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I can’t believe how busy I can be after moving back to Hong Kong since last June, 2012.
My daughter started her new school here with all the difficult Chinese writing. She did complain that it’s hard to remember the strokes and the forms of the Chinese characters, but after few months practices, she was feeling better and started to love Chinese writing.
I am glad that she still loves to read English books, and that will also help her to maintain a good habit (and hobby).
I didn’t knit for a long time since moving back to HK, but I started something easier and less time consuming – rubber stamp carving. It’s so much fun, and I always dream that I can make more for selling in etsy.
Here are some work that I’ve done so far.
when you are ‘addicted’ into crafts making, you will know how much time you spend on them. Knitting/Crocheting is quite time consuming, and it also draw lots of energy and training on your arm/fingers muscles too…. I had this problem in the past few months. I was pushing myself to finish a hat for my friend who was having chemo. And then after I finished it, my arms, shoulders and fingers did hurt a lot. It’s crazy. I really had to put them needles down and rest for a period of time until I have courage to to pick up the needles again.
What a pity.
BUt, knitting is a hobby, why push myself to the dead end?
That’s why I switched my ‘hobby’ to origami (paper folding), it’s also time consuming (oh well… depends what model you are making…) and buying decent paper is quite expensive too. It’s all about choices, we can always use whatever we have on hand with a good budget. I love origami because it will train my ‘patience’ to work on one thing at a time. (I seldom fold few things at a time, unlike knitting, I have lots of WIPs!!!) And Origami is challenging, you may not able to finish it because it can be really difficult and get stuck in the middle of the instructions. It’s really a headache when you get stuck and ask no one for help…….
I did find a origami community, but this is not as decent as Ravelry (for sure!!) , it’s so much harder to search for what you want to see ….
Other than origami, another hobby that I love is Photography. I am not an expert in this area, but I certainly love to capture beautiful things.
Here are some of them:
Keep my long story short, I just had my gall bladder removal surgery on 4th of May, and it ran really well, the pain only last for a week, and now it’s almost 99% recovered. Thanks God!!
And we (erika and I) will go back to HONG KONG to meet up my husband again. WE will go back there for good (for sure) and Erika will start her ‘tough’ education over there. Poor girl, she will know how much the school here if compare with the ones in Hong Kong. She may really find that the teachers are all monsters @ schools. hahaha.. Just kidding.
We will have a garage sale next Sat to sell off her toys and stuffs.
I may have some more knitting books/magazines/yarn for selling too.
Email me if you want to know more about this garage sale.
I can’t believe that I am so addictive to origami.
Once you started something more complex, you will want more and more.
Right now, I still need to follow the diagrams to fold the things that I like, and I know that some advance origami experts can fold by just using the CP (Crease pattern), I still can’t get it. So, I proof myself as an intermediate origami lover.
recently, I folded quite a few things and would love to share here. They are not perfectly folded, but at least I tried them.
in my first attempts , I tried to use origami paper, but it didn’t turn out what i want. So, I finally made an order in origami-shop.com for some special paper like : Tant paper, and Foil tissue paper. Wow, after using these paper, I am afraid that I can’t go back to the regular origami paper!!
It’s very addictive for origami, once you take the challenge to fold something difficult, you will want more and more.
Recently, I am addicted to origami (because I finished few knitting projects, and wanted to take a little break from holding the needles).
I found some nice diagrams on the web and tried to make some.
Here are the things I folded so far:
I tried to use mail wrapping paper, it doesn’t work well with complex models because it’s too thick and not good to hold the crease too.
Then, I tried to find the web and see what people used . They used “foil tissue paper”, this is interesting, and I really want to try! Because it creases well and also hold the shape, or let you to shape the figure easily.
The only online store that you can shop for this special paper is Origami-shop.com, I already ordered some from them. I can’t wait to try them!!
I want to fold more, I really enjoy the process on challenging myself to read all those diagrams, it’s really fun!
This morning, I went to One of a Kind Show with my mom (got free tickets from my aunt).
it’s disappointing…. , we didn’t get anything from there, I mean, there are some good stuffs, and really attractive to me.
But the price is really too much for those things. I know that we should support the Artists, but , somehow, when you think of the materials, the work, seems like they don’t worth that much.