Friday, July 30, 2010

My Day as told by Food

cereals with cranberries and soy milk

tuna & lettuce wholemeal sandwich

Japanese okashi

Japanese shrimp curry rice with vegetables (bad iPhone picture)

ice cold beer

That’s my Thursday for you :)

(click to enlarge images)

Thanks also for your sweet comments about my handmade journal in the previous post!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Embroidered Linen Cloth Wrapped Journal

Lately, I’ve been preoccupied with sewing and embroidery. I relish the “ta-da!!” moment when I see the completed image materialise before my eyes. And it’s with the knowledge that I’ve sewn it carefully thread by thread!

I’m happy to say that I’ve listed another journal in my Etsy shop. On top of being handmade, the hand embroidery on this journal makes it extra special! The journal is wrapped in Japanese linen (I simply adore the raw look and feel of this natural fabric) and I hand bound with sweet pink thread. It’s made with lotsa love!

Click over to the Etsy link for more details and images. I’ve also re-listed a few other items in the shop, so do check them out! :) If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m also making tote bags. I’m still at it and I want to have a few before I list them. So stick around, ya?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Little Escape - Negla

Let’s go for an escape! Erm for me, that means to Tokyo. But erase from your mind all the sights and sounds of the crowded streets of Shibuya or Shinjuku. We are venturing into the suburb to uncover the gems hidden within!

It’s here that you will find Negla. Vintage furniture and zakka items. This shop is all charm and coziness! To me, this is a perfect place to while away the afternoon.

I hope you enjoyed our little escape! I’ve been hard at work making some journals with fabric covers and bits of embroidery. I’m excited to give you a peek either tomorrow or Friday so remember to pop back in here!

[image: Negla]

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Clash of the Prints

Hi there, it was great to hear from some of you in the previous post! Certainly glad to know I’m not the only one guilty of loving not-so-healthy food. A lovely reader mentioned that she wanted to follow Cookie Cutter but it wasn’t obvious how to (thanks so much for highlighting that). On the right column, just after “I am *Hearting*”, you can “Place Cookie Order”. Click on the appropriate button to subscribe. I hope this helps :). If you too were wondering the same thing, click on to follow now!

For today’s post, I thought I’ll inspire us all to be more adventurous with prints and colours. As much as I hate to admit it, I think I tend to stick to safe options. But as these images demonstrate, a clash of prints done so tastefully is oh so pretty! It’s fun! And what’s life without fun? So go on, try it!

Are you like me, a little too sedated? Or have you always been bold with your decorative choices?

[images (from top): 1 Maggy Moon Interiors, 2 Vintage Heaven, 3 Jasna Janekovic, Lily of Opulence, 4 Petits Details, 5 House Dreams, 6 Craft & Creativity, Larking About]

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Weekend & All that It Brings

Yay! It’s Friday and I love it because it holds the promise of the entire weekend! Sweet! I look forward to the weekend because it’s when I get to do what I want. That could be 1) to just laze around at home, with the telly of course. 2) to throng the malls and get my necessary and not-so-necessary shopping done. 3) to get outdoors and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. 4) spend time with loved ones. The weekend’s also when I unplug from the internet and give my perpetually achy shoulders some much needed relief.

So that all sounds good and balanced and lovely. But ahem, I also top that all up by allowing myself to indulge in food. As much as I make it a point to eat healthy, the weekend’s when I let my guard down a little. (If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I have a weakness for chips.) You can bet it’s going to be so this weekend too!

Good old burger and fries. I actually do LOVE them ALOT. You’ll have to admit that they taste so good! Ice-cream is definitely up there in my list of most-loved food (it beats chocolate by just a teeny weeny bit). I imagine heaven to be a place where there’s free-flow of ice-cream and one doesn’t get fat or sick from them. And just to make it all sound a little balanced, I’m going to say I didn’t forget my serving of fruits! Strawberries!

What about you? What are your food indulgence? What is it that you love about the weekend?

[images: simplypix]

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

The weather is rather strange these days, isn’t it? It’s supposed to be one of the warmest months over here but it’s been raining buckets! This morning, I woke up to really dark skies. I thought I’ll share a few cute finds to help you weather the winds and rain. Who says you gotta be in drab to be weather safe? These will help you step out in style! (click to enlarge)

  1. A feminine trench with ruffles
  2. With such cute wellies, the playful you will emerge and you’ll want to jump right into that puddle!
  3. Water-proof AND chic bag
  4. Chilly in the office? This cardigan not only keeps you warm but oozes so much style
  5. The sky may be grey but you’ve got your lovely candy coloured brolly

La Nina or not, I’m not going to let the wetness dampen my mood! Hope you like these!

[images: 1. Anthropologie, 2. Net-A-Porter, 3. LULU Australia, 4. Anthropologie, 5. Kate Spade]

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

If I were

If I were a little boy, I would be very happy with a room like this:

If I were a little girl, I would be very happy with a room like this:

Wouldn't you?

[images: My Ideal Home]

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I doodle

Hi there, did you have a good weekend? My was interesting. We took my family for a night of Ballet Under the Stars on Sunday. It was drizzling but it didn’t dampen our mood. And I believe it was the same for the strong crowd that turned up. So our mats were a little damp, the food peppered with raindrops but the ballet was beautiful!

Last night, I made dinner for T and myself. I made him a beef burger (there’s still a faint smell of the beef patty on my fingers! Must be the kneading) and a fusion salmon burger for myself! Pardon the bad lighting on that photo. I was too hungry and snapped it with my iPhone quickly. I'm still not pleased with my poached egg. So if you have any tips, I would love for you to share.

Here’s a little old doodle for you from my sketchbook (click to enlarge):

Man, I hate those creatures with a vengeance! Wanna tell me how you keep them off?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Green Enough?

Going green has become a huge thing globally. To some, it is about being responsible and to others, it’s simply a matter of participating in the latest cool thing. Regardless of where you stand, I think you’ll enjoy this fun photo shoot which tries to convey the green message in terms of your food and clothing choices. The illustrations of the plants, fruits and vegetables superimposed on the photo are so cute!

Have a great weekend, lovelies! And do something green :)

[images: scans from Little Thing]

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Over There

Hey, lovelies, I'm delighted to be guest-posting today! Hop over here for a look!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer & accessories - Nest Pretty Things

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling all summery and am currently in love with all things sweet, floral and dreamy. I was looking around in Etsy (as usual) and saw these pretty accessories by Nest Pretty Things! Gotta have!

[images: from source]

Monday, July 12, 2010

Contemporary Chic - Studio M Hotel

Over the weekend, T and I got to stay over in one of the new boutique hotels in town! Studio M Hotel’s designs boasted contemporary chic but still manages to infuse a sense of tranquility. You feel this right at the beginning because the reception area that greets you is a white sculptural island with a chandelier floating above it.

I was excited since I’ve never stayed in a loft-style room and was curious to see how the small space is creatively employed.

I loved the high ceiling and full length windows! We had breakfast in the hotel the next morning and T simply can’t live without his cereals! It was fun and I generally like boutique hotels for their slant toward being design-centric. My only lament was that I was still having a flu and didn’t manage a dip in the hotel’s lap pool. How was your weekend?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Getaway Cabin

Yay! The weekend’s coming! And I want to escape to a place like this:

The Chicken Point Cabin is in Northern Idaho. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the idea for the cabin is that of a lakeside shelter in the woods—a little box with a big window that opens to the surrounding landscape. Open interior spaces are intended to be a seamless extension to the natural setting.