Moon Cakes!

Once a year my house turns into a bakery – for moon cakes!  Yomyomyomyomyom ^^

What ARE moon cakes?  Well, moon cakes are a seasonal ( ready extra starchy ) pastry that typically contains a yummy center wrapped in a cake or pastry crust.  See below for pics of awesomeness – my mom really outdid herself this year!

My family prefers the flaky crust so most of our moon cakes are the pastry variety instead of the cake – but that means  even the “N/G” moon cakes look really cool!.

The red marks  you see on the pastries are part of a  growing bakery tradition.  Long ago, the choices for fillings were kinda slim, but people still had preferences for Red bean vs Mung Bean vs Lutus paste and etc.  So there’s a system for marking these traditional pasteries ( ie. if it’s mung bean filling then 1 dot, if it’s read bean filling than 3 dots) But as bakeries and households started to come up with new flavors or mixes of flavors they started adding new stamps into the mix. But here’s the catch; once you have a new pastry and you mimic the flavor you still use the same shape!  ” how bazaro is that !?!”

There’s some mythical and Practical history behind the continued emphasis on moon cakes during the mid Autumn season, but it’s kind of boring. ( Watch Moon Fairy ( 2003 ) starring Fann Wong and her husband Chris Fong )

 

birchbox Labor Day Offer!

spend $35 and get 50 extra points! ( that equals 85 points – only 15 more until your $10 reward!)  This works on Subs ( and gift subs too ^^)

straight from the horse’s mouth

With only a precious few days of summer remaining, we plan on making the most of them (that’s what long weekends are for, after all). And we’ve got an offer to help you make the most of them too: Spend $35+ on anything in the Shop (even subscriptions), and get 50 extra Points. Just use codeWEEKEND50 at checkout. But don’t delay, since this offer, like summer, is fleeting: It’s only valid through 9/2.**

Oh my goodness, who’s in !?!

EZ peezy last minute gifts

These super cute ( and useful! ) tags were made in 20 mins – including the drying time.

My parents are heading to CA to meet up with some MIDDLE SCHOOL friends of theirs ( this is a people over 50 weekend)!  This means Gift making is in order.  Donna and Ray are awesome people, but our families aren’t super close so I had to think of something generic but personal all at the same time.  side note: utilitarian items are the ultimate ” I don’t know what you like, but I wanted to get you something”  ( ie everyone could use a nice pen, comfy socks, paperweight. etc ).  I knew wanted to contribute something nice, but I also wanted it to be personal.  Naturally I pulled out my leather boxes ( yeah….its grown to like 3 different boxes ) and started in one some luggage tags ( I’m obsessed with these ^^).   I used scraps from a “farm leather” scrap pack  ( these are thicker and stiffer pieces – like use on boots or saddles )  which gave me a super sleek  – dare I say professional? – finish.   The farm leather is also sturdy enough to leave a pocket in the middle of the tags – so theses can actually be used as luggage tags!  These will also work as bus pass holders or even as an emergency cash stash.

These turned out nicer than I expected, I’m super tempted to keep them ( LOL).

Beauty sage March review

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First beauty sage order has arrived! 
Im so excited about this month’s box, not just because it could be the start of something great, but because Beauty Sage carries skyn Iceland. Skyn is the first european luxury brand I ever tried and it proved instant results were possible.  I have to thank the sephora beauty insider program for this beautiful gem; a few years back  I got a deluxe sample of the relief eye cream in one of sephora’s limited edition Beauty Insider deluxe sampler wristlets (wow thats a mouthful! Does anyone else miss  these awesome gifts/purchase with purchase?) skyn relief eye cream completely de puffs the undereye bags by stimulating micro circulation (full disclosure, there was some burning but I never had zombie eyes at 8am  docent meeting after an all nighter). I definitely babied my sample and used it sparingly until it was finally all gone (but be then sephora had pulled the drand from the shelves already 😦 ) but now, I have access to skyn again! Woot!

Here’s the editor’s picks box
$15 /box one time purxhase with free shipping

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Heres a of Skyn: Skin Hanger starter set. $25/kit

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And my order came with 2 sample!

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Did anyone else order the beauty sage box? What was your favorite product?

Fav Supply of the Moment: Leather Scrap Packs

Tons of inspiration this week and all of it has to do with Leather crafting, Woot!  Honestly, I couldn’t get anything done without the AMAZING  leather scrap packs from Michaels.  Every pack includes lots of different colors and textures, so there’s always an inspired project I have to scribble down while I’m finishing project A. Yes, that would be my limited  attempt at self control; “finish project A before starting project B” (Pompom rug not included, cause JYT is going to help out and I don’t want to deprive her of PomPom making times ^^ )

Each pack is listed at 1 pound for $6.99, but I always have a 40% off coupon ( or two if I’m hosting a class or craft-athon ) so  each pack is closer to 4.60 with tax built in.  I’ve always been a fan of variety packs, but this is some super value thrown in ^^.  I’ve made some great leather luggage tag holders  as gifts and now I’m starting on brackets and gift tags! (LOL My BFF’s are probably sick of all my amateurish leather crafts by now, but I just can’t stop!)

Here’s some Pictures of the “unboxing” in 2 separate occasions.

This pack had some really Great colors and very generous “scraps”

This pack had really fun embossed and Metallic prints ( but also lots of very small scraps to “fill” the weight requirements.

Each pack has its own surprises and I’ve finally figured out how to make leather laces so there will be an influx of Leather DIY’s coming soon.

Check out my leather projects in the instagram feed –>

Remember, a craft a day, keeps the crazy away 😉

Birchbox Shop Extra Points!

So….Birchbox is having a “sale”… Bonus points with purchase of February items (PS these ship for free anyhow, but now there’s a bundling incentive)

bb february extra points

SPEND EARN POINTS EXTRA POINTS TOTAL POINTS PROMO CODE
$35 35 35 70 ($7 VALUE) BUY35EXTRA35
$50 50 50 100 ($10 VALUE) BUY50EXTRA50

Promo ends 3/9/14

I’ve already ordered my February BB favorites ( check the instagram feed –> )  What will you get?

Qbox!

So….I’ve discovered a new subscription box…… filled with cute things…… this could get dangerous, folks!

Straight from Qbox’s website:

”  Q Box is a lifestyle subscription box, which contains 5-7 full size cute items, delivered every month right to your doorstep.

There is not recurring billing.You will been charged only once.

Quantity limited for monthly box. To ensure get the Q BOX every month, you can choose the prepaid plans for 3-month or 6-month. We ship out the boxes for plan customers every month by 15th.

Enjoy your Q BOX and share with friends. “

March is all sold out, BUT April’s Qbox is available for preorder ( and there’s a $10 off promo on the order page! ) There’s also a Special Edition “Hello, Spring” mega box ( valued at $150! ) available too – check out these sneak peeks!

Qbox sneak peak LE spring

Qbox sneak peak LE spring 2

The Cost:  Monthly box $24.95 + $7.50 S/H

Hello, Spring! $59.95   + $7.50 S/H

I’m totally psyched about this new subscription, but I haven’t committed to either box yet ( even after reading  Liz’s QBox Review )

Any Qbox subscribers out there?  How does Qbox stack up to other curated boxes out there?