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Getting ready for Halloween, start making costumes. Can you tell what we’re wearing this year?IMG_9930

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Chinese New Year is almost here. This is the Year of the Rooster, so can this be replaced with the traditional red envelope?

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Spending my morning felting, as my form of therapy. My nephew who stayed overnight was interested in taking up a new hobby, so here I am teaching him how to sew.

My latest creations (hand warmers).

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These ones are pretty much worn out. It’s time to replace them.

Finally done with this year’s costumes! Only spent $3 on paint from Michael’s which also covers the pumpkins! I took the big cardboard boxes from work, so this year’s entire costumes cost me $3 and the time, of course. Can’t wait to see what everyone else is wearing tomorrow!

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Finally done with my sister’s Halloween costume. Her family is dressing up as a characters from Pixar’s UP movie this year. She’s going to be the “flying house with balloons.” Initially I was going to make something simple. Somehow it turned out to be a 3-D house.

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I had the boys help finishing the job with the paint. I don’t think they followed the exact color of the house from the movie. I just told them “to make it colorful.”  Now all my sister needs is balloons!

I love green onions. Here’s to an endless supply of them, just under my fingertips. It’s super easy, handy and surprisingly practical for a dish here and there. I love it!

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Mr. Piggy’s cousin had a bridal shower this past Sunday. Everything on her registry pretty much clear when I tried to shop (that’s what I get for procrastinating). There were not much I could do (since I’m sure she has a lot of things already), but to get her gift card. Instead of just handing her the card (looks too plain), I decided to beef it up and made these using Pringles can!

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Made these hand warmers for our short distance walk from home to school in the mornings. Stuff them with white rice and microwave them for 30 seconds before we head out in the morning. Boys love them!

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Hosted another cooking class today for one of my niece who was absent last time (because she was sick). Picked today to do it because all the lil’ ones don’t have school. We made green onion pancakes and had it for lunch. I also taught them how to make the chinese dessert – black sesame filling tang yuan (湯圓) and the tradition behind it.

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I didn’t have time to show the younger ones how to make cheese quesadillas, which we will certainly save for the next time.

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It’s been awhile since we went to a baby shower. My sister didn’t want to have one, so we kept it low profile. Coincidentally, my sister-in-law is also expecting! I’ve asked to work on decorations and that’s right up my alley! Here I go…

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1. I cut out baby onesies on card stocks and hung them on strings (attached to the photo frame I had years ago). – $0.

2. Right next to this, I placed a frame asking guests to leave some words of wisdom for the parents, or the new baby. – $0.

3. Since I’m the type who likes to plan ahead, my boys and I have started painting the letters last week as part of the decorations (and their gifts for their new cousin). $9 (using my 50% coupon at Michael’s)

4. Behind these block letters are diaper boxes. As part of the fun, we asked guests to bring a box of diaper to be entered into a raffle. Again, planning ahead, I’ve asked those who plan to bring a box to drop off at my place instead. With this, I don’t have to get extra boxes. I wrapped them in white paper and painted the block letters (freehand). Note that I only painted the front side. Since I knew I was going to use animals to cover the top, I saved some work there. – $0.

5. Diaper cake – I made this diaper cake using diapers and baby swaddling blankets. Towers were from toilet paper rolls and paper towels. This was very fun and easy to make and attracted much attention to the table. – $16

The decoration costs less than $20 for the whole party ($6 for the flowers). The other items purchased and used were a part of the our gift to the baby which the parents can still use. This is how I like to throw parties.

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We also asked guests to bring a onesie for the baby. The mother gets to decide which one she thinks it’s the cutest!

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Food wasn’t my department at this party, since the hosts decided to order out, including dessert! But, my hands were itching to make cookies. So I did, not too many, a few just for fun. The center cookie was made by my friend, who’s a professional baker!

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