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It’s about time I did a quick update about the status of my dental school apps. Since I last posted on the subject, I’ve decided to put my deposit down for UCSF. I’ve been wait-listed at Harvard, and rejected by Columbia (no love from the alma mater). I’m really excited about UCSF though, and I’m very happy with my choice. I think of all the interviews I went on, UCSF left me with the best impression. I think the program is a good fit for me and I can’t wait to start in September. I’m not holding out for Harvard, but if a miracle happens and I get in, I’m really not sure what I’ll do. But for now I’m happy just focusing on moving things forward with UCSF.
Now, for the real subject of this post. Ever since I decided to go into dentistry, I’ve been on the look out for teeth-related things. I don’t know about anyone else, but I think teeth-shaped stuff are actually pretty cute. They make awesome home accessories, like these salt and pepper shakers:
Or this cookie jar:
Or this toothbrush holder:
Am I right? So cute. In addition to home decor, they also make for cute and unique jewelry. Like this cool necklace:
Or these new earrings that I bought a few weeks ago:
They also come in gold:
How awesome are these? Such unique pieces sure to be conversation starters. I can’t wait to add to my collection of teeth-related items in the future!
A DIY tutorial just in time for the holidays!
I’ve always wanted to have my own Christmas tree, but our apartment is small and we didn’t really have room for a large tree, even a plastic one. So I decided to make my own! I saw lots of really cool DIY tree ideas, but none of them appealed to me. Eventually I came up with my own idea and executed it pretty well. I tried to take photos throughout the whole process of making it but I kind of forgot to after the first few steps… oops! It’s really easy to get lost in crafting you know! Anyway, here’s a semi-tutorial for my DIY Christmas tree. If there’s anything that’s unclear, leave a comment and let me know!
Project: cardboard Christmas tree
Difficulty level: medium
Step 1: Gather your materials. This project actually doesn’t require that much stuff. All you need is:
- cardboard (I used up about 2 medium-sized boxes)
- a small piece of sturdy cardstock or thin cardboard
- paint (I used green, white, and brown)
- paint brush
- containers for mixing paint
- hot glue gun
Also you should cover your work surface in case you make a mess!
Step 2: Make a small cone shape from the cardstock or thin cardboard. This is going to be the very tip of your tree and serve as the starting point of making the tree. Mine had about a diameter of 3 inches at the bottom.
Step 3: Cut the cardboard into tall trapezoid shapes. Make sure the “grain” of the cardboard goes vertically along the trapezoid shape. These will act as the “shingles” that make up the tree. The size will depend on how big your cone is and how you want your tree to look.
I wanted the shingles to have a more rounded look, so I cut out the bottom 2 corners. You can do this or keep it at a trapezoid, or even make it completely round at the bottom. It’s up to you!
Step 5: Bend the shingles so that they’re a bit rounded, making it easier to form a circular shape when glueing later (this is why it’s important to cut along the grain). Paint the cardboard shingles. I painted them in three different shades of green so that there is more dimensionality to my tree. Let the paint dry (I used acrylic paint and it dries pretty fast, maybe in like 5 minutes?).
Step 6: With the hot glue gun, glue 1 layer of shingles to the inside (or outside, I guess) of your cone. I overlapped each one a little bit.
Step 7: Keep cutting, painting, and gluing. Glue the next layer of shingles to the inside of the previous one. Each successive layer of shingles will have more and more pieces. I wasn’t sure how many I needed, so I kind of just made more as I went along.
Step 8: Keep adding more layers. I also ended up adding another layer to the very top to cover up the original cone. You might want to make the shingles larger as you get closer to the bottom of the tree. I ended up making three different sizes: the top 4 layers had the smallest size, the next 3 medium, and the last 2 largest.
Step 9: You can stop at anytime you feel that your tree is the size you want. I originally want to make mine bigger but I got tired of making it. I added some finishing touches by painting a stripe of white at the bottom of every shingle, to mimic snow.
And that’s it! You’re finished making your own DIY Christmas tree! The great thing about this project is that it’s easily scalable and customizable. You can make it as big or as small as you want, use any colors, and decorate it in any way. I think I might just string some mini lights on mine!
What do you guys think? Will you try to make a DIY Christmas tree this season? What other holiday crafts will you be doing?
It’s been such a long time since my last post! But currently I am writing this in Yufei’s and my new apartment in San Francisco! After a couple of weeks, we finally have all of our furniture (almost entirely from IKEA), appliances, and other stuff. We were lucky to secure this apartment the first day I arrived in the city. It’s on a beautiful quiet little street in the Lower Haight neighbourhood:
We live in a small townhouse with only 7 units, and our apartment is bright and airy with lots of light from the south-facing bay windows in the bedroom:
The living room:
And the view from the other side (you can see the fireplace and the French doors separating it from the bedroom):
And I finally have my own kitchen!
Some more details… the walls in the living room conveniently have this shelf built into it, which is perfect for displaying photos…
…and Yufei’s every growing shot glass collection:
In keeping with the green and neutrals color scheme and to make use of a badly super glued broken bowl, I made this centerpiece for the coffee table with a candle and some seashells I have:
And there you have it, our first apartment! But before we moved into it, we spent a week in a hotel in North Beach, and the weather was amazingly beautiful and summery, so unlike the typical chilly San Francisco summer. We took the opportunity to explore some more of SF.
On the way to Coit Tower:
Our adventure time was cut short last week because Yufei has started working at Twitter. They’ve moved to a new office in Mid-Market and I had the change to visit a couple of times. It’s in a beautiful Art Deco style building:
(Speaking of Art Deco, I am so so excited for the release of the Great Gatsby film later this year. It’s one of my favourite books ever and the trailer looks amazing. Cannot wait til December when it comes out! I will also probably want to host a Gatsby party then too!)
Back to Twitter. They also have this lovely rooftop garden:
And that’s where we had lunch one day. The cafeteria is AMAZING. Check out my lunch:
Chicken and waffle, salad from a great salad bar, grilled veggies, roasted swardfish, and tofu. Everything is all organic and gourmet and there are a ton of choices. We also had breakfast where I had a ton of frsh fruit, scrambled eggs with cream cheese, potatoes, 2 kinds of sausages, and freshly made banana pancakes (needless to say, I was stuffed that day). Twitter really spoils their employees.
Anyways, although I’ve been loving this beautiful city so far, it doesn’t seem to love me back quite as much, as it seems to refuse to give me a job. Sigh. This is the only thing that’s been putting a damper on my time here right now. Let’s hope things will turn around soon… come on, show me a little love and mercy, San Francisco!
Just bend a metal wire hanger into 2 hooks and you have a hanger to hang your belts in the closet!
I don’t really drink coffee (I’m probably one of three people on this campus who don’t), but I do enjoy tea from time to time. And with one of these cute tea sets, you will too!
1. Eiffel Tea-wer Set for One from Modcloth
Ooo, so chic!
2. Pocahontas Tea For One Set from Urban Outfitters
This is adorable.
3. Little Red Riding Hood Tea Pot from Fredflare
As is this! I love the little basket; you can put tea bags or sugar cubes in them!
4. Leaning Tower of TEAsa, Tea for 2 Set From Fredflare
They should just make a whole series of tea sets of famous landmarks around the world; I’d buy them all.
5. Calm Before the Story Tea Set from Modcloth
Another Little Red Riding Hood themed set, featuring the Big Bad Wolf on the lid! Too cute for words.
I know I had a lot of ideas for decorating my dorm this year, but due to budget (or other) constraints, most of them could not be materialized. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t do anything to update my room. Specifically, here are 3 simply DIY projects I did for my dorm this year.
1. Photo heart headboard
I mentioned doing this in this post last year, and since it was so easy and costs basically nothing, I went ahead with it. Such a simple and effect way to display photos! Depending on the size of the heart you want to make, you will need different numbers of photos. And make sure to plan out the layout on paper first.
2. French message board turned earring display
I made this French message board from canvas, fabric, and ribbons way back before I came to college. I never thought about using it as anything else until now, and it turns out that it works great as an earring display!
3. Laundry line postcard display
I had a ton of postcards from my stay in Europe this summer, and I wanted a creative way to display them. I originally wanted twine and wooden clothes pins, but a decorative cord and binder clips worked just as well.
I like sleep. Therefore, I like beds. I’m a bit attached to the bed I sleep on, especially in the morning. Seriously, best piece of furniture ever invented. Usually, any regular old college dorm bed would do. A nice king sized mattress in a hotel is better. But sometimes, just sometimes, I dream of having one of these super amazing but ultra expensive beds. Behold.
Because it looks so pretty. Yeah that’s my only reason.
The perfect bed for my future house by the beach.
Light, colour, sound, massage… Mmmmmm.
A rocking bed!
5. Iraya Daybed
This one can go in the garden. Afternoon naps will be so much better.
You can listen to music, surf the web, watch movies… all while in this bed. I’d never leave this bed again.
I think I’m going to go take a nap now.