Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hill Tribe Wonder

Here's the second piece of earring I made few nights ago. Contemplated quite a bit about naming it, and finally decided on Hill Tribe Wonder, as it's made with Hill Tribe's Silver, with an intricately designed focal bead that's kinda like a "bi-conal" barrel. 

Initially wanted a simpler version, just the focal bead alone, with the ear hook. But I thought, a dash of red, would give a bit of a "character" ;)

Hill Tribe Wonder is now on sale at WINNIEL's. Check it out!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Finally, New Piece at Winniel's

Sweet, simple & "humble" looking (IMO) lol... don't you agree? Perhaps it was the colour :)

Gotta admit, I'm not the most diligent of all jewelry maker these past few months. Guess I just lost some "steam" along the way, in favour of the greater fan base The Laughing House is garnering.

Feeling bad that I've neglected Winniel's for so long, I made up my mind to do something about it last night. And, what better way than to open up my Bead Box, and admire the wide array of beads! ;)

Deciding not to waste time (as I usually do) simply admiring them, and wondering what will make the best combination, I put my hands to work on the first piece that caught my eye. Letting my immediate "feel" (or instinct?) of the colours and beads lead me into turning them to earrings. 

In no time at all, I'm happily into my 2nd piece of earring. And decided to call it a day. Spring Amazon is the first piece that I've just listed, which is already on sale now at WINNIEL's.

Check it out now!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Same Fabric, 2 Effects

With light yellow trimming.
vs the more "matching" teal (light greenish-blue)  trimming.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" or "match made in heaven?" lol... this is a disagreement (albeit not a negative one) I often have with my mom. To me, this fabric looks really sweet, alive & refreshing with the light yellow trimming, in contrast to the more traditional, conservative "matching" teal colour.

My mom made a Mini Accordian Purse in this fabric with teal trimming. I think it looked okay, but decided that future purses made with this fabric, should go with the light yellow trimming instead (like this 3in1 Organizer Purse).

However, since that first piece was made in that colour combination, the first picture of that item which I posted in my shop, is naturally in that combination as well. To my surprise, that listing has been purchased 3 times over this week alone! 

There could be 2 explanation for that: 1. Buyers are really attracted to that combination. 2. They are not aware of the light yellow trimming option, and since the picture shows the teal combination, they bought that instead. But in actual fact, they may be attracted to the light yellow trimming (just like me) ;)

I guess I'll never know, until we make a piece with the light yellow trimming, take a picture of it, and post it up for sale. But then, who cares what I like... customers are "kings", and as long as they are happy with their purchase, then so am I!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Great Marketing Exchange

It's time for another fresh round of ETSY shops for the Great Marketing Exchange! 

Thursday- Happy Thanksgiving Everyone:) No company.

Do check out these awesome shops for some eye candy, and Christmas shopping! Have fun, & good luck to everyone featured ;)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Viva Woman

I'm thrilled that my etsy shop (The Laughing House) is slowly gaining more exposure, especially with the help of fellow bloggers who kindly offered to do a review for me.

The past week alone, I've had 3 offers! Naturally, I feel so "loved" ♥ ;)

And for the first time, I'm having a local (Singaporean) fellow blogger who's doing a fantastic review for me. I'm excited at the prospect, cus it means I'm being exposed to the local market more through her! Thank you so much VivaWoman!

In return for the link, I've agreed to give a promo discount code for her readers. If you're keen, check out VivaWoman now :D

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Amazing Grace

We have cell group in our house every Thursday, and I'll usually lead worship with the guitar. Today, no exception... with the exception of, I'm totally not in the mood to worship God, as I was having a bit of cough, and was earlier irritated by something that happened at home.

Minutes before 8pm (when the meeting will start), I flipped through the song sheets we have, and decided that there is not a single song that I can sing with a sincere heart to God.

Throughout this time, the song Amazing Grace simply kept repeating itself at the back of my mind. So, I decided that we'll sing this tonight, as it "aptly" describes how I feel & my attitude towards God.

At 8pm, our cell group leader and his wife (Shaji & Sayu) an Indian couple came to our house, and the rest of the members didn't turn up for various reasons. When Shaji saw that I chose Amazing Grace to sing during the worship session, he asked me why.

I explained the reason why, and he said amazingly, that this song was part of the material in tonight's bible study session. Then Sayu went on to say that the past week had been challenging for her as well, as a dear friend (almost like a mother) had recently passed away.

She described this lady (whom I've met on 2 occasions) as very "Innocent". She & her husband, do not own much in terms of material possessions. Yet, they never hold back when they met someone in need & will gladly give, literally ALL they have to meet the person's (in need) immediate needs. 

Such was the life they led, often times taken advantage of by other people, looked down upon by many others. Shaji & Sayu out of kindness, gave them many advices of do's & don'ts to protect them. But the elderly couple always brushed those aside, and said "This is our ministry."

Weeks before the passing away of that lady, her church friend had a vision from God, that she'll be taken home soon, & God asked her to inform that lady. Her friend urged her to pray that God will extend her life, since she still has a young teenage daughter. But the lady said she'll prefer to go home to be with the Lord.

When she passed away pretty much suddenly, due to breathlessness (she's not asthmatic, but has a diabetic condition) our friend Sayu was totally shocked and obviously shattered. They had went to visit her the night before by the lady's invitation, and she appeared fine, though a bit weak as she was feeling unwell, which they didn't think too much of.

Sayu, in her grief asked God to give her a sign, anything at all to help lessen the pain, and to show her that God is in control of the situation. And that night, Eden her 8yrs old daughter had a dream. An elderly woman, man, and their daughter were walking, then the woman went on ahead, while the man and their daughter stopped. 

The woman entered into a path, that leads to a big beautiful house which in Eden's description is "out of this world"! In that house, were many other people dressed in white, and they all applauded her as she entered. And a man started showing her around the big beautiful house.

Sayu was amazed, as she didn't tell Eden a single thing. This was the confirmation she needed, and God showing her, that her dear friend is in heaven with Him, enjoying her rewards now.

This story, or rather, testimony reminds me of the story of Lazarus in the bible. Where he suffered on earth, whilst the rich man enjoyed. But in heaven, Lazarus received comfort, with the rich man suffering in the depths of hell, and a big chasm separates them.

With this, it reminds me & my husband again, that rich or poor, the end of the road for everyone is the same. And, what's important to us or most people, may not be what matters to God, which is 1. To love God, 2. To love our neighbours.

This woman did just that, with the little she had, she gave sacrificially to people who are in need more than she did. God saw, God remembered, & God rewards. "Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The world shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun refuse to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Shall be forever mine.

When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise
than when we'd first begun.

Win A Pair of PediPed Shoes!!!

I've seen plenty of blog/shop reviews & item giveaways, but never entered into any of these contest. Well, today I succumbed to this "craze", when I saw the giveaway at Colleen Stearns' blog, which is a pair of PediPed shoes for tiny feet!

Here are my favourites from the shop, which I think will look great on my Natalie ;)
- Grace - Brown w/ Dots
- Janine - Pink/Navy
- Madeline - Choc Brown/Pink
- Samantha - Pink/Brown
- Olivia - White

*Unfortunately, I'm not able to copy & paste the pictures here, so I've got none to show you. But check them out, & be cautioned, you'll fall into this giveaway "trap" like I'm doing, lol...

All the Best!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Great Marketing Exchange

Recently I've joined the "Great Marketing Exchange" organized by Amy of where a total of 177 online shops (mostly from Etsy if I'm not mistaken) took part, and help promote each other.

I'll be highlighting these shops on a weekly basis, so please take the time to visit their shops for some great handcrafted finds... especially with the Christmas & Holiday season around the corner, it's a great timing to get started! ;)

Here are the featured shops for this week:







Feel free to come back & share in the comments section what you've found in their shops that has attracted you. ;)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

An End To The Long Week

Finally, my husband is back! He's away for only 5 days, but it seems soooo long, because of my kids taking turn at being down with fever.

Yesterday (Friday) see us go thru a "grand finale" of events, as I brought Hans to the children's hospital for a blood test, just to rule out dengue fever due to his "swinging" fever.

A friend from church met me there to help out, but had to leave early before everything's done. For Hans, the trip to the hospital was like a field trip. :) I'm proud of him, being so brave when the nurse took his blood sample for testing (finger prick) and did the X-Ray. He behaved very well too throughout the very long waiting time! And I made an effort to praise him & told him how proud I am of him.

We reached there around noon, and by the time results were out, and we've consulted the doctor the 2nd time round for review, it was already 4pm. I was drained, and my kids were *zonked* out too. I had to carry a heavier Natalie in my arm for the last one hour, with my bagpack full of Hans' medicine (several glass bottles of them to last for 10 days) and with a tired Hans in tow.

He was diagnosed with Acute Bronchitis, but otherwise fine. I believe, this is actually at the "tail-end" of the episode. But well, it's for the peace of mind, which all the other (parent) friends told me. I'm glad to say positively today, that Hans is definitely on the turn for the better, and will not be having the "swinging" fever again. ;)

Friday, November 14, 2008


$5 off

Just came across this site, which I feel is great if you are new to online selling/publishing, and wish to grow your online presence. 

With more than 30 million domain names under management, it claims to be the world's leading domain name registrar and largest web host. The company offers a variety of domain name registration and Web site hosting services, as well as Web site creation tools, e-commerce and security solutions, and productivity and marketing tools.

With it's low prices, I think it's worth checking out!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What A Long Week!

Each time my husband is scheduled for his overseas business trip, I'll have to prepare myself mentally for the loooong week ahead.

Missing him aside, the house is just different without him around, and the kids will also miss his presence. On the practical side, I'd have no one to "change shift" with, hehe...

My husband had an early morning flight to catch on Monday, but our son was having very high fever the entire night which didnt subside even when I sponged him. Neither did he respond to paracetamol and brufen.

Needless to say, I was exhausted as I hardly get a wink of sleep that night, and with my husband leaving for the airport anytime, I felt the week starting on a gloom & doom. 

Looking at my son shivering from the fever, and hearing his laboured breathing made me really worried. I felt, we should send him to the hospital, and requested my husband to postpone his trip by one day. So that I can better manage my sick little boy, and my 23 month old girl.

He agreed, and made the arrangements with the airline and colleagues. While I go back to the room, and start texting a few church friends to keep Hans in prayer. It was about 6:30am. Almost immediately, a few responded to my call for prayer, and start texting me too. I lay down beside Hans desperate for some more sleep, and I realized he's starting to perspire! The fever has broken, & I knew without a doubt, it was God's hands that healed him in answer to the prayer of the saints.

It's Wednesday night now, and I'm on the "halfway mark" to completing this "one-man-show" week until my husband returns on Friday night. Thankful to God for healing Hans & Natalie, as well as our church friends who stood by us in prayer.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Learn How to Make Jewelry - Through Video

I started becoming interested in jewelry making few years ago when I came across a book in the local bookstore. I bought the book, (I collect lots of craft books) and simply loved poring over the pages.

Deciding that those project are "do-able", I went ahead to purchase the tools, and can't wait to start! I was very enthusiastic... but to my surprise, those projects that appeared "do-able" arent really that easy for a complete beginner like me after all.

I managed a few (miserable pieces), but decided that if I want to go anywhere further, I'll need to attend a class, see the demonstration, and learn on the spot. Thats exactly what I did :)

This skill has enabled me to earn an income doing what I enjoy, working from home! Then I came across this site (Jewelry Making Home Study Courses- Video on Demand Service) and realized that this is probably a great avenue for interested individuals to start without having to fork out a large sum of money.

Now that I've come (almost) full circle from a complete beginner, learning from books, taking up classes, making them for friends, selling them to friends, and now selling them on my own online shop.... I agree with the claim of this site owner that learning from video is probably the best solution for this reasons:

1. Convenience
2. You can watch the video over & over again.--- Something that I wish I have, cus I realized that I may know how to do a piece in the class watching the instructor, but will forget almost everything if I dont practice it immediately (or even a delay of 1 week).
3. Definitely for economical compared to taking up classes.
4. Easier to understand when the technique is demonstrated, compared to looking at patterns & instructions from books.
5. Learn at your own pace
6. Through this "conservative" method, you can gauge if this is really your area of interest, & if you should continue pursuing it a higher level.

If you're keen, and on the verge of taking up jewelry making classes for hobby or earning an extra income purposes, this site is surely worth checking out!
Click Here! to find out more ;)
If you're already an expert, and looking for ways to turn your skill & creativity into your own home based business, here's another site I found along the way: Making ~

Have Fun! ;)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Learning My Lesson

This is actually a continuation to my previous post (Making Money from Online Marketing) where I was impressed by people who blogged about quitting their day job to focus on... Online Marketing???

Well, few days ago, a fellow "Twitterer" said she was taking an online marketing course through Profit Lance. As always, I clicked on the link thrown my way. The site appeared to be the typical "Get Rich Quick Scheme" site & under normal circumstances, I'll close the tab immediately.

However, for some reason I stayed on to read, and it got me intrigued as to what can this course be all about. I signed up for it, with the assurance of a guaranteed refund (with NO questions asked) if I dont like it.

The moment I entered, I immediately regretted my action. As it was simply too much information & "tasks" for me to handle. I'm sure, if I took the time to sit down & follow thru, it probably will reap a handsome reward as suggested. But, #1 I dont like doing homeworks, #2 too much info at the same time turns me off immediately, #3 I hardly have time to invest in something heavy duty on top of managing my online shops (which includes blogging, flicker-ing, twitter-ing, entrecard-ing--- aka--- marketing about them).

I emailed them the next day asking for the refund. No reply. 2 days later, I emailed again. Silence. I was resigned to lose my "course fee" of $77, comforting myself with the thought that it's not a big sum for a "lesson learnt", that when something seems too good to be true...chances are, it really is!

Then I remembered reading that a 3rd party handles the money. I checked back, and tried my luck. True enough, it was handled by Clickbank. com. To cut the long story short, they replied me the next business day, and I got my refund the following day. *phew* hehe...

Now, I'm just relieved, & happy to get the refund. But on hindsight (I've taken a quick tour around the site), it's basically teaching me to do what I'm already doing (on a very small scale) and making it BIGGER.

1. Identify Your Market
2. Create/Bring Traffic
3. Conversion (to sales, sign-ups etc)---> I admit, they are good at this! lol...

I've never taken Marketing 101, but I suppose, this is the basic of any marketing lesson, which I've come to understand thru my "undertakings" this past 1 year.

If you've read this far, I salute you, hehe... anyways, it's a good lesson learnt (both ways). Good thing is, I didnt get burnt, and managed to get a "sneak peak" at what the marketing gurus are teaching, which the students are encouraged to take months to do everything slowly to understand the concepts well.

If you have the need, the time, and the tenacity to do an online course as such, you may wanna give it a shot. After all, they did guarantee an 8 weeks "free-look" period, with a guaranteed refund. At least, I got my refund. :)

Yet Another Feature...Thank You!!!

Another *happy* surprise came to me through the feature of my Mini Accordian Purse in this very pretty & cute blog.

Check it out along with other "cuties" ;)

Thank you so much for the feature PaperGirl, it's much appreciated!
~Winniel & The Laughing House~

Monday, November 3, 2008

Back to My Old Routine

My mom went back to Indonesia yesterday, after staying over for 2 months. After coming back from the airport yesterday afternoon, I prepared myself mentally to get back to my old routine starting from Monday (today) onwards.

I'm not sure about you, but I find myself being "thrown off balance" whenever she comes here once every few months. She'll be in the kitchen doing the cooking, washing the dishes, and laundry as well. Basically, the kitchen became her territory, and I found no place there anymore! Haha....perhaps it's my own excuse to "take a break" from the mundane stuff. I enjoyed it though, except for times, when I feel that I have no "direction" at home, aside from minding the kids, doing my crafts and promoting my online shops.

Household chores and minding the kids put together is manageable. But, I'm a person who needs to prepare myself into "the right mood" before I can set out to do anything.

Having done that, I'm proud to say, that this 1st day has went smoothly. It's only 11:32 am now, and I have:
- prepared my son for school, sent him off to the school bus.
- went grocery shopping with my 2 yr old daughter
- did the laundry
- came back & had a hearty breakfast, while she chew on her bread watching Barney.
- washed the dishes, and start preparing lunch.
- came online to check on new orders/queries.
- bathed her, and I took shower after that.
- put her to bed for late morning nap
- lunch is ready, and here am I blogging my morning away :)

For the afternoon, I still need to fold the clothes, and vacuum the floor (after the kids woke up from their nap). I'll probably nap with them, but if I cant fall asleep, I'll do some reading, or perhaps come online again.

All in, it's been a good day, cus I prepared, & planned my morning last night.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Superstition vs Faith

My husband and I had been planning to buy our own flat end of this year, or early next year for several practical reasons. We are currently staying in my 3 room flat (2 bedrooms) which is co-owned by me and my brother.

So, my brother uses one room, while my husband & 1 (plus 2 young kids) uses the master bedroom. We put this plan on hold the past 2 years because my husband was out of job 3 years ago, and doing his post-grad studies, not to mention, I was expecting our 2nd child. So financially, we were drained.

After careful planning, we decide the time will be this year, or early next year, as my oldest son will need to register for a Primary School next year. And since we have plans to move, might as well buy a flat near to our choice school.

To cut the long story short, we want a flat in a good central location, near schools, near MRT stations, great facilities, amenities, and preferably near to our church as well.

We were so excited when HDB (housing development board in Singapore) had some "openings" for ready made flats in our desired location (Toa Payoh), and in a really central location too! Not to mention, that we are 1st timers (applicant), meaning we'll get priority in the allocation of the queue number.

683 units for sale, and 10253 applicants. Hehe... Anyways, we did our homework, and decided that we have 2 particular units which we'd love to choose if they are still available when it's our turn to choose.

The units are #09-31 and #09-13. So happy & excited about it, despite knowing that our chance is kinda like 1 in a million (literally), I brought my mom to view the flat. She too has rave reviews about it, until she realized that the unit number is 31, and 13 (which are the opposite of each other) and "not a very good number".

Once we reached home, she changed her "tune" drastically citing all kinds of reason on why those units were left unsold, and still available for sale.

I'm aware of all her concerns as those thoughts ever passed thru my mind too. But, I know my identity in Christ, and the great location is simply too good to miss! I was a little discouraged by her reaction, and decided to put on a face mask and lie down for some needed rest. I felt the need for God's wisdom and truth, so I brought my bible into the room and started reading where I last left off.

Whether I get the unit or not (in regard to our queue number, or the availability of that unit) God clearly spoke to me today through Colossians 2 (Titled: Freedom from Rules, & New Life in Christ) vs 8-10 : "Don't let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy & high sounding nonsense that come from human thinking & from the evil powers of this world, & not from Christ. ... He is the Lord over every ruler & authority in the universe."

I felt assured, knowing God knows what's going through my mind, and pre-empt such thoughts by the world with his stamp of authority.

My mom's a Christian, and I pointed out to her, that we can only believe in One, and not subscribe to both thoughts (surperstition and faith in God). Cus, James 1:6-8 clearly says "for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord." 

By running "against the grain" may label us foolish in the eyes of the world, but I believe God's ways are higher than men's ways, and his thoughts greater than ours.

In fact, a (dialogue) of God came to my mind about this matter: "You asked for ABCDE, here it is. Now the door's open, why are you pushing it aside?" Sounds funny, but I feel, should we get a good queue number, and that unit is still available for us, and we let it pass, then I feel the "scenario" will be similar to this.

We've submitted this matter to God, and it's His will that prevails. Get it or not, our stand in Him and his written word should not waver. This is for our own good.

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