• Jan
  • 15
  • 2013

{sponsored} A gift for someone special

Every December my parents would be in Malaysia for their annual holiday except for last years December 2012. So my sister and I decided to throw a family getaway. We went to Bright.

What makes a perfect getaway for you? For us its, FOOD! Glorious food!

I decided to surprise my parents with this wonderful hamper, ‘Simply Delicious’ from Interflora. It is packed full of goodies to munch on; on our way there, during our stay and on the way back. We had honey coated peanuts to keep us entertained in the car on our 3 hour journey; for our afternoon teas we had those soft melting moments (which are to die for); for our movie night we had chocolate coated honeycomb and caramel popcorn; as for our picnic in the park…we enjoyed chilli & garlic marinated olives with some savoury cheese biscuit straws, wafer crackers dipped in mild chunky salsa and apricot & macadamia dip. This had us pretty much covered for the entire trip. Except of course one hamper wasn’t enough, it was more of a tasting platter for the 7 of us. I did mention that this hamper was originally for my parents, right? Of course it was too good to resist so we all digged in!

There were a few things that I loved about Interflora online. One, their website is very user friendly. The theme is so easy on the eye, navigating through categories and browsing at my own pace was very relaxing and enjoyable. As a designer myself, I find this point really important. The first look is what matters the most – to attact your customers, not push them away from being overwhelmed by products.

Secondly, I liked how they incorporated a few ‘extras’ to complement your purchase to make it even special. I added an extra teddy bear so I could hand it to my daughter during our trip. You can add a flower, balloon etc.

And lastly,Interflora delivers internationally! By a click of a button, its on its way to being delivered without having to worry. This is a big bonus for us as we have a lot of relatives overseas.

Unfortunately I am not able to share any personal photos of the hamper content as my camera phone was stolen! *sigh*

However, hop on over to Interflora and be amazed by what they have to offer. You will surely find something that will suit your needs and budget.


  • Oct
  • 31
  • 2012

modern islamic art print {prayer}

I have just recently launched my Etsy shop. I design modern and contemporary art prints for the home, suitable for adults & kids, some are Islamic based too. Below are just a few samples of what I offer. They are Islamic Kids Personalise Digital Art Print  – Daily Prayer – 8×10 (20x25cm). You can customise the colour to suit your decor. I can even personalise them to add names, or if you want it in a different language…it can be done inshallah. Just let me know. Each print costs USD $12 (without frame). If you need it framed, I am happy to accomodate your needs. For more information, please click the images below or visit my Etsy shop.


  • Oct
  • 29
  • 2012

{before + after} DIY quatrefoil table stencil

This is our revamped side table with a quatrefoil design. Lately I’ve been into contemporary Moroccan latticework patterns. They are absolutely pretty!  I’ll show a step by step on how to stencil this table. There are a couple of ways to do it, either paint it with your bare fingers (using a template or use a sticker stencil) I’ll show you the stencil way. First, get yourself an old table. We picked this up from an ad on Gumtree for $15.

I measured the diameter of the table and whipped up the patterns on illustrator. Feel free to download the pattern template here. I made it available in a PDF version so the vector works remain if you wish to resize it.

Then print it out onto sticker paper and using a stanley knife or scissors, carefully cut out the stencil template.

Give the table a good sand thoroughly.

Paint the base colour, I chose a light grey. Give it two coats.

Once dried, apply the sticker stencil. Press to make sure they are no bumps. And finally spray it white, two coats again. Leave it to dry for a day before removing the stencil.

Once you remove the stencil, sand the edges using a fine sand paper to enhance the edges and also to give it a rustic look.

And now we’re done!

Total cost of project:

Side table $15
Spray paint $3
Sticker paper $2

Final total:$20. An absolute bargain!

It makes for such a pretty indoor or even outdoor side table.


  • Oct
  • 27
  • 2012

{eid} chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

I swear every Eid is a rush. For some reason, all my raya(eid) grocery shopping, cooking and decorating happens the night before. Its strange considering I am quite an organised person. Must be all the excitement I guess. And as a Malay, I follow the way we celebrate Eid. We don’t only bake various cookies, we do a whole feast. Lontong, rendang, chicken curry etc… though I have to admit, this time I didnt do the whole shebang. One: I just don’t have much time with a 3 month old and a 2 year old and two: my aunty brought us heaps of raya cookies all the way from Malaysia. Yayness!

So it was around 10pm the eve of Eid that I went searching for a chocolate cupcake recipe online and found this. Its pretty similar to the ones I’ve made before and it tasted good. Suffice to say I slept at 3am after all the cooking and baking. But  it was such a rewarding feeling knowing that you’ll be celebrating a beautiful occasion with your loved ones.

The tags are also DIY. And yes, I was up designing, printing, cutting and gluing these tags for the cupcakes and goodie bags. You can find them here, printable DIY cupcake flags and gift tags. For these specific ones (in this post), you’ll need to wait until I find time to upload them ;)

These cupcakes are for Aliya’s class. We celebrated with her little friends at Kinda. Oh it was so cute seeing them eat in mess.

RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE CUPAKES
Adapted from My Baking Addiction with slight modifications

Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep time: 20 mins
Bake time: 20 mins approx

Ingredients

1  3/4 cups plain flour
2 cups caster sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees fan forced. Line 2 standard dozen muffin trays with paper liners; set aside.

2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Fold in slowly the dry ingredients into the wet. Then add in the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

3. Using a large scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin cases, filling each up to 2/3 full. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

 

 

RECIPE FOR VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING/FROSTING
Adapted from Sweetapolita  with slight modifications

Makes: Enough to decorate 24 cupcakes
Prep time: 5 mins

Ingredients

340 grams unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
600 grams icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip butter for 5 minutes on medium speed. Butter will become very pale & creamy.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 5 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy, and fluffy.

3. Use to decorate right away before it hardens.


  • Oct
  • 26
  • 2012

{happy eid} eid mubarak!

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