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Monthly Archives: January 2012


    Happy Lunar New Year Lovelies!

I’ve spent the first day of the lunar calendar:

eating { barbeque pork – its my favourite new year goodie! }

lazing { in bed }

reading { lovely blogs }

playing {with my little niece and nephew }

working { borrrring }

dreaming { of the things I love }

receiving { these pretty little red envelopes of money }

and planning. thinking. researching { my latest obsession }

A pop-up scrap{story}book of our {me and my other } recent trip to Marrakech!

Yes! I’m so excited!

 What better way to document those happy days?  { or even just the day to day }

I was convinced by Shimelle

And the garden girls from Two Peas in a Bucket { how sweet is the name? }

Combine that with my love for Robert Sabuda

So! I’ve said it! That means now I MUST do it!

I’ve planned the storyboard.

Thought of the book title.

Have an idea.

Its time to start getting the supplies and doing it.

Wish me luck.

Fingers crossed.

I hope I make it

And in time for Valentines

Not just another silly thought in my head.

Ending up nowhere.


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Its 20 days into 2012 now. { How has your new year been so far? }

Mine has been grand.


I get to work from home { in my pyjamas }

went to the musical that I have always wanted to watch

{ my my, how can i resist you }

visited Colombia Road flower market for the very first time,

{ and got some very pretty potted plants and flowers }

signed up for an online course on photos and scrapbooking

{ by lovely scrapbooker Shimelle }


I’m flying home tomorrow to celebrate Chinese New Year with my family!


So yes! I’m proud to say

that I have been keeping my 2012 resolution on new things.

And to reward myself

I did some virtual shopping!

{ They will all go into my mood board folder

inspired by the brilliant Anuschka }

  1. Love Hackney, Local Designer Tote Bags
  2. Keel’s Simple Diary | The Book Depository
  3. Nadinoo SS11 Lula’s Untie Me Tee | Style Milk Shop
  4. Puffy Bow Taupe | Secdus on Etsy {via Rhonna Farrer, Pinterest }
  5. The Classic | The Cambridge Satchel Company
  6. Recycled Timber Jewellery Hanger | Stämpel Studios

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I love pinterest.
And it annoys me to no end that I cannot easily pin pictures from my iPhone and iPad.

But today! I found a way to do it!

    Thanks to all the geniuses out there, especially to my best friend Mr Google of course!

Holy moly! It’s that easy!!!

So I request an invite from pinterest for my blog,
Download the pinterest app from iTunes
Turn on bookmark bar on safari.
Add the pinterest bookmarklet to safari bookmark bar.
And did a crazy little dance.


See now I have a little Pin It button at the top left of safari on my ipad.

{ It doesnt appear on my iphone though. But I can still pin from my iphone by selecting the ‘Pin It’ bookmark in safari on the web page that I want to pin. }

Now that I can pin while surfing from my ipad and iphone,

I will be pinning alot more now for sure!

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Now that New Year celebrations are over.

Lets focus on the next holiday.

♥ Valentines Day ♥

I have never really bothered to celebrate valentines day before.

I find it commercialized & over-rated.

It is not that I’m boycotting valentines day.

I just dont think roses and dinners at exorbitant price is justified.

I believe that

    every day is a day to show that you care.


It would be nice to receive {and to give} flowers on random days.

It doesnt have to only be on valentines day.


This year, however,

I am thinking

of making a little something… just to make the day a little more


{ in addition to all other 364 days }

Something homemade

    { from the heart }

Here’s some inspiring ideas

and I just want to share them with you too.

Tell him 10 Things I Love About You { via Kara’s Party Ideas }


Throw a dreamy vintage valentines day tea party { via Kara’s Party Ideas }

{ You see, Kara is THE party queen. Her blog is just full of amazing and inspiring party ideas! }


Or build a colourful moroccan tent


And bake some valentines day sweets  


Make an embroidered portrait of him and you


Create an art piece with your travel souvenirs together


Whisper sweet nothings on the pillows {via everyday celebrating }


Or just a simple treasure box of love and memories

What about you?

{ What is your plan for Valentine’s Day? }

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My right hand behaves like a left whenever I try to paint my nails. But these tutorials make it look so easy! And so very pretty!




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It’s been a while since I’ve seen sunshine now. The gloomy skies of London is seriously depressing.
So I took my colour papers out and busied myself with a little kindergarden art & craft to cheer things up.
And a little surprise for him when he comes home 🙂



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photo via color issue

Skip and dance leaving shiny trails. Glitters is such a brilliant way to glam things up. With some glitters and pva glue, it looks like almost anything can be made bright and shiny with a magic touch.

Here’s a roundup of simple DIY tutorials from some glittering creative bloggers for inspiration. Click on the link or pictures to see the tutorial.

1. Sweet glittering ballet flats perfect for dancing in the gardens.

2. Ruby red shoes reminds me of Dorothy from Wizard of Oz.

3. I love these glamorous sneakers for the city girl (me!).

4. An awesome video that shows you step-by-step in mixing the ‘magic glitter potion’.

5. Miu-miu inspired glittering collar from Refinery29

6. Glamorous gold clutch for that dinner party. Such a great idea from Julia to use a felt cloth for the bow. So pretty!

7. These glittering tights  are probably my favourite glitter DIY. I love the etheral look of the tights even if they can probably only survive a night. After all, Cinderella has to leave the castle when the clock strikes twelve.

8. And last but not least. A good way to use those left over glitters – glittering nails!

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