A Day in Paradise

photo HK001_zps1076c93b.jpgThe city that carries the same heartbeat as the one I live in. The city that is divided between the old and the new. The city that gives me hope.

Having spent 5 days in Hong Kong, I dare say there is some sort of paradise trapped beneath the rough surface of this city. It is a love-hate relationship. But I am pretty sure I would be making a yearly pilgrimage here from now on. I would choose another month though, maybe march? The chilly weather was not what I had expected. Having lived in Sweden for half a year, I thought I had bragging rights to claim I knew everything about weather. It’s strange how we go to nearly every country and all we talk about is weather. Well, enough of this weather talk syndrome.

photo HK002_zpsa1f66d8b.jpgI spent 3 days in total sourcing and picking out textiles for Oh Mignon! (the name as of now). It was more stressful and arduous than I had imagined! I was faced with a mountain of choices and selections to make before all five days were up. To think that I had initially wanted this to be a mini holiday/work trip, what a load of bullocks! I shall never attempt to squeeze such terrible planning into a trip ever again. On the flip side, at least I got to see some of the beautiful parts of the city and meet up with old friends!

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photo HK003_zps4740f55d.jpgThe word compact definitely comes to mind looking back. Buildings, street advertisements, people and even goldfish in plastic packets were jam packed and sandwiched together. Such is life on a tiny plot of land. To sum it up, this trip feels incomplete to me! After all, I barely had a moment to breathe and absorb all sights and sounds. Hong Kong, I will be coming back for you!

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Happy 2014!

New year, new resolutions? I’m not particularly a fan of making resolutions when the new year swings by. It might be that I’m horrible at keeping them or the fact that I make new ones every other day? Likely due to my fickle nature and lack of attention span. 

Somehow, this year, I’m quite bent on making and keeping the following resolutions. Half of 2012 and 2013 were spent drunk searching between the big graduation and the big job-of-my-life hunt. Life spilled all over the new carpeted floor and things got foggy. No use wishing for what could have been, instead I hope to gather enough courage and heart to brave through 2014. 

So here goes, tough resolutions – please be kind! :

1. Keep up with this log and document every creation.

2. Meet new people, make new friendships. Stay connected with old ones.

3. Spend more time with Ashley/Golden Paws.

4. Stay rooted to the dream – never lose sight. You can make it!

5. Give back to those who love you.

6. Have more faith in yourself. Don’t be afraid of how others might judge you.

7. Sleep early, be disciplined and have a schedule.

8. Be able to survive this whole year, flying solo. 

Being an adult is such a pivotal moment in our lives, yet it’s one of the scariest times I’ve had! To the new adult me – Mazel Tov!

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Fave Candy Swap for August

imageI have been a swap-botter since 2010, but stopped mid way in 2011 because I was in Sweden/broke/final year in university. Come 2012, I am back again on Swap-bot, but still broke. This is only my third swap this year and might be my last till I get a job pronto! I hate that I always forget to document my swaps because I do put in quite a bit of time for the crafty ones. I hope to make a habit of keeping track of them through pictures in future.

This was a relatively simple swap where we had two partners to send favourite candies to! Having pretty much a sweet sour tooth, I really wanted to join this so I could get interesting international candy as well.

Most of the candy that I crave happen to be sour. I didn’t want to kill my partners with too many face-cringing sour sweets, so I included some asian candy that I loved as a child. There’s the milk candy wrapped with a thin sticky rice paper around it. The rice paper is tasteless but somehow I get excited just thinking about them. And these lemon sweets that are called ‘Ling Mong Tablets’, completely baffling. They are wrapped in this hideous gold foil which has been used for like the past 20 years? You kinda bite them and it melts in your mouth. The more you eat them, the more addictive it is!

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imageI do hope my swap partners enjoy what I have picked out for them. But I am most excited about receiving some new sweets in the letterbox this month!

On a completely random note, sneak peek of another silkscreen – the emulsion was coated on pretty badly so the timings kind of screwed up on this one. So I had to tape lotsa “holes” in the screen. I am still figuring out a way to solve uneven emulsion coating with a squeegee.

imageTill the next time! Xoxo.

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The Start of Something Exciting

Hello internet! I have finally gotten around to creating a tiny tumblr log to document my handmade adventures and experiments. With this entry, I promise great things ahead! *cross fingers tight*

I’m Cheryl and I have many dreams (and well, also nightmares about what will happen to me now that I have graduated). I have been told that I need to take it one step at a time. Keep calm and carry on.

Anyway, just recently I made my first silkscreen at home after watching countless youtube and blog tutorials. It was pretty tedious and I messed up a little, but it was a SUCCESS and a medal worthy moment. Here’s a sneak peak at what I was up to.

Being a good silkscreen student, I did a test strip for the first coat to get the right exposure. All that was needed is 10 minutes under a 500 watt tungsten lamp and a good snack during the waiting time. As I was too excited, I went ahead to print the test strip on a swatch of fabric. You don’t really have to do that! It looked good, so it was time to move on to a bigger challenge!

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imageMy second coat after exposure worked brilliantly and brought tears to my eyes. I have been sketching out a couple of popular southeast asian snacks and this is one of them. This one is called Jiu Cheng Gao in chinese and means 9 layered cake, but no one really uses that name. My emulsion coating does seem a little uneven and I thought it would affect the silkscreen. But it worked out really well! It would be better to invest in a scoop coater though.

imageAnd wallah, you are now ready to print on your favorite canvas tote or tea towels. Other spiffy food creatures lining up to be silkscreened. They are super excited!

imageI am going to be buying some more silkscreen frames and canvas tote bags to print on this week. Watch this space! 🙂

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