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4 days after officially becoming MR and MRS.

Still getting use to the idea of being a MRS! Lol… Feels as though 10 yrs have been added to the name. I guess when you think of The title “MRS”, you usually associate it with like an older, more mature and wiser lady… But I am none of that, in fact I have regressed to being like a 10 yr old child. :p So it appears like I’m a misfit for this solemn title, And I shudder to think that such a huge responsibility is now on me.

Not saying that I don’t want to be married for tht matter, but can we be married and be a wife but not be labelled Mrs or Mdm??

Well.. it will definitely take some time to get use to the idea, the fact that the status you’ve been carrying ard for almost 30 yrs is no longer applicable and not only have you inherited a new status, for the next phase of your life, you have “adopted” a pair of parents too! 🙂

3 for the price of 1!!! How nice!!

Anyway besides getting use to the already sinking-in status, I am trying to get use to having more free time on my hands again. Like I’ve been so busy juggling work, night class @ nafa and planning and preparing for the engagement party that I haven’t had much time to sit back and relax for the past few months!! And now that its all done, and i have no deadlines to meet, no sewing, no planning n preparing, no craft work that needs to be done, I feel so LOST!!!! It has become a part of me and something that has kept me going and motivated everyday for the past 7 mths! I was literally eating and sleeping craft work, but i have to admit that it was alot of fun!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would give anything to do it all over again. Not one day did I feel like giving up.

Which brings me why I’d hope to continue working on my projects, and keep the momentum at full speed to keep me occupied and motivated. To have like ongoing projects and hopefully make a living out of something I love doing.

Question is: Will there be any offers for me to get started on other future DIY craft projects?
– accessories for babies
– bridal accessories
– event planning
– event decos

I hope there is…
And not jus FOC ones but paid projects too. I’m hyped up and ready to go!!
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here is what I have to clear up after the mad rush thts been gng on for the past few months. All the craft work and all the accessories i’d used for my deco. Where am I gng to keep them with such little space we have? Gonna need to store them somewhere and somehow….

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Btw, I’ve gotten a couple of the engagement shots from my frens who photographed for us on that day. Gonna post them up soon!! Really good ones I must add! 🙂

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It’s 30 Oct 2011.

Today’s our big day!

Today’s the day that every girl’s been waiting for.

In approximately 5 hrs… Johnathan and I will officially be husband and wife. Yippee!! So surreal!!!

Sis and simon got two rooms at rendezvous hotel for two nights, for us and for them.

Feeling at the moment: pretty calm and collected. Not feeling nervous or anxious yet. Wonder why? Perhaps I’ve been so caught up with the planning and preparation and have been excited and anticipating this for the entire year that it has become a part of me and like my everyday..

We’ll see…

Off to holland v for brunch and to order halal meal for my Muslim frens. Yummy!!

I’ll keep you guys posted as and when I’ve got the chance to.

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I’m determine to make this engagement as personalise as possible!!!

Guess what…

I manage to squeeze some time in over the weekend to work on the felt flowers and my guest book amidst my super duper busy schedule. Of cos, by doing so.. I kinda neglected the work assignments tht I’m suppose to submit this week for my visual comm class 😦

So here’s what I’ve been up to…. Started with my guests book and then later my felt flower trial version to see if its do-able without any formal explanation or training from the guru.

The Guests’ Book

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Another page from the book… Yes! These will be some of the many decorated pages that you will be signing and leaving your mark (well wishes and blessings) on. And for those of you who prefers to sign on a less complicated or flowery page, I have decided to leave a couple of pages empty for you to have your “Moment of Glory” 🙂

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Here’s another ‘fun’ inspired page… Pictures were taken out of fun while waiting for our lunch.

20110823-112508.jpg Don’t you just love the colours on this one (oh I wish the desk was better lit, so that the pictures are brighter).

I guess I could have done more…but I tend to be abit lazy at some point..and then I would try to cut down on the steps to create a more awe-worthy piece. Anyhoo…i jus love the cute trinkets of cupcakes, biscuits and ice creams I got from Daiso. They match this theme and colour so well! In fact I was actually planning to use these as add-ons for a handphone cover design….but I just couldn’t resist putting them on this page. hehehe….

Felt Flower – Trial version

20110825-012316.jpgHere’s a ball of ruffled flower….I have no idea what it is call…but this is rather easy to make….and great for my first attempt. 

Then I thought since I tried the easier ones…why not I try re-creating the ones I saw on Princess Lasertron’s website….of cos…she is the guru…and only hers will ever be the good enough and awe-worthy. But no matter what….I was still quite excited to give it a shot and see what my outcome will be.

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And so….I cut out two pieces of felt from the template I free handedly drew….and then I used embroidery threads to sew on some decorative stitches…….on and on I sewed….I must add that this is a very tedious and tiring pcs of work…and I kudos Princess Lasertron for making this a business of hers….It is one hack of a hard work!!! I dunno how she do it man!!…because it took me 2 nights to finish sewing just piece of this…and its not complete when its done…cos this is only the base of what is more to come after.

I sewed…..and I sewed…..

first night and then the second night…….

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VIOLA!!!!

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Now that I am done with just the bottom -.-“, why not I try re-creating the fillers I saw online. If only I could create those ones…. (I wasn’t very confident and sure if I could do it).

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TADA!!!

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I did it!!! I manage to do something that looks abit like the fillers….tho not exactly like the REAL Princess Lasertron….cos mine has uneven number of petals….I accidentally sewed on 11 petals…I dunno why. So my flower looks rather uneven. And since it was my first attempt, the bottom part of the flower did hold to well, so the button and wire seem rather lose and flimsy…gotta work on making it firmer.

And I was feeling rather confident at that point….thinking since I could do the one above…I could do ANYTHING….muahahahah!  (the doctor evil laugh). Thats when, I eagerly took out my needle and embroidery thread and started sewing and sewing…..

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and Yes! I created my very own felt flower with decorated stitches, jus like Princess Lasertrons….. one can only imagine how happy and excited I was!

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At that point I wish I could do a short internship with her and learn what ever I can from her and improve on my creativity. Its crazy….yes i know…especially the fact that I am no where near the U.S.  … jus a dream…never fear to dream big…. 🙂

Who made it happen?

Alright…enough of what I have achieve and all….. I shall not fail to mention how loving and patient and helpful Jono has been throughout this who experiment. He has actually given up his throne and offered to clear up his “Personal Space Zone” to allow me to shift my Mini Factory over.

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So sweet of him to do so….. because I was seriously getting bad backaches from working on the TV bench by the bed….

We spent the weekend, clearing up the room and packing my factory supplies into boxes so that I could stack them up near the desk and reach for my supplies as and when I need em.

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Our Mini Factory (as he calls it)…hahaha….well, I couldn’t have done any of this without him and his full support. It makes me realise how lucky I am that I am about to marry such a sweet and loving guy!

And I love him so much more.

Approximately 2 more months…and I’ll be officially Mrs Yuen! Oh My! Who would have thought I’d be married at 29 and to Mr Yuen. What a lovely surprise to life :).

A New Title.

and A New Last Name.

Plus a New Term for Jono….he will not be my Boyfriend anymore…he will be my Husband!!! hahahahaha……(still coming to terms with it).

And I’m Super Duper Excited to be his Wife!

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Above picture was taken from Ruffled.

Putting the whole look together is proving to be quite an uphill challenge for me man…. Not becos its difficult to find the things I like…or issit about the cost…but more because I simply WANT EVERYTHING!!! ARGH….it gets a little frustrating when you are as fickle minded as me. It comes to a point where I know I’d made a final decision but few months down the road…I have a change of heart and then I can’t decide If I’d prefer the first or the second choice.

So anyway here’s the reason for my rambling above…. I’m not sure if i’d mentioned before but I had sort of chosen the “IDEAL” bouquet for my engagement/wedding. Which consists of mostly blue hydrangea and a little touch of pink from peonies or eustomias.

My Ideal Bouquet. (Hmmm..now that I look at it again…it is made up of mostly pink eustomias instead of blue hydrangea. ….i think its blue to me..only becos of the blueish background….)

Rite…so anyway…since I had an ideal bouquet in mind…I have also negotiated to have a replica of this bouquet for my enagagement by Poppy Floral Studio. And I have to say…it is a bit too costly for me to afford…but I was persistent to make it work…so I asked P.F.S if they could do a smaller bouquet that will lower the price. I must say….PFS is very accomodating. 🙂

And since its so…I am quite happy that I was able to negotiate for a cheaper yet similar (but smaller) bouquet …(tho jus a tad cheaper). I put that thought aside….and believe that on my enagagement day I’ll be holding on to a replica of this pretty and enchanting bouquet of flowers…

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Let’s Fast Forward

……to 1 week ago……

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I was happily surfing through sites where I think I could purchase pretty pillbox birdcage fascinators for my wedding….not the exaggerated ones…but rather a simple yet classic piece….(minimalist is the way to go, don’t you agree?)….when I realise that I could actually DIY one on my own…which will be much better…so I went on and look for websites with tutorials on creating a pillbox hats…..lo and behold….I found a website that sells Fabric Flowers!! Oh my …from that moment on….my mind went crazy with ideas….first it was to put to the Felt flowers on my hat…later…it became having Felt flowers on my Hat plus a bouquet of Felt Flowers with Buttons to compliment the hat!!! Gosh….and it spiraled up and up…..

And I found a seller who held classes tht will teach you to create the hats with pretty coloured flowers and buttons….and besides hats, she customizes Felt bouquets for Brides-to-Be. And I must say…her creations are Fantabulous!!! Let me share with you the lady who creates and sells her Felt Bouquet… (They are SO DARN PRETTY!!!)  She is none other than ….Princess Laserton

Introducing …….

The Felt Flower Bouquet

http://princesslasertron.com/2011/08/melissas-bouquet/

You can go to the website to have a look at some of her work. And if u like em…you can order em from her…. they are so pretty!!! I feel like I would like to get one just like that, but in my colours of cos. 🙂 Needless to say, I do not have that much $$$ to play around with….So…I decided that instead of purchasing one….I’d try to create one for myself, and Jono suggested that I start with one stalk first to see if it’ll work before I embark on entire bouquet project.

Besides Felt Flowers…there are also other options…..in case you prefer something more sturdy and lasting……

A Brooch Bouquet

Really…its just as nice as a Felt Bouquet or a Live flower bouquet.

Brooch Bouquet not your thing?…..Fear not….there is also a Pretty yet Fun option…..

The Button Bouquet

Picture taken from an Etsy seller for Button and Fabric flower bouquets, you can go check out her store, Kotton Kandy Creations aka Kotton Kandy 52.

In fact I think that it is rather unique and extremely timeless….meaning you can keep this bouquet for as long as you live and you can reminisce that special day. Idea rite? The people who came up with these ideas (Felt flowers, Brooch, and Buttons bouquet) are Genius!!!

I really LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

And it is in fact quite a trend among the European/Caucasian wedding. After surfing thru countless wedding sites and blog…I noticed that quite a lot of western couples uses bouquets like that…instead of Live Flowers…of cos Live Flowers are still popular and widely use…but this kind of handmade bouquets are becoming quite popular too, especially to those who love to be different and are not afraid to think out of the box. That’s why I love following them….they are so good with their ideas and crafts…I mean they practically DIY everything, from their clothes to their furnitures, to their homes and even their weddings. Simply Amazing. Us Asians aren’t that crafty… i feel.

Sooooo……Anyway…….

Let’s hope that I’ll be able to put aside all my outdoor activities and make sure I stay at home to finish up my Guest Book as well as this new project that I am embarking in. Jono is rather skeptical that I’ll be able to get anything done let alone completing one project…. hehehe….. he worries that I am over-ambitious with every new project I wan to create…..and that I have too much thing to do and no time to do em all…. I don’t blame him… Indeed I have too much on my plate at the moment. Worry Not!! I always manage to finish what I start…when it comes to crafts and as long as I have a goal in mind. I will make it happen by hook or by crook!

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So what do you think?  Will I be able to do it??

Do you think that I’ll manage to succeed in creating my own Felt Flower Bouquet? Or will I get suck in by my own LAZINESS and never- ending PROCRASTINATION, and end up buying a Live Flower Bouquet?

Stay tuned for the outcome!!

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Did I mention before that I was busy drafting a design for our solemnisation? Yes I was…. and I was searching high and low for a reasonable priced printer here at home. I must say…it is a good yet eye-opening experience…becos its through this that I realise how EXPENSIVE production can be in Singapore. Really! Why is that so? I have no idea….maybe Singaporeans are not fond of producing their own stuff…and the market here is so small its hard to earn a living through production. Sighz….

Good thing I went on bridal forums to check out if they have cheaper options to offer. Indeed they do!!! Instead of doing their printing of wedding cards in Singapore…which most couples still do….quite a number of resourceful couples actually found a printing shop up in JB CitySquare mall that offers Cheaper printing services. Its call T&T printing….they have no website to look at. So you either trust your instinct or trust those of us who are daring enough to go all the way there to save abit of money. 🙂 And truly we did save!!!

So…we took the risk… we drove all the way down to JB….to try our luck…I was ready to be disappointed and leave empty handed.

Btw..this is a copy of the design of my invite. 🙂 Hope you like it.

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Not a very professional pcs…but I am an amateur…and when I did this…I have not started my design course yet. So its kinda better than I expected for someone who has no formal training in design. 🙂 then again….the whole designing process for this card was made so much easier simple because I am a New Mac user… 🙂 and I’m loving it ever since. The kind of applications I could download at a very low cost really made it all worthwhile. It definitely helped alot.

So…I took one of the templates from the card design application that I downloaded and tweek a little here….and little there. And Viola! I got this! Hahaha….and the cartoon on the back ….I drew it using the Wacom Tablet I got for my birthday present this yr. VERY USEFUL!!!

Ok…So…are you ready to see the Finish Product?? Here it is….in hardcopy…so picture quality may not do justice for the actual quality of the card.

TADA!!!!

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The paper quality is really good. The type of material used is also close to my ideal. I have to say I am very happy with the outcome of the printing service as well as the quality. The lady at the shop was also very patient and friendly. And she gave us discount!!! 🙂

Hmmm….for a moment now I cant seem to remember how much it all cost. If I am not wrong…it cost about $1 per pc for glossy print as well as thick card material (not postcard thick), not glossy photopaper (the only kind that shops in Singapore offer at a cheaper price)…this one is much thicker..which would be at least $1.80 and above in singapore. I will have to go back and check and append this post.

Where is it? Its at CitySquare JB Level 4. Take the escalator up to the 4th floor…look ard the level…it has a large sign that says T&T printing, you won’t miss it.

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As the date of my engagement draws near…I am beginning to get a little worried…simply because I have LESS TIME to prepare and get my stuff done. Jeesh….And I like started prepping super early!! Darn!! Where did all that time go?..(I have been very very busy and preoccupied with other stuff…juggling work, weekly sports and my design course at night as well as homework and assignments from that.) Sighz…tho its super tiring…I am really enjoying the latter. Not my work! (I hate my job!….but it pays….so I have to stick to it…for now.)

Plan: To resign once the wedding is over …which is in 2013…I am not sure if I can tahan working there that long…..might want to push forward if I can find something new…..maybe after the engagement. 🙂 Something to look forward to! Hopefully I can find something I enjoy doing … eventually. o.O”

Ah….side track abit….okok! Let’s get back to what I am suppose to be talking about…The HAPPY stuff…. instead of the negative stuff (i.e. Work). Cos Wedding is always positive..and it makes me happy talking and planning everything. I am not sure why I don’t seem to mind the whole stress and hassles of planning the wedding…in fact I am loving every minute of the process of putting the littlest details together. Can’t WAit for the DAY to come!!!

Alrite! So ….Decos! Sourcing decos for the wedding….well…. its sort of more or less settled since Seb’s Bistro’s got me settled on my florist. Poppy Floral Studio will be doing my floral deco for the day. I think its going to be rather simple becos of BUDGET CONTRAINTS again…. (this set of words keep popping up everywhere!!! I hate it!!!  😦 IF ONLY…..anyhow….let’s make the best out of what we can afford).

What’s left to do is…to beef up the deco to create a cosy yet fun atmosphere for my guests and MYSELF!! Hahaha….

I’m thinking of hanging stuff ard the bistro…. Lanterns or Pom-Pom? Again…I found rather reasonable decorative stuff from my fav. wedding product site Good Things Wedding Favors .

POM-POMS (Blue in color)

 

 

$16.90 USD for a set of 5 pom-poms. Not a bad price. I get 5 pcs to hang ard…

POM-POMS (Pink in color)

Pink ones cost $16.50 USD for a set of 5. Dunno why its cheaper….but I’m happy that it is!!!

Come to think of it….you can actually find Pom-poms at http://www.etsy.com some of the sellers handcrafted their poms and sell em. 🙂

Glass Candle Holders!! (Super cool…can imagine them hanging from the beams…with litted candles in them..ahhh….)

 

$5.00 USD per bottle. Minimum order of 12 pcs. Abit ex…after you work out the entire cost.

ROUND PAPER LANTERNS (A variety of assorted colors as well as sizes)

$ 1.99 USD each 10 inch diameter.
$ 4.76 USD each 18 inch diameter.
$ 7.10 USD each 24 inch diameter. (not too bad a price)

Check out this arrangement suggested by the website. REALLY PRETTY!! I LOVE IT!! I wish I could get a similar effect!!

(Wonder if my florist will get me blue table dressers…..I should ask her about it)

EYELET PAPER LANTERNS

How pretty are these!? ….I love how retro it looks! unfortunately…its not meant as a light source. DAMN it…cannot put candles inside.  I really love these Eyelet ones….

Comes in PINK too….OMG!!! DOUBLE LOVE!!!

Price? $14.90 USD for a set of 3 lanterns. (again not a bad price for such a unique pcs of deco)

Just for laughs…….
Fancy putting this to dress up the ambience! LOL!!!!! Yeay…maybe if my theme is RED in color! Hahaha…can’t believe they sell this one too. $10USD for one!! OMG….
 
Jokes Aside……

 

Ah!! A perfect solution for burning lanterns and topple candles….I present to you…..

BATTERY OPERATED WHITE TEA LIGHT CANDLES!!!

I am LOVING this site more and more…..it has everything!!! even chinese lanterns! Hahaha…..but really….this is perfect!!! 

$5.20 USD for a set of 4…..minimum order of 2…which means I’ll have 8.

Alrite…I m planning to improvise….eventho they mentioned that the eyelet lanterns are not meant as light source….I am thinking of tying the battery candles to strings and hanging it in the lanterns. What do you think? Do-able?

Btw…these are not the only lanterns they sell…in fact…they sell an assortment of sizes and design…check out the site…you might find something u like at a reasonable cost than what wedding planners or service can offer you here at home.

Anyway….I am now thinking…instead of using Pink and Blue lanterns….I might wan to mix it up abit…and have All Lanterns in Pink and perhaps….other hanging decos in different shapes in blue…maybe blue ribbons or rice paper) So that it won’t look so cluttered.

Then again…I think I might need to pick and stick to a dominant color. And use that color as the main color…and the other to compliment. Which will it be? Pink? or Blue? Gosh…I cannot decide…. Any suggestions??

Maybe I should look at my invitation card and work from there….. 🙂

Hope you had fun looking at all the colorful decoratives….as well as shopping at the site. Gosh!! Need to place my purchase asap…otherwise no time for shipping!

 

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Deciding on a Wedding Cake provider for my solemnisation was no easy task. I searched quite alot of other options out in the market.

CRUMMB was one of my shortlisted ones…because she really creates awesome wedding cake designs….however due to budget constraints…I had to forgo the idea, eventho i really find her cakes very nice and classy, and I’m super impress by the dedication and effort she puts into designing her cakes.

Luckily, Deborah recommended Super Desserts Market as the owners are her friends from church. And it is through them that I discovered Cupcake pops existed (ok! I am abit slow)….besides the fact that I love the pops…they are rather reasonably priced. With a budget constraint….they are the best options with the best deals.

If u like the idea of cupcake pops, u might like the ones created by Bakerella from U.S., Damn! She is good!! The details she put into her cake n pop deco is absolutely fantastic!! Really!! I guess everybody who’s already in the baking scene would probably know her and besides… Her website is really very pretty too!!

A sample from the Super Desserts Market website. Also very pretty to me! 🙂

Cupcake Pops

and here’s a version of the ones I bought from them to sample.

And because I gave all of them to my friends…most of those who got the chocolate ones said that it is very nice and it is not too sweet. I’m glad! So as long as my guests thinks its nice…its good enough for me…as I know for a fact that I won’t be the one eating it.

Gonna give it to each of my guest as part of the wedding favour.

The Plan: To place a cupcake pop individually on each seat for each guest…if you know what I mean…(I suck at descriptions). Still contemplating on how I could get it to stand and not topple over and where I should place it…. beside the utensils or above the plate.

The Wedding Cake

Initially the plan was to get a one-tiered cake as a two-tiered would be too expensive….Luckily for me…I ran my idea through with my sis and she offered to pay for the 2-tiered cake as gift. YIPPEE!!! So now I can have a prettier wedding cake.

My idea is to have a replica of Jono’s new Orange Vespa with two of us riding on it..as the cake topper. However….I was actually planning to have my cake in Turqoise or blue…but seeing that the Vespa has been resprayed to orange recently…the combination of orange and turqoise may not be that nice at all. In fact….it will be UGLY!! 😦

So i’ll have to think harder….and come up with something else……. what colour goes well with orange but still matches my theme?

Should I standardize my pops into pink top with a turquoise / blue topper or button. Then it’ll all look neater and synchronized.

Maybe…..

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