Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Crafty Projects 44-45

Well, I made it! I created, made up or crafted 45 different things over the last year. (And I made them all within a year--one birthday to the next-- even though this post is a couple of days late.) Here's the scoop on the last 2 things I made.

I'm an odd duck living in the Northwest. I'm not into IPAs at all, blech! I only drink an occasional coffee. Even though we have months of dark rainy days, I'm not addicted to caffeine, but have been trying to drink some green tea every day, since it's supposed to be so good for you. I've started brewing mine to-go in mason jars, which I can contain with a lid and slip it into a cup holder in my car. But geez those mason jars get hot! So I created a kozie, cozie, coozie, whatever you want to call it. I should make a little pattern for you to make your own. Super easy and now I can hold the jar while the tea is nice and hot.

Another reason I made this cozie, was inspired by a trip to Uwajimaya Grocery. I went all the way to Beaverton to get some ingredients to make my own furikake. Maybe I could have found what I needed closer to home, but their home and gift section makes me happy, plus they have a great book department. They have beautiful crafting books, some in English, some in Japanese. If I was really good at reading crochet patterns I could actually buy one of the pattern books that's all in Japanese with diagrams. Something to aspire to... I love the way the Japanese make things with such intention. Yes, some things are purely stuff you don't really need. But I like that they make everyday items with such simplicity and beauty. Just in the area of food, the Japanese put a lot of thought into the presentation of their meals.

Learn to make your own bento here.
I'm pretty sure if this was served to me,
I'd take a long relaxed/appreciative look at what I'm about to eat,
instead of shoveling it in without much thought. Order your own plate here.
Oh, back to my last creation. Like I said, I ventured out to Beaverton to pick up some dried seaweed and bonito to make my own furikake. The store bought versions have sugar in them, and I find them too sweet, plus a lot of them have MSG, so I thought I'd create my own mixture.

Here's my concoction.

  • chopped dried seaweed
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • chia seds
  • sea salt
  • bonito flakes

Some sprinkle it on rice. I sprinkle it on soups, salads, wraps, whatever needs a little something.

So there you have it. I set out to make 45 crafty things in a year and I did it! I know some may wonder why I mix crafty stuff here on my site if I'm supposed to be a trainer and health coach. Well, to me creativity and movement are two things we leave behind in childhood, but they play a critical part in our health and well being. Being a trainer I obviously get plenty of exercise in my day. So while a lot of folks "don't make time for exercise" I too let creative endeavors get pushed down the list, even though I know I'll enjoy once I get into them. So instead of making excuses this past year, I set a goal, made a declaration and made sure to take the time to make things that make me happy and calm my inner monkey.

Now, I gotta figure out what my goal is for my next year... hhmmmm..... any thoughts?


Micki said...

Yoku Dekimashita!

Frocks and Frivolities said...

Hi I just joined your DIY/Craft group on your blog looks fun, I will definitely follow along!

Trainer, Crafter, Kristin said...

Hi Jen! Welcome to my blog and Meet Up group. Hope to see you there soon!

Lise said...

Oh how adorable is that cozy! Great idea with the furkikake. I will definitely be making some for yummy sprinkles on salads and my favorite mini sandwiches.

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