Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
"Sweet Dreams" from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.
P/S: Thanks for supporting Earth Hour. Let's work harder to make our future cleaner & greener.
Friday, March 27, 2009
If you haven't heard of Earth Hour by this time, you really should get out more often or at least switch on the TV or radio now & then. Tomorrow, Saturday 28th March from 8:30 - 9:30 PM, switch off all your lights & while you're at it, switch off all your appliances too to VOTE EARTH against global warming.
Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Based on an idea successfully executed in Thailand in 2005, it was pioneered by WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, and achieved worldwide participation in 2008. (Thank you Wikipedia)
Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday. We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.
I plan to spend Earth Hour with the boyfriend, some lighted soy candles, a home cooked dinner & a great bottle of wine. How about you?
How surreal is this dreamy photo by kea-etc? From a set aptly called Dreamville, I spent a good portion of my morning going through the photographs & found myself wishing I could visit this lonely little paradise. Looks like a great place to escape to for a little self-reflection.
Seen via Bliss.
P/S: I haven't quite gotten over the issue I posted last night (which has actually been ongoing for more or less a month now if you managed to catch my rant) but I have faith in myself above all else & I WILL prevail. Bless you all for putting up with my whinging.
Thanks to those who were kind enough to point out these imitators & continue to support Mimpi. You all never fail to rock my world. I will continue to work hard & bring you fresh designs... These imitators are gonna have to work extra hard to catch up with me from now on.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I so want to work at the Chocolate Research Facility in Singapore. It's a "new brand & concept boutique-cum-cafe located at Milenia Walk which draws focus to chocolate - both in taste & packaging." I'll race you to it!
Seen via Oh Joy!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Come support the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better adoption drive at NZX Mall, Ara Damansara on 28 till 29 March, from 11 AM till 4 PM. Open up your hearts & homes people!
(The map to the mall can be found on the image above. Please click for a larger view)
This place setting design by Grycja Erde is pretty clever. You line up your clear plate (this is key) on the placemat to create this amazing yet simple effect. I think it'd make a great conversation starter for your next dinner party, don't you think so?
See via Mint.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
(The following has been extracted from here & is written from the dog's point of view)
I was born in such a malicious way. My father, A rottweiler went wondering on the roads not accompanied by his owner and met my mother. From the rumors I heard, the owners of my father watched happily while my father copulated with an indefinite breed, sadly my mother.
But all I wonder is why can’t I have a decent home? Why can’t I be like any other dogs that are loved by their owners? All I need is a roof over my head and some food. Perhaps just some clean water too. But im not asking for much, am i? I’ll offer you more than you can imagine. I’ll protect your house. I’ll make sure no one gets in without your permission. I won’t hurt you if you’re kind to me. I won’t make much noise. I will take all your whipping and pounding. And I assure you that I’ll be your faithful companion. Just give me a home, that’s all I ask for….i’m not as bad as you think I am…all I need is a chance…and a home…
I saw these pictures on Design*Sponge & my jaw dropped as I read the article posted alongside. Each little piece was hand cut from golden paper, folded & assembled by the hands of Johanna Burke pictured below. I simply can not imagine the blood, sweat & tears that went into this installation as it's so incredibly detailed. This is simply awe inspiring, wouldn't you agree folks?
Monday, March 23, 2009
Got this in my inbox last week via SPCA: "Russia announced on Wednesday that it would ban the hunting of baby seals, effectively shutting one of the world's largest hunting grounds in the controversial trade in seal fur."
Yay! Let us rejoice for baby seals everywhere! The killing of defenseless baby seals can hardly be called a "hunt" & it is not only cruel but extremely barbaric so let's work to put an end to this arcane practice.
Here's the full article from the International Herald Tribune.
This is such a great idea to keep an inspiration wall looking organised & interchangeable that I might just try it, although I might need quite a lot more clipboards as I collect lots (& I actually mean tonnes!) of images & prints.
Seen via Modish.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Date: 15 March 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 11:00 - 6:00 PM
Venue: New Wing (near Ralph Lauren), One Utama
Hope to see you there!
I can so picture making this sweet little pet bed. It's so simple & I can't believe I didn't think of it before as Bowie (my lovely 7 year old girl English Cocker Spaniel) just loves to jump into my suitcase when I'm in the middle of packing or unpacking! All you gotta do is upcycle a vintage suitcase, remove the top, add the legs, add pillows, add one lovable kitty or doggie (for example Bowie) & you're done!
Oh, and didn't you just melt when you saw the kitten/model above? He's called Norton. Argh. Too. Stinkin'. Cute.
Seen via Poppytalk & can be bought here (but I think it's been reserved already).
Thursday, March 19, 2009
How cool that the couple got married at the Adelaide State Library? It was one of my fave places to hang out at while I did my time studying at the University of Adelaide as it's a beautiful space & well, I love libraries in general.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Oh, I just realised that my scheduled posts didn't come out as, er, scheduled. Sorry for that. They're up now so do have a looksee. On another note, I've got a few lovely new designs lined up to share with you so stay tuned! Those on the Mimpi Mailing List should expect a little something as soon as I get back into the swing of things.
Once again, thanks again to everyone's patience & understanding. I promise not to run off on holiday anytime soon ;)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here's a great little idea for your next party: a photo booth! Renting an actual photo booth can cost a bomb so why not DIY it? Here are some simple instructions taken off (& slightly modified by yours truly) from Evite:
1. All you need is a digital camera, a tripod, a photo printer, 2 sheets of fabric for the backdrop & "entrance", some props (feather boa, fake mustache, funny hats, etc.) & a relatively quiet corner away from the party to set up your photo booth.
2. Use several tacks to hang a sheet from the ceiling a few feet away from one wall & perpendicular to the other. The sheet will define the booth, with the open end becoming the entrance. Make a sign saying "Photo Booth" with "Entrance" & arrow under it. Hang a second sheet against the back wall as a backdrop.
3. Set your camera on the tripod & on an appropriate distance away from the backdrop. You want enough room for you guests to ham it up without disturbing (& accidentally pulling down!) your backdrop. Don't forget to hook the camera to the printer & set out the props.
4. Write some simple instructions for your guests to follow like the following:
1. Put on whatever props you like and get ready for your close-up!
2. Without picking up or moving the camera, turn it on and set the timer by [insert instructions for your camera here].
3. You have 10 seconds to take a seat and strike a pose.
4. Photos will be printed for you. Simply return at [specify a time a couple of hours after the party starts] or the end of the party to pick up yours!
5. Now go enjoy the party! Just come back to print photos in batches at the appointed times.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Here are just a few of my favorites from Printable Press...
Friday, March 13, 2009
I love laid back weddings. Especially ones that were done on a budget & yet manage to look so gorgeous & well planned. My hats off to Nancy & Ethan along with my heartiest of congratulations.
Oh, and did you spot the paper cranes that the happy couple folded themselves to use as decorations? They folded a thousand white paper cranes together to symbolise their patience & understanding for one another. Neat! Another great idea for those paper cranes I'm itching to fold.
More pictures below & you can read + see more from this lovely wedding here & here.
P/S: The pictures from Bali are taking forever to upload & seem to get stuck at every other picture so if you want to see the pictures, head on over to my Flickr album where they will be slowly but surely uploaded to.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I'm still trying to recover from my Bali trip, catching up with my emails, posting comments people have made during my absence (I moderate as I hate spammers) & filling orders. Oh, and guess what? I'll be off to Tioman Island this weekend for a scuba diving trip! Yup, the dive season just opened & I'm off to revel in it! I'll be gone this Friday evening & will be back on Tuesday to (hopefully) get back into the swing of things. Hope you guys can bear with me.
Anyways, pictures from Bali soon! XOXO
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Spotted this simple yet awesome tutorial for braiding your own hair as a headband!!! Obviously this would only apply to those with at least shoulder length hair though. Anyway, this has got to be a great DIY option for those fancy headbands eh? ;)
Monday, March 9, 2009
Hello, good idea! Spotted this on Decor8 & immediately wanted one for myself. You can fill the frames with anything you want... Pictures, dried flowers, scrapbooking material, anything really! I'd fill mine with handmade feather butterflies, paper cut outs & charms I've collected over the years. You can get yours here at Dutch by Design.
Friday, March 6, 2009
I seem to be taking quite a few quizzes huh? Hey, it's a fun way to waste 5 minutes & (sometimes) offers an insight or two. More quizzes I say!
Found a link to this one at How About Orange & thought I'd give it a whirl. It's a Creativity Quiz from YouUniverse & I think it's fairly accurate. Try it out yourself & let me know what you think.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Isn't this a great idea?? I spotted this at Oh Joy & it totally inspired me to make one for myself! I've made paper cranes before but for the life of me I can't really remember how to so I Googled it up & found instructions here, here & lots of videos here.
Apparently my style is Modern Classic. Who'd have thought? I thought my style was Shabby Chic with Weird Eclecticism thrown in for good measure. Anyways, suss out your personal style with IKEA's online Find Your Style tool.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
First spotted this picture over at Oh Joy & was transfixed. I immediately Googled the photographer Tim Walker & came up with a plethora of amazing dreamlike pictures! I love his imagination, elaborate use of props & his amazing locale picks. There's really nothing not to like about this guy.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Luckily I will be going off to Bali tomorrow for about a week (yay!) as I desperately need a break. Don't worry though... I've scheduled some blog posts to pop up during my absence so you'll have something to read about while I'm away. I'm nice like that :)
Hopefully I'll be able to come back with an optimistic perspective about the issues that I'm facing or better yet, put these damn issues behind me once & for all. A big THANK YOU to everyone who continue to support Mimpi. You all never fail to blow my mind. XOXO
Spotted this brill idea of recycling glass jars at Design*Sponge! So simple: all you gotta do is grab a couple of empty glass jars (I've got tonnes from all the pasta I make thanks to Prego!), measure your picture of choice, cut it up, roll it slightly, insert it upside-down, turn over the jar & you're done! Full instructions (if you need it) over here at Photojojo.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Watch the first ever SPCA Public Service Announcement directed by Yasmin Ahmad & sponsored by RSPCA International. It's a tear jerker (at least for me as I'm a big cry baby), so be warned.
Be kind to dogs & cats people. If you have the heart & space in your home, why not adopt a little fuzzball as an addition to your family? They never talk back & will always love you no matter how crappy your mood... Now why can't everyone be like that??
Patricia from PattyBelle reminded me of this picture last week so I thought I'd share with you a little blast from the past. This is a shot of my class 1 Dahlia at Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Taman Melawati, 1988. Can you spot little ol' me yang muka masam? Dunno why I was so glum... Anyways, this picture never fails to crack me up!
Thanks Baiti & Zairi!