Saturday, October 27, 2012

Flowers, ribbons, sparkle sparkle? Yep, I have been busy!

Just some items I have been working on in the last few months.  Lots of hand sewing for sure, but I think they look pretty cute.  They'll be boxed up and hopefully I will be able to approach some shops here in the next few weeks/months..  *sigh*  =)


Sequins and beads on top of a black satin wrapped headband

Pink silk flower on a straw base comb

Silk flower on a straw base comb
White silk flower on a straw base comb.  Lovely for the bride!

Handrolled sinamay flower on a sinamay base

Hand rolled sinamay flower on a sinamay base.  I found this vintage sparkly silver button in a cute little shop in London

Beaded flowers which have been individually sewn on a sinamay base.  So sweet and just great for the bride!

Large fuschia sinamay hat with petersham ribbon and silver 'pearls'

Bronze studs on sinamay base hat

Silver 'pearl' beads on a royal blue sinamay base hat

Approx 9cm width.. Side by side...

Till next time!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Do you up sell or down sell yourself?

I've been busy since I came back from Paris.  Enjoying meeting new people in different meetups and catching up with old friends which I've made this year and eating out.

I was at a tea party yesterday, and someone asked a girl, let's call her Miss G..  so, Miss G, what do you do?  Her reply?  I'm a programmer, a graphic artist and a jewellery maker.  I was stunned at first, then amused, then I had to admire her.  Two thumbs up for you, Miss G!

That my dears are definitely up selling yourself.  She's been a programmer for 10 years, but just started learning how to be a graphic artist online just a month or so ago, and a jewellery maker?  I can make jewellery too, but I've never ever called myself a jewellery maker.  Just like I make fascinators, but I would never call myself a milliner as I think those titles should be reserved to those with a certification, or am I just being a snob?

Growing up with my upbringing I guess I'm so used to my own mother backhanded any compliments aimed at me.  When so and so praised me, I always get a put down reply from my mother.

For example, I loved to read, always burying myself in any books I could lay my hands onto.  It's my way of coping and living somebody elses' adventures and lives.  I'm always reading ever since I could remember, back in year 1 up till university years.

I remembered when I was in primary school, someone said, wow, your daughter sure loves reading and my mum's reply?  No, she doesn't, she just likes to carry a book and pretend to read and when you ask her about the story, she wouldn't be able to tell you what the story is about.  I think that's when I started having a hard time expressing myself, and typically, she'll turn around and go, so, what's the story about?  I'll be stunned and my mind blanked and a panic will set it.  This is how I have never been able to express myself.  Thanks mum, you really fucked up my life!  Now, I still can't tell you what a book is about after reading it, but only after a few prompters, I might be able to.

I realised how I'm always down selling myself whenever I get the 'So, what do you do?'  My answer lately has been 'Nothing really, just plodding along'.  After hearing Miss G's reply, it was a huge kick to my rear end.

My answer next time?  No, I'm not working at the moment, but I enjoy making hats and hair accessories and trying to start up a business here.  I adore making headbands, hairclips and such for children and fascinators for adults.  I could make them for special occasions, weddings, parties or just day to day.  Would you like one? ;)

Happy Autumn everyone and keep those chins lifted high!  We are all winners!

p/s On a positive note?  I'm volunteering at the Stockholm Film Festival.. as a photographer.. hehe

This dessert was from Restaurang China (where we go for our peking duck dose on half price Mondays) where I managed to pig out with a huge dinner and dessert after having an afternoon tea.  I ate from 4pm until midnight!!  It's so unusual as I've never had them before.  The dish comes hot (with a bowl of cold water on the side).  You dump the whole thing into the cold water, then eat them.. It's piping hot, crunchy (from the crystalized caramel) and sweet and soft as the inside is soft apple

First snow last night on the street outside our apartment, and it's only October..  I guess we'll be looking at an extremely cold and harsh winter this year!  EEEEK!!! hehe =)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Autumn in Paris..

... it was so magical..  I was last here back in 2008, having just moved to London, I was all eager eye to explore, and Paris was my dream and first destination...

Definitely what I remembered..  Such magical city, such romantic language, such well dressed people, such beautiful pastries and sugary stuff that I kept indulging in, again and again.. and of course the occasional rude French waiter... ;)

I've had quite a fun time taking pictures with my SLR camera as well as my faithful companion, my faithful iPhone..

This is Paris as I've remembered...

Sunset at Jardin Des Tuileries... That's the iconic Eiffel Tower from the distance...
Our hotel, Hotel Paris Bastille..  Great location.. Thanks for booking us, miss A!! Our room was tiny... and 3 of us fit into it... cozy and just perfect hehe =)
Our landmark!!

Exploring our neighbourhood.. and walking to the vintage fair..
A church along the street.. 
Oui Oui?

The famous Champs-Élysées
I love all their buildings...
Laduree is soo pretty.. Pity the shop is going through renovation ;(

Strolling through the gardens...

The garden was filled with people, soaking up the sun...
The fountain in the middle..
Sailing boats for hire, anyone?
Pretty pretty colours...
Loving the carefree nature of children... *sigh*
Float little boats, float... 

These kids sure were having fun, pushing their boats around the fountain...
Freeedom..... Float away!
The iconic eiffel tower... 
Jardin Des Tuileries

So pretty.. =)
Louvre Museum.. 

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur
We got off at Anvers station to explore the area for my french laces and trimmings... and I bought some home!  So happy!!!  Now I'll need to see what I can do with them =x

I decided to explore on my last day here in Paris, and had fun walking for 40minutes east, instead of west.  How I hate my iPhone map!  It's really confusing =(  but I managed to take quite a few pictures which I was quite happy with =)

Coming out from one of the station...
Beautiful buildings... 

I think the black and white turned out pretty nice... 

Some church on the east side of Paris...

The buildings were starting to look seedier, the farther I walked..  To be honest, I was actually lost... if Miss A didn't SMS to ask me where I was.. I would have continued to walk .... Anyhow.. from here.. I managed to catch the train back to Madeleine...

Our last night here.. what better way to spend the night by visiting the Eiffel Tower? Here I was trying to find the proper setting on my camera.... I look drunk here ;)


Eiffel Tower by night...
Quite a sight I can tell you..
Being under it is quite impressive..  I've been up there my last trip and I remembered the view was breathtaking!

Walking to the train station, hoping we haven't missed our last train home at midnight =)  The moon was eerily cloudly....
Looking back, the eiffel tower is still bathed in all its bright gloriness..
The two lovebirds walking in front of me...  Moonlight walk ;)