Wine Box = Jewelry Box {Tutorial}

I found a defective wine box sitting in my basement so I decided to make use of it and turn it into a jewelry box for my jewelries. An environmentally friendly tutorial.

{ You will need }

  • 7 Screw hooks
  • 1 Old wine box

{ Instructions }

 1. Unscrew one side of the lids, I picked the side for the wine glasses. I saved the lid for my watches.

2. I bought a pack of assortment screw hooks from the dollar store and used the one that fits my jewelries.

3. The wine box usually comes with a styrofoam that holds all the wine accessories.

4. Remove the styrofoam piece and flip to the other side and put it back in.

5. Screw the hooks evenly to the styrofoam.

6. Ta-la! Just put all your jewelries into the different slots.

Put the detached lid aside for your watches. Now you have a recycled jewelry box and a watch tray!

Sweet Chalet is officially launched!

After months of preparing and weeks of sleepless nights, I now announce that our home-made baking website is now officially ready! YAY! Lots of good feedbacks and supports received from our friends and family, I guess hard work does pay off at the end 🙂 Check it out at www.sweetchalet.ca and show your support by liking us on facebook!

visit sweetchalet.ca

many many updates…

I haven’t been updating my blog for awhile… and I have an excuse for that actually, it’s not because I am lazy. In fact, I am getting busier than ever before. I just wish that there’s more hours in a day so I can accomplish more things. It always feels like I’m racing against time everyday. So updates. I am starting a side business selling mobile pouches and ipad pouches.

Feel free to check it out here: http://icandywear.storenvy.com

I am also partnering with a colleague of mine from work and doing some kind of a bakery business…well not quite actually. We do custom cake toppers and cake decorations and also cookies for special occasions. There’s so much stuffs to do when it comes to starting your own business. It took quite a while to even come up with a good and catchy name. After a bunch of brainstorming, most of the names that we like have already been used in the same industry…. But at last, we landed on “Sweet Chalet”. It’s a play on words, if it’s not obvious enough. It’s all about handcrafted and homemade goodies. I think it relates to what we do really well. Let’s hope everyone else like it the way we do. Down the pipe, I still have to update my tumblr account which I’ve opened an account for more than a year and still nothing’s there. But I finally know what to post on it.  It’s another little weird collections that I do on the side to say the least. I’ll not reveal too much info for now.

On behalf of Sweet Chalet, here’s a photo of our cherry blossom cookies for company’s pot luck event:

Flavours: strawberry, malt, ovaltine, espresso, chocolate and green tea

That was a good potluck, though quite a few people brought in cookies as well. Hopefully ours stand out better than others. I’m sure they do. We still need to get a website going but for now, follow @SweetChalet on Twitter to get our latest updates and our homemade process! And of course, stay tuned on all my other on-going projects!

DIY: Felt Rose Ring

I love to DIY and I love arts and crafts. I made a lot of things myself and for friends as gifts, especially accessories. This felt rose ring was a project that I did few years back and was my first time doing a ring using felt. It was originally based on a ring that a friend purchased elsewhere and I thought I could pay for less and make my own. So I experimented it myself at home. I am happy the way it turned out, quite versatile as I can make it as a brooch, earrings or a headpiece.

You will need: -Felt or other fabric (I chose indigo blue) -Scissors -Ring band -Needle -Matching colour thread

Cut out as much pedals as you wish. I used 11 pedals. You can cut more to make your rose to have more volume. My pedal size is within 1 inch x 1 inch.

Take a pedal and put a string at the tip of the pedal (the side that is narrower) as show in the picture

Pull the string tight so that you create a shape like this. Tie a knot to keep the shape. Repeat these steps for the rest of the pedals

You should have something like this.

Take four of them and sew them together. Tips: One pedal should overlap the other (like a fan)

You should have something like this after sewing the 4.

Repeat another set of 4 and a set of 2. Keeping one pedal remaining.

Now mold the two pedals in the center and squeeze a bit inwards and secure with thread.

Now mold the two pedals in the center and squeeze a bit inwards and secure with thread.

Use the remaining pedal and roll the tip to something like this and secure with thread. This will be used as the center pedal.

Fit the pedal into the center and sew in place. Tips: you might need to trim the center pedal a bit if it appears to be taller than the rest of the pedals.

Cut out the same size circle as the ring blank from the felt.

Sew the circle to the bottom of the rose.

You should have something like this. Now glue the circle onto the ring band circle area.

Ta la~ You're done!

I love statement rings

My Diet Journey: Stuffed Chicken with Cheese in Salsa Sauce

Today, I decided to cook chicken breasts again. I mean if it’s not chicken breast, I’ll be eating fillet… how boring! But then, I wonder if I can actually do something like pizza pop but with chicken breasts. So I decided to insert a non-fat cheddar cheese inside the chicken breast and see how it turns out.

Stuffed Chicken with Cheese in Salsa Sauce

Stuffed Chicken with Cheese in Salsa Sauce

Ingredients:

1 pc chicken breast

2 tbsp of Salsa sauce

2 tbsp of vegetable cocktail  V-8

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1/4 red onions, chopped

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 slice of non-fat cheddar cheese

Japanese spicy seasoning

Salt and pepper

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.

1. Trim fat of chicken breast and cut chicken horizontally to make pocket.

2. Cut cheese in half and insert into pocket. Secure opening with toothpick.

3. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Sprinkle a bit of spicy seasoning.

4. Heat skillet with oil and saute garlic. Add in onions and saute for 2 minutes.

5. Brown chicken on both sides and transfer to baking tray.

6. Put into oven and bake for 15 minutes or until it is fully cooked.

7. Add salsa sauce to skillet and V-8 and saute in low heat.

8. Serve chicken breast on plate and remove toothpick. Pour salsa sauce over chicken.

Melted cheese inside

I like how it turns out. The cheese will over flow and comes out from the gap, so make sure you have to close it tight with the toothpick prior to cooking. I love the salsa sauce and cheese together with the chicken. It’s like eating Pizza but it’s chicken! LOL

My Diet Journey: Breakfast with Soft-Boiled Egg

Soft-boiled egg is one of my favourite ways to eat an egg. However I also think it is the toughest to make. A perfect soft-boiled egg has yolk still soft and runny while the egg white is cooked. I just like to spoon out the yolk and eat it like ice cream haha…I even have a little cup for eating the soft-boiled egg!

Boiled to perfection!

Runny yolk inside

My Diet Journey: Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Cheese

Did you know that scrambled eggs is my least preferred way of cooking eggs? I was never a fan of scrambled eggs for some reason. I just think it is very plain. There’s no runny yolk like the sunny side up or the soft boiled ones, nor there’s the silky egg white. Everything just blends in together. So for mine, I like to add non-fat cheddar cheese just so it can be more interesting. Try it! I really recommend!