Introducing Yak-Yak, the Bird Puppet

This is Yak-Yak. As his name implies, he loves to talk. A few things you should know about Yak-Yak: 1) He is a little kooky. 2) Not a graceful bird, he’s a big klutz and can’t fly or land straight without crashing into something. 3) His idol is Big Bird. 4) His favorite food: worm […]

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Bun Bun Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

There are recipes that you return to again and again because of their reliability, ease of preparation, and deliciousness.  Bun Bun Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce is one of those for me.  The recipe is from the cookbook, Morning Food From Cafe Beaujolais by Margaret Fox of Mendocino, California, and was inspired by the Chinese […]

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Emperor and Nightingale Chinoiserie Shadow Box Class

Recently, I took another class at Castle in the Air, my favorite crafting place (see post here).  This class was taught by my two favorite instructors, John McRae and Ulla Milbrath and was two days long – a marathon of creativity! John and Ulla have teamed up for a continuing series of two-day classes, and […]

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Vintage Crafting – Three-Dimensional Decoupage

I love books and I love to craft, so craft books have a special place in my heart, not so much for their instruction as for their inspiration and eye candy.  One particular subject I’m particularly fascinated with is vintage crafting, so whenever I come across a vintage craft magazine or book, I have to […]

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Introducing the One and Only, Heathcliff!

There once was a caterpillar named Heathcliff.  He was the only stuffed animal in the entire house.  He could come and go as he pleased. He could do no wrong.  He spent his days eating, sleeping, and playing.  Whatever his heart desired was his.  He even had an entire sofa all to himself.  Life was […]

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Potato, Tomato, and Squash Tian

All my Chinese friends love eating vegetables, especially leafy green ones.  I grew up in a Chinese home, but never developed a love for the leafy stuff (except pea shoots, which I absolutely love and spinach).  My mom prepared all her vegetables simply, and to my taste, they were kind of bland.  So when I […]

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Letting Go of Perfection

I am a perfectionist by nature.  Ever since I was little, I have been obsessed with things like accuracy and precision.  I remember when I was in second or third grade and learning about the metric system, we had a bunch of math exercises in which we had to draw lines of a given length […]

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Mollie Makes Magazine

It’s getting to be that time of year again.  Craft magazines galore!  I was at Jo-Ann’s the other day, picking up some craft glue when I noticed the full magazine rack by the checkout line.  I love magazines, especially food and craft related ones.  I used to go to the bookstore every month like clockwork […]

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2013 Scrapbook Expo and the Commercialization of Crafting

Over the weekend I attended the 2013 Scrapbook Expo held in Santa Clara.  It was my first time attending.  Now to be honest, I am not a scrapbooker, but I am a cardmaker, and I was eager to learn new things and see some new gadgets and tools.  I had registered for four workshops over […]

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Castle in the Air – My Magical Creative Home

You’ve heard me mention Castle in the Air a couple of times already.  What is this place, and why do I appear to be so enamored by it? Have you ever gotten your feet wet in something, only to find yourself totally sucked in for good?  Well, that was my experience with crafting.  Once I […]

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