Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
We've spent so much money on the new house so if I tell matt now that I don't wanna move, he'll probably throttle me!! To be frank, it's a really cute corner house with a high ceiling that echoes and a teeny garden and patio that we can have barbeques so it's not too bad!! It'll be great to have my piano again so I can out-noise the yakky terrier next door and the cockerel that crows all day long... oh wait a minute the cockerel's not there anymore! Maybe our neighbours had it for dinner. Good for us!!
Cheongsam's fitting on Wed, this custom made hand embroidered dress travelled round the world and back and took nearly 6 months to complete!! Really looking forward to seeing this baby and hope I can still fit into it! Mummy & Daddy Challenger are arriving Friday, food-tasting on Sunday, bridal gown fitting following Tuesday... you get the picture. Many many appointments but only one me.
Still it's a once in a lifetime event and as much as I whine abt all the hassle and bicker with matt over decisions, it's still a wonderful exciting experience for the 2 of us! Thanks babes for your beautiful emails and kind wishes... really appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness! I hope to have a little sprint of creativity before the entire challenger clan swarm in and of cos I need to start on accessories for the entourage and myself! Did up Chris' earrings for her fitting last week and I'm simply relieved she liked them! Unfortunately I didn't have time to snap shots of her earrings but maybe she will haaa.
More updates as things start to heat up! :)
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Drop is abt 5.5 cm (sterling hooks).
You kissed me the first kiss.
The moon lit its light of jade;
The cicadas sang their song of bliss.
In each letter sent to the old place
You said you still missed this start
With the purple flowers of grace
And this young and true heart.
Lilac clay roses, burgundy cloisonne hearts, tiny lapis lazuli nuggets, swarovski rhinestone balls & sapphire crystals on "woven" gold hoops ~ Drop is abt 5cm.
Friday, January 19, 2007
A really princessy pair with fuchsia roses, rings of tiny cream pearls, peachy sandy leafy beads, tiny trios of metallic czech beads and smoky quartz faceted drops (non-tarnish wirework & sterling hooks). Drop is abt 5.5 cm ~
Drops abt 7 cm and 5.5 cm respectively ~
Mismatched pair of little hearts and a double-ring charm. Drops are 6.5 cm and 4.5 cm respectively ~
Where masks and Bergamasks, in charming wise,
Strum lutes and dance, just a bit sad to be
Hidden beneath their fanciful disguise.
Singing in minor mode of life's largesse
And all-victorious love, they yet seem quite
Reluctant to believe their happiness,
And their song mingles with the pale moonlight,
The calm, pale moonlight, whose sad beauty, beaming,
Sets the birds softly dreaming in the trees,
And makes the marbled fountains, gushing, streaming--
Slender jet-fountains--sob their ecstasies.
-- Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Drop is abt 4.5 cm.
The Rose should be so pale?
And why the azure Violet
Should wither in the vale?
- Heinrich Heine
Carved pink quartz roses, 2 tone lampwork glass beads with roses and pale blush faceted drops make up this delicate pair that is Why Is The Rose So Pale. Drop is abt 5cm ~
Drop is abt 5.5 cm ~
Matt first started calling me "Sweetness & Light" and I really love it when he calls me that cos it just gives me that sense of being loved, treasured and cherished. I don't know how to describe it, but it's something close to me, that I'm not just his baby, honey or darling. It' makes me feel even more special than that. So today, I've named this new series just that ~ Sweetness & Light ~ and hope that each piece will evoke that sense of love that's almost ethereal, sublime, that words cannot explain, but is only understood between you and your loved one.
* I received a comment saying that aren't I doing exactly what I said I didn't want to - pandering to this commercialised fad? It is a valid comment and I hope to add on to what I may have failed to explain clearly in my rush for time, that Feb 14 prompted the creation of this series with the inspiration of the love between my husband and myself, esp. in view of our upcoming wedding. The fad that involves intentionally jacking up prices and putting guys on guilt trips to buy stuff during this time is not what I want to pander to. I don't have a problem with Feb 14 itself. Matt and I do wish each other Valentine's Day and we have a quiet meal at home. Without Feb 14, I would have still come up with the series. I make and sell stuff, so that's an unavoidable connection to marketing and I am sorry if I have misled people with my comments. Thanks for letting me know! :)
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The Cat Who Dreamt Furballs sees the lovable woody kitty buttons teamed up with a silver flower filigree, brass ball and Dream charm. Wonder what this kitty is up to? Taking a cat nap and dreaming of furballs of cos! Truly a vintage storybook-inspired darling!
Drops are 5cm and 4cm respectively ~
Sunday, January 14, 2007
We had celebrated Yunshi's birthday earlier today as well and I was surrounded by naggers who just kept bugging me about my wedding prep!! Goodness people!! Give me some time!! I had to borrow the birthday girl's camera to take a pic of Val and I cos I realised to my horror that we had surprisingly few pics tgt from cambodia!! The only other nice one we had was an awful shot at angkor wat by Jeremy which showed us with terribly double chins. Doing up a surprise to thank her for being bridesmaid so yup yup, girly pics are a must!
Another highlight of the day was having the bridesmaids come together for a mass tailoring appointment! Such delicious fun!! I won't divulge much of the details here, will let the photos do their work when the day comes :) But one thing's for sure, everyone will be in my fave colour - green! Some bustier dresses, others halters and a lone funky toga ~ it will be great fun taking pictures together!! I'm so blessed to have these amazing girls sacrifice their time and money, with Char flying all the way from Australia in the middle of her school term, to spend my big day with me! Next on the agenda: The HEN PARTY!!!! *whoohooo! Val has already some things up her sleeves, and I'm sure happiness-inducing liquids will be part of them!!
Before I go rush out all the things that chief bridesmaid aka nagger Val has bugged me about all afternoon, here's a big thank you to the gals that have been supportive of my work and this new Chinois is Chic range, you babes keep me going! I'm currently working on the 2nd batch for Chinois and the odd bits for another range. The former should be out within this week! (I hope) And yes, it's about time to have some sort of mailing list system. Trust me, I'm working on it. But knowing me, it'll be a while. So let's just let my conscience do the bugging, and have a fabulous week ahead peeps!!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Drop is abt 5.5 cm ~
And this is the last baby fr the Chinois is Chic collection....spent the whole day photoshopping the text on the pics and uploading them. Phew!! Gonna take that much-needed shower now and spend the rest of the night with my baby. Nitey nightz!
Anyway... I'm quite pleased with how this double loop bracelet turned out. Gorgeous rich chocolate & powder almond Swarovski pearls, freshwater pearl coins & metallic gold czech beads adorn the long chain, which you're meant to wind around your wrist twice before hooking it on the brass loop from which the pixiu sits on itfloral filigree 'throne'. Chinoiserie has never been this classic cool!
Drops are 5cm and 4.5cm respectively ~
Drop is abt 4.5cm ~ non-tarnish wirework & sterling hooks.
Somehow the carved aventurine roses & greenish-gold lampwork bead are divine together! Entrance people with this emerald beauty! Drop is abt 7cm ~
Turquoise, swarovski pearls & crystals, mottled blue czech & oh-so-lovely aquamarine faceted briolettes complete this fairy darling. Drop is abt 5.5cm ~
A classic orient-inspired piece, this pair is named after the period drama I blogged previously abt palace rivalry and deception among the concubines. The lavish costumes & jewellery in this show totally inspired my oriental side, and it's brilliant for the cheongsam season.
Carved clear quartz roses, blue diamond cloisonnes, drops of gold & flashes of green & topaz go together brilliantly in this royal darling~
Meanwhile I will be clearing the inventory to make room for new stock so certain items will be discounted in the next few days to keep them moving. Yay! New space for new beginnings :)
For now, here's the first piece in the new collection :
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Meanwhile do check back often as I will be putting up a whole buncha new pieces from the CNY collection soon - mostly earrings with the odd bracelet, all themed for the wonderful festive season of chinese new year!! I'm particularly excited cos I've got new outfits lined up for visiting already!! Some cheongsam tops, tunics and a bright mudan red kebaya ~ I'm determined to stay in shape so I won't look like a ba zhang (rice dumpling) in these fitted outfits! Heh. All i need now are accessories to complete the look! :)
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Meanwhile I am taking down a few pieces cos I've decided (belatedly) to launch them together with the chinese new year collection I'm currently working on. Yes, you heard me right, I've not been on holiday in lala-land for the last few days but rather poring over beads and more beads! I will be doing a separate collection for Valentine's ~ though I don't think there are many blokes who check out this site but oh well, it can be a girl's way of rewarding herself ya?
I've not had the chance to post my angkor stories yet cos not all the photos are in from the gang (my miserable pathetic camera died midway) but you can check out my Flickr album for some classic moments heh. Like the photo of the yummy insect snacks Jeremy happily shuttered away while I had to turn away in horror ~ mind you I've had my share of fried crickets and the sort but these cambodian delights were HUGE MIND BOGGLING cockroaches, water beetles and other creepy crawlies who looked like they would fit better in Mimic! Or Fear Factor haha.
Gonna cook myself some gou loh meen now, tata darlings!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Funky gold-veined maple leaf charms, swarovski crystal hearts, cream pearls & a string of bling make this a glittering pair for the glam foresty goddess ~ This is such an understated charming pair! Friends who came over for drinks were so tempted to grab them off my worktable! Heh.