Friday, December 22, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
I had another long day, creating, designing, going out, checking out places and Christmas shopping, jostling with the ridiculous crowds....
My Christmas collection is done. I've always wanted one and I pushed myself to the limits finding Christmas but non-cheesy prints for my minis. I intended to give them out as presents, stocking stuffers and maybe a bit of promotion for my little shop.
Requests for re-runs have come pouring in during my busiest time of the year but I swear I will complete them all. I just can't say no to people who proclaim they love my stuff. I know I rant about this all the time but I really do appreciate the time and love they give. ;+)
So I checked out The red dot museum for the Sunday Maad Market. Apparently they were having a holiday break. I was thinking of actually having a physical shop but I can't produce enough for an actual shop not to mention the whole idea was too cliche for me. Since I loved markets and often dragged DH around Sydney for the past couple of years through market after markets during the weekends, I might as well actually have a stall! It might be fun and perhaps see the response of my stuff actually, physically selling. Of course, there's the costs and time. Being the commitment-phobe, I'm more worried about me actually being there every Sunday than my stuff actually selling. :P The place was waaaay cool. Red building and great cafe. Oh did I mention I love old libraries and all sorts of museums?
Chapter 2 of the couple present was completed this morning. Cute Kinchaku (Japanese draw string purses) with embroided initials on felt. These look simple but they are surprisingly complicated to make. Or maybe it was I who chose the complicated design. sigh, but, I'm so fanatic about my work, I started working right after I wake. No monday blues for me. Oh wait, its sunday today. Nah....doesn't matter when I love what I do....
My fabulous friend, Annie, bought the Strawberry fields tote for work and 3 other Christmas minis. Thanks babe.
Its been a long day, and I had to have KFC with DH and family at 10pm. I understood its diet suicide so I might go hide under the covers now and pretend the fat will go away.
"My breath smells like chicken."
p/s, I found time to wander through the installation at the Esplanade and found LOF at the Esplanade shop, and wasted no time at all grabbing the fabulous clutch I was eyeing all along in her shop but was always sold out. I'm happy. Love LOF loads. Also grabbed a fab pair of Chris Lou lookalike patent platforms. Yeah I'm cheap. But why buy something exp when its going to be passe in 3 months?
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I'm so sick of the usual card holders people make. Yeah, I used to make them too but I got tired of it. This one is a stem off the cute fold wallet, only simpler. They took a couple of hours to be done but they all turned out cute. Thats the thing I realised, everything I make seem to turn out cute. Don't know if thats a good thing though. I can't seem to make things look adult even though I so want to. :P
Anyways, I love this couple. They're DH's friends actually but I came to know them quite a while ago and they've been fab to us.
They form part of a basket of goodies....
Crap, am I supposed to post this before it goes out to them?!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Still I'm really happy to get custom orders! Not a day goes by where I thank god and those superbeings up there for sending me great customers who love my stuff. I can't ask for more than that! I actually get offers to mass-produce or have a real shop but I had to turn them down. I know its prolly really cliche to even be thinking this, but I really want to keep it small. Exclusive, ever-changing, and always fabulous. Only in this way, can I promise quality and great service. I really want to have time to package each order, dress them up, have nice conversations with the person who chose to browse my store and actually bought my stuff. Hope to really do this till I'm so old I can't sew!
Oh and there's my dream to own a massive white-washed gallery, filled with fabulous art of all kinds.
My brains are churning out ideas faster than I can realise them. :P Maybe that explains why the costing fomulas ain't getting absorbed into my brain.....
Sunday, December 10, 2006
I'm so bored of costing (paper on wed) so I thought I'd be good and actually post something about stuff that happened in my life. There was a good sunset the other day so I took a picture. I live in an apartment block but there's this private apartment thing in front of my building that came up couple of years back. I've always hated that it blocked the view. The scarcity of land here has made us little more than chickens in a chicken coop. I'm constantly jealous of Christine and Hazel's homes. :P
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
I got ambitious....again. Started uploading goodies & stuff, even one cute mini on etsy! Or maybe its the stress. I can't decide. My exams - this week, wed & thurs. Anyways, I started throwing up mucus these days. Don't worry, never on the purses I work on. My workplace is so sanitary. No pets, no smoke. Why? Coz' yours truly is allergic. Mum cleans the house ever so often coz I sneeze & wheeze when dust flys by.
Anyways, I got a break on Sunday. Went on a fabric hunt! (again...) Its one of my heaviest days yet! Heavy Natural linen from japan, fabulous Cheap Monday type denim fabric (!!!), printed cottons, white denim twill, zippers (lousy guy overcharged me! but I needed them :O...), and the best yet? - Japanese linen canvas prints!! I didn't know I can ever ever find them here but voila! LOL Though its only like 2 different types, I was waaaay over the moon coz they are so freakin hard to find, even on the internet. I swear I would rob the bank just to buy me a ticket to Japan & steal my dad's credit dards! Yeah, so I grabbed them and a couple more fabulous cottons even though it seriously depleted my bank account and would render me meal-less for the next week or so. Sigh....I can seriously live on fabrics....
SO, the new Daiso store opened in Vivo City. I had to check it out. Lugging 7 yards of fabric around isn't funny. I was glad to have my dad's vehicle come pick me and mum up for the trip. It was cr-OW-ded! I got a cart and that's it. Lost in fantasy world for the next 3 hours! I really should be banned from going to Daiso. To think that I administer the Daiso group on Flickr. My dad shook his head in dispair when he spotted too much cute & pink factor in my cart when I emerged after 3 hours. Note - they did try to call my cell 5 times. I didn't pick up. Hey, it was noisy! :P So, more goodies, fabrics, stationeries, kitchen items, food.....
The nice thing about me? I'm sharing my goodies. Check my store! ^__^
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Everytime I hear that song (title), it reminds me of the hotel guy in that Home Alone movie. Funny and so heartwarming all at the same time. Christmas here isn't any fun. Its 32degC days and sweaty nights. Not exactly my idea of a white Christmas, but in the spirit of giving (presents) and expecting them, it might be a good holiday idea. Or maybe as a reward for being nice (69% of the time) in the year?
I'm usually indecently late for Christmas. This year, I swear on my own grave, it was going to be different. I've ordered my turkey, ham, pork ribs (?), complete with trimmings and even pineapples (This is what you get for Christmas in the Tropics) and even the log cake! I'm told I should just eat one slice. I begged that its the holidays but my mum won't listen. She's going to on a trip to the Dead Sea with dad so I'm left with DH in the house for Christmas. Oh, I'm also told not to burn the house down when I try to paint the town. :P Anyways, DH is in town for 3 months. He's on a Phd course & lecturing in Sydney and its the hols now. At least I'm not alone for Christmas. Wait...is that a good thing? Maybe I'm too used to being alone. Oh well.
Today DH put up the decorations while I tried (or pretended) to squeeze in more of what I'm suppose to squeeze into my already buldging head. Most people like to tell me I have a bigger head than usual. Well, duh. Thats what you get for studying too much. Anyways, DH had to play Christmas tunes while he danced & pranced about while decorating. It was more annoying than distracting. I never understood the stupidity of the UK system. We have courses all round the year, then its exams, followed by 1 week worth of break and the new course starts. If my exams end 13th dec this semester, would I have any Christmas left, I keep asking myself. Its utter crapola if you'd ask me. I can only sigh in disbelief while I try to memorise the Cash Flow Statements format and the list of never ending ratios. Who the hell cares about Creditors turnover days when its Christmas?! Hey, I already tried to be early this year. Last year, DH decorated 1 week before Christmas and we had a real crummy dinner at home. (read: Pasta with slices of turkey on top with $7 sparkling wine) We will have something good this year, I keep promising myself. The lights are up with the red theme ornaments and wooden zakka Christmas creatures around my black wrought iron bed. (I refrained from word-bashing!) I also have a tiny tree with the cute wooden creatures on it too. I put DH's sliver cufflinks beneath the tree. He hasn't asked what it is yet.
So, you already know how I can't keep my hands away from my sexy little white sewing machine? Yeah, I couldn't. Even under the watchful eyes of my mum, who threaten to break "us" up if I work on anything before my exams are over, I cheated. Hell, it felt good. It can only be described in Shakesphere,"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". He probably said that while he was having an affair and I can only nod enthusiastically in agreement.
I made my Christmas collection, up on etsy now. Only 2 sets of 3 minis, since I had some trouble finding fabric I actually like. I scour up tiny pieces and fight it off someone so you could have only the best, like I always intended. I have a strict policy not to offer anything to anyone if I don't already love it. Those 3 fabrics are fabulous together and they would be perfect for stocking stuffing and for peeps you don't know what else to get! Makes a good closure too, like if you're missing that something in your package.
Oh and, before I run off, I've finally started a shop with freewebs.com They are a fab bunch and I've gone premium with them too, which means less restrictions, no ads, more space and stuff. I'm so lousy with the DNS-type mumbo jumbo so please bear with me. If you're smarter and wish to critisize, please write me. But please promise you'd help.
Otherwise, SHOP @ florspace for fabulous handmade goodies and ultra adorable stuff from my shopping trips!
You know how much I love you guys... (apologies for the late update!)
Happy (late) Thanksgiving & early Christmas
Friday, November 17, 2006
1) Are your parents married or divorced?
2) Are you a vegetarian?
3) Do you believe in Heaven?
4) Have you ever come close to dying?
5) What jewelry do you wear 24/7?
6) Favorite time of day?
3am, when its quiet
7) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
yeah, why not
8) Do you wear makeup?
No, when I'm rotting at home. People behind computers don't need makeup in cyberspace.
9) Ever have plastic surgery?
Don't need it, yet.
10) Do you color your hair?
Yes, to keep it black.
11) What do you wear to bed?
12) Have you ever done anything illegal?
Don't tell anyone, but I d/l music, videos & look at porn online.
13) Can you roll your tongue?
Yes. up, down, left, right.
14) Do You Tweeze your eyebrows?
Not much, coz it hurts like hell.
15) What kind of sneakers?
New Balance. They are good for running in. Sometimes, Nike.
16) Do you believe in Abortions?
Only when absolutely necessary.
17) What is your Hair color?
18) Future child's name?
Charles, Charlotte, Cornelius, Chloe
19) Do you snore?
20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
Japan, for now.
21) Do you sleep with stuffed animals?
22) If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Collect the money?
23) Gold or silver?
Silver, or white gold.
24) Hamburger or hot dog?
burger, always the burger.
25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
26) City, beach or country?
27) What was the last thing you touched?
28) Where did you eat last?
Fish & Co.
29) When's the last time you cried?
Couple of days ago, when my Granddad passed.
30) Do you read blogs?
31) Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?
Why not, its sexy.
32) Ever been involved with the police?
Yeah, think so.
33) What's your favorite shampoo conditioner and soap?
Ink shampoo, glacier mud shower cream
34) Do you talk in your sleep?
35) Ocean or pool?
38) Window seat or aisle?
Used to be window, but since I'm getting old, aisle, for easy lavatory excess. :P
39) Ever met anyone famous?
I took the plane with someone famous.
40) Do you feel that you've had a truly successful life?
I feel that I've lead a truly lucky life.
41) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
I twirl & bite.
42) Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey?
Neither. I like Ellen Degeneres & David Letterman.
43) Basketball or Football?
used to be basketball.
44) How long do your showers last?
15-30mins. More when I have a tub.
45) Automatic or do you drive a stick?
I don't drived. I'm chauffered.
46) Cake or ice cream?
Can I have both?
47) Are you self-conscious?
sometimes, not so much anymore.
48) Have you ever drank so much you threw up?
Couple of times.
49) Have you ever given money to a begger?
Yes, only when they truly need it. Have you seen beggers with luxury cars?
50) Have you been in love?
51) Where do you wish you were?
Japan, with a never-ending wad of cash.
52) Are you wearing socks?
Not right now.
53) Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
Not that I know of.
54) Can you tango?
55) Last gift you received?
Swap pack from Lyndsie in Canada & a card from someone.
56) Last sport you played?
57) Things you spend a lot of money on?
Fabrics & Zakka @ Daiso.
58) Where do you live?
Middle of Singapore. Used to be Sydney's northshore.
59) Where were you born?
Toa Payoh hospital
60) Last wedding attended?
Grace Lim's @ Furama Waterfront.
63) Most hated food(s)?
64) What's your least fav.?
As above. & those weird bugs in Vietnam & dogs in china.
65) Can you sing?
Yes. But I don't do Karaoke.
66) Last person you instant messaged?
Grace's Cousin in law, Eric.
67) Last place you went on holiday?
68) Favorite regular drink?
100 Plus, Oolong Tea, Green Tea.
69) Tag 3 friends
Not necessary. You're free to repost this on your blog, website, anything. :+)
70) Current Song?
Christian Bautista - The way you look at me.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Anyways, I've been working on getting a website up for sometime now and I've found freewebs and they have pretty decent service for free. Not that I'm a cheapskate or anything, I'd prefer to set up on a freesite than to overcharge my customers! Anyways, its just a website address and as Shakespere says, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
So, while I'm sneaking off my books to set up the website, which is painfully slow coz I'm a totally dork in that area, please do bear with me and enjoy the site! :+) Pass on your criticisms to me and I'll try my best to make it good.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I did study a little over the next few days. Then I had to get ready for a dear friend's wedding on Sunday. You know, shave, tweeze, mani, pedi, hair, make-up, dress, shoes, purse, all the girl stuff. I'm meeting a couple of my college friends after like a couple of years so can't look shabby! We had tons of fun catching up. One of them brought her kid! The little precious boy was 6 months that day, too cute! Not a kid person usually, but I had some fun with him. My friend looked so happy with her husband, it made me really happy for her. Sighs, we're all getting old! Food was good but I had to get up to walk around a couple of times. The black wrap dress and 3-inch shoes were fab but wasn't too comfy! I must learn to get use to being a girl. Time to get rid of those weird tees, pipe jeans and sneakers. :P Bring in the blahniks and DVF!
The little porcelian cuties were wedding favors. *heart*
Oh, in the other news, my load of Cram Cream came. ;+) Two gorgeous purses and a ton of deco tapes! I'm such a sucker for cute stuff but afterawhile, we all don't know what to do with them. :P I still love Decole a whole lot. But it doesn't seem to exist in Singapore. Anyone knows? Tell me, I'll Heart you forever. ;+)
oh and my load of absolutely gorgeous Japanese fabric came from fabric tales. I can't help bragging about them! They have gorgeous fabric for reasonable prices and the shipping prices is totally cheap! I bought 3.5 yards and shipping was $7 airmailed. Best thing? Came in 3 days!
I have bought from some shops where they refuse to combine shipping and we have to pay whatever comes in the paypal invoice which just sucks. I mean, the fabric may be rare & fab, but the shipping is totally different from what we see on the package that comes. Sometimes, its more than double the amount! I hate complaining but there's one thing I loathe about sellers - OVERCHARGED SHIPPING. ewwwww!!!
Back to books. Mental note to sewing machine, "Please, stop calling me!"
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I'm just so glad people like my creations. I'm a lucky girl.
That aside, I have some glum things to say so you don't have to read if you don't wanna k?
Unfortunately my exams are coming in Dec and the reality of not having done much for my classes has started to sink in. I'll be stopping to sew for a while, maybe till me exams are over mid-dec. Its a long time for me! Maybe I'll try to sew when I get over-stressed since concentrating on sewing is much more rewarding! I'll be back full-force once I've cleared the papers. I have one more year to go with school, then its "free to be you and me"!
p/s: I'm a arts major grad but I'm trying to finish my CPA coz I gave it up halfway to pursue the degree in Sydney. Those 3.5 years were the time of my life! Uni days are the greatest so for those of you still in Uni, I say cherish it well. Coz once reality hits, its just plain ugly from there and it takes an enormous amount of effort to live a dream. All in all, I'm trying hard to live life to the full and plan to travel with my shop in future!
Someday, I'll visit France again. My memories are all fuzzy after a decade....
Cuteness aside, this is one sturdy tote, with Japanese cotton twill print and oat milk denim on the outside, and soft ivory cotton on the inside. The handles are made of the same denim and stitched twice all around for stability and neatness. One cute pocket inside for the smaller things.
Only One...10" by 8.5" by 3"
p/s: *psst!* has a matching mini zippered too! In the same fabrics which would make such a heavenly combination perfect for hoarding all to yourself! Maybe a Christmas present coz you've been angelic this year? Even if you've been bad, its an encouragement for a better next year! And I promise I won't tell Santa.... ;+)
My absolute absolute favourite! I love the fabric soooo much, had such a hard time getting my hands on this one! The oat milk denim is from Japan too and I had only enough to make this tote and the Strawberry fields one. I know, I know, but I had to share! My fabric collection is as bad as it is and these fabrics go so well together I had to use it. Inspiration? Those famous Decole Lunch Totes at chocoa.co.jp that I can never get unless I fly over to Japan. *tear*
Cuteness aside, this is one sturdy tote, with canvas and denim on the outside, and soft ivory cotton on the inside. The handles are made of the same denim and stitched twice all around for stability and neatness. One cute pocket inside for the smaller things.
Only One...10" by 8.5" by 3"
p/s: *psst!* has a matching mini pouch too! In the same fabrics which would make such a heavenly combination perfect for hoarding all to yourself! Maybe a Christmas present coz you've been angelic this year? Even if you've been bad, its an encouragement for a better next year! And I promise I won't tell Santa.... ;+)
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Otherwise, a really lovely pouch for your daily essentials...
Cotton, interfaced and lined with orange. One cute pocket inside.
Approx 8" by 7"
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Up for grabs are super rare deco tapes!
Oh so cute and coveted! ;+)
I found them lying around in a cute shop and had to grab and share them with you. They're only $2.50 each, coz I got them cheap! They might the only ones around though, coz I don't know if I can get anymore after this. I'm soooo tempted to keep them for myself!
Stock up for your projects, scrapbooking, journals, notes, books, gifts, even for your etsy shop products! I use them for packaging to send out to my dear customers! Make your people smile! 25 metres of fun in each roll!
Description in details, top down, left row first.
1) Red Face! Says, I need you!
2) Pink Bear! Says, How do I paste this?
3) Rarest San-X Rilakkuma - Relax Bear in color squares!
4) Relax Bear with cute cherries and chicks
5) Orange Panda, Says, How do I paste this?
6) Rare blue dots Relax Bear with cute friends!
7) Cute blue chicks, Says, How do I paste this?
8) Clean blue tooth with toothbrushes! Cute!
9) Cute & classic polka dots!
10) Yellow piggies, Says, How do I paste this?
Grab 1, or all 10! First come, first choose! ^__^
So thats it! Cute huh? Click on the picture to see them in full size. Only No. 6 is without the usual cling plastic but its just as clean and new.
Shipping listed is for 1 roll of tape. Will combine anytime!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Spoken for! Super cute fabric I totally covet and costed the earth but I had to share. I promise I'll just hoard a small piece since my fabric collection is literally getting out of hand and also some yelling from cohabiting parties. *laughs*
These are from Sanrio Japan so its good stuff. Coupled with Japanese denim famous for their wash and style & selected by me (*eye roll*) you know its gotta be fabulous!
Dawn is grabbing the mini too so I'm sending to her free, since she's in Singapore anyways.
Thats all for now.
In the other news, my cold is still bad and the haze is worse. I tried jogging today to ease my nose. Let's hope things would change. Not to mention exams are coming and I need to hit my books even though I really want to continue sewing. ;+)
Check out what I found the other day! The new winter edition of Cotton Friend and the old summer edition too. I'm so backward on my reading. Couldn't help skipping over to the bookstore. Glad I did! Love these magazines. Oh and I got some linen too. Its so big in Japan right now. Never used to like linen till I met some of these Japanese linen. Fabulous quality!
Can't wait to have fun with them!