• Apr
  • 22
  • 2014

{giveaway} submit your creative work!

 

I absolutely love creative work! Drawings, paintings, model making, soap making, digital illustrations, photography, patchwork etc- pretty much anything pretty gets me excited. I also love seeing creative designs out there and encourage everyone to get crafty and imaginative.

So… I thought hey won’t it be cool to showcase your work with in my studio! If you’ve got talent, and would like to share your creative work, please email or message me your photos and you’ll be entered into our competition for a chance to win 2 wall decals courtesy of Simply Impressions! It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any background in design! You can be a mum, a student, a lawyer…everyone’s invited to participate. Lets make this fun! So what are you waiting for? Look through your art piles or creative something new; you have until Sunday 27th April to send in your work to me. All the best and I’m super duper excited to see your creations xx

PRIZE INFO

Winner will receive 2 wall decals, chosen by Simply Impressions worth up to $30. This prize is not redeemable for cash. This competition is sponsored by www.Simplyimpressions.com and is not affiliated with Facebook.

 

SUBMISSION

Terms and conditions:

Submissions are open from 22nd April to 27th April 2014. You MUST own copyright to the work, meaning, the work was made by YOU and not someone else.

All submission photos must be emailed to iva [at] inmystudio.com.au OR send via Facebook message.Do not upload it on Facebook and tag us. Strictly via email or message.

Entries are open worldwide. More than 1 entry per person is welcomed.

 

VOTING

Terms and conditions

Voting will commence on 28th April to 2nd May 2014.

All photos will be published on In my studio’s Facebook page  and the public may vote.

The photo with the most amount of ‘likes’ will win the prize.

Only 1 Winner will be chosen & will be announced on Saturday 3rd May AEST.


  • Nov
  • 11
  • 2013

the day i will cherish forever…

This was what I walked into on Saturday afternoon, thinking it was just a casual lunch at my auntys! Oh My God- was my first reaction. I was definitely surprised and shocked but absolutely blown away! Only God knows how I felt inside, I was left speechless…even until today as I type this. Alhamdulillah I am so grateful to Allah, having bless me with such a beautiful sister (my one and only sister) and amazing relatives and friends who worked tremendously hard making this garden tea party a huge success.

As I walked in, I wasn’t quite sure what this party was for lol! It took me a good few seconds to sink in, and realise what is it that we are celebrating? ‘is this my almost there party? or a baby shower? Don’t think it would be a baby shower since I’m expecting my 3rd, so I’ll take the former :)

Very cute vintage party props, I cant believe my sister who has 1 year old twin boys managed to organise all this for me, Mashallah! Of course with lots of help from relatives and friends-you know who you are and I am forever grateful to have you all in my life :)

Its ‘Spring’ season here in Melbourne and the table setting was reflecting just that- spring colours! I absolutely love the table decor setting. Its so pastelly cute and girly. My Auntys house was the perfect location, whoever thought of it was a genius! Thanks Aunty Nola for being the words bestest host!

And of course, my talented and amazing friend Eda from Plaited Heart made this fondant cake. Did I mention she is super amazing? Mashallah, everyone was not only impressed by the look of this cake but also tasted delicious, soft and moist :)

This is absolutely brilliant! There were a few flavours of tea in here and the caption was “Find your Flavour”. I wonder how long it took to cut, and paste them onto each tea bag. Again, I’m just so grateful for everyones help in putting this party together :)

Last but not least, we all had lots of fun taking silly photos at the photo booth. I wont be uploading any photos, its just too embarassing lol. Alhamdulillah I enjoyed heaps myself despite my condition, and it was really good to get together and see familiar faces and of course, being kid free (thank you hubby for babysitting!).I can never repay those who have sacrificed their time and love into this, but you guys will be in my prayers. Thank you to everyone who helped, who came and to those who wanted but couldn’t make it, I love you all for the sake of Allah!

*Photographs by Eda from Plaited Heart

*Event styling and props by Elcin from Jellybean in my closet, and of course not forgetting the master of this event: my sister and relatives!


  • Oct
  • 11
  • 2013

{Freebie Friday} FREE DIY Eid Gift Tag Printables

{EID AL ADHA}

FREE  DIY Gift Tag Printables in assorted designs & colours!
*You may download this printable at the end of post*

This is a freebie Friday, because why not?!  The weekend is coming up, so its the perfect day to launch my FREE DIY PRINTABLES just in time for Eid. I’m sure many of you will be busy this weekend wrapping up gifts for Eid. Consider this my little Eid gift to you, fellow fans :)

To be honest, I wasn’t really planning to do printables this Eid, as my FREE EID printables are only an annual thing. But, as I was shopping one day to look for supplies for my personal Eid gifts, I fell in love with these paper strings and washi tapes! So I thought, since I’m doing it for myself, why don’t I share them with you?

Materials needed for this project:

1. This A4 (8×12″) printed template. Print as many as you wish
2. Ruler
3. Scissors and/or cutter
4. String or ribbon
5. Hole puncher

I love gift wrapping. I can unleash my creative side and go wild, there are so many options. Though, I only like to use kraft paper (brown paper) as the base, and then decorate it with different coloured strings, ribbons, washi tapes, flowers, doilies, pom poms etc…ahh your imagination runs wild. A quick search on Pinterest will get you quite excited about gift wrapping.

Once you’ve cut them out, use a hole puncher and punch some holes as shown.

Now you’re ready to wrap, decorate and thread your gift tags. Its superrrrr simple! And go crazy wrapping, you can find lots of ideas on Pinterest if you do a search for ‘Gift Wrapping’ and lots of inspirations will come up. There are so many ways you can wrap a present, so mix and match!

This one is for the males! Don’t be scared to use black wrapping paper, often, black makes a present look outstanding and unique, especially when combined with one of this black and white gift tag ;)

This gift tag was inspired by washi tape! I absolutely love them. This particular one, was inspired by the ‘Coloured airmail’ washi tape. I love the vibrancy of the colours in it!

And of course, teal is my favourite new colour. Inspired by the washi tape (sitting above it).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • Sep
  • 10
  • 2013

I’m featured on Silver Envelope’s website!

Q & A with Iva from In My Studio on Islamic Design & Wall Art.

Click here to be directed to their website to read more about our interview.


  • Aug
  • 06
  • 2013

scones for eid breakfast anyone?

Eid is tomorrow In Sha Allah! As we say goodbye to Ramadan (In Sha Allah, this wont be our last Ramadan) we say hello again to Eid. As sad as I am to leave the holy month of Ramadan, I am also equally excited to welcome Eid. I have everything ready, from kids dresses to shoes, to presents and the list goes on!

Do you tend to cook/bake on the morning of Eid? What is your typical Eid breakfast? Being a malay, in my culture, we’d wake up with a feast. Usually there’s rendang, lontong and sooooo many kuih raya (Eid cookies) to choose from. But since I’m a busy wife and mother, living abroad + my small little family is not used to eating a huge breakfast, I’d choose scones as the next best thing! These babies are done and dusted in under 30minutes (from start to finish) so you know you wont be late for your Eid prayers.

These scones are extremely soft! Thanks to my Italian brother in law for recommending the recipe to us.

Scones are best served warm straight out of the oven with strawberry jam and cream…mmm yum!

 

 

RECIPE FOR SOFT PLAIN SCONES
Adapted from Cooking from the heart

Serves: 12
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10-12 mins

 

Ingredients

3 cups self-raising flour
4 tsp icing sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ cup single cream
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup cup hot water
Whipped cream (simply whip thickened cream)
Strawberry Jam

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 230°C.

2. Sift all dry ingredients into a bowl 6 times to aerate.

3. Make a well in the centre and add the cream, milk and water. Mix with a knife. The ingredients should come together easily without too much effort. If the mixture is too stiff add more milk, but don’t overwork or the scones will be tough.

4. Turn the dough out on a well-floured surface. Flour your hands lightly and shape the dough into a ball before patting down gently to a height of 3cm. Cut with a 6cm pastry cutter, being careful not to twist the cutter, and place each scone barely touching one another onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.

5. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen and just browned on top. Serve warm with whipped cream and strawberry jam!


  • Aug
  • 02
  • 2013

Free Bonus Printable – Eid Money Packets/Envelopes!

Our FREE BONUS DIY Printable is all about MONEY!
*You may download this printable at the end of post*

MONEY PACKETS (ENVELOPES) IN ENGLISH & MALAY

 

 

As a child who grew up in Malaysia, I used to look forward to every Raya (Eid) because of the festive money!  My sister and I would collect so many Sampul duit raya (Eid money packets)  from parents, relatives, family friends etc. So basically, if you’re not married, you’ll get it! Its not a common practice back home to give out presents during Eid, though now, living in Australia and being married to a Lebanese, we do both traditions- give out presents and money to the little ones.

 

It is extremely hard, in fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any shops that give them out or sell them here in Melbourne. Every year I’d have to make my own ones or simply reuse old ones. So I thought it would be a great idea to give them out for FREE to all In My Studio Fans as part of my FREE DIY Confetti Collection Party Pack.

They are so easy to make, it only takes about a minute to finish 1. I have made it available in 2 languages, 1 in english (Eid Mubarak, Happy Eid) and another in Malay (Selamat Hari Raya, Salam Aidilfitri).

Materials needed for this project:

1. This printable template
2. A4 | 8×12” White paper (200 gsm | 110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter or scissors
5. Double sided tape/glue

Using a ruler as well as scissors/cutter, carefully cut out each template.

Fold accordingly.

Then apply glue or sticky tape on the side flaps as noted on template.

I prefer using double sided tape as its less messy…so now peel it off…

And bring the back cover over, press it gently to make a finished money envelope.

Repeat the process until you have made your desired amount. There are a couple of designs that include ‘To & From” if you wish to name your money packets.

Now insert your money (notes are preferred over coins, the bigger the number, the better :p )

As for me, I have packaged these in a pack of 6 to give out to my parents and relatives, for free of course :)

 


  • Aug
  • 01
  • 2013

Freebie #4 – Printable DIY Eid Table Setting

Our forth and final week FREE DIY Printable is for the Eid Table Setting!
                             *You may download this printable at the end of post* 
 

Freebie #4 – Printable DIY Eid Welcome Poster, Eid Gift Tags & Table Buffet Cards

 


This marks our final FREE DIY Printables for Eid Ul Adha. Subhanallah, Ramadan is only less than 10 days. Time really does fly. Are you making the most of it?

Our final printables include

1) A4 Welcome Poster Print (words on poster are: “Eid Mubarak, Welcome!”)

2) Table Buffet Cards

3) Gift/swing tags (for your beloved guests!)

These gift tags are so cute and they finish off a perfect Eid celebration by handing each and every guest a goodie bag, or maybe just the kids? hehe
As you can see, the ideas are limitless. Displayed here, I have made an Eid goodie paper bag and also a cookie gift wrap, both attached with my lovely swing tags as a “Thank You” gift.

Can you see the super delicious soft scones? I promise you they are so soft, and will be sharing the recipe in the next few days inshallah. Need to schedule out all my posts!

The Confetti Collection Party Pack colours are so unisex and suitable for any Eid party you may host, thanks to my Facebook followers who voted their favourite colour for this years Eid theme! I hope you enjoyed my FREE DIY Printables, please make dua for me and also share some pictures of your table decor with me. You may post them on my Facebook page or email me. I would love to see your decorations!

And stay tune, I have another FREE PRINTABLE BONUS coming up!!!


  • Jul
  • 31
  • 2013

Guest Post on My Halal Kitchen!

The wait is over! Alhamdulillah my Salted Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake is now published on My Halal Kitchen.For the full recipe and more photos, please visit My Halal Kitchen Guest Post by Iva Izman.

To download my FREE DIY Eid Printables for the cakes such as cake flags, cupcake wrapper and cupcake flags, click here.




  • Jul
  • 25
  • 2013

Freebie #3 – Printable DIY Eid Bunting Flags

Our third week FREE DIY Printable is for the home!
*You may download this printable at the end of post* 
 

Freebie #1 – Printable DIY Eid Bunting Flags

 

What is a celebration without a welcome banner right? So for week #3, we have a bunting flag template that you can just simply print, cut and decorate!
Materials needed for this project:
1. This printable template
2. A4/8×12” White paper (200gsm/110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter and scissors
5. Hole punch
6. Ribbon or string
Cut the flag template using a cutter/scissors and ruler.
Don’t be lazy like me and cut all 6 pages together in one go! Thank God I got them all right- be sure to align the pages properly if you’re using this lazy method!
Use a hole puncher to make 2 holes on each flag.
Again, the lazy me…punching all the holes together. Woohoo I got it right the first go! (if you stuff up, you start again from scratch!)

Arrange them to make “EID MUBARAK”.

Cut your string to the desired length (measure where you want to hang them first). Thread the string/ribbon through. The first letter, you need to put the string from the top (see pic above).

And then just add all the letters, making sure the string/ribbon is behind the flag so you cant see it.

And now decorate! I chose to hang them at my old unused fireplace as mantel piece decoration. Absolutely love it! And the best part is, the colors go extremely well with my living room decor!


  • Jul
  • 22
  • 2013

{guest post} Gold 4 Glamour Party

 

I have always admired her DIY creations, and when this one came up, I said to myself I have to feature this on my blog! This party was styled by my friend Elcin from Jellybean in My Closet for her dear sister. Delectable mouth watering desserts were made by Eda and photography by Sibella .

She has named her event Gold 4 Glamour. The colours Elcin has chosen for this event are simply glamorous, vibrant and exciting! What I am impressed most about this party styling is that Elcin pretty much DIYed most of the items on the dessert table herself, from things that she found from second hand shops such as a napkin ring- she turned them into dessert cups. Such an innovative idea!

 

 

Since Eid is coming up, I thought I’d let her share some of her DIY tips and How To’s. Below are her 5 top tips on creating a successful DIY Tea Party.

 

1. Keep it simple.

When it comes to party décor, you’re either making a statement piece (wall art, centrepiece etc) or multiples of something (drink bottles, hanging décor etc). For this reason, I recommend keeping the process of making it simple. If there is an easier way of doing something, go for it!

 

2. Google!

Whenever I have a DIY idea, I get onto Google or Pinterest, because 9 times out of 10, somebody else has already thought of the same idea. You can pick up some great tips and things to avoid when attempting your DIY.

 

3. Think outside the square.

Look at pieces from a different angle. When I saw the napkin rings & the candle holder at the op shop, I fell in love. I knew I didn’t need them for the purpose they’ve been made but began to think of how else I could use them. The napkin rings made a fantastic dessert cup and the candle holder a pretty vase!

 

4. Plan it.

Once you have done step 1-3, now you can plan it! Choose your theme. Once I have a theme in mind, I look around my house to see what items will work with my theme. You’ll be surprised as to what you have! Time is imporant. If you are planning an event 3 months down the track, plan for it 3 months ahead. The planning and preparing won’t take you 3 months, (the gold party prep took no more than 1 week) but at least you will be giving yourself plenty of time for shopping and creating to avoid last minute stress.

 

5. Spend less.

You don’t need to spend big. It’s amazing how much money you can save by making your own party ware. All of my party ware was purchased from op shops which I simply spray painted gold.

 

 

Below are her some of her DIY How to’s

Cake Stand

You will need: A glass plate, a glass that is able to hold the plate, spray paint & super glue.

I’ve seen these made online using porcelain plates. Which would mean you would either need to leave the upside of the plate unpainted or risk the spray paint chipping during use/washing. I thought it would be much easier to use a glass plate, meaning I’d only need to spray paint the bottom of the plate and the colour would show through the top. Once both the glass and plate have been sprayed and dried, use a strong super glue to join the two. Place some weight on top and allow the glue to set and wa-laa, you have yourself a cake stand in the colour of your choice! I made 4 glass cake stands for the day which cost approximately $25! Candle holders are also great to use for this in place of a glass.

Napkin Rings

I found 8 of these gorgeous napkin rings at an op shop and wanted to use them on the table to serve food. I was first going to make paper cones to sit inside, but then a friend suggested I sit shot glasses inside. I sprayed the rings gold, and found perfectly fitting glasses – too easy!

Vase

This is actually a tall candle holder found in an op shop for a few dollars. I simply spray painted the black metal that sits inside the glass.

 

 

 

Event stylist: Jellybean in my closet
Event Photography: Sibella
Cake/desserts: Eda

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