Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for March, 2008

Okay, so I haven’t posted for a while. Hey, I was busy, okay? xP
.

Recently, a few days ago, MSN’s home page featured an article called Harry Pitts? The worst baby names of all time (link at the bottom of this post). I’ve this liking to reading Msn’s informational articles, and this article’s title intrigued me because I thought, “Hey, how bad can a name be?”
.

Apparently I was pretty clueless.
.

If you read that article, I’m sure you’d be pretty surprised as I was. I mean, imagine calling your child these names:
.

  • Damya (try saying it slowly, or if you’re clueless, it has the same pronunciation as “Damn ya!”)
    .
  • Mayo Head (I’ve nothing against the last name… but adding to it with this? Geez, I pity the guy)
    .
  • naming after diseases (Fever, Cholera, Hysteria…)
    .
  • the seven sins (Greed, Pride, Envy… um, don’t you want your kids to follow the “good” rather than the “evil”?)
    .

And stuff like that. It’s not only limited to those, however, I’ve actually been to a page (can’t remember what kind of page it was) where it showed a couple with their newborn baby, with the name Sephiroth. Yes, that Sephiroth. The ever-so-popular villain from Final Fantasy VII. (I don’t mean it’s a silly name, as I’m not sure how the public would receive it, but at least it’s better than the other names up there.)
.

While I admire the parents’ decision to give their children unique names, still… sometimes it’s pretty outrageous. Wouldn’t you feel angry having such a humiliating name that makes you the target of bullying/teasing most/all the time? Of course you would.
.

Now, what does this have to do with character names?
.

Well, the same thing happens with story writers and their characters’ names too. A lot of writers go “ZOMG I NEED A GREAT NAME FOR MY CHARACTER!!!1!!11!” (which isn’t necessarily bad, I do it myself too xP), but many others just go, “Ah, what the heck. It’s just a name.”
.

Wrong!
.

A character’s name would stick in the readers’ minds, often if it’s one of the main characters (good or bad). For this reason, the name needs to suit the character, as it’ll be his/her label for the readers. Of course, there’s also something called going overboard.
.

So, let’s take a look at various categories that a character name should have!

.


Tips to a Good Character Name!

With the help of two good character naming articles and my past experiences!
.

There are many requirements that a name must fulfill before it’d stick out in a reader’s mind. No, no, I don’t mean “sticking out” as in it pokes the reader in the eye, more like “sticking out” so that the moment you mention the character’s name, s/he’d go, “Oh, I know! He’s the guy the protagonist hates a lot!”
.

You want the readers to remember who each character is, right? So naming is the first step! (or second, or third, but who cares? xD)
.

So these are some tips for a good first name (in no particular order):

.

  • Tip 1: Are you comfortable with it?
    .

There’s nothing more irritating than selecting the name nonchalantly for your protagonist and you find out later that you didn’t like the name after all. Then, by the time you see a really good name for him/her, the name’s stuck in your head and the new one now doesn’t feel right!
.
Yes, that happened to me before. I didn’t like the character name Hiro when I first created this protagonist for a story (which I now don’t plan to write), but I thought, “Ah, I’ll just think of a new name later and just use this first!). Then, some time later, I really wanted to change the name, but felt that all the good names no longer fit this guy, because the name Hiro got stuck!
.

Yeah, it’s never fun that way. x(

.

  • Tip 2: Does the name suit the character?
    .

Yep, you read it right. A name needs to suit the character.
.
First thing is that the name should fit the race the character is part of, like giving an elf an elven name (example: Elvoríth), or giving a faerie a silvery name (example: Melodie Silvertoes).
.

And for heaven’s sake, please don’t call your character Zork Vardüs when he’s a human, especially when the name suits a non-human (alien, orc, anything goes) more! Would you like to go around with that name too? No, right? xP
.

Then the name should suit the character too. For example, if the setting of your story is medieval (with lords and ladies and the whatnot), I tend to associate a name like Deveroix (pronounced dair-ver-roy, I think) with an upper class guy. Or maybe it’s because I’ve an assassin character (double job as an upper class lord) called Keir Regis Deveroix. xP
.

Try play around with names, and see if the name suits your character. =D

.

  • Tip 3: Easy to spell, easy to pronounce
    .

All right, I admit. I made this mistake before. I once created a name that no one else seems to know how to pronounce… it ended with a -ceques.
.
I mentioned in my story that -ceques is pronounced as “kiss” (the que is silent). Still, that name still baffles people… they always ask me; how the heck do you pronounce it?!
.

(The problem with me was, I fell in love with the name, so I can’t take it off. T_T)
.

When people are baffled with the names, they tend to stop each time they come across them. This, of course, disrupts the storyline flow (some), and some people would even get annoyed.
.

So, the moral of this story is; don’t create names that are so very hard to pronounce/spell!

.

  • Tip 4: Avoid common names
    ..

“What? Not this name again!”
.

Yep, that’s the kind of reaction you normally get from common names. How many stories in the world that has a character called Dan in the story? How many Sarahs and Janets and Patricks and Samanthas are there?
.

Not to say that you can’t use these names, but… because these names are so common, they’re not very interesting, and sometimes readers feel bored when they see the same names over and over again.
.

If you really want to use one of those commonly used names, you might want to change the spelling a bit. For example, instead of Sarah, maybe you can spell it as Sera. Instead of Chris, maybe a Krys or something.
.

Though of course, don’t forget to follow tip #3 up there when you do change the spelling!

.

  • Tip 5: Avoid similar-sounding names
    ..

Imagine you have a hero and heroine called Kain and Jane. Or Alexander and Alexandra. Or two heroes called Craig and Greg.
.

You might think, “Hey, they’re not so similar! Look, the spellings are different!” Or not. Many readers read “aloud” the stories in their minds, so when similar sounding names turn up, they might get confused between the two.

.

  • Tip 6: Avoid androgynous names
    ..

I’m serious. Imagine you have a character called Jamie. Let’s say you didn’t describe the character too well, so the readers though, “Okay, so this is a guy.” When you describe what she wore to go out on a date (a hot dress and 3-inch high heels, for example), the readers will exclaim very loudly, “ZOMG!!”
.

It tends to be confusing, so this is one point to take note of.

.

  • Tip 7: Avoid too many apostrophes
    ..

In fantasy and sci-fi stories, sometimes you see names with apostrophes, i.e. T’iegel and Kh’svara (self-created names, muahaha!).
.

Of course, when you have too many names with apostrophes, or too many apostrophes in one name, it does make the readers go mad. I mean, the occasional name with an apostrophe is fine, but when all names are like that, it’s infuriating. Not to mention some names may look rather unpronounceable.
.

Imagine this: “Hi, my name is Ts’e Rog’ul Kh’svara’el.”
.

Gosh, I can’t believe I even created such a name! =(

.


Tips to a Good Character Surname!
With the help of two good character naming articles and my past experiences!
.

Now that you know some tips on what to do and what to avoid for a first name, the tricky part is coming up with a last name that suits your first name. Of course, the last name still needs to follow all the tips given for first names above, and what I’m giving you here are more tips on creating full names, both first and last and the occasional middle names!

.

  • Tip 1: Avoid rhyming first and last names
    ..

Yep, really. You may think, “Gosh, you’re picky!!”
.

Well, imagine a character called Aldin Rakin. Now pronounce it aloud. Doesn’t it sound a little funny? No? Try saying it with a beat, as though you’re singing. Still no? Now, try to pronounce hanky panky (no, it’s not a name!) a loud. Or hocus pocus. So you get the idea now?
.

Names that rhyme tend to sound funny. If this was to be a real life name, it’ll often be a subject of teasing. Unless your story is supposed to be humourous, having a funny sounding name will only make the readers laugh and spoil the mood entirely. Imagine a romance scene where two characters are about to kiss, and the moment one character says out the other’s full name… well, you get the idea.
.

If let’s say you have a first name called Nicolle and you have a last name called Shmole… well, Nicolle Shmole sounds rather… funny.
.

And we wouldn’t want your story to be a laughingstock, right?

.

  • Tip 2: Different number of syllabus for first and last names
    ..

Now, what do I mean by this?
.

As opposed to the previous example (Aldin Rakin… *snickers*), we should try to have different number of syllables for first and last names. For example, if the first name has two syllabi, like Rakin, try to have a last name with one, three or four (or more, if you want, but I think that’s going a bit overboard) syllabi, for example: Voromïr.
.

So the name becomes Rakin Voromïr. Better than Aldin Rakin, right? xP
.

Or, better yet, put in a middle name that has a different number of syllabi. Since we have a first name with two syllabi and a last name with three syllabi, let’s try a middle name with one syllabi. Like Aêr.
.

Now it’s Rakin Aêr Voromïr. Better?
.

Of course, I’m not so good with fantasy names like that, so let’s take a look at a normal modern name.
.

Let’s say I’ve a character called Nicolle. Since it has two syllabi, let’s try (again) a trisyllabic name, like Karyssa. Okay, so two syllabi and three syllabi. So let’s try a monosyllabic name, like Rene.
.

So now the name becomes Nicolle Rene Karyssa. Much better?
.

Try it. It’s fun, sometimes. xP

.

  • Tip 3: Combining words together
    ..

That’s true; combining words often works for last names. That’s what I sometimes do when I’m at a loss for a surname. O_o
.

For example, there’s this character I created for a role-play, and his name is Ziegraf. Following tip #2 (for last names) above, I gave him a trisyllabic last name (I like 2 to go with 3, don’t I? xP), and came up with Windslasher.
.

It’s pretty easy, isn’t it? It’s just wind + slasher, and it still sounds just as nice. xD
.

Of course, there are other ways to combine words together, use your imagination to do it! =D
.

  • Tip 4: When all fails, refer, refer, and refer
    ..

Yep, there are lots of references out there.
.

For a start, there’s always the baby names book from your local bookstore. If you don’t want to spend money on a “little thing” like that, or if you simply don’t want to be seen buying such a book (my younger sister got a stare from a woman when she last bought a baby names book…), then there’s always online resources.
.

There are lots of sites out there that helps with all kinds of names. Norse, Egyption, Korean, elven, you name it! Names are something that can be easily gotten online!
.

Or, if the lists of names are too long for you, you can always go to an online name converter (you know, like English name to Japanese name converter) to convert any name into another language. Heck, I’ve even seen converters that lets you convert any name into Lord of the Rings names, such as Hobbit, Elven and Dwarven!
.

So take a look around. There are plenty of references to look around, so get working!

.


References:

  • Msn: Harry Pitts? The worst baby names of all time (link)
  • Street Directory: Creative Writing Tips – Does The Name You Chose Suit Your Character? (link)
  • Writing World: Name that Character! (link)

Read Full Post »

Wahaha, I haven’t posted in a while because I was in such a lazy slump in the past two weeks. I still am, but at least I pulled myself to do it, since this is waaaay overdue. xP
.

Anyways, the topic of the day is: what how my boyfriend and I celebrated his 22nd birthday!
.

Just as the Valentine’s Day this year was our first together, this is the first time I’m celebrating his birthday, hence why I decided to make it extra special; so that he’d always remember it. =D
.

Though I’m extremely overdue with this… because his birthday was on 5th March. xD
.


A Mini Treasure Hunt Before the Actual Celebration!
.

The treasure hunt cards
.

Here’s what I did before the actual celebration: I made the cards using some leftover paper stuff from my Valentine’s Day card for him (see here for the full story!). I made 13 cards; 12 for a month of happiness for him (until next year!), and a bonus card for both our happiness together!
.

The rule is: he has to find all 12 cards (the 13th is optional), where each card has one keyword that will tell him where his present is, and he has to find them before his birthday!
.

And how did I hide them?
.

Fridays are our “going out days”, where he picks me up after his class and after my work and we’ll go and have dinner and spend time together. So on the Friday before his birthday (29 February), as he was driving back to my place after dinner, I asked him to make a quick stop to his apartment unit, but I didn’t tell him why. Puzzled, he agreed after some slight persuasion.
.

Then I told him to occupy himself with his comp while I lock myself in his room to hide those things, which made him feel even more puzzled. Then when I’m done in his room, I got him occupied with something else and (somehow, with him just a few steps from me!) managed to hide the remaining four cards around his computer area in the living room. xD
.

Here’s the list of where I hid them:

Card # and Location

Keyword

1. Window pane

2. Laundry basket

3. Top corner of door

4. Under pillow

5. Keys basket

6. Clothes drawer

7. Water cooler

8. School bag

9. Shoe

10. Under keyboard

11. CD drawer

12. Comp chair

The

good

news

for

you

is

your

present’s

in

my

room!

xP

In the end he did find all of them… on the morning of his birthday itself. xD
.

Each card, other than the keyword, has a chat bubble that indicates its location. For example, card #1 is stuck on his window pane (and across his window outside is a construction site), so the message on it is: “Help! I’m collecting dust out here… T_T” Card #9 is in his shoe, so the message on it is: “Great, now I’m a sock! >=O”
.

So you can pretty much imagine what messages the other cards have. =D
.

Pictures of cards #5 and #6:

Front of Card#5

Front of Card #5
Text: “Transformation no jutsu! *transforms into keys*”

Back of Card #5

Back of Card #5
Text:
“#5: Key basket!
Keyword: you”

Front of Card#6

Front of Card #6
Text: “Eeeeeeeeeek!!! O_____O!!”

Back of Card #6

Back of Card #6
Text:
“#6: Clothes Drawer!
Keyword: is”
.


The Actual Celebration!
.

On the night of his birthday (after my work), we went out for dinner with his gang of friends (we normally celebrate birthdays together!). The place we went to was sorta like a really big and commercialised hawker food centre; it’s really big and has wooden tables and stuff to imitate Hawaiian style! At least, I think it does… O_o
.

We’ve been there a few times, and we went there again, but this time round, we managed to occupy one of the “VIP” tables, which is a table in a partially enclosed area made of 3 wooden walls and a roof. But since there were not many people occupying them anyway, we got those tables at no extra cost at all! Pretty high-classed for us. xP
.

Anyways, I got him an ice cream cake, as opposed to getting a usual sponge cake or something. It’s his request anyway (who on earth would miss “ICE CREAM CAKE! ICE CREAM CAKE!!!” in the face? xD) so I picked the cake up after work (the building next to my office is a shopping centre, so it’s not a problem for me) and asked for extra dry ice so it’d last at least three hours before it melts. I even brought some disposable party plates and spoons from my house so that we could enjoy the cake nicely! =D
.

Here’s a picture of the cake! (Name blurred out for privacy):

The ice cream cake and dry ice!

Text: “Happy Birthday (name)!”

.
Looks delicious, isn’t it? It’s my first time eating ice cream cake, actually, so it’s a pretty good experience for me too! =D
.

Of course, being the easily-excitable bunch they all were (especially with itchy hands!), they all just had to play with the remaining dry ice… which they put into leftover soup and such to form a lot of cold mist. xD
.

It was a pretty fun outing for me, and I bet it is for my boyfriend too~
.


After the Actual Celebration: His Present
.

Well, after all the excitement, my boyfriend and I went over to my house after dropping the others back (he’s the designated chauffeur xP). Of course, he’ll need to get to my room because his present’s there, as stated in my cards!
.

So, bringing along his presents received from his friends, we headed to my room. I gave him his cards and presents (which I made him search for while I was changing in the bathroom xD). Then I let him search for the bonus card… which he promptly found stuck on my back. xP
.

Here’s the card I gave him:

The birthday cards

The bigger card is the actual birthday card.
The smaller card is the bonus card from the treasure hunt.
.

Sad to say that this time, I didn’t hand-make the cards… but after all the plan I devised, like the treasure hunt, and after the Valentine’s Day card, I don’t think I’d have the energy or creativity to think of a new design for a birthday card, anyway. o_o
.

Here’s the present I gave him:

The present with a model!

.
That’s my cat, actually, I made her pose as a model so that I could portray the size of the present… xD
.

The so-called paper bag I made using two pieces of wrapping paper (I wish I got three, actually, it was really hard to wrap it O_o) contains his present, which is a black sports bag from Nike (I bet you recognise the brand!) that resembles a schoolbag/backpack. My original plan was not to get him stuff from Nike, instead I was actually supposed to get the best looking bag (in my opinion). xP
.

The reason why I got him this was because I wanted him to feel like a secondary school kid again (isn’t that fun? =D) and because his old bag is actually from a bank that his father used to work at. So I wanted him to have a feel of having his own bag! And his old bag squeaks anyway. Seriously!
.

That, and the fact that I know most guys prefer practical presents. =D
.

And as for what his friends gave him… all I can say is that they’re certainly treating him like an adult. xD
.

It was a great day~!

.

~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

Read Full Post »

Yay! A new serial!
.

I just feel like writing a serial, like a monthly magazine or something. xP
.

There’s always been this “battle of the sexes” thing going on for years and years, and lots of people are generally stuck to the stereotyping of both genders. Even studies show that men and women are generally different when it comes to which part of the brain they use more.
.

I’ve always been interested in these sort of things, because I find it amusing. Especially when it’s obvious when I’m with my boyfriend! xP
.

Though, before you start, let me clarify a few things:

  • I will not agree to the statement that men (or women) are superior. Both have equal qualities, though may be better in different departments.
    .
  • I’ll be taking the stereotypical view of both genders, just so I don’t have to keep saying “but there are exceptions!” and making myself sound like a broken recorder. I know there are exceptions, just don’t make me repeat that so many times. =(
    .
  • The reason why I’m doing this is not to belittle the other gender, it’s for me (and hopefully, my boyfriend~) to understand the differences between the two, and maybe even appreciate them! I know I appreciate him knowing the roads better than I do. xP
    .
  • This has nothing to do with the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. I’ve read an excerpt of it, but this is not meant to steal things from there. This is to inform people (who’re interested enough to read this, anyway) in a way that I understand with my own experience!
    .

Now that we’ve settled with these things, let’s start~!
.


Men and Venus? On Gender Differences

Chapter 1: The Map Question: “Why’re you reading it upside-down?!!”

.

Yep, the ever existing question. It has long been a longstanding firm thinking that females simply can’t read maps and that men don’t need maps.
.

While it’s true that there are exceptions to this case (like my mother, for example, she doesn’t really get that all lost!), I, however, am one of the poor unfortunate souls who can’t find her way out of a peanut butter jar. Of course, let me drive the same way a few hundred times and I’ll learn the road eventually, but seriously, I can never learn the road well even after some time!
.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, is like your typical guy. No, it doesn’t mean he’s perfect when it comes to reading maps (he’s perfect in other departments though=D), but he still surprises me sometimes. Even before he starts out on a journey (by car or by foot), he’d map out the road he’d take! He’s been lost a few times, I’m know, though all or most of those times are because it’s his first time in the area (“this is outside my territory” was his exact phrase o_o) and because he followed my uselessly inaccurate directions!.
.

Different, isn’t it? Here’s one of the points that shows how different both genders are.
.

The human brain consists of roughly 40% grey matter and 60% white matter. Men use 6.5 times more grey matter than women, who use more white matter.
.

Here’s the catch: grey matter is the brain’s CPU (not unlike the computer CPU), where all information in the brain is processed. This includes mathematical stuff (so that’s why he’s can calculate stuff in his head faster than I do! xO), remembering roads (I asked him if he has a mini-map in his head, like those in video games, and he said yeah O_o), and intellectual thoughts.
.

White matter, on the other hand, is mainly used for emotional thinking, language usage and where the multitasking ability comes from.
.

Sounds familiar?
.

Here’s an excerpt from the Netscape News article I read (link at the bottom of post) to convince you further:
.

What is the difference between gray matter and white matter? Gray is central to processing information and plays a vital role in aiding skills such as mathematics, map-reading, and intellectual thought. White matter connects the brain’s processing centers and is central to emotional thinking, use of language, and the ability to do more than one thing at once. Because women use less gray matter–critical to map-reading–they tend to have more difficulty with this skill than men.”
.

Of course, there’s also that issue of differences in male and female visions, but I’ll cover that next time!
.

So now I know why he’s so enthusiastic over calculating computer prices, and why he parks his car way better than I do… O_o
.

Reverse parking FTW!
.

Now that you know that my boyfriend has a mini-map in his head, what about what goes on in my head while going out?
.

I don’t have a mini-map in my head, so I’m pretty scared of going out to new places on my own. As with most women, I recognise places by appearance and familiarity alone, hence why I use landmarks as my guide. If let’s say you just come up to me and ask me how to get somewhere, I won’t be able to tell you unless I’m actually taking the road myself. To put it simply, I go by the ah-I-remember-now-that-I’m-supposed-to-turn-right-at-this-traffic-light thinking, I wouldn’t know where to turn unless I’m looking at that exact spot. Plus, if I don’t recognise the place at all, my intuition will often point me in the wrong way. =(
.

That means I get completely lost when my parents and boyfriend bring me to new places, and I’ll have to rely on them to show me about. T_T
.

Here’s an excerpt from the BBC News article I read (link at the end of post):
.

“This is because men and women navigate in different ways. Men take a bird’s eye view of their journey to get an overall sense of where they are going, whereas women break it down into bite-size chunks, navigating in relation to where they are at the time. This is why women turn maps around to match the direction they’re facing, and use landmarks to find their way.”
.

But contrary to popular belief, I actually don’t read maps upside down. Besides, when women read maps upside down, it’s because they’re rotating the map so that it’ll match their surroundings, which again brings us to how females use appearances to remember roads. But I’m one of those who reads a map straight. O_o
.

Then, based on the Sydney Morning Herald article that I read (link at the bottom of post), Dr Michael Tlauka, an expert in gender differences and spatial ability from Flinders University, said the explanation on this difference is based in both nature and nurture. An excerpt from the article:
.

“Little boys are more likely to be given toy cars and train tracks to play with, and pushing these toys around develop spatial concepts that dressing a Barbie doll, for example, doesn’t.

Little boys are also more likely to be put on a soccer or football field than their sisters, Tlauka says, which also needs them to understand positioning and direction.”
.

Eh, I’ve never played with dolls in my childhood; I played with toy cars and dinosaurs on my table. Then again, I don’t really play sports… o_o
.

I still get lost. T_T
.

So, ladies and gents, the moral of this story is: don’t ever ask me for directions!
.

(I hope he’s reading this.)
.

xP

.

~Estrelita Farr, doesn’t like driving in case she gets lost. o_o
.


.References used:

  • Netscape News: Why women can’t read maps (Link)
  • The Sydney Morning Herald: Why men can and women can’t read maps (Link)
  • BBC News: Battle of the sexes (Link)

.

Read Full Post »

Homemade card and box

.
Okay, okay, I know I’m a little late to be posting this, since Valentine’s was two weeks ago (and it’s March already!). But you have to remember that I just opened this blog last week, and I have to get together all my pictures for this post. xP
.

Anyways, as for what I did this Valentine’s Day, I went all out to make a card and box (see picture!) all on my own! After all, I like making stuff (when I have the mood), and it was my first Valentine with my boyfriend, so wouldn’t that be special? =D
.

(Though my mother mentioned I’m spoiling him when I showed her my card. xP)
.


Photo Frame-style Card
(my own design!)
.

Photo Frame-style Card (Front)This is how the front of the card looks like. It’s supposed to be a photo frame-style card, with a flower in the “slot” of the photo frame. Pretty elaborate, isn’t it? xP
.

That pressed rose in the photo frame “slot” holds a very special meaning in my heart, because this is the sole “survivor” of the banquet of a dozen pink roses that my boyfriend gave last year when he professed. Pink roses look much better than red, in my opinion. =D
.

(First time pressing and drying it, so don’t mind how it looks a little fugly!)
.

I was going to use the flower to keep in some sort of a scrapbook or something, but I thought, “Hey, I’ve got a better idea! Use it for Valentine’s Day!” So technically, I gave him a flower for Valentine’s Day. xP

Photo frame-style card (exterior)

Exterior of the card.
Text on the front:
Happy Valentine’s Day
Text at the back:
Copywrite (insert nickname) ©2008
.

Photo frame-style card (interior)

Interior of the card.

Text on the upper right:
A flower may wither, but the memory it brings is eternal.
.

General info on the card:

  • There are actually two parts to the card itself.
    .
  • The front (the “frame”) is a box (measurements: length 14cm, width 20cm, depth about 3mm) with its insides padded with chip boards (at least, that’s what the paper storekeeper said…).
    .
  • The back (the part that you write on the inside) is just a piece of paper (measurements: length 28cm, width 20cm) folded into half with one side stuck onto the back of the “frame”.
    .
  • Then decorate it however you want!
    .

Tips on decorating your card:

  • Anything can be used to decorate your card! I used ribbons, wrapping paper and inexpensive stickers (see those heart shape decorations all over the card? =D) on top of the actual paper that I used to make the card!
    .
  • Google is your best friend for ideas. xP
    .

Hopefully you liked the card I made~
(He loved it. xP)
.


Homemade Heart-shaped Box
(also my design, but with help!)
.

Plastic heart-shaped box

.
As much as I’d like to admit I did this all on my own, actually I didn’t. I went to Uncle Google to look for printable patterns that I can cut and paste. xP
.

Here’s the site I got the steps from!
.

If you noticed, actually my design is different from that of the site. That’s because instead of paper, I used plastic. Yes, I used plastic! Not the kind of plastic you use to wrap books with, it’s the plastic that you use for book binding (in front of the cover). I used it because I had… extra pieces. xP
.

To cover the ugly parts where the side of the box is glued onto the base (it’s transparent, after all!), I glued some heart-shaped paper onto those areas using the same red paper I used for the card.
.

Then I decorated the top with stickers so I’d know which side is the top. xD
.

While stuffing chocolate into the box is the norm, actually I put in strawberry-flavoured marshmallows instead, because while he likes chocolate (sometimes), he can’t eat too many of them. If I put chocolates, he’d be forced to finish them and he’d have an aversion to chocolates for a long time! O_O
.

So I put marshmallows, so it’s not 100% traditional~
.

But as the saying goes in the anime Cooking Master Boy, “Yang Spring Restaurant’s tradition is to break the tradition!” To be creative and not stuck to the same thing over and over!
.

Heck, I’m just trying to sound cool here. xP
.


What I got for Valentine’s Day!
.

Photo frame with love poem

The front of the photo frame.

The text in the frame:

You are the sparkle in my life
With you my world’s complete
From the first time that I saw you
I know our hearts would meet

I’ll always be beside you
And love you more each day
You are my one true satellite
And cherished you will stay
.

Nyaaaaa~!!
.

I go mad when I read it, I tell you. xP
.

If you noticed the slightly-out-of-place silver writing just below the “I love you” phrase, that’s because I asked him to sign there! (Though the pen was too thick in the en.d xP)
.

Why? Because I’d feel like I’ve gotten a celebrity’s autographed CD or something, and that says a lot because never before in my life I’d want something like that!
.

(I don’t buy CDs, by the way, I download music. =D)
.

And you can probably see my reflection in the frame. xP
.


.
Whoops, that’s a long post! I just go on and on and on when I’ve something I feel passionate about~
.
Well, hopefully you’ve got some ideas for future Valentine’s Day after reading this post… if you’re still here. xP.

~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

Read Full Post »