Thursday, November 29, 2007

Off to Nashville!

Well, I'm going tomorrow, but today I have a lot of catching up to do. I had a horrific day yesterday, I was poisoned by Robitussin cough syrup! I took one dose of it and all day long I was delirious and could not do anything but lay down, and was sick to my stomach!!! I will never ever take that stuff again! I'm still not 100% recovered but need to get things done before I leave for Nashville tomorrow. It's a short trip so I'll be back on Monday, see you then!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Squirnuts on the Wall

An Etsy customer sent me these pictures showing my Squirnuts print hanging on the wall, it means so much to me to see my prints living happily in their new homes. I love that the print is in an ornate old-fashioned frame, I also love that it is next to that Keep Calm poster, and what a great idea to frame several pieces of your favorite wallpaper! Thank you Spike 1520, whoever you are! Fans of my sold-out Squirnuts print, good news, I am releasing version 2 very soon!!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Crafty Etsy Friend- ChezSucreChez

Kimberly is actually a friend of mine in real life and I am so happy to find out that she's been making these beautiful needlepoint pieces, she sells them on her Etsy shop. Of course I love the squirrel one, but the coral one really stands out as the most beautiful, I also love the hardware she uses for hanging the artwork. I think I might go for the custom initials, and get 3 letters- R A D, what do you think? I can't wait to see more of Kimberly's needlepoint art!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

If I had an extra Million Dollars...

maybe a few more, I would definitely want to buy all of these things from Wright20 in Chicago. I would bid on this most beautiful table clock made by Pedro Friedeberg, its estimated price is $7000 to $9000. This Hans Wegner rocking chair is so adorable and probably not very comfortable, but would look so good in my "dream" living room! Here are some more beautiful objects from the website.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Have a Great Holiday Weekend!

I'm one sick Wonting today so there'll be no post, in fact, I'm going to take the rest of the week off! Well, not exactly, I will be working on my new prints and making trips to the post office to ship out all my orders. Have a great Thanksgiving and see you next Monday! Photo from Cute Overload.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Blogs Day

I'm having a very good press day today, which led to hitting a milestone at my etsy shop, I made my 100th sale this morning! So I think I should blog about the blogs that I'm a fan of and have been so good to me. Design Sponge- I've been a fan of D*S for 3 years now, it is like my morning cup of coffee, can't live without it. I learned about the Philip Johnson Glass House through her blog and I immediately bought tix for it (my tour is in July 2008, on my birthday!) Today Grace posted a little thing for my animal Gocco print and I feel so proud that I am on D*S!!! Bloesem- Irene is a very sweet lady from Amsterdam and lives in Kuala Lumpur. I love and want everything she posts, I think we would make really good shopping partners! Today I found that we're both fans of Hella Jungerius. I would starve for that Hella plate she posted today! Poppytalk- Jan is a big supporter of Indie artists and crafters and I am so thrilled that I've been chosen to be one of the sellers at Poppytalk Handmade December Market Place starting 12.10.2007. From Amsterdam With Love- Miss Lel is an Aussie living in Amsterdam. She was so kind to blog about my works and emailed me about it. I was so pleasantly surprised how nice her blog is, and I am flattered to be mentioned among all these amazing artists and designers i.e. Rob Ryan and Steven Harrington.
Modish- I wrote about Jena's blog last week, so happy that my prints are all over the blog! And look, she's an Etsy super star!

And thank you Teen Angster and Daniellexo of Etsy for your support!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Goods Of Desire

But people call it G.O.D. in Hong Kong, in Cantonese these three letters phonetically sound like "To Live Better". It is a place that I must go every time I'm in HK. For tourists it's a good place to get hip Chinese-themed gifts. For someone like me, who is only familiar with the 70's-80's Hong Kong, this is a good store to get all kinds of products that borrow elements from that era but made with a humorous twist. It's a kitschy store, and I'm not a fan of their clothing and furniture, but they really make some good housewares and textiles. Here are some of my faves, I especially LOVE the plastic camera case that is made to look like a piece of jade carving, and the "HK British passport" journal reminds me of the one I had that really confused my identity when I was little.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Hella Nuts!

Chad and I are a couple of Hella Jongerius nuts. We have 3 of her vases (2 from Ikea, pictured above), 2 of her Repeat textiles from Maharam, and now we are contemplating on getting the big bowl with the cluster of roses and beading (the first picture), it will be a Christmas gift to ourselves! We made 3 large cushions with one of the Repeat fabrics that we've been enjoying very much, and we still don't know what to do with the other one, pictured below.It would be an overkill to use it in the living room, so I'm thinking of using it on a love seat that we could put in our bedroom. Like this sofa here, but using cheap Ikea love seat ($169!!!), the fabric is about 3 yards by 6 feet tall, I'm thinking of mixing it with grey felt coz I don't think it's enough fabric to cover that love seat. I also thought of making a nice headboard with it and pad it with down feathers. Got any other good ideas for me on how to use this fabric?

Thanks Modish!

Jena from Modish has my little nutty friend as the main image for her Holiday Cards Guide, great advertisement for me, thanks! She also has 2 of my cards among her favorites, love her!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Miki Tanaka

Most people who know me have seen me wearing the beetle necklace by my good friend Miki Tanaka. I am a loyal customer, I stick to a few designers that I go back to year after year, and Miki's jewelry is one of them. Every season she comes out with pieces that are very thoughtful and imaginative, but still maintains her signature organic style. She's always inspired by her travels and her Japanese upbringing, like the bugs series came from her trip back home and was fascinated by these funny creatures. For her latest collection, Miki uses simple floral pattern as her theme which is engraved on each design, it is a softer and delicate group compared to her previous work, the precious little 18K gold pendant necklace is my favorite. These are Miki's men's collection but I think women can wear these necklaces as well. You can find Miki's jewlery at Opening Ceremony in New York and L.A. and Shopbop.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tomboy Wednesday

I usually hate all the car shows on TV, but recently I am obsessed with BBC America's Top Gear. The 3 hosts are like regular cool dudes and are so lucky to be able to test drive the sexiest automobiles ever made, like this Maserati. The best part of the show is their crazy car experiments, I just watched one episode that the 3 guys converted everyday cars into stretch limos and chauffeuring British pop stars to a music event in Central London during rush hour. The biggest challenge was they had to use European small-size cars like Alfa Romeo, Saab, and Fiat. Here is one of the frankensteins made of Fiats. This red limo is impossible to get to the back seat, since there is no back door, you need a dolly and a pully to roll you to your seat, it's stupid and hilarious! I don't want to give away the ending but you can imagine what would happen when there are no wheels in the middle of this super long limo! So if you are a 10% tomboy like me, you should definitely give Top Gear a try.

Zune Artist Series

I didn't know anything about Zune until a week ago, and last night I met the delightful illustration duo TADO, they are in town for the release party for the Zune Artist Series. In case you don't know what it is, it's a pocket-size media player that is like an iPod for the PC users. But enough about the gadget, I'm writing about it because of the beautiful etched artworks you get to choose on the back. Here are some of the Zunes with the etched illos by TADO, Chisato Shinya and Colletivo. You can check out the entire collection here.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sunshine and Shadow

I love Sunshine and Shadow because Lily's clothes are very wearable and especially the tops, that scoop neck looks good on most body types! Here are some of my favorite pieces from her Winter collection, kind of lady-like but still tough and edgy. The sliver of bright color peaking out of the dark cardigan is a great idea for people who like to wear dark color clothes but want to change it up just a little bit.

Friday, November 9, 2007

My Kind of Sexy

I was working at home yesterday and my iTunes was playing the theme song from "A Man and a Woman" , I hadn't heard that song in a while and I recommend that as your work music, it inspired me to design something really beautiful and romantic. I love that movie, Chad even has a video tape of it, it's so romantic, the style is sophisticated and sexy (come on, she's in love with a Grand Prix car racer!), and Anouk's hair is the best thing in the movie! That floppy center-parted below the chin hair that is always in her face, impractical but it's so chic and simple and goes so well with her exquisite features. Some people want to be Audrey, or Jane, or Catherine D, and I want to be Anouk.

Faiyaz Jafri's Etsy Shop

Faiyaz is Siu Yin Chau's other half and they make one super-talented couple. He is a renowned illustrator from Holland and currently lives in New York. He specializes in 3-D illustrations of robot-like humans and deers, because he often uses vibrant colors as the back drop these chrome-looking mammals seem lively and adorable! The fawn sculpture was exhibited in Taiwan and will be showing in Hong Kong during Christmas time. You can see his work here. And now you can buy his older prints for a very affordable price from his Etsy shop, I just bought the orange one called Vortex, That orange is going to look good with my powder blue book shelves (they actually hold Chad's vinyls).