Its that time of the year again! Thanksgiving turkeys & families + the Black Friday Weekend SALE @ florspace!
Time to pick up stuff for everyone! Our Mini purses makes PERFECT stocking stuffers as our lovely customers say!
Pssst......Loads of special totes in store! Never a better time to pamper that special someone, you!
STARTS Nov 26th 2010
Our cut-off for guaranteed christmas delivery worldwide is 6th of Dec.
Black Friday-Weekend Sale Conditions:
1)Reserved, preorders, customs not included in the sale
2) Sale items are not included (are already on sale! ;+)
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!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Just wanna swing by to say we've given a little break to our amazing helpful elves.
So NO SHIPPING from 14-21 November 2010. Just a week!
And then when the come back, you know what's gonna happen!!!
......... tum tum dummmm......The BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE! :D
Can you wait til then?! LOL
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Note that I will be out of town til early January to visit my other half who's stuck here for work & research. sigh. So no custom orders for now. And we've got our amazingly helpful elves to ship your goodies to you, but please do allow 3-5 business days for them to pack, coordinate and ship everything out to you guys properly.
Shop early for Christmas! We've got tons of quality purses in our sale section! These are the same great quality you expect from a florspace creation, never seconds!
Monday, November 01, 2010
We're in the midst of changing our ever famous MiniZs for the better! We've received some emails regarding the issue of us using grosgrain ribbons for the D-ring tab and sometimes the ribbon frays despite the reinforcements. So we've listened and we're switching the ribbons for 4 layered cottons or canvas for the D-ring tabs, so they'll last a long long time! It'll be perfect for using it with a swing strap and attaching your keys. The best news? Our be-ribboned MiniZs are on sale for $5! They're all made with care and reinforced of course! But if you need a super strong tab, go for the fabric ones! They won't budge even when we play tug of war with it! LOL Yup, thats all part of our quality test runs!
So check out the whole bunch of them landed in store! With several new prints as well! In limited numbers, so shop early for Christmas! And, if you need 10 or more, contact us for a better price of retail! :D
Check them out!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
We're having a blog exclusive! When I set eyes on this print, I had to have it! The color's so hot, chic and the modish arrangement of the block alphabets and Miss Kitty sealed the deal! They had only a tiny amount left, so I bagged the bunch! We didn't have enough time to do up a tote yet, so here's a set of 3 that would make you smile when you open your tote & really brighten up your day!
First we have the ubiquitous Cube Wallet with Japan import noir snap buttons, white zipper inside and a matching hot pink canvas inside, sewn twice around so it'll last a long long time!
Then the large pouch to store your cosmetics & things for on the go, roomy and mod hot inside! 7" by 4.5" by 2.5" large.
And of course, we've included our ever famous MiniZ purse, for your metro cards and smaller items that always gets lost in our totes! Canvas inside too!
And a strong interfaced strap with elegant spring clasp to hold everything together! Feel free to use them apart too! ;+)
email for info if you'll like them! - firstname.lastname@example.org
Update - SOLD!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
As winter approaches, we start to mellow out a little too! We've got 2 more of those awesome natural linen theme that we all love so much! The one up there is Travelling Dreams which is quite personal for me as I love the anticipation of going somewhere, exploring new places, seeing new people and finding out a fresh perspective on life. This classy, slightly grown up little tote would be perfect for a day of shopping and lunch with the girls! Its a great conversation starter too! :+)
This is the last of the Teddies at the carnival! Don't miss it if you heart this print! I believe this combination is one of a kind as we're out of these cute handles. I love the playful nature of the teddies having fun at the fair! This tote would be so great for a yummy mommy! :+)
Check them all out instore!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is the second of our Le Marais flap purse. I couldn't find much prints that look absolutely fantastic to me, except the classic dots and this really cute teddy carnival! This version is slightly bigger, 14" by 7.5", perfect for the yummy mommy that needs a few more things in her daily essentials. We absolutely love for picturesque the front flap is! The tiny teddies are all having a fabulous time at the carnival, its so much fun just to watch them!
We figured that pockets are absolutely essential, hence a classy curvaceous one behind and a patch one inside, with a cute brown hedgehog on it too! Paired with heavy interfacing & canvas inside, its one hard working purse, not just cute! ;+)
The long strap would be perfect as a convertible purse to be worn as the occasion calls for! Double it up like in the picture for a classy chic city shoulder purse, wear it end to end for a weekend messenger & remove it completely as a maxi clutch!
Don't miss this one of kind cute purse! Go See!
Can't believe I made this about a month back! It started as one of those bouts of uncontrollable lusts for the Chanel 2.55 which I have a crush on for like forever now. I think it started back when I was in high school and my grown up cousins had big time jobs and could afford the black flap purses with gold chains and trims for those dinners they went to. I thought I'd do the same when I grew up. But somehow the prices when north and my sensibility caused some serious balking. I adore the couture styles and its amazing how a little bit of thought and creativity, out pops my own little version of the 2.55! Not as luxurious and expensive, its still one amazing creation I hold in my hand. 4 years later and I still surprise myself! We name it after Le Marais, a district in Paris.
I decided to give the old pre-quilted fabric a little try out. It works beautiful, albeit tricky at first but it really does look pretty good in the end. And you guys know how picky I am. :P I paired this purse with thicker interfacing inside on the black cotton. A little concave on the flap & a nifty silver turnlock later, I hold in my hand, my own flap purse. Convertible actually, from a clutch, to a city-chic shoulder bag, to a messenger to keep those hands free for shopping or for your kiddo. How cool is that? Fits your daily essentials, just enough to look fabulous.
I have one myself and this one's for you. Just the one, so don't miss it for the world!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
We had this amazing print for a while now. I love that it combines traditional Japanese prints in a modish way. I never got an inspiration for a purse coz it was so beautiful by itself, any design didn't seem good enough. Moreover, the fabric was a little delicate. Just yesterday, I flipped through my fabric box and found this again. I had wanted to do a hobo and suddenly everything clicked, and Rising Sun was born in an afternoon!
Since the print is a little thinner than our usual cottons, with a little bit of interfacing and a marine grade canvas top and inside, its now ready to be a hard-working tote!
Traditional Japan in a chic, modish, city twist. Do you like? ;+)
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Mommy & me Hobo tote set! We figured since so many of you guys asked for matching totes for you & your kiddo. :+) This is a pretty, classy chic take on the Japanese kawaii zakka style, lace & all, perfect for the yummy mommy and her little girl! It is most certainly roomy enough to carry all your daily essentials, your A4 documents and even your notebook!
Features a removable espresso polka dot ribbon that you can re-tie anywhere else! We love that it makes a perfect neck scarf or even a belt for your kiddo! A one of kind version, check it out at our shoppe! ;+)
Saturday, September 04, 2010
In a blink of an eye, its september 4th! Our Fall into Linen Collection is trickling into the store. A little write-up about this little collection...
My love for the natural linen look started as soon as I set eyes on copies of Japanese zakka-esque craft magazines around 2005. Being a virgoan, I am somewhat automatically drawn to earthy tones and well, chocolate being my default fav has stood aside since while I drool all over the bright pictures in the mags featuring purses & interior crafts made out of a combination of that amazing natural, oat colored linen. Of course it naturally lead to a maniacal search for the perfect natural canvas material for my totes right after I started florspace. I needed something thicker than the common, quite flimsy summer linens mostly for summer suits & dresses. After a long while, I got what I wanted. A beautiful, natural-looking, grainy yet smooth & squeezable raw canvas that I couldn't get enough of! Unfortunately the supplier stopped producing this particular fabric & I berated myself for not investing in bales of it while I can. I blame myself for being out of town when it disappeared from right under me. Since then, I have found a replacement, not quite the same, but quite perfect in itself. That is of course, the same material that goes into all the totes that we make today. We have used this natural canvas for a while now and coupled with our stabilizer, its performance is pretty decent. Just as many of our happy customers!
Hence, this little collection of a dozen totes, with selected prints that celebrate the amazing & versatile raw, natural linen, we call it Fall into Linen. We are certainly in love, are you falling for them yet? ;+)
Linen Apples is looking all proud, with a little insignia at the bottom that somewhat resembles a store front, don't you think? ;+) We are also in the midst of switching our ribbon D-ring tabs to all fabric versions to make them much stronger & more swingable!
This beautiful Sunday Print from Shinzi Katoh will be our last as the fabric is out & retired. The beautiful canvas fabric is both adorable & super duper hardy! This tote set is perfect if your belongings tend to be a little heavier than usual (like mine! :P).
Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the collection & some wallets popping into our shoppe this weekend!
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saw this amazing amazing box of Mooncakes in The Straits Times newspaper on Sunday and decided to actually run out and get them! Didn't keep my hopes up as its not the lunar 8th month yet. I made my way to the restaurant briskly and lo & behold, they had them! I was ecstatic! Yeap, I'm definitely, officially a bagaholic, so badly that I'm after anything that looks like a purse! I'm never much for mooncakes but this one really struck a chord with me! Doesn't it look so much like the Vuitton Epi Speedy purse in red?
Even though its cardboard, its got quite a weight on it and its covered with this textured faux leather that actually looks and feels amazing! Handles & trimmings are in red faux leather as well. The quality is quite unexpected for such a frivolous purpose. And, the handmade white lotus paste mooncakes inside are really good too! The yolk is fresh & the paste is not too sweet for my taste. Pretty good stuff!
This amazing box bag will be good for use long after the mooncakes have been devoured! :+)
I could not find a direct link to the restaurant information, but this box is from Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore. I imagine you'll need to go quick!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Just wanna stop by to say HUGE thanks and hugs to everyone who's stopped by for our sale! Its been such a busy time, lots of packing and trips to the PO. Even the PO people have been so great to us! I've also been receiving lovely emails and messages about how you guys love our purses! It really tugs at our hearts and makes everything worthwhile! We're all about sharing the love for quality handmade purses afterall! ;+) So thank you thank you THANK YOU all so so much!!
If you didn't know already, we're having our biggest SALE ever to celebrate our 4 awesome years on etsy! Take the chance to shop for yourself and your loved ones! Do your christmas shopping early too!
Just 3 days more.... So shop away!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Another set of 4 of those amazing natural linen MiniZ Wristlets with the adorable Eiffel Tower fabric ribbon! We also did matching espresso polka dots covered button to match the inside, so its all tres chic!
Just $9 during our biggest Anniversary SALE ever! :D
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
SO, the BIG, huge, ginormous news I've totally FORGOTTEN! Our FOURTH year anniversary SALE! Its ridiculous but I've been so bogged down with school (last semester, YAAAAY!) and restocking the shop & getting supplies, I've actually forgotten we've been hanging around for 4 years! Laughable, I know!
Cutting to the chase, SALE starts this FRIDAY night (Thursday for the west)!
Til End of AUGUST only!
30% off everything instore! (Biggest one yet, coz we love u guys!!)
ALL MiniZs & MiniBs @$5 (!!)
Singaporeans, you wonderful people get FREE post within SG
AND you can pay via paypal using your credit cards!
SHOP AWAY already! :D
Anniversary SALE Conditions:
1) Purse Straps, reserved, pre-orders, customs, additional requests not included in the sale.
2) Sale section items are not included
3) Payment is expected immediately at the time of order for international paying by paypal.
4) Local customers can pay by paypal using your credit card.
Note that every single purse that goes into the shoppe is all painstakingly made by hand so no sale-time rejects ever!
Its a terrible cliche, but its true that time has become quite precious to me these days. It seems to be slipping away faster than running water and the more I try to hold onto to it, the more it escapes my clutches. I fear I'm not getting enough done yet I wanna run away from everything. Its definitely a strange tug-of-war.
My sincere apologies for the lack of updates in these 3 months. Apart from trying to spend time with my other half in Sydney who was trying to complete his Phd thesis (its completed btw), & coming back to the heat & school responsibilities & restocking the shop, I've hardly had time to breathe much. Its hard to believe but more than half the year has gone by. I'm still amazed and so humbled that everyone's still so supportive of florspace and the stuff we make!
Thank you & HUGs!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I trust some of you guys may have heard, I've made my yearly pilgrimage to Sydney, just flew here on Monday on the SQ 380. It was a pretty pleasant flight (to me!), in fact it might be one of the best ones I've ever had and I fly almost every year since 8. I'm not proud of my carbon footprints, but I make it up by walking a lot. ;+) So I had the last 3 seats all to myself right against the wall as the plane was bit empty (yaaaay!), which means the time I would've spent elbowing someone while fidgeting or trying to climb over to make it to the loo will be missed (NOT!). Suffice to say, I got my movies, american TV, food, Tiramisu ice-cream all in the comfort & peace of my 3-seater. I even got about 3 hours of lie-down sleep minus the movies & food. Determined to enjoy this situation, I even made the 2 steps to the loo 3 times during the 7 hours which usually I cringe to climb over people or get annoyed when people try that. I avoid the loo usually, even for 7 hours. LOL I was pretty well-hydrated this time! ps, fly weekdays, its $200 cheaper. :+)
Anyhoo, some of you guys prolly already know that I have to be here in Sydney for a little while to see my other half who is finishing his phd and is unable to make it back to Singapore. My next sem starts in July so I'm gonna head back only then. I'm hoping to wind down a bit, after all that crazy work & school stuff. And, to plan for our autumn/winter collection for 2010.
On that note, I've gotten some news (read: official email from SK peeps) that Shinzi Katoh fabrics are not allowed to be made into stuff and advertised sold online, i.e. not for commercial use. Funny thing is it was not indicated on the fabric selvage (like some Sanrio fabrics), neither was it on the website, not to mention SK fabrics are sold in various sites online. But arguments aside, we can't go on using SK fabric for our off-the-shelf items, but if you like a custom item, let us know and we can work something out privately.
So there it is, our little May update. I'd plain forgotten to pack my new sony pink cam in so I'm gonna have to survive with DH's old sony. Hope the pictures will still be good. :+) Hope you guys are having a good start to the month.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Presenting the Shinzi Katoh Collection! :D We're a little obsessed with this Japanese illustrator, designer & zakka stuff creator! We've collected these prints over these couple of years and finally get to do a little collection! I presented myself with this challenge, 4 mama totes + 2 Kid totes in 4 days. Day and night I worked on it! It was tough, but really really enjoyable to work on! (much more than the impending exams I have to mug for. LOL)
Anyways, look out for them in store this weekend! We hope you guys love them as much as I enjoyed creating them! ;+)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Remember her? Isn't she such a CUTIE PIE?! This is Evelyn, Mama Wei's lovely daughter who sends me pictures of this sweetie which effectively brings a wide grin to my face immediately! I was facing serious stress issues with the impending exams and out pops Evelyn in my inbox! I had the small tote made & kept, not sure what to do with it so when Mama bought the large market tote, I thought, "Bingo!" & sent it along to her. Evelyn decided to put her favorite Pooh Bear in it! I hope she has loads of fun with it! Its never made me happier to see that cute smile!
Here's another! Isn't that dress precious? Makes me wanna reach out and hug her! hehe
Friday, April 09, 2010
Remember the @Marekita post about postcards? This time she sent me the above picture of the Wonderland gadget case she got from us a while ago! So happy I got permission to post this! I love the area shot loads! It must be amazing for you guys who get to be living in places where you can get vast lands and fresh air. Its so dense here, I can hardly see 10 metres ahead.
The juxaposition of the cute print & nature is so interesting, its mind-picking, in an amusing way!
Thursday, April 08, 2010
If you haven't already, check out the spankin' new super cute MiniZs & old very very favorites instore! You can't ask me to pick a fav coz thats seriously tough! We're pulling out all the great prints you guys loved from our wonderful years on etsy! If you guys'd missed them, you'll be in for a treat! Most fabric are down to scrap pieces and are retired prints, so don't wait! Grab them today!
psst! if you're grabbing more than 10 pieces, you'll qualify for wholesale which is a big break on price & shipping too! Convo for more info!
Remember that our purses are always made with loads of care & love! They will reach you safe with extras to brighten up your day! ;+)
Monday, April 05, 2010
Chocolate this good deserves a 2nd post. I started on the Cappuccino block.
Shots of the inside of the shop. The left side is the 100 flavors of chocolates.
The creamy thick coffee inside. The chocolate outside is seriously smooth. I think its a great alternative to Haigh's, which is already like a drug to me. So its Haigh's in Sydney, CRF in Singapore. I'm in chocolate heaven. X___X
Sunday, April 04, 2010
A week ago, a twitter friend sent me this tweet. Obviously I my eye almost popped that I had a new gourmet chocolate shop in my backyard (almost) and I didn't know about it! I had the duty to make the pilgrimage & report back as told. You've got to check out the dripping chocolate website & you'll know what I mean when I say I have to go, no questions asked. But I was bogged down with the darn 30-pg essay last week and I was finally free yesterday. I got to go down to the Millennia Walk branch today and boy was it like a trip to the candy store! :D I love that the shop is called Chocolate Research Facility and they have, literally a HUNDRED flavors of chocolates split into 10 different categories, from tea, coffee, fruits, local flavors (Durian, anyone?) to exotic flavors!
I'm always amused when lovely florspace customers tell me its so tough to pick any purse from my store. I felt exactly the same in the CRF store! I love that the chocolate bar mould is segmented into small, medium, large & um, xxl (?) pieces! Feelin' guilty? knock off a small piece. ;+) But from how it tastes, I'll need the whole block. :P
The back of every chocolate box. The designs are sort of thematic, but my fav is the cheese flavored one - cow fur print. LOL I have not tried that yet. I'm not about to gorge on the bars that quick.
I hummed & buzzed around the store like a weird bee not knowing which one to pick! I had mom along coz I was taking my parents to lunch. Mom didn't understand what the fuss was about the little white boxes. They looked like medicine to her. teehee There were seats to have a drink, chat & hang around the beautiful store but I had a lack of time and I wasn't allowed pictures instore. If you check out the "our space" link on the main page, you'll get to browse thru the store & chocolate pictures. I say go now. The chairs are amazing repro of Eames stiletto leg chair (Benedict, I know you'll love) & the tables are like squares of chocolate! Talk about an experience! The simplicity of the interior design seriously made me feel at home.
I came out with a bag of 4 blocks for a start. Hazelnut Dark from the Nut Series, Cappuccino from the Coffee Series, Cognac from the Alcohol Series (I'm going for Martini next!) & Cheese from the Exotic Series. I'm keeping the coffee & alcohol blocks from DH. Since I think they'll be devoured soon, I'll have to go back coz I also got a $2 off my next visit & a loyalty card for 1 free block after 10 blocks from a really nice shopgirl to a frenzied choco nut! Thanks dear!
The chocolate ranges from S$8 to S$12. A little pricey for the size, but would be worth the taste & experience! They have really cute chocolate theme goods too!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
How time flies and this is no april fool's joke. I have a long term paper due this saturday and exams are at the end of the month before I fly off to Sydney in search of bit of rest & my other half. Its funny how it feels like the term has only just begun and voila, it ends, together with my initial promises to work on my projects and studies early. Obviously, I have poor time management! I always get distracted when I see fabric, or a new purse or a new piece of clothing. These things automatically set my mind in motion, doing air-de-engineering of the pieces I see. Its a pity the mental activities do not manifest itself into physical reality as much as I want to. Recently while my trusty assistant has been working on Mini purses restocks, I've been working on some easy clothing pieces so that I can save much but still have new clothes to hang around in. Several people have reminded me that its a talent that I am able to sew, however simple even though I always take that for granted (like knitting, crochet, cooking...etc.), leading to think its mostly lack of time (read: laziness!) to venture into more complicated projects for now. Damn my slow hands & super fast clock on the wall. Damn!
For the lovely people who wished you know how to sew, its really not that tough! Keep visiting amazing sites for inspirations, tutorials, how-tos. Get a sewing machine if you don't already have one & learn how to use it. No time? Start small. Simple projects like a tissue case or a child's skirt or pillowcase dress. Go slow when in doubt, don't be discouraged when your project doesn't turn out right. Take time to figure the mechanics out. Try again & again! When you finally get it, the feeling will be out of this world! ;+)
Just some great sites on the worldwide web for DIY/re-engineer clothing & stuff
(the external links from these sites are endless & amazing! :O)
Cut Out + Keep
I'm procrastinating working on the audit report hence the blogpost. DH emailed this poster yesterday that he made in light of the recent pope issues. The text below says, "There's nothing more reliable than 3-inches of bulletproof glass". He thinks that the pope looks devilishly like Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars. I'm not sure what to say to that, except maybe thats the reason he needs 3 inches of bullet proof glass.
DH has a very warped sense of humor. But in times of stress, he cheers me up. I hate stress, it makes me stomach wonky and is causing my nightmares. I'll much prefer to create things. My head is an imaginary drawing board, already bursting with colorful ideas. Sigh.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Vintage Red Desk Organizer
Bright Red and Black Enameled Bowl/Mid Century Modern
I'm a Little Teapot
Vintage Red Enamelware Cream Can
Vintage Orange Enamel Mug
Cherry Red Vintage Cups
Red Oblique dinner and salad plate set
vintage enamel cast iron pot pan bright orange
Vintage Set of Four plastic Kitchen Canisters
Ingrid 70's stacking snack set
Keep Calm and Carry On (red hot) 13 x 19
Big ol' Bow Earwarmers in Cherry Red
Thursday, March 25, 2010
We'd hardly have solid colored MiniZs at our shoppe coz we thought you guys might find it boring. But its so hard not to cut up these super cute felt for a MiniZ! Might have something to do with the thickness of felt that makes the purse slightly pouffy. I think they turn out pretty cute!
The great thing is that they'll be perfect for your gadgets since the felt protects them.
I'd borrow dad's Cybershot for these pictures, obviously I'm using mine. ;+) I've been using Cybershot compacts for about 2 decades now and they work amazing. Even withstands my occasional clumsiness! The compact cameras would fit in these miniZs nice & snug! Just unzip and pop them out for a quick snap! No more boring black cases!
See them right here!