Archive for February, 2010

Mystery Plants

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I do not have a green thumb. I do not know my plants. Perhaps the last time I tried to coax something into fruition was in grade 3 when you had to grow Lima beans and record it’s progress. Of course they all eventually started to smell funny and had be tossed into the garbage.

My dad, however, has quite taken to growing various flowers and plants, inside and outside.  His placement and potting choices have sometimes been questionable (old lamps jimmy-rigged into plant stands), but there have been some delightful surprises. He has an orchid growing technique where he just soaks the roots in water. His orchids flourish, while others who try this technique fail.

I don’t know what these are (yes, please help me if you can) and when I ask, he just quietly shrugs…I just know someone gave him the red one for Christmas. I just love the structure of this yellow one.

I was wary of this second one that started off looking very phallic and standing a foot and half tall, looming over the other plants. But look at it now! POW POW POW! Giant blooming punches in the face of my doubt.

Plants 1, Lurgs 0

Oh my bellies!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This post is a little late, but that is just a testament to the extent of my food coma. As many of you may know, the past weekend was the celebration of the lunar new year, and for chinese families, this means a lot of eating. Every dish in chinese is a simile for a blessing of wealth or good luck for the new year.

Stuffed Fish, Lobster, and mixed vegetables.

Chinese sausages, Abalone and Spinach, Shrimp and Scallops with Brocolli, Fat Choy and Oysters

And the traditional Popeye's Chicken

All this for one meal and it was glorious!

And on another day we went for hot pot with Y’s family. Hot pot is a communal event where you gather around a boiling pot of water with your choice of soup stock and cook your dinner. Again, the variety of food is astounding. Beef, lamb, various vegetables, oysters, mussels, shrimp, fish, taro, chive dumplings, squid, tofu, lotus root, and more options if you wanted.

Sometimes, I’m just glad to be chinese for the variety of food! Happy New Year everyone!

~ Lurgs

Ukelele Duo

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I saw this months ago and was just reminded of it again. To combine craft and music and movement…what more sumptuous sandwich could there be?!? I was so delighted, that I think I played it over and over a few times. The song is Diamond Head by U900 (a ukelele duo). Their little exclamations “uh!”… “hah!”… “diggadiggadiggadigga” and the switch to the melodica just kills me. Like the Gorillaz, but a crocheted ukelele phenomenon!

~ Lurgs

Creative Friends…Series 1

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

We started this blog together as a way to share what we love in life. One of the biggest things we appreciate and adore are handcrafted items or just craftiness in general. Which leads me to this series I wanted to do of some friends I know and love who have blessed me with their craftiness.

I guess it’s only fitting to start with my partner on this blog, affectionately known to many as Lurgs. When she agreed to co-write a blog with me, I felt really honoured. She was the one who came up with the name & pushed the project forward, to which I am grateful!

I have always been gobsmacked with Lurgs’ craftiness. She is multi-talented. She stitches, draws, takes amazing pictures, is computer savvy with animation etc., designs buttons/magnets, make stuffies, & a whole slew of other stuff. She’ll see something like earrings at Urban Outfitters, then make the same thing, only better and for a fraction of the cost! She’s in a league of her own and has always remained down-to-earth and modest.

I wanted to share a few of the things she’s made for me over the years.

Calendar with Lurgs' Photos

Felt Stitched Fabric Buttons

Multi-Purpose Pouch

Fabric Bird Ornament

Oh and P.S., although I like to boast that I’m her #1 fan. I think there’s a customer on her Etsy shop who is vying for that title!



Oh wow! I forgot about that calendar. I’m equally awed by Y in her boldness, excellent taste and go-getter attitude. She’s the one who inspired me to get into the Etsy game in the first place! So I hope what we share here might inspire you as well, dear readers! Whether it be a little bit of joy for your day or encouragement to try something new.

~ Lurgs

Ginger Chews

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

I first discovered Chimes Ginger Chews while visiting a friend in small town Ontario at a local boutique. Wow! These add pow! to your taste buds. Originally I saw them available  in peppermint and peanut butter flavoured, so imagine my delight when I saw them at McEwan’s grocer in Mango and Orange as well! The bags are about $7 a pop, but they also come in smaller sized tins for about half that price. The tins are delightful on their own (if you’re into containers and such), with a nifty slide top. I’m already picturing what secrets I can store in there, but I’m still rationing my ginger chews.  It’s difficult to stop myself from cracking open the tin for another taste.


For Torontonians:
Also seen at Fresh and Wild and the Mercantile store on Roncesvalles.

Desperately seeking coffee

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

So today I was craving for a coffee. But frankly, I was too lazy to go out and buy one. I suddenly remembered that my mom has some instant Korean ones. Well, beggars can’t be choosers and a coffee snob I am not.

I started rummaging.

What I found was even BETTER than I hoped. Japanese drip coffee complete with filter, ground coffee, and a cardboard piece that props on top of your mug. All folded neatly in a package! The Japanese way.

The taste itself is not bad. Considering it’s novelty, it’s not bad at all!