Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{kitchen de ferrer} tea bag cookies.

In search of tea party decor for a mini tea party I was hosting, I came across this idea on Pinterest. A quick glance at the instructions temporarily dampened my excited discovery. This sucker was in French. And so le awesomeness! turned into le d'oh! very quickly. But it's okay, that minor problem was easily remedied through a quick google search aaand we're back on track. Oui! A shortbread recipe was used to get that flatness, but I have also experimented with sugar cookies and they turned out fine. Just a bit on the fluffy and softer side.

So first thing's first. The template. Although I have seen in the tea bag cookie universe those who have foregone this process and used the tea bag itself as a template. Hey! Whatever works for ya!

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

I learned the hard way that you have to work fast. And refridgerate often, in between just a few traces/cutouts. (Perhaps due to environmental factors? This is Texas, after all!) The dough gets insanely soft after a few minutes, making it too malleable to work with. Popping it in the fridge for a bit did the trick.

And those holes? Use a straw!
(But do this after you have cutout your cookies and lined them up on the cookie sheet.)

Once cooled off after baking in the oven, prettying up the cookie may be needed. Simply trim around the edges with a knife.  Then attach your homemade tea tag labels. Voila! Instant conversation starters at your next tea party or Sunday brunch get-together!

besos ... jin.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

family photoshoot // carmen + ray + baby matthew.

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

Meet Carmen and Ray. Long time friends (12+ yrs?) and one of Jincent's fave FAVE fave couples out there. They're fun-loving, unassuming, and an incredibly humble pair (all the finer qualities of an Aggie) and have been supporting my photography since the early days of artsy still photos and Irfan edits (hey, before you judge me, that was 10 years ago and it was the simplest photo editing tool I could find!) Even back in the day, Ray would persistently persuade me into upgrading to an slr. Nope, I wouldn't do it. I was content with my POV spin on life's little overlooked scenes with my trusty point and shoot by my side. Okay, honestly I didn't want to get technical. That's what my crappy Irfan edit was for. Obviously all that changed when I realized how limited I was with just the barest of the bare essentials. That revelation was partly due to Ray's unrelenting support.

So thank you Ray and Carmen for letting my creative outlet grow. And for the honor of capturing fleeting moments that one January day.

besos ... jin.

Monday, June 18, 2012

sri lanka 2011.

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

Behold! Me and V's 2nd leg of our epic EatPrayLove honeymoon in late 2011. To be honest, we didn't know what the heck is in Sri Lanka, despite receiving tons of info on the country from 2 of my Sri Lankan coworkers. It turns out, it seems, that Sri Lanka is a smaller, cleaner and more laid-back version of South India with hints of the quaint island vibe. Yes, life here is a little bit more breathable and leisurely. Tea bushes are abundant and I could get away with knee-high skirts without the fear of exposing too much skin! Hallelujah! Good thing, too, 'cause the rising temps were nearing borderline misery. It's like I had never left Texas!

Anyways, the rest of the Sri Lanka pictorial spread can be seen here.

Coming soon the last and final leg of our EatPrayLove-inspired honeymoon: Indonesia.

besos ... jin.

Monday, June 11, 2012

[diy] fabric-covered box.

And yeah, it's as easy as it looks! The hubster and I have accumulated a bunch of slr-related accessories and gear, leaving a mound of clutter on the shelf. We needed storage for the little photog stuff. Bad. So I did research and came across an insanely affordable idea of recycling shoe boxes. No need to buy new containers / storage boxes!

Those are indeed, kitchen scissors. Left my crafty tools in Houston and grabbed the next best thing.
Still did the job!
I chose to leave the sides uncovered, but go for it if you want! 

The photo label idea came from Mrs Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess Blog. She had used a Fuji Instax Mini, but for those who don't have one, I simply made my own using photo paper (we had tons leftover from our DIY wedding photobooth) and a bit of photoshop magic using the dimensions of the Instax Mini Instant Film.  I then cut out and adhere the photo onto the box using glue dots. Done and done! Happy crafting!

besos ... jin.

{Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.}

Thursday, June 7, 2012

lookbook shnook :: spring to summer yellowness.

Gap trucker jean jacket, Kimchi Blue dress, Anthropologie cat-eye sunnies, Target sandals, F21 canvas bag.

This pic was actually taken weeks ago, right before the Texas heat settled in. I love how the yellow and pink combo are great transitional spring to summer colors. Now that it's summer, I wear this outfit sans jean jacket and the usual cafe au lait has been replaced with something more summer friendly: cold cold cold iced green tea. My hair's up into a messy 'pompadoo' nowadays, as well. Yeah, that's right. 'Pompadoo'. Anyways, I'm a big fan of wardrobe remixes and you'll often see me trying out different outfit combos from season to season.

Keep cool my fine foofy foofs!

besos ... jin.
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