Friday, December 30, 2011

a cluster of links

Last set of links for the year! :D

+ Paperclips + string = earrings.

+ Deadline; a post-it stop motion.

+ The best and worst brand identities of 2011.

+ Stamp carving is something I want to try out in the new year. Here's a tutorial that I found.

+ Also this one from one of my favourite bloggers, Geninne:

Stamp Carving from Geninne D. Zlatkis on Vimeo.

+ Oldie but goodie: Vellum Mobiles. Doable for New Years' Party?

Edit: Whoops! Seems like I'd forgotten to include the last two links. They're now updated, and an extra one added! :-)


Psst! I'm Pinteresting! If anyone who's reading this is on it, let me know! :-)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Pepper Heart

This is one of those moments where I go, why didn't I think of this?!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

currently reading...

+ A pile of really good typography books (I'll post the list up here in the new year so I can refer back to it whenever I like, and also for anyone who's reading this!).

Pilot Magazine. This issue concentrates on our galaxy, planets, constellations and signs of outer life!

+ The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

Image © Pilot Magazine 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Google Maps

1. Go to Google Maps.
2. Click on Get directions.
3. In "A", type "The Shire", and in "B", type "Mordor".
4. Click on the walking man (to get walking directions).
5. Be amazed! :D

(Found this trick thanks to G. Dada)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

a cluster of links

+ SO inspiring.

+ Le sigh. I really should start Pinteresting.

+ Artists in Miniature (free downloadable magazine)

+ Do you have the Facebook Timeline? You could revamp it like this!

gold + gift wrap

This tutorial has such pretty results, I couldn't not share!

All photos and tutorial © 100 Layer Cake.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A history of glitter

Finally, the explanation for our obsession with glitter and all things sparkly! How crazy cool would it be to work in a glitter manufacturing company?! :O

All That Glitters: The History of Shiny Things from Etsy on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Hobbit trailer

Take a look at the trailer for "The Hobbit"! Doesn't it look amazing?!

I have only read half of "The Hobbit"... well I do have a year to catch up on my reading (the movie opens December 14th 2012)!

Other movies to look forward to: Sherlock Holmes 2, The Dark Knight Rises, and Hugo. Yay for movies!

p.s.: If you click on the link, it'll take you to the official website/trailer, which has amazing clarity.

p.p.s.: Note to self: Stop saying amazing.

Happy almost Christmas!

Christmas in the BIG little City from Carte Blanche & Co on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Google Zeitgeist

The Google Zeitgeist is up! No mention of the Rugby World Cup! :O

Monday, December 19, 2011


Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paper Roses

Crafting with le Grandma. We're making a wreath. Inspired by this.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Monday!

Posted late today 'cause I was out picking up graduation regalia! :D

Friday, December 9, 2011

a cluster of links

Cool and interesting tidbits on the Internet this week:

+ Check out this
field of light blooms. Totally magical!

+ 10 ways to make a garland! I'm bookmarking this for the New Years' Eve party! :-)

+ Typography by Alex Robbins.

+ Cheese, with edible gold bits. Anyone else find this weird?

+ Pretty. :-)

+ :O

+ A Personal Apology. (Thanks, Corinne!)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

disney inspiration

Edit: .gif, y u no work properly in Blogger?!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Monday!

Just some of the loveliest, sweetest smelling flowers I have ever bought. Happy Monday! :-)

Friday, December 2, 2011

a cluster of links

It's December! Summer's heeeeere!

+ Om nom nom!

+ Have you seen Colleen Jordan's wearable planters?

+ End Times. By Jill Greenberg.

+ Check out some really cool projects/design work here!

+ Dreamy photography by Roberto Rubalcava.

p.s.: Yes, I'm still experimenting with Courier (this typeface). I really like the look of it. It makes me want to write more. Plus it makes my posts look longer ;)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

facepalm moment.

from here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Post-It Love

Aww, isn't this the cutest short film ever? :-) Also check out other videos by the same channel (futureshorts).

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Monday!

Juuust some pretty flowers to help cure Mondayitis.

Friday, November 25, 2011

a cluster of links

Happy weekend, y'all! (Did you notice my new favicon? :D )

+ 25 ways to wear a scarf! I have a collection of summer scarves that I can't wait to try this on!

+ Interesting and strange: How would it be, if typefaces could be tasted?

+ NASA goes pink.

+ I'll have this (and especially this) for the holidays, thank you.

+ Their Good Morning/Good Night poster is quite brilliant! 

+ Take a look at Shinichi Maruyama's amaazing photographs!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Spartan Golf Club

Pretty smart, hey?

Dunno who designed it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Kids' imagination + a little bit of help = imaginAWESOME.

Photo from Imaginawesome.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Miles of Light

Take a look at this project here. A Study in Flora, by Miles of Light, is a recording of dried, lifeless flowers. Isn't it stunning? I'm sure the reason I'm attracted to it is none other than my own dabblings in drying flowers

Still. I saw her sun-flower-dyeing tutorial, and I'm hooked. I'm definitely following her blog, Miles of Light. So inspiring. :')

p.s.: I don't know why, but her work reminds me of my favourite new textile designer, Rosemary Milner!

Friday, November 18, 2011

a cluster of links

Thank you, Ponciks, for following the blog! :-)

+ Bracelets made out of dental brace parts. Um. Ew?

+ Oh wait, that's not Frodo Baggins!

+ The trick to applying nail polish.

+ The magic behind the magic: a tumblr full of Disney concepts (they've stopped posting now, but they have an amazing library of concepts)!

+ Egg Watchers: to get the perfectly boiled egg. This is actually really useful!

+ This is super: Pick your own pendants! I'm planning to make something similar... it's part of my personal campaign to get away from the computer!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bean Boozled

I warn you. This is a post on jelly beans.

My friend Libby and I visited an awesome candy store last Friday. I was feelin' brave and bought a pack of Jelly Belly beans called "Bean Boozled". It has some crazy flavours. And I mean Bertie Botts' Every Flavour Beans crazy. Booger, Rotten Egg, Mouldy Cheese, and Vomit are just some of them. Here is what I thought of the gross/weird ones:

Booger: Almost tasteless. A little sweet-and-salty, though. Really weird flavour.

Toothpaste: Mmm, very nice, felt like I'd brushed my teeth. Haha. I would eat this jelly bean again.

Rotten Egg: Yuck. Sulphuric and sweet (what the what what!?).

Buttered Popcorn: Felt like I was at the movies! Haha, it really did taste like popcorn. Wonder how they make all these flavours!

Vomit: Stomach-churning-ly repulsive. Euck! I got the acidic (don't really know how else to explain it) taste of vomit, and I had to spit it out. I'm dreading eating one again.

Mouldy Cheese: Oh God. I could almost smell the mould. :S

Black Pepper: The jelly bean contained black pepper. 'twas alright.

Baby Wipes (?!): Imagine smelling baby powder. Then imagine eating it.

Pencil Shavings: Alas! I didn't get this flavour in my pack. Maybe next time?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Juuust testing out this typeface. After years of using Trebuchet, I think I'm now leaning towards using Courier for this blog. I don't know. You really don't have to read this, because I'm just writing to fill up some text space.

Gosh golly, isn't it a nice day? This here is a photo of Muir Woods, from the U S of A. Why is this photo here? Well, just because.

And, as I've never actually been to Muir Woods, there is no way that that photo is mine. I took it. From here.

p.s.: Did I really post this post at exactly 11:11AM? Well, no. No, I didn't. Did I schedule this post? Why yes. I sure did.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Drying Flowers

Drying flowers for the first time... let's see how this goes!

The first bouquet has roses, gerberas, and some purply pink flowers that I cannot identify. Edit: They are Statice flowers.

I love how this one looks as if they're levitating(!):

The other day, while wandering, I saw a bunch of these gorgeous antique pink roses at a dairy. 

They came home with me, and are now hanging in my closet:

I've hung the pink roses for two days now, and the outer petals are starting to go brown. I had hoped the pink would stay. :-(

Friday, November 11, 2011


Pssst. It's 11:11pm on 11.11.11. Awesome!

+ RAW is still on (till tomorrow)! Are you visiting?

+ Take a look at this beautiful light calligraphy.

+ Things 90s kids realise. I stumbled across Full House episodes earlier this year, and I fell in love with them! Then my friend Morgan told me about Danny Tanner. :-\

+ Love this list: 20 Things I Wish I'd known at 20. (I turned 22 last month, and I think I still have time to pay attention to this list)

+ Life is too short (campaign).

+ I can't sew to save my life, but if I could, I would sew this.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Miniature food

Recently, while blog-hopping, I came across this amaaazingly talented artist, Shay Aaron. 

Shay Aaron makes miniature food. Like. Doll-house sized. The food is so realistic, that I wanted to gobble up all the breads and the cakes. And when I found out from the photos that he starts making his tomatoes and bananas from the inside out (creating teeny tiny seeds first, then the flesh, then the skin, and so on), I cried a little.

Then I found out that there's this whole new world of miniature foodstuff. Some people use them for doll-houses, others use slices of fruits and veges as decoration on nails. All mind-blowing stuff. (To be honest, I don't have the patience to make miniatures, so I'll just look for now. :-) )

My friend Chloe, knowing my newfound obsession for miniature food, send me the link to this ingenious ring:

So anyway. This post is just to record this awesomeness in the blog. So I can come back and click on the link and goggle at all the talent again. And again. And again.

p.s.: Comment, please, okay? It literally makes my day. :D

Friday, November 4, 2011

a cluster of links

Not a heap of links today.

+ All Blacks making snow angels after they won the Rugby World Cup.

+ This was surprising: behind-the-scene visual effects from popular tv shows.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

i don't really know how to title this.

So. Is this shiny gold balloon the tent of the future? I'd say it looks pretty cool.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

AUT Grad Exhibition

We're almost there. The AUT final year exhibition is in a week! We're all busy with preparing the rooms, sending invitations, and creating our work, of course! I'd been to the AUT graduation exhibitions since before I started my degree, and I'd taken it all in with awe. And now, it's my turn to be part of it! It's almost unreal.

The student exhibition is open from the 10th of November till the 12th of November, from 10am—7pm. It's an exhibition of not just Graphic Design work, but Digital, Fashion, Product, Spatial, Textiles and Visual Arts also.

If you are in Auckland, do come. It will be amazing. :-)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wingardium Leviosa; a typeface

Can it be? A beautiful typeface named Wingardium Leviosa?! Oh joy!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

All Blacks Haka

What a Rugby World Cup final it was! When the All Blacks won, people were jumping around, high-fiving each other on streets, singing, dancing... ohh the horn honking cars! I've never heard so much honking in Auckland!

Here is the All Blacks Haka from the momentous day:

Friday, October 21, 2011

a cluster of links

Rugby World Cup final this Sunday! GO THE ALL BLACKS!! Woohoo!

+ Hogwarts + treehouse = awesometastic.

+ Found this while blog-hopping: Chocolate-chip cooke recipe.

+ Leigh Wells' awesome type illustrations.

+ Read this book, and a free meal will be donated to pet shelters!

+ Miniature books on necklaces and rings! Ahh! Wishlisted!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Disney sweatshirts!

Waaant! :D (from Forever21)

Friday, October 14, 2011

a cluster of links

Half of October has gone by! This year is whooshing past so quickly! :(

+ Apple pie cookies! EEP! SO CUTE.

+ A very addictive game for typographers: Kern type (seriously, I had no idea there're so many graphic design games out there!)

+ Disney girls, runway style!

+ There's oodles of inspiration at this tumblr!

+ All of a Heap—a Youth Art Committee launch, taking place tomorrow!

+ This blog is so. super. sweet.

+ Photoshop yourself a Halloween pumpkin.

+ Take a look at these fun Halloween recipes!

A whole new world

My favourite song from my favourite Disney movie:

Watched this with a big smile on my face! :D

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ariel vs Helvetica

High-five to those who got it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ruler of the Universe

Ah! How smart is this ruler concept?! It folds out, and you can measure up to one metre! Need. to. get. cool. ruler.

From Typo.

Friday, October 7, 2011

a cluster of links

Whoo! Handed in my last graphic design assignment for the whole course! Feeling happy+sad at the same time. Now I can start worrying about Professional Practice (another paper, where we go out in the industry to find work experience and report about it).

Here is the usual cluster of links:

+ When the fairy tale ends, real life begins.

+ Can you tell your Helvetica from your Arial?

+ I didn't realise candy floss grew on trees :P

+ Yay, I'm not the only one obsessed with everything gold and glitter

Friday, September 30, 2011

a cluster of links

Here is this weeks cluster of links:

+ Teeny origami! So adorable!

+ These holidays, I want to try my hand at marbling (watch the video, it's super).

+ Newest blog love: Mickey and Minnie.

+ This is super cool: Draw a Stickman! (Thanks for the link, Morgana!)

+ Inspiration galore! Does everyone want to make wall murals now?

+ How to make typographic string art. Totally keen to try this out in the hols, too.

+ 5 smells that can change your life. I was really surprised about Vanilla!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Famous Five!

I've been a Famous Five fan since I first started reading them in primary school. I always wanted to be George! Sometimes, when I'm designing late at night (especially as due dates loom near), I keep playing some episodes of the Famous Five in the background. I suppose it's my guilty pleasure. But the voices make me feel less lonely. Haha. And I can brush up on my English accent ;)

p.s.: Just this week I happened to come across a short clip (can't embed here, sorry!) from a version that was recorded in 1957! Wow!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Live the language

Remember that beautiful Paris video? Well, EF (Education First) has three brand new cities to gawk at, and fall in love with. I absolutely love the style of typography in these videos... vintage-inspired, and very pretty.

Live the language - Sydney from EF Intl. Language Centers on Vimeo.

Thanks for the heads up, Yagmur! :)

Earth Cam

Um. Okay. 

I just happened to find a website called Earth Cam that shows live views of NYC. Maybe this isn't new to many of you. But at 12:40am, I sit here, procrastinating while doing my assignment, and I can gawk at a city that's waking up (about 7:40am in NYC right now).

I'm not sure whether I find this incredibly awesome, or incredibly creepy. Maybe my tired mind should just get back to my assignment.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dana Tanamachi

Have you seen Dana Tanamachi's wonderful chalk illustrations?! Such a great mix of Victorian style with a contemporary outlook! 

All photos © Dana Tanamachi

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Frodo and Bilbo Baggins,

Garo arad-o-onnad 'elir!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Google Doodle

Todays Google Doodle is definitely one of my favourites!

p.s.: Attempting orange vanilla spice cookies later on! :D

Friday, September 9, 2011

RWC 2011

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\¸.ALL BLACKS! ,.,\
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/ \ Rugby World Cup 2011!!!

a cluster of links

Happy weekend!

+ Hmmm. Teeth tattoos?! Yikes.

Christian Louboutin Fall 2010 Lookbook. One day, I will take photos like that.

+ Another one for type nerds: Helveticons!

+ Marc Johns makes sticky note drawings!

+ This.

p.s.: Crazy day today here in little old Auckland. Rugby World Cup and all!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Vintage Advertisements

My final assignment for university (eek! How did I get here so fast!?) requires me to design Victorian-style logotypes for contemporary companies such as Apple, or Facebook (I haven't decided which one yet). 

I came across these vintage-style advertisements for Facebook, Skype, Youtube, Twitter while researching. Pretty cool, huh?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Re-reading Harry

Just a random fact, but starting from the 1st of September*, I have started re-reading a chapter of Harry Potter every day. I want to find out if I pick up things differently (I'm sure I will) now that I know the whole story. I hadn't read the books since Deathly Hallows came out. 

p.s.: Humm, yes, I meant to read the LotR before reading Harry Potter, and well, I got through half of the Fellowship of the Ring, and the rest, uhh it's just not happening at the moment. Maybe I'll pick it up in the hols.

*September 1st because it's the start of the new school year for "Hogwartians".

Saturday, September 3, 2011

post #

Kinda, sorta, unbelievable. :D

p.s.: Thanks for following, Marie!

"500 posts" visual designed by The Graphic Bee, please do not copy.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gilded Glass

Okay so I have a slight obsession with shiny metallic gold things, and when I saw these, I wanted them very much (but had absolutely no need for them):

And guess what. Today I came across a Martha Stewart tutorial to get the same gilded glass effect. Yay! It's not as shiny looking as the one in the photo, but I'm not complaining. Bookmarking it as a holiday project. I need time to work on my assignment for now. :-)

Friday, August 19, 2011

a cluster of links

I am back with the cluster of links again :-)

+ The sweetest prints from Sasha Hearts Paper.

+ This is ah-mazing. I could play forever.

+ And, while we're on the subject. 10 things you probably didn't know about Harry Potter. (I knew 8 out of 10 :P )

+ THIS. is. very. COOL.

+ Loving these illustrations!

+ What is with me and e-magazines?! Here are three that I read: Papier MacheAdoreMaché.

+ Do we agree that these are the most beautiful vegetables ever?

+ Hummingbird Cupcakes. Beautiful! :')

Psst! Auckland peeps! Are you attending We Can Create next week? I sure am!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Design Sandbox

Hey there, please check out Design Sandbox, it's a blog I co-author as part of my work experience and partly for our university.

I've also linked to it on the right-hand side (under "Creative Bees"), lest you lose it ;)

3D Printer. :O

Oh my goodness, okay, wow. Mind blown.

Imagine having access to this printer... holy mackerel!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I think I'll have to get some Primula's for my bedroom... I had them when we first moved here, and I found having plants in my bedroom tremendously calming and just very nice. I felt less lonely while cooped up in my room doing assignments, and watering them was so therapeutic!

Here's a photo of my Primula's:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hot pink washi tape,

you are mine :D

p.s.: It does make for a rather peculiar pen stand!! Hehehe!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Let's revel in some Archerness.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Check out the "Gold Edition" line by!

And.. how about these funky gilded nails?! Crazy! I don't think I could ever wear this colour!

p.s.: Ooh, newest purchase! (not the skirt, the top!)

p.p.s.: Holy post #492!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

!!!*Harry Birthday*!!!

Happy 31st, Potter.

Just something I designed the other day: