Friday, November 30, 2007

Go Big......Or Go Home. (Steal-it prices!)

That wasn't meant to be an insult or a command or anything. Its just that, I made a mistake of bringing my tiny little tote to Japan and it could barely house my "essential" belongings, let alone hide anything I manage to get my hands on from the stores, from my parents, that is. Well, usually its hiding purchases from DH but my parents can be just as naggy. Why are we girls destined to hide purchases (price tags, clothing tags, you name it.) ?! That I never understood. As if it was something to be ashamed of. Dang. So, came the desire to make big things to um, hide more.

Anyhooooo~, I thought it was time for additions to the Grande section of florspace, which has been empty for a while and has yield some disapproval from people. Sorry guys & gals! The winter market tote was first. That gorgeous linen was just sitting around in my cupboard, waiting to be turned into something for a long while. Sometimes I can feel my fabric calling out to me, to be made into something they want to be made into. I k now its weird. Talk about having a problem! If I make them into something they dislike, comes the problems during sewing! LOL Yeah... This tote will be your best friend during those winter markets, when you have to lug flowers, produce and all those yummy yard sale finds when all those other peeps decide to cower at home with hot chocolate. We market going people will not stop going to the markets! Wind, rain, snow, summer or winter! Yaaay! Its a steal for the fabric and size @$42 right here.

And it gets bigger! Yaaaay! I used some of this gorgeous uplifting rainbow stripes for the covering of my sewing essentials cupboard coz it was getting unsightly, as my mum would constantly say. So the size was perfect for this cheerily, slightly (or very?) Mexican, rainbow gigantic tote! I've got a pillow, a flask and a big Ikea fleece throw all in that tote right up there. Stuff are all clean of course. I'm a clean freak btw, and I cleaned that chair before I took pictures. As you all noticed, I'd seldom shoot outdoors because of weird looks and icky surfaces. I had to do it for this one and one other big tote, coming later! ;+)

Signature fold corners! Non-wastage of fabric too! And it adds a bit of something, than the usual square corners, don't you think? ;+) Look at that perfectly aligned sides! LOL (I'm amazed myself...)

There, you can see the flask right here. Throw on the left, pillow on the right inside. The size is perfect for family picnics and going off to the beach. All that stuff to carry! Also great for the gal who needs to lug craftivities to sell at the local market! No more unsightly china bags that break when you don't need them to. Double stitching around the top and triple stitching on the handles means your stuff stays in. If you need the flat rope tie for extra security, just ask!

Thats the pocket and how it looks like reversed. One lady used to tell me that my purses get a bit too brighty for winter. No worries, just flip it around for the yummy understated cream inside. Yaaay! 2 bags around the year! A steal @$49, right here!

ps, if the large totes get icky, just throw them into the washing machine with some mild detergent. Warm iron and its ready to use again!

One more to come...stay tuned!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Belated ramblings & thanks...

Borrowed Thanksgiving table picture by Sassygeek.

Its been tough trying to get back to the temperatures here. Hokkaido was snowing and I was there on the 1st snow day. How fun it was standing in the freezing temperatures trying to catch snowflakes on my tongue. The food was so fresh and fabulous it was tough not to keep eating. I miss the potato pancakes most. Its such a simple thing, but yet so homey and yummy. Kinda like how Anton felt when he ate Ratatouille. Heavenly. I left Hokkaido after 6 days and proceeded on to Tokyo. Hokkaido was on a tour group thing so it was cool having to experience mountains, autumn trees, glorious food, hot springs, Japanese-style rooms and city life all in one go. Tokyo was by ourselves coz I was supposed to bring my folks around. Well, um, it was difficult; the population had grown so much in a couple of years. We did have fun there. Brought them around Akiba, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku (The crazy KK queue!), Ueno Zoo, Kaminarimon, sensoji and Odaiba. Odaiba was really pretty. I thought the Tokyo beach thing was an overkill but it turned out to be really beautiful. We sat there during sunset, with the rainbow Bridge in view and stuff. Of course we had to visit Yasukuni Shrine. Its my favourite place right now. Wish I could go back to see it when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom. There was a monthly flea market there too. Couldn't resist picking up a couple of bargains.

I still miss that place loads and the ramen shop guy in Tamachi knows us coz we frequent it too much. LOL Oh the katsu-kare is amazing stuff. ;+) We stayed at the gorgeous Villa Fontaine. Mum thinks its too quiet but its great for me. It was new, chic, spacious and tastefully decorated. Sitting way above an office block, we're assuming its for the working people and expats.

Oh yes, thanksgiving. There's actually no thanksgiving in Singapore but I'm going to pretend there's one anyways. And its not past November so I'm in time. right? ;+)

Thankful for people who heart florspace.

Thankful for the support of so many wonderful people who buy from florspace.

Tremendously thankful to people who take time to say so much nice things to me, in feedback, emails, flickr and blog comments.

Thankful for wonderful parents who put up with me, mentally and financially.

Thankful for wonderful DH who consistenly put up with my nonsense, even when I yell at him.

Thankful for a bunch of wonderful friends who are constantly there for me.

Thankful for the chance to do a second degree.

Thankful for motivating lecturers and co-operative project mates.

Thankful for great course results! (Got a credit for Macroecons *phew!*, HD for A/C, DI for computing and Marketing. Darn I expected HD, but oh well!)

Thankful for the existence of wonderful people on etsy who give me great discounts on their items, swaps with me and generally being so nice!

Many thanks to Emma, who listened to my problems and being so wonderful to me. She takes great pain in creating those fabulous bags, so go visit her and say hi for me.

Thankful for the existence of fabulous fabrics and zakka!

Thankful for people who make mushrooms.

Thankful for wonderful swap people, who send me so much more than I bargained for!

Thankful for awesome bloggers & flickrites who consistenly keep my nights entertained!

Thankful for the existence of Lush 99.5fm.

Thankful for the small bunch of shop assistants online and offline who make me wanna go back for more and more. (Not so nice people, try to be nice!)

( that it?)

Okay, Many thanks for any other thanks I should be thanking for. LOL

Super cute Snoopy for you guys! Happy belated thanksgiving!

Mirror Mirror Mushie in my pocket

These were well, in the works for a while. (I ordered them one drowsy night. :P) But somehow the person who made it took 2 months to get it here. Oh well, its in good time for the Merry Mushie theme. I loved how they turned out. Its a bit muted and the fabric printout makes it look like its actually fabric. How zakka-esque!

They come in this really adorable and well-fitting velvet pouch! That reminds me, if a lot of you guys want these, I might have to pick up more of these adorable pouches. Seriously, they were so cute, I kept them for a while when I bought them. Shame on me.

I've only got a couple of these and in the Christmas spirit and everything, they are going for a song at only $5.50. We all need a little bit of portable & functional zakka! Go ahead and pick one already!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bright Idea

I've been waiting on Jek's Light Bulb pillows since she started making them! Jek's a great gal who makes loads of really cool goodies. I'm a huge fan of her fabulous pictures of her extraordinary adventures, sweets baking and casa decorating. They are always so inspiring and uplifting. And all those eye-popping candy colors! Its the place I go to after a crummy day coz they never fail to bring a smile. ^_____^

BTW, Crummy is a perfectly cromulent word.

Scoot over to jekbot. For just $20, you can grab yourself a bright idea.

I can see the music!

Coolest thing I've seen all day. And I've been to the urban jungle. Yeugh, those vile humans behaving badly makes me wanna retch. You name it, I've seen it, every single day, that is. Wedgie picking, butt digging, nose-picking & cleaning the goo everywhere, burping, farting, talking loudly on public transports, not lecturing their kids when they run amok, walking all over, cell-phone playing.....

Anyhoo, this really really cool pair of undies comes from dyehearts.

I'm off to look for a bong.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Merry Mushie...

Mushie Love is here! I stopped procrastinating for 5 minutes and got these uber cuties up on my shoppe. Do take a peek!

It took me a while to put scissors to these fabrics. Japanese-import fetchingly-retro mushrooms on cotton canvas doesn't sound any sweeter than anything else in the world for me. Or maybe Krispy Kreme? For people who live in Tokyo metro, did you guys see the Krispy Kreme queue outside Times Square?! Jesus. I didn't even bother to take a picture coz my camera won't cover the length of the queue. And there I thought, hey, let's go get a donut. *eye roll*

Back to the mushies....I've been pretty much hit with the 70s wave. I'm always a vintage lover but never thought I'd progress beyond the 60s. Well, maybe as time progresses, the vintage bug moves too? Oh well. I think it sorta started when I saw this pillow. Then California Dreaming started playing in my head, day and night. I started looking for the mv on youtube. The of course, it had to progress onto Surfer Girl because of Cameron Diaz and Demi Moore, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles (I played this video through my exam period) and ultimately stopped at Lennon and Ono. Seems that some people actually hate Lennon but methinks his determination to live life and make changes deserves some respect. It seems that its destined that great people tend to die young, Bruce Lee & Lennon (is it just me or does anyone else think he looks a little like Aidan Shaw when he first appeared in SATC?)for example. Or maybe its only in those ways that etches a deep memory.

Anyhoo....I've also been searching for retro fabrics, of course (^____^) but haven't been able to find anything fetching. If you are reading and do have pieces from Dekoplus or some scandinavian, european fabrics you have available, give me a buzz. Oh, and vintage french linen with red stripes on it as well. ;+)

As if I haven't got enough. Tsk tsk, shame on me!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Hello boys and girls....

Boo. Just wanna say hello before I hit the hay. How were you guys when I was gone? Been good? Santa's watching! Yeap, I'm back, for a couple of hours that is. Some of you guys may have known, I was in Japan for the past 2 weeks or so. Its been quite a great trip, the only problem was um, the lack of money and energy to do more. It was quite an unplanned trip actually. My folks just wanted me to bring them around and act as their translator. Then I figured out that it isn't really that easy. I think the luggage made it worse.

Thats the stack of fabric I manage to grab while given the short time and stress from crowds. Still quite a gigantic stack, I had to let it come by SAL. It fitted just nicely into the largest Yuupakku from Japan Post. 19kg worth and um, yeah, my dad and I carried it to the PO nearby. Looks like I have a bad habit of extra boxes when I make my Japan trips. Still, thats not including more stuff I bought! I'd prolly need a bit of time to sort the stuff and pictures out. Be a little patient with me! Orders are running in so our little factory would be up and running this weekend. Imagine those puffy chimmneys! *toot toot!*

Had this stack before I left. ;+) Its the Mushroom bunch. Coz I really wanna have a mushie kinda Christmas. I miss the warmth of fireplaces, the smell of roast turkey and snow on the window ledges. Nothing says "awwwww~!" more than mushrooms, non?
Coming soon. Will be under the Private Reserve Collection.

Then of course, there's the mini strap pouch. ;+) I like how this picture almost says, "Time's running out! Now mush!" heh heh

Time to get some shut eye. Post office tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

For 5 smackeroonies ONLY!

Alright, its here again! ALL my MiniZs in the Petite section is at $5! This one's for all you slowcoachers out there. hehe Haven't picked up Chrissie gifts for your loved ones? Go here.

Remember, everyone at florspace is on vacay from 10th to 23rd so shipping happens after that. We'll pack and ship everything on the 23rd or the day after so it'll be in time for Christmas. ;+)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Etsy Finds

Its jewellery like these that makes my heart palpitate like nuts. I'm not a huge jewellery wearer, usually just one cool piece somewhere and I'm done so its really hard to go past this Vintage Brass Butterfly Cuff from JewelsofLuxury. The cuff is so detailed and vintage it makes it really difficult not to keep staring! She has quite a couple of interesting pieces like the watch part necklace. I go so soft for lost time-esque pieces. All my strict saving rules go out the window, literally.

While we're on the topic of luxury, I nearly fell off the chair when I saw the Voltaire. Its been my lifelong dream to own one of these french historical pieces, if I may say so. Though this one's a plastic version with rubber coating, good for outdoors, where you can show it off, what else! For prices like these, you wanna get all the attention. Not a genuine vintage, but hey, look on the bright side, literally. ;+) From modernfront, with loads of other yummy pieces to lust and drool after.

One more shoutout of objects of lust goes to Satchelman. No more dusty and musty old doc cases from the vintage market. This one's new and made to order! A while back, I was obsessed with the idea of these doc bags. Peeps who know me, well, know that I like everything to do with docs. *eye roll* Its up to your imagination there. But I couldn't find any in decent condition in the markets and antique shops coz they were well, really icky and I had little knowledge on how to clean 'em, not to mention patience. LOL So there, the doc bag I've been looking for. Though, its to lust-for, for now. The man calls it a "swag bag" though. Anyone to elaborate?

Still feeling rich & got pennies to throw? Scoot over to pakokeco for these enfrancais flashcards you'd need when swinging through Paris with your honey. I've got one + a load of her tags! Its so reasonable and of fab quality, makes shopping sooooOOO easy, you wanna just go and grab her whole shop full of yummy things! I warned ya, scrapbookers especially.

Don't forget to "Tell someone you heart them" this holiday season! Gocco printed (Heart Gocco!) by the wonderful Jackie from littlestflower. She's got affordable artworks (limited prints!) in her shop! And that's SO hard to come by at etsy coz peeps like to creep their prices up. Jackie offers these simple yet beautiful white frames with the artworks, perfect for any room or decor. They are light and easy to put up. I've got 2 in my room stuck up with just plain ole blu tack & it works! There's something about the simplicity of her designs that makes me smile everytime I see it. I've got more to come! yaay!

Speaking of simplicity, I found this little girl by accident! Oooops, I mean little dress. LOL I know, I know, I'm not a baby person but if I had one, she'll be wearing this. Isn't that just darling, non? Its so roadworthy, I'd bring her to the Plaza for dinner. I guess most baby clothes we see on the streets just don't cut it. Go shop with babyleila & get your babes decent clothes! They ain't kidding with the handmade for modern kids motto. Thumbs up.

Oh Momma. That's hot. I can't help it but felt that way when I found this couple of days ago. Dang, why am I not a mom yet? Sweet yet sexy~. Moms out there, you have to grab this and wear it! You'll be the coolest momma in town. If the picture doesn't grab you, what would!? From paisley33, its only $20. :P

While you're still shopping for the holidays, do check out Sugarcane's yummy bags! She lists so many grest stuff, its tough to pass up! I know I make bags too but you gotta check hers out. Great wearable sizes, superb quality and interesting constructions, yet afforable for everyone. She's got a great passion for bags so the outcome of her creations tends to be fabulous! I'm loving her slouches, especially Electric Dreams up there. They make perfect pressie for moms, aunts and sis or keep it for yourself like I always end up doing. I'm dying to own one but my vacation/biz trip is looming! Get there before I do peeps.

Isn't that CUTE? I never knew it was possible, well, maybe remotely but there, up on my screen is an apple jacket! Well jacquelineknits do make jacket for pears too and even tea bag holders! Life's precious and don't we all have it covered now? ;+)

I'm still pretty excited waiting on the arrival of my new birdcage, so I was pretty happy to find this on the homepage of etsy. I guess the birdcage fever's not just me. ;+)

Or is that a real fever? Damn those exam papers. Getting distinctions (or As in US-talk) is a plague. Once its attained, its hell keeping up. Torture torture. But we all have finger-shopping to keep us busy and well, entertained. Don't forget my shop, if you're still picking things up for stocking stuffing! ;+)

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