the making of : five flower tea 五花茶

As I mention in the previous post, I got bed bug bite pretty badly in new york. After I got back home, my mom got me this herbal tea pack to brew, which helps to heal the inflammation from the bed bug wounds. “It can clear heat and expel dampness and anti-inflammation, which helps to alleviate symptoms like fatique, sore throat, indigestion, poor appetite, insomnia and urinary difficulty.”

五花茶     [ng , faa , cha]
Five Flower Tea

1。雞蛋花   Plumeria
2。槐花       Sophora Japonica
3。菊花       Chrysanthemum
4。金銀花   Lonicera Japonica
5。木棉花   Bombax Ceiba

Five Flower Tea is a kind of herbal tea, of course {from the name} consists of five flowers. This herbal tea is well know in Southern China, especially in Canton Province, including Hong Kong and Macau. You can find it in most chinese market or chinese medicine shop. My mom got 2 small packs $1.50 each (cheap!).

How to brew?
1。prepare a large pot and put the five flower tea pack inside
2。add sugar (i put several spoons of brown sugar)
3。measure 6 cups of water and pour it into the pot
4。heat it up
5。turn down the heat when it’s bubbling
6。continue to boil in low heat for another 45min +/-

After it’s done, the water will reduce to half, about 2-3 cups. The color will looks like dark roast coffee with thick texture and bold bitter herbal floral taste. Serve hot or cold. I like to have it cold in hot summer day, it really can cool me down.



Adventure : New York

As you know, my friend and I went to New York for the renegade craft fair show. We flew there 2 days before the fair and spent a little time roaming in new york.

1. Lobster Place
This pace is inside the Chelsea Market. Lots of variety of fresh seafood. My friend and I order a Lobster ,a sushi platter, and a squid salad. It was yummy! The good thing about this place is that you can select your own lobster and they will stream and cut for you.
2. Metropolitan Museum
I always read review about museum and those people who wrote it always said “you need to spend a day here.” And after visiting metropolitan, I would say “you really need to spend a day there.” The collection is HUGH. My friend and I got there late morning, spend 2 hours and just covered a small portion. We got out for lunch and popped back in until they closed at 8:45pm, and we still haven’t covered everything.
3. Dessert in Little Italy
One night, we had our dinner at de gennaro at little italy. The main course is just okay, but the dessert is a surprising delicious! We ordered a tiramisu and a creme brulee.

1. Bed Bug
I have heard new york’s bed bug problem before, but I didn’t think that it would happen to me. I got pretty bad bed bug bite on my face and arms. Won’t show the picture here to lower your appetite. But people out there (yes, you!) should be careful about it when you go to new york.
2. Subway
Yes I know. It is very convenient going from place to place, BUT not when we have 2 baggages, especially in this summer weather.

Despite the bed bug bite, I did enjoy my new york business/leisure trip very much.

Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair

I will be there sharing a booth with my fellow artist friend, the owner of The Little Red House. It’s our first time going to an out-of-state craft fair. It will be a very valuable lesson/experience/adventure. Wish us LUCK!

new in the shop

This is a medium size cross-body or shoulder bag.
Great for those day when you want a slightly better bag to carry your essential items, keys, wallet, a book and/or a light jacket.

-one pocket slot under the flap
-one zipper pocket on the back
-magnetic snap closure flap
-it can be worn as a shoulder bag or a cross-body bag
-detachable handmade tassel

top opening width : 10.5″
bag widest width : 12″
height : 8.75
adjustable strap approx. : 27″ to 48″ long

Lined with durable water repellent canvas.

They are now available in my shop.

the making of : storage bench

Here’s the story: My new studio has a huge corner window. I wanted to have easy access to it. Instead of putting my working table there, I wanted a storage bench which I could sit on and store my fabrics. Initially, I was planning to buy one. However, I couldn’t find the size/quality that I wanted or it’s just too expensive. So, I decided to build one.

Everything is available at home improvement store. I got mine from home depot and lowes. I’m lucky to find a 97″x16″ wood board with finished surface. 16″ is the width that I wanted. One of the nice thing about these home improvement store is that they can help you to cut the board. I got 3 pieces and asked them to cut in half. So my finished storage bench would be approx. 48.5″long x 16″tall x 16″ width. Oh yes, and some corner braces and hinges too.

Corner braces on the inside, so it’ll look cleaner from outside. I also like to pre-drill holes before putting on screws, so that the braces won’t shift as much. In other words, it will stay at place where I want it be. It took me about a total of one full day to make it. I’m very happy with the result.