is of course Mulan and Mushu.

There were also several activities- an area where they wrote our name in Chinese, face painting, a spot to write our wishes and hang it on a clothes line, and an area to learn to do the ribbon dance. Here is picture of my hubby with two of ladies that showed us how to do the ribbon dance.

There was also a processional with Mulan, performances by different Asian dance companies, a dragon dance, and a food stand with char sieu baus, fortune cookies in a take out box, and beautifully carved sour doe bread.

All the activities were awesome and made celebrating Chinese New Year so much fun.  As my Chinese New Year gift my hubby got a super cute Small World purse.  I especially love the characters on it.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have to share.  Stay tune for more pictures of my Chinese NY celebrations and some crafty stuff.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Decorations and Party Favors For My Daughter's Party

My hubby and I threw my daughter a b-day party two weeks ago at our house to celebrate her 7th b-day.  The theme was of course Monster High.  (The Monster High dolls are her favorite.) She wanted a party with that theme that including some crafting. We spent an entire week after work and stayed up two nights in a row until 2am making and/or putting together decorations and party favors.  We decorated take out boxes from Michaels and put her favorite candy inside (M&Ms),

made signs that resemble a chalk board (We decided to make chalk boards to resemble a school since the Monster High DVDs are usually based around a school setting.)  for the names of the games and food (The games and food were all named after what the Monster High dolls like.),

made signs for different areas of the house that we turned into a "school",

made "Monster High tulips" to include with the centerpiece,

made a banner, 

and colored a cover for her party favor bags.

 Each of the girls got to decorate a foam board with letters to spell their name and with some cute foam stickers. Here's how we displayed everything for my daughter's party.

We set up a table in our backyard for my daughter's friends to draw her a picture and write her a message. 
(I am going to make a book for her with all the pages in it.) This activity was given to them to work on while we were waiting for all the guests to arrive.

At the end of the party all the girls got to take home a bag full of goodies and their foam plaque (as picture above).  All in all the party turned out great and everyone had a good time.  Seeing how happy our daughter was with her buddies made all the hard work and lost of sleep prepping for her party worth it.  Those of you are celebrate Chinese New Year, Happy Year of the Horse!  Stay tune for some fun crafty items for Chinese New Year.  I haven't made any of them yet because I am still waiting for my "Year of the Horse" stamp to arrive.  Everyone have a wonderful weekend!