Friday, February 26, 2010

Cardboard Cabin

Ever noticed that cats love cardboard boxes? Apparently they love the odour of cardboard & the rippled texture so what better way than to indulge your kitties with their own little Cardboard Cabin! Loyal Luxe, the company that makes these, will ship them to you flatpacked & you just assemble it yourself with a few easy steps (it is after all a glorified cardboard box folks). At CND19.99 & shipping to Malaysia costing another CND15, I'm struggling to justify getting this for my cats (it's just so darn cool!) when they're happy with any ol' box we bring home.

Oh, you should check out Loyal Luxe's website just to melt over the adorable kitties playing in & around the cabin. So cute I could eat them (no, not really)!

Via ReadyMade.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vanity Barcodes

Who would've thought barcodes could look pretty funky? If you ever find a need for barcodes give Vanity Barcodes a buzz. They offer a couple dozen pre-made barcode designs at $375 each, and they also take on custom orders.

Although I'm not in the market to get one of these for my products, I know for sure is that I'll keep my eyes peeled the next time I go shopping to spot one of babies!

Via ReadyMade.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Liberty of London

Anyone who loves fabric should know about Liberty of London. They're world renown for they're wonderful vintage-y prints, gorgeous use of color & excellent quality. Simply put: they're everything this girl loves! The big news is that they have now teamed up with the folks at Target in the US to come up with a line of homeware which we sadly can't get here but a little eye candy can't hurt right?

I want them all.

Via Oh Joy.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DIY Produce Bags

Instead of heading back to bed after lunch like I mentioned earlier, I headed to the pool for a quick swim since I thought the extra exertion might make me sleep better. However, the swim felt soooo good that I felt energised instead of tired & sleepy so I took the opportunity to work on a little project that I've been wanting to try for awhile now: making my own reusable produce bags!

You see, everytime I go grocery shopping I'd feel like the biggest hypocrite whenever I'd fill my reusable shopping bags with all the plastic produce bags of fruits & veggies I tend to load up on. So I did a little nosing around the internet & found this awesome Instructable for the simplest solution by making my own reusable produce bags with some tulle fabric & my handy dandy (brand new!) sewing machine.

Here's the tutorial if you want to give it a whirl & hey, if you don't have a sewing machine you can handsew it too! It took me about 5 minutes per bag on my sewing machine so that should give you an idea of how fast & easy this project is. You can also use these bags for a myriad of other purposes so go nuts & make as many as you can. Have fun!

Wish I Could

I've been having trouble getting to sleep at night so I'm not feeling so hot this morning. Wish I could just plop into bed right now & catch up with my snoozing. Maybe I will after lunch? I love my job.

Image via Design Is Mine.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Underwater Fantasy

This picture by Elena Kalis just make me miss scuba diving even more than I already do (which is A LOT!). I can't wait to start again at the end of this month when me & the boyfriend head on out to Tioman Island for a little rest & relaxation.

Check out more of Elena Kalis' wonderful underwater fantasy here.

Via Yellowgoat.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Jordan Clarke

I just love that this awesome collage art by Jordan Clarke incorporates a favorite quote of mine by Eurpidides: "The wisest follow their own direction." So true.

Via Decor8.

Lisa Jones Studio

These illustrations by Lisa Jones Studio are just kitschy perfection & I love me a little kitsch now & then. Based in London, they ship worldwide with incredibly reasonable shipping rates in my opinion. Check out the rest of Lisa Jones' work here!

Via Decor8.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I don't know about you but I had no idea that floral magazines existed till I fell hard for these images above I spotted over at Oh Joy. They're from Hanajikan, an aforementioned magazine that I will be looking out for at my next book run at good ol' Kinokuniya.

I think the little cherry blossom arrangement is just perfect for this Chinese New Year, don't you?

Via Oh Joy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Moment To Oneself

A Moment to Oneself from clair neal on Vimeo.

After all the hoopla & family time spent over the Chinese New Year weekend, I could use a little me time. This video A Moment To Oneself is an enchanting stop-motion animation by Clair Neal. The girl goes through many rooms, all filled with different creative supplies that reminds me of my craft space which I desperately miss. Can't wait to start crafting again!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Just thought I'd pop in for a last post before the long weekend coming up. As I'm half Chinese, I'm looking forward to celebrating the Chinese New Year weekend filled with food, food & more food plus catching up with my relatives over, what else, FOOD! You gotta love a festive holiday 'cause it gives you an excuse to indulge in otherwise hard to find delectables & good ol' home cooked food (courtesy of my Poh Poh aka Grandma).

This year Valentine's Day also falls on CNY so the boyfriend & I won't be spending it doing anything special but I'm working on a little something to surprise him with ;)

Anyways, here's wishing you lovely people...

Throw away those scales, drive safe & stay safe if you're gonna be on traveling & remember, Mimpi Murni loves ya! XOXO

The Importance of Imagination

"An inspirational poster designed in the form of an eye chart. Silkscreen printed with a wonderful quote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge – Albert Einstein”. Each poster comes with a letterpress hang tag showing the edition of your special print."

Love it. Buy it here.

Via Design Is Mine.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brooch Bouquets

Oh. My. God. These gorgeous vintage brooch bouquets by Fantasy Floral Designs are just amazing! Don't you think they'd be perfect for a whimsical vintage style wedding or make a wonderful table centerpiece? My brain is on over-drive here thinking of the possibilities!

Via Sweet Designs.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

DIY Blow A Kiss Flipbook

Two DIY projects in one day?? No way! Way. Hehehe :P

I couldn't resist sharing this adorable & simple flipbook project with you. Just snap a picture of yourself blowing a kiss then print a couple of copies, draw a couple of hearts (adding more at each page), punch a couple of holes, tie & voila! Your loved one will always have your kiss in their pocket & just in time for Valentine's Day!

More info here with the flipbook video demonstration below:

Flip Book from katie sokoler on Vimeo.


DIY Candy Bar Wrappers

Candy is synonymous with Valentine's Day don't you think? But dang, those specially packaged Valentine's candy you see all over the stores right now can cost a pretty penny so here's an easy (not to mention easy on your pockets) project to customise those mini chocolate bars. Simply download the Free Printable Valentine Conversation Candy Bar Wrappers & you'll be rocking your sweetheart's world. Video tutorial below:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Abigail Brown

I've always loved Abigail Brown's work. And now she has to go & top herself to come up with this stunning piece! For more info on the piece, click on over here & be sure to check out her blog too.

Via Creature Comforts.

Monday, February 8, 2010

DIY Vintage Valentine Card

Free downloads rock. Download this adorable vintage inspired valentine, free for everyone to print and enjoy over on Ruffled blog. Your Valentine will be coolest on the block, trust me ;)

Via Creature Comforts.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Beautiful Skin

I love my iPhone. Seriously. I love that it's so easy to use & it works like magic with a simple wave (or more precisely, a simple swipe) of my fingers. With that being said, I think I should take better care of it & these drool worthy leather iPhone cases by Beautiful Skin are just the ticket.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mini Mae

I want this. Bad. What is it you ask? It's Mae's newly released Mini Mae Collection of re-usable fabric home decor stickers! What a way to combine my until-now dormant love of stickers & home decor.

Via Creature Comforts where you can participate for a chance to win a set of your own Mini Mae!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mimpi ♥ BFM Radio

Did you catch me live on BFM 89.9 yesterday? In case you didn't, here's the podcast if you want to have a little listen of me chatting with the lovely Freda Liu about all things Mimpi Murni.

I have to say chatting (and really, that was all it was) with Freda was a lot of fun as she was awfully friendly & it helped heaps that she personally likes my designs. She even had me remake Maduri for her to purchase which she wore straight away before & during the show! I love it when that happens. Katja, also on the BFM team, who I exchanged emails with prior to the show was really helpful too & helped me calm down before the show. So yeah, I really couldn't have asked for a better experience as it was my first time on radio. I just hope I don't sound like such a ditzy space cadet as I tend to when I'm put on the spot! Hehehe.

Oh, I have to say a huge THANK YOU to Michelle of The Kinder Soap Company who hooked me up with BFM  in the first place! Michelle is truly a generous soul & when I grow up, I want to be just like her ;)

Monday, February 1, 2010

BFM 89.9 FM

Hey sweethearts! Just a head's up: tomorrow at 10am yours truly will be on air with Freda Liu on BFM 89.9 FM. Wish me luck! ;)

P/S: I won't be able to blog tomorrow but I'll be back on schedule the day after, I promise. XOXO

DIY Valentine's Goodie Bag

The folks over at Twig & Thistle created this lovely little design that you can download here & print directly on any ol' paper bag (that'll fit your printer that is!). Just perfect for the upcoming Valentine's Day don't you think?