Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy 2008!

Here's wishing everyone all the very best for 2008!

THANK YOU for your support in 2007, for your encouragement and good wishes.

I hope to get back into the swing of Blingalicious things in February. Right now, I'm taking a Bling break and focusing on being a new mommy (BEST thing in the world).

I'll continue to post occasional updates on Bling Baby, so come visit once in a while :))

Friday, December 07, 2007

In The Past Six Weeks ...

... We became parents for the first time when we welcomed a beautiful little darling girl (with a stroooonng set of lungs) into our lives. We didn't have a name for her for quite a while! So we called her "baby," "little rascal" or "tinkerbelle". Her feet were so little, none of the booties or socks we had would fit. Ditto for the rest of her clothes.

But she played, ate ... ... pooped (the pic below shows the face she makes when she makes her diaper dirty!) ...
... WAILED her head off now and again (she still brings the roof down with her cries) ....... slept ... ... made faces ...

... and GREW!!! At birth, she was just 2.57kg. At her one-month checkup, she hit the scales at 3.9kg :-))
Oh, and she finally got a name too. We now call her Kiara, which is the Anglicised version of the Italian "Chiara" which means "Bright". Her Chinese name means "lively, active mind". She's the love of our lives!

So much changes in six short weeks, doesn't it?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Announcing the Arrival of ...

... Little Bling-Baby (we have not named her yet)!

Our dream come true made a dramatic entrance into the world last Friday, 26th October 2007 in an emergency c-section. She weighed in at a petite 2.57kg in weight and 48cm in length.

Both baby and momma are doing just fine although momma is waging a losing battle with fatigue :))

Sorry for not answering e-mails or posting your comments. Will get down to both once baby and momma get into a rhythm ... we're still figuring each other out :))

PS. Pic above was taken today, after baby had a bath. She's an alert and ACTIVE baby!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Oh, The Fatigue!

Sorry, everyone. The fatigue is taking over my body and production is slowing to a crawwwwlll.

I'll post when I can so thank you for your patience.

Remembering September 11th

At the southern tip of Manhatten is Battery Park City, an apartment complex near the twin towers and a hop skip and jump away from Wall Street.

That was where my sweetie lived when he spent a few years working @ 111 Wall Street. Every day, he would pass the World Trade Center and when I visited, we rode up and down the elevators and shopped in the basement stores.

Four years before September 11th 2001, he returned to Singapore for good. I cannot imagine how different life would be if he had stayed; if he had taken the same route to work he normally did.

It was hardly a close shave, but the events of September 11th 2001 reminded us that life is short and unpredictable. We can either focus on the bad and the horrific or on how the human spirit triumphs over adversity.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Still a Work-In-Progress - You're Beautiful

At last, the fatigue and baby prep is catching up and creation is slowing down .... aaaccckkk! And I've had a number of night-time teleconferences too, which eats into creation time. So, sorry, everyone for the slow pace of updates.

Here is this week's second Geisha Inspiration Pendant.
As you can see, it's a work-in-progress but I thought to share anyway so you can see where this is going :-))

Because the image is so pretty, I did very little with it save add some text at the bottom.

"Beautiful" refers not only to that which is pleasing to the eye on the physical plane, but beauty on the inside as well.

I'm still searching for a suitable quote for the reverse of the pendant, which is currently decorated with real Japanese origami paper.

I would love to put a Maya Angelou poem (Phenomenal Woman) there, but there isn't enough space and there are copyright issues to think about too :-))

For the necklace portion, I'm thinking that pearls should make an appearance somewhere.

Hmmmm ... let's see where this goes!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Set Your Course (SGD$50/USD$30.30)

Bling-mix: Freshwater Pearls, Pressed Czech Glass Flowers, Swarovski Crystals
Bling "hardware": Bronzetone metal frame & glass; Bronzetone chain & clasp
Dimensions: Pendant measures 3 inches long; Necklace portion is 18 inches long

Lovely geishas take centrestage for the rest of the week and here is the first of the geisha inspiration pendants.

This demure Japanese beauty holds an adorable pooch in her arms. The message both have for the new pendant owner is: "Set Your Course."

Flip the pendant to the back and you'll see real Japanese Origami paper.

And the inspirational message continues.

It reads: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams."

Decorating the pendant are dangles of white pressed Czech glass flowers, milky blue Swarovski crystals and a pink opal.

I chose the flowers because they remind me (even though they don't really look like them at all) of cherry blossoms! Hahahaha.

The "cherry blossom" theme continues on to the necklace portion of the creation and I've also added some freshwater pearls because they looked pretty together.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Dragonfly Love (Exclusive to 3A Gurl)


May all your birthday wishes come true and may you always have love in your heart and good food in the tummy ... hahhahahha!

Hope you don't mind me showing off your necklace and bracelet set which was specially made for you, using the some of your stash :-))

I thought the creamy pearls would set off the brass dragonfly and inspiration charm very nicely.

And in keeping with the warm theme, I added bronzite beads and green freshwater pearls.


Fiona's Kitty (Not For Sale)

Oh what a lovely weekend!

We celebrated my dad's birthday, celebrated another birthday of a good friend and met up with my darling bellydance teacher who's back from London for a short break. Reconnecting with people you love is really good for the soul :-))

Here is something I made for Fiona.

She adores cats, has some of her own and so it made sense to give her an Inspiration Pendant with a kitty on it. I just love the curious expression on the cat's face!

Accenting the pendant is a simple brass charm which says "inspire". I chose it because that is what Fiona does -- she inspires those around her.

She's now *this* close to earning her Masters in a field where she will continue to help and inspire people with difficulties.

I could never do what she does; i don't know where she finds the energy and endless resources of empathy.

At the back of the pendant is this quote: "Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land among the stars".

Friday, August 31, 2007

Ear-ring Addict's MOD SQUAD!

Groovy, baby!

When I first set eyes on her, I knew I had to have her and so, I contacted the Ear-ring Addict. Then on Wednesday, a package arrived:Was she here already? Only a day had gone by! And what were the mysterious bumps that could be felt through the padded envelope??? And there she was ... with a sweet note and PREZZIES! OH MY GOSH!!! WHAT A SURPRISE!!! Thank you so much Dawne, for your generosity which made me all misty-eyed. {{{hugs}}}

And here, everyone, is the MOD SQUAD. Do check out Dawne's other groovy, mojo-infused creations at http://www.earringaddict.blogspot.com/