Random Thoughts, Shopping

Modify Watches

I’ve always been a fan of watches for as long as I can remember and never leave the house without one on my wrist. So, when I saw Modify Watches’ Kickstarter campaign, I knew I’d be a backer. I chose their ModiFamily Starter Kit level. Their email said we’d be getting our backer rewards in June, so imagine my excitement when I received mine this week!


Loved their shipping packaging!

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Food, Friends, Random Thoughts

Make your own tea blend

Blue Mango Blend

My friend's personalized tea blend for me

My friend, Carmela, and I finally exchanged Christmas gifts. (It’s late, I know.) One of my favorite items was a tea blend she customized especially for me She even wrote up a description for it!:

This mango-inspired tea is blended with two different mango teas, mango green tea and mango melange herbal tea, and a third complementary tea, white tropics white tea. The mango green tea is the base of this blend, lending a creamy texture, juicy sweetness, and delicate floral aromatics. The mango melange herbal tea with its fresh mango and apple pieces and hibiscus flowers adds a sweet and tangy flavor to the blend. The white tropics white tea rounds out this fruity floral blend by adding natural pineapple and coconut flavor and rose petals.

This is my favorite part:

The Blue Mango Blend was inspired by my good friend who loves mangoes. I decided to create a special tea blend for her as a gift.

It’s nice-tasting tea blend. Since most of the blend is white tea, the flavors are quite subtle. During my two (separate) steepings, I was able to taste the apple-y sweetness and the floral taste of the hibiscus. Unfortunately, the mango taste didn’t come through for me. But, then again, I’m not an expert tea taster. I’m thinking of steeping it for longer the next time, hoping that more of the mango flavor will come out. If you’re interested in trying it, you can buy it here.

I’m not sure when I turned into a loose leaf tea fan, but it went full-blown when my ex-friend bought me a glass teapot with infuser. I started going to tea rooms in the city and near Carmela’s work. Coffee never appealed me like it does to everyone else (blah blah mocha frap blah blah Starbucks!). I’m just not a fond of the taste. However, I love the different varieties of tea offered, especially herbal teas, which are pretty much dried fruit infusions. Those are my favorite :!: and I typically lean towards tart & sweet fruits, like strawberries, passionfruits, blueberries, mangoes, etc.

Art, Blog, Family, Friends

A fusion of color

As per Stress reliever and Let’s get crafty…, I’ve been feeling crafty lately; plus, it’s starting to get cold again, so I decided to whip up a scarf. A classmate of mine gave me a HUGE bag full of yarn as a thank you when I helped her with her class website, so I went digging through that stash to make these projects. I’ve crocheted 4 scarfs so far.

Luna Lovegood Scarf

A pale plum-colored scarf modeled after Luna Lovegood's scarf.

This scarf is for my friend. It’s modeled from Luna Lovegood’s scarf from the Harry Potter movies. You can get the free pattern here. Continue reading

Family, Food

Thanksgiving 2011

Lots more leaves to fall...

Lots more leaves to fall...

This year, Thanksgiving was on November 24th and it was a nice, warm day. So, I started my day outside raking the hundreds of leaves that fell from the ONE tree in our front yard. And, from the looks of it, it’s still not done shedding its leaves.

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Stress reliever

Sometimes when I need to shake off the stress, I turn to craftmaking, mostly jewelry-making. I made a duct tape clutch some weeks ago. My particularly stressful times last year at work produced around 4 pairs of earrings & a necklace. Anyway, I was really nervous about a recent interview, so I decided to whip out my jewelry supplies and went about experimenting.

My friend bought me some beads and things last year for Christmas, and I haven’t had the chance to use them. The green, glassy ones really caught my eye so I decided to feature them in the following earrings. Continue reading