Monday, September 28, 2009


just wanted to share some amazing photos by max wanger of a married couple living in altadena, ca.

also check out the labor of love family!

i love the idea of family portraits taken in the intimacy and comfort of your home. i love the idea of home. i also love max's ability to capture the sweet sweet fragrance of home life.

store spotlight: daiso!

daiso is the best. i don't know if you have one in your area, but we have one down here in san diego and it's the best! lots of cute Japanese bowls, paper-finds, stationary, kitchen things :).

this isn't even the cutest of the cutest! i bought some cute wrapping paper that looks like it's a sashiko embroidery print. i was thinking they'd make cute envelope liner or something. not sure what to do with them.

Friday, September 25, 2009

all i want for christmas...

is some cute paper things from korea!

you can check out her (?) stuff and even buy this... for yourself. i won't be mad... go here, to nothingelegant's etsy page.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

abchao: Room Revamping Hero.

abchao is my hero.

check out this before and after of her bedroom!

i'm really digging that wall color and roller window blinds.

and her daughter's room:

her kitchen:

dining room:

okay okay, i will stop before your eyes roll out of your head. :)
check out her blog at

Monday, September 21, 2009

jaw-dropping design!

my mouth dropped open when i saw these.
check out sanna paananen's work!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

gocco me do!

if you didn't get that, it was a beatles' reference. love me do? gocco me do? okay, i know i'm lame.

it's been a good week of finds and goodies!

first, there was a yard sale right by my work place. if you know me -- i love yard sales. i love the idea of buying someone else's treasure for unbeatable prices. who doesn't? i'm asian, it's in my blood!

i didn't get too much, but what i got, i love!

1. a bench and some foam+cloth to re-upholster it!
total: $7!

i'll show you pictures once i finish it. it's strangely difficult to find a staple gun amongst college students. you would think people just have them lying around... to staple things.

you can't even see the bench because i piled the cloth amongst other bedding on top. that way, when you see the end product, it'll be that much more of a surprise!

2. a bunch of tea tins... for free!

the lady saw me admiring them, and seeing as it was the last day of the sale, she told me just to take them all :). i put a little sprig in one, i think i'll name him henry.

onto my other big news: i just bought a gocco printer! i'm in no financial state to buy one... but i did it anyways. i know, i'm bad. :( but hopefully i can make prints that people will buy! and then it will be all worth it!

my first print:

why is something so small so expensive? :(

i made a bunch of cards for a friend's birthday. hopefully she likes them!
the prints didn't come out as perfectly as i wanted, and there are many many flaws and areas where i had to paint in the ink with a brush.... but i am still pleased with the outcome :).

i couldn't decided whether or not to give my little bear a hat, so i just ended up drawing them in for half of the cards :).

maybe i'll make more and put them on etsy? will anyone buy them?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

That very night in Max’s room a forest grew and grew ...

after watching an episode of glee and stardust last night, i could not - for the life of me - fall asleep! so i decided to try my hand at my first papercraft. i recently fell in love with marshall alexander's max (from where the wild things are). he is such a talented paper engineer!

i've been obsessed with all things - where the wild things are. everytime i see the trailer, i want to burst into tears. don't ask.

go to his site for the template!

step 1: print out template on paper

2. snip-snip-snip! note to self: buy x-acto knife.

3. look at clock and beat self up for not sleeping. i know, it's only 12:51, but i never sleep this late in the summer! working full time takes its toll ya know.

4. glue and admire!

how fun! like i said though, i do suggest using an exacto knife for these projects. i used scissors and it was fine, but i definitely know where all my mess-ups are.

do share your creations! :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

oh why, hello!

i forgot to say hi to my readership (or lack thereof).

my name is connie, won't you say hello? especially if you enjoy the latter: loud (inhibited) laughter, the smell of fresh laundry, fellowship, honey bunches of oats, barley tea (and its friends can come too), rainy days, pomelo (asian grapefruit), long plane flights, (and parenthesis).

i love reading, looking at, breathing in, creating, photographing beautiful things. if you agree, drop a line son!

Jcrew, i love you.

but you're too bourgeoisie for me, i can't afford you. :(