My DIY Valentines Day

Valentines Day is over. But I still wanted to make this post because if you are living in Korea or have a Korean partner, you may know that White Day is coming this March 14. It’s basically the same as Valentines Day. I hope this post can give you some ideas! ^^

First Concept: Romantic Canopy for two

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This was super cheap and easy to make and so so so romantic!

All you need is: A hula hoop, curtains, I used 4 (I recommend you use white sheer ones to make it more romantic but it’s up to you), pillows, a blanket, and string lights.

First I cut the hula hoop in half with a knife. Then I put hula hoop through the opening space at the top of the curtains (the part you normally put the rod through). Then I taped the hula hoop together. If you want to completely cover the color of the hula hoop, you can spray paint it first or wrap ribbon around it.

Then to hang it, you just need to tie 4 wide pieces of ribbon or string (all the same length) around the hula hoop in four even sections and gather them together and tie them together. Then, attach another piece of string and tie a loop for hanging.

I attached a hook to the ceiling and hung it from that.

Then I strung the lights around the top, there was no method to this, just arrange it around the top of the hoop so it looks nice.

Then to decorate it, I got twine and clothes-pinned Polaroids of me and my boyfriend to make a cute banner. You can just use regular sized photos and cut them into Polaroid shapes. I also attached a separate banner that you can make by cutting letters out of felt and threading a string through slits made in the letters.

Finally, make the inside cozy. Put a lot of cute pillows and arrange a thick blanket into a circular shape to make the floor of your canopy.

Second Concept: Romantic dessert arrangement:

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This romantic dessert was a lot easier to make than it looks and is sure to impress your sweetheart!

To make the strawberry flower arrangement, you need: Strawberries, some form of chocolate, white and dark, shredded coconut (or crushed nuts), grapes or other fruits such as pineapple, melon, etc., barbecue skewers, lettuce, flower pot or vase, Styrofoam ball or floral foam (used for making flower arrangements).

First, cut the foam so it fits inside your vase or flower pot. Stick the skewers through the fruit and arrange it in the foam the way you like it. I would do this before dipping them into the chocolate because it could get messy if you don’t know what you are doing before hand. Now it’s time to melt the chocolate. I did by microwaving it in 40 second intervals until it was completely melted. Dip your fruit in the chocolate however you want. You could also skip this step if you don’t want to cover them in chocolate. Then sprinkle the nuts or coconut or drizzle the the opposite kind of chocolate over it. Repeat until your arrangement is done. Use lettuce to hide the skewers and make it look more like a flower arrangement.

For the cake, it was actually a made a ombre pink cake (you cant tell by the photo) that I stacked to look like pancakes. I used 3 separate cake pans, adding a little more pink die to each  pan to give them an ombre look. In the middle of each layer, I put a white chocolate ganache (white chocolate + heavy cream), but you could also use strawberry jam. Then I just garnished with strawberry and dusted powdered sugar over it. You can make the lovely cake bunting decoration by using 2 paper straws, and felt hearts and letters cut out to say Love You (using a stencil).

I put everything on a wooden tray with fake rose petals and lit tea candles. I didn’t have a coffee table, or a small table, so I put everything on top of a storage tub that I had lying around.

Third Concept: Simple. Traditional. Classic… But with a Twist.

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Okay so White Day and Valentines day is centered around chocolate. The most typical present to give your Love would be a box of chocolates. In my case though, my boyfriend doesn’t like eating a lot of chocolate and instead, he prefers eating fruit. Since it was Valentines day though, I couldn’t forget about the chocolate, so I combined both!

This DIY is pretty self-explanatory and is far from a unique gift, but still more special and thoughtful than just buying a box of chocolates. And looks super cute too! ^^ I just bought a gift box and mini muffin baking cups to put the strawberries in. First I chose what strawberries I would be using and arranged them in the box to make sure everything fit. Then I just got super messy and wallah!

Fourth Concept: Handmade fruit tea preserves

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What you need: You only need 5 things to make this tea!

Oranges, or Lemons (I used 3 large oranges to fill this one 200 ml jar), Jar, sugar (use as many cups of sugar as you use cups of fruit), honey (use as much as you prefer. I just kept doing a taste test and stopped when I was satisfied with the taste), baking soda.

First I boiled hot water and poured in my jar to sterilize the inside.

Next, I thoroughly washed my oranges with hot water and scrubbed the peels. Next, I covered the outside (peel) of my oranges with baking soda and let it sit there for 5 minutes. This is supposed to further sterilize the peels. Next, I cut the oranges in half and scooped out the insides and put in a measuring cup (this was to determine how much sugar I would need).

Then I cute the peel into narrow rectangular shaped slivers and I put the inside part of the oranges, equal amount of sugar, and slivers of peel into a pot and turned on the heat to let it boil. Keep stirring. The juice should release and the mixture should be a little liquidy, but make sure it maintains a thick consistency similar to marmalade. Add honey to taste. I also added cinnamon, but this is optional.

Finally, put this mixture in the jar. I decorated this jar with a clear sticker that said “Home made” and I tied some twine and string around the jar. I also glued a round paper doily to the top to make it look cute.

To enjoy this tea, take out a generous scoop of the mixture and put in your cup then add boiled water and stir. It’s so delicious!!

Final concept: Rustic Handmade card.

This one is rustic and made from scraps found in my home!

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This card is also self-explanatory~ It’s very simple and I just made it from some materials I found lying around my house. Things I used: cardboard, paper doily, ribbon, 2 stickers, twine and lace. Don’t forget to write a sweet message inside! ^^

Happy Valentines Day & Happy White Day!

 

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Our Couple Photoshoot

I’m thinking about starting a new series(?) on this blog. Since I quickly met my boyfriend upon my 1-year stay in Korea, it changed the way I spent my time in Korea. I had so many plans to do reviews of different things in Korea, but after meeting my boyfriend, everything changed and I spent most of my time with him. Hey- I’m not complaining, but it is what it is. One thing me and my boyfriend did consistently every weekend was go on dates, therefore I have so many nice ideas and know of so many nice places to date in Korea! I want to let you know them here 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

Cute Couple things to do in Korea: 1. Couple photoshoot

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This is my favorite ‘pose’ from the Green Tea Room

For Valentines day 2015, I suggested we get couple photos, like professional ones. But I really don’t like the fake posed type of photos, it makes me feel uncomfortable and I think it looks cheesy, plus, my boyfriend is very bad at taking posed photos 😛 After doing some research (searching Korean tags on instagram) I came across a studio that took natural and fun photos: Sherbet room studio in Seoul.

If you want to know more information about price, room type, exact location etc. I will leave the website here I would tell you the information in this post, but there are so many package options to choose from, so you should just go to the website, if your interested, and you can see the price based on what you want (how many rooms you choose, what type of photoshoot you want, time length you want etc.). Because the photographer messed up our appointment time a little, we got to pay the price of package B: 90,000 won (about $90 USD) but get all the benefits of package C: 60 minutes of photo taking, 3 themed rooms (sets) to choose from, 10 edits and 20 prints (however the photographer will send you every photo digitally, I believe we got over 200 shots).

The rooms are really cool, again, you can go to the website to see them. It was really difficult to chose from all the awesome room types, but before we went we decided on 3: Mango room (bright and quirky with giant boxes of iconic snacks around), Green Tea room (soft and outdoorsy, romantic spring picnic setting) and Mint room (School setting with a chalkboard and school desks).

Before we went to our shoot, we planned all of our outfit ideas. We wanted to coordinate well with each other and also, consider the colors and feeling of the room we would be shooting in. We decided for the bright mango room, we would wear a kind of monochrome look, because we wanted to stand out from the bright and busy background. We both wore out baseball couple shirts that I bought from pancoat, and some basic blue jeans. For the Green Tea room, I wanted to wear something with soft and gentle colors so we could tell the story of an innocent and youthful love story, so, we decided we would wear denim shirts and I would wear my light blue skirt, and he would wear his beige pants. Finally, for the Mint room, I thought it would be a nice idea to wear a kind of “football jacket” I didn’t have one myself, but my boyfriend had 2 that were very similar. To save space in our backpacks, we decided we would just keep on our couple baseball shirts and jeans for this look and wear the football jacket over it.

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Our Couple Look for the Mango Room

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Our School Look for the Mint Room

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Our Romantic First Date look for the Green Tea Room

When we arrived, the photographer was very late, but she kept in contact with us on the phone. My boyfriend was pretty annoyed at this, but it didn’t bother me that much. The studio was kind of a hallway with different doors leading to each theme: couple theme, family theme etc. After she arrived she unlocked the main door to the couple themed room which opened to a large studio with different sets (all of the rooms types). We then took some time looking through a photo album with example photos taken of past couples. Then we went into the change room, which had many props, outfits (couple outfits which you could borrow for the shoot), a full length mirror and a vanity. After we changed into our first outfit (for the mango room) it was show time. The photographer was young and made us feel very comfortable. She encouraged us to just play and talk together in the room so that the photos would capture us naturally. From time to time she did mention an action to do involving each other or the props and sometimes did pose our bodies or tell us how to stand or sit, but it still looked fun and natural either way. The photographer had 60 minutes to shoot us in 3 different rooms (sets) and she was able to manage the time wisely. (the time spent in the changing rooms in between changing sets did not subtract from our 60 minutes, in fact, she was not strict at all with the time and I did not at any point feel rushed)

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When we went in the mint room, she encouraged us to draw (using chalk) on the blackboard that was in the background, I thought this was a nice touch and was a good way to add something personalized to the photo.

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IMG_0578 Cute and Playful fun in the Mint Room

After we were finished, we got our digital copies the next day. The only bad thing I can say is that out of our 200+ photos, maybe only 20 of them were nice. A lot of the photos she took one of us were derping or closing our eyes, but since it’s meant to be candid, that is to be expected. The overall experience was very nice, the results were great and it was a very nice and intimate experience to have with my boyfriend.

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