Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Of The Wedding Backdrop

One of my November project was making a wedding photo backdrop for a friend. I went for the vintage romantic theme, and tried to make it as economical as I could. And let me tell you, JB is a fantastic place to get wedding decors. Since I am already familiar with several shops where I get my crafts from, I knew where to go and what to get. This is usually the hardest part for folks who are not familiar with the 'kedai kahwin and kraftangan' around JB. So the hunting began!

First, I drafted out the base where everything is going to 'hang' from. Metal bars would cost A LOT, and they are heavy too, so there's no guarantee they won't topple. 

PVC pipings was opted as the best, as it is strong, light, and really economical! Plus you can choose your length and slice them easily with a saw. All you need are the bars and joints. Cost was RM16.50.

The joints were spray painted.

The rods were wrapped with satin ribbons.

The mood board!

A lightweight pastel peachy pink fabric was roughly stitched onto the top of the lace curtain.

The curtains were then hung on the back rod, and the entire base was erected. This curtain is perfect because it comes with slot heading.

 The tulle is wrapped around the front rods and sides, and goes all the way down to the floor. Then the roses vines are loosely hung and wrapped around the tulle, tied with ribbons.

Two S hooks were hung on the front rod, to hang the chalkboard. This was a 'rehearsal'. I re-wrote the names on the actual day. I also hung some chains of crystal beads alongside the pearls. 


PVC pipes and joints, and spray paint - any hardware shops. {RM16.90 & RM10}
Satin ribbons - practically any 'kedai kahwin & kraftangan' {RM12 per roll, used 4 rolls}
Roses vines - Romantika, Plaza Angsana, Level 5 {RM12.90 per strand, I walloped all 6 strands there}
Tulle and lightweight peachy pink fabric- KAMDAR, Plaza Angsana {RM2 per meter, 2m x 2 for curtain base, 6m for tulle}
Lace curtains - ALVINE SPETS from IKEA {SGD14.90}
Chalkboard - Typo {SGD24.95}
Pearl strings  and crystal bead chains - iKahwin, Jalan Padi Emas 4/1, turn in from Jalan Skudai Kanan. {about RM80}

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mid Century Bedside Table

I have been actively looking for ways to get or make these...





5 This so cute.

Hunting for the materials in JB will be crazy, and maybe futile, especially those tapered McCobb legs. Looks like I have to order them online and buy the wood from IKEA. And a drill. And some nails. And lots of trial and errors... eek!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My IKEA shopping in PJ

I lugged these home, with amazing savings after comparing to IKEA SG and currency conversion.

GRUSBLAD Quilt - warmer, King size (240cm x 220cm)

RM119 vs SGD69 (RM172.5)

EMMIE RUTA Quilt cover set - King size

RM199 vs SGD99 (RM247.5)

VARGYLLEN cushion cover

RM19.90 vs SGD9.90 (24.75)

BLAVINGE cushion cover

RM6.90 Deal! vs SGD9.90 (RM24.75)
Original price would've been RM19.90.
There was no deal for this cushion cover in SG.

LYRIK table lamp

RM129.00  vs SGD59 (RM147.5)

FORMAT floor lamp

RM89 Deal! 
No longer available in SG.


RM14.90  vs SGD8.90 (RM22.25)

I'm not a Singaporean, but I live in JB, and the nearest IKEA is in Singapore. I would rather take a trip to PJ! Of course I would have to take into account, the toll, and petrol for the travel. That's why I can only wait for events to attend in KL so that I can shop there! I think I will be compiling another list soon...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Power November Weekends So Far...

I have been pleasantly busy! One weekend after the next since the start of November!

#1 - Wedding Cards
Since I've listed my collection on my Etsy shop, this was my first order through Etsy. Forty cards, twenty in English and twenty in Chinese. My first Chinese format invitation card too! It was quite a feat, considering I am Chinese illiterate... heheh.

#2 - IKEA shopping in PJ
After months of selectively compiling my list, I finally got my hands on them! I think I will reserve this for its own post, deservingly...

#3 - Wedding dinner in KL
This was the actual reason that let me shop in IKEA PJ! It was the husband's cousin's wedding. And lo and behold, this was the first wedding I attended where the groom's sister dressed up LIKE.THE.BRIDE. In full glory. The dress was a yellow luxurious embroidered satin with TRAIL, big set hair, heavy make up, 7-inch pumps with gold sides. HELLO!!! I thought entered the wrong ballroom! I think it was rude and inappropriate to steal the limelight from the bride like that.

#4 - Wedding Backdrop Project
This was a very dreamy and romantic project. I helped a friend set up a wedding photo-taking backdrop. And this deserves its own post too!

#5 - Prepare new home for aunt
This is actually on-going. I had the privilege of collecting the keys to a brand new studio apartment, for my aunt. Not my house, but the feeling of collecting keys is kinda exciting! Oh imagine a bare new house, ready to be decorated! It's like an artist's canvas! Well, I won't be decorating it of course, I will leave it up to her. But I will have to clean it, get her sofa bed in, install air-con and water-heater, put up temporary curtains, lend her some floor lamps since she has yet to choose her ceiling lights, and basically prep it in time for another aunt to stay first. If only I could be her interior designer!

November ain't over yet!