Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hola! Mexico!


So the $600/pax Expedia package got us an all-inclusive 5D4N deal at the Gran Bahia Precipe Coba Resort in the Riveria Maya area. A pretty sweet deal if you ask me because it included airfare, accommodation, meals and drinks for the week!

The Gran Bahia Precipe Coba was about an hour's drive away from the Cancun International Airport and we had pre-arranged private transfer to take us to the resort. On the way, along the Riveria Maya stretch, the front facades of all the resorts we passed were so large and grand, we couldn't help but feel excited about what was in store. I imagined myself to be bowled over by immaculate, minimalist zen looking grounds (like the resort two doors down) but instead, found ourselves chauffeured into the main lobby that enchanted with quiet old world rustic charm.

As we were transported to our 'villa' in one of the trams, we passed many restaurants, pools and lush greenery. I was attracted to the pop of colors - the orange buildings, washes of blue walls, but the J-man was more interested in the lizards lounging in the sun. We had also seen road signs that indicated the variety of life forms roaming the grounds.

First thing we did, of course, was to check out the beach. Grabbing a couple of drinks from the beach bar, we settled lazily on our deck chairs for the rest of the afternoon (and the whole of the next day). The sky never looked bluer, and the waters crystal clear. I think I just found heaven.


J and I agreed that it wouldn't be a proper trip to Mexico without visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - the Kukulkan Pyramid. So we booked a day trip with the resort to Chichen Itza, with a bonus of swimming in one of the Cenotes (sinkhole) afterward. This was a full day trip beginning with our pickup at 830am, driving two hours to our destination, food and refreshment all provided. We had 2 tour guides - Riccardo who looked after our general well being (distributing water, keeping time and head count) and the other, the very knowledgeable Gilberto, our archaeological guide who is also of Mayan descent. His presentation was very detailed and he reminded me of one of my history professors in college. Although factual and informative, if J and I weren't all that interested in Mayan history, he would probably have lost our attention in the first ten minutes. In any case, i learnt that the Mayan word for lizard is tolok and the female equivalent is sh'tolok. And when locals say they have 'Mayan chicken' on the menu, they most definitely mean 'iguana'. The J-man perked up at that, but was disappointed to find out that it wasn't included in the lunch menu. Nope, I don't think the 20 other people in our group would be pleased to try anything that exotic.

Mayan chicken anyone?

kukulkan pyramid
The Kukulkan Pyramid of Chichen Itza

The other highlight of the day trip is cenote diving. Even though the one we went to is probably really, really touristy (read: complete with fake stalactites and all), it was an exhilarating experience stepping off the edge and plunging into the deep depths of the unknown. I can still remember the crazy butterflies in the tummy, the adrenaline just before you take off, and then the absence of sturdy concrete beneath the soles of your feet, the minute-too-late-regrets as you plunge into the pool below. I think the older we get, the more we think, the more worried we become (explains the creases on the forehead!) As I waited in line, I remember worrying about hurting my back, when the kid in front of me was attempting his second dive! Err.. Pish posh! I can do it too!


The next day, we booked an hour and a half snorkelling trip out to a bay that was about a 15min catamaran ride away. We were not too lucky that day, the waters were extremely rough, my mask way too big for me, and my underwater paranoia took ahold. I gave up after half an hour. No point driving myself into a frenzy trying to stay afloat, keep water out of my mask and trying to focus on the not so many sea creatures swimming by. I did float around a sea turtle for about a minute or so before it decided to come up to the surface right where I was. I freaked out, fighting the currents trying to swim away from it.

That snorkelling trip did me in, and I chose to relax by the pool (in the deck chair of closest proximity to the bar) for the rest of the day. Did i mention that the mojito was the resort's best drink? About 6 mojitos later (i think), we overslept and missed our Japanese restaurant reservation. We stepped in about an hour late, but they graciously accepted our tardiness and sat us down for our meal. J was looking forward to some uni (pronounced: ooh-knee) aka sea urchin sashimi, but was sorely disappointed. We could only pick from the set menu and their most exciting item on the menu was probably raw salmon.

That said, the food at the resort wasn't too bad. There were a few buffet locations, and the buffet spread at each location was varied enough to keep you interested even after 5 days. I'm not a picky eater. My motto is "When hungry, put food in mouth". I was pretty satisfied.

One thing to learn, maybe, 2 Colombian friends taught me to say "Por favor, me puedes dar agua."

May I have a glass of water please?

Very useful, considering how liberal the bartenders can be with the alcohol. Also, with intoxication comes incoherence. I think learning "agua" would suffice.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to life, back to reality...

Ahh world,

I'm back!

I survived ONE WEEK of virtual silence. No computers, no internet connection, no blogging, no PHONE!

Do you find it really hard to get back into the rhythm of things after a nice relaxing holiday? I had been lazing around the whole day today trying to get things done, but not succeeding one bit!

I did some laundry, and ruined the J-man's new linen pants -- they shrunk and now they look like highwaters on him. I ruined his new polo shirt -- he got some soy sauce stains, and then i mistook the bleach for simple green (don't ask how). Long story short, i owed him two new pieces of clothing that i went out to get, but spent most of the day kefuffling around the mall...

When i spend a day so unproductively, i get really mad at myself.

Monday will be better. But for tomorrow, it's back to work. That'll help me settle in. Meanwhile, I hope I find that "feels good to get some stuff done" feeling soon!

I will post about Mexico in a bit. Let me just procrastinate the last of my vacation away...

erm... - giveaway here -

*flops back to bed*

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Dose of Summer Sunshine!


I haven't been posting much this week. Been busy with my summer camp at work with a bunch of adorable little 4 year old munchkins! Oh I do miss teaching classes!!! 7 boys and 1 girl! These 4 year olds are the most chatty, funny lil' pipsqueaks you'll ever meet. The tiniest (in size) little boy, JF, just turned 4 so he's still like a little baby compared to the others who are 4 going on 5! JF tries to eat glue and is the messiest little painter in the class. But he's super good at going to the potty even though i had to rush him to the bathroom twice this week. So proud of him!

There's also N, who's favorite color is yellow, so ALL his crafts are YELLOW. He's had a meltdown today because we went 'fishing' and he just couldn't catch any fishes. I work one on one with him quite a bit because he needs that help, and i thank my lucky stars i have not one, not two but THREE youth volunteers assisting me in the class! so 4 adults to 8 kids. A pretty good ratio huh?

And then there's D, the sweetest kid, who, at the beginning of the week, refused to smile or talk to me. But now whenever he does, he has the greatest grin albeit with one front tooth missing (but that makes it all the more endearing). And apparently, he keeps talking about me at home! (altogether now: awwwwwwww...)

Well! One more day of camp! Then i'll work through the weekend and leave for Cancun on Monday! Yay to beach holidaysssssssssss!!!

P.S. July's Good Cheer giveaway is up, don't forget to check it out!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Spreading Good Cheer Giveaway (July) + Etsy Pick of the Week: Amy Perrotti

Hi y'all!

I'm bursting with excitement to tell you all about this week's Etsy find. I am always very excited to find fellow Etsians in and around my area and I try to buy from these stores. The other day I bought a very cute vintage weekender bag off Etsy from a lady who lives in Greenville, SC. I must admit, the location is one of the factors that makes or breaks the deal. For one, shipping costs affects the final price of the product, and then, I get excited to think that these local artists are so close by that I might have unwittingly met them at some point or another. It's completely baseless, but that's just me!

tapestry weekender
Vintage Floral Tapestry Weekender Bag



So today, I bring you a very talented lady who lives about an hour's drive away! Her name is Amy Perrotti of the Etsy shop under the same name. I came across her illustrations on Etsy one day, and was intrigued by her life story. And because this mother's love for her daughter inspired such creativity, we are able to share in her colorful illustrations that celebrate unity in diversity.

I bring you Amy Perrotti.


1) Can you tell us a little on how you got started on Matryoshka illustrations?

Years ago, I was shopping with my husband Eric at an antique store, when I came across a painted portrait of a woman wearing a scarf around her head (matryoshka style). It was unsigned and is probably by an amateur, but I fell in love with it. I have displayed it in our master bedroom ever since. Staring at it every morning as I wake has undoubtedly left a lasting impression on my mind. I have always loved nesting dolls, always wanted one as a child. One of the perks of having a daughter is I was able to buy her nesting dolls. We adopted our daughter from China, and we want to and do celebrate her heritage. A few years back I was wanting to draw some portraits of my daughter and her friends and I guess all of these things factored into my decision to draw them as matryoshkas.

2) Your illustrations are depictions of the people of different cultures. Do you have a favorite that you enjoyed illustrating the most, OR perhaps do you have a special story to share about a particular one?

It would be hard to pick a favorite matryoshka drawing. The ones inspired by my daughter would be obvious picks since I do adore her very much. These would be my Chinese Hanfu Matryoshka and my Tibetan Matryoshka (she is not Tibetan but I did incorporate her likeness (sometimes I can't resist). My Aqua Indian and Indian Mother and Daughters illustrations I especially adore. The Indian community has been very supportive of my work and kind to me as an artist. I must say though, the people of many different countries and backgrounds have been very supportive. I am very thankful and lucky.

indian matryoshka
Indian Mothers and Daughters Matryoshka Art Print

3) What is your research process before you begin each illustration? (does it involve travelling to different places? i hope you do because that will be such fun!)

I am working exclusively from a suggestions list (posted on my blog) and work on it in the order that I receive the suggestions. This helps because I know what is coming up and what to be researching. I have done some research in my local library but predominantly the internet is where I do the majority of my research. Here, people have shared their cultures and people who research cultures share what they have found too. I'm not an anthropologist but I do love people and cultures and have a great deal of respect for both. My Matryoshka illustrations are my original designs, my artistic interpretation, inspired by various cultures. They share common design elements to both unify the collection and to illustrate that all cultures, all peoples, have much in common. I hope my work sparks interest and curiosity in the viewer's own heritage and inspires them to do their own research to learn more about the many cultures of our world. Through education, knowledge of ourselves and other people comes understanding and respect and I believe it is the road to a peaceful planet.

4) Have you travelled to many different places? Which destination is most memorable and why?

I was born in Ohio, lived in South Carolina as a child, and then North Carolina since the age of ten. I have also traveled within the US along the East Coast. I've only been abroad during our trip to China to meet and adopt our daughter. We were very lucky to have had this opportunity to travel extensively throughout China (Beijing, Xi'an, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong). We would love to travel more, see more of the world and of the US. My grandfather was in the military and my mother lived all over the world as a child. The stories she, my aunt, and grandparents have shared also have had an influence on me.


pink hanfu
Chinese Pink Hanfu Girl Matryoshka

Wasn't that a great story? In celebration of my Chinese heritage, I am giving away a signed copy of Amy Perrotti's Chinese Pink HanFu Girl Matryoshka 5x7 Art Print.

To enter this giveaway, visit Amy Perrotti's Blog and leave her a suggestion on her blog for a new Matryoshka doll to illustrate. Then leave a comment below to let me know that you've done so!

Also, you can leave another comment below if you share this blog entry on Twitter or your Facebook.

And as usual, following this blog would be very nice indeed! I do monthly giveaways, haha!

Ok back to serious business. This giveaway ends 31st July, 11:59pm EDT. I'll be shipping worldwide, so everyone can join in the fun! The winner will be picked at random via the random number generator @

Alright, hop on over to Amy's page to leave her some love! xx


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crafting: Scraps bustin' Fabric Beach Ball


At our museum, a pair of mother-daughter volunteer, T & C, come in faithfully every other Tuesday and Thursday to help us out. They bring in tons of recyclable materials such as paper rolls, cardboard boxes and scrap fabric for the craft room; they help clean and tidy the museum as the day wears on; they genuinely love interacting and being around the guests, especially the children. We nominated T & C as volunteers of the year at the recent company event.

I found out from T that her daughter C, collects balls. She has a collection of all different shapes and sizes in her home and enjoys playing with them and rolling them around her room. C is in her 20s this year, but she is physically and mentally challenged. I never directly asked what her condition is, and to this day, still feel it is inappropriate to ask. But T & C are very much loved by us all at the museum. We decided, one day, that we should make a ball for C to add to her collection. I volunteered to help out and looked online for some tutorials.

Here is a very good one at Purlbee and it's the one I eventually used. I like it because the instructions are clear and there are accompanying photos.

beachball 2

This is my trial beach ball. Stuffing the ball was the hardest bit. I had fiberfill on the table, on the floor, on my clothes. I had fiberfill in my hair and spilling out of my ears! And they stick to you!!! You know that static cling? Well, it drove me insane trying to lose the fiberfill.

Anyway, I intend to collect fabric scraps from everyone at work to include a bit of everybody in the beach ball. I was also thinking of getting fabric markers so we can write a little message on our own fabric scraps. I don't know... Do you have any other ideas how each of us can contribute to make it a little more personal?

Meanwhile, excuse me while I pick some more fiberfill off the floor. I don't want the poochies to think it's a new treat.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jumping In the Bandwagon...

hp and ron

Harry Potter premieres tonight!!!
J and I decided against the midnight show, opting to snuggle in bed.


We're so catching the first show tomorrow!

Meanwhile, a blast from the past..

I bring you Halloween 2007...


Apologies for the tiny photos, i grabbed them from FB!

Etsy Pick of the Week :: Lepidoptery by jewiseha


I first came across this Etsy store when I made my treasury list The Rainbow Connection. Janelle is her name, and Lepidoptery is where she sells her mixed media art in different forms. From cards to jewelry, her creations make great conversational pieces. The last I checked, Janelle has also found a way to make her jewelry pieces water resistant. To read more about it, go to her shop and read the shop announcement.

And without further ado, here is this week's special!


1. Can you tell us more about yourself and how you got into photography, painting and drawing?

Most of my life has been spent in an artistic environment. My mother is an artist, so I grew up learning to approach everything with a creative mind. It wasn’t until undergrad at Valdosta State University that I really developed as an artist. Since that time, mixed media painting and drawing have become my passion.

color coding necklace

2. And a little more about your Etsy shop, and the significance behind the name 'Lepidoptery'.

This fall I am planning on attending graduate school for my MFA in studio art. I opened my Etsy shop earlier this year in order to help me finance attending school. This was my first attempt at jewelry making. I believe I chose paper as a medium because of my interest in origami as a child.

The name “Lepidoptery” is defined as the study and/or collection of moths and butterflies. While creating my shop I was looking for a title that was unique, feminine, poetic and yet personal. The study of moths is one of my hobbies. One day I hope to breed local endangered moths, helping to increase their numbers in the wild.

ivory towers cuff

3. You have translated your designs into edgy and fun jewelry pieces as well. Why have you chosen to do so?

My approach to jewelry making is similar to how I make art. I strive for the unique and almost unnatural. Strong lines and color are key elements. I derive inspiration from artists like Alexander Calder. His use of geometric shapes within a three-dimensional moving space is amazing.

4. What is the next step for your Etsy store? Any exciting news ahead?

The future of my shop is uncertain at the moment. When I opened in January, I did not plan to stay open past August. To my surprise, the shop is doing better than I thought it would. I would like to keep it open while I attend school at USF.

Greeting cards are a new item. This is a way for me to share my love of illustration with my customers. I am working on some other ideas for this as well, so check back soon.

Kiki Smith | Via

5. Do you have a personal favorite artist that inspires you, and would you like to share with us?

There are so many artists that inspire me. Kiki Smith will always be my main source of inspiration. I fell in love with drawing after viewing her prints. Thrush Holmes has been on my mind the past few months. He is an amazing painter from Canada, who really knows how to use color.


Thank you, dear Janelle for taking the time to help out in the interview, and I wish you all the best with your studies and your shop!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On road rage

So this is the quote the J-man quietly showed me the other day.

"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"
George Carlin

I have serious road rage ever since I got my driver's license a few months ago.
It irks me when people...

1. do not use their blinkers when changing lanes
2. cruise at a leisurely pace in the passing lane
3. ride up my ar** attempting to speed me up even though there are ten cars ahead of me

dude? are you rushing to meet your maker?!

And then this makes me think of my dear friend R. She went ballistic on a man who drove recklessly next to her in an attempt to take over. They both stopped at a light, she wound her window down, and in her best psychotic impression, said in full Singlish glory,

"Wah! You very good! You number ONE! You WIN!"

Tight-lipped, the man stared straight ahead, and his wife who was in the passenger seat, looked very worried.

And then the daily morning dose of caffeine gives me an adrenaline rush. I just noticed I drive with my teeth clenched. So i gave up coffee as of today (not counting the 26 other previous attempts).

gps china

My friend A who drives in Shanghai, sent me this picture he took of his GPS the other day. The arrow with the circle around is his car's position. I DO NOT ever want to drive in China. Especially where people use their horns indiscriminately. I scared!!

By the way, have you heard George Carlin? He's a pretty dang good comedian!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

News from the garden: Bountiful Harvests

New harvests from the garden!

There's a pumpkin, lots of tomatoes, and an eggplant.

Then we have the Armenian cucumber.

The Chioggia is next!

We made a salad the other day with our cucumbers, tomatoes and store bought onions (need to grow these too), added a generous dash of ranch dressing and ooh-lala it was so so good! The J-man calls it his 'Ghetto Garden Salad' because it's so haphazardly put together.

Salads are so refreshing in the summer! LOVE!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Birding: Hawk in the garden

So we have a resident hawk.

This awesome creature sits patiently on the stiles between our garden and our neighbor's, hoping to spot a rabbit or toad. Most commonly seen in the mornings when i'm sipping my coffee by the kitchen window. I have a feeling it's the presence of the gardens that is making the hawk come around. And we also suspect there's a hawk's nest somewhere out in the back. I took a few pictures a few days ago and they didn't turn out too good because I had looked out the window with the mesh screen (totally stupid!)

After a few identifications, I think we have ourselves a Red-Shouldered Hawk here. First of all, it's the most common one in these Eastern parts, and also it looks and sounds just like one... so


What do you think?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Found: To Eat or not to Eat...

peppermint candy buttons

These cute peppermint buttons will make such good table decor, but they look too good to refuse! I imagine they taste like those PEZ candies (with a peppermint taste, of course).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Etsy Pick of the Week :: Sukan

I am loving the Middle Eastern designs on these pillows!! Made from antique rugs, known as kilim, they are upcycled into fabulous looking new pillow covers! I love the colors and designs; and the pattern placements are impeccable, giving the rug-turned-pillow-covers a whole new look!

turkish orange
Sukan / SOFT Hand Woven - Turkish Kilim Pillow Cover - 16x16

turkish yellow
SOFT Hand Woven - Turkish Kilim Pillow Cover - 16x16

turkish red
SOFT Hand Woven - Turkish Kilim Pillow Cover - 16x16


But guess what made my day?

♥♥ Embroidered lovelies! ♥♥

embroidered tulips
Hand Embroidered Suzani-Pillow Cover

embroidered anatolian
Hand Embroidered Suzani-Pillow Cover

embroidered anatolian 1
Hand Embroidered Suzani-Pillow Cover


According to Wiki,

Kilims are flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. Kilims can be purely decorative or can function as prayer rugs.

Kilims are produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. Most kilim weaves are "weft-facing", i.e., the horizontal weft strands are pulled tightly downward so that they hide the vertical warp strands.

The weft strands, which carry the visible design and color, are almost always wool, whereas the hidden warp strands can be either wool or cotton. The warp strands are only visible at the ends, where they emerge as the fringe. This fringe is usually tied in bunches, to ensure against loosening or unraveling of the weave.


Go check out the Etsy shop Sukan. The prices may be a little steep, but there's a sale going on right now! If you can afford it, it'll really be a nice piece of vintage loveliness to own!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rock the Style: I'm a Vans Fan!

I bought my first pair of Vans when I was 14 as part of our *ahem* cheerleading outfit. *cough cough splutter splutter*

Those were some good ol' days. Our cheer team was more into the rocker chic style than the typical cheer uniforms with cute pleated skirts. And our cheer captain dictated we buy Vans shoes to complete the look. I loved my black canvas ones, complete with chunky soles. Not the best choice, for it made climbing on the other girls tedious, and we were always bruised at the end of practices, but it was great street style.

Anyway, i am debating on getting myself a pair, so i can wear them to work, instead of wearing out my good hiking shoes...

Here are some cute ones I picked out... wouldn't they totally rock your socks? I know they would mine... *pun totally intended*

cedar women in navy 45
#1 Cedar, Women in Navy

woven buffalo plaid 52
#2 Woven Buffalo Plaid

hippie plaid estreet 47
#3 Hippie Plaid E-Street

striped palisades 40
#4 Striped Palisades

microdot 45
#5 Micro dot in Navy

What's your favorite?? I think I might get #3!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

winner where it all

#4 happens to be KJ @ Let's Go Fly a Kite.

Congratulations my dear! I will email you shortly!

Thank you friends, for joining in the giveaway fun! I'll be doing monthly giveaways so keep a lookout for them!

By the way, do you know where the phrase "Winner, winner, Chicken dinner" originated?

According to the Urban Dictionary (they had a few, but this one's my favorite)

The legend tells that years ago every casino in Las Vegas had a three-piece chicken dinner with a potato and a veggie for $1.79. A standard bet back then was $2, hence when you won a bet you had enough for a chicken dinner. !”

So, the call of glorious victory rang out “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner"

Isn't that neat? Alright, guys. It's time for work! Peace!

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Fireworks

I played around with the settings on my digital camera, using different exposures to take pictures of the fantastic display of fireworks put up by the town of Troutman. Good job guys! And we had front row seats, sitting directly in front of the field they were setting the fireworks off from.





champagne supernova


This one looked like hearts, because i moved my camera. A happy accident!

Whee!!! Happy happy 4th!

And if you haven't already entered, the giveaway ends tonight!!

The Fragrances of Yesteryear


I read this blog post about perfumes and fragrances over at The Cookie Button and was inspired to write about it too! Thinking about my favorite fragrances brought back so many memories... I would often associate my perfumes with images, some of them really random.

Like when I was a wee one, i would sneak into my mom's bedroom, look at her collection of fragrances, and try out my dad's cologne. Not that they had many, but my sense of smell was keener than the rest, and I loved the way my parents smelled. My mom had one in particular - Anaïs Anaïs by Cacharel, which I loved! It always reminded me of my mom's old wind up music box. The kind that you keep your jewelry in. It had a tiny ballerina that would pop up and twirl around when you opened the box.

In my teenage years, I was gifted another fragrance from the same brand - Noa by Cacharel. I fell in love with the scent immediately, and I always pictured flowers and fairies in the forest.


Years later, my mother switched to Estee Lauder's Pleasures, which of course, then became my all time favorite, and I used it for the longest time into adulthood. I liked it so much, I actually bought and tried its varients Pleasures Bloom, Pleasures Intense, and Pleasures Exotic!

A friend bought me Hugo Boss' Woman. That heavy musky scent always made me feel like partying the night away... maybe it had to do with the color and design of the bottle, but I started wearing it whenever I went out at night. It's like.. my night scent.

Once upon a time, I had this crazy idea to start collecting perfume bottles, until I decided it might get a tad too expensive to pursue... (like my discontinued Barbie collection).

Today, only one bottle of perfume sit atop the bathroom counter. A gift from the J-man - Light Blue by D&G. I wasn't too hot about it when i first got it, but the scent grew on me. Now I use it everyday. All my other perfume bottles wait patiently on the other side of the world. Perhaps, I shall rescue them when I fly home this November.

So what is your favorite scent?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Really useful tip: How to keep the creative juices flowing!

So everyone should make a list like this.

Found it here but traced the source back to here

I think #4 is one of my most effective ways to stay creative, productive and efficient. As i mentioned in a previous post keeping the computer away is VERY VERY helpful.

I'd like to add to the list:

#34 making music!

i play my guitar and sometimes, just strumming around i find new rhythms, new strumming patterns and new sequences. and then i jam. just by myself. but i feel so good after. :)

#35 take a walk

nature really inspires. i like to take hikes to look at the patterns Mother Nature creates -- the bark on the tree, the shapes of leaves, the colors of flowers, the light filtering through the trees.

#36 carry a camera wherever you go

or phone, but i don't have a snazzy phone with cool apps. I do have a decent digital camera that i've been playing around with. i love taking pictures of mushrooms found in the wild. Sometimes the pictures come out unexpected. Sometimes, i play around with picnik on flickr to get crazy effects. But take lots and lots of photos. Really.

What about you? Do you have any tips on how to stay creative?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

I love it when people around me become sensitive about the things they say for fear of offending (coming from a different country, different culture and all). Just the other day, i interrupted a conversation between my boss and Lauren. I briefly caught a snippet of it and chirped, "So what's going on this weekend?"

My boss, B, turned around, uncertainty flickered across his face for a split second, before answering in absolute seriousness, "Oh Chewy, this weekend is our Independence Day, we call it the Fourth of July." I mean, absolute seriousness.

Lauren and I burst into laughter.

"Oh B, I think she knows what 4th of July is."

Thank you for treading so lightly on thin ice around me, but really, i do appreciate it. *chuckles*

And i went to the new Jo-Ann Fabrics in Mooresville yesterday!!! I didn't buy anything, just walked around the store and gaped and gawked (and drooled a little). They have a HUGE selection of fabrics!!!

racer shorts

But before I go, let me share a cute racer shorts for kids tutorial that I found over at Made. I shall attempt it, and make some cute shorts for the summer! LOVELOVELOVE!

Thank you for the tutorial Dana!!!


Getting ready for the fireworks tonight!!!
Have a good weekend! And here's a celebratory giveaway for you all!
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