Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Make Mine Pink's Friday Shopping Event

Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday October 2, 2009 as we present "SIMPLY PINK"

Shades of pink are popping up everywhere. Pink, once reserved for women's boudoirs and little girl's dresses is now being incorporated into the d├ęcor of homes everywhere. Sometimes in hues of summer sunsets, and sometimes bold and bright, pink makes a statement that is impossible to ignore.

Many decorators are "all things pink" fans and put pink in every corner and space - pink furniture, pink curtains, pink accessories. Others' craving for pink is satisfied with just a bit of a favorite shade here and there. You may find a pink pale mirror hanging in the cream colored powder room, an antique pink teapot for tea parties with the girls, or an accent wall painted in a vibrant pink.

Mixing shades of pink makes a room feminine, but the single pink accent in a black and white room can command just as much attention. Towels with pink tatting in a white basket, a miniature pink accent placed on a shelf, or a pink cushion on a contrasting sofa. Even when subtle, pink catches the eye wherever it's used.

Over the past few years, pink has been proclaimed the new black. It's the color that fits in with any theme - from girly to chic, from romantic to modern. Store windows are filled with eye popping pink accessories and furnishings. Designers are using extravagant pink fabrics for whole pieces or to create just a few pink touches. Websites are celebrating pink by selling pink products and giving us ideas for decorating in pink.

What is it about pink that makes us love it so? It's the color of play and delight, yet feminine and strong. It can be whimsical on vintage doll tutus and pink fairy cake pillows. It reflects a bold zest for life when used on larger pieces. It's a reminder of the past on keepsake boxes, and feminine on a ribbon or a rose.
Make Mine Pink represents so much more than just the color pink. It symbolizes women, femininity, strength and calm. Whether you surround yourself with pink or just keep a special pink reminder nearby, pink celebrates life - everything you already are and all your hope for the future.

Joyce Lucas, FounderMake Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: Sew Victorian Photo Contribution 2: Pei Li's Dollhouse Miniatures

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pink Treasury

Found myself in a lovely pink treasury today! I had to share a photo! Thanks to alibli for picking my pink dollhouse miniature shabby chic bread box.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Paper Tole

I am into my third lesson of papertole and my piece is still yet to complete. It just goes to show, that I'm a little slow, and there were much more details than I thought. I chose a foxwood rabbit christmas picture as my first, and by next lesson, I should be able to finish with the decoration ;)

I'm very excited with its progress and it's looking nice. Well I could only show a picture when I get it back from framing!

Then, I also picked another picture for my 2nd piece. I'm drawn by Janet Kruskamo's work, and I had a hard time picking one of her garden scenery pictures. In the end, I picked the Apple Pie Harvest! I love the homey kitchen scene, and my teacher said this would be quite difficult to do, as there are way lot more details. I think when you pick a picture you really like, you will have sustained interest in completing it. I'm also thinking of picking another christmas picture, so maybe that for my 3rd project haha!

Image from http://images.papertoleusa.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A date set for next year...

Met up with a long time friend last Friday for a Japanese buffet dinner, and we had fun filling each other on what’s happening in our lives. I share with her about my recent project for Enchanted Makeovers, and my friend suggested that I give a talk at the Zonta Club of Singapore, where she is one of the key members. Typically if it was a stranger who approached me, I would have been very hesitant, as speaking to a crowd was never my thing. However I’m quite excited about this, and in fact, I DID write it down on my goal list, so that I WILL work on it. I think it’s a combination of reasons; I know it will be a safe environment knowing my friend would be there to help me, secondly and very importantly, it’s a topic that I’m passionate about – when it is something you feel strongly about (miniatures & helping the community), it’s so much easier talking about it. Thirdly, I’m happy to know that they share some similar goals about helping to improve the lives of women.

So my goal there is to give a short talk about miniature making, a little about how I got started, sell some of my works there in person, and contribute a share of the profits to one of their current projects helping school girls.
The target date is set for next year, which I’m absolutely thankful for, because there is no way I could get everything done up in a short span of time.

Life is so much more meaningful when the little things that I create with my hands can actually help people in return…

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I've voted for my favourite Doer of the week

In some of my earlier posts, you would have heard me mentioned Enchanted Makeovers. An internationally recognized non profit organization, they transform shelters for women and children into places of peace and possibilities—not just where basic needs are met, but spiritual needs for hope and beauty also.

Terry Grahl, the president and founder of this wonderful organization is one of the nominees in Martha Stewart's Dreamers into Doer's contest, which honor women who have turned their passion into a business or philanthropic venture.

Please vote for Terry, as your favourite Doer of the Week here : http://dreamers.marthastewart.com/profiles/blogs/vote-for-your-favorite-doer-of

She could win $2,500.....which will help Enchanted Makers to complete their makeover projects.

I've voted, how about you?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dollhouse Miniatures Shabby Chic Bread Box

For the last couple of weeks, I was busy making dollhouse miniatures shabby chic bread box. It was time consuming, but fun. I got so engrossed into it, that I ended up wanting to make them in various colours. So yes, I did make them in warm white, pale pink, mint green, antique white too. I just like seeing them being transformed in different colours...there must be one colour that you like?

I was flipping through one of my treasured discontinued magazines, called Zakka Book, and I found this photo that shows the various sizes of bread box. And the bread box were huge!

My dollhouse miniature scale bread box are of course a little tad smaller, measuring at approximately only 2.5cm by 2.5cm.

The antique white, pale pink and mint green ones are available at my dollhouse miniatures shop.

Picture scanned from the magazine, one of my inspiration photos.

I'm planning to release Shabby Chic Cake Boxes too. You must have seen them too, with the word Cake on them. Currently work in progress :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Show and Tell ~ Enchanted Makeovers Project

Finally, after a few weeks of working on these, I have completed 20 pairs of earrings for Enchanted Makeovers!

I'm so happy I finally completed them...and I took a nice shot of a sample of each. I created 4 different designs, so the girls have a variety to choose from. I am hoping these would bring a smile to their faces when they receive them.
I thought they look pretty cute on my shabby chic kitchen trays in the photos.

Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers also posted photos of them at the Martha Stewart's Dreamers into Doers webpage over at here : http://dreamers.marthastewart.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=1sub5ujvlr3yk

I'm off to package them, and then mail them to Enchanted Makeovers...

Click on the photo to see a clearer picture of them!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1:12 Scale Dollhouse Miniature Breadbox

From Wikipedia : A breadbox (chiefly American) or a bread bin (chiefly British) is a container for storing bread and other baked goods to keep them fresh. They were a common household kitchen item until bread started being made commercially with food preservatives and wrapped in plastic. Breadboxes are still used, especially by people who bake bread at home. Newer ones are usually made of metal. In the past they were often made of wood or sometimes pottery (pottery breadboxes are also called bread crocks). Old breadboxes can be collectible antiques.
The lid or door to a breadbox is usually hinged, opening from the front or top, or a fully removable top. Most breadboxes are fairly tightly sealed when closed, helping to trap moisture and prevent their contents from drying out and going stale. They protect their contents from mice and other pests.

I got an angel to purchase this dollhouse miniature breadbox all the way from Japan for me. It was something I don't see in ebay or online shops. Extremely high quality, well made miniature, I must say. It's made of stainless steel, and spray painted. Don't even ask me how much it is. Let's just say it's only for serious miniature collectors. I was more so delighted that it opens and closes..just like the real thing!

Now it's closed...

Now you can see my Vienna bread in them!