09 April 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Little Yuzu is Listening To
Flower Boy Ramen Shop (Original Soundtrack)
Various Artists
Apart from macaroni & cheese, noodle soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. I've loved noodles (spaghetti, linguini, pancit, udon, soba, etc.) for as long as I can remember. But ever since I started watching Kdramas, I've been craving ramen in particular. It seems like the characters in those shows are always eating ramen! In one drama, Flower Boy Ramen Shop, there's a lot of ramen-cooking and eating going on. You probably could have guessed that from the title alone. Inspired by the show, I made my own pot of ramen.

Click for screencaps of ramen from the show
Flower boy ramen examples

And this is my version of "flower boy ramen"
Flower boy ramen

The term flower boy basically means "pretty boy." So my ramen had a flowery theme, and I attempted to make it look pretty. I added flower-shaped carrots, minced onions, thinly sliced beef strips, Chinese cabbage (bok choy), shredded roasted seaweed (nori), flower-shaped steamed fishcake (narutomaki) and green onions. I had yellow radish on hand, but I omitted it because I don't like my noodle soup too salty. I had fun making the ramen...and an even better time eating it. The silver pot I cooked it in doubled as a serving dish — less dishes to wash! I used to use my mini cookie cutters all the time when I made obento regularly, but since it's been years since I've done that, it was nice to whip out my various cookie cutters to use on the ramen ingredients.

I love that food inspiration can come from anything. Do you recall Sex and the City and the Magnolia Bakery cupcake craze years ago? Has a movie or TV show ever caused you to prepare (or go out to consume) a particular food or drink?

I'm feeling quite: nostalgicinspired
03 April 2012 @ 12:45 pm
Little Yuzu is Watching
Coffee Prince
Yoon Eun Hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun Gyun, Chae Jung Ahn

Last weekend I went to the new Daiso store in California's South Bay area. There are a lot of Daiso stores in the northern part of the state, but up until last month, there were no locations in the Los Angeles area. Daiso is best known in Japan as a chain of ¥100 stores that sell inexpensive housewares, stationery, foodstuffs, etc. Similar to the 99¢ Stores so popular in the States — only loads better. Their products are so much cuter. Check out what I bought for less than $20!

I grabbed the last yuzu-shaped dish in stock!
Stuff I bought at Daiso

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In a couple of weeks an Orange County location will be opening up. I guess I know what a portion of my paycheck will be going toward quite regularly. One can never have enough kawaii tchotchkes!

I'm feeling quite: giddygiddy
19 March 2012 @ 03:00 pm
Little Yuzu is Watching
Flower Boy Ramen Shop
Lee Chung Ah, Jung Il Woo, Lee Ki Woo
This past weekend pochacco906 and smiledoggie came over to hang out and craft, and it gave me the perfect opportunity to finally finish this knitted project, which I started a couple of months ago. Knitting the pieces didn't take too long. They were actually finished a while ago and sitting on top of my craft shelf just waiting to be sewn together. That's always what takes me the longest when making a plushie — putting together the finished pieces.

Knit potato pillow

That right there is a giant potato pillow. Or "couch potato," as I call him, since he lounges on the couch all day. He stands very tall at 20" (51 cm) and is perfect for cuddling or resting one's head on. I made this big guy for my 3-year-old niece who loves the Disney Junior television show Small Potatoes. I'm thinking of making more, in a variety of "potato styles."

Cross-posted here at weloveamigurumi.

I'm feeling quite: satisfiedsatisfied
03 March 2012 @ 10:00 am
Little Yuzu is Watching
Personal Taste
Son Ye Jin, Lee Min Ho

March 3 marks the celebration of Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) in Japan. It's a special day for girls, whose homes are often decorated with dolls — ohinasama (female dolls) and odairisama (male dolls) — dressed in traditional Heian clothing. Rather than hear me go into detail again about the festival, you can see my past [very short] posts on Hinamatsuri here and here.


I bought this doll set last year at the Japanese market. Aren't the little dolls cute? They look like tiny eggs!

So...I've recently started watching Korean dramas. I know people who've been watching them for ages, but I never understood what the big deal was. When I was home sick from work one day last month, I started watching my first Korean drama (Boys Over Flowers) on Netflix instant streaming. After I finished all those episodes, I started watching two other shows. Those who say Kdramas are addicting aren't kidding!

I'm feeling quite: lazylazy
14 February 2012 @ 01:00 pm
Little Yuzu is Watching
Boys Over Flowers
Koo Hye Sun, Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Bum
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everyone is enjoying today, with their Valentine cards and yummy candy. Last week I made this amigurumi bunny for someone's birthday, but I thought it looked very Valentine-ish.

Love bunny

This little bunny is busy putting together his Valentines. I think he prefers the red heart the most, because that's the one he kept picking up. He stands 4" (10 cm) tall and is one of the smaller bunnies I've crocheted. I almost wanted to keep him for myself, but I decided to give him to his intended recipient...who ended up loving him. ♥

Cross-posted here at weloveamigurumi.

I'm feeling quite: happyhappy
10 February 2012 @ 11:45 am
Little Yuzu is Reading
Harry Potter's Bookshelf:
The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures

John Granger
Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a good week. I know I haven't posted any amigurumi yet this year, so I'll start by sharing something I made a long time ago. I couldn't post it when I originally finished it because it was a birthday gift, and I didn't want to share it here until after I gave the gift.

Crocheted Hello Kitty

This Hello Kitty now resides with pochacco906, who loves Hello Kitty as much as I do. She likes purple, so I dressed Hello Kitty in a purple dress and shoes, and added a purple flower above her ear. When drawing or crocheting Hello Kitty, what I find most difficult is the placement of her eyes and nose. If they're in the wrong place, she looks like a knock-off Hello Kitty. Aside from the overly round shape of this Kitty, I feel she pretty much looks like the real deal. This project took up a lot of white yarn — especially for that giant noggin.

Have a lovely weekend, friends! ♥

Cross-posted here at weloveamigurumi.

I'm feeling quite: recumbentrecumbent
24 January 2012 @ 06:00 pm
Little Yuzu is Reading
A Weekend With Mr. Darcy
Victoria Connelly
Happy new year! I realize it's been one month since my last post. Obviously I didn't make a new year's resolution to update this journal more frequently. ;P I have been crafting, though. For example, here are several mug cozies I knitted for my friends.

Crocheted gingerbread man

I got the idea from Mollie Makes issue #7. KnitStorm's designs are featured on the cover. I hadn't knitted in so long, so I opted for the knitted version as opposed to the crocheted option. This is a cool-looking textured knit, which gives a bit of thickness to the cozy. As an added detail, I embroidered little "tea tags" to attach to the cozies.

I've been drinking a lot of hot chocolate and tea lately, so I'm going to make one of these for myself next! Hope you're all well. Thanks for reading!

I'm feeling quite: exanimateexanimate
25 December 2011 @ 12:00 am
Little Yuzu is Watching
Stone of Destiny
Charlie Cox, Billy Boyd, Kate Mara, Robert Carlyle
Hooray, it's Christmas! I just had a yummy Christmas Eve dinner. Dad made pot roast (my request), and Mom baked a delicious cherry cheesecake. Now I'm stuffed. But I wanted to post my special Christmas amigurumi before I forget. I made this gingerbread man a long time ago — last month, to be exact. I love the way he turned out. I was hoping to make a lot more before Christmas Day, but...there's always next year, right?

Crocheted gingerbread man

I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas are having a nice time with your families and friends. May your holiday be filled with good food and good company (and let's not forget good presents as well!). ♥

Cross-posted here at weloveamigurumi.

I'm feeling quite: fullfull
22 December 2011 @ 12:22 pm
Little Yuzu is Reading
Family Reunion
Caroline B. Cooney
I haven't crafted as much as I expected I would this holiday season. Things have been extremely busy at work, and I feel too exhausted to get any crafting done when I get home from the office. But I did manage to make a few crocheted goodies for my coworkers. I've been getting only 5 hours of sleep each night this week because I've been staying up late crocheting. I am so looking forward to the Christmas break next week so I can sleep for hours and hours!

Christmas red velvet cupcakes

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Do you have all your Christmas shopping done? I don't. I often wait until the last minute to scoop up those great deals the stores usually have when they're open until midnight on the few days right before the holiday. I've gotten better bargains on December 24 than I have during the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone is having a nice holiday season so far. And happy first day of winter!

Cross-posted here at weloveamigurumi.

I'm feeling quite: sleepysleepy
29 November 2011 @ 03:10 pm
Little Yuzu is Reading
Summer at Tiffany
Marjorie Hart
I bought the book Yummi 'Gurumi a couple of months ago, but hadn't used any of the patterns until yesterday. I tried one of the easier, quick patterns and made this little cake as a gift to my boss for her birthday. She's already got a collection on her desk of amigurumi I've given to her in the past couple of years.

Crocheted strawberry chocolate cake

The dome shape reminds me of the prinsesstårta. It stands 3" (7.6 cm) tall, from the cake base to the top of the strawberry. As I do with my cake-shaped amigurumi, I put a little piece of corrugated board inside before sewing it shut so that it sits perfectly flat. I love how this cake turned out and want to try making other flavors. It only took me a few hours to work the whole thing, so it's definitely a good pattern to use when I feel like whipping up a quick amigurumi. Coming up next — a Christmas amigurumi!

Cross-posted here at weloveamigurumi.

I'm feeling quite: goodgood