Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
:: Happy 3rd Birthday, Adam!! ::
:: framed art for newborn niece - born 1st December '07 ::
:: welcome to the world, Mas Kirina Dewi Pian!! ::
:: art to match her yellow-and-green room ::
:: calling this piece "Stepping Stones: Citrus" - baby's first chapters/steps in her life ::
:: part of the lot ::
Kept design very simple and somewhat plain even, with only design motif being my interpretation of Xmas tree decorative ornaments/lights.
note: date and RSVP details ommited for privacy purposes
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Got these framed yesterday. They now stand neatly in a row on his bed. I plan to hang them up on the wall though, but was petrified to make holes in the wall. Hehe ... Settled for the next best thing then - lined them up on this picture shelf thingy. For now, that'll be home for these frames. The story part of the actual "bedtime routine' story rests behind each of the four frames shown below.
Let's just hope Big Z won't have so much of an opinion on his pillowcases though - I somehow can already hear him say something like, "but I want trains, Mummy ... not funny balls". Haha ...
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
So. Below are photos on what 'flourished' from those plain white onesies. I sat myself down and in three hours (yea, i know! 3 hours just for that teeny bit of work? haha) completed them designs. I just wanted to have some personalized touch to my baby's clothes. Result ain't great, but I have to say, it's such a refreshing change of work. I'm usually drowning myself in papers printing this and that, but yesterday it was just soft fabric and colourful threads. I could just get used to this new interest of mine. Hmmm... we'll see.
Monday, November 19, 2007
"Tell Me A Story, Mummy" written by Carl Norac and beautifully illustrated by Mei Matsuoka. This is Big Z's current favourite bedtime read. The main character though, the Mummy's child here is a girl. So, for obvious reasons, when I read the book to him, I replace the said-character to Big Z's name and change the character's friend, to Big Z's pick-of-the-night friend. He gives me the name, I'll just insert it in the story.
After reading this book, he'll ask for the other current favourite. This other one has no book though. It really can't be found anywhere in print for that matter. It's a purely made-up one by yours truly. It's called "The Cereal, The Pasta & The Biscuit". *LOL* This story has many different episodes and takes on it. ;-)
It all started with Big Z not satisfied after reading some 3 or more books to him one night. With the lights off, he insisted I tell him another story. For short of idea and mind you, I was extremely tired by then, I came up with this spur-of-the-moment take on a bedtime story. (no guesses what's on my mind most nights - naming characters after food .. haha!) Most nights, it gets pretty ridiculous a storyline, but I always try my best to include some good moral behind the created story. The most common one is how in life, no two characters or people are the same, yet they can still live together (in the case of the cereal, pasta and biscuit - they all live harmoniously in the kitchen cupboard) and be friends with one another. I've also gone down the also-very-true route that not everyone can get along well with each other, but you'll always need to be nice to people regardless of their differences. Be nice to others, and they'll be nice to you. Or so I'd like to believe and have been brought up to have such a mindset. And what better way to introduce this than through such important characters as the cereal, the pasta and the biscuit, ey? ;-)
After a round of the story (each night is a different storyline, and I really don't know what I've gotten myself into now ... eeek!!), Big Z gives me one of his made-up stories too. A fair trade, I suppose. Haha. And only after that, will he finally agree to go to sleep. Tiring? You don't say!
I was scribbling about in my notebook (as I normally do) one fine day when I came up with some lines. Read them and it sounded like a good (for my kids at the very least) enough piece of short story. This was some months back. Today, I finally had them printed out. I attached a piece of Big Z's earlier paintings to each of the story's 'page'. My next step is to get these framed up and then have them displayed in Big Z's room. It's another made-up story, another homemade story, if you like. Instead of binding the pages together into a mini book, I thought I'd have them framed up and thus will double up as some unconventional artwork in his room. More home-projects on my end then.
Below, the 4 'pages' to the story. I'm calling this one, "The Bedtime Routine".
Often, it's the tiniest of detail you overlook and yet, in many instances it may well be the most meaningful and personal touch to your gift. After all, attaching a note and/or card to a gift, with your bits of words on it leaves your mark on the gift, yes?
So. I decided to make some very simple and teeny-weeny cards for this purpose. To not just adorn and complete the look of any one gift, present or parcel, but to give others a chance to read my best wishes to them and if they so wish to, to hang on to the piece of card. It's really small and so will not take up much space in their 'cards drawer' or 'cards box' or 'cards basket'. You get the picture ... ;-)
Here, some shots of them small gift tags and cards.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
So. I'm now halfway-through the 40-weeks journey. That's right. As of tomorrow, I enter my 6th month of pregnancy with baby number 2. Has to be said, this pregnancy has definitely been more challenging, both physically and emotionally, as compared to the first pregnancy. I tire more easily this time round, have a much bigger rear (much to my utter dislike!), have an almost addictive craving for all food spiced and/or heavily-drown in herbs, and dissing chocolates (this has GOT to be the biggest shock in terms of my appetite ... saying 'no' to chocs? hmmm... it's just unheard of if you're Mrika! haha).
On a lighter note, I'm terribly anxious and equally excited to welcome a second baby into our lives. The gap's quite big by what-seems-to-be-the-current-trend. Big brother's just turned 4 in August, and so in terms of years apart, he and lil one will be 5 years apart when baby arrives in late Feb/early March next year. For all the right reasons, I'd say the said-gap is pretty good.
I'm counting the weeks now to when I'm 'allowed' to start buying things for the baby. I've my eye on some rather pretty lil items to adorn baby with, but as the hubs has reminded me, it's still a bit early to start shopping for them things. And yes, he IS right. So, I've instead busied myself with some lil projects on my end. Just to distract me a bit, and well, to start a lil collection of things for baby. 'Home-made with much love from mother to child'. Hehe... if there was a tagline to go with these lil projects, that could well be it. :-)
Am actually running late now. Raya duties - read: open houses to fill our ever-ready-willing-to-swallow-them-food-spread tummies. So, I'll leave you all for now, and will continue this entry with photos of some completed projects.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Each brought home their respective cards and a lil pouch of chocolates.