Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An Easter Celebration

This year my baby celebrates his very first Easter.  It's a very exciting time of the year. I stayed up one night putting up all the decorations and the boys had a surprise when they got up the next morning. I was glad. It was time to put all the stuff I was working on together.

Starting off with a simple door decoration.

Moving on to the wall with the banner.

Here you will see the invite and some game material.

I wanted to keep it simple so I served Chicken Salad.

For those who wanted something with more meat on it, I had hamburgers and fries.

Here's my favourite of all... desserts... cupcakes.

And just a little something to make the cupcake a little cuter.

Here's one table setting that was not used. It's of the little baby.

Overall, it was a beautiful, warm family event. I am glad for those who came to make it a nice and warm Easter for my little baby. I am hoping to top it next year.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Divine Twine Eggs

Still preparing for my Easter party this year, I was looking for fresh ideas. I was browsing through the Internet, I stumbled upon this site. I found the idea rather interesting, but instead of pipe cleaner, I tried out mine with divine twine.

I was nervous as I began, wondering how it was going to turn out. I must say though, it turned out well. Bravo on attempt one. I have more courage to attempt more.

Simple, elegant and it really, took decorating eggs to another level.

Decorating eggs can be so fun. Don't stop with dyes and paint alone. Try this and add texture to your eggs this year. Use whatever materials that you fancy and discover a new way of looking at Easter Eggs.

Hershey's Kisses Please

As my boys grew bigger, the party atmosphere at our household, started to fade out. However, this year, my youngest will celebrate his very first Easter. And I want to make it a very special one for him.

In the past when I was working, I didn't have the time to DIY my parties. Most of the time they were plastic cups, paper plates, balloons and streamer, in other words rather boring.

Finally, now I am blessed to work from home and be with my children. So I decided to try my hand at making things myself. I enjoy working with my hands and getting creative, so it was all fun. Baby is barely a year old, and the other two decided that they were too old for Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. Nevertheless, I was going to try my best to make this party a success.

First up, are the sweets stuff, Hershey's, how can you have any celebration without Hershey's right! So, since I am not that handy with designing my own label on the computer, I bought this collection from Etsy.

As I catch up on my shows at night, while baby is asleep, I multi- task. I must say, that I am so proud of myself, for a first time attempt.. They look lovely.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wrapping It- Enhancing It

Do you recall the times when you were young and loved ripping up the wrapper to get to the present? I definitely do. That's why I think that wrapping a gift is pretty essential.

Children love guessing what's inside. Although the adults may not admit it, but it's true, they love that sense of guessing too.

As we grow older, we tell ourselves that we don't like surprises. But in actual fact, it's the unknown of weather or not the person got you a gift you like. Having to deal with the disappointment of receiving something you don't like and sparing the gifter's feelings, can get all tiresome. So in short we say we don't like surprises.

It was easier when we were kids, we got excited and loved everything that was new. That changed as we grew. The fact still remains though that you do get a rush of excitement when you see a gift that is wrapped.

I love wrapping gifts. My hubby used to ask me why I bother so much know the kids are going to rip it off. It's just the knowing that I presented my best and although its just a minute or two, their excitement of the unknown is there until the wrapper comes off. Should the wrapper at least build up to that excitement too.

Here a picture of a photo frame gift wrapped. It would be simple gift should I have stopped at the wrapper. But notice that little embellishments make it just a tad more enchanting.

By adding the fabric flowers, little buttons and patterned post-it, I have added texture to the otherwise simple wrapper.

Another way to add texture to you gift wrapping is to add ribbons.

A big bow, really enhances the wrapping. Here, I have used two sizes of ribbons and two shades of green that compliment each other. Also, a self made gift card using a circle punch and a designed paper, to write on. And lastly, to add a final touch, I placed a big white button to tie together the card and the satin ribbon.

I hope in future, when you receive a gift, you would appreciate the wrapping and enjoy the gift. Also, give it a try to make your wrapping look more enchanting by, simply adding some embellishments you have in the house.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Don't we all want more space. in an ideal world, we can have a room for every specific thing. However. if you live here in Singapore, space is rather a costly luxury. Learning to organize, can actually help you use space that you never realized you had and optimize them.

I love to organize and I would say I take lots of pride in doing so. I don't really fancy the commercial way of organizing though. Instead of a label maker, I print and laminate my labels. This way I get to choose my fonts, colour and size.If you watch The Amanda, you know what I am talking about.

I also love to use different kinds of materials around the house, plastic, wood, cork, metal. They all add a little more character into your living space.

Drawers are one of the easiest for me to mess up. I find that when I am in a rush and am trying to take something from the back of the drawer, I end up shuffling other stuff too. I tell myself, I will get to it when I get home... but that never happens. So in time the drawer is known as the messy junk drawer, holding things that were never there to begin with. Have you every found yourself in a similar situation?

I would think that with great  accessibility, comes greater speed right?
At a glance of your eye, you want to be able to know where what is, get it, and move on to the next task at hand.

Quick is the mantra for me at the present moment. I have a three month old that need my constant care and attention. So I have to be able to dash into the kitchen, whip up a sandwich and dash out. Similarly, I have to get dressed and out and about in enormous speed. As I am exclusively breastfeeding my baby, I have to time his feeds and be able to assess a breast feeding room or be at home around the next feed.

One way to accomplish all this is to be organized. It takes a while to get all your things on order but trust me, you will save lots of time later.

by Selina Thomas

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Getting on my creative side again

It's been a really long break for me, one that is much needed too. My third opened a new chapter in my life and the arrival of my new sweet boy, has been keeping me pretty busy. Family always comes first for me, so it was time to gently place Hartwarmers aside until, all was in order.

Like all mothers of a new born, I treasure every moment I spend with him.  sweet side smile, a whimper before he cries, a sneeze, etc... well you get the picture. It's been great bonding with my newborn, but my creative side is also edging to get out from diaper duty.

I wish to work on a new project this time around, to support spreading awareness of autism. I have a couple of things in mind. Production this time around will take some time but like always it will be the best from me. I will update as soon as I can.

by Selina Thomas