Tuesday, June 23, 2009

oh kate spade, kate spade

is both the boon and bane of my existence. Yes, maybe i'm exacggerating just a little... but it sure does feel that way whenever there's a lovely KS sale and i step in and hold up the lovely little bags up to my outfit and wonder if i should, even though i always know i shouldn't. i bought one last year and haven't regretted it... i even named it!.... and i carry it ard all the time and now i want another one in another colour.

my friend abi bought a new kate spade wallet and i'm jealous:and this is the bag i want want want:

and shoes i want but cant find in any shop anywhere (i'm starting to think i perhaps hallucinated these into existence):

back to writing cover letters and vamping up my CV. such dreary but necessary things.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A monster mess

now resides where the top of my desk once was. Headband-making is an unbelievably mess-making craft... at least where I'm concerned:

but i did manage to finish my latest creation, the Andromeda (I wanted to call it the Cassiopeia but Zarina wanted it called the Andromeda, since that name has some significance to her) which I've put up in my Etsy shop. I gave the prototype to Zarina though, since I'd bought the vintage button-charm for her to begin with. We had drinks at No.5 Emerald Hill which always does yummy martinis, but the atmosphere was sadly lacking. no clue whether it was because of the school hols, but the place was full of swaggering children. so glad i sat facing the wall.

the Andromeda:

Saturday, June 20, 2009


... are quite the obsession of my life lately. it started with me at handicraft markets looking at handmade hairbands and thinking, I CAN MAKE THIS. (i swear this is the sad result of having been ar architecture school)... so i bought the requisite felt and lace and things and made one, just to prove a point.
after the point was proven, however, i found myself continuing to make one hairband after another cos i quite like process. plus it gives me an excuse to be forever looking around for bits of lace, vintage charms, buttons etc that i always like to look at but could never really find a use for. i've put up some of the better-looking results of my crafting efforts on my etsy shop and so far no one has bought anything but a lot have looked, so i'm keeping optimistic.

let me introduce my lovelies.. this one is called the Dido:

this one here is called the Elphaba (I saw Wicked while I was in London and loved it, don't care what people say about musicals!)

and this is the Anastasia:

the small but intricate (almost ruined my eyes!) Demeter:

and finally, the Isolde:

Everything here has been put up in my Etsy shop, but I'll take orders for any piece except the Elphaba (the charm is unique, no other pieces) here in my blog if anyone's interested. (I think some of my pieces would be very well suited for weddings!) Just email me for details: yeohjoann@gmail.com

Meantime, I'll be at my computer, trying to multi-task... sewing hairbands while watching old episodes of CSI... I miss Grissom!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

a happy lunch... at a price

one day last month (yup, i know that's a long time and doesn't quite warrant news, but blogs aren't news yea?) qiurong and ben and i decided we'd hop over to dempsey for a little lunch. qiurong had it in his head that he wanted pancakes for lunch and ben said the pancakes at p.s. cafe are really something, so off we went...

... no pancakes! (boo!) so we settled for other somethings on the menu... i honestly can't remember what we had, but the food was quite blah, so thank goodness there was lovely conversation (love you, ben and qiurong!)... BUT the one saving grace was the ambience (i really hate this word, to be honest... it sounds so horrible pretentious and i always roll my eyes when someone else uses it, but right now i can't think of another word and i can't really be bothered to)... the decor was really lovely, so it was like having lunch in a forest dell, just with air conditioning. perfect! now if they can only improve on the bloody food.

ben and i look pretty happy in the last picture, and we were, but our wallets sure weren't. growl. rubbish food in a great setting, what else is new? restaurateurs should start spending more money hiring great kitchen staff instead of blowing it all on renovation.