Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop

  • Ni hao and welcome to the Chines New Year Blog Hop!  This hop is in honor of Guan, the little boy April's family is adopting from Taiwan.  To celebrate his culture, we want to share some Chinese-inspired projects with you! 

    If you arrived here from Amy's blog then you are in the right place!  If you just joined us, please go back to April's blog to see everyone's amazing creativity!

    We have some great blog candy to offer from April Nourse and PSA Essentials.  To be eligible, you must simply comment on each blog on each day's post.  We'd love for you to become a follower of each of our blogs too.
 Gung Hay Fat Choy means "Best wishes and Congratulations

I am not Chinese but we love to celebrate this holiday at our house. I began celebrating it about four years ago when I organized a moms' play group and even though the group is no more we still continue to celebrate it.

Cleaning the house is part of the preparation for Chinese New Year and this gives me a good excuse to get my children to help clean. In preparation of our Chinese dinner this year, we finally took down our Christmas tree and Christmas decorations.

Once the house is clean, I decorate with Chinese paper lanterns that I designed in Inscape and the children decorated after I cut them out using my Sizzix eClips.

Red is used in decorations for good luck.

I try to make Chinese food but some of my food turns out to be Japanese since we like both food types. Food served during the new year celebration represents health, abundance and luck. I'm not for sure if my food represents any of those things but I know it does represent yummy.

 The sticky buns (sweet pastry filled with bbq pork) was bought but I made the chicken fried rice and egg drop soup from scratch. I would post the recipes but I've been doing them for awhile and sort of just add this and that now so I don't follow a recipe any longer.

These fortune cookie place cards are from the New Year file from SVG Attic

Head back to my blog tomorrow to see what we do after we eat in celebration of this wonderful cultural holiday and to learn a little more about it.

Hugs for today from Jearise in Lorby's World.

 Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop is Shannon's blog.


  1. Pretty lanterns. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I saw those sticky buns and my mouth began to water. :-) Happy Chinese New Year! This is a terrific post. You write things in a way which makes it very enjoyable to read. I now follow you and look forward to visiting often.

  3. Love the Chinese lanterns! I haven't made one in years. I like the flowers and stars you cut out on them.Good idea to use the fortune cookie as a name place card.Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  4. Fabulous lanterns. I really like they are the centerpieces of the table. Love the fortune cookies. Nice being in the hop with you.

  5. Great projects Jearise --- I love how you incorporate this holiday with your family!!! Love hearing the stories along with seeing your projects not to mention always a treat and pleasure hopping with you!!
    Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust!

  6. Wow. It looks like you guys have tons of fun on this holiday! Thanks for sharing your projects!

  7. Great lanterns and the fortune cookie place cards are wonderful. The menu looks delicious.

  8. Kung Hee Fat Choy! Such great decorating ideas. Love those lanterns - so much nicer than what we used to make in elementary school. :)

  9. Wow you have been super busy and yes it certainly represents yummy from this end! Love your lanterns!!! I would love to know how to make these!
    Thank you for the little education on a few words!!! Nice tradition to start... I am a new follower!!!!

  10. Awesome job, love the laterns and would really like to have some of those sticky buns, yummy!!
    cindilu2u at gmail dot com

  11. Wow, that's certainly an ambitious day -- from cleaning to cooking culturally, to crafting! If I did that much, it would certainly be the Year of the Draggin'.

    LOL. Happy to hop with you!!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  12. The lanterns are lovely--kids could make them. You are doing great on the food--well represted. I like the idea of fortune cookies for place settings!! Great.
    Gung hay fat choy!
    KristaInMN at gmail dot com

  13. awesome lanterns...I am Inspired!! food looks wonderful!! TFS!!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  14. Great minds, Jearise!! :) I made fortune cookies and lanterns too!! :) SO FUN!! I like that you used the cookies for placecards -- cool idea!! This was such a fun hop, and I'm glad you were a part of it!! :)

    Amy :) at

  15. wow how cool is this love everything and love the colors. you have done a great job on the lantern and the way you have made it is cool. very cool Ideas. thanks for sharing

  16. These lanterns are so fun and LOVE seeing the food and table setting!

  17. BBQ buns are my favvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv! Very cool projects ty so much for sharing :)


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