Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Great Minds Think Alike ... I Think

Remember me saying I need a new place to photograph my layouts? I was going to do that with P's old typewriter. I had dreams of my pages resting between rows of keys.
Today, I saw the set-up at Donna Downey's. Now I'm so stoked to stage my pages asap!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

You are my Sunshine

E at the park between grandpa's and godpa's.
Trying different ways to make flowers. Here's another:
Bright sunshine from stickles.
She looks so grown-up now. I miss my chubby baby, she's a true toddler now - opinionated (she chooses her own outfit most of the time), fiercely independent, fixated with going out and eating bread for every meal, a great conversationist.

Over lunch yesterday, she recounted the repairman fixing the airconditioning at Por Por's house the day before. But it is not Por Por's aircon which is spoilt, it's Kaufu's.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dressed up and getting shoes on.
Getting the strap tight enough. Notice the finger to press the lower strap down.
Yep, done. And she packed the bag herself - snack, tissue, teddy and a ball.
Trying to get the fingers into a victory sign.
Afternoon out with Dad!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Notty ger notty ger notty ger

E was chanting this throughout the journey back from family dinner last night. When I finally understood the words, I asked her "Who's the naughty girl?" She replied "E-in goooood girl" and went back to chanting "Notty ger notty ger notty ger ..."

Now where did she pick that up from?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Felt Food Felt Good

Some food I made out of felt for E, to go with her cooking set. It's fun to embellish with needle and thread.I meant these to be broccoli, but they look like spring onions.
These strawberries look juicy and good enough to eat, don't they?

I'm going to get more colours of felt to make other types of food and fruits!

E is finally able to distinguish between P's and my camera. No more tears when she thought I was using P's camera or vice versa.

She is rather protective about who sits on which sofa and who is holding whose phone/bag/book. Kong Kong has to hide a songsheet behind the newspaper and pretend to be singing while reading the papers, when he want to practice the song, because she insists THAT songsheet belongs to Por Por. Quite hilarious, if it wasn't so frustrating at times. Everything cannot be shared, except with her. So while this camera is daddy's, she can lay claim on it!
I think this girl is going to be a gadget queen!

E-tionary word of the day:
alabit (n.) a combination of "a bit" and "little bit"

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Here's my latest page. Too lazy to do anything intricate.
I need to find a better place to photograph my layouts.

Altered IKEA boxes.

These ones are round and comprise 2 sections.

J is out of the house, E is napping and I'm catching up on my podcasts. Time for a mug of Milo. Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I posted this layout earlier.
Finally able to take some close-up shots when the lighting is better:
The metal frame has a glittery sheen which goes with the metallic mist.
I enjoyed layering the circles to give dimension while adding colour. It is a great way to introduce seemingly uncoordinated patterned paper since very little of each is shown.
This layout just grew on me, in an unexpected way. The evolution of the page:
  • I started with an idea to curl the paper around the photos.
  • How about misting 1/3 of the white cardstock for a coordinated background?
  • Couldn't get a pleasing placement, so I trimmed the cardstock and tucked it behind the curls.
  • Now I needed a new background paper. The stripes worked well to repeat the horizontal lines from the curls.
  • More texture needed to balance the curls. Pom-poms!
  • How to transition from the curls to the misted cardstock? Trusty SSFL edges on each side of the photos.
  • And between the cardstock and the stripes - distressing followed by soaking the edge in Cherry Metallic Mist.
  • Now the curls look "raw". Gathered all the red brads and lined them in a row to anchor those curls.
  • A couple of button flowers, title on top of scalloped journalling strips, tucked the name card of the bakery behind the strips, and ...
I think I'll consider the page DONE!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Can you spot where I stitched?

It must be the needle and thread beckoning me to use them again, after I handstitched some felt food for E.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Bilingual lesson in progress

Me: "Pillow, 枕头 zhentou"
E: Pats head
Me: "Yes, 头 tou is head"
E: "No, toe!" Touches toes
Me: "You're pointing to toes, Mama is saying 头, head"
E: "No, this is 头发 toufa, hair"
Well, she got that one correct!