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Easter Entertaining

Following-up from our Easter Decorating post, I’ve been looking through some blogs and images for entertaining ideas.
We’re having a neighbours only get-together barbecue in our backyard, I’m thinking maybe a simple Easter themed table setting will set the right mood for a fun evening.

Here’s some ideas that I liked and would like to share.

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This idea is simple and easy if you pretty much have a printer and toilet rolls oh and of course a few egg.
This can double up as a egg painting activity among your dining guests too!

From a great blog called Our Vintage Home
From a great blog called Our Vintage Home

BunnyNapkinFold

This bunny napkin fold is just adorable and it’s EASY. Instructions can be found here…. Or here.

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Yes simple and easy, yet not too overwhelming.

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Decorating Easter

Some of our favourite crafts with the kids you can try this Easter.

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Check out this DIY craft from Six Sisters Stuff.
You could even try putting some candy treats into the balloon before popping it to dispose.

This is a cool idea from From Six Sisters Stuff
This is a cool idea from From Six Sisters Stuff

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Why not make it larger and create some really cool egg shaped baskets! You’ll have to use a more yarn in this case but we love the finished product! This is one I’m surly looking forward to making, another easy outdoor activity to do with the kids.

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Egg Painting by Sassy Dealz
Egg Painting by Sassy Dealz

Egg painting is always fun, who knew, yet another clever use for toilet rolls.

Martha Stewart German-Style Paper Cutout Easter Eggs
Martha Stewart German-Style Paper Cutout Easter Eggs

Something a little out of reach for children but it’s makes a beautiful centrepiece.

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Mug of Sunshine

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Just wanted to give a shout out to my friend Yan Ling for these hand made manly imperfect mugs. My husband and just love using them. They are un-identical with it’s quirky “imperfect-ness” that can only be done by hand. Appreciate the time and patience you put into making these warming earthy mugs for us. With the bamboo spoons they are just perfect for your many sips of tea/coffee or my personal preference of hot beverage at 10pm – Hot Chocolate ~ Lots of it!

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These little mugs of sunshine are from her little pottery business called Euphoramics.

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All images from here

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Designer Focus – Janet Lin

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Here’s a little bit of information about Janet Lin, designer / artist of our featured hand painted dinner plates.

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I’ve gotten to know Janet many years ago and was taken in by her soft spiritual demure. She lives with her son Andy along with her well looked after cat. Every time I visit her bright apartment (top floor)I remember her wide open windows welcoming a soft breeze that constantly uplifts her home make it very welcoming. She offers me slippers, traditional Chinese tea and biscuits every time, sometimes a little gift to bring home for the kids. A true warm hearted lady.

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Janet takes pride in her hobbies. She comes with an artistic background, later finding herself in Singapore as an art supplier bringing in unique pieces of art from her home country Taiwan.

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She soon took to her hobbies making them a lifestyle and now a business. She paints, makes jewellery and does pottery. Her skills in creativity and concentration is something I feel is spiritual as she puts in a lot of passion and time in her art. This is the main reason how this collaboration came about and why I hope that this would last for many more projects to come.

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Urban Kandy Dining

I can’t believe we’re a week away from it being February already. Where are the days going?!?

Very exciting time for us though as we unveil our latest range of Dinner Plates exclusively within Urban Kandy.

What’s so special about them?
Each piece are individually hand painted by our very talented local artist Janet Lin. More about Janet Here.

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We were very excited to “break” them in (for display purposed only) during our formal Christmas dinner party.

At the moment, we have 20pieces of 3 designs. This are our Palm Tree motif plates.

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…our Fern Leaf motif

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…and our Flower Bud motif.

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Flower Bud Motif

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Check It Out

Going through my long neglected RSS feeds of my favourate blogs today and I’m discovering some very useful gems of information and words of wisdom. Since it’s rather much to personaly blog about each one I’ve decided to compile them here as good to check out

Have you ever wondered how someones creative workspace looks like? What goes on behind the scenes or inspiration to the thought process of some hands-on designers. I Do. Can’t wait to get my paws on this.

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This Apple Tartlets recipe looks deliciously easy. Something that is sure to impress plus I think the tart base recipe is always useful for other fillings.
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Some very inspiring words of wisdom for this week. Wisdom

Also this very awesome in your face yellow scissors.
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I’m tempted to do this with pumpkins this Halloween.
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Studio Life image from here. Apple Tartlets image from here. Words of wisdom image from here. Yellow Scissor Image from here. Pumkin idea from here.

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Milkhaus Design

The best purchase I bought this year is my home sewing machine.
I’ve been doing lots of my packaging and really proud of the result but I also learned that working personally on creating hand made products requires a-lot of thought and also creativity. Ideas don’t fall from the sky and that would require inspiration, some trial and error, and most importantly, it requires time.

This is the reason why I admire designers and products made through personal inspiration and personal time. Products are genuinely made with LOVE and to their best ability which to me are more valuable then any high end designer labelled factory made product.

I’ve come across another designer who’s products I find simple and very compatible with my personal style ~ Bethany Nelson. Understanding how therapeutic yet focus demanding creating and sewing is, I humbly appreciate these items she has in store.

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Around the Corner

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September…. Is this true, it’s already September?
That leaves 3 months to Christmas.
Every year around this time we start putting out creative caps on to think of something special to introduce for our Christmas clients. We already have an idea in mind but you’ll have to keep watching this space to know what it is and how you can get your hands on it.

… of course it’s hand made my Moi.

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Celadon

Let’s talk about Celadon.

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Not many of you would know that by definition, “celadon” stands for the pale green or greyish-green glaze used to coat the classic pottery of China, although this term now denotes the pottery itself. Originating about 3,500 years ago. The finest celadon was reserved for the imperial palace. During the reign of the Sung Dynasty Emperor Huizong (1101 to 1125 A.D.), potters created Ru celadon with a sky-blue crackled glaze. Some Ru celadon still exists, considered among the finest examples of Chinese celadon.

The unique green celadon glaze is a result of iron oxide’s transformation from ferric to ferrous iron during the firing process ~ 2400° F (1300° C). The thickness of the glaze is also important. The cracks won’t form if the glaze is too thin, and they will collapse if the glaze is too thick.

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In the 15th century, Chiangmai became a new area of celadon production. However, between the 16th and early 19th centuries, celadon production ceased in Thailand during this period of conflict with Burma. In the early 20th century, celadon manufacturing resumed, replicating the ancient standards of Si Satchanalai. Today’s production remains faithful to the past, except for machines and molds for selected items like plates.

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Urban Kandy proud to carry a gorgeous range of these earthly (Oven, Dishwasher and Microwave Safe) tablewares of Thai Celadon and Terracotta serving dishes and bowls. Visit our online store here to have a look at our full range of items.

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Vase images from here. Celadon bunny from here. Flower vase image from here. Celadon plate image from here.

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Rebecca Atwood

Here is something I came across today on Apartment 34, this very talented fabric artist Rebecca Atwood and her cotton dying home made business. The blog gives us a peek into her work process and her passion to keep hand made works like these out there!

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I’m always curious to peek into the people’s work studio to see what goes into the a design process.

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I love home decorating with pieces that’s been made in someone’s personal space, and getting to know the person, the process, the inspiration and the time taken in creating each piece. To me that makes it special and worthy for my home.

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One for the Weekend

I’m writing this blog early as I know the weekend is fast approaching. (it’s only wednesday) Yikes!!
But let’s not forget Mother’s Day is this Sunday. What have you thought to do for your mummy?

Here are some things of interest found.

First lets start off with a cool cocktail to kick off the weekend.
Honeyed French 75

This gorgeous twig ring from LEIF. You can buy it for your mum or if you’re a mum like me can shout it out on a wish list for some lovely fellow to see. 😉

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Or maybe some DIY gifts.
Find out how to make photographic tiles here.
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Learn how to make your very own scented candles here.
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How about some baking! – Recipe
Banana Nut Bread

Links to all images mentioned above

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Wicker Watch

Plastic boxes and containers…! YUCK! Please get rid of them immediately!
When there are cheap and very pretty basket options out there.

Baskets brings an effortless rustic look to your space. Did I already say it’s cheap. What’s better is the lovely weave foresty smell it mostly has and the fact that most baskets are hand made with strong reed fibres making them very durable.

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Bathroom wicker basket from here. Three wicker basket image from here. Log wood basket image from here. Last image from here.

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New @ Urban Kandy

Something different to add to your dinner party this year.
Our set of six napkin rings are the latest addition to our store.

Elephant

Leopard

Giraffe

Zebra

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We’re very excited about these little carved critters. All of them hand made the Zebra, Leapord and Giraffe are hand painted while the others are in their natural skin colour. Carved from teak wood, they make a very interesting mix to your table setting.

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Put a Ring on It!

I’m not one who likes to buy jewellery, in fact almost every jewellery I own was given to me so there’s something special to be said for each of them. But if I was to define my kind jewellery, Alexis Russell would be it.

My grandfather was a gold smith, he made some very beautiful pieces for his 7 daughters (Yes you heard me right… SEVEN, would like to add he had 7 sons too!). Rough cut hand made pieces are my personal favourites with minimal dramatic effects or complicated twists and turns.

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Crafty Fingers

Another weekend is here. Time set an afternoon aside to get your hands dirty!
I think this would make such unique personalized Birthday / Christmas presents…

Found from Sweet Paul this nifty image transfers from prints to porcelain with Lazertran transfers.

…or what about a little butterfly jar.

You can download vector butterfly images from here. Print then in various sizes, cut them up and simply glue-gun!

First image from here. Second image from here.

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Weekend Notables

Blueberry pancakes and yummy yummuy get in my tummy smoothie.

… feeling crafty…

These little tags from packagery are perfect for labeling or as gift tags. Download them here

I hope they will eventually do this for Pinterest but have you always wanted to get your Instagram photos printed and hung up on a wall perhaps… well now with Printstagram, you can!
Does all the hard work of formatting and printing into stickers, booklets, posters etc. to suit your needs.

Pancakes image found here.

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A Little Bit of Organization

FACT: Putting in a little effort into getting your life organized and clutter free now will save you lots of time and frustration in the long run. I’m a self declared organized “freak” to put it nicely. Therefore this I’m excited to post some simple images and tips on how you can start turning your life around and getting everything in order for a clutter free life.

This is one place where we could use a little help. Tips oh how to organize my pantry to make dinner making decisions and cooking easy for my Rachel Ray’s hopeful 30min meals.

Getting your act together. – 8 must read organization tips

I just with I had the space to create an arts-craft work station like this.


Having limited space, this would work brilliantly. I like having everything visible for convenience and it helps make sure that everything is put back in it’s proper place. Tips on how to make your very own gift wrapping peg-board here

Pantry cupboard image from here Organized baskets image taken from here. Organized sewing workstation from here.
Peg-board image from here.

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Getting Crafty

It’s gives you a great sense of accomplishment to make something yourself. Not to mention very therapeutic and opens your mind when you get you hands dirty and let creativity flow through you. Here are a few projects and sites you can look at to boost those creativity juices.

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Etincelle Creative Studio
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This is a pretty nifty idea. As a mom with play-dates and messy eating kiddos this this little table cloth works wonders to welcome kids to the mealtime. Place a plastic over to create a craft table!

Confetti Table Cloth DIY from here Coffee Capsules light here and Apothecary Bottle here

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