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28 May 2010 @ 03:57 pm
chocophone | dad's retirement  
CHOCO iPhone finished!


The finished result:

I actually had to let it grow on me for a little bit before I could say that I was overall happy with how it turned out. I felt like I did a sloppy job with the whipped cream and I was so tempted to peel it all off and start over again. After deciding that I'm happy with it though I decided to leave it the way it is. Besides, I'm too lazy to deal with all that silicone bathroom caulk again haha. Still gotta attach the tiny donut phone charm to it, but other than that it's pretty much complete!

Honestly, this idea is not original. I was inspired by something VERY similar that I had seen on etsy.com, but it was being sold for $70!!! I had been getting pretty irritated with all the inflated prices I've seen on Etsy. I can understand if the item is super duper amazing and made by a renowned designer, but.. it wasn't. It probably cost me about $20-$25 to make this. If there's always a cheaper alternative, I'm there!

Change of command / dad's retirement ceremony
A few days ago my dad retired from the Coast Guard. A change of command ceremony was held at Sand Island in honor of him and the person who would be relieving him of his position. Everyone is very proud of him for all that he has achieved. My family was even surprised to hear all of the great things he has done during his service. He is such a humble person so not many people know how much of an impact he has really made. It was a wonderful ceremony.

My sister and I were called up to receive a certificate of appreciation as my dad's former CO read it aloud. It reads:

It is my pleasure to express the grateful appreciation of the United States Coast Guard to you for enduring separations from your father while he served his country. You should know that your father's successful career has been challenging and required unselfish devotion to serve others. Your father was required to do Coast Guard work that prevented him from spending more time with you. He would have preferred to be home to help you when you needed him, but his outstanding work in support of our country was also very important to your future. Your understanding has been essential to his success. The United States Coast Guard thanks you for your support.

Honestly, I was dreading having to go on stage because I wasn't sure what to expect. And I really wasn't expecting to be so emotionally moved by those words. I know my dad thinks I might have been too young to remember those times that he had to be away from us, but I do remember. And I truly appreciate every word in that certificate. It really means a lot to me.

Right after the ceremony a line queued up to congratulate my dad and lei him. Here he is with my mama Lorna.

I wanted to be the last to lei him and succeeded >:D

The half-ling and myself. I'm pretty sure she finds me just irresistible.

My family at the reception afterward

Paps and his girls. I love how I'm the only one that's ready.

With my certificate :]
(Anonymous) on May 29th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
hi lani~~♥
just wanted to say that your chocophone deco is SO cute :3
i really love it ^ o ^

also congrats to your dad && all his achievements~!!
the ceremony sounded really nice<3
you look really pretty && i love your dress~♥
♥Hello Haylee♥hellohaylee on May 29th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
oops that was me above~!!
didnt know that i was logged out D;
Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
kieuykieuy on May 29th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
awwwwwwwwwww your choco iphone looks
delish :) <3 you did a great job! i love the big hello kitty bow the most ahhh it's HUGE! haha LOVE IT! X)

silicone bathroom caulk? haha i didn't think people were serious about using that stuff! is it hard to make it look like that whipped cream texture? :O

i'm also with you about the inflated prices that i see on etsy D:<
there's always a cheaper alternative in my opinion LOL

sounds like the ceremony was really nice for your family <3
the certificate of appreciation was really thoughtful of them too
& your dress looks super cute on your girl ;D oh dang!
Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! Haha I know, the bow is so HUGE! I love how obnoxious it is bwahaha ><

Ohh yeah bathroom caulk is much cheaper than the stuff you buy from Japan.. you get a lot more for your money, but the only thing is it smells bad for a couple days and the fumes are bad for you. The silicone caulk I used as actually a little harder to pipe with a cake decorating tip because the texture is a lot different... it's not a "whipped" texture like regular acrylic caulk. But imo I think it looks a whole lot better than acrylic caulk >
kieuykieuy on May 30th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
oh really? :O haha what does it smell like? i'm going to guess just bad chemicals fumes or something~ rather than stinky, but i see hmmm so how would you desribe the texture? thanks for the info though lani :) <3

i've been wanting to play with that stuff
but didn't know that much about how to work with silicone caulk to begin with ahah maybe i need to do more research O___o
Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah honestly I don't mind the smell. It has kind of a bitter chemical smell. When it's not dry yet it's really, really thick.. and kinda hard to pipe. If you've ever played around with cake decorating and piping it's basically the same.. except with caulk, not frosting haha. There's lots of tutorials here: http://www.youtube.com/user/kawaiisupply
kieuykieuy on May 30th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
i see :) you're so sweet and helpful lani! thank you <3
will definitely check out the link you gave me, and yeah, i heard piping is a skill for cake decorators from watching food network challenge and such on TV XD lolsss
Lanieat_juice on May 31st, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Aw you're welcome :3
Amanda: Alicesupinternets on May 29th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
I cannot decide if I want to hug your phone or eat it. It is so cute. Awesome idea. A+++
Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
The repetition kills you...pinksugarichigo on May 29th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
awww i love love your phonecase lani moo.. you didnt have to change it all .. it looks perfect and so yummy.. i want to eat it! ;D rawrr you did a great job!

and i love your dress & makeup for your dad's ceremony! :D it's nice to see pictures of you and your family <3 especially with your dad.. yay for family bonding! i need more pictures with my family. i have like, none. congrats to your dad.. what a great accomplishment for him!! yay!!
Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D

Yeah actually I haven't really taken many family pics with my dad ever since high school I think. That's crazy!
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Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Thanks :P
himitsudayohimitsudayo on May 29th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you decided to keep your phone the way it is! IT LOOKS GOOD AND SOOO DELISH. droooool. Your so artsy craftsy, i love it and jealous :P hehehe wish i could do stuff like that!

and yes yes congrats on your daddy! :D aww i remember when my dad retired and he gave his speech and people gave speeches about him..yes i teared..it moved me.

I totally understand what you mean when you say everything you hear about your dad means a lot to you and what he's done in the service means a lot to you. :)
Lanieat_juice on May 30th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Aw thanks maan :D you should get in touch with your crafty side too hahaha.

Yeah, I know you would understand :] Now that I think about it, I think our daddies would like each other hehe.
トリッシャ イサベラswtiepiepnai on May 31st, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Holy shiz, your deco phone!! *__* ♥

You have a very beautiful family. And I absolutely love your outfit and make-up! ^__^
Lanieat_juice on June 6th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Ah, thank you!