Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sweet Little Birds

Thought it'll be fun to schedule some articles ahead while I'm away on a trip to Bali. I felt I neglected my readers too long when I went to Singapore in early February.
This is a sweet short post of a couple of sweet little birdies.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Getting Ready for Easter

Easter falls on April 12th this year. Though it sounds like over a month away, it's actually not too far from now since we need to take delivery time into a consideration.

I'm not too sure if I will be making Easter cards this year, but here are a couple of tags that I made a couple of days ago.

By the way, when you're reading this blog, I would be in Bali, having a little family vacation on top of some important stuffs that we need to look after.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Think Outside the Box

I bought a stack of scrap papers for ridiculously cheap. It came in variety, some are thick as cardstocks, some are glittered and honestly some are just not my type. Of course, I don't want to waste them. My main reason for buying scrap papers are for making cards. After all, handmade greeting cards have been the main product at my shop.

The solution? Think outside the box.

Are these tags beautiful? A little patterned paper that I would not use for a card add into a perfection of this gift tag. The felt tree is a new design, different than my typical round tree. Do you know where the idea came from? :-)

These shabby chic gift tags below are popular in my shop. It gained the most hearts at short-time. And they are sold out pretty quick.

So when you're stuck, think outside the box. Make something different. Perhaps break it down to little pieces and they will look much more stunning than when they are as a whole.

Unfortunately, there are only few of these tag sets left (made from limited scrap papers). Once they're gone, they're gone. Just one of a kinds.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Moss Green

Beautiful handmade works by talented Etsian artists.

Moss Green Multicolored Felt Beads at StemellinaSupplies.

Paris at FauxKiss.

Lampwork bead set at SusanSheehan.

Lucky Four Leaf Clover Earrings at ShySirens.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Handmade Paper Craft - Tea Bag Holder

I recently sold two set of tea bag holders. That means I have to make a few more sets as I'm kind of low in stock. Above is the newest set, available at my AdoreByNat shop. They look so lovely, making the tea time experience much more enjoyable!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cutie Giraffe

It's time to go back to basic stamping. After playing with felts for a while, I need a change. Plus, there are few stamps that I purchased and haven't had a chance to use.

This time is all about giraffe.

They are perfect for baby cards or toddler birthday cards.

The giraffe is handstamped and heat-embossed to give a nice raised texture. Lastly, watercolored it.

Too cute!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Trip to Singapore - Part 4

When we're planning to go to Singapore, I also had a plan of my own, that was to shop 'till I drop at scrapbooking stores. I might have mentioned it before that there is no scrapbooking store here in Indonesia.

My main mission was to get a paper trimmer. I blogged about my old trimmer here. Since then, I bought one at a local bookstore. It's made by Carl. I like it as it cuts so crisp. The draw back is that it does not come with a side ruler.

My mission was accomplished. I found this EK Cutterpede. It's pink and it has ruler. I knew I spent a bit too much on it (SG$60) while it costs only US$25 at Target. But considering the cost of the plane ticket to the State, I find it as a great deal!

And the BIG toy that I bought was . . . the BIG SHOTS along with some of die-cuts and texturz. And it's PINK too! I somehow reminded of being girly again which I haven't felt for awhile after having a baby boy. Oh yeah, it was big bucks that I spent all right, but I considered it as an investment. And yes, of course, it's more expensive than buying it in North America. Luckily, I bought it on a discounted price as I spent SG$300 on the die-cuts. I honestly had been going back and forth to the store (Made with Love), deciding whether to get it or not. And my husband was kind enough and being supportive of me buying it. I told him that I would regret it once I am on the plane should I haven't bought it. :-)

You thought I used the machine right away once returning to Indonesia? Wrong. Somehow a part of me did not want to open the package. I treasured it so much that I didn't want to open it, tried to find the right moment. Weird, huh? But enough of being weird. I finally opened it yesterday. That's right, just yesterday and I returned on the 5th. I'm planning to play with it a bit more tomorrow.

Patterned papers. They're a must to buy, aren't they? I bought mostly for Ethan's scrapbook album. Aren't they pretty?

A special thanks to Richard of UniqueGrabs. I contacted him prior leaving to Singapore in regards of scrapbooking and cardmaking suppliers and he was generous enough and gave me a thorough information where they are.

And thanks to Iris of Made with Love for patiently assisting me. I had so much fun being in the store. Superb service! Definitely visit it again on my next trip to Singapore.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Trip to Singapore -- Part 3

Ethan arrived. I was so excited seeing him at the airport but he was asleep. It was an early morning flight and my dad-in-law said that they walked non-stop on the plane. It was a 2-hours flight.

Ethan was afraid being on the hotel room to begin with which we expected already. He did not want to touch the bed and ended up sleeping on his stroller for the night. But overall, he slept well and seemed rested in the morning. Though I thought sleeping in a stroller wouldn't be comfortable, he choose it that way, so I just went along with it.

Looking forward to share with you tomorrow on a big TOY I bought for myself. Stay tune!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Trip to Singapore -- Part 2

Coincidentally, our friend with her boyfriend from Vancouver also came to Singapore for a family visit. It's SO great to be able to meet with them and chat just like the olden days. Sitting on one of the little cafes by the harbor, having a sip of coffee, and no kid to attend to. . . just like before we had a kid. I admit that Ethan was one of the conversation topics. I couldn't stop thinking about him.

My hubby and I left to Singapore first and had the first three days to ourselves. We wanted to use this opportunity to explore Singapore and had a little vacation time for ourselves. And yet, I could not sleep for those nights thinking about who else but Ethan. The plan was that my in-laws flew with Ethan on the 4th day for his vaccination and I could not wait to reunite with him.

On our 3rd day in Singapore, we went to visit Clarke Quay. We really enjoyed our little trip to this area, it's quite quiet and peaceful, just great to get away from the buzz of the city. It became more alive at night, though.

Nope, this is not a hospital or a clinic. It's a Restaurant called CLINIC. Is it creative or just plain 'sick'?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Trip to Singapore -- Part 1

I feel so bad for not blogging for almost 2 weeks. We went to Singapore for 5 days and I've been busy trying to go back to the normal life for the past week. This included reconnecting my unlimited internet access. No internet access drove me crazy. I just feel that I lost connection with the world. That also means that I could not list as many items as I wished. The good thing is that I was able to make more cards and tags.

Here are some pictures from my trip to Singapore. We've been there a number of times but this time we noticed that Singapore is not crowded as before. This is probably mainly because of the current global financial crisis.

Reog Ponorogo
I was surprised to see this Indonesian dance performed in Singapore. I guess Indonesian culture is well-known in Singapore.

Chinese Crafts Fair
A lot of beautiful artworks here. Very impressive!

Sentosa Island
A must-see attraction site to visit. Too bad we did not have much time to explore it, but my husband and I had a great quality time together.
More pictures tomorrow :-)