Sunday, May 31

Daydreaming

I have to say working on bridal pieces is prolly my favourite of all. As i watch the pieces come together, I often daydream how the same pieces will someday be accompanying a girl on her big day somewhere in another part of the world, and I dream the different settings and themes and wonder what sort of hairdo she'll have, what sort of jewelry she will wear, how her gown might look like... heeee, it sounds a little silly but all this daydreaming makes me deliriously happy!

Lately, I have also been thinking of some designs for my own outdoor pre-wedding shoot (similiar to the engagement photos in the States) Hmmm... looks like it might be time to play with more feathers and dream a little more.

Saturday, May 30

Do the snail mail

Some weeks ago, Clarie drop me a mail to introduce her works and also this range of hand drawn postcards. Turns out she's a fellow artist in Singapore! Together with her sister, they run an online store runrave, where they have a smorgasbord of jewelry, clay figurines, wedding favors and then some.

These few postcards caught my fancy, and i do think it will be lovely as a thank you note for a wedding. Don't you think?

Thursday, May 28

Of journal and journaling

A blank page awaits...

I have been trying (very hard, i might add) to start journaling on a consistent basis; ie everyday. But try as I might, it seems so difficult to pick up the journal and start writing..hmmm...

So in a spur of the moment, I decided that I should make myself one. What could be more inspiring than writing in your own hand-bound, self-decorated journal right? So in the middle of the night, I literally pick up bits and pieces from the table and glue them down. I had started on some signatures way back from a blank notepad so that came very handy for the body. My usual perfectionist tendencies was left behind on this project as I allow myself to venture out of my analytical mind and focus more of the colours and textures - trying new things that i don't normally think would look good together. And even though it looks kind of haphazard in a way, i'm pretty satisfied with the outcome.

Now the next step is to errrr.. actually start writing in it... :p

Sunday, May 24

Let's play in the rain!

lovely image from here

In the midst of the crazy heat and sudden downpours, this week seemed to have flown by without me realising... and its going to be June soon! Wow, time sure flies when you're having fun eh?

Here's a quick share of my link loves for the week

a new fave blog

Creativitae's first giveaway, awesome loot to be won!

love everything in this shop here

inspiring interview with Carolyn over at Makeunder my life

having this playing in my head over and over

falling in love with Tara's flickr stream


Have a lovely weekend folks! Esp you guys over in the US, enjoy the long weekend :)

Tuesday, May 19

Its in colour!

So how do you likey the spanking new design and layout?

I've been working my very rusty hands on photoshop this couple of days and spend the whole day today playing with the mouse and going crossed eyed with the blog's html codes. The last I editted codes was prolly 6 years ago! Been wanting to switch to a 3 column layout for a while now and finally managed to find a clear tute today that works. I'm a happy bear! And i totally went crazy with the colours, didn't I? :p Well, looking at them makes me happy so I guess it'll stay for a while :))

And while at it, I totally started a brand new blog. I have been wistfully looking at tumblr journals this past few weeks and they all look so fresh and interesting. So i jumped on the bandwagon and started Words to Inspire for my own personal inspiration. I love collecting quotes and anecdotes and have trouble keeping them in one place, so tumblr is perfect! And of course, I can't resist adding some yummy pictures that I came across as well :)

Very productive day indeed...

Friday, May 15

Drool-worthy


Like how totally gorgeous are these? And i mean both the photography and couple. I was pretty sure they were models, but it seems they're not.

Excuse me while i go drool somemore...

{via smitten}

So this thing about clutter : Part 2

a cross stitch I did when i was about 9/10, uncovered in the last clean-up

So its been 2 weeks since my last post on my major overhaul on the cluttered homefront. I said "For the first time ever, i am making a conscious decision to keep at this and de-clutter my space. To be more present with the choices i make daily. "

15 days later, where do I stand?

I'm elated to share that I have been consciously keeping at this neatness 'thing'. For the first time in prolly forever, I have been making my bed everyday. Every single day. My dresser that used to be overrun by my beauty products is still neat and everything has been going back to its own little nook. My study has also maintained its status where I can actually see the table surface now. I have been somewhat conscious with my choices daily and wow, what a difference it makes!

And this newfound freedom has took on other areas in my life ~ like the computer. I have finally set up folders so that my daily subscription emails goes to their own and I can check on them when I want to, instead of having to weed through every one of them. So simple, yet so easy to overlook.

Other small steps I have taken includes registering my domain name for Erase and Repeat. Even if it only links to the etsy shop for the moment, it's a step nonetheless in the right direction :) Perhaps its time to work on a webpage eh? For now I'm working on my namecard design in preparation for my first craft booth at MAAD come July! Yes, I have send in my reservation, hopefully it gets approved. Now buzzing with 101 ideas on things to make :)

These are but some of the things that has been on my mind and to do list for a while now. Taking action is always hard for me for the first few times, but I do think it gets easier the more I flex that DO muscle. Now i need to take up the courage to do more from that list...

Safe to say, I have been feeling more in my game, even when I have had less than motivational thoughts in the wee hours of the morning. Like Aimee said, perhaps its a creative tension that I'm feeling as I'm stretching my wings and learning to fly. Slowly but sure, uh?

Oh, and I attended my third yoga class yesterday and I'm loving it! Friends of mine would know that I have been talking about taking up yoga for soooo long now. Well, I have finally signed up and started and boy, does it feel good :) I'm not a athletic person, so yoga and stretching myself into weird positions is totally up my alley!

I shall end this post with a tweet I just read from Robin Sharma ~

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that things are difficult." Seneca


Aaaaaaaahhh, perpective :)

Tuesday, May 12

Of thoughts at 3 in the morning...


If you have been following closely, you'd have noticed that i've been very steadily producing new pieces in the last 2 weeks ~ jewellery, hair pieces, bridal pieces. I think i finally got the groove going, wooot!

Moving into the craft room have definitely provided a great boost in the productivity area. I'm finally able to separate work and rest and concentrate on both! (Even if i'm still sleeping at 5 in the morning) It has also been exhilarating not to contain myself to only making brooches or hairpieces and exploring and venturing and doing more. I have had a lot of fun witht the new pieces and i'd love to hear if any of you have got any feedback on them :)

And lately i also noticed something a lil' weird that made me think if i'm going a little crazy.

I will be very happily producing and creating and making things during the day and evening. But at the wee hours that i'm up (like now), i tend to get very emotionally charged. For no reasons it seemed, i tend to dwell. On the past. On the future. On whether i should be getting a proper job. On what sort of job i should be doing. On whether sales will pick up. On things to make. On the goals i should be making. On the ones i made. On the things i ought to be doing.

And i drive myself crazy with these thoughts!

Even though i have not for once regretted leaving my well paying job to venture on a more soulful ambition, I wonder. I question the future. And sometimes i get upset. Not to get all negative nancy on you, but i scare myself a little sometimes, you know. With my own thoughts. And its not that i'm unhappy, this is prolly the happiest i've been in a while. I am certain that the corporate world is not for me. I know that this is what i want to be doing. So why oh why am i feeling like this?!

Aaahhhhh, the things i think about at 3 in the morning... do you think i'm going crazy?


Current favourites...

My current flickr faves, such a girly collection!

1. mein decor8 moodboard contest!, 2. 'twas whispered in Heaven...,

Sunday, May 10

I want...

How lovely would these be, all stacked nicely like that in my ahemm 'new' craft room? Esp love the fabric of the first and third and that little pocket inside!

75 € each (!) from here

Saturday, May 9

What I've been up to this week...

Been making time to make more jewelery; necklaces and earrings for now. Trying new things, making use of my stash of old and new and falling in love with the shiny sparkling world of semi-precious stones and Czech glass beads...

Have a lovely weekend now!

xo.

Wednesday, May 6

The Great Gatsby


A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine requested for a custom feather hairpiece for a theme party she was throwing. I had been till then, a little aprrehensive to try them for reasons that i myself cannot fathom but tried I did. And henceforth came all the feathery goodness in the lil' shop now. Feathers are so much fun! So much thanks to E for making me get off my butt and get cracking (no pun intended)

And this is her hairpiece, black feathers - checked, full on glam - checked, 3D effect - errr, didn't quite materialised (!) lol...

Words to Inspire


“ we are [all] artists, and life, itself, is our medium "

~ joseph goldstoin

Monday, May 4

Re-framed

I've been re-taking and re-framing my product shots, trying to make it a little more exciting and not so flat. The above are some of my faves. And all the 'treasures' that i found whilst clearing the old room came to be such good props!

My mind is swirling with so many ideas and so many new things to make now. Somehow 24 hrs is still not sufficient... gahhh

Friday, May 1

So this thing about clutter...

This whole week has been all about spring cleaning and de-cluttering for me...

And for someone who really doesn't like cleaning, that took quite a bit of dedication i must say. It all started when i decided to finally sort/clean/organise my old room ~ to try and do up a craft nook where i can create and store all my craft stuff. Stuffs that has literally took over my bedroom. I'm not kidding when i say it was getting nauseating to be in the bedroom for such a long period of time everyday. And not very inspiring either.

The mission was simple. Just throw all the junk that i have not been using, clean a little (or a lot in this case) and make do for the next 9 months or so. But for the life of me, i didn't expect it to be so liberating! I seriously feel like a brand new person now with two clean and (fairly) organised room :) I guess i didn't quite realised how the space that you spend so much time in really can influence you (even though i have heard it way too many times before and yes, i am a trained Interior designer, damnit)

So the cleaning and throwing spree started last Sunday where i went through things from a decade ago and got snapping with the camera...

Top is my mom looking oh so pretty,
bottom left is yours truly prolly at 5/6 yrs old and
on the right is my eldest brother at his kindergarten graduation!

all the badges i received from NPCC in secondary (high) school

our family old Kodak! used to take this to excursions :)

errrm, unwashed water color palette from 5 years ago?!
makes a good picture though :p

There's many more from where that came from, see the whole collection in my flickr set.

And tonight, some stars in the universe must have aligned as i was switching channels on the telly, only to land on the Oprah's Clean up your Messy house tour!!! Did someone set me up? C'mon you guys, own up! LOL. It was a real interesting episode i must say. And of course, i had to go and find out more about this Peter Walsh guy and look what i found... This Is the Year to De-Clutter Your Life. Hello, story of my life!

I knew that I needed a kick in the rear to up and get organised not just at home but generally in life. To start taking actions instead of just planning. To make that first,second and the third steps after. For the first time ever, i am making a conscious decision to keep at this and de-clutter my space. To be more present with the choices i make daily. And to be honest, I have already started to feel more at peace than before. Peter mentioned that to have an organized and clutter free home and ultimately life, you need to honor and respect the space you have. WOW, what a thought! That is something they don't teach you in design school now.

Well, I'll let you know how it unfolds :) pictures of the new craft area will be up in a few weeks as i slowly put everything together. Exciting!