Monday, December 28, 2009

In-house NEW Design: Mini Everyday Bag

New Year, New Design! Again, it's another item modeled after my personal bag ^^ with some modifications. (Slightly bigger size, side zipper added, & not to forget, The Laughing House signature "pillow" zipper head ^^ )

I have 1 small hand carry pouch/purse, which I bought for about $3 from Watson's a few years ago. That small purse, has served me really well...being compact, yet spacious enough to fit my necessary items which I bring with me each time I leave home.

Those items? Wallet/purse, tissue pack, cell phone, (sometimes) my digital camera, small bottle of lotion, & at one point in time, a small Evian water bottle.

It's really handy & I've been asking my mom to let's make & produce these handy bags with the cheerful & quirky fabrics we've got. Finally, we've gotten round to doing it, & now these happy Mini Everyday Bags are on sale in The Laughing House.

Have you checked them out yet? ^^

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Here's wishing all my friends & customers a 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  May 2010 brings new HOPE for everyone ^^ 
Have a BLESSED day!
* PS: Pictures & cards from MichelleBrusegaard

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My 1st Homemade Cookies ^^

I love eating cookies but never learnt how to make them, partly cus I don't have an oven. I promised myself that I'll start making them once we've moved, & bought an oven.

Well, the oven's been around for almost a month, & sitting pretty & clean up till today, hehe...

Being the type of person who needs to mentally prepare myself first b4 embarking on a new project, big or small... I've been telling myself to get started one of these days. 

First of all, I went to the library to borrow some books on baking, for tips...& the enticing pictures to serve as visual motivation. Then, I went about to get the tools... (got most of them from the $2 Daiso outlet at Plaza Singapura), some from nearby Giant Supermarket & finally the electric mixer from Courts. Actually, I still lacked the kitchen scale...that's why I was reluctant to get started initially. *PS: All these took place over a span of 2 weeks ^^

Finally, this afternoon presents itself with the perfect time for me to get started. I was really unsure & kept checking with the instruction on the (premix, yes...hehe) packet. Baking comes as 2nd nature to many women, but it's like a brand new introduction to me again, after my previous 1st attempt at baking, during Home Economics lesson back in Secondary 1, or was it 2?

I wasnt quite sure what it meant to "cream the butter", nor the meaning of "using half an egg" ??? I stumbled around, pretty clumsily with my wooden spoon & metal bowl, & finally decided that I might as well take out my electric mixer for this purpose.

Next, I had to pour the flour mix into the bowl. Now what am I supposed to do with it? Mix, with spoon, or hand? I decided, the word "knead" probably meant using my hands... & so I get right to it immediately. Mixing them in, & then using the wooden "roller"(?) ...then it was the most fun part, using cookie cutters!

I was so unsure what tool to use, & how to use them, when to use them... it was quite embarassing & pretty hilarious to any on-looker (my maid), we burst out laughing several times.

But, once they were in pretty shapes of 'hearts', 'stars' etc... my confidence began to rose, believing that my 1st attempt will go smoothly after all :D

My kids love them, my mom & maid said it tasted good too... & I agree with them! I've saved 5 pieces for my husband, hopefully he'll like them too, hehe... 

With my confidence & experience slightly increased now, I think I'll make another attempt tomorrow (or when the nx opportune time presents itself). This time, it'll not be using premix flour though ;P

Saturday, December 19, 2009

We've Settled Down... (almost ^^)

It's been slightly over a month since we moved to our new home, & I can finally say that we've settled down...more or less ^^

Below are some pictures of our new place, for those of you who're curious :D

This is the living room... I like it cus its bright, airy & definitely spacious! The furnitures are not quite complete, partly cus I've not found the right pieces, & also we need to "space out" the buying... (if u know what I mean *wink*)

Well, the good thing is, we can have this place in it's relatively spacious condition for a longer period of time. Hopefully, it can remain clean, bright & uncluttered in the future, hehe...
The living room from the front door's view. Still looked kinda cold, & not quite a "home" yet. I knew that I can try to make it look homey, comfortable & all... but at the end of the day, what makes a home is the family, & the relationship fostered within that will add warmth to it. 

That'll be the REAL work ^^  & I must say I'm looking forward to it though lots of care & prayer definitely need to be sprinkled on it for it to blossom beautifully. 

I've got a new maid to help out with the household chores, & waiting for kids to start school in January. Now, I need to seriously "tune my mind" to putting my best foot forward for the family, & my "work". 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
This is the balcony area, which we've "converted" to my study/work area, by opening leveling the floor to the same height as the living area, & changing the tiles to match those inside as well. We also removed the sliding door, & replaced it with a frame instead. 
The space is still quite "cluttered" in a tidy way, hehehe... I'm still trying to decide if it's worth spending the money to have a custom built low cabinet to fill in those gap under the window to maximize storage space.

I love coming up with new Organizer Purses, bags etc...but gotta admit, I'm really not great at organizing my work space & area. It may come as a simple thing to many people, but puts me at a complete loss as to what to do about it, & where to start etc.

I've been putting off "serious work" for the past 1 month on the pretext that I'll get moving once things are tidied & organized again. But, I really shouldn't procrastinate much longer as my income is at stake! :D
Natalie posing with some newly made handbags shouting "bags for sale!!!!" around the house, hehe... maybe she'll make a good sales person ^^

Hopefully I'll remember to post some new pictures, should the day come when my table & work area is neat, tidy & more "becoming" ... till then, & wish me the best please! ;)

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