Beginning of the Season – DIY Paper Projects

Hello, out there! I’m working on being more connected to this blog again, and have several posts in the works. But today I was off work sick (again, due to the stomach issues that come with living in Vietnam).

I used the time to make some paper DIY projects and get into the holiday season. You can find the Youtube videos that I used to learn to make these projects below.

DIY Day – In Progress

I’m making a big wall macrame project for our apartment in Korea. It was inspired by some of the things I’ve seen on Pinterest like this one below from GypsyAndLily, and I want to make something like these too!

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Inspiration 

Mine is taking ages to make, but it is kind of relaxing anyway. I’ll post a picture of it when finished, along with how I’m packing it to make it to Korea.

I’m also going to be teaching my mom and my brother’s mother-in-law how to make the granny square shawl I made in Iceland. It’s crochet and I got the pattern from Yarnutopia.com. It looks awesome and was really easy.

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Of course, I have to have a helper cat. She’s being really really good so far and not attacking the yarn.

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Late Winter Outfit

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Revolution Mug

This week it’s Chinese New Year, which is like Christmas and Thanksgiving rolled into one. We’ve been enjoying warm weather for a couple days, but early in the week it was freezing cold (as is usual in Shanghai’s winter).

It’s hard to be fashionable when you are cold all the time, but I’m managing.

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Outfit for work. 

It goes like this in the winter time: bra, shirt, other shirt, dress, other dress, sweater, coat, scarf. On the bottom: long underwear, tights, other tights, knee-high socks, skirt. I’ve taken to wearing colourful skirts as petticoats for extra layers. And yet, one will still be cold as the humidity means it just cuts right through it allllllll….

I did a little DIY for CNY, too. Lanterns made from Hong Bao, the lucky envelopes that people use to give gifts of money at this time of year. One I managed to do backwards, but it looks like a red sun (sorta).

It’s the Year of the Monkey, so our Christmas monkeys are in style still.

We made a Wishing Tree and wrote things we want for the new year, and made a feast of fish and cheese (much better than it sounds) for the night of the new year. Happy 2016!

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So uh, this is life right now…

I locked myself in the kitchen with the heater, and I sit on stools with my dodgy laptop.

But hey! Our sink is clearer than in months. If your sink gets messed up, or runs slowly, do this:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the sink. Add a little water if needed, but only enough to make a paste.
  2. Pour white vinegar down the drain. It will sizzle a lot.
  3. Pour freshly boiled water down the drain.
  4. BOOM. Clean drain.

I can’t even believe it myself.

I received a great package from my family today. I miss them, and I am happy to wear the bracelet! Love you guys!

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