i'm giving the blackbird market another shot! 13 march 2010.

if you're there, say hello. :)
because it's autumn, i am hesitantly letting go of my tight grip on the idea of summer. i dream of the tropics.




i love the colours and the warmth of these items. wouldn't it be great to come home to reds, oranges and yellows from the bleak and dreary outside winter world?

thus, i made this:

bracelet. ruby red pumpkin yellow tropical sunny

bring the tropics wherever you go!

this bracelet is made of lovingly wire-wrapped natural red ruby gemstones interlaced with yellow pumpkin glass beads. it features a coral red lucite flower and is secured by a gold toggle clasp.

the length of this item can be adjusted according to your wrist size, kindly leave me a message upon checkout.

this is perfect to liven up outfits, or to complement a summer dress of the same colour family. 

talk about doing things well ahead of time.

we're planning to come home to the Philippines in december and while there, we plan to have our daughter christened/dedicated and hold a christening/post-birthday and thanksgiving party as well. she is nearly two, born 8 weeks early and is absolutely gorgeous. it will be the first time most of our family will get to meet her, and it will be about 8 weeks after her second birthday and we wanted a thanksgiving party because the Lord has just been so good to us.

last night, we have agreed to have a carnival-themed party. it would be great for the kids --- we're planning to have face-painting, clowns and magicians.

today i have started to gather ideas for the party, starting with the invitations. and i stumbled upon cathie filian's etsy shop! she's got great items, but i think the ultimate treasure is in her blog, where she discusses diy projects, holds giveaways and basically just shares artistic magic.

ticketlemon glitter


reading her blog just makes me want to create and create! if only i had all the time. she's also releasing her own line of glitter, and it looks promising. after all, who doesn't need any sparkle?

i think i'm going to make invitations out of carnival tickets, some glue and a lot of glitter!
i had quite a scare this afternoon. i was working in the rumpus on my laptop, updating my twitter account and the CAST blog and my facebook page when i decided to check on my mobile which was in our bedroom. four missed calls and an SMS which said "love, i'm going to the hospital, i cut my finger."

my husband usually helps out in my uncle's charcoal chicken shop on saturdays. visions of the big sharp knives they have in the kitchen flashed through my mind in quick succession. my first thought was: if it was just a simple cut, it wouldn't require a trip to the hospital, would it?

i quickly changed into decent clothes, changed my daughter as well and packed stuff into my trusty nappy bag --- an extra change of clothes for hubby, nappies, clothes, a container of nibbles and a bottle of water for my daughter, medicare cards, my wallet and my mobile. grabbed the car keys and sped out of the estate.

the sky was overcast, and i was praying on the way.

then ciggy, my husband called. he wasn't in the hospital, but in a private clinic. i said i can't talk, i'm driving but i'll see you shortly.

it was just a cut. or cuts, should i say. two fingers (the middle and the ring) on his left hand. deep cuts. but he didn't need stitches. and there was a lot of blood.

there goes my chef.

but thank you Lord, he's ok.

a few minutes after, we were in my aunt's cafe kitchen, and he was again handling a knife, preparing my lunch. my knees were still trembling at this point, but i was able to breathe again. all in a day's work.


we've been having colder days lately. two more sleeps and it's officially autumn. sad to see summer go, but i'm welcoming my favorite season.

you, too, shall turn...

savoring the last rays of summer
with my little ray of sunshine, lilly soleil


was able to post two items in my shop today.

bracelet. baby pink rose pearl dainty feminine

delicate and youthful.

this sweet bracelet features a baby pink lucite rose cabochon mounted on a gold filigree. it is made up of lovingly wire-wrapped barely pink glass pearls and pink swarovski crystal rondelles. insterspersed between the chain are peachy pink freshwater pearls, wire-wrapped using star headpins as an added delicate feature of this dainty piece. it is secured by a gold toggle clasp featuring a crystal AB swarovski round bead.

perfect for women, ladies and girls.  

bracelet. white rose pristine pure simple dainty

sweet as sugar.

this bracelet features lovingly wire-wrapped white fimo clay roses with baby pink centres, ivory glass pearls and AB swarovski crystal bicones with ball headpins. it is secured by a unique floral toggle clasp.

the bracelet can be adjusted according to your wrist size, kindly send me a message upon checking out.

perfect for accessorizing a dainty dress or to complement a shirt and jeans outfit with a touch of femininity. 
it rained. thus, foot traffic wasn't as much as expected at the Blackbird Market on 13feb2010. i have made a few sales, but it was disappointing. on the plus side though, i have made friends, met some really cool people, saw some amazing talent and basked in really really good artistic vibes. all in all, it was a lovely well-spent day. and spent is the word. i crashed when we got home. the next market day is coming (13mar2010) and i am hoping that this one will be better sales-wise. i still need to find a hand mannequin because i think the tiered t-bar jewellery display stand i used previously makes the bracelets inaccessible to customers who want to try them on. it was good for organising, considering the limited table space i had, but it was not really very customer-friendly. i am redesigning my display for easier access to the jewellery. below is a photo of my display, not exactly the best photo, as this was taken using a phone camera.


valentine's day has passed, and we have decided to forgo the traditional valentine's day date, opting instead to have an all-day date three days after. lesser people, no need for reservations, and we have avoided horrible traffic and parking was easy peasy. some photos taken during the day.

me and my beautiful daughter in the deep end of degraves st, melbourne

the loves of my life
along the yarra river

my daughter's first encounter with grass

valentine's day can be any day.


i have been neglecting theLeidy's trinket box lately, i'm finding it hard to strike the perfect balance (read: 80-20%) between family and work. i need to map out a schedule and stick to it. not easy with a toddler who has *just* learned how to walk and wants to explore more. trouble is i can never function normally in the morning. i work well at night, but that is the time when my hubby and i cuddle and talk. i need to start waking up early. stat.

bracelet. red coral jade crimson rose thick feminine
add cheer to your outfit!

this multi-strand gorgeous bracelet will definitely do it for you. sitting in the middle of the piece is a coral red lucite rose securely mounted on a gold-plated brass filigree. three strands of red coral jade gemstone beads adorn each side of the rose, interspersed with gold jump rings for detail. the strands are attached to gold triangular findings and the bracelet is secured by a gold lobster clasp with an extension chain for size adjustment, finishing with a blood-red glass bead.

elegant, attractive, gorgeous, feminine.  

bracelet. black rose jade sweet elegant simple feminine edgy

truly a dangerous combination.

sweet with an edge. flirty fun and mysterious. this bracelet is made of carefully wire-wrapped pink jade beads of the sweetest colour, ending in a black rose with a pink center. two antiqued brass leaves accent the chain. it measures approximately 17.8cms (around 7inches) and is secured by an antiqued bronze dainty toggle clasp.

perfect for when you want to say "i only look innocent".

feminine, dainty, sweet, flirty, romantic

bracelet. black white simple elegant pearl swallow

as plain as night and day.

black and ivory glass pearls are wire-wrapped together to form part of the bracelet, while on the other end, ivory glass pearls and black and crystal crackle glass beads are attached to a delicate silver chain. a silver-plated swallow holds the toggle clasp where a white lucite rose, a gunmetal gray glass pearl and a crystal glass teardrop wire-wrapped bead are suspended.

simple and elegant, this is the perfect bracelet to accessorize your white-shirt-and-jeans outfit or a simple white cotton day dress.
bracelet. maroon purple deep swarovski rose

elegant vintage.

this bracelet features a burgundy acrylic rose. it has wire-wrapped burgundy glass pearls linked with wire-wrapped burgundy/deep purple swarovski crystal rondelles. attached to this link is a gold chain holding wire-wrapped burgundy swarovski crystal rondelles and wire-wrapped deep purple czech glass beads. a gold swallow holds the toggle ring where the rose is suspended along with a single swarovski multi-coloured black crystal rondelle.

the length may be adjusted to your wrist size, please send me a note upon checking out.

this bracelet is perfect for simple shift dresses, or to glam up a shirt-and-jeans outfit with a scarf of the same colour family.


not too shabby for someone who's really swamped with life.

this is it!

i have already done a practice set-up at home, and my table looks fantastic. i am so psyched. hope i don't forget anything at home on the day.

wish me luck!
dear blog,

writing this to let you know that you are not forgotten. i am just extremely busy preparing for my first ever market involvement at the blackbird market.

13 february 2010. mark the date.


ps. drop by if you're in the area!
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