Thursday, April 28, 2011

Everybody, Let's Bento! (plus Giveaway)


The summer before my twins went to Kindergarten, I started researching online for school lunch ideas. I came across a lot of discussions about Bento Lunches. Thus began my love for making kiddie bento lunches for my girls. :)


Half the fun of making kiddie bento lunches is shopping for bento supplies. All the bento boxes look so cute in their little drawstring bags and the food picks are just too adorable. Then there are the little soya sauce containers and the mini divider dishes. The mayonnaise containers and Furikake (rice seasoning) bottles are simply irresistible!


By referring to online tutorials and bento-making books, I figured out how to make octo-dogs, and apple rabbits. I learned how to use the egg molds to make the super cute molded boiled eggs.  The kids love getting their bento lunches and I notice that they actually do finish their lunch whenever I make it bento style.

So when I first saw Lettering Delight's Bento Box SVG, I laughed and laughed and asked my 5 year old if she could identify the items in the SVG set and when she did, I knew that Lettering Delights has gotten the set right. :-) 


Let me show you which are some of my favorite files from this set:

The Apple Rabbit, Wasabi/ginger, Octodog, ramen, Soy sauce, mini soy sauce bottle, Furikake Rice Seasoning Bottle

Here is a great tutorial on making apple rabbits and here's one on Octodogs.

I'm always fascinated by the 3D items in the SVG sets and I just had to make these onigiri rice balls with Make-the-Cut.


Contrary to popular belief, I actually do not own a Cuttlebug. However, I did use the Cuttlebug 5-Inch-by-7-Inch Embossing Folder, Polka Dots with my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine to add texture to the rice balls.


I am so tickled that Lettering Delights added the food picks and the green sushi food divider to the set. I used the Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder, Forest Branches to add texture to the sushi food divider.

Today is the last day of the Lettering Delights' Dollar Sale. If you have not added this set to your collection, it's a good idea to grab it while it is still only $2 a set. A steal if you consider that there are 31 files, including 5 3D items. Click here to go to the Lettering Delights website and while you're there, don't forget to pick up the coordinating Bento Box Paper Pack for just $1! Use the coupon code "Sushi" to take 10% off your entire purchase.



If you "Like" my blog on Facebook, you may know that I had a quick little giveaway on Wednesday. The winner of the "Guess the replica item" has been picked and it is:

Congratulations, Lisa Norris! You have won the pack of food picks.



The winner for the $5 Lettering Delights gift certificate for guessing what I was making is :


Congratulations, Lisa Thigpen Howell!



Of course I just have to add a giveaway on the blog and someone who reads this post will win:

This little Bento Lunch Set includes: a 2-layer bento box, a elastic band to secure the box, a spoon/fork/chopsticks set, a pack of food dividers, a pack of food picks, 2 mini soy sauce bottles, a penguin shaped mayonnaise container, a pack of mini divider cups AND a drawstring bag to store the bento box in.

Here's how to win:

You must be a follower to enter in the giveaway. If you are not already a follower, just click on the "Follow" button on the right column of this page.

Leave ONE comment on this post and tell me:
Have you ever eaten sushi? If so, what's your favorite?

Make sure that you leave your email address or any other form of contact so that I may inform you if you win.

Entries to the giveaway will be accepted from now until Monday, May 2, 11:59pm PST. The winner will be chosen by RANDOM.ORG and announced on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
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Dollar Days only happen twice a year. This round will end tonight and the sale will not be back for a few months. Click here to go to the Lettering Delights website to finish off your shopping. Don't forget to use the coupon "Sushi" to take 10% off your entire purchase.



67 comments :

  1. Jin, I love everything about Bento boxes too and yours look so cute. Not surprised your girls love to eat their lunch! But I don't like sushi which is a shame as it looks so good in Bento!

    Jayelle

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  2. This is adorable, never even heard of Bento Boxes! Would love to win this, if not would love to know where to get my own. My kids would think this is great. Love sushi, got a lunch planned with a girlfriend this weekend at a local sushi place ;0) My favorite would be the Godzilla-it is a hot and spicy one, oh and Pink Lady too. LOL
    tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

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  3. I was always intrigued by bento boxes would love to know where you got the bento supplies..

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  4. Cute projects. My husband is japanese (Ota) I love bento boxes with teriyaki chicken, gyoza and hamachi maki. My husband loves udon. My son lovers Rainbow Roll My 19 year old daughter loves all the fancy $12.00 rolls.
    katieoscreations@gmail.com

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  5. How cute is that giveaway. I would love to win it. I know my daughter would love it:) As for sushi,I have had it...once and to be honest...not my favorite:( Thank you so much for this giveaway. If I don't win this giveaway, I would love to look into getting this lunch set...could you tell me where I would be able to purchase something like this?
    Thanks,
    Pauline
    Pauline at tinkertoys dot net

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  6. Since I'm a vegetarian I've only tried a few types of Sushi, I like the California roll. My hubby LOVES sushi and I'd love to win and make him a bento box to take to work, he'd get a big kick out of it :)

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  7. Super cute. I think I will try to make something like the bento to my kids, they left me sometime their lunch. On my country, Dominican Republic, they make one with sweet banana, avocato, rice and other ingredients, I like it a lot. Thanks for share.

    Indira

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  8. So cute. I have tried sushi but it's hard to get around here. I like the spicy California rolls from Trader Joe's

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  9. already a follower!
    i've never had sushi but would like to try it someday! :)

    sweetlilscrapper.blogspot.com
    sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

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  10. I am sad to say I don't eat sushi! (raw fish is SO not my thing, LOL). I'm sad about it because I have always been fascinated by the aesthetics of it. I find it gorgeous and would love to learn to prepare it! I had to buy the Bento box svg set even though I don't eat sushi and don't really know people who do because it was just so cute! LOL
    Jin please share with us where you can buy all those adorable items you just posted above, I would love to learn how to make bento boxes for my kids, those are terrific! :-D

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  11. What a great giveaway! Love the LD set. My fav is the california roll. Thanks for the chance to win this!
    Patti
    lilbitee1971 at hotmail dot com

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  12. My 4 year old son LOVES sushi so much I use it as a reward. Bento boxes are too cute and would be awesome for my girls.

    scbeck3 (at) cox (dot) net

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  13. I've never had real sushi. I've had faux california rolls, but that's about it!

    Jin, will you be my mom? LOL You are so much fun!

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  14. I have eaten sushi--but it was on a dare...I don't like seafood :)

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  15. Wow, I love your Bento lunches. I've been working out more ways to get my almost 4 year old to eat his lunches at school. You may have given me some ideas and I would love to try the Bento boxes.

    I LOVE sushi. I'm not that picky, although good Sushi is absolutely wonderful. My favorite Sushi is avacado with carrot and cucumber.

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  16. I have never tried sushi, but it is in my "to do" list.

    -- Dalis
    alidalis AT comcast DOT net

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I don't know what it is called bit is is a rice ball with cucumber inside and I LOVE the nose burn with Wasabi!

    Thanks for explaining all the things. I wonderend about the grass as well. Cute lunch set! neldacnm at yahoo

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  18. What a great post. Thank you for your explanations of everything bento. My 3 yr old grandson is an extremely picky eater. I'm thinking of trying a simple bento style meal for him, it looks like something easy to make very fun for him & that may just get him to eat a little better :-)
    I love sushi, just not sure of the names of everything, California rolls are definitely one of my favs!

    Jody :-)
    aerynx at gmail dot com

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  19. I, too, have been researching Bento box lunches for my boys. (I've got a picky eater!) As far as sushi goes, I've only had the vegetable sushi. (I can't get past the idea of eating raw fish!!!)
    Sandy
    samcfi@aol.com

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  20. I love this post! I am a preschool teacher and one little girl would always have the most GORGEOUS lunches like this that her mom put together for her. We always had to ooh-and-aah over it before we could let her eat it :) I've never had sushi ever but my hubby likes the fake ones like Cali Rolls!

    -rwk
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

    rachelwkleinman (at) gmail (dot) com

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  21. I love sushi. I like the kind with raw fish on the top of rice. It tastes so good.

    Thank you for the great post.

    luck709 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  22. This is so adorable!!! I eat sushi all the time! I love the basic California Rolls and Crab Salad. I am surely going to get this SVG set to play with!!

    Ashley
    ScrappinAsh at gmail dot com

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  23. Never have eaten Sushi - and not sure I will :)

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  24. I usually stick to CA rolls or spicy tuna rolls, but my friends I swear can go to lunch 2x a week for sushi and spend $100 between the two of them! I am a follower, thanks so much for the chance to win! I love your bento creations, both real and paper!

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  25. Not really a Sushi eater, but my kiddos are. :)

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  26. Ok if I don't win you HAVE to tell me where to get this adorable bento stuff!!!!! I LOVE sushi and I just about died with excitement when LD put out this set! My absolute favorite sushi roll is the cruchy roll! I LOVE anything with shrimp tempura in it! But there isn't much sushi I would turn away :) I'm just dying with how adorable this bento stuff is Jin! Thanks for including links for the apple rabbits and octo dogs, I will definitely be checking those out right after I finish writing this. Man, I just cannot convey how awesome I think this bento set is! lol! Ok I will stop now :)

    Alyssa
    alyssa dot leanne dot b at gmail dot com

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  27. I love any sushi, especially anything spicy. Love spicy tuna & the eel is pretty good too.

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  28. maxinerichards@live.comApril 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    hoping i win ...Ive never eaten sushi ..where I come from we call it Bait! lol. joking jin cute set

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  29. I looove sushi! I eat it as much as I can afford. My favorite sushi roll is a Rainbow Roll.

    Brian
    bsturdivan [at] gmail [dot] com

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  30. Adorable!! Love what you made and love bentos! Not sure I have a favorite but love any with shrimp, avocado, cream cheese, or crab :)

    julie0527 on ffd

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  31. I thought this set was so cute!! I ♥ Sushi, which is funny because I use to hate it. My favorite is the "Riverside Roll" which has spicy tuna. It is so delicious!

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  32. I'd love to win the bento set...my day care kids would enjoy eating the cute food items I could make for them!

    What a fun and healthy way to serve your child a meal! Thanks for posting about it.

    I have never tried sushi before but it's on my bucket list!

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  33. I'd love to win the bento set...my day care kids would enjoy eating the cute food items I could make for them!

    What a fun and healthy way to serve your child a meal! Thanks for posting about it.

    I have never tried sushi before but it's on my bucket list!

    KarenMN from FFD

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  34. Hi Jin!

    How fun would this be to win! I know my 5 year old niece would LOVE this! I am a follower of your blog and love all the things you do with svg files. Thanks for sharing!

    I have tried sushi but so far I haven't tasted any that I am crazy about. My husband on the other hand love sushi with wasabi!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Saundra
    Luvscrappingtogether at gmail dot com

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  35. Kabuki calls them Volcano Roll #1. I adore them (it's spicy tuna).
    I'm allergic to shellfish, but I love sushi, how unfair is that?
    I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. I have only had sushi once and I was pregnant, I didn't care for it all that much but we make fakushi (what I call FAKE sushi LOL) at home with our girls sometimes. I am also a follower. You can contact me here aprettykitty84 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  37. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Apr. 28, 2011. Thanks again.

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  38. I have tried Sushi one time and about puked it up. It tasted so gross to me, I am a picky eater any way. I do love anything that is Super Japanese Kawaii though and these really are. My Uncle and Aunt live in Japan as missionaries and in September are moving to my Aunt's native country of Thailand. Maybe I will have them ship me some of these before they go if I don't win these ^__^. We normally wait for them to come back every five years because it is so expensive to mail things.

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  39. My daughter is only two and already knows the word Hashi. She eats out of her bento box container everyday for lunch at home. Not so bento if it's a home, but that's fine!

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  40. Hello...I must say that my husband and I are sushi fanatics. I'm so glad that we are surrounded with great sushi places on my area. The best place we go to is called Island Sushi & grill. They have all-you-can-eat for $21. The quality is great and people flock there. One of my faves is called the Island Sushi. The best. Thanks for the chance to win this cute looking set!
    Ipv123@yahoo.com

    Irish

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  41. This is so adorable!! I have never eaten Sushi, I think because I never had the opportunity to. I also never heard of Bento Lunches, I bet my son would get a kick out of it. Thanks for the chance.

    Shelllilac at hotmail dot com

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  42. Really, really adorable, Jin! My granddaughter would go crazy for a lunch packed like that. What fun it would be to surprise her with a bento box meal and picks. I'm not a big sushi eater, but do love to eat and make California Rolls. I eat it for the avocado - love it! I've got to get over to Lettering Delights to make sure I've got everything I need. I've got zillions, so think I have everything, but I'd better check. Thanks for all you do. Please know you are very much appreciated.
    Sally in Stockton
    pixiecamembert at gmail dot com

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  43. I have only tried faux sushi instead of fish it was made with summer sausage sad I know... Your post has really sparked an interest in bento boxes and I am already trying to find egg molds they are so cute! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  44. Love sushi - spicy tuna roll is my favorite - yum!
    Whitney (wph at FFD)
    wheinsma@yahoo.com

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  45. Love your cute ideas for your kids - you're an awesome mommy - the closest I've gotten to you is I used to make sandwiches shaped like hearts, birds, and flowers.

    There's an excellent sushi restaurant here in El Paso that makes the best Mexican Orgasm rolls LOL.

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  46. Lana and I LOVE making Bento lunches! We both like sushi but we are raw fish wimps- we have only tried the kind with imitation crab meat.

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  47. Your bento boxes are just the cutest. Your kids are very lucky and very good eaters. Yay. I love sushi. I love salmon carpacchio, salmon skin rolls, rainbow roll, dragon, tiger, caterpillar roll... umm we eat at an all you can eat sushi roll place atleast once a month. My brother brings poke home from Hawaii too... you did ask what's my favorite...hahaha All of them! Now I want sushi~

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  48. i have only tried california rolls and enjoy them!!!...would love to know where you shop for your bento supplies...already a follower...love your blog!!!...lisa_lperez@yahoo.com

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  49. I have never eaten Sushi! I just started to follow you and I also "like"d you on FB! I came over from FFD and would love to win this to play with my grand daughter. She loves to "cook and bake"!

    gitmogecko (@) hotmail.com

    Thanks Debbie!

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  50. Wow! What a fun giveaway! You rock at making these bentos! (and you rock at everything else, too!) Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE sushi and can pretty much eat anything - can't choose, but my faves are chuutoro, katsuo, and hamachi! Yum!

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  51. Fun giveaway! I've never had sushi, though, I'm thinking maybe my very picky 4 year old would eat more of his lunch if it was cute like this! Apparently he likes his food pretty, and well, this could be fun! Thanks for a chance to win!

    britngavin@clearwire.net

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  52. love the pictures and ideas in your bento boxes as well as your CC pictures. I'll have to keep searching your site for more ideas for my girls as well.

    Thanks

    Ps I've never tried sushi

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  53. Those are the most adorable lunches I've ever seen in my life - I'll bet your kids are the envy of the cafeteria! Yes, I *love* sushi and would eat that stuff every day if I lived near a Japanese market. My favorite? It's hamachi, no contest! Yum yum yum... =) I've become a follower and look forward to seeing more of your brilliant creations!

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  54. OMG, these are sooo cute Jin! I don't know if you've been to Daiso at Alderwood Mall, but everytime I go, I want to make Bentos for my 9 year old...and then I think about him picking through all the cutesy things I would buy during lunchtime with his buddies, lol!

    Love, love, LOVE sushi, even make it at home! So easy!

    Thanks for the blog candy!!!
    Michelle

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  55. My college roomate was Japanese and she ate sushi a lot. I only tried one kind, and that was tuna (because it was cooked. :0) )

    Thank you for the chance to win this adorable Bento set.
    karen

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  56. I have only ever had california roll.

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  57. I first ran into Sushi in the Plaka in Athens, never saw food so beautiful...never tasted anything so awful!! 25 years later, I tried it again last weekend...a california roll and...I liked it!! So I am enthused to try a bit more.

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  58. Hi Jin, Yes! I love sushi. I used to be more adventurous and would try anything on the menu. My favorite now is the California roll because of it being all veg. Oh and I love to finish on the moshi ice cream balls!! YUM!

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  59. Have never eaten sushi; it just doesn't appeal to me, although my husband loves it. Bento style lunches look like a little more work than I usually put into school lunch, but it would be worth it if I could get my 2nd grader to actually eat it!

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  60. Hello Jin,
    Well, I just love sushi, all kinds. My favorite is the albacore tuna and anything with avocado. My daughter (4) loves bento boxes and Jjapanese soups. She would LOVE this! What a great giveaway! Where does one find these?

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  61. Your Bento boxes are so cute! I've tried sushi two different time, I just can't learn to like it, sorry. Are bento boxes time consuming to make? I think they may help me son eat better because of how cute they are set up. TFS! jenny.naus at yahoo dot com

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  62. JIn, i would love to know where you purchased the items above.. maybe those of us who did not win would like to purchase i know i would :o)

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  63. Jin! Love your blog and love sushi!!! My favorite sushi (roll) hands down is the dragon roll! So good!

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  64. I'm not an adventurous eater so I've never tried sushi :) But those Bento lunches look so cute! My kids would love it!

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  65. I just read that i may actually be able to win this bento (sorry i had not noticed it before)
    I am not a fan of seafood but i love the california roll (soaked in soy sauce of course) and the vegetable rolls yummy yummy

    kalisto546 at yahoo dot com

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  66. Love your bento box. Had to buy the SVG and paper because of you! I've never had sushi, the nearest sushi restaurant is 2 hours away. Thanks for the links for the directions, I enjoyed learning how to do the apple!
    burntsidelake6athotmaildotcom

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  67. Being 1/4 Japanese, I grew up eating sushi of all varities. I tried sashimi once but didn't develop a taste for it. And I'm so bummed that I missed this contest!! Wish I would have seen it earlier!

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