Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gone too soon......

I need to take a short break for a couple of days.
A close friend of mine had decided to end his life 2 days ago. I rushed back to Melaka on Monday afternoon after this saddening news broke, through a shocking call from another friend. This was the most heart-wrenching news I have heard for long while.

Knowing ‘M’ for more than 10 years, we used to hang out together and share big dreams with one another. I respected this “big brother” of mine as he had always taken great care of me. I am sure that I was like a “younger sister” to him too. He’s such a caring person although he seldom boasts about it. The last time we met was just 2 months ago and he was very down then due to the passing of his mum (virus infection) and more importantly, he never had the chance to say his last goodbyes to her.

I couldn’t stop tearing when I saw him again for the last time, lying motionless in his “burial box”. It was simply hard to imagine a friend who was chatting and sitting just next to me 2 months ago has now ascended to Never-land. There were lots of fond memories flashing back to our good old days. His laughter and kindness were badly missed. A lanky guy with the most fragile of hearts; I wished this tragedy had never occurred.

I sincerely pray for him and wish him peace for his journey to the world beyond…
Goodbye, my dearest brother and friend…
You’ll be very, very deeply missed.
*swollen eyes welling with tears again*

Friday, August 27, 2010

An Unexpected Guest

I had a special guest today - Lazy Jane who had willingly visited my humble home. She was nice enough to treat me to some confectionary and a very nice snow globe with "Little Red Riding Hood" as a present (which i blogged a few days ago) from her shop! Thank you Lazy Jane, I will consider this as my early birthday present!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Leit-Motiv per lui (Leit-Motiv for him)

It’s been a long time (since the Comme Des Garcons Pink Panther Collection) since I have seen such a fun collection. Men who are always complaining about seeing the same style everywhere have more choices now, instead of just “playing safe”.

Designers Fabio and Juan created a series of men’s collection with a variety of fun ideas. Their perspective of men’s fashion has brought a new dimension to men’s wear. These 2 completely different background designers know how to play with prints, patterns and styling. Their lovely animal prints and earth tones helped liven up their collection. I believe prints and patterns will become the revolution in men’s fashion in years to come. It will have the same impact as the “Pink Panther” Collection – creating the need for men to buy and wear pink.

•Check their official website Leit-Motiv here

All images sourced from Leit-Motiv

Credits: Oskar Cecere

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

5 minutes bling bling tape

Thanks to Rachel, i got the opportunity to share my DIY tutorial in One Pretty Thing last Friday. As promised to the readers, I just created another masking tape tutorial with glitter dust. I would consider this a "messy" project as i got myself "glittered" during the project, but i have to say i enjoyed myself a lot and i am very content with the final result. Initially I experimented with white glue, but it didn't seem to work well with masking tape. Then I tried double sided tape which was faster, easier and most importantly, you can get this project done in 5 minuets! Isn't this great? For those who have not seen my first tutorial "5 minutes pretty tape", you can click here to have an overview on how to use masking tapes. Enjoy this project and if you have any enquiries, feel free to drop me a message in the comments column.

I would love to see the final result of your version :) Feel free to link your project to me so that i can share with other readers too!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My All Time Favorite- Little Red Riding Hood

I am looking for some inspiration to create my up coming handmade products. I am truly inspired by fairy tales and am planing to create a series of handmade goods using fairy tales as my inspiration.

Look what Amy Earles did for her red riding hood paper doll! Aren't they just so adorable?

▲ Valentine Fun paper doll set, from Wool and Water

▲ Little red riding hood jointed paper doll from Wool and Water

▲ Children illustration sourced from INSIDE JULLIET'S HEAD- IT'S A LITTLE DARK IN HERE

Looks like red riding hood had become a fashionista in this painting

▲ Vintage red riding hood sourced from Scarf-o-matic

A cute and naughty red riding hood

▲ Chocolat Fondant frame art print from AllPosters.com

▲ D-bros fairy tale in the glass (little red riding hood), from Third Drawer Down

▲ Handmade linen and embroidery cover journal, from Cookie Cutter

▲ Little red riding hood embroidery pattern, from comfortstitching

▲ Gera Cross Stitch - Little Red Riding Hood from super buzzy

How I Spent My Perfect Weekend!

Hello readers, how was your weekend? I apologize for not posting these past few days.

Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised by my mum’s visit last week. She informed her daughter only the day before she arrived Singapore from Melaka. As usual, my mum always brings me all the good stuff from Melaka. I’ve received the sweetest mangoes and dragon fruits, the most fragrant Gula Melaka and the tastiest pineapple tarts from my hometown - Melaka. Besides, I am most happy to spend my precious weekend with Mum. It’s been few months since I returned home, and is great to know that they are well.

Lastly, I had the opportunity to meet the owner of the Lazy Jane online shop, and I was delighted to receive a cute “monkey necklace” from her last Saturday. She’s so adorable and sociable; I bet anyone who have had the opportunity to meet up with her will agree with me ☺ I will be sending a secret invitation to her to visit my humble home soon....

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Young at Heart: Lazy Jane @ Fleatique tomorrow!

I personally love her unique way of presenting her accessories; looking just like desserts, they are all so yummy to me! Lazy Jane is famous for her cute accessories wear. Her designs are along the lines of “attention-to-details” Japanese craft making. Although her accessories are cute as toys, she still insists on producing every of them with high quality materials. From this, I make out that she fully understands the importance of and aesthetics and durability.

•More accessories from her store
•Know more about her at her blog

*Good news for all Singaporeans! Lazy Jane will be staging her flea market booth from 20-22 Aug 2010, 5:30pm till 11:30pm at the Esplanade Baybeats (the lawn next to Makansutra). She will be creating a range of unique necklaces exclusively for the flea market which are unavailable from her official website.

All images sourced from Lazy Jane website

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Passing with flying colors: Olivia Ong

A talented young girl from Singapore had just released her new LIVE album last week. This is my current favorite album and I believe will stay that way for a long while. She is one of the very few low profile singers that has a natural talent to sing effortlessly. What I like most in her LIVE album are the extra emotional moments that she portrays when she sings. You can tell that she really enjoys interacting with her fans throughout her live show.

If I were given a chance to describe her voice, I would say: she sounds like a crystal clear waterfall, like distinctive whispers by my ear. I reckon this album a “feel good” collection, which can be listened anytime and anywhere, endlessly placing a soft smile on my lips.

▲ An Aladdin inspired pink jumper with a sheer polka-dot blouse reveals a fun and girlish side of Olivia. Her outfit portrays her as an artistic singer who can both sing and dress uniquely, in her own very beautiful way.

All images sourced from Olivia Ong Facebook Fan page

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Treasure Hunt: Back to School

Last post, I mentioned about my disappointment of returning home without a manual typewriter. Amongst all the gold items from my in-laws, they slyly kept a secret to save the best for last…
I am attracted to attractive packaging and will go bonkers especially when the packaging and contents are equally gorgeous.

▲ Lady Sheaffer (a limited edition originated from Japan) was a gift from a friend of my mother in-laws. The details of the pen are as pretty as its name.

▲ Sheaffer’s pens: It is a twin set of antique pens with a very retro textured cover box. The gold finishing created a nice touch to this baby blue box, substantial enough to boast a “never-out-of-date” design.

▲ Pelikan ink: After storing this for more than 20years, the ink is still in perfect condition and ready for my Sheaffer pen!

▲ Family outdoor set: This is a rare collection set in my favorite color. This is definitely a handy set for my subsequent camping trips!

▲ Flying Fish typewriter: What else can I say? This is something that I craved for the longest of time and I got it for free! How amazing! Although there are minor hiccups with the typewriter, I am still able to create some documents with it. Does anyone know the best place to repair manual typewriters in Singapore? Please kindly leave me the related information under the comments section. Thank you!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekend Treasure Hunt: Gold Rush

Last weekend, after reading the Yasashi Trading post from Sarah’s loft, I decided to pay a visit to Yasashi Trading at Bukit Merah. It promised a place filled with all types of vintage and antiques and most importantly, typewriters!
I always wanted to own a manual typewriter. Unfortunately, all the typewriters were currently sold out. According to the very nice shop owner, Alan, numerous readers visited his shop after reading Sarah’s loft blog. ☺ (Don’t underestimate the reach of her blog) Besides leaving my contact to reserve a typewriter, walking around that area also gave me a little surprise, which I will feature on later posts. I believe in fate with owning vintage. When it’s fated to be yours, it will be yours.

Contact for Yasashii Trading
Block 123, Bukit Merah Lane 1
#01-114, Singapore 150123
Tel:6271 3308 Mobile:9067616

Without bagging a typewriter home, I was kind of disappointed. I joined my in-laws for dinner after that and while chatting with them about my disappointed trip, to my surprise, I released that my in-laws loved to keep old stuff (actually, they couldn’t bear throwing away old things). When they returned home, they started to dig out all their old stuff from their cabinets. Shockingly, guess what they found? Boxes full of vintage items! I started rummaging them through and picked a handful. Gold has always been more appealing to me; therefore I picked up the gold colored items and added them to my collection.

Dunhill lighter, my father in-law got this 30years ago for S$400+. It is still in good condition.

Dunhill ball-point pen, belongs to my father in law too and now inherited by my husband

Gold spectacles, this belongs to my husband when he was 13years old. I like the elastic “ear hook” which I can’t find in current designs.

Papermate ball-point pen. I really liked the combination of gold and the 2 black hearts. It made the whole design look so classic.

BULOVA watch

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Looking at different perspective

I was reading on the very respectful japanese author and entrepreneur-江本勝博士Masaru Emoto's diary in his website. And i found this very meaningful article "Lesson of life". It's a shame that I had lived in this world for almost 30 years but i have never come across this ethic. It is so simple and it can be understood from nature. Nature always has a lesson to tell and i tend to forget to pay attention to the most important thing in life.
All article and images below is taken from Mr.Masaru Emoto's website

Lessons on Life
There was an Indian Chief who had four sons.
He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly.
So he sent them each on a quest, in turn,
to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the Winter, the second in the Spring,
the third in Summer, and the youngest son in the Fall.
When they had all gone and come back, he called them
together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree
was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no, it was covered
with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was
laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet
and looked so beautiful, it was the most
graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them;
he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit,
full of life and fulfillment.

The Chief then explained to his
sons that they were all right,
because they had each seen but only
one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot
judge a tree, or a person,
by only one season,
And that the essence of who
they are and the pleasure, joy,
and love that come from that life
can only be measured at the end,
when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's Winter,
you will miss the promise of
Spring, the beauty of Summer,
and the fulfillment of Fall.

Moral of the story:
Don't let the pain of one season
destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don't judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches
and better times are sure to come some time.

Live Simply
Love Generously
Care Deeply
Speak Kindly, &
Leave the Rest to God
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

The following pictures are of the same place

but taken under different Seasons!!!!