Father’s Day is a few weeks away, and though there are many moms out there who are spending the day getting vengeance for the lack of affection given to them by their other halves on Mother’s Day, I’ve decided to go against that plan (yes, I was much neglected and was told to get a gift from my 15 month daughter instead) after seeing this amazing DIY project by Ashley Campbell.
By using the idea of a customized photo book, Ashley made a memorable journey of a gift for the father of her four kids. Alongside heartwarming pictures of their family, there were pages of simple questions for her kids to fill up. Super adorable and enjoyable for the entire family, I’m going to scour the local printers to create the same for my hubby. You can do the same at WeDoo, a local site. Sure, our partners may not be as vocal nor as romantically inclined as we are, and sure some of you have probably lost them to Diablo 3, but they work hard to provide for us, and I think that calls for some good lovin’. So give this little gander of a project a try, and bring some smiles to that otherwise straight face!
We’ve been indulging in our obvious love for cakes here at Gin & Jacqie, and what better way to do that than to learn a few tricks of the trait from Satira, “lady boss” of Pearl Cakes Events. Simple, easy-to-follow tutorials in the form of well edited videos… ahhh, what excuse do you have to not pick up a spatula and spread some love?
When I was first introduced to The Last Polka’s latest flavor, O.J. Law, I politely declined the kind waiter of Marmalade Cafe, believing it was just another orange flavored concoction. However, I took a gander and stole a bite from my friend’s order, and surprise surprise, it was pretty darn addictive, not to mention orange-unrelated! Turns out O.J. Law is the name of a local indie singer, and he, alongside the talented girls of The Last Polka, created the flavor based on his ideas of the perfect scoop.
We’ve all been made to wear curtains when we were younger… or at least I have. Of course, nowadays credit goes to creativity as opposed to frugality, and looking at moms like iCandy make it obvious to see why. She made the adorable frocks above out of pillow cases, and if you would like to do the same, click on the tutorial link which includes the original draft found at Gingercake.
Being an avid traveler of the world (though I rarely travel nowadays thanks to responsibilities of being a working mom!), I adore making the plans that will eventually bring me home in a city that I will grow to know. Seeing my insane enthusiasm to find accommodations anywhere, my friends consider me their personal Agoda page, too eager to search and too cheap to please. Still, when a couple of friends from Aussie asked for recommendations of affordable accommodations in KL, I drew a complete blank. In fact, I didn’t even know where to begin except for the overtly exuberant names such as Hilton, The Marriot, Westin.
And then I came across a hostel so aptly named for those of us lost within our own homes; BackHome.
Though its modernistic walls are seemingly targeted at the “affluential backpacker” (pardon my coining such a term, but in this generation of wealthy hipsters living it poor as a trend for the Instagram-better, it seemed rather appropriate a term to coin) and completely unaware of the nearby rundowns of a basic hostel, the diligence in sleek details runs straight through its surprisingly affordable rates and the convenience it draws within its location. In fact, customers are practically ripping them off with the prices provided! Simple, understated, and homely combined into an interior layout with just the right amount of comfort and class.
picture taken from Crystal Cha. Read her review of LOKL here.
And if that wasn’t enough, coffee lovers can rejoice in the fact that this little gem of a hostel hosts a little gem of its own, LOKL (pronounced LOCAL) Coffee Co. I was so eager to hop on by for a cuppa that I failed to research its operating days (only opens on weekdays during office hours), therefore another trip over is required. Needless to say, my friends will be checking in to BackHome come August
Who said there’s nothing new in their own backyard has obviously not found the bunny hole that hides it all…
Following our introduction to the first Artist Collection collaboration, this week’s What’s In Your Bag? guest is none other than our first artist, Su Lin. Mother of three and artist by blood, Su Lin finds the time to work on her creativity in many aspects, one of which being painting through the heart and soul.
1.What is the most important thing in your bag?
Without a doubt, my handphone is most essential to me, not to mention my Moleskine diary. I write down all my appointments and dates inside as well as my children’s schedule and their extra curriculum activities inside. Also, you’ll never know when a good sketch is going to come your way
2. As a busy mom of three, do you find it hard to get organized?
Not really, I’ve grown accustomed to the ins-and-0uts of juggling my daily schedule. Great bags like Gin & Jacqie’s do help ease the traveling quite a bit! Also, never underestimate the importance of that handphone! Just to be in touch with people and especially for my kids to get hold of me or in case of any emergencies!
3. Besides the inevitable itch to paint, what is your favourite past time?
Tennis! I can play tennis everyday Of course I love to bake and decorate cakes. I will bake anything from bread, to muffins and to cakes. It’s very therepeutic in some ways, and a completely different form of art on its own. My close ones are regularly playing guinea pigs to my endeavors, but I find that these activities really bring me closer to friends and family alike. It just makes me happy.
The Artist Collection is available for purchase at Gin & Jacqie, and if you would like a custom designed painting by Su Lin, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
We just revealed our Artist Collection, a collection of bags that are individually hand drawn and painted by a local artist, Su Lin. She highlighted her free and easy sense of art onto our Jodie Totes, and uses a permanent marker along with acrylics to bring the bubbly animals to life. We’ll be writing more about Su Lin in next week’s What’s In Your Bag?, but for now, check out the rest of her adorable artwork *here*!