Sorry I took this long to share photos of my HK trip..Just been in inertia mode this whole time and now that it's like only 4 more days (4 MORE DAYS) to the start of another round of misery, I'm starting to get a panic attack!!
Here's some shots of my trip to Hong Kong with H..along the way we met my parents there and had the best time of my life eating all the best food the land could offer!
Me and H waiting to take the mini bus to Elementz mall..first time on board on of those..zoom all the way!
At the foot hill of the Great Big Buddha at Lan Tau island...such a long trip to get there and we had to pay to climb the 300+++ steps to get up there! Love this photo heaps though!
Thumbs down to J for being so scared on the cable car ride back..ahhahahaha....She was powerless to stop me from mocking her even though she knew H was taking a photo of me doing this! hahaha :)
H and Me before the cable car ride....probably the last time we ever go to Lan Tau island..
Thanks for dropping by...I know how it's like when we do that disappearing game and your readers are like wondering where in the world you are!
I envy scrapper mums like Stephanie Howell have 4 kids and still blog more regularly than me! I need to repent! She's wonderwoman.. I'm just a silly scrapper who dreams of being jobless and scrap all day long!
I'm sorry I've not done very much scrapping this holidays..I'm guilty for hoarding so much stuff and not using them and what makes it worse is that H doesn't or never ever scolds or chide me! He just lets me pile my things up, occupy 3 cupboards and stays silent each time I come home with a PM or MWL paper bag. Argh..Now I feel doubly guilty!
Time to stop!!
hahhaa..If you know me well, I will resolve to stop buying, as I did 3 months back. Restrain. Restrain. Then in 2 weeks, I go back on my word. hahahahaa :) *stop laughing Huayi!!*..... :)
Well, yesterday I met up with Beeks and I told her of my grand plan to save more money in 2011 and see how simply I can live. We talked about those days of how we just started working and were still very frugal with our spending.
We frequented This Fashion (yes, go ahead and laugh!!) Ate cheapo fried Mars Bars at Far East with $3 fried chicken chop from Shi Lin Snacks. Envied those who could spend $8.90 Waffles at Gelare while we sat at Far East eating our food. And those who could part with $5 for a starbucks drink while that same $5 could buy us Hor Fun at Sakura to fill our tummies more.
We weren't poor. We had few bills to pay. But we did watch how we spent our money.
We have come a long way today, 7 years from graduating from NUS.
These days, $15 meals are common, sometimes $20 or up to $30 for one meal. And the next meal could be that same amount. And yet, we won't be counting our pennies. Money goes out easily from our wallets without much guilt or need to restrain.
How far we have come.
So, in 2011, it's back to the basics of living. And living simply. $3 meals will make a come back. But allow me my bubble tea indulgence. Just this one vice. :)
Yes, you read it right! These are the remainders of the gummies I released for sale a few months back and I used whatever remaining stash I had to make these. They are one of a kind and once this is sold, I will not be making another batch!
They are all slightly different so do email me at joannavlee@hotmail to purchase any of them if you like before they get sold out!
Each of these go for $4.50, excluding 50 cents postage :)
Blessed Christmas in advance...I hope to check back in soon when I can squeeezzzeeeeee in some time...
Big apologies for MIAing this past 2 weeks! I went to Hong Kong and got back to heaps of laundry and a messy house and was just too lazy to blog! Plus I had heaps of TVB drama to catch up so there went all my time!
Scrapwise: I've not done very much, save for making some more embellishments. I get a great kick out of thinking of how to do more embellishments rather than scrapping so I apologise that I don't have any scrappy photos this time to show you all!
Just an update of what u can expect to see in my pages above:
Script Stamp for sale...
More Faux Pearls..this time in Santa Baby Red!
Another version of Faux Pearls that I wanted to try, with glitter sticks, more twirls included for that extra oomph!
I have good news to share with you on this lovely Sunday morning! KCK is having a blog challenge using Basic Grey and I was invited to be a Guest Designer! *YEAH!!*...Well, it's not often that I get such invitations so any is always welcomed!
I get my own badge too: *Thanks Sandy for the Badge!!*
Sandy asked me to create 2 notebooks for this and when I got her email, I was like ....' SO TOTALLY YES!!!'..cos notebooks are so my thing! And I love doing them...but this one was a challenge for me also cos if you're my regular reader, you know I seldom use BG! hahahha but it's good to venture out of my happy colour mode and try something different!
Here are the supplies I used:
Cappella Pagentry, Writer's Block, Paper Ribbion and Bling it!
Origins Hot Stone and Die Cuts
With these supplies, I made:
On the last photo you'll see clearly the flower I created using the paper ribbon..I love that these ribbons are so versatile and you don't necessary have to use them solely as ribbons per se but you can make flowers out of them!
Try this: Cut a pece of paper ribbon of about 8 inches and make a fold at every interval:
Bunch them all together and stick the ends! You'll get something like this:
Bring them all in together and stick a button on top and you're done!
Easy Peasy right?
I hope you're inspired to take part in this challenge! The prizes are drool worthy so please go go go!
Some of you have asked me about the pearls that I used for the Christmas tags below and I've decided to put some up for sale in an assortment of colours in pink, blue and autumn. Do check out my 'Handmade Stuff for sale' on the top right hand corner of this page to see the full range!
Ok, crushed orange and chocolate is automatically ruled out...
Blueberry, cream soda and green apply seem close...
The answer is
The picture is not very clear but cream soda is clearly the lowest cos it's already half used, just that on the photo the glitter sticks quite a bit to the sides of the stix so it appers that it's still a lot left.
Winner is: KC!
But how could I let Justina, who got the answer right, not receive a prize???
KC, please email me at email@example.com to claim your prize, with your mailing address..
Justina: I'll be in touch with you to get a prize to u!
Have a good Friday and weekend....I'll be back soon!
8.30am - Rise & Shine...do laundry
8.50am - Sent H off the door to work..followed by E! Entertainment: Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane..
10am - Hang Laundry..
10:15am - Read newspapers and scoff at Mr K Shammugam's reply to Members of the House about Mas Salamat
10.45 ff - Suft net!
Life is good!!
I can so get used to this pseudo Tai Tai life!!
Resident photographer H has to bring home the bacon while I am at home so amateur me took his camera and snapped the following pictures of my latest work:
The camera was set to f 6.8 and I have no idea what it means although H always tells me if I wanna do those blur background thingys, the f has to be very low, like 2.8 but I have no idea how to adjust the f thing...haha...I will ask him later tonight when he gets back on how to do adjust the f...
This pressie is for a baby shower we're attending this Saturday for H's Uni friend baby girl Janelle and I was more than happy to make something for her....
Made my Monday morning better....not that it isn't already good cos I don't have to go to work today...
Thanks for dropping by ladies..I have a contest below and so far we have 2 guesses for blueberry...Please remember if there are 2 same answers, the first one gets it so if you're dropping by to guess, please try another colour!
I'm addicted to making Christmasy stuff!! Whooo....
If you know me, I've eschewed doing Christmasy stuff for the past 2 years so this is a first for me and I'm really loving it! Sidenote: The other 'season' which I stay away from is V Day...never really like all those lovey dovey stuff! :)
The first batch of tags I did was the fun cutesy sort and this time, I wanted a different style...
May I present my 2nd patch of Christmas tags...
And here's all of them in a picture collage...whoo! I have to say I really really like them!!
In the spirit of Christmas, I'd like to give away the following tag to one of you lovely ladies and this time, it won't be a random draw but I'd like you to do some guessing!
Question: Here are 5 pixee stixs..guess which colour has the LEAST glitter left..Hint: If you frequently read my blog, you know which colour I use the most!
From left to right: Blueberrry, Cream Soda, Chocolate, Green Apple Crushed Orange
All the best ladies!
(Caveat: H made a guess and he got it wrong..Dang!!)
I will reveal the winner by this Friday! If there are 2 of the same answers, the first one wins!
It's baby season around the work place so after I did an album for my neighbour, L, I decided I have to another for my other neighbour, also with the name L! I'm sitting in between 2 preggie ladies! Now, this preggy mama has been such a good neighbour to me..I get cheesecakes, curry puffs and pandan cakes..wooo...growing fat with all the awesome food she feeds me with!
And since she's having a girl (whooo..I love designing for baby girls!)..I decided that this frame I've saved up for so long should go to her:
So there you have it! L, I hope you have a smooth delivery and here's 3 cheers to having a little baby girl coming your way soon!
Here's little Ms K on an early Saturday morning when I popped over to my parent's place:
Got all the names in the little pail for her to pick!!
Reaching her hand in....while looking at me (I deleted my face from this picture!)....
Yeah..she has got the winner in her hands!!
And here is the winning name:
Prameeta, I'll be getting the RAK to you next week...watch for it on your office table!! :)
Big thanks to all the girls for participating....I promise another give away in Dec for you to win another bag of goodies I've put together. This time it will not be a random draw but one that requires some guessing and it should increase your chances of winning if you get the right answer!
Had 2 colleagues over to my place yesterday to make presents for their friends and we had a blast! Here's one of them cutting paper...Yes..a guy! Finally! The cult is spreading in the department..heee heee.. :)
And our finished products - A Notebook & a matching card!
Now it it's up to you to guess who's this fortunate girl who will be receiving these very soon. I'd be so touched if any guy made anything close to this for me..but alas..my time has come and gone without these and I know I can keep dreaming that H will do this for me someday but for all that he is to me, his love for me and his support for this expensive & crazy hobby of mine, I can live without these gifts (for now!)...
Have a great holiday today!
P.S: Don't forget to leave a comment for my giveaway below...I am seriously considering giving away 2 RAKs given the number of people who have commented and will be getting little Ms K to draw the names on Friday.
YES! You read the title rightly! It's time for another giveway!
I remember how when I first started scrapping I was a big sucker for give aways and it was so thrilling to see your name picked for RAKs and lovely giveaways! Although I hardly keep up with the numerous giveaways these days, I can so remember how it feels to win something! My best win was from Cosmo Cricket..out of 200+ people who left their names, my name got picked. Twice. I should never enter into any of their other draws cos I don't think they'll ever pick me after two times! It was fun stalking the DHL guy and eagerly anticipating his arrival!
Yeah..so enough said, I'm going to make someone out there a very happy girl (sorry, this RAK is only restricted to Singaporeans!) so I'm giving the following stuff away...I'll also throw in another American Crafts Field House Printed Paper (Botanique) into the RAK (sincere apologies didn't manage to squeeze that into the picture!)
Just leave me a comment telling me what pressies you're working on for Christmas and I'll draw a name by next friday!
P.S: Due to the bulky nature of this RAK, i'll not be able to post it so if you win it, I'll request that you meet me to pick it up..hope that's ok!