DIY: Mason Jar Vase

DIY: Mason Jar Vase

 

With our wedding coming up, the Wifey has been spending a lot of time working on DIY projects. If you’re trying to save costs and have a specific look in mind, we highly suggest making things on your own. Not only do you have the final say in everything, but you actually know what you’re getting.

Here are the items needed for this  project:

  • Mason Jars (you can purchase the jars in a package from Target)
  • Chevron burlap
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun

DIY: Mason Jar

 

Here’s how you achieve the look:

  1. Cut the burlap to the size of the jar.
  2. Use the hot glue gun to put some glue on the center of the jar.
  3. Wrap the burlap around the jar and then seal the ends with some more glue.
  4. Wrap the twine around the center of the jar (this will help hide any of the excess glue).

There you have it folks. A quick project for custom vases.

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Gundam Age-FX

SDSorry for the lack of updates these past couple of days, I’ve been busy with my new job…good busy that is!

Anyways, I finished the Gundam Age-FX kit a couple of weeks ago and finally got around to posting it today. I actually really enjoyed making this kit, but it also took a lot of time. I didn’t follow the color scheme exactly like the box, but I was stoked with the outcome.

Paint used:

  • Metallic Blue
  • White
  • Chrome yellow
  • German Grey
  • Aqua blue

Gundam Age - FX frontal Gundam Age-FX Rear Gun4 Gun3

 

Last Day

LastDay

This past Friday was my last day as a Senior Systems Engineer. I spent 2 years, 7 months, and 5 days at the company. I took this job solely because of money. I was 24 at the time, so the amount of money I was going to make widened my eyes.

For the past year I started to reevaluate my life. I made good money, but I had zero interest in the company and zero passion for my job. I did my job well, but I wasn’t happy; it wasn’t my calling. I was blessed to have this job, but I literally hated being here. I never put myself above the job, but I was putting in so much time and work that my relationships and personal health were deteriorating. There wasn’t any appreciation from upper management. I was working hard, but for what? No raise, no interest in the company, and the same pay for the past 2 years and 7 months…I needed change. I missed marketing. I needed to get back into marketing and leverage my creativity and personality. 

It wasn’t until 2-3 months ago that I started to go on interviews. I had a lot of interested parties, but none of them grabbed my attention except for one company. I wanted this job bad! I knew I could learn a whole lot from the company and also contribute a whole lot as well. This job was basically my calling. It suited my style and personality. From the first interview to the second and then waiting for that phone call, I was at the edge of my seat.

When I finally got that call, I almost cried; I got the job. I jumped, yelled, woke up the wifey and cheered together. Everything fell into place. After feeling like I sold out for the past couple of years, I was finally back on track to following my heart. This was my step to a new beginning, a new and better me.

The lesson that I learned through all of this was to follow my passion. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, then why stay? Majority of the people will tell you to follow the money and just take the job, but how happy are those people? The money was nice, but at what expense? Passion is what ignites you; money is only temporary.

My advice is to never let anyone tell you what to do. Follow your passion and dreams. If anyone brings you down and tries to stray you from your own path, maybe you need to leave that person behind. In the end, it’s your happiness, not anyone else’s.

Live your life and do you boo boo.

The Standard: Marriekit and Mardino

It seems that everyone has their own standard for what you can expect to be served at parties. I expect to see certain ethnic/staple dishes at certain festivities. You’re bound to see the same dishes, when the same person throws parties constantly. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that because I enjoy all kinds of food. I call this “The Standard.

Our good friends Marriekit and Mardino have been throwing a bunch of parties lately: birthday for the oldest, baptism for the youngest, and I forgot the other event. If you were ever invited to a party by these two, or a Filipino party for that matter, these are some of “The Standard” dishes that you will see (pictures from Marissa’s Baptism):

SpaghettsFilipino Spaghetti BeefBrocBeef and Broccoli ChickenSalt & Pepper Chicken Wings CrabStuffed Crab FriedRiceChinese Fried Rice IDKI have no idea what this is… NoodlesPancit Palabok…I think? ShrimpCrispy ShrimpLichonAnd the cream of the crop, Lichon! This is only on special occasions

Food Truck Fatties

This past weekend, we decided to check out the Del Mar Food Truck festival. The wifey and her cousin love all the hype behind Food Trucks, so it only made sense that Aaron and I joined the outing…plus we on that double date tip. However, I never really turn down food and secretly wanted to go.

This was more of a Food Truck convention, due to the fact that there were about 50 trucks there. A lot of the trucks that were present were on the Food Network, specifically season 2 winners: The Lime Truck. Overall the event was mediocre, maybe because I hate the heat and waiting in line. Nothing really screamed out at me, but a lot of trucks sold out of their staple items. I did enjoy everything that we ate inhaled.

FT13

FT11It was packed, and I mean packed. Aaron and I basically looked for trucks that didn’t really have a line because we were starving. Here’s what we got:

FT7Sloppy Tots FT FT2Sudden Death! From the description, I was expecting for something super hot that would make me crap my pants. Sad to say that it didn’t even scratch the surface. The dog was still delicious, but I was expecting something super spicy.

Here’s what the ladies went with:

FT4 Asian Slaw French Fries with some meat…I don’t rememberFT5 LongBoards’ Ice Cream! FT8 Lobster Grilled CheeseFT3Cap N Crunch Crab Cakes…DOPE!

Project Pockets FTW

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My good friends (more like family), Dustin & Katrina, are working on their “Project Pockets FTW” campaign for their wedding. They set up the campaign to help fund their big day in early 2014.

If you’ve been to a wedding or had a wedding, then you know how expensive it can get. Budgeting for a wedding is extremely difficult, especially if you have to factor in student loans, rent, etc.

Project Pockets’ tees are affordable and accommodating. They will do the best they can to suit your needs. If you’re interested in custom pocket tees that help a great cause, please support them and purchase a couple. Make sure to visit their site regularly, as they are always updating with new fabrics and styles.

DK