Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Go For Gold!

So the Women Soccer Olympic games kicked off yesterday. It was such a great day of soccer, for various reasons. Before I get into that, welcome the 18 players that form the US squad!

I will declare you proficient in US Women knowledge if you can name me all 18 players and match them to their faces without the help of google. Trust me when I say I will be more than eager to train you in the subject of US Women soccer knowledge if you ever have an interest. I've already "trained" my dad and he is about as good as a US women soccer fan as I could make an old "all-men" sport sort of guy.

You can also go to and get yourself all geared up to show some American spirit. I am, for sure, all geared up. I even made my own personalized Facebook profile picture, going with the same theme of GO FOR GOLD:

And if you ever question why I support the US Women in particular, this video should put you to ease. I mean, you cannot find a better team with more skill, character, and humor. To learn more about this team and the individual players, you can also go to their Youtube channel and watch all the videos you want!

Too much character in just those 3:23 minutes. Gotta love these women.

Finally, yesterday was such a great day because....

#o1. Tobin Heath, favorite US woman player, played an amazing game and gave an amazing assist. She also nutmeg'd quite a few France defenders. Also great seeing her nutmeg opponents. She talks more about that in this video."Everyone's always primed and ready to be nutmeg'd... you MAKE them ready!"

#o2. Michael Bradley, my favorite man player, had a great day with his new team, AS Roma. I was actually considering awhile back to attend the game between Roma and Liverpool since it actually took place in Boston at Fenway Park. Michael Bradley was the first one to get himself on the scoreboard with one of his great strikes... and believe it or not, Roma came away with a win!! Surprise, surprise. The world is catching up with the English Premier League. The world is also catching up with Europe. Today, the shocker was that the Japanese men's national team beat Spain.

#o3. The MLS All Star team consisting of some former glory with the likes of David Beckham and Thierry Henry and some new talent Chris Wondolowski, Landon Donovan, Jay DeMerit, Kyle Beckerman, and Eddie Johnson took on former Champions League winners Chelsea with Frank Lampard and John Terry. After a 91st minute goal from Johnson, the MLS All Star team came out with a 3-2 victory. What did I just say about the world catching up with the Premier League?!

#o4. Finally, and I shall end on this note, the best of all is that the US Women secured a win over France after being down 2-0 by the first 15 minutes of the game. Thank goodness for the best strikers in the world, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, that they emerged in a 4-2 victory. I don't support those women for no reason, they get the job done.

The next game is on Saturday, July 28th at noon (EST) broadcasted by NBCSports. If I haven't convinced you yet that this game is worth watching, I don't know what else to say.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

More Pinterest

Whoever created Pinterest was a creative genius. Its been my source of inspiration and distractions in the past couple of weeks. When I said in my previous blog post that I had finally accomplished my first craft project, I had completely forgotten about my July 4th decors. And they account for something.

To start off, one must always do something to satisfy the stomach. Especially when the author herself has a huge stomach and extremely high metabolism, meaning she eats nonstop and puts all that extra fats to good use. I saw these adorable July 4th strawberries on Pinterest, yet again, and I had to make these little treats for myself.

These are made from real strawberries, melted white chocolate chips, and food colored blue sugar. One thing for sure, they aren't as easy as they look. The chocolate was the main problem. I definitely expected it to go on smoother. Just a little hint: don't microwave the chocolate chips for too long. I speak from experience. One second they're looking like a beautiful white ocean of goodness and the next second, they're black.

My other project was using part Pinterest creative juices, part my own creative juices.

Inspired by these blue star garlands that I saw on Pinterest, I decided to create my own blue star garland... in the form of a necklace.

It turned out really well! I made it on July 3rd and then while getting dressed on the fourth, I realized that my necklace had gotten into a pretty big knot overnight. After struggling with it for an hour at the least, I finally gave up and had to restring all the stars. Therefore, my hint - again, learned through experience - is to store this necklace really well if you intend to (1) wear it someday or (2) wear it often.

The stars are made out of this really thin, kinda see-through paper that I bought from Michael's. I bought two 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper and cut out 0.5 x 8.5 strips from it. You can make paper stars by following the directions listed here. Since my mother had taught me how to make paper stars from a really early age, I didn't have any trouble with perfecting them. It does take some practice to make them perfect though. Sharp nails is a plus when pushing in the edges to inflate the stars.

Those were my two July 4th crafty projects. If that was all you were here to read about, you are free to click the x button at the top of your screen. I am about to go off into a soccer tangent - I do that often. But one more thing somewhat related to this, have you ever watched Craft Wars on TLC? Cool show. I've had two people tell me, "You should go on that show." I wouldn't mind.


Fernando Torres and his little children, Nora and Leo,
after winning the EURO 2012 Cup with the Spanish national team.
I'm sorry but is there anything cuter than a really cute soccer player and his little cute mini hims. I think not. Plus it makes him seem more humane. I might just have to become a Chelsea/Spain fan. Being a Spain fan isn't hard, I mean Spanish guys playing soccer. It doesn't get better than that. Chelsea fan? That isn't happening anytime soon unless Clint Dempsey joins them. I don't think I can compromise with John Terry when he has some issues.

Speaking of Clint Dempsey, rumors has it that he might be playing for the Liverpool Reds next season. I don't know, my daddy's wish of me becoming a Liverpool fan just may come true. On the other hand, he'll have to become a Clint Dempsey fan.

Babysitting Adventures
-when you're in charge of one eleven year old, three goats, two rabbits...

Babysitting the Asian way. He was being a bad boy.

You got to get him under control somehow.

Goats and person on the loose. Oh no!

And then I tried to take a picture with Moonshine...

.... she bit my hair. :(

I'm having a pretty great summer. How about you?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bible Verses Reminders

So my summer break has been very relaxing. I've been ambitiously dreaming up some craft and design projects to accomplish and I've finally started on two... and completed both.

Firstly, once my sister moved out of the Girl Cove in the basement, I took over and moved in. I spent an afternoon jamming to Hunter Hayes and cleaning it out of all the daddy long legs and dirt. I also put my profession into practice and rearranged it so that it looks like it is three times bigger than it was originally. After putting a fresh scent of Cinnamon Mango in a Scentsy warmer and opening the windows, I was very satisfied with the end result.

And then comes my Pinterest worthy project, putting some bible verses into these empty frames I found while cleaning the room out. The canvas size for each were only 2 by 3 inches so up came my devoted InDesign and I set up my document size appropriately. To save printer space, I opened a regular letter size and used the Rectangle Tool to draw four 2x3 boxes for guidelines.

Of course I picked some Bible verses that I need to remember in this season of my life. I've been really focusing on being a witness of Christ that these verses are just a really good reminder. Seeing them daily will really be an encouragement.

I've also recently been into colorful colors. Thus I have one that's blue, another green, yet another yellow-to-red, and finally a pink/purple one. I mixed up fonts and typography to get some variety while still trying to keep some consistency so that it doesn't look too incoherent.

The house printer wasn't printing so I ordered a print at Staples and got it colored printed on an 8.5x11 white card stock so there was some firmness. I picked it up a day later and cut out each one separately inside the black lines and framed each.

This is a really easy project but I really like the end result. You can put any phrases you want and it's really all about getting the text set up in a way thats professional but casual at the same time. If you want to know more about how to set up the InDesign file and what fonts I used - or any other specifications - feel free to comment on this post or email me.