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Kitchen Remodel Progress

Hello folks! I wanted to do a quick post on our kitchen remodel progress. We started six weeks ago and the contractor finally finished last Saturday.  We MADE IT (!!) through the stress of going through a major remodel and eating out of a make-shift kitchen and wondering when the contractor will be done. I will share more about the remodel experience and about installing IKEA cabinets in the next few posts. And for those who’ve been waiting to see the “before” pictures, I want to save them for the final reveal, so that you will have a good side by side comparison. For now, here’s how our gross, UgLY, 1970’s kitchen transformed in the last 6 weeks!















Obviously, the last few pictures are not the final reveal. I’ll have much better pictures taken with my DSLR for the final post in way better lighting. We started moving into the new kitchen and figuring out the window treatment, picking out the fabric for the banquette seating, shopping for decorations, etc. You know, the real fun part of remodeling! There is no set deadline for everything to be done but we desperately need some window covering so that the whole neighborhood stops driving by and peeking into our lives! (We like our neighbors, but still…)

In my last remodel post, I mentioned about sharing a design board of all the components. Well, sorry, I didn’t get around to making a design board but I made a list of the materials we used:

  • Cabinets: IKEA Bodbyn doors in gray (island) and off-white (the rest)
  • Quartz Countertop: LG Viatera in Cirrus
  • Vinyl Floors: RC Vinyl in Walnut
  • Backsplash Tiles: Jeffrey Court 3×12 in Allegro White from Home Depot
  • Farmhouse Sink: IKEA Domsjo double bowl sink
  • Faucet: IKEA Glittran
  • Over the sink lighting: Style Selections 5.52-in Polished Chrome Mini Crystal Pendant from Lowes
  • Dining area lighting: Possini Euro Metairie 20″W Silver Fabric Crystal Chandelier from Lamps Plus
  • Island Hood: Frigidaire
  • Dishwasher: Whirlpool
  • Refrigerator: LG
  • Cooktop and Oven: Kenmore Pro
  • White paint: Valspar’s “Soft Wool” in semi-gloss finish from Lowes for the ceiling/trims/doors & Behr’s color match in the off-white cabinet color. The Soft Wool color did NOT match the cabinets all that well. It is on the whiter/lighter side. So, I got some color matched paint and repainted the upper cabinet’s crown molding. Much better now!
  • Grey wall paint: Benjamin Moore’s “Stonington Gray” in semi-gloss finish

My favorite element in the kitchen is the ~~beautiful~~ over the sink lighting from Lowes. It is absolutely gorgeous in person with all the crystals glowing and sparkling in the light. Second is the gray wall paint color (Stonington Gray) by Benjamin Moore. We’ve had a wall color change once, which went from Behr’s “Historical Ruins” greige color to this one. Our front door is painted with Historical Ruins and it looks very nice against the blue exterior of our house. But in the kitchen, this greige ended up looking too green unfortunately. BM’s Stonington Gray has a blue tint to the grey but not in the slightest bad way.  It is clean, soothing and sophisticated, which is what we wanted for the kitchen.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Feel free to leave a comment or question below and I will do my best to get back to you soon!

2012-2013 Sewing/Knitting Projects

Helloooooooo world!  I’m back for a little bit to play on the blog.  🙂  After my last BIG project for the year in June, I told myself that I would take a looooooooong break from doing anything remotely obligatory for the REST OF THE YEAR.  This kind of a hiatus is highly unusual for me, as I’ve always been known for packing my schedule with things, whether it be social, hobbies or church stuff.  Anyway, I find this newly found freedom liberating and empowering… and I admit, sometimes truly boring.  lol.  Only because I’ve never had this much free time to do WHATEVER I wanted, which includes not lifting a finger for anything and just being a couch potato.  I think my body and soul desperately needed some rest from my addictive quality of doing, doing and more doing…  It’s amazing how much time I’ve gained now that I don’t have every weekend booked with some kind of a project.  My focus has shifted to taking care of the things I have long neglected to do (like getting back into shape, learning Photoshop, catching up on my Korean dramas (hehe), etc.) I can’t go on, however, neglecting my blog forever.  And I won’t even start mentioning the long list of creative projects I’ve been putting off because I would torture myself with guilt and a sense of failure…….  So for now, I want to be child-like and happy by presenting some of my past work.  (Note: My next shipment from Oriental Trading Company is on its way!  I will be throwing a Fall-themed birthday party for my sis and dad whose birthdays are coming up.  So please be on the lookout for my next post on Fall decorations!  Or better yet, please subscribe to my blog via your email address or RSS feed.  As you can see, I won’t bombard you with daily updates.)  ~grin~

When I started sewing more things and posting them up online last summer, people started encouraging me to open an Etsy shop and start selling my stuff.  I made some sales on and off of Etsy, which in itself was rewarding and surprising that people actually wanted to pay money for my “creations”!  I even went as far as coming up with a company logo and making fabric labels to sew onto my projects.  All of this was embraced and affirmed by the community of supporters I had around me.  And frankly, that kept me going for some time.  But sewing is a laborious task…  (And that’s probably an understatement.)  The materials can be quite expensive to make a profit or break even, even when you acquire them at a wholesale price.  If I had to choose between yay or nay, I would have to say sewing IS enjoyable (especially when you see the final product after hours of concentrating and making your work space look like a fabric war zone), but just not as a money-making wheel.  🙂

Anywho, here is a sampling of some of my past sewing/knitting projects!  Please excuse the quality of my photos.  These were taken during my pre-DSLR-days with an iPad Mini in not-so-good lighting.

1. iPad Mini Cover – made purely out of necessity and me being cheap.  I didn’t want to shell out $25 for one. So instead, I spent a good 6-7 hours making my own.  Time well-spent!


iPad Mini Cover

 2. Make-Up Bags – I think this is one of my favorite things to sew!  (And they happen to be my best-sellers ’til this day.)


 By the way, I LOVE the app “Bamboo Paper” on the iPad!  You can make docs like this by importing your photos and writing/drawing on them directly.


3.  Business Card Holders – Had some leftover scraps of fabric and was looking for ways to use them.  Googled and found a few great tutorials for these card holders!  I’m carrying one myself to house all my frequent buyer cards and business cards inside.  Love these!


4.  Fancy evening clutches – I have yet to use any of these clutches (well maybe the blue one once, and I have given another one out as a gift.) One of these days when I have a fancy event to go to…  I feel quite accomplished to say that I made the fabric flowers myself (tee-hee).  And not to mention feeling like a pyro when I burn the edges of the fabric to make them curl up…


5. Custom Orders:  It was exciting when I started getting custom order requests!  I’ve done some knitted hats (not pictured here) but the most requested were tote bags (baby diaper bag, school bag, lunch bag, everyday bag made out of oilcloth, etc.)

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7.  And lastly, my craft show back in March.  Ah… the Craft Show…  And, the memories of freakish long hours slaving over the ironing board and my wrist getting sore from all that fabric cutting…  Did you know that I even took one week off from my full-time job to sew for this event?  Now, THAT is dedication, if I must say so (or maybe I’m just not a fast sewer.)  No denying that it was lots of fun but to my better judgment I’ve decided against doing another show this year. Sorry to those who were asking about another show.  I may do another one next year… Maybe…  🙂


Here’s a vendor belt I made for myself, with hidden money pockets.


Vendor Apron - Purple

Vendor Apron - Purple with pockets

This is a belt I made for my friend Christine. I like the multiple pockets on this one. 🙂
Vendor Apron - Blue Green with pockets

Vendor Apron - Blue Green  

Well, that’s it!  🙂  Hope you’ve enjoyed looking through these pix!  Looking back, it’s good to know where all my time went to these past 12 months or so.  Man, I guess I didn’t waste any time after all…  hahaha.  Please click on the heart if you liked the post and/or leave me a comment.  It’s always encouraging to see people visit my blog.  I’ll try to be better about posting more regularly!  But for now, back to my hibernating hole…

Renegade Craft Fair – Summer 2013 – Los Angeles

Hello folks! Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles. It was my second time checking it out (the last time was in 2011) and I recognized a couple of the same vendors from two years ago. As expected, this indie craft fair was oozing with interesting and talented crafters that were proudly selling their art. It’s astounding just how many gifted artists there are in the world… I believe that our passion to “create” comes from the ultimate Creator. 🙂

Here are some of my favorite photos from that day. My primary goal at the fair was to take as many pictures as possible, at the cost of ditching the friends I came with. (Sorry friends! I think they’ve forgiven me…) I tried using the rule of thirds and work on my compositions. It was an overcast day (we even got some sprinkles!) so the lighting was ideal. When I started editing these in Adobe Lightroom, it was so fun that I couldn’t stop despite being exhausted from a long day. I think I finally called it quits at 3AM and undoubtedly suffered greatly the next day. But the fatigue was well-worth it! For the full album, please visit my facebook page. If you like the pictures you see or have any comments, feel free to drop me a note (or click on the heart) below! (Don’t worry, I don’t collect data to spam you.) 😉