Thursday, September 27, 2012


Vintage pieces I've picked up over the recent past...

(from top left) Midcentury modern Mikasa Duplex Series designed by Ben Seibel, vintage mug made in England, Mikasa
duplex series dinner plate designed by Ben Seibel, and vintage Mikasa bowl.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Love Pillow

Sometimes I gather material and start working on a project not knowing exactly what I'm making.
This was the case with what ended up becoming my mini "Love Pillow". While I was in the process of making this, J kept asking me, "What are you working on?" My reply, "I don't know quite yet".
I grabbed a pink sweater, vintage fabric, leftover handmade jewelry components, and voila! out came a decorative pillow.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Although we took Jaxon to Legoland last weekend for his 5th birthday, the celebration continues...
This evening we'll be going to the LA County Fair with his favorite aunty, and tomorrow we will gather for a small birthday party with family. Have a nice weekend!

Happy Birthday Jaxon!

My son Mr. Jaxon turns 5 today!
Jaxon in the middle with his cousin Jayden and sister Maya.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Optical Illusion

London based artist Death Spray Custom drops some optical illusion patterns on
Arai auto racing helmets. I love it!

J and I agreed that when the kids are no longer dependent on us, we would get a motorcycle and travel cross country. Let's see, that would mean we would need to wait another 15 years....

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Local Eats

Right down the street from my parents house is my go-to local bakery called Eat Cake.
They use the highest quality ingredients, touting gluten-free rice flour, organic berries, and
cage-free eggs. Their cakes and baked goods are not overly sweet and everything I've had
has been very moist and delicious!
Cutest logo ever!

interior / lemon cake

(clockwise from top left) greentea mousse, walnut pie, and tiramisu
With the sweetest logo and beautiful packaging, its a nice place to pick up something for a dinner party too! We love getting the individual mini cakes so we all can try something new everytime. Some of my favorites out of their cakes and pies are the walnut pie, Hawaiian sweet potato cake, and all their chiffons. You cannot go wrong with their bread roll or sesame roll if you want a pastry-to-go with your morning coffee!

Eat Cake 19705 E. Colima Road, #6 Rowland Heights, CA 91748 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New earrings

These are new earrings I've been working on. I hand painted a design on high quality French paper, then applied it to maple wood, and finished the back with silver vinyl. Triple sealed with water based sealant. Brass chain detail. This will be available in my shop soon!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Weekend!

We are off to Carlsbad for a short weekend trip to celebrate Jaxon's 5th birthday!
He said to me a couple months back, "Mama, I want to go to Legoland and eat seafood
for my birthday!....You never cook shrimp because you're allergic and I want to eat
shrimp mama...."
So our plan is to fulfill his desire to go to Legoland and get him his shrimp cocktail!
Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Etsy Vintage

I have a soft spot for vintage furniture, home decor, and kitchen wares. It says alot when something made several decades ago, stood the test of time. It tends to be well made if not handmade, and many times handpainted too. I think back in the days things were made in smaller batches by skilled craftsmen with the consumer in mind. Its also fun for me to take the children and scour our local Goodwills or vintage shops. It's neat to be able to teach them that not all is what it seems. At a glance the shelves may look dusty and cluttered, but when you find an item that catches your eye, take it home , clean it, polish it, and display it lovingly, it truly does end up being a piece of treasure! The kids and I call it our "treasure hunt".
Sometimes I cannot believe what beauties have fallen right into my lap and might I add at very reasonable prices!

With that said, the great thing about shopping for vintage items on Etsy is that you can find items from all over the world! Here are a few of my favorite items I came across recently.

                 vintage parasol 50s JapanEames                   Eames Herman Miller Fiberglass Shell Chair

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Malika Favre love.

Malika Favre's first solo exhibition in London, Hide & Seek, opened recently at Kemistry Gallery .

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mix & Match Lego

I had a lot of fun playing Legos with Jaxon and Maya this weekend!
 We combined several Lego sets and made our own home. We don't own any of the intricate fancy schmancy themed sets, but it was a fun way to exercise the kids imagination and create whatever their hearts desired! Here's a little tour of our Lego home.

We are especially proud of our toilets equipt with flush valve and all, and I was impressed with Maya's development of the Master shower and table lamp. Our Lego people definitely took many
trips to the bathroom so that they could use the toilet and showers! Jaxon (4), who received the Lego Dirtbike Transporter set as a gift this weekend, was able to construct the whole thing by himself.
I think they both did a great job!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Orla Kiely x Method

After I gushed about the collaboration between Orla Kiely and Method to J several weeks back, he brought home a few for me! Who likes a household cleaner that smells like bleach? Not me! I am the proud owner of a pear ginger scented all purpose cleaner and dishsoap. My home smells sooo good!
Thanks to Orla Kiely, my kitchen looks puurrrty too....

 FYI, these are limited editions so get yours at Target  ASAP! They also have handsoaps in yummy scents like vanilla chai, primrose, and bay leaf.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Etsy Front Page

" Arrow" necklace
My "Arrow" necklace made it to Etsy's front page today thanks to Nora's beautifully curated treasury entitled Natural Structure. You can purchase it here!
If you are interested in a different colored background to compliment the gold, please feel free to contact me here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wasara Biodegradable Tableware

These awesome biodegradable and compostable tableware, is designed in Japan by one of my favorite designers Shinichiro Ogata of Simplicity.

Made with 100% tree-free renewable materials - sugar cane fiber, bamboo, and reed pulp. Not to mention its oil and water resistant too! You can purchase these in the U.S. at the A + R Store .