Monthly Archives: December 2009
Time for another DIY project! This time, I’ll be showing you how to make a cute letter/memo holder from disposable dinner plates.
Project: Disposable plate letter holder
Difficulty level: easy
Step 1: Get your supplies. What you need are: 2 disposable plates of the same size (can be plastic or Styrofoam or paper, and can by any size), superglue or hot glue gun, scissors, ribbons, and some embellishments like sequins or buttons.
Step 2: Cut one of the plates in half. You will only need one of these halves.
Step 3: Line a length of ribbon along the cut edge of one of the halves and glue it in place.
Step 4: Line up the halve plate with the intact plate, with their insides facing each other, and glue them together. Embellish the front if you like.
Step 5: Punch a hole at the top of the whole plate and tie a ribbon through it so you can hang the letter holder up.
And you’re done! You can now hang up your adorable letter holder and put your receipts, ticket stubs, letters, etc. in it!
I must first begin with a side note: I hate it when people/organizations don’t appreciate the work you do for them. I get that a lot as an illustrator for various campus publications at Columbia. Recent example: The Gadfly, the undegrad philosophy magazine, asked me to do some illustrations for them. I was very glad to accept. However, they did not send me the photographs I needed for the illustrations for a very long time, despite my efforts in e-mailing them several times. When they finally did, I had about a day to do the illustrations before the deadline. So I had to put aside my homework and studying for midterms to do them. And they never got back to me after I sent them the illustrations. Then, about a week ago, the magazine came out in print, and to my surprise, my drawings were not in there. Instead, they did some butchered Photoshop work on the original photos and completely left out my illustrations. Without even telling me. If they weren’t good enough for you, or got them in too late (which would not have been my fault) then at least let me know that, damn it.
Second example. What I had hoped as a weekly DIY column at Hoot is not turning out to be what I imagined. After rejecting one of my posts for no stated reason, they’re not posting my posts. I had a DIY wreath post ready to go for weeks and was hoping that it would be posted before Christmas, because, you know, wreaths are for Christmas. But as of now, they still have not posted it. All this while the co-editors in chief have been very eager to post their own posts, sometimes without even checking the spelling in the post title. So I’ve decided to resign from the team, who clearly have different interests than me.
Finally, I’ve come to the actual DIY project, and as you’ve probably guess, it’s the holiday wreath. I’m sorry that it’s a bit late for this season, but it’s super simple and you can always make it for next year! Here it is!
Project: Tissue paper holiday wreath
Difficulty level: medium
Step 1: Gather your supplies. I didn’t have a lot of stuff to make the wreath, so I had to get creative. All I used for this project are a thin wire hanger, some tissue paper (doesn’t matter if they’re new or used), scissors, tape, and glue.
Step 2: Bend the hanger into a circle. This will be the framework for the wreath. A hanger works great since it’s the perfect size and comes with a convenient hook for hanging.
Step 3: Choose 2 or 3 different colors of tissue paper for the wreath. I decided to make a nontraditional one and so I chose yellow and purple. Cut your tissue paper into strips of about 2.5″ by 7″.
Step 4: Scrunch up a strip of tissue paper with your hand.
Step 5: Tie the scrunched up strip to the hanger, making sure that the knot is in the center. Be careful to not rip the tissue.
Step 6: Do the same for the rest of the strips of tissue. You can make a pattern with the different colors or just arrange them randomly.
Step 7: Fill the entire framework with the tissues. Trim the wreath if some of the tissues are uneven. You’re now done with the basic wreath! You can stop here or go one to decorate it some more.
Step 8: I had some left over tissue paper, so I decided to make some paper balls to decorate my wreath. Take some tissue paper and scrunch it up. Put it in another piece of intact tissue paper.
Step 9: Wrap the intact piece around the crunched up tissue to make a ball. Tape it in the back.
Step 10: Make as many paper balls as you like and tape or glue them to your wreath. And you’re done! A gorgeous tissue paper wreath ready to be displayed.
Merry Christmas everyone! I wish you a season filled with love, joy, happiness, laughter, warmth, great food, and good health :)
I got home at 3am this morning and slept until 11am… mmm delicious, uninterrupted sleep is awesome. I decorated our tree, which is now all prettied up:
I had my first homemade dinner since the beginning of September… mmmm so good. The holiday season is off to a good start.
I also received news from my parents that they’re thinking of selling our townhouse and getting a detached house in the neighbourhood. I’m feeling a little ambivalent about it… I do like our townhouse now, but a new detached house would be nice too. No more noisy neighbours and our own backyard! My parents have already started looking around for options. Here are 2 that I like:
We’re going to go see them tomorrow and check if they’re as pretty as they look in pictures! (Probably not what my parents will be doing… but that’s what I’ll be doing!)
P.S.: Dear Santa, please bring me some A’s, I’ve been such a good girl this year. Thank you. Sincerely Yours, Wendan
I’m finally free from the evil grasp of finals! :) Which means I can start thinking about what I want to do for winter break! My plans are as follows:
- Sleep. Although I have to admit, I’ve tried really hard to sleep better this school year, and I’ve somewhat succeeded. I went to bed by midnight every night, and I tried to get up earlier in the morning, but that part of the plan kind of fell through halfway through the semester. But anyways, it will be nice to be able to sleep until whenever I want without having to worry about missing class or not having enough time to study.
- Eat! Yummy home-cooked food awaits me!
- Try to lose the weight I’ve gained over the semester. I know… this doesn’t exactly go well with the previous item, and everybody thinks that it’s impossible to lose weight over the holidays, but it’s been done before! Last year I ate well AND lost weight over winter break. And summer break. I guess I just don’t eat well at school and always end up gaining 5-10 lbs every semester. Sigh.
- Nervously wait for all my grades to come out.
- Finally submit my AP scores to Columbia. I haven’t got a clue as to how to do this, but I think I may need some documents from when I took the exams wayyyy long ago. Time to dig through the pile of high school crap!
- Apply to summer opportunities. I need to do something cool and worthwhile!
- Learn to skate!
- Watch all the seasons of House in a desperate attempt to solidify my decision to go pre-med.
- Read The Lost Symbol.
- Spend time with friends and family.
- Contact labs at Columbia that I want to work at.
- Draw/paint/do art.
- Blog more! Any ideas of what kind of things you would like to read more of? Tell me in the comments :)
By this time tomorrow I will be on an airplane to Vancouver, arriving early morning on Christmas Eve. I cannot wait.
Never have I coveted a piece of clothing worn by a character on a TV show like I’m coveting Robin’s gorgeous tiered coat from last week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother right now. Seriously, the thing’s beautiful! Just look at it:
As I’ve been a little obsessed with the thing for the past few days, instead of studying for my finals, I looked for it on the Internet. Here’s what I found.
Rumour has it that it’s from Burberry, and indeed I found several from Burberry that looked like it. As to be expected, none are within my price range. Oh well, I can dream, right?
Then I found this more affordable alternative at Dorothy Perkins:
It also comes in black, pink, and ochre. I’m seriously considering buying one now, except they are out of my size in every colour… made me ultra sad. Maybe they’ll get more in soon!
Browsing on Dorothy Perkins (they have cute stuff!), I found this other coat, not quite as similar to Robin’s coat but still cute:
Okay that’s it! Now I’m going to catch some sleep while dreaming about pretty tiered coats!