March 01, 2009

[rainy days are here to stay]

Another weekend of cool rainy days.... almost without fail, these few days have been characterized by a hot hot humid morning, followed by torrential rain and dark comfy afternoons. Although it got a bit 'cabin feverish' after 2 long long days - yup, they insist on waking up at 7am on weekends! - it was great weather to just laze around at home, making stuff, cooking and baking.
In view of the current economic climate, last week we put our house up on the market (falling prices and all that) Although a momentous decision, it was a fun few days redecorating and trying to see the place from an "outsider" point of view. Our living room now looks like a proper 'formal' living room, the girls' room has G's bed in it, the study is packed up and neat (ish) and the whole house looks and feels like a new home. It feels great to have the new layout, as it makes us use the house in very different ways. The girls now seldom venture into the living room, preferring their room which is where the toys are being kept. So, anybody who's interested in relocating to the North East of the island, do get in touch!

The girls room
The living room

What else did we do... yup, we got down to making and baking the goodies that are going into G's goodie box. Here's some of the process shots:
Abstract shot of all the boxes
Magnets all done up
the completed goodie box :) i printed all the tags and G said it's "post! grace is 4!" heh..... then i explained to her that it's Psst... like when you're telling someone a secret, she said why does it need to be a secret! lol...... she's 1 happy girl, announcing to everybody that she's ALMOST 4, she'll be 4 in a week....
Step 1 of magnets - glue patterned paper (October Afternoon) onto magnet, cut to size. Adhere a tag (i used the diecut as a guage, but DIY cut the rest)
Diecut the scalloped tags (i used the sizzix bigshot and scallop tags die - available here)
Stamp your message onto the tag (used October Afternoon stamps)
Lastly, embellish with a diecut shape (used OA and BG diecuts)
All done!!! :)Recently was commissioned to create some altered alphas for a newlywed couple :)
Monograms for each of them...
Plus "H" for home for the house.
Finally, some plain shoes which i embellished with felt, fabric and buttons :)
O and couldn't resist taking a pic of those 'soon to be 4 yr old' shoulders!


esther said...

harlow! Im interested! :) can u kindly email me details about ur homely-looking home :) if ure not comfortable with giving me the address, u can just mention general details :) e.g. price range, where (near mrt?),any market central nearby..hope to hear from u soon! thanks!
my email:

jing said...

thaanks for showing me how to make the magnets, shall attempt to do it one day.

I love your shoes.

are they up for sale ?

Kate said...

I love how you've done up the room!

rachel said...

i think my parents would be interested. could we have some details regarding the house?
thank you!

joscelyne cutchens said...

I love all those projects, so so cute! and my little boy is going to be 4 this month! :)

siti arnie said...

Hi Jacq, was wondering where can i get those boxes , tot of using that for my daughter's birthday goodies bag. Thanks !!

Btw just to inform i will 'steal' ur idea on giving them the fridge magnet that u showed in the tutorial

JACQ said...

Hi siti! Yes, the boxes are still available, how many do you need? Sure sure, please do the fridge magnets :) Hope the kiddies like them!