Friday, December 11, 2009

Cookies, cream, chocolate & berries ice-cream

You gotta try this! Its easy, yet So Yum~!

Low-fat vanilla (i used cadbury's)
bunch of oreos smashed (i got DH to do the punching! Get your kids involved!)
bunch of frozen berries (i used sara lee's box of variety berries)
melted chocolate (i used haigh's & it was heavenly!)
strawberries halved

mix the oreos & vanilla ice-cream
line the bottom of the glass with melted chocolate
layer with frozen berries (they give a surprising burst at the end!)
add the ice-cream mix
add halved strawberries
enjoy! :D

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

THE Black Friday Weekend SALE!

Its that time of the year again! Thanksgiving turkeys & families + the Black Friday Weekend SALE @ florspace! Time to pick up stuff for everyone, especially YOU! You know you deserve it! ;D

STARTS Nov 26th (Americas) / 27th (Asia) 2009
Til 6th / 7th of Dec 09 ONLY!
Our cut-off for guaranteed christmas delivery is 7th of Dec.

Black Friday-Weekend Sale Conditions:
1)Reserved, preorders, customs not included in the sale
2) Sale items are not included
3) Florspace Home items not included BUT can be shipped together. Wait for a revised paypal invoice, SG wait for revised email notice for direct deposit.
4) Payment is expected immediately at the time of order for international paying by paypal.
5) Payment is expected within a day for local orders, ie, payment has to be received in our bank account within a day after information is emailed to you.
6) No further discounts applied.
7) While stocks last.
8) Conditions are subject to necessary changes.
9) Violations of rules mean sale will be cancelled. Sorry!

You get free extra yummy goodies in with every order! Because we love you guys for your wonderful support!

Tell your friends, shop in your pjs with a mug of hot choco. What could be better?
THE Black Friday-Weekend Sale only @ florspace!

And HAPPY HAPPY thanksgiving everyone! Have a safe & wonderful holiday you wonderful people!
Loads of HUGS & Kisses!
from the florspace factory!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

summer love

its been 20 days and spending summer in sydney with my beloved DH isn't as steamy as one might think....metaphorically that is. I'm never a summer weather person. People who know me would know that I'll need 25degC or less to function like a normal decent human being. I'm precisely writing because its too hot to sleep. Sweating and sleeping isn't normal for me and DH thinks we should ride out the horrible heatwave weekend without airconditioning or electric fans. No, he isn't a green-maniac. He's just good in adverse conditions. Not me. I'm 'spoiled' in terms of the weather. I'll cut costs by working in the heat back in singapore, but come sleep time, I need AC, period. One time that my AC brokedown, I went without sleep for almost a week. It was madness. In the end, I was almost insane.

Now that DH is snoring under the 'wet blanket' I made for him, out of towel soaked in cold water, I'm free to indulge in my late-night thoughts I haven't been able to do in a long time. Through time together and apart, its difficult not to deal with the tiny annoying differences we both have. We've been together for almost 13 years now and have spent about 5 years long distance, through hours of arguments, tearing apart each other's characteristics, likes, dislikes, beliefs so many many times, and yet, life still manages to throw us curve balls when we least expect. Perhaps its the nasty heat thats making us less huggable, but isn't couple-hood suppose to survive these adverse situations? I realized I've changed... no longer looked at him the same way I used to. I hate it when that happens. Here is a guy that I've spent so much time and been through so much with, we literally grew up together, yet I'm losing connection with him. No longer it seems exciting, no longer do I feel the rush, the need to be with him. Its a freaky realization. Does this mean this is it? End of the road? No more light at the end of the tunnel? I cried bitterly at this new-found realization. What's gonna happen to us? What am I to do? I told DH, please do something to win me over, and fast. The worst thing was, he didn't change one bit, he still loved me, still did silly little things for me, even though they felt unnecessary. I felt horrible at myself. Maybe the 'freedom' I enjoyed in Singapore without DH was a bad idea. But I could only have time to make stuff and somehow excel at it because I had all those time! Did all that became my life? Has it defined my existence - one without DH? Did he become redundant in the process? There were so many questions directed and I didn't know who or what to blame even though I felt like I was the perpetrator.

A few days later, when things run better after the weird outburst I thought, maybe me, him & us didn't change at all. Maybe it was because I had to be alone in Singapore that I felt I had time and space to self-actualize, to do things I really wanted. I felt happy and the feedback that fed this happiness was all the nice things people said about florspace and the stuff we made with our hearts. It is so important that everything is smooth and everyone is happy. I didn't sleep for 2 days when a dear customer received an empty package. My heart stopped short and DH didn't quite know how to deal with my annoyance then. I felt happy only when it was resolved and she was happy. The only drawback with this life arrangement where I see DH twice a year is that, left to fend for myself, I had to sink myself in the little life I handmade for my very self. The little existence in Singapore remains wholesome with only a smidgen of it left for DH and when that tiny bit shrinks smaller and smaller, that fear of DH's redundancy is realized.

But in the end, after all those thoughts were sorted out and we found new things to discuss (eg, Twillight series, Jacques Lacan & Le Parkour), everything seems to be fine... for now. We still have our little differences, annoyances & the horrible heatwave but it seems we'll be okay. I like to think there's always someone better out there and settling is the easy way out. But when do we stop to think that maybe we should hold back ourselves, work on things and not call it quits when the road gets bumpy? Love is never easy anyways.

Still, when do we really know when its not okay? I'll never know.... I'll enjoy my summer love for now & will try be nice. :+)

Monday, November 02, 2009

leaving on a jet plane....yet again

off to sydney!

Thanks for everyone who came by during our little secret weekend sale!

Lookout for the Black-Friday Weekend SALE next! We promise it'll be BIG & with EXTRAS! Coz I worked thru the night before I leave the house. LOL

Mark your Calendars - 27th Nov 2009.

Cya! :D

Friday, October 30, 2009


Originally uploaded by florspace
Exams are over. And I'm feeling pretty damn happy and what better way to pass the joy on?

20% off everything in store.
You'll need to use the code: oct20 on the message box at etsy checkout.
Does not include on sale items.

I fly Tuesday so I'll be shipping everything Monday (thats NY time Sunday) so make sure you get in quick!
Payments expected immediately thru paypal for worldwide orders. Your discounted excess will be refunded immediately.
A day or 2 for Singapore orders and bank deposit only please.

Our shoppe will stay open but florspace elves tend to take a bit more time in shipping (3-5 days max). Let us know if you need your order quick!

Monday, October 19, 2009


Not guilty of eating too much chocolate cupcakes, but of neglecting the blog. Oh wait, that too. Yikes. Its been such a crazy time, I had mosaics of great etsy finds yet have absolutely no time to post them up. I'm really intending to do so when all this madness (exams) end and I get a little break with DH in sydney. He's got broadband now so no excuses!

After my bout of stomach flu in September, everything's like whirlwind! Loads and loads of custom orders. Well, loads to us anyways coz we take time to make stuff, to make sure every little detail is of supreme quality. I get antsy and guilty and can't get to sleep at night if the stuff isn't as good as I want them to be. So on and offline, we do buckets of purses for weddings, shops and people simply love our stuff! Heavens bless these wonderful people who keep us alive. I know, its not Thanksgiving yet, but we feel so lucky to have such wonderful support! Its not a millionaire job, but its good enough for me. Hell, I'm living in heaven! Ironical but so true. LOL

If this all sounds bit fast, its because I'm high on coffee & stressed out from studying for the tax and corporate accounting paper looming at the end of this month. (*gasp*) Worst yet, my landline at home decided to trip out on me suddenly. No internet, no landline at home right now til end of the week when the technician comes. I'm actually writing this at a coffeeshop at the next suburb over at 9.15pm on monday night. Not complaining since they got coffee, smidge of wireless internet and proper table and chair. The facebook flash games won't work tho. Maybe its a good thing, since I got quite a bit of admin done. phew! Apologies to everyone who's been waiting for feedbacks from florspace. yikes! But thats done. finally. :+)

All that said, I'd better get back to my books. See ya when I see ya.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Halloween Giveaway WINNERS!

I apologise for taking so long. Been seriously bogged down with school assignments and custom orders.

Anyhoo, the winners of our yummy Halloween giveaway!

1st - Pippi Langstrumpf (Lucky you!)
2nd - Babalisme
3rd - Christy

Do be in touch with your snail mail address if I haven't already! :D

Thursday, October 01, 2009

FS's Mini Model!

Checked my email and WL sent me a picture of her daughter, Evelyn modelling the Paris hobo.

Isn't she the most adorable girl in the world!?
Just wanna stretch out and squeeze-hug her! :D

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wanroom on my shelf

I had to squeal when I found Wanroom in the usual bunch of gashapon machines! Immediately I set about like a maniac locating dollar coins to feed into the machine! LOL They're tiny, adorable & comes with tiny carton boxes in the plastic sphere too! Now they sit on my shelf right above my table to add to the cuteness. I believe they make me a little happier.

Try putting bits of things you like on your work station that you frequent! :D

Monday, September 21, 2009

Les Amis Pink Ribbon Hobo Tote

A little birthday special from me to you! I have just gotten the most amazingly mesmerizing french blue polkadots print all the way from Japan! Can't wait to do up a super cute ribbon tote I thought, on my way home! The only thing was which print to match it with! It couldn't be too thick since the drawstring will not work well & it had to be french!

Les Amis in blush seems to be the best. Its light & girly enough to balance out the deep french blues. Ribbon hobos have to be a little lighter than the usual totes for the drawstring ribbons to work well. Do expect a pink polkadots version coming soon! ;+)

Hope you guys like it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Giving Thanks....

Its been a really busy time for me. School assignment deadlines are looming & we're busy with custom orders & loads of new & amazing fall totes. It has become quite clear now that I will have to make a trip to Sydney at the end of the year to be with my other half since he's unable to come over. I'll be gone from Nov to Dec. florspace shoppe will stay open but there's prolly not going to be new things unfortunately. Its a sacrifice I have to make to be away from my dear dear sewing machine! Anyways, its my birthday (Sept 21st) and CT, a wonderful customer & BFF has given me some wonderful gifts! They have really made me feel better! The little note above is so true & hence I'm gonna do it. People have never been able to tell my true age anyways. LOL

I'm particularly fond of the gorgeous wrapper! Perhaps its age, perhaps its fall but I'm into a lot of muted colors & elegance these days. I've recently added slate grays of stripes & dots, browns & very deep turquoise to my wardrobe. They calm me down a lot while dealing with all the crazy things happening around me. I've learnt to keep above & to have a teflon soul so that nothing really sticks. A good night's rest is really all I need to recharge for a new day.

Of course a good mug of warm tea does the trick as well! Recently, I've found a small range of Dean & Deluca at the 360 Market @ ION orchard. Its a god send since I've been a long time fan of Dean & Deluca! Sure wish to own their grocery tote someday, but for now, I've got my sights set on the French Sea Salt which costs S$38 a jar. Nonetheless, the house blend tea above is amazingly beautiful in scent & taste. The aroma is beyond words when I'm down & out. Thank heavens for good tea! & good friends!

Gonna celebrate with some cake with the folks tomorrow...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nature-inspired Classic Everyday Totes for Autumn

I have a long-standing love with Enchanted Forest. Not just because the fabric was so pricey and rare, but the print is one of those that we'll never get sick of! We use it really carefully for the best projects to ensure its beauty is fully expressed! Paired with special import laces & natural cotton sourced from various parts of Japan, we're pleased to tell you guys that they are all made in Japan! Naturally, quality is guaranteed and we're more than happy since the final product will be amazing for you guys too! The lace on Enchanted Forest is actually a very delicate hand-woven linen lace which matches the beautiful print. There's a little bit of mystery & magic there!

We chose In The Woods for this collection since you guys seem to love this adorable print a lot! Beautiful trees with cute leaves is flanked with vibrant colored animals & mushrooms makes for one unique print! We used a slightly thicker scalloped cotton lace also hand-woven in a natural linen color. Both totes feature vegan leather handles from Japan for a more beautiful & professional look. Handles are hand-stitched & reinforced with double denim thread ensuring you carry all your everyday necessities in style!

Isn't autumn the most beautiful season? :+)
Happy Autumn everyone!

2 new Reversible Messenger Hobos!

The last 2 hobos in our 6 hobo challenge! After doing up 2 initially, we decided to do up a total of 6! The fun part was coming up with the fabric combinations! Basically we had a headache since the hobo has to be decently light-weight, yet strong, cute, functional, pretty.....suffice to say we put quite a bit of thought into them! I personally love the Olive LuvBirds a lot since its been a dream of mine to decent pair green & pink together since childhood! I hope you guys find it cute. If you do, I can go tell my old art teacher I successfully made this color combination work! Take that, Mr. Tan! hah! Revenge aside, I love the print a lot, the sky blue elephants too and they've been hogged by me, for a while now. It usually takes a bit of time to use up the fabric since mediation is required while the prints speak to me and tell me what they'll like to be made into!

Elly Blue is a beautiful, yet undertstated creation, perfect for a busy mommy with a little boy! I made this with that image in mind! Holding hands & off to a nice picnic...

Do check them out! ;+)
Its classic totes next! In soft tones, since Autumn is here....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mid-ween humor

A little humor for the mid-week blues. ;+)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The great HALLOWEEN giveaway! Til OCT 3rd!

We're doing a little giveaway this year for Halloween! The one up there is the 1st prize! Filled with decorations and cute things all ready for your goulish party! Everything's from Japan so they are all adorable versions of scaryness perfect for kids! Yaaaay! How cool is that?!

2nd prize is a little witching pack! Lantern, card stand, pumpkin bell & fairy dust wood pegs!

3rd prize is a little lantern, pumpkin bell & cute wood pegs!

PLUS all of them come with these cute hanging things! More cute deco for loads of scary fun! :D For more info on the stuff, click on the pictures!

1) Make a purchase from our store, every item gets you an entry! SALE items included too!
2) Tell us your favourite item from our store
3) Blog about this giveaway or our store
4) Tweet about this giveaway at Twitter
5) Re-tweet about this giveaway

Winner will be chosen by on Sunday night 3rd Oct, NY time.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gone titanic

I can't help posting this cute find. Sighted here, its among my favourite ice cube tray ever. (link)
Now I can say, my drink has gone titanic & actually mean it. LOL

Closely followed by the AK bullet & pi symbol ice cube tray. Though my other half is worried the bullet will go straight down the throat. hmm...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Designer Mico Ogura

One of the reasons for my long-standing loves for Japanese fabric is its designers. Often we overlook who they really are! I admit I'm a tad slow when reading interviews in Japanese in the mags, but I do try really hard! hehe I love how Mico Ogura's designs are mostly small, yet clean, adorable & appeal to the purest of hearts. When I look into her designs, I am reminded of my childhood, the days when we played catch in the sun & went to elementary school. It does make me slow down a little and appreciate the simple things in life. There was an interview with her I believe in an earlier issue of Cotton Time magazine. I'm gonna have to rush off to school for a project so I'll have to leave the referencing til later. :+) Though, if you read Japanese, hop on over here. And some things she does.

Just wanna say that the 2nd 'red' reversible messenger hobo is up in the store! The Shinzi Katoh's Still one got snapped up last night and I'm so happy coz this one's going out of the country, all the way to Austria! Yaaaay! Anyhoo, I knew I'd wanted to pair up this very french print with a french linen. Unfortunately, this geographical location has a serious lack of french linens and ticking. It was after some search that I came across this pretty linen canvas version! All the way from France! Combined with baby gingham for the cute, girly & innocent feel, + the cotton measure tape trim, this perfect little hobo is almost made for a cute mom with a little girl! ;+)

The simple, innocent days are always best. ^___^

ps, the Messenger hobo is right here!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Updates: After the flu

Some of you guys may have heard, the head elf of florspace was down with a bout of stomach flu. It eventually turn out to be a full-fledged flu, fever, nose, throat & all, sans the canker sores. It was quite bad actually. I had an inkling (this is the 3rd time) I'm 'allergic' to vegetarian (asian variety) food since they tend to load up on certain types of oil which is really bad for me. I throw up when my body has to process too much oil, sugar & fat. Why am I still on the heavy side, I'll never know. But thank heavens I'm still able to run and jump. Anyhoo, this 'flu' had me sitting on the can while holding a bucket. Suffice to say, I was clearing out the gunk both ways. It was horribly painful, mind-bending & hellish. I was down for 3 days + fever etc. before I thought things took a turn for the better. I threw up & sat on the can again while my tummy decide to give me a numb pain for 2 nights. Somehow, I got much better today - tummyache gone, weakness in my limbs cease & i'm able to sew & type quite normally now. Thanks to mom's everyday porridge & loads of care!

So I wasted no time to do up the reversible messenger hobos (quite a mouthful!), which are rather complicated & time-consuming but are so fun to do up! The final product always makes me wanna do it all over again right away! I know, I know, you guys love the redness, so here's one of the ever ever popular Stroll print from Shinzi Katoh! I'm in love with both the large gingham & red polkadots & somehow in some strange manner, it just quirkily came together! Hmm...must be the little cotton lace that speaks volumes. I love these little pretty cotton laces. They bring almost anything together! 2 more 'red' hobos a-comin'! Before we got 3 more cute ones coming! + we got vegan leather handles from Japan! This means a lot more of your favorite classic everyday totes coming along too! Hope I can get to do that much before heading off to Sydney to join my other half (who's stuck there) for Christmas & the big NYE fireworks! I'm really looking forward to that since I missed it for a handful of years now.

A bunch of our new paper goods also came in! We're changing our card inserts in our purses to these cute ones above! You'll see them with the new purses we do up! And the extra paper goods mean cute postcards, stickers, magnets for all you awesome peeps who buy from us! You know your package always comes with extra love, but this time, the love gets more & more! Because at florspace, we love you & want you to be extra happy! ;+)

Have a great weekend you guys!! ♥♥♥

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New Cubes in Store!

After a serious bout of flu, I'm itching to sew! Luckily the florspace elves have been working real hard to bring these cubes into fruition while I was down. Yaaay! 9 new cubes in store, though 1 has been sold as I speak!

Perfect for the traditional Japanese prints fan! We love that they are adorable too! Check them out!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Winners of our Giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who came along, shopped and commented, we have the winners! Picked by

*Drum Roll*

Winner of the cute Miffy purse is Flutterfly!

& 3 other consolation prizes, a MiniZ each!

Little pea in a pod

Do contact me with your snail mail address if I haven't got to you already. ;+)

If you missed this one, no worries, we'll be having more, so keep your eyes peeled! Meanwhile, do check our shoppe's SALE section for great purses @great prices! yaaay!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Friday Finds: Ultramarine

1) small blue thing - original miniature painting by Mossmottle
2) Ultramarine Cell Phone Charm by KlaatuCollection
3) Silk Crepe Ultramarine Rich Blue by artinsilk
4) wee bowl -- ultramarine blue by panopoly
5) deep blue enamel butterfly brooch by SarahMin
6) Yarn Topped Knitting Needles - Blue by sailonbaby
7) Polar Bear in Blue - Fine Art Photograph by lilacpopphotography
8) GLASS drop beads by Sunyno
9) The Bittwersweet tale of Fisherman and Mermaiden - Pocket Art Mirror by meluseena

Just a couple of amazing ultramarines available on etsy!

A fiercely intense color, ultramarine is the most vibrant of deep deep blues. I'd watched a documentary a while back on dyes in India and they did a little feature on one of the most beautiful ultramarine blue I've ever seen! It was in powder form, so intense, it just burns into my eye sockets yet completely natural, from a rock I believe, that they had to painstakingly extract. Often overlooked, this color can actually provide a burst of energy in a calming manner, which means solving problems in a smooth, calm & collected manner. ;+)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Old-school! Wood Spindle

How cool is this amazing Wooden spindy/caddy/pincushion/stand? I've always loved vintagey things and it seems like the logical road to take to put together one of these amazing spool pincushions from Julie! Just simply glad I found her shop! If you sew, you'll definitely need one. I swear you'll love it. If you don't have time to put it together, she has beautiful ready made ones in her shop too! Just hop on over!

Because Julie was so generous to send over quite a number of pieces to choose from, I had so much fun putting them together to see which pieces will go where for the maximum old-school effect! A bit of tacky glue was all it takes to glue them together and to make it look a little more polished, I sanded the corners a little. A few of the leftover pieces are going into a mini DIY project! yaay!

The pincushions are stuffed packed with wool roving so they're perfect for pins coz they go right in and come right out! I've already started using it on the table and its a dream and quite fun to spin the turntable around and around. LOL That's mom's super heavy heirloom scissors that I love so much! They don't make 'em like that anymore. :/

Sepia & B&W shots are a must when it comes to something so amazing! It really makes my sewing table a little more me now. ;+) sigh. Thanks Julie!

Head to Julie's shoppe to get your own!

Mid-week humor

Sighted at jars of cute blog, these Dick & Jane flashcards are for my work friends who have to face awful bosses. Bet this puts a smile on your face! ;+)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Its fall!

Just a couple of picks from our humble shoppe for the new season. :+) Find them here!

Can't believe its fall! Time does fly by so quickly... as things wind down a little for the year, take a little break, have some tea & enjoy a nice day out with friends, or curl up on the couch with a good book!

Sunday, August 30, 2009


We've been hanging around for 3 years on etsy now, a couple of downs, but mostly we've met gazillions of awesome people, the only thing between me and giving you a great big hug is the computer screen! So to mark our thanks, and your general awesomeness,
A little surprise at the end of our Anniversary SALE!

We're giving away this super duper adorable Miffy Bleu Mini Clutch Plat! All fabric used is from Japan, including the super cute lemon polkadots inside! & fab quality YKK zipper as always! PLUS, 2 runners up get a cute little MiniZ from us! Yaaay!

To enter, just visit our store, come back & tell us which item you like best & would love to own! & maybe why too! ;+) Simple as! Get clicking!

Pssst! Make a purchase from our store & get an extra entry for every item! :D

Til next sunday 10.30pm Singapore time (NY Sunday 10.30am) or Time Conversion here. Will draw the winners here.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Babydoll Dress Tutorial

As promised, from the Polkadots Babydoll Top blogpost, a tutorial in the same style!

Seems complex but really quite easy! If you can sew straight lines & is not afraid of dealing with elastics, go for it! ;+) Besides, the possibilities are endless!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Seeing red...

Just some of the red things in the shoppe...

My Beagle MiniZ
Red Hippo and Autumn Stripes Reversible Market Tote AND Mini Tote Set
Fruits Bunny Kawaii MiniB
Animal Crackers Red MiniZ
Red Squirrel Cube Wallet
Flower Love Large Wristlet Pouch
Red Bridge MiniB
Butterflies Red Large Wristlet Pouch
Red Hippo MiniZ

Last weekend to grab what you need from our shoppe! 20% off everything, plus our Minis are at only $5 & $6 each! Our Anniversary SALE ends Monday midnight, NY time (SG Tuesday 12pm). :+)

Friday Finds: Woody

1) Mid-Century Wooden Shoe by theprettynest
2) Mid Century Teak Divided Wood Serving Bowl by shopworthy
3) Con-moto chair by joshuadavidgregory
4) Vintage bobbins by janeheller
5) Oak Spool Pincushion by Julsie1231
6) tiny alphabet rubber stamps by iamlily
7) Oak Leaf Cutting Board - Simple by prettydreamer
8) Mini Notebook w/ Wood Cover by gedutisdesign
9) Hardwood toy sewing machine by WoodClinic

ahhh woody goodness!I'm a lifetime fan of this great material! They look great, are recyclable, strong & functional and can be made into almost anything! These are but some of the wonderful woody things on etsy...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A little humor for the tired soul

DH emailed a little poem(below), together with this cute comic. Feeling a little tired & out of sorts lately albeit still working. A little sick & tired of everything actually. So much to do and so little time. Hopefully the "downbeat" bug will go away soon. Maybe I need to get away for a while....

This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yellow, Green & Blue

One of my favourite new color addictions! They just look so happy together! And methinks its a beautiful bridge between the seasons. Its gonna be autumn soon and there'll be loads of orange then. But before that, the greens, blues & yellows! These colors remind me so much of lush green meadows, endless aqua sea pools and fields of sunflowers!

Blue Flower Turtles, Retro Aqua Mushie & Miffy Town Cube Wallets are available in store right now at sale prices! :+)

DIY Tuesday: Polkadots Babydoll Top

Made a new top! Actually I made it last week and had already worn it twice & had gone thru the vigorous washing machine process. hehe Thought I'll save this for a slow blogging day. ;+) I really was in need of something new for my blah wardrobe as mentioned. I hardly get to shop for clothing these days, not to mention the mass-production quality leaves me nauseous. Ugh. Anyhoo, I had this super cute classic polkadots fabric hanging around for a while, actually planned for a cute bubble-hem dress but thought I'll try a top first, besides, I needed it right away! Instant gratification can be pretty satisfying sometimes! And how easy was this top & pretty cute on too! If you got a tee, some fabric, a sewing machine & some 1/8" elastic, you're good to go. Instructions below!

1) First, take a well-fitted tee, draw a straight chalk line across the bottom very near to the seam, cut off the bottom band, and measure about 7inches up, draw another line across. Make sure this band fits your bust line and its not too loose.

2) Cut the band out and fold over & iron about 1/2 inch on the top to form the top hem ready for the elastic.

3)Take your 1/8" elastic, go around yourself above your bust, make sure it fits snug, add an inch & cut. Sew the elastic together with an zigzag stitch.

4) Sew the elastic around the top hem you made on the t-shirt band earlier. To do that, watch this episode of Threadbanger. You'll need to pin the joined elastic portion to the back of the top hem, the other side to the other half. Stretch and sew along the elastic with a zigzag stitch.

5) Take out your fabric for the bottom portion. Depending on how wide/comfy you wish the bottom to flare out, you'll need to adjust. A good way to measure is your hip measurement, adding 10-20 inches in order to have that babydoll effect. My polkadot fabric is pure cotton which doesn't stretch so I added a couple more inches for luck. If you're using another tee, and prefer your bottom not to flare out too much, add about 5 inches to your hip measurement. The length depends on your favourite top/preference. Don't worry if its too short/long. If its too short, you can always add lace! If its too long, simply cut, leaving enough room for a bottom hem. I left 3 inches for the bottom hem since it adds a bit of weight and boxy style. :+)

6) Fold your fabric in half and sew down one side, iron open the seam. If you're super neat, you can fold both seams and sew down both sides to secure it. I simply cut both sides with pinking shears and they've been good.

7) Put the top Tee band into the bottom piece, right sides together, back seam to back seam. If you're skillful, add in the elastic (measured to your underbust comfort level) and sew them all up together. If not start with the top & bottom then add in the elastic, like the top hem of the top. If you notice, I did the bottom elastic looser than the top since I look better without the scrunched up fabric at my underbust, revealing a huge potbelly when I sit down! Its a bit more forgiving when the underbust elastic has a bit more give. ;+) Stretch and sew with a zigzag stitch and you're almost done.

8) Fold in and hem the bottom. I just went over it with a straight stitch.

9) If you like to wear it as a tube top, you can stop here! There's so many options here! I simply took out the leftover tee, measured about 6 inches and made 2 bands, pinned it on to the top elastic, stretched and sewed across with a zigzag stitch. The stretching gives it the slight ruched cuteness & it holds better when on the elastic. Of course, you'll need to wear the top and measure if the straps would fit you before sewing. If you prefer a halter, simply cut 2 long strips and sew to 2 front ends. Alternatively, use ribbon, rope, whatever you like it to be! ;+)

And you're done! Apologies for the word-only tute. Didn't expect to be writing a tute but thought you guys might wanna know the how-to. I promise when I do up my next maxi dress in the same style (soon!), I'll post the step-by-step tute with pics. Its in quite a similar style as the amazing Tee dress on Threadbanger so do hop on over if you need to!

EDIT: Tutorial!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Super easy Banana Nutella Muffins!

Banana Nutella Muffins! Boy the name's a mouthful but it was so unexpectedly yummy, it was gone in no time! Those slightly overripe bananas were literally calling out to me on saturday night. And I had to try out Sandra's recommendation of using nutella in muffins! Besides, I had bought those really cute ruffle muffin cups from Daiso earlier. ;+) Sunday's the best day for baking! yaay! Resipe below! You HAVE to make some. For real.

Ingredients for about 30 small muffins (sorry about the metric system!)
200g flour
150g butter (Golden Churn gold foil butter makes the most fragrant goodies!)
125g sugar
half a glass of milk
3 slightly overripe banana
2 tablespoon nutella
oven, muffin cases, muffin tin

Get out your ingredients. Pre-heat the oven at 190degC. We used the creaming method - 100g flour to 75g caster sugar, 75g butter. We doubled that proportion for about 30 small muffins. Note that if you're using sweet ingredients for later, eg banana, nutella, kinda stuff, its good to skip about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon (25g) of sugar or it'll get way too sweet.

If you have a electric mixer, use it. We're going old-school - creaming the butter & sugar with a wood spoon. Its pretty tiring, but kinda worth it since I can control the process. Room temperature butter does the best job. Using the wood spoon, roughly cut up the butter into manageable pieces then mix & beat til the mixture becomes smooth, white and rather fluffy.

Kinda like so, but I recommend beating it for a little longer as it'll curdle later if it wasn't well beaten at this point. Then add one egg to every 100/75/75 proportion. Beat the egg seperately and add it in a little by little while beating at the same time. If your mixture separates into individuals (curdle!), you'll need to increase the beating for the mixtures in order for the mixture to return to the creamy state. Add a little bit of milk thereafter.

Then add in your fun ingredients! We added about 3 lightly mashed bananas, 2 tablespoon of nutella (Mmmm!) and continued to beat til everything's nice and combined. Now, fold in the flour at the rate of about 2 tablespoons at a go. Don't beat at this point, fold means lightly mix in the flour til well combined each time. If the mixture gets a little dry, add in a little bit of milk. Eventually I did use quite a bit of milk, perhaps til about half a glass for the mixture to have a soft-dropping consistency from the spoon.

Get out the muffin cases & tin, spoon in about 2/3 full, pop in the pre-heated oven (190degC) for about 25mins or til the wood skewer (or fork) prick comes out clean.

Enjoy those yummy muffins before they're gone! :D

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