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  1. I could eat a horse

    February 23, 2012 by barbara

    I like to say this every time when I am really hungry.   Well, this post is not about the saying.  Instead it is about a clever tool use for measuring spaghetti portions. The portion can be small, adult or” eat a horse”. For days that sometimes a handful of pasta ain’t enough.  Funny and cute eh?  It is available at Reykjavik Corner Store.  Available in green or plastic steel.


  2. Birthday Gift Ideas For A Friend

    February 18, 2012 by barbara

    A dear friend’s birthday is just 2 weeks away.  She will be having a little birthday party do at her home with friends and family.  I cannot wait to celebrate her birthday as she is turning 40.   My friend is the first one in our group of friends to turn 40 so this is very special indeed.  A few of us are going to help her put up the decoration for her party.  The decor involves lots of heart-shape stuff, banners, sweet paper flowers made from cupcake liners and etc.  It is going to be so much fun.

    I have been thinking what to get her for her birthday.  I found a couple of things which I think she would like.


    Gold Peter Pan Collar from Dorothy Perkins. My friend loves tops with Peter Pan collar so I think she would really like this gold collar.


    Tan East/West Shopper from Dorothy Perkins.  She has been looking around for a shopper and since orange is her favourite colour, I think she would like this bag.


    Beautiful candlewick bedspreads from Damart.  Pink is her favourite colour and just recently, she was saying that she would like to get a new bedspread.  So, do you think she would like this lovely Dusky Pink candlewick bedspread?


    Cream and Crystal Necklace from Dorothy Perkins.  I just love the simplicity of this necklace.

    It is so hard to make a decision on which to choose for my friend.  Perhaps I should get a few of them as gifts for her.

  3. Cool Fingers For The Kitchen

    February 18, 2012 by barbara

    I can’t tell you how many times I have hurt my fingers while trying to hold on to hot bowls and plates from the microwave.  Well, with this Cool Fingers from Perpetual Kid, you won’t be hearing anymore loud “Ouch” from me.  It is made of silicone and can stand the heat.  Just wipe off to clean it.  Easy peasy.


  4. Gift Tags for Jam Jars

    February 15, 2012 by barbara

    A good friend of mine loves to bake and she has been baking all kinds of cakes and cookies for her friends and family.  Last Christmas, she decided to embark on a little business by baking fruit cakes and gingerbread cookies.   All her bakes were snapped up in a very short time.  This shows how good she is at baking huh?  She gave me a piece of fruit cake and a jar of cookies.  They were heavenly.  I can still imagine the taste of rum from the fruitcake when I took a bite.  Recently, she is into making jams and have made quite a number of marmalade.  Since everyone loves her jam, she intends to make other types of fruit jams to sell.

    Since I love to create my own gift tags, I told my friend that I would love to do some jam jar tags for her.  I am thinking of using twines and brown paper / kraft paper to create the tags.  I have a few ideas on how to design the tags.  It is going to be fun and I cannot wait to start.  I hope my friend’s baking business will continue to grow and soon she may need to get some rack cards to promote her business.

    jam jar

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  5. DIY Paper Flowers For Valentine’s Day

    February 10, 2012 by barbara

    I was at a craft blog earlier today and stumbled upon a very creative idea of making your own paper flowers. has a tutorial video on how to make flowers with coffee filters.  Ain’t that awesome?  It is really very easy to do.  All you need is a pack of coffee filters, glue gun and stapler.


    These paper flowers are great as gift toppers. Just dress up your gifts with ribbons, customized gift cards, the paper flowers and you are good to go.

  6. Mini Hair Dryer For Travel

    February 6, 2012 by barbara


    This mini vintage hairy dryer from Corioliss is too cute. It is a powerful 800w A/C dryer that is ergonomic, lightweight and quiet.   This hair dryer features 2 speed setting and dual voltage circuitry.  This mini vintage dryer is suitable for global travel and comes with its own vintage travel bag in a matching colour.  Great for those who want to travel in style.  Available in blue or black Floral print.

  7. Anya Hindmarch Spring & Summer 2012

    February 2, 2012 by barbara

    While the spouse is busy checking out taps and dies, I was at Anya Hindmarch checking out the latest bag collection.   I spotted this beauty and could not take my eyes off it.  It is the Nude Velvet Calf Nevis Raw Tote.  This is the iconic Anya Hindmarch style.   This large tote features many pockets and interior compartments.  The handle is hand-stitched and finished with a subtle gunmetal Anya Hindmarch bow.   Would love to have this bag for Valentine’s Day *wink*


  8. Hanger Buddiez

    February 2, 2012 by barbara

    I am sure these fun Hanger Buddiez from Spoon Sisters are a big hit with kids.   They will want to hang up their clothes as soon as possible when they get to put them on these fun-shaped hangers.  The Hanger Buddiez are perfectly sized for children’s clothes.  A set of 8 hangers include two of each animal.  You have Willy the Walrus in pink, Higgins the Hippo in green, Eli the Elephant in blue and Manny the Monkey in yellow.


  9. Happy Chinese New Year

    January 24, 2012 by barbara

    Here’s wishing all my dear readers A Very Happy Chinese New Year.

    May the Year of The Water Dragon brings you Good Health, Greater Fortune and Abundance of Happiness.  Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  10. Getting Ready For Chinese New Year

    January 20, 2012 by barbara

    The Chinese New Year is just days away.  There is so much to do at home.  I have only put up the lanterns and bought the pussy willow plant.  I have yet to get ready the red packets, spring clean the house, help a friend to look for ph meters, ironing and etc.  I hope to get everything done by Saturday.  One of the things I want to do is to decorate my basket with mandarin oranges, something like the photo below.  Nice?  Are you all ready to usher in the Year of the Dragon?