How To Make Sushi Erasers with Susie

We had so much fun with our other “Cooking with Susie” sessions that we decided to give it one more episode: Sushi erasers with Susie πŸ˜€

Because we’re moving, we’ve been trying to spend as much time with our friends up here before we have to say goodbye for a while.

What did we decide to cook? Sushi! Well not really sushi but erasers that are shaped like sushi in a a little kit thingy.

We bought the kit as a present for Susiewhile we were in Singapore so she brought it over to play with.

Sushi With Susie

Basically it’s a little box that comes with clay and molds and when you put them in the microwave it magically transforms them into erasers. You can read more about it here.

Sushi With Susie

With these sort of things reading he instructions is very important. Even more so when they are written in Japanese!

Sushi With Susie

You should fill the little molds with some water so the clay doesn’t stick to it!

Sushi With Susie

Add some clay to each side…

Sushi With Susie

Squish the sides together

Sushi With Susie

Pull the extra off and you’ve got a piece for your sushi!

Sushi With Susie

Use something pointy to wedge the clay out.

Sushi With Susie

No matter how realistic they look don’t eat them!!!

Bad Susie!

Sushi With Susie

Keep making them until you’ve made all of the pieces!

Sushi With Susie

This is the reaction you get when you tell two girls that you’re going to eat all their sushi…

Sushi With Susie

These are some of the parts that will eventually make the wholes: rice, egg and roe! Susie made these ones so they are all perfect.

Sushi With Susie

This is an example of the crappy ones I made… XD

Sushi With Susie

Eventually she wouldn’t let me touch the clay anymore because of my shoddy workmanship mwahahaha! This mismatch of skills tends to lead to some jealousy.

But you know all of that can be fixed with our awesome dancing!!

So enough messing around, making sushi is serious business!

Fill the paper container that came in the kit with water and add the sushi pieces.

Sushi With Susie

Wait patiently for them to come out of the microwave!

Sushi With Susie

Then dump the pieces into cold water.

Cut out all the bits of paper for the nori wrappers etc!

This is a good point to exchange presents too… Susiemade me this awesome gigantic leopard print bow!! She is so talented and awesome. On the other side of that because I’m an awesome friend I got her…. my love and admiration πŸ˜›

Sushi With Susie

And here is our finished sushi!

Sushi With Susie

Yummy yummy yummy πŸ˜€ Congratulations you have successfully completed a craft project made for children! I will claim that the language barrier was the reason it took us several hours. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Sushi With Susie

But also even after it’s cooked you probably shouldn’t eat it.

Sushi With Susie

Thanks for watching Cooking With Susie… and Violet!

Come visit Melbourne soon Susie!!! Let’s start a petition to make her come live in my spare room and do stupid stuff like this all the time?

Sushi With Susie

Have you ever tried making this sushi erasers kit or any of these fun Japanese stye kits?

Outfit of the day Post- Nuffnang Meet up!

Ok clearly I haven’t been cam-whoring enough lately because you girls have actually been asking for outfit photos!

I suppose I have been doing a lot of crafts XD

I think it’s because I’m trying to use up a lot of my supplies before we move so I don’t have to bring them with me!

So a couple of weeks ago Nuffnang threw James and I a going-away party πŸ˜€

This was my outfit for the night…

Nuffnang Meet up

I hope you weren’t too distracted from the outfit by the hideous carpet!

Outfit details:Shirt- Nuffnang- “I’m famous in the blogosphere”- modified by me Skirt- Vintage from Blue Velvet Vintage Shoes- Bodyline Stockings- Myer Bow- Made by me Jewelery- random

Heehee I made a new hair bow from the left overs of the Nuffnang shirt, it says “We <3 Bloggers”!

Nuffnang Meet up

Of course it was a fairly small turn out because for some reason Brisbane bloggers don’t like hanging out! We had a blast though! Below left to right is Wouter, me, Tash and James is taking the photo.

Nuffnang Meet up

I’ve been trying to take more effort with my make up lately too and try out looks I wouldn’t normally wear. The next day I tried out this purple/pink eyeshadow combination and I really like it!

Nuffnang Meet up

I’m loving anything with glitter in it at the moment ^_^

Nuffnang Meet up

I’m wearing my green lenses here. I love how much they contrast!

Nuffnang Meet up

And one without the flash to show the sparkles:

Nuffnang Meet up

The biggest news I have today is that in 10 days James and I are moving down to Melbourne! EXCITING!

What this means is that for the week leading up to leaving and the week we get there I am going to be crazy busy trying to find an apartment and setting everything up there. I’m still going to be posting as usual and I’ll schedule posts for when we’re driving down but it means I won’t be able to reply to comments and emails as quickly as I do now because we won’t have as stable internet.

Don’t worry I promise I will answer every single comment and email eventually, it will just take me a little while!

It’s a really big move for us and hopefully it will lead to lots and lots of really exciting things in the future so please bear with me for now! We are driving all the way down so I’ll bet there are going to be lots of silly road trip photos and videos for you soon πŸ˜›

Have you guys ever moved city before? It’s a bit scary, I think I need a moving cities outfit πŸ˜‰ Love Violet

Super Cute T-shirt Surgery Tutorial

A few months ago a reader wrote in and asked me to write a t-shirt surgery tutorial.

If you haven’t head of t-shirt surgery it’s basically when you take a plain old t-shirt and you make it into something cooler and more fashionable. There is a community for it here where you can see some fantastic examples.

So anyway when I got the request I didn’t think it was something I would do because I don’t wear t-shirts often… but it stayed in my mind for ages and I kept thinking about it more and more until I had an idea πŸ˜€ When we were in Singapore for the Nuffnang Awards, Nuffnang Australia was lovely enough to give us all shirts. Mine had the slogan “I’m famous (in the blogosphere)” hahaha! I thought it was awesome but they only had large sizes so since then I’ve used it to sleep in… but no more!

Making this…

T-Shirt Surgery

From this….

T-Shirt Surgery

Into this….

What you need for this particular t-shirt surgery tutorial:

  • Large shirt (I’m using my Nuffnang one)
  • Other shirt in a cute colour. I’m using an old pink Emily the Strange shirt
  • Needle and thread
  • Thin elastic
  • Flowers or decoration
  • Scissors
  • Overlocker or sewing machine
  • Shirt that actually fits you (for measuring)

Please note that I am hand stitching almost everything here because my sewing machine has been packed up for the move, if given the choice I would definitely use a machine for this project. I am going to redo the stitching when we get to the new house πŸ˜€

T-Shirt Surgery

First turn your white shirt inside out. Lay your white tee on a flat surface and place the shirt that fits you over the top. Line up the shoulder seams to make sure it’s in the right place.

T-Shirt Surgery

Cut the bottom off in line with your nice shirt.

T-Shirt Surgery

Cut up the side seems around 1.5cm away from your nice shirt’s seam, this is to give it enough room for the new seam we’re going to sew. You will notice when you’re cutting that the seam is probably not a straight line but instead it curves slightly. This curve will give the waist some shape so if you want to adjust this now is the time!

T-Shirt Surgery

Cut until you reach just below the sleeves.

T-Shirt Surgery

Following the line of the sleeves cut around at an angle. Now it just looks like a longer sleeve ^_^

T-Shirt Surgery

Fold the shirt in half and repeat on the other side.

T-Shirt Surgery

So this is what you should end up with… it pretty much just looks like a smaller shirt now ^_^

T-Shirt Surgery

Now let’s cut a new neckline! Turn it the right way out so you can see what you’re working on. I chose a square neckline so I could show up pretty necklaces. I started by cutting out the collar carefully and then kept cutting until I reached the neckline I wanted.

T-Shirt Surgery

Now get your coloured shirt and lay it out…

T-Shirt Surgery

Cut the back section from the shirt, you want to remove all of the seams. You will end up with something this shape.

T-Shirt Surgery

Lay the pink version over the white shirt. You should cut the sides and the neckline to match the white shirt. The pink part should be on the same side as the writing/pattern you want on the front of the shirt. You’ll end up with this:

T-Shirt Surgery

Now you should use your overlocker (or sewing machine) to stitch up the sides. Start from the bottom and sew towards the sleeves, continue until there’s no hole left ^_^

T-Shirt Surgery

Now at the top where the straps of the pink part are, there should be a strip of interfacing on the white shirt. Sew the pink to the white. Most shirts have it but if yours doesn’t just sew it into whatever seam is there.

T-Shirt Surgery

You end up with this (although mine is terribly hand stitched).

T-Shirt Surgery

Now move over to the sleeves, cut around 4cm off the ends. Repeat on the other side.

T-Shirt Surgery

Measure a piece of thin elastic around the top of your arm and cut in two.

T-Shirt Surgery

Sew the elastic around 4cm from the edge of the sleeve. While you sew stretch it to the correct size so when it’s unstretched it will form a ruffle. Mine looks a bit dodgy because it’s hand stitched >_<

T-Shirt Surgery

So how you have something like this πŸ˜€

T-Shirt Surgery

Turn your shirt the right way out now and fold it in half down the middle with the pattern facing out. This next part is all about measuring. From the bottom of your pattern (my pattern is the slogan on the front) fold the shirt in 3 sections. Place a small marker at each fold.

T-Shirt Surgery

Flatten the shirt out again but keep it folded in half. The pink strip below is marking how far in were going to cut, it should be as far in as the markers are apart. It’s a little hard to explain but it should kind of form a square.

T-Shirt Surgery

Now do the actual cutting! DO NOT CUT THE PINK FABRIC! Only cut the white.

T-Shirt Surgery

Repeat on the other side so you end up with this:

T-Shirt Surgery

Now we’re going to make the sections into little bows πŸ˜€

T-Shirt Surgery

Cut 3 strips of the hem of the pink shirt.

T-Shirt Surgery

Fold them in half and use them to form the center of the bow. Sew it all in place like this:

T-Shirt Surgery

On the bottom bow place a small holding stitch through the white and pink so the bottom bow will keep it’s shape.

T-Shirt Surgery

Now let’s go back to the neckline! Cut the rest of the hem off the pink shirt and measure it out like this:

T-Shirt Surgery

Sew along the seams that are already there. Do the sides first and continue around the back.

T-Shirt Surgery

Add a final piece to the front and cover the edges ^_^

T-Shirt Surgery

I decided to add some chiffon flowers to the neckline just to girly it up some more. I’m going to add more as soon as I can unpack my craft supplies and dig them out XD

T-Shirt Surgery

And so there you have it! Finished and much more my taste than the original πŸ˜€

T-Shirt Surgery

And of course it’s time to try it on!

T-Shirt Surgery

Close up of the bows…

T-Shirt Surgery

Mwahaha and no I’m not conceited enough to think I’m *actually* famous in the blogosphere, it’s just meant to be cute and funny πŸ˜›

T-Shirt Surgery

Well there you go, my first attempt at t-shirt surgery and I’m pretty happy with the results! So much so that I’m going to wear it tomorrow to the going away party that Nuffnang is throwing James and I πŸ˜€ I even made a little matching surprise but you’ll have to wait for the event to see!
Love Violet
What do you all think? Should I made more of these? Would you ever actually try a t-shirt surgery tutorial like this?

Dolly Eye Make Up Tutorial – Violet Vision

This dolly eye make up tutorial took foreeeeever to upload!

Vimeo is down so the reason the quality is not great is Youtube’s stupid compression rubbish. The sound levels seem to have also been warped so beware, the theme song is super loud but for the rest you might need to turn it all the way up in Youtube and on your computer to hear what I’m saying *_*

I’m working on fixing things as fast as possible but until Vimeo is back online there’s not much I can do!

Aaaaanyway aside from all of the technical junk this video was made as a request on how to do the more involved make up style that I sometimes do. This style is possibly more of the traditional hime gyaru style than my every day make up. I prefer this look with a bolder outfit and definitely with dark circle lenses because my natural eye colour is too light for it to work.

The disclaimer is that I am not an expert in make up techniques, this is just the way I do it when I wear my make up in this style.

Products used:

  • Moisturser- Skin MD
  • Lenses- Candy Violet from e-circlelens.net
  • Foundation- Innoxa
  • Mascara- Bourjois
  • Lashes- some cheap brand
  • Lash glue- Lash Me Type 1
  • Black Shadow- Bourjois
  • White Shadow- Bourjois
  • Shimmer dust- The Face Shop
  • Lip Stain- Bourjois
  • Lip Gloss- Bourjois

If you want to know the product line or numbers used for the dolly eye make up tutorial just let me know πŸ™‚

Purikura

I have crazy work/moving to Melbourne stuff going on at the moment but I didn’t want to leave you all hanging, so here’s some purikura that James, Susie and I did yesterday!

Susie is full of awesome and she makes the coolest hair bows ever!

Puri

As soon as I have a moment to myself I’m going to take care of a bunch of reader requests and craft tutorials I’ve been planning. I have so much planned and no time >_< I promise lots of awesome things soon though so keep reading!

How a Fake Prada Wallet Stole Several Hours of My Life

This story is a long Prada Wallet related saga.

It’s about a wallet that took over my life for two whole days. It’s a story about greed, a story about recycling, an epic drama about craft… and one Prada wallet.

This silly little thing was the cause of many many hours of my life being wasted:

Prada Wallet Deco

Jamesand I were at a thrift store one day looking for some bits and pieces. While we were waiting for the clerk to ring up our purchases it caught my eye from under the glass counter. It was barely noticeable… just a tiny corner of pink peaking out from under a mess of costume jewelery and decorative soaps.They lady brought it up for me to take a look at and I saw the price tag… as well as the gigantic Prada stamp on the front. I did need a new wallet, my previous Hello Kitty one was fairly thread bare… for only AU$5 even a fake was good value. But thinking of our budget I put it back.

Prada Wallet Deco

Overnight, stories of friends finding pristine authentic Louis Vitton, Chanel and other high end brands among the thrift store junk floated through my brain. What if it was real, what if I had just missed out on the find of a lifetime? It was certainly decent quality leather whether it was a fake or not… it was just a bit beaten and up and dirty.

So I decided to venture back… and if it was still unsold I would take that as a sign from fate that it was meant to be.

And it was. And I bought it.

Prada Wallet Deco

And thus started an obsession that lasted several hours.

I used Twitter to find out more about Prada and how to discern a fake. In the process I had a hilarious conversation with Cheesie and Audand was given lots of advice from others!

Prada Wallet Deco

I googled and googled, finding number after number of “Signs to tell it’s real” websites. I’m sure an aficionado of high end brands would have spotted in a moment what I was searching for but as someone who has never handled anything of a high end brand it was an adventure for me. Had I stumbled onto the holy grail of thrift store finds?

Prada Wallet Deco

  • Quality of the stitching…Check.
  • Quality of the lining…Check.
  • Leather stamp inside and out…Check

Prada Wallet Deco

  • Correct establishment date… Check
  • Correct curve of the “R”… Check

Prada Wallet Deco

  • Prada branded zip and closure… FAIL.

Ok so it failed the final test… I have to admit I was slightly disappointed. The day dreams of selling it to pay for a trip to Japan or a puppy suddenly plummeted just like the bank balance of someone who had just bought a real Prada wallet.

But then I thought for a little while… even if it wasn’t going to be buying me a pony it was still quite a nice wallet. I liked the leather even it was a bit dirty, I liked the colour, I liked the size and I liked the idea of having a new cute wallet.

So out came the leather cleaner, glue gun, ribbon and lace… and my new wallet was born!

Prada Wallet Deco

I scrubbed the leather clean with a combination of leather cleaner and a moisture sealant to make it nice and tough again.

Prada Wallet Deco

I hot glued lace all around the edges on both inside and out to strengthen and disguise the cracked edges.

Prada Wallet Deco

I found some matching pink polka dot ribbon in my stash and added accents to cover damage and add strength. I think it accents the card holder spots beautifully.

Prada Wallet Deco

And finished off with a bow.

Prada Wallet Deco

Even though it turned out to be a fake this pre-loved $5 wallet was worth every penny. It entertained me for two days, it gave me great conversations with my friends online and offline, it brought out my creativity and thriftiness, it sharpened my google-fu skills and it’s now holding all of my money, cards and old receipts. 1 month on, it’s in better condition than when I found it. Now it is the ultimate hime style wallet!

Very pleased!

And my idea is catching on, when I was in Melbourne, Super Kawaii Mamathought the idea was so cool, she re-vamped her old wallet too!

Wallet Deco

The verdict= $5 for several days of entertainment and a fantastic wallet is a great deal ^_^

Real Prada wallet or not, I can’t say I really care!

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