January 25, 2012

happy chinese new year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

It's the year of the dragon and here's wishing you a super happy and prosperous lunar new year. Adrianna presented her grandma a red packet with a print out of our little baby's ultrasound inside so the whole family knows of a dragon baby on the way. It's going to be quite a year this year!

January 20, 2012

introducing our little bean

Went in to see the gynae this morning to confirm that those two little lines on both (I bought another kit the next day just to be sure) tests were real. After a bit of gentle prodding, there was our little one or the little bean; a nickname hubby gave to our new baby. I'm about 3.5 to 4 weeks along here and was told to take it easy, get loads of rest since the first trimester was the most critical period, not to forget my daily dose of folic acid, come in two weeks and sent me on my way.

He also have me the first photo of our baby which I scanned, printed out and inserted it into an angpow (red packet) for Adrianna to give to the grandparents as an announcement that they were going to be grandparents ... again, during the first day of Chinese New Year next week. Can't wait!

January 17, 2012

we're pregnant ... again!

So, I've been M.I.A. for a couple of weeks but I have a good reason to be.

Hubby was home for the weekend so we went out for a nice dinner seeing Adrianna was with the grandparents. On the way home, I decided to drop by a pharmacy and amongst my stockpile of stuff, I threw in a pregnancy test kit. We got home and while hubby was getting ready to go back to KL, two lines decided to pop up on the stick.

So, I marched out from the bathroom and handed the stick to hubby who after a few seconds of wondering what on the world I handed to him; developed a huge grin from the east side of his face to the west of his face.

As for me ... well, I'm happy but I'm not looking forward to the bloating and nausea and exhaustion the next few months. Wish us luck!

January 6, 2012

a chinese dragon made out of paper

Yes, you did read right! A Chinese Dragon made out of paper and all you need is some A4 paper, a printer, a pair of scissors, a blade/cutter and a lot of patience for gluing pieces of paper together. I used a coloured laser printed on 80gsm A4 paper because I ran out of matte photo paper which was recommended. Besides, the colour on the laser printer was sharper and popped out more compared to my ol' Canon inkjet.

With Chinese New Year around the corner, I’ve been attempting to piece together { this design } of a Chinese Dragon in the last two weeks, hopefully in time to present it to the family in about two weeks. Now on attempt #4, I’m hoping it’ll actually look like a grand dragon because I accidentally glued the tail end of the belly to it's neck in my last attempt so it kind of looked like it was doing some zen like yoga.

So, why a Chinese Dragon? Here is Canon's description and I'm loving the "wealth" part *LOL!* ...
The Chinese dragon is a spiritual beast; a mythical creature with a long, snakelike body and sharp talons. Its image differs slightly to that of the Western dragon, being considered a sacred creature: a god that reigns over direction. In China, it is also used to symbolize the power of the emperor. The Chinese dragon is believed to control the weather, being responsible for causing tempests, lightning, and tornadoes. In its hand it holds a flaming pearl, thought to be harbinger of fortune and good luck. Feng Shui principles state that if you place a dragon ornament in the southeast corner of a building with a container of water, a dragon will come down to drink the water, improving your fortune in business and causing trade to flourish. Also a symbol of strength, the dragon is said to invite all kinds of luck. Leaving a dragon at the entrance to a building, on the right as you enter a room, or in the north corner is said to increase your luck in terms of wealth and love.
It does take a lot of practice, patience and maneuverability with a really sharp pair of scissors on paper but the feeling of satisfaction when you’re done is absolutely worth it. I’m done gluing the tiny bits and pieces of the head now and I’ll be attempting the body later this evening. Wish me luck!

Oh, here’s the best part … you can download the design free { } from Canon Creative Park. They’ve got tons of other cool things you can download, cut up and glue together ... check out the Saint Basil Cathedral model too (yes, you read that right too!) and drool.


January 4, 2012

home made scented play dough

Now that Adrianna is two and a half years old, I feel comfortable introducing her sticky pliable dough to mush around but still uncomfortable buying her Play Dough even though the label says it’s safe for kids. So, after gawking on Craft Gawker and following a few links, I decided to make some homemade scented play dough with my little baby girl during the weekend. I got the basic recipe { here } and tweaked it a little by substituting some of the ingredients to something else similar and maybe added or subtracted the weight here and there. 

Ingredients For The Dough

# 2 cups of flour
# 2 cups of warm water
# 1 cup of salt
# 2  tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
# 1  tablespoon cream of tartar

# Food coloring
# Edible flavoring for a slight scent – peppermint, coconut, vanilla butter, cinnamon ... you can also use dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, mint ... the possibilities are endless!

How To Make The Dough
  1. Place a non-stick (preferable) pan on your stove and set to low-medium heat.
  2. Add all the “For The Dough” ingredients in, stirring occasionally. When the ingredients come together looking like dough, remove the pan from heat.
  3. Lay out some wax paper and scoop the play dough onto the wax paper. Divide the dough into however many balls you want and start kneading for about a minute or so before adding the color and scents you want to each different ball.
  4. Once the dough has been kneaded into a nice smooth texture, place it in an airtight container or a zip lock bag.
I use both liquid coloring and Wilton’s gel colors and found that the gel colors gave a nicer consistency to the dough whereas the liquid coloring made it a tad runny but will eventually stiffen up into a play dough like consistency.

For the scent, try not to use a different scent for each color. I wanted to but figured if my little baby girl mixed them all together, it'd smell pretty funky so stick with complimenting scents per batch. For this batch, I used peppermint oil and coconut emulco because if baby mushes them together, it'll still smell like Christmas in summer. For my next batch, I'll probably use the dried herbs I have ... and my little baby girl will probably end up mixing a wiff of Italian herbed dough when she's done.

Once your done, package it up nicely in an airtight container or zip lock bag. I got some cute tiny little plastic containers lying around in my cupboard so I used them and jazzed it up with some cute printables (artwork "borrowed" from mayi carles) and I now have a very happy baby with a lot of colorful mush to mush with.

Note Homemade play dough will keep for quite a while IF it is kept in an airtight container when done. Mine is still play dough-ish after 2 odd weeks although I'll probably make a new batch soon. I cannot stand having bits of this and that stuck into it. Goodness know where else baby has gone mushing it into too!

January 1, 2012

a new calendar for a new year

It’s officially 2012 and I spent the first day of the brand spanking new year cuddling up to hubby and my little baby girl, ate breakfast in bed courtesy of hubby and then lazed around the rest of the day designing a coffee table book of our US vacation in 2010 and stalking the Internet for creative ideas for the home. Oh, and I finally made a proper batch of macaroons with chocolate mint filling; feet and all. So some of them were shaped like amoebas but at least hubby and Adrianna loved them!

Hubby and I or we, as he likes to call it (however, meaning mostly me) will be embarking on quite a huge project this year; redesigning one of the rooms which is now our “workspace” into Adrianna's very own room. It definitely gives me more reasons to hang out more with the Internet {grin!}.

Here’s what I found today. Totally off topic from baby’s room décor but the perfect post for the first day of 2012. A very sharp and vibrantly coloured calendar from Love vs. Design. I printed it on heavy card stock and framed it in an Ikea frame. Perfect!

Happy New Year!

Download calendar { here }