Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

2011 is coming to an end and time flies by this year...

I'm really pleased with how things panned out this year. I think I've been very blessed. Truly, I can't complain. This year, I learnt that I can be contented with very little things - when a friend actually misses you, or just saying hi online, or a friend who would take the time to go exploratory walks with you...these are little things that don't really cost a thing but means so much. I am extremely grateful and thankful for all the friendships, support and love that I've gotten.

I've never been excited over the new year, but I'm quite hopeful and optimistic about the next year. I don't really have new year resolutions, because I don't think I am one who will stick to them. I am actually hoping time can fast forward to March, even though I only know how true it is that the only thing that is constant is change. Before I know it, spring time will be here, so I will start living at this moment right now.

Call me old fashioned, but I do think health is most important, so I wish all of you good health and be happy in 2012. :)

I want to continue to make people smile, to me it's the greatest gift that I can give. To make someone smile through my creations, photos or writing is a pure I am mindful and will continue to work hard at that.

Thank YOU for accompanying me through this journey. I am happy that you are here.

Wishing you a blessed New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dollhouse Miniatures Christmas Swap

Earlier this month, I participated in my very first dollhouse miniatures Christmas swap organized by Caterina. I was picked to make items for Caterina and in return I would be receiving items from Ana.
I received Ana's package and am so happy...she makes such romantic sweet items and here are what I received.

Sweet pink pillows and linen towel....Love the tiny blue ribbon

Ana made me this basket of lovely pastel sweets :) I love the white christmas candle stick!

Thank you so much for all the items, Ana. I would always treasure these handmade miniatures....They might be appearing more often in my photos in future too! :)

And thanks to Caterina for organizing this swap. I'm so glad to take part of it - I really felt the Christmas spirit! :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Air Dry Clay – Grace Clay : Another Discovery

I’m always discovering something new about air dry clay, in this case, Grace Clay. I bought some grace clay recently, and when it arrived, I pressed on the package to get a sense of whether it’s a fresh pack of clay or not. When it didn’t feel as soft as another batch of clay that I’ve got, I started investigating.
I studied the packaging and pressed on both packets of Grace Clay again (bought at different times). I suddenly thought of how my mom taught me how to tell if a fish is fresh when buying one in the market. One of the ways to tell was by pressing the meat with your finger. It should be resilient enough so your indentation disappears. If your fingerprint remains, move on.
Now, simply reverse this theory for testing Grace Clay. If the indentation remains, or it takes a longer time for the clay to revert back to its original shape, then it is a fresh packet. If it feels hard, move on.
I flipped to the back of the packaging and started to look for signs. Noticing a difference, I seriously wonder if this was the cause of it. I also did a search on the internet to find images of Grace Clay. I specifically wanted to see the back packaging (Not the front). But all I found are images of the front packaging which wasn’t helpful in my research.
Are there even “grades” for Grace Clay? But the packaging seems to indicate so. Even a non-clay user whom I asked thinks that it refers to Grade A and Grade B from the print. What do you think?
I did the finger indentation test just to show you what I meant. Below are the results.
This means details being sculpted on the Grade B clay would show up less obvious than on Grade A clay since it would spring back slightly, compared to Grade A which is softer and likely to hold details better.
I then tested the Grade B Grace Clay texture. I was thinking that maybe the finger indentation test was just psychological on my part. Maybe there would be no difference. I can recall very clearly how Grade A Grace Clay felt like on my fingers. It was very moist and soft. I can definitely say there is some difference. It’s not as soft as Grade A. Grade A also tend to retain its softness very well even after you’ve opened the packaging and keep it in good condition as what I’ve described in my tips here.
Does it mean it’s Doom’s Day?
This might be what you’re most concerned about. What does it mean to you as a user? Unfortunately, there really isn’t a good or bad because everyone sculpts different things in different sizes. How fast they consume the clay, and how well they keep their clay are other factors to consider.
Sure, of course everyone wants the best Grade, considering if my suspicion is true that there really is a Grade differentiation for Grace Clay. Based on my personal experience, the Grade A Clay keeps really well even for over a year. It remains soft. But what if you didn’t know beforehand, and you already have a Grade B clay sitting in your cupboard?
I always think that there are ways to work around it. Although you can’t change the texture of the clay, but you can think of what are the things that you can use it for and how you can use that to your advantage. What about making bigger items, or items that does not need that many fine details but still in good, long lasting durable quality?
This might also be a good experimental opportunity to mix it with other clays to see what results you can achieve.
You should always also consider these questions when buying your clay.
  • What kind of things are you making them with mostly? (this should give you a rough indication of usage each time)
  • How often would you be using the clay? (Once a week, everyday, every other week, once in a blue moon?)
  • Would you be able to store it well until the next time you are using it?
So what is the Grade of your Grace Clay? Start flipping to the back of your packaging and inspect it today. I would love to hear from you, so I can continue to investigate and research. Would we even discover a Grade C or D? Or was it a batch number? Let me know. :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

How was your Christmas?

How did everyone spend their Christmas day?

Did you.....

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I hope you did. I had a raisin danish croissant for breakfast and it was yummy!

Did you....

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I did! But for some reason, I don't know why my family members think presents are to be opened on Boxing Day....

Did you....

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I did! LOL I blame it on the wind and cool weather. Plus for some reason I was really tired today and took a long nap...

After my nap, I decided to start...

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As for dinner, I had planned this for a long time...and you'll probably be surprised if I said this is the first time of this year that I ate this.. I decided to order

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After all that was done....oh yes...I did finally

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This pretty much sums up my Christmas Day. How did you spend yours?

I hope you liked this and that it brings a smile to your face! :)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Antoinette Patisserie Singapore - Saint Honore Gift Box

I visited Antoinette Patisserie Singapore for the first time to visit my Christmas gift box. It was actually called Saint Honore Gift Box. I was very excited when I collected it as it was packaged  beautifully with gift ribbons and christmas decorations.

Here's what inside the box -
2 pcs of galette bretonne
2 pcs of galette bretonne chocolat
2 pkts of almond cookies
2 pcs of orange hazelnut sable
2 pkts of earl grey tea sable
2 pkts of green tea snowball
2 pkts of raspberry snowball
2 pkts of croquant

If you asked me how the cookies taste, I'm afraid I don't have a full answer, as I gave most of them away to my aunt. But I've tried the galette bretonne chocolat - which was really delicious as it was NOT sweet and tasted of dark chocolate. Heavenly. :) My favourite one, I would say.
I also tasted the green tea snowball and raspberry snowball - I liked the green tea one better :)

The one that I had the strongest impression was defnitely the galette bretonne chocolat. I would definitely get it again if they ever sell them as loose pieces.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Hope you all are enjoying time spent with your families and loved ones :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

First Attempt of St. Honoré

After my visit to Antoinette patisserie shop, I have been inspired to make the 1/12 dollhouse miniature scale St. Honoré pastry. It must be the pink colour. Their version was a lovely lovely sweetest shade of pink, almost like a lip gloss pink, which just made me smile.

I slowly started off making the bases, and then the tiny profiteroles.

This was my first dollhouse miniatures version. I was pretty pleased with it. I like this pink, but it wasn't the pink I was envisioning so I will save it for another later batch. And I'm actually thinking, how many types of pink do I want? We'll see...

So when I made the next batch, I spent some time mixing the pink colour. I failed in my first colour mix  because it was too transparent. I whipped up the next pink colour and finally found the right shade. I might go another 1-2 shades even darker sometime later...

I decided to go with a delicate shade of  pink for the whip cream too.

This can be purchased in my dollhouse miniature food section of my shop!

If you require this in other quantities, please let me know. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A visit to Antoinette Singapore

Before you wonder, no I'm not talking about the movie. ;) Antoinette Singapore is a new patisserie and dining place offering a variety of sweet and savoury French specialties. In their Christmas catalogue, it was mentioned that their shop was named after the last queen of France whose love for meticulously-crafted pastries was well known. And having seen their pastries, I must say they look exquisite! There are actually 4 branches already in Singapore, but fate brought me to visit the one at Penhas Road, where I was there to collect my long awaited Christmas Gift Box!

This branch was tucked in a quiet corner of the street. There aren’t any shops or obvious landmarks beside it, so you have to look out for this.

But once you step inside, you will be greeted by a long wide table filled with scrumptious looking goodies! I went to ask about my gift collection, and while the staff went back to check, I looked around the shop/cafe a bit. It was quite roomy and I can't help but be drawn to the table of goodies.

Not knowing if photography would be allowed, (as there are some shops that doesn't allow photography of their interior), I have since then been very mindful and would always ask first before I snap away. When the staff said yes, I almost felt like I struck lottery!

On the table were all sorts of treats, from christmas specials to butter croissants to meringues!

This is the first time I hear about Chocolate Brioche, but they just look wonderful!

I regretted not getting one of this Pain Au Chocolate home, because they looked so delish!

Though I’ve never ate Christmas stollens before, these are so beautiful!

I love how colourful and cheerful looking these Traditional Christmas fruit cakes look!

They have a few macaron towers which are prominently displayed at their side product shelves.
I’ve not personally dined there yet, but will do so maybe someday. They don’t just serve cakes and pastries but also have mains, salads etc. Although I must say having seen their menu , the prices are a little on the high side, so you may have to be prepared to spend above $50 for a meal per person there. If I ever do dine there, I would blog about my experience too ;)

Hope you enjoyed taking a little walk with me :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dollhouse Miniature Accessories - Wall Decor Frame Art

These dollhouse miniature accessories wall decor frame art came out looking very "wintry looking", which made me smile alot. Initially as I worked on them, I didn't really quite imagined how they would look like. I played around with a few colour options and decided to give it a rustic aged frame. I love those pictures a lot and as I saw them come to life, I can't help but look at them again and again.

Definitely a favourite photo of mine at the moment!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I decided to give this dessert another try. In one of my earlier posts, I mentioned that the macaron I tasted was too sweet for my liking so naturally though I love the colours of it, I wasn't inclined to try it.

This is my second time trying macarons. I didn't like the range of flavours that were offered in the first shop I happened to pass by. I am not really experimentative with food and wanted something more mainstream...but this shop (maybe this was their seasonal offerings), had too many sophisticated flavours that I can't really visualize how the flavours would taste like :P The whole range was focused on tea-infused flavoured macarons. So I decided to give that a miss.

In the 2nd shop that I went to, I was happy to see that they had some mainstream flavours and I picked the strawberry macaron with vanilla cream to try.

The shell could be 30-40% less sweet still. But I did like the strawberry taste. It was flavourful and the vanilla cream complimented it so well. LOVE the vanilla cream.

I thought it would be the same like the previous macarons I tasted, until I bit into the middle of the macaron.

OOOhhh....I tasted the slightly tart strawberry jam/puree, whatever you call it. I love how it brings down the sweetness a bit. Heavenly.

I still have a few other flavours to try out, but I am liking this one so far..

Food Jewelry - Pink Rose Cupcake Ring

It has been on my mind for a while to try to attempt making some food jewelry items - especially cupcake ring.

I finally had some time to attempt this.

For my first ring, I can't help it but make it a pink colour, which is my favourite colour. As I was thinking what kind of decorations I wanted to include on the top, I considered sweets which I would like to attempt later, but first I really wanted something very feminine and elegant, so for this one, I included the pink rose too.

My source of inspiration came from looking at the real cupcakes which has flowers on them.

I hope you enjoy this one! Would so love to try out other colours too! So look out for it. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Patisserie Coin De Rue

How can I not watch any movie which has the word Patisserie in it? I even thought it was a French Film, but it wasn't. In fact it was a Japanese Film.

What I liked about this film was, of course the cakes, pastries and desserts. Everything looks yummy. I also love their quaint antique cake shop, a place whereby you can sit a little while longer, rest your feet and treat yourself to a splendid afternoon with tea and cakes. And the shop is not on the main road, so it's really quiet and has nice surroundings. How lovely!

But what I felt wasn't realistic probably was they would start making the "special order" cake at the point only when it was ordered. It felt like they were making it from scratch, which I think was a little unrealistic perhaps. Or maybe I'm a little dated, I don't know if real patisserie shops do that now?

This cake display makes me drool....OOOhhh.

I love the green cake base. It looks yummy, or maybe I'm really hungry.

Ahhhhh ....Would so love to try this!

Monday, December 12, 2011

What am I doing with them?

I think these pictures are incredibly beautiful...they were actually a calendar of some sort, but when I saw them, I thought of making them into dollhouse miniatures to capture their beauty. I didn't want to put the calendar up on my wall...well I don't have much of a wall space and besides, I do prefer a desk calendar.

The photos were just in the right size too...

So I had fun during the weekend making these lovelies into wall frame paintings, of course in 1:12 dollhouse miniature scale.

I will be offering them on my shop pretty soon, and so do look out for it. Since they were made to be a calendar, the print and quality is incredibly lovely.

Don't miss out on them as once they're sold, they will be gone forever.

Stay tuned! ;)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Craft Books - Welcome to the Felt Bakery

It’s been a while since I did any craft books review. I got this book a while ago and am going to review it!

Book title : Welcome to the Felt Bakery

Author: 宮市稔

Though this book is targeted towards felt crafters, I decided to review this book because I strongly feel that there are really good techniques here that are extremely adaptable and useable for clay crafters. I am actually quite excited about it after looking at the book.
Very interestingly, many years ago, I was into felt craft as well. I made felt swiss rolls, cakes and all the sweet desserts. After looking at this book, I think that felt craft has actually evolved a lot these years, so much so that felt desserts and pastries have reached a new level of sophistication and realism.

This book introduces felt crafters to clay work as well. The main idea is that before they can actually make the felt items, one has to sculpt the "master" item from clay, and then use it to make molds which will later be used for felt work.

Because of that, there are some very interesting sculpting skills (from basic to intermediate) one can learn from, especially if they are interested in making dollhouse miniatures - bread from scratch! There are tons of different breads to learn, and I think this should keep a lot of bread enthusiasts engrossed and occupied for a long time. Although the items made are larger and not in dollhouse miniature scale, I do think that this can be easily adopted appropriately in the scale that you work.

This book has 54 coloured pages and even step by step diagrams are coloured. Even though the instructions are in Japanese, with the clear diagrams it would be easy to understand. I've not come across such an interesting craft book in a while and this is definitely a keeper!

You can now purchase this book directly here for US$38.90 - shipping included and I ship worldwide!

Just click on the Buy Now button below and it will take you to Paypal. Even if you don't have a paypal account, you can still purchase this with your credit card. You don't need to have an account to purchase it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lovely Catch up!

Joanna swung by Singapore for a business trip this week and we managed to meet up for dinner and catch up! I was hoping that she could stay on for another day or 2 so that I can bring her to some quaint and cool places, but she had to go back to we shall do that the next time she swings by here!

We ate, walked around and found some cooool neat stuff. We are thrilled to bits actually. I rarely shop here and the fact that I can actually be excited about it is really something. Hehe. Another day, I can show you what I find. Not related to miniatures though!

Here are just a few photos that I took.

While waiting for our food to arrive, we both sat, relaxed and enjoyed ice lemon teas.
Joanna's lovely green sweater is in the background. :)

Joanna had beef. I don't remember the full name of this dish though...sorry!

I had this crispy chicken cutlet. It was a little hard though, maybe I am old, but I think I like things with gravy better these days....