Sushi Candy!

Returning to the Hobby

June 1st, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Cotton Candy

The big bad road test is looming and I began to wonder what I will be doing afterwards. Anime North and Doll North are in my rear view mirror.

Having done doll sewing again made me realize how much I enjoyed it. I want to get back into it full time alongside my art and writing. I won’t be doing sales. This is just a personal venture. If I am satisfied with the results, I will auction sets.

Art, writing, and sewing updates will be posted here as always.nIn the meantime, I have a road test to pass.

I hope you are all well!

– Rosey

Doll North 2012

May 29th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Chii from Chobits

I am back from Doll North 2012 and I am pleased to say I have won Best In Show!

This is what I have been slaving over the past few weeks. I have one more huge thing to deal with before I will get back fully into the swing of things.

Art, writing, and doll sewing are in the pipeline. I hope you all are well and coping with the summer heat.

– Rosey

Creative Pursuits

May 1st, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Yvaine

2012 is underway. I find myself floundering. By this time last year, I have been extremely bitten and consumed by the embroidery bug. It was all I did in 2011.  Health issues have stalled/stopped my creative engine. Snow White and Hansel & Gretel have been stalled indefinitely on my embroidery shelf. I still have the giveaway in progress as well. Taking care of my two year old has also consumed much of my time. She is much more mobile now. With my projects stalled, I began to pursue cooking/baking and it became my outlet for much of this year.

At the moment, I find myself needing to focus and narrow down what I want to do. Doing embroidery full time is no longer doable. I just don’t have the time and the dexterity. My hands are starting to get tired. I want to limit myself to three works a year tops. I’m not abandoning it but I am going to be more choosy about what I’ll be working on.

I want to finish writing my novel. I’m stalled at 45000 words. I’m halfway done. I need to finish. I’ve set a personal deadline of August.

I want to pursue art again and this time in digital form. I want to create digital art. I have a tablet but I never felt comfortable with it. My husband recently got an Ipad and I really enjoyed making art with it. I like seeing where my fingers go. It’s the closest to traditional art I’ve ever experienced. Using the tablet forced me to divide my attention between the blank slate and the screen. With the Ipad, I just need to look in one place. I want to produce enough art again to restart my etsy shop.

I want to sew doll clothes again just for myself. I have a stack of books I want to explore and there are designs/patterns in my sketchbook unfulfilled.

On a personal note, I also have my road test coming up soon. I need to pass that first. This is the week after Anime North for which I need to finish 21 octopi, a cosplay entry, and a cosplay. Yes, I’ve been really busy. I hope to surface for air when I pass my road test.

I hope you all are well! Have you also somehow lost focus in your creative pursuits? I’d love to read about it.

— Rosey

 

Sushi Candy Plushies Update

April 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Professor & Cutie

I have the plushie sweatshop underway! I need to cut about 100 pieces this afternoon then I can start assembling everything.

I will have these octopi available at Doll North. They will sell for $20 each. I hope to have even more styles posted soon. Right now, there are five styles: Sailor, Professor, Pirate, Nerd, Nerd Girl, and Cutie.

What’s been cooking in your kitchens creativity-wise?

— Rosey

Progress… Sort Of

April 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Asiago Crab Souffle

 

I am still cooking/baking. It is my holding pattern for bad days when I’m suffering from migraines. I’ve figured out souffles and can make them! I’m still working on macarons.

As for Doll North stock, I have 4 octopi done. Not decorated but done. I hope to have five colours available: blue, pink, lavender, yellow, and mint green. I hope to have 5 of each making the final total 25. I also want to make Yo-SD swim sets which include a starfish clip, donut innertube, and a bathing suit. It will all fit in well with the sea theme.

I bought a bright green fuzzy shag fabric to use as my main presentation/tablecloth. I will bring all three yo-sds to model and octopi will populate the display! I also hope to bring two giant octopi I am making as presents to friends as props. It should be a very bright and colourful display.

Be well, my friends! I hope you are enjoying the emergence of spring.

 

— Rosey

Creativity in Different Forms

April 2nd, 2012 § 4 comments § permalink

Dark Chocolate Souffle

Cheese Souffle

When I run into a hard block, I turn to cooking or baking. I’ve been dealing with a massive creative blockage for a while now. There hasn’t been much embroidery, drawing, etc. lately. To cope, I turned to cooking/baking. I’ve been working and failing on making macarons in the past few months. Yesterday, I decided to tackle souffles. Good news, I won! I made a cheese souffle out of paprika and provolone. I then made dark chocolate souffle for dessert.  Last year, one of my resolutions was to learn French Cooking. It’s easier for me because the ingredients are available locally. I’ll be doing desserts and meals. Beware of food porn. It’s here to stay.

I’m hoping to get back into artistic swing of things in two weeks. I’ll be ramping up for the Doll North Marketplace for Anime North. I need to make more ocotopi, presents, my contest entry, and my Coraline cosplay.

What do you do when you hit an art block?

— Rosey

No Excuses, Just an Explanation

March 20th, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink

Lychee

It’s been really hard for me the past few months. 2012 has started off on a difficult foot health-wise and I’m coping with it ever since. My Graves disease has re-emerged after years of being in remission. My emotional state is frazzled. I digress. This post is about how I need to get back on track.

I haven’t done embroidery in a long time. I’ve only been engaged in making plushies and cooking recently- baking macarons to be more specific. I yearn to go back and sew and to return to illustration as well. I also want to finish my manuscript. Right now though, I’m not ready yet. I’m not in the right state of mind to return to creative pursuits. Be patient with me.

I have a plan to get out of this dry period. I will start by doing things that make me happy. It will be baby steps and I’ll go from there. I’m going to continue making my plushie army and slowly creep my back into the other projects. I also want to make more macarons. Lots more.

I hope you are all well!

— Rosey

Meet Sailor Jack!

March 5th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Sailor Jack

 

He is my first plushie. I’ll be making more soon. I hope to have a bunch for sale at Anime North. He fits in the palm of your hand and makes a perfect doll companion. I’ll be busy making a few more of these because I need to just get my creative feet up and running. I’m planning a pirate one soon and a few more after that.

What are you doing to get your creative juices flowing?

— Rosey

Still Recovering

March 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Lychee

 

I’m still recovering from the surgery and my birthday is around the corner. I always get the blues near by birthday. It intensified when I turned 29. I think it comes from a deep dissatisfaction that I haven’t reached the bar I set for myself. I will always be my worst critic. It will pass as soon as I see my birthday in the rearview mirror.

In the meantime I’ve been cooking/baking up a storm recently. I haven’t been doing any sewing/embroidery but I’ve been busy in the kitchen. Last night I baked a matcha roll cake with pistachio buttercream.

Matcha Roll Cake with Pistachio Buttercream

Even though I’ve been busy in the kitchen, I am still unsatisfied. I know I need to get back to my art. It’s pretty hard to do when I’m feeling the blues. I’m forcing myself to get back into it tonight. Only after I’ve made a practice batch of birthday macarons for a friend.

How do you cope with lack of motivation in your projects?

— Rosey

 

Green Onion Pancakes Recipe

February 27th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Green Onion Pancakes

When my camera died, we got a new one- a Nikon D5100. It has a food option. I am now motivated to cook/bake more and it will be blogged. I followed a recipe from a Chinese cookbook I bought from the Philippines the last time I visited. I always wanted a Pei Mei cookbook and I found one in English. It’s not perfect but it is readable. I’ve modified the recipe a bit and it turned out pretty tasty.

This is dedicated to Miz Karen Gunter- an amazingly, talented artist and a wonderful friend.

Green Onion Pancakes

Ingredients:

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 cup of boiling water

1/2 cup of cold water

6 tsp of green onion oil*

A bundle of green onions

1 cup of olive oil

Sea Salt

3 tbsp of corn oil

 

Before we start, I want to address the green onion oil. Take your bundle of green onion, chop finely, and divide it into two portions. One portion will go into the pancakes. The other will make the green onion oil. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan on medium and toss in one portion of the chopped green onions. Simmer for 7 minutes to infuse the oil with the green onion. Let it cool then use a strainer to separate green onions from the oil. Place oil into a small bowl and set aside.

Place the flour into a bowl and add the boiling water. Use chopsticks to mix and allow the mixture to cool for 3 minutes. Add the cold water and knead the dough well until it is smooth. Cover the bowl with a large plate and allow it to set for 25 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6 even portions. Knead each ball flat and spread it out like a pancake. Drizzle a tsp of the green oil mixture over it and dust it lightly with sea salt. Use the second portion of green onions and add as much as you like on top. Roll the dough like a cigar and tuck it into a snail shape. Use your palms to flatten it out or use a very greasy rolling pin to do so. Lightly dust each side with sea salt.

Heat up the corn oil in a shallow frying pan on medium heat. When the oil is ready, place a pancake onto the pan. Two minutes for one side and one minute on the other. You’re aiming for golden brown like the picture above. Shake and jiggle the pan to increase the crispiness of the pancake.

I like to serve this with a dipping sauce made of garlic, red onions, soy sauce, and vinegar.

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

— Rosey

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