Friday, July 18, 2014

RECIPE | (Vegan!) Chocolate Espresso Pot de Creme In A Mug

It's summer. It's hot. I'm craving pot de creme but I don't want to turn on the oven in this sweltering weather. While I'm neither vegetarian nor vegan, I actually don't consume a lot of dairy in my house so I don't keep heavy cream on hand. I wasn't specifically looking for a vegan version, but a strategic web search yielded this awesome recipe, credited to the Detoxinista, that introduced me to the *magic* that is cashew cream! Since I'm pretty much the only one who eats sweets in my family, I opted to adapt this recipe for a single serving in a mug!

Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY | Leather Bracelets

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you courtesy of I received samples of their products in exchange for my honest review.

I received an e-mail from offering to send me a sample of their products in exchange for an honest product review. EndlessLeather is based in Germany with an amazingly huge variety of leather laces, cords, and accessories. I'll be starting off a series of DIYs using their products so stay tuned for more posts brought to you by EndlessLeather!

Here's a sampling of all the products I chose:

Left: double stitched | Right: recycled leather
Review: I chose a selection of double stitched and recycled leather cords, each 1 meter long, 7mm wide x 2mm thick. I was actually surprised because I wasn't expecting these leather laces to be such high quality. All of them were beautiful, stitched perfectly, and very durable. I got the double stitched in black, light beige, and powder, and the recycled leather in black, patent black, camel, beige, silver, and gold. Most of the colors were accurate compared to the pictures shown, although it'd be useful if they showed the cords to scale...I was expecting them to be wider. Oh how I wish they had the double stitched in mint!

Left: various findings | Right: leather clasp
I was also pleasantly surprised that their jewelry findings were also of really high quality; the sterling silver findings are super shiny and durable. Nothing flimsy here! I was a little disappointed that they didn't have more gold findings available but I was impressed with what I received. I chose two stainless steel crown charms, two gold lobster clasps, two gold cord ends, two gold spring rings, two silver spring rings, two silver lobster clasps, four square cord ends, three silver lever clasps, and a couple packs of silver jump rings. I have nothing but high praises to sing about EndlessLeather's quality.

Alright guys, so finally now onto the DIY! This is one of the simpler projects that I made using materials from EndlessLeather. You can't really go wrong with a classic leather bracelet. This also makes a great unisex gift; I could totally see both men and women rocking this!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

RECIPE | Banana Nilla Wafer Pudding

Great as a quick single serving dessert or for a large crowd, this delicious 3-ingredient dessert is super easy and no-bake! I especially find myself craving this during summer because it's nice and cool coming straight out of the fridge. Don't mind me if I just eat the whole pan in one sitting...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

RECIPE | Pandan Honeycomb Cake (Banh Bo Nuong)

Guess what guys? I'm about to post a semi-failed recipe. Bánh Bò Nướng is another chewy (pandan optional) Vietnamese snack/dessert. Its most distinguishing feature is its honeycomb-like texture...which I unfortunately failed to reproduce here :( It was still delicious, however, so I decide to share the recipe with you anyway along with some tips in the hopes that one of you will have luck making this! This recipe is from my Chinese tutor's father, who worked as a Vietnamese pastry chef in France.

*Note: I was making a double batch when I took photos, so don't flip out if your ingredients are significantly less!

Honeycomb-less honeycomb cake? :(

Sunday, June 15, 2014

DIY | Father's Day Bowtie Jar

I was asked to help think up Father's Day presents to give out to all the fathers at my church. Since I wanted to keep the gift simple yet meaningful, I decided on a jar chock full of healthy goodies: a dried-fruit-and-nut medley. To decorate the jar itself, I used ribbon to make it look like a little tuxedo with a color scheme of black and white.

Don't limit yourself to just Father's Day though; these also make great quick birthday gifts all year round or wedding/party favors!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Can't see any images?

It has come to my attention that a lot of my images are being circulated around the web so my bandwidth for my photo hosting site as been exceeded :(

I'm in the process of reuploading all my pictures now so please be patient!

Thank you in advance to my readers for understanding!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIY | Magnetic Phone Macro Lens

I love the picture quality I get from my the camera on my phone but hate how it lacks a macro lens. I've had my eye on those 3-in-one lens sets which includes a little magnetic ring for detachable lenses. I figured I wouldn't really use the wide angle or fisheye lenses too much since those effects could be achieved via filter, so I found a way to DIY my own magnetic macro lens!

Note: Before you do this project, make sure that using the magnet will not interfere with your phone's compass (which may rely on detection of the magnetic field) and do not use strong magnets (they may damage your touchscreen if placed too close).

Monday, May 19, 2014

Liebster Award | Eleven Facts, Questions, Answers, and Nominations

Hello all!

Wow, I've been so honored to have been nominated by two lovely ladies: Mary (We Can Make Anything) and RaChil (The Cwafty Blog) for the Liebster Award!

The blogging community is just so sweet and the Liebster Award is to and from blogs as a means for bloggers to get to know each other, collaborate, discover new blogs! Basically nominees post 11 facts, answer 11 questions from their nominators, and create 11 questions to nominate 11 other blogs. So without further ado, here we go!

Monday, May 12, 2014

DIY | Wood Block Photo Holder

I typically gift my mom a handcrafted card for Mother's Day, but this year I decided add on a photo holder so that she can reuse for displaying pictures all throughout the year. This is a sweet, inexpensive five-minute project that makes a great gift!

Monday, May 5, 2014

DIY | Gogo Philip Inspired Crystal Hexnut Necklace is one of my absolute faaaavorite sites to shop at (disclaimer: not endorsing, I just really love them) because they have such unique pieces and their fashions are always on point. I spotted this totally DIY-able Gogo Philip necklace, so I made this necklace from some extra hexnuts on hand from my last project!

Left: My version | Right: Gogo Philip Bolt Diamante Necklace

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