Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Melancholic Farewell

I am suddenly feeling melancholic when i realized that 2009 is ending in a few more hours.This year was truly a blissful and beautiful year, with so much blessings from the One. For that, i am grateful and content.

2 milestones was hit this year, we got married and we bought a place to call home. Friends got married, given birth. Some rises to the challenge, pursue their studies, some got their heart broken, yet they stand up strong again.And my family came home from overseas, for good.

The day we sealed the deal, 17 April 2009.

Our first holiday together, Pulau Redang, 21 April 2009.

Another one bites the dust, 10 October 2009.

And another one took the vow, 11 December 2009.

A place to call home, 17 December 2009.

Here is a toast to 2010, and may there be many more blessings and beautiful endings to come.Insya Allah.

Happy New Year everyone! ;)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

DIY : Guestbook Cards

This entry is a response to fuchsia, who asked me to elaborate more on the guestbook cards that I made for my friend last October.

To be honest, it was not so complicated, but it does require some patience. Anyway, if you do it bit by bit I am sure it’s going to be fun ;)

First things first, the materials:

Cards and papers

My friend and I was actually looking up and down for the right material to use for the cards, until we finally decided to purchase one set of pink hued 12x12 inches card stock from a craft shop in The Curve, Mutiara Damansara. I think the shop name is Papier Love. One thing I like about card stocks is that it is thicker, and the one we bought has small polka dots texture on it. It was imported, so it was costly, around RM50 per packet (there was around 16 pieces of cards inside). These card stocks can easily be found in craft stores.

So, depending on your budget, you may use these imported stock cards, or just resort to normal A4 size cards, available in most stationery shop. It's a lot cheaper and I think if you keep searching you could find good ones. Like for example, in a big stationery shop like Czip Lee (KL).

Next, for the pretty prints, we bought 2 pieces of AEIOU brand card papers (it is intended for card making), something similar to the one I want to use for my scrapbook. We chose the one with a wedding theme, and my plan was to cut the prints out in smaller pieces and stick on the cards. It’s an A3 size, so we had plenty. Besides the card papers, I also cut out motifs and prints from extra wrapping papers which I have in my collection. I think most of all know that AEIOU has a lot of nice designs, and it is Malaysian made, so you can find it easily :)

For the tools, these are helpful:

Paper puncher (I used a flora motif, which I bought for my wedding)
Paper cutter
Long ruler
Double sided tape (thick type)

Next, the methods:

1) Since the card stock is 12x12 inches, cut it out into smaller size, namely 6x3 inches. I used a paper cutter to achieve a neat cut.
2) Meanwhile, some help will be great, to cut out the cute prints from the card papers. How many, is up to you and how many cards you have.

3) Now its time to let your creative juices flow. Glue the cute prints on the card, or punch it with your paper puncher. The card punched out can also be reused on another card. Make sure you make enough space for writing.

Tips: To create a floating effect of the cute prints, use a thick double sided tape instead of glue. I used this method for larger prints. 4) Done! :)

As for the display idea, it was inspired from the image below, from Martha Stewart Weddings.

I bought a shallow vase from Hinode Shop (RM5), fill it with some faux petals (bride’s own) and made some gerbera flower arrangements to decorate the table. I bought a mason jar from Giant (RM4.90), tie it with a ribbon and it became the penholder.
After the wedding, perhaps you can stick the cards into a sticky album, or you may punch the corners and bind it together.

So, that’s about it. Selamat mencuba :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

7 Muharram 1431…

photography by mr hubby

…and it has been 7 days living together with hubby, in our brand new home. We started the new year with a good hijrah, and may there be much more good things to come this year, Insya Allah.

I have been so occupied with the moving, and now settling down and getting back to blogging.

This is a short entry but I will be back with more inspirations later.

Just taking this opportunity to wish brides Selamat Pengantin Baru, if there are any of you brides getting hitched this Christmas holidays :)

And Happy Holidays too!

Friday, December 11, 2009

B&B ♥ This #1

  1. Chiavari Chairs for Rental, from The Wedding Heaven (Malaysia). Image credited to Kahalaweddings
  2. DIY your wedding cake stand, found here.
  3. A simple and sweet calla lily hand bouquet, inspired from here.
  4. Matchbox favours for a change, find out how to DIY it, here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pomander Balls

Hola people.I am back :)

I apologize for the lack of updates for the past few weeks, but the sure thing is because I am so stressed out with work, and with our home relocation (read home, not house). You can read about it more in my personal blog, here.

I have plenty of materials and ideas to blog about but time is really envying me. But we’ll take it slow, shall we?


Flower pomander balls has became a hit among bride-to-be’s nowadays, with some of you going DIY, renting or just buying it for your keepsake. Most of it are used for decorations (pelamin, bilik pengantin or just around the home).

I used these cute balls as a replacement of hand bouquet for my flower girls, but honestly it had cost me a bomb. Yeah, maybe because I used fresh flowers and it was pretty much the last minute, I had to resort to the only source I could find.

If you think you want to give your flower girls pomander balls to hold, how about opting for something that is permanent and can be turned into a decoration later?

My suggestion: Faux flower pomander balls from Lovely Lace

Compared to fresh flowers, these babies can turn out to be a beautiful keepsake because obviously it does not dry out ;) Plus it just costs RM 22.90 per ball and I consider it a generous price. You may also drop some fragrance oil on it and your entourage will smell good baby!

Ok there is no need to tell where Lovely Lace is, it is everywhere! So if you want it, go get it ;)
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