Thursday, April 24, 2008

Brooklyn Flea

One of my goals is coming true this summer. I'll be selling my wares at the Brooklyn Flea for the very first time. I'm nervous yet excited. I've been busy cranking out as much goods to sell as I can, while researching and preparing; along with all the administrative stuff.

If you're in the NYC area, please stop by and say hello!

Sunday, May 11th
Sunday, May 25th
10am - 5pm. (Rain or Shine)

Lafayette Ave. @ Vanderbilt Ave. & Clermont Ave.

Here's a sneak peak of my table banner. I'll try to post up some of the stuff I'll be selling next.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Aruba: One Happy Island

I went to Aruba this month with my one and only sister. Today is her 25th birthday so I thought it'd only be fitting to write a post about our first trip together. We spent 4 days in lovely Aruba; known for it's Divi Trees, never-ending white sandy beaches and the people are geniunely nice. It's quite fitting that Aruba is otherwise known as "One Happy Island."

On to the photos:

It's been confirmed, we are sisters yet we don't look alike.

Aruba is seriously windy nonstop. When we first got there, it wasn't so bad. See my sister's expression?
And the after..
Anyway, moving on.. We stayed at the Westin.
Nice pools but we were drawn to the beach. As my gift to my sister, I treated her to the spa. No photos but we had our massages outside in a cabana. Massage was only okay by my standards, but the ambiance made up for it.

At sunset..

We didn't hang around the beach the whole time we were there. We did some sightseeing on a Jeep Tour.

Visited the Ostrich Farm

I sat on one..
Held an unfertilized Ostrich egg..
We also stopped by the Butterfly Museum.
Do you ever see those butterfly displays that are quite expensive? Well, you should only buy the displays that have butteflies that are partially broken and not exactly perfect; because the perfect ones are the butterflies that were killed for the sake of profit! I'm not sure if this is entirely true but I've always been wary about buying these type of displays even though it is very pretty.
I ate a ton of fish and seafood but my best meal was at a small, casual spot called, Jamaican Me Krazy. The fresh made Fruit Punch & Jerk Chicken was amazing and afforable too! My sister enjoyed her Jerk Pork very much as well.
Breakast on the boardwalk.
Almost every meal we had was eaten outdoors.
Aruban beer: Balashi
Oh, and we witnessed 3 weddings during our stay. I've read about destination weddings but to see it in person really makes me think how great it is. I'm already convincing my sister to have a destination wedding when it's her turn to get married.

Happy 25th Sis... see you tonight!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Subject: Wai Sze Designs rocks!

Hi there,

I just had to write you a quick note (albeit not snail mail) and let you know how much I love your style of handmade goods! They are truly inspirational for me and I love seeing what you come up with. Hope you are having a lovely day :)

This absolutely made my day. Thank you Laura! I heart you <3

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Magic of Snail Mail

When I was younger, say 8 or so, I had a penpal that was arranged for me from my elementary school. We exchanged letters every other month. During that same time, a good friend of mine who lived in my building moved to California. It was the saddest day of my life in my childhood, but we promised to keep in touch through letters. Indeed, we did. Then in Junior High School, my best friend and I also had the habit of sending each other letters despite the fact that we only lived 6-8 blocks away from each other.

20 years ago, I didn't have a computer at home so mailing letters were the best way to go. I always looked forward to mailing out my letters because I knew that soon enough, I would get one back, sometimes covered with stickers on the envelopes too. I devoured each letter, sometimes reading it twice and then putting it away in a safe box so that no one else would find it.Nowadays, I no longer mail out letters. Instead we use e-mail. It's just so much quicker and my hands tend to cramp when I write too long. I still look forward to the e-mails. The content is still intriquing to read but the excitement has slowly dissipated with the end of the snail mail era.

Perhaps that's why I make handmade greeting cards. I hope that people remember how great it feels to receive a handwritten note. It doesn't have to happen every month, but if you can manage to send one on birthdays or on occasion, I'm certain it will bring a bit of happiness to the receiver.

Last month, one of my friends turned 28. I didn't text him or e-mail him. Instead, I wrote him a card and mailed it. He called me to tell me he received it and how he appreciated it. It was a simple gesture, but I think I did my job. Snail mail may be old-school but the magic of the handwritten can be powerful. Try it. Next time it's your loved one's birthday, avoid the emails and texts; and send it snail mail.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Felt + Brooch

I love brooches; it's the perfect accent to any outfit. It adds the right amount of color and makes it fun. Life should be fun right? Make it with felt & I'm completely swooned.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wedding Scrapbook

A few posts ago, I mentioned a new custom project. I finished the book a few weeks ago but never posted it, so here are a few samples. I had so much fun making this from beginning to end. I hope to make another custom scrapbook soon!

The Bridal Shower Layout

The Proposal

The Engagement Party

Getting Ready

The details
The bride will not be receiving this for another few months. Oh how I wish I could be there in person to see her reaction.