Friday, November 12, 2010

Zakka wallets and bags :)

Hi there!
Since I will be flying off to Malaysia soon, I thought it would be nice to get to know the many talented Malaysian crafters out there. I stumbled on Artchala Handmade on Etsy and the products she makes are absolutely lovely!
Everything is so zakka and they definitely make me smile :).

My favourite:

This is a favourite too:
(Yes, I have many favourites!)

Many of the items above are actually sold items. It seems like her products sell out pretty fast! So if you're interested in her products, you should definitely keep an eye on her Etsy store and snap them up if you like particular items!
I'm coveting the last bifold wallet! Unfortunately, it has been sold out :(. Too cute for words.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Hello hello!

Hello everyone!
After a long period of absence, I'm still surprised to see that I still have followers! Yay! So a big thank you for sticking with me while I was going through a horrible period of silence.
It was the exam period, and I had to begin studying a month before my first exam, and sadly, it consumed almost all of my time.
Apart from the exams, October was quite eventful. I turned one year older last month! I had the yummiest cake ever - Green Tea & Fruits. It was so good that the boyfriend decided to order the very same one (but three times the size) for his own birthday! I was not able to take a very nice picture of it, and this was the only I took:

Mhmmmm... Look at the fruits!

I will be leaving Auckland again this summer. This time, instead of bumming around, I will be interning! So this summer would be quite interesting, I think.
So I'll be flying off soon. Wouldn't it be great travel on a hot air balloon or paper plane? ^.^

Saturday, October 09, 2010

The sweetest buttons


Too cute for words!
My absolute favourite would be the top left one!

And another cute item from the same seller:


A simple, lovely pincushion.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Wishing you a rosy day :)

Sorry for not blogging lately :(.
Unfortunately, it has been pretty hectic around my university life. I will however, be coming back with something better than a short post (like today's), early next month. It is my birthday month and I hope some exciting things are happening, or at least, exciting gifts ;).
I'll leave you with a picture of a rose I received recently, and Pi smelling/eating it :).

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Orange Matryoshka

I've been trying to take some decent photos of the things that I want to sell online. I've sorted through the plushies that I made during the holidays, and this tiny orange one tumbled out of the box.
I'm not a big fan of orange, but it looks quite nice on this little doll ^.^

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tea time :)

Mom made peach cheesecake last night which is absolutely delish!
I have a rather sweet tooth, in case you haven't noticed yet ;).

I've also finally got a new cup to replace my very very old one (I have been using it for about 14 years now). It is not exactly "new" as it was a birthday gift from last year. It features Wellington bear (by Hallmark).

I hope your day is going sweetly too! :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Beary Loveable

Hey there! :)
Just a small crafty update from me today (shocking, I know ;) ).
This bear was made a couple of weeks back, when I had some time during the inter-semester break. Currently, I'm working on some brooches that are taking ages to finish, mainly because I'm improving on the prototypes.
I have also been trying to take some decent photos of my Chubbees and other small plushies I'm trying to sell. For the time being, I have decided to sell them on Trade Me (New Zealand's version of eBay for the time being) :). Let's hope this works! ;)

Have a happy week! :)

PS: To sweet Charlotte who commented on my previous post - Please click here to see me reply :). Your e-mail was not available on your profile page, hence I replied under your comment :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cute! :D

Bookworm baby

I found a new blog! The blogger is a mom who imagines what her sleeping baby may be dreaming of during her nap time. She then constructs a scene around her sleeping baby.
How adorable!
Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


A few posts back, I expressed my hopes to attempt to sell my handmade goods online. I had everything all mapped out in my mind - account details, packaging and what-nots have all been sorted out and secured.
And a week ago, I went to the post office to sort out the last item on my list - to check for the cost of postage. I nearly had a heart attack when the cashier gave me a quote on the postage. It costs USD 5.70 to send ONE of my Chubbes to the UK and US.
I kid you not. That postage for that tiny thing is so darn expensive. Maybe I'm slightly ignorant in saying this, but I do think that the cost is really too much!

This makes me think that it would not be wise open a store on Etsy. I am not looking to have an idle store.

Whether or not I should proceed really depends on how much a potential customer is willing to spend on my goods. If you can help me out in this respect, it would be great! :)
I would like to find out the following:
What is the maximum amount (inclusive of postage) you are willing to spend on one of my Chubbees?
If you can help me out, that would be great! I would be really grateful! :)

Note: A Chubbee is about 70 mm in height.
Thank you soooo much in advance! :)

Monday, August 09, 2010

Looking for...

The cup which I have been using since I was five recently retired :(.
And now, I'm looking for a replacement. I thought I could share some of the ones which I'm coveting for:
Click on the image to go straight to its Flickr photo page :)

Starbucks Pinkness

Coffee and chocolate

Shinzi Katoh Oui Mug

:) Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hello! :)

When the boyfriend went to Sydney during the inter-semester break, he brought back some gifts for me.
I have to say that I was really surprised with the selection of gifts, because they are really a reflection of me and me personality. I have never expressly told him what I like. I mostly keep my obsession :) with zakka/kawaii to myself. But I guess once you start exclaiming over how cute things are, the other person will have an idea of the things that you like :P.

Yep. Mashimaro. It is a really fat bunny, with cheeks like mine (chubby and squishy :D) and is oh-so-cute!
And because I have to name all my soft toys, I came up with an equally adorable (or so I believe :p) name for it. It is named after a type of food:

Day 3: Mochi Cream Photo from Flickr.

And the other surprise is a pair of Hello Kitty bedroom slippers. The size of the head makes me laugh :D.

That's all for now.
Have a good day, you! :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy weekend :)

Hello! :)
I just wanted to drop by to say hi, and to wish you a very nice weekend indeed!
The weather in Auckland is sooooo wonderful and sunny today. So spring/summer-like.
I hope it continues. But knowing the crazy Auckland weather, it will most probably rain tomorrow :p.

Monday, July 19, 2010

More Russian Dolls!

I bought these dolls when I was in Kuala Lumpur last summer.
I could not resist them, and there is a blue version of these as well, on my little craft shelf :D.
I hope you're not too sick and bored with seeing matryoshkas plastered all over my blog. There might be more coming soon! :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Matryoshka Dolls

I am so in love with these matryoshka dolls.
I don't "love" the things I make often. This is one of the rare exceptions :).

So far I've made three, two of which mom has claimed that they have to be for her friends. I have firmly announced to my family that the red one is MINE (yep, firm, bold, block letters).

I am definitely making more (if I have the time!), and mom has reserved one for herself :). And they will happily join the Chubbees if I ever get around to opening a store.

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Creative Space

My last creative space post was some time ago. Last August, to be more precise. It was really difficult trying to fit in crafting time when the semester started.
So here's my first one for 2010!

They are quite tiny and so time consuming to hand-sew. These are also slightly bigger from the first batch of Chubbees which I made in January.
I have also made other small non-Chubbee plushies which I will share with you some time this week :).

Making a pyramid of Chubbees...

I have plans for the plushies which I've been making for the past 2 weeks. I would like to attempt to sell them on Etsy. I recently read through the things I have to do, and I realised that I have little knowledge on selling things to international buyers. My experience has so far been limited to transactions on Trade Me, the local form of e-Bay. I sound so stoopid :(.
My goal is to learn more and read up so that I can open that little dream store of mine by the end of July. If you have a tip for a newbie online seller, please leave a comment! It would be very much appreciated :).

Check out Pi with one of the Chubbees. I think Pi wants to be friends with this particular Chubbee because of the cupcake!

Come show off you creative space at kootoyoo! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Slice of Pi

Hello Wednesday!
Today is a little a special because I'm introducing a little special friend of mine :).
Meet Pi!
Yes, as in π, 3.14159265 :D. Just a tad geeky :p.

He is a Russ Berrie and he is supposed to be a dinosaur. You can't see the tail here, and most of my friends have difficulties identifying his... err.. species. The BF and I thought that his face looked more like a hippo's, and thus, decided that Pi was a happy mix-up of species - the dinosaur and hippo. That is, Pi is a Dwippo :).

Pi, the Dwippo :) working his way up to the plate of banana crepes.
I love taking snapshots of Pi and I would love to share them with others. But I thought it may be a little boring to find Pi popping up randomly on this blog, and hence I created a Pi-devoted Tumblr. If you're a Tumblr user and would like to follow Pi's adventures, come say hi at A Slice of Pi :). Those who are not Tumblr users can still come for a visit (Pi would like that :)) and the link to Pi's Tumblr will sit on my blog's sidebar for your easy access :).

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7321 Design

I recently discovered 7321 Design, which is a Korean brand with lots of cute things made under its name. Too cute for words :).

Take better care of your mobile phone with this super cute cleaner :) :)
If I had one, my phone screen would be spotless.

I love love love love love these cards!
The designer behind Okay Tina is so fabulous!

All images from 7321 Design.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Little Surprises :)

Yesterday was shopping day with mom and my little sis (a rarity!). We were at a homeware store, and mom spent the whole time staring at these icing kits/pastry cutter. She was completely smittened, and after we left the store (without making a purchase), I doubled back and got them as an early surprise birthday gift for her. She was very surprised :).

Baking utensils

Just recently, the BF gave me this cute Kimmidoll keychain. I love Kimmidoll (and of course, all other Kokeshi dolls). Perhaps the most unique thing about Kimmidolls are that each character has her own personality and are very inspirational.
The Kimmidoll on my keychain is Hasumi, and she symbolises gracefulness. There is a little blurb on Hasumi from the Kimmidoll website: "May your graceful ways bring a sense of calm serenity to even the most challenging circumstances".

Gifts inc Hasumi, Kimmidoll

The Rose Drops on the left are also given by the BF who knows I heart roses! :)
I hope your day is filled with little fun-filled surprises too!

Friday, July 09, 2010

I've been making :)

For the past few days, I've been crafting!
Here are some pictures of the work-in-progress.
I'll definitely post the final products once they are done! :)

Chubbee in the making

Chubbee in the making

I have plans for these Chubbees, which will be unveiled soon! :)

Happy day to all of you! :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fabric :) :)

Yay! The pieces of fabric which I bought on Trade Me (New Zealand's version of eBay) has finally arrived!
They are small sample sizes, which is fine by me as the things that I sew are usually tiny anyway! :)

Here are some of my purchases:

I'm in a shopping mood at the moment.
And I think there might be more fabric purchases in the near future coming up!
"Uh oh!" says the wallet.