Wednesday, 9 April 2014

recent projects

raw nutella

Who doesn't LOVE Nutella?!?!

The main ingredient here is hazelnut meal. You can find it at Whole Foods. It is important that you use good quality raw cacao.
1 cup hazelnut meal
2/3 cup raw cacao
1/2 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup (I prefer maple syrup, being Canadian ;)
Almond milk (enough to make it the consistency you want it)
Pinch of sea salt or kosher salt 
Put everything in a blender and blend! Start with about 1/3 cup of almond milk. Add more but little by little until your nutella is the texture you desire. Taste it and see if you want it sweeter, or if it needs more cacao... Taste as you go!
Place in mason jar and can last up to 3-4 weeks in the fridge. 

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update: appendicitis

I have been so behind with blogging. To be honest, I find it difficult to update my blog and uploading projects as it's time consuming. Especially since I work 7:30-5.

Recent update:
On March 16th I woke up around 1:30am from sever abdominal pain. It was so bad I almost cried... I have a HIGH pain tolerance. It literally felt like someone was stabbing me in the stomach, especially the lower right abdomen. Along with the pain, I got hit with the chills. Jonny grabbed his iPhone and started to Google symptoms. We concluded appendicitis, so we went to the hospital. By the time I checked in to the ER it was about 2-2:30am.. They gave me a small dose of morphine and said they were going to schedule me for an ultra sound. They said I could go home since I couldn't be seen until 9am, but when I started to walk, I fainted. My blood pressure had dropped so we decided to stay at the hospital.

I had to have a full bladder for my ultra sound, but I didn't have one at 9am. I had to then wait until about 1pm. I was actually happy to go to the ultra sound because it was quiet and I fell asleep while I was waiting for the technician discussing results with the specialist. I was so happy I slept even though it was about 15 min, because I had no sleep since 2am.

I was brought back to the ER where I had to drink 3 disgusting drinks for a CT scan prep. It was carbonated and I can't even describe the taste. This clear liquid was to help my internals glow. During my CT scan, they gave me a shot which the technician said "will make you feel like you peed yourself - you'll be warm down there". It was such a weird sensation. This was at about 4pm.

Finally at 10:45-11pm I got rolled into surgery. Now a days, they do appendix removals laparoscopically by 3 small incisions. However, I they could not get mine out laparoscopically. A typical un-ruptred appendix is the size of a pen... Mine was about 4x the size. I had to have an open surgery as well. I was in the hospital for 5 days. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

happy 30th birthday mini album

I altered this book and made it into a mini album for my sister's 30th birthday.
Please comment if you would like a YouTub tutorial :)

-Melissa xo

Sunday, 5 January 2014

bling it up challenge

Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Sunday, 21 July 2013


This video shows some current projects I've completed.
Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see more project shares!

-Melissa xo

Saturday, 20 July 2013


Much easier to vlog than blog :) 
-Melissa xo 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


We arrived in Bangkok around 1:30am. By the time we cleared customs it was about 3am. We found the taxis located outside the airport only to discover that we needed to pay a "fee" on top of the meter fee. Aggravated, we loaded into the taxi and headed for Khao San Road - backpacker central. Jonny hopped in and out of the taxi asking hostels if they had a room. We asked about 4 before we were greeted by a drunk, loud, angry Thai at "4 Sons" hostel.

Bedtime was 4:30am. Wake-up time was 8:30am.

We packed our belongings and had breakfast before checking out. We decided we would wonder and discover Koh San Road in hopes to find a nicer hostel. Koh San Road is divided into to sections. One side (where we stayed the first night) seems to be more chill and hipster, while the other side is filled with the hussle and bussle of cars, motorbikes, shops and restaurants.
This layout is probably one of favorites that I have done in a long time. Majority of supplies are from American Crafts and Studio Calico. Very simple and easy! All the layering allowed me to use scraps.

The one down fall to this layout is the Studio Calico Mr. Huey's opaque white rubbing off. I think I am going to have to try a different brand or make my own white mist. Anyone else having this problem with their opaque white?  

-Melissa xo

Friday, 22 March 2013


Shanghai. This dull and surprisingly small airport was our layover spot for both flights. When I first booked our flights, I was slightly excited as I thought that Jonny and I would be able to discover Shanghai. Not the case due to China being a communist country, meaning we would require a visa to leave the airport.

Filled with expensive duty-free goods and duplicate of restaurants we found it difficult to occupy our boredom. Thankfully our first layover was at night so we were able to eat dinner then "sleep" a bit.

We ate at Acting restaurant and had Taiwanese beef noddle soup. Decent but surprisingly expensive... More expensive then a bowl here in Vancouver! During our layover on the way back to Vancouver, we ate the same thing... There is not much selection for food in this airport. Plus I was battling strep throat (beginning stages and had a fever) and Jonny was coming down with a little cold.

For this layout, I used American Crafts kraft paper, Studio Calico papers and alpha stickers and thickers, and My Minds eye stickers. I added a receipt from the restaurant using a paper clip and finished the layout with journaling from my travel journal. 

-Melissa xo