Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pictures From The BCL Festive Fayre

Actually just one, the rest of the pictures are up in my FB, click here.

You know what's cool, out of all the books I had during the fair, I only have five left. I love this time of year when everybody is looking for presents *grin*.

I just recieved a major order yesterday, met up with the client briefly, I have two weeks to get it done because she's bringing it over to the other side of the world in time for Christmas. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Head Model

Here's staring at you kid ;-P

I was helping out a friend to be her head model, she was doing a one-on-one with a Singapore based make up artist, Fatimah Mohsin. Needless to say it was an experience and to be honest I'm too embarrassed to show you the rest of the face, but here's my eyes! Camera wasn't so good so... and I was told to smile a certain way as well so I ended up looking not friendly :-( But Fatimah Mohsin was fantastic, I was well impressed with her skills and with what they do at her wedding gallery. That's the kind of set up I'd like for my wedding. I would definitely drop by her place when I'm in Singapore next.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Justifying Paper Bought

Isn't this sweet? I thought so. I used scented card stock for the pages, just like the stab bound albums I did, only this one is half the size, it can fit 3R pictures. I had to make it to justify the reason why I bought the paper which I used for the cover. I just fell in love with the colour. The off white with the pale purple of the petals (I don't even know what flower it came from) And the muted olive green from the sprigs of... whatever the green stuff was. I just loved the paper. I not only bought one sheet, I bought four! *Sigh* I know, I know, no buying more stuff until I used up the stuff in the studio, I caved in. But I was very good while in Singapore two weeks ago, I didn't buy any art stuff at all! And they didn't have any bone folders!! Dammit.... Anyway...

The paper was quite translucent so I had to double up, used twice the amount for the cover for that size. A matching purply red satin ribbon to hold the whole it all together and roses at the end of the mini bow just to complete it.

The book went on sale at the BCL Festive Fayre, and was bought a few days later... yay! Paper bought, justified! ;-D

Oh, there is a workshop on how to make this type of book tentively scheduled on the 7th December. Spaces are very limited, email me if you're interested and I'll get back to you as soon as I work out the kinks.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

For Chui Hime

Happy Birthday Choo!!

You ooh-ed and aah-ed over the paper when you were over at the studio the other time...

I used the gold thread to bind it to match the gold Sanskrit writing on the paper and long stitch binding method to sew the cover and sections together. Made it all pretty like. Reminded me of the CNY mouse I gave you that you got hanging in your car.

Have a great birthday, this year is a lot of changes for you. I still think you should just become an apprentice of a dojo in the mountains so you get to sit and meditate in your gi every morning as the sun rises before your daily aikido practice ;-)

Wishing you all the best in life my dear friend.

All pictures courtesy of Chui Hime

Monday, November 10, 2008

My New Name Card

Picture courtesy of Chui Hime

After months of having run out of name cards, and all of the sudden I needed to have a supply of them, here it is! I normally make my own, but I just hadn't had the time, and having friends and family who are talented as well, I asked Lin if she could design my cards for me, and she did good. I now have a whole supply to last me for... I don't know. Lin, how many did you make again? The size is pretty cute too.

Now I gotta finish making her sketch books...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I Survived!

I was feeling so anxious about doing the fayre today that I couldn't sleep until 5.30 this morning. And I woke up 2 hours later to get ready. To cut things short, my anxiety fell away when I made my first sale, it was a white butterfly embossed mini album. It was pretty good that a third of the books I made were snatched up. The last book that was bought were a mini long stab book with oversized wings. Very fitting since it was the last book I made last night.

I met Pg from Pusat Eshan, she and I exchanged tips on where to shop for materials because SC was just shock horror. I haven't had a material discussion like that with anyone where we shared the same view, it was a great talk  :-)  I met Maya with her friend Liza, it was nice to have met them, we spent a long time talking as well. Maya was so happy she could see the actual books after looking at them on the blog. She even knew who made the name cards. That's a blog follower or what  ;-)  I felt like a celebrity  ;-P  My fiance even thrilled them by showing them pictures of the Valentines book I made for him. Talked to a lot of nice people today. 

I didn't have time to take pictures of the books I've sold off, so... there are no records of them. I'm trying to remember what books they were and sketch them down at least. We only took pictures in the afternoon, will post up eventually. My friend Elaine who shared the table with me had great business with her numerology reading. She had fun with those.

I only had time to walk around the hall to check out the rest of the sellers once, there were lots of lovely things. I love the Nappy Cake, I would love to give that for a baby shower. The dips I tried were yummy. Talked with the lady who did applique and her workmanship towards details were fantastic. I can relate the amount of care that goes into it. There were some really adorable pasta angels, paintings, hand made bags by friends were selling where 50% of the sales goes off to the Animal Shelter. There were lots of people selling crystals and semi precious stones. There were people selling Christmas cakes and goodies on the table next and opposite mine alone not to mention spread out throughout the hall. It was a good fair and considering it was a week day there was a good turn out. Imagine if it was a weekend, we'd probably be swamped.

I'm already planning on the next fayre only this time I must start stocking up early. It'll be very different, more structures, more fun! 

Aah, sleep is finally catching up, the body is shutting down, plus, I have an early flight to catch tomorrow, yay! Finally, holiday with Sweetie  :-D

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Currently Busy

Been in book making mode, I'm trying to build up on the numbers because on the last minute I found out there will be a fair and I just managed to book a table. I shall try to take some pictures of what I've made if I have the time. On average I'm doing three books a day, so far. It takes a bloody long time just to make a book, but it's well worth it to have the complete book in your hands.

Tried out doing some pen holders attached to book, not bad for a trial run. Shall have to improve on it, i.e accommodate for bigger pens. Made more blue books because people have been asking for blue and a couple of non girly books. I got three more books left to be made and then I'll start on making some stab books or albums. If I have time, I'll make some small christmas books. I can do all this providing I'm in my studio from now until wednesday, which is not very likely.

So for you curious folks, I'll be here:

BCL Festive Fayre
5th November 2008
Orchid Garden Hotel, Cesar Grand Hall
From 10am to 4pm
(Update: I just read in the papers it's $5 entrance fee, but it all goes to charity)

You might have seen the posters around Supasave, I haven't because I don't have the need to go anywhere near it.

I'm glad I'm sharing the table with a friend, she's going to be selling her crystals, so good vibes coming from that. I hope to have a good time, chat with the other sellers and customers, get good sales and generate interests in my books et al.

I need to get name cards done.

Oh, my engagement folder will be on display too as a sample, complete with list :-p


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