Thursday, August 21, 2014


My mom always, always makes sure she puts on sunscreen before going out.  Now I know why she still looks good.

Thanks Rand!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Somebody Else's Filthy Oven

Okay, okay . . . I admit it . . . it's my oven.  Don't scold me.

Since I had extra time on my hands, I decided to try and tackle the oven window.  I do believe it does come in handy when you can actually see through it.


I went online and found out that a baking soda paste would work. You just add water to some baking soda and them smear on the paste like this.  

I left it on for a couple of hours and then used a paper towel to kinda scrub it off.

It worked!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Handmade Paper

As promised, here is my paper-making tutorial.

I started with two sheets of this cotton linter.  I think I got the linter and my paper-making mold from the toy store that used to be in Ward Warehouse. I forget the name . . . Child's Play?

I tore up the linter along with a sheet of dark blue card stock.  I put the pieces in a bowl of warm water and let it soak for a few minutes. 

Then I dumped everything into this old blender that I keep in my closet just for this purpose.  It's been quite a few years since I last used the blender so it shocked me that it still worked.  

I actually shoulda done half at a time and put double the water, but too late . . .  I ended up using a chopstick to shove all the stuff on the top down to the bottom.  

Here's the pulp.  If I had done it right, I coulda got it shredded finer, but nooooooo . . .  

This is my deckle and mold.  The screen part (mold) goes on the bottom and the wooden frame thing (deckle) goes on top of the screen.

I put a handful of pulp into each section and swooshed it around in a tub filled with water to level out the pulp.  

Then I removed the deckle and turned the screen upside down onto a felt sheet.

I removed some of the water by dabbing with a sponge.

Then I lifted off the screen.

I placed another felt sheet on top and repeated and repeated and repeated.

I placed the finished sheets of felt between two cutting boards and pressed them together over the sink to drain off as much water as I could.  I even put the boards on the floor and stepped on um to press out as much water as I could.

Then I separated the paper and let them dry.  It usually takes about a day to dry.

Here is the finished product. It came out kinda thick and bumpy. 

Here is the card that I made using the paper.

And same thing as with the "love always" cards, I made a whole bunch.  Let me know if you want cards . . .  I'll send you some. Free.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


I would like to interject my "every other day" posts by saying:



Friday, August 15, 2014

Greeting Cards

I don't usually buy greeting cards 'cause I can make um. But my supply has dwindled and a few weeks ago I needed a wedding card so I got this one while I was at Foodland.  It was $3.99.  It's the cheapest one I could find that I liked.  Is that not a lot to spend on something that is gonna be enjoyed for just a few seconds?


I decided to bust out my supplies and make some generic "love always" cards that can be used for a variety of occasions.

And you know me . . . if you're gonna make a few, you might has well make a lot.

I also made some handmade paper and am in the process of using them to make more cards.  I'll show you how I did it in my next post. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One Leaf

Now that I'm back to blogging, my obsessive nature makes me want to post something every single day, but when material runs thin I find myself scrambling around for ideas and I end up sharing something like "one leaf". 

So I decided to try to refrain myself and post every other day instead and hopefully I might last longer that way. See you in a couple days.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kristen and Family

Hi everybody!  Thanks for being so patient.  I had a really nice break.

Wanted to return to blogging with photos of Kristen and her family. We met a few weeks ago at the Hawaii Railway Society in Ewa. They were such a fun group and were totally game to my suggestions despite the HEAT.  Thanks Kristen!  I had fun!









Friday, July 25, 2014

Taking a Break

Yes, sorry, I'm gonna be taking a break from blogging.  Not sure for how long . . . maybe a couple of weeks or so. Everything's okay. I just like take one break.  Maybe even clean house.  Or not.

I wanted to leave you something cool to watch while I'm away . . . a butterfly cinemagraph. You can watch it f-o-r-e-v-e-r and the flapping won't ever stop.  I used a segment of one of my video clips and created it by following the instructions on this YouTube video:  How to Create a Cinemagraph. I did it once before and posted pictures here: My First Cinemagraphs.  

K den. Bye. See you soon.  Enjoy the flapping.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

J-Shop (Again)

I can't seem to stay away from this store . . . even though everything is so expensive there. I'm so glad that I went yesterday because they were giving away samples.  Besides this meat there were tomato, melon (the $60 one), and little musubi samples . . . all veeeery delicious.


I actually went there to see if maybe they might've discounted this mochi yet 'cause I knew that the expiration date is coming up.  Welllllll, not only had it not been discounted, but this is the last box they had.  No, I didn't buy it. 

I almost bought this Lemon Honey.  The honey has Shikoku lemon in it and looked so good . . . but it was around $15 so I decided not to.

I did buy this kuromame.  I wanted to buy it the last time I was there, but didn't.  It was $4.50.  It's good.  I had to force myself to not eat the whole thing.

This pickled egglant was discounted 30%.  I got it for $5.25.

I wasn't sure how to cut it.  I think this way it looks pretty.

I also got this narazuke . . . $13.50.  EXPENSIVE!!!  But oishiiiiii.

So crunchy.  Landon doesn't like it, but Wendell does. 

Cute yah!  In the back is some won bok that I salted to make into kim chee, but never got the kim chee base yet so been eating with just some shoyu.

I thought this shoyu looked intriguing.  It says that it will make your eggs taste good.  I wasn't sure if I was reading it right so I asked the guy there if the kanji said "tamago" (egg).  He said yes. He said that they use it on top of tamago kake gohan (raw egg on rice).  I bought a bottle. It was $6.25.

As soon as I got home I boiled some eggs.  While it was still warm I poured some of the shoyu on top.  IT WAS GOOOOOOOD!!!!!  Even Wendell said that it was VERY good.  

I almost bought some wagyu beef again. But I didn't.  And now I wish that I did.   And I don't even care for beef . . . normally.  But OMG . . . BUTTAH. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ruth and Family

I met Ruth and her sweet family a couple of weekends ago at Magic Island for some picture taking.  Ruth's two sisters live on the mainland, and Ruth and her mom and dad will likely follow suit soon, so they wanted some photos for remembrance. Ruth is a former coworker, and although I don't get to see her too much anymore I feel sad that she'll be leaving the islands.