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Create a gift wrapping station for your home- Sweet bunny



In the centre of my living room, my interior designer Hosen installed a built-in cabinet during our BTO home renovation, it was meant for shoes but I did not like the idea of keeping shoes too close to our family altar out of respect. Thankfully, the shelves were adjustable and I rearranged it to create a space to store, the commonly used items my family often reach for, my bags and for as well as a gift-wrapping station.

living room cabinet

messy cabinet  with wrapping paper and home supplies



Pegboard Alternative: using Ikea SVENSÅS Memo board - I had originally purchased two magnetic boards from Ikea for our study but never got to hang the boards up as I didn’t use the space that was meant to be my desk and so the boards just lay forgotten in our laundry yard for a couple of months. About the same time, the mess in my cabinet has been bugging me the clutter of wrapping paper and household accessories was just a hindrance of stuff toppling off the shelves at times and impossible to find what we needed. To resolve this issue I decided to put up the memo boards in my cabinet, amazingly it sucks well with Bostik Original Blu-Tack, I had always preferred the original as it was always strong enough and can come off cleanly when required to. Magnetic boards make a great alternative to Pegboards because you don’t have to place items in a very fixed manner and magnetic boards can be placed almost anywhere without worrying that hooks and attachments fall off, magnets are really strong easily found and more affordable.

 
Ikea SVENSÅS Memo board as a pegboard



Daiso hack for hanging your wrapping paper - Most of the DIY solutions for hanging wrapping paper uses a curtain rod, which I initially wanted to do but I often switch up the way I organise my home and did not want any permanent fixtures. After much consideration and wondering around Daiso an idea struck me, two of the semi-round basket with thin magnet used together placed on their sides is able to hold on to the wrapping paper regardless of length. 

semi-round basket with thin magnet back
semi-round basket with thin magnet front

sticking can case daiso

reuse ribbons




Reusing gift bags, wrapping paper and ribbons- The holders are able to hold up about three wrapping papers together, which is sufficient for me, as I do not usually buy many sheets at a time, most of the ones I have were given to me as a freebie from stores. 

I used these holders on the right side up to store wrapping papers from gifts that I receive that are still in good condition to reuse for future events,I also use the holders for items that my household uses. 

I have the habit of keeping ribbons for products I purchased or received as gifts and store them in a sticking can case from Daiso, I believe you can find these in IKEA as well GRUNDTAL Container, stainless steel in a better quality form but for ribbons, I think the Daiso will Suffice.





giftwrapping station with daiso and ikea stuff



On the shelf, I used stackable containers from Daiso to keep greeting cards for all occasions and red packets for the lunar new year and stickers that I have collected over the years. Along with other commonly used items that my family always asked me for such as a nail clipper, which is impossible to keep in a bathroom due to Singapore’s humid climate where things can easily rust.
 

I was very satisfied with this arrangement because it saves my family time from sorting and searching for items that we need at a snap of the finger we can just get what we need and be on our way. As long as we have the discipline to keep the items in their proper “homes” we would always be able to find what we need when we need it.



Merry Christmas everyone and a blessed New year ahead! I hope my post will inspire you to create your very own gift-wrapping station.

 

An afternoon with the Chow Chows at Chow Cute Cafe - Sweet bunny

                                                

Throwback to Deepavali when it was a public holiday, dear and I made a date to go to Chow Cute Cafe together. It is unbelievable that we have not been out for a meal together since covid19 started and it felt refreshing to head to Seletar Air Base to get some fresh air and spend the day with adorable dogs. An advance booking has to be made on their website to avoid disappointment, so I booked an afternoon slot about a week before. 
                                    

Our journey to Seletar Air Base was just a bus ride away; we reached the area within 30 minutes. Making our way to the cafe from the bus stop was a breeze just a 10-minute walk. I really adore the quaint colonial houses in Seletar airbase makes one feel like you have entered another realm into the charming countryside.

Chow Cute Cafe
                              

I really liked the look of the exterior of the café; it had a very elegant feel to it. You may choose to have your meals al fresco on the lovely patio furniture or indoors. 

Cute Chow Chow from Chow cute cafe



Our experience at Chow Cute Café was an overall review - Greeting us at the front door was an adorable older brownish-black Chow Chow. It is no surprise because Chow Chow has a history of being guard dogs to livestock and homes, untrained Chow Chows tend to be more on the aloof side and aggressive with strangers and other dogs but I am glad to report that all the Chow Chows at Chow Cute Café are well trained and friendly. The younger pups tend to be more cheeky and playful while the older ones are calmer and mellow perfect for children because they would sit around and allow a child to pet them.

Brown Chow Chow



 I truly enjoy seeing that the dogs would light up with delight each time they spotted their trainers, this goes to show that the dogs are well treated by their owners and well taken care of. I do have my reservations when going to pet-themed attractions, I always keep an eye out how the animals are treated. We had an enjoyable quiet afternoon interacting with the dogs and stroking them, this is a rare treat, as we do not own any pets due to our busy work schedules. The cafe has a nice range of board games for a fun-filled afternoon, a very nice touch I must say for a relaxing afternoon.



                                                                                     
There are mixed reviews on google about the food at the café, the team at the café are a young group and are most helpful we were served dessert before the main course and drinks are expensive but considering the fact that you aren’t charged for playing with the dogs, it is well worth the cost. We did wait rather long for our meal but the fish was fresh and delicious.

 
                                           

salmon

salmon

Ice Cream Waffle



Shall I close with a few ...

Chow Chow Dog Breed Fun Facts - The name Chow Chow is not of Chinese origin but from a pidgin-English term that was used to describe things that came from the East in the 18th century.

  • Chow Chows has 2 extra teeth compared to other canines most dogs have 42 while Chow Chows have 44.

  • Unusual coloured tongue, young Chow Chows have punk tongues but as they age, their tongues turn blueish black.

Chow Cute Cafe
16 The Oval, Seletar Aerospace Park, 797873
Tel: 6974 7916


 






Handmade beaded crystal necklace by Lilac Jewels - Sweet bunny



Youth entrepreneur- I got to know a very sweet girl via social media who runs Lilac Jewels. It has been a couple of months since we exchanged messages back and forth to get to know her business better. I just must say I am very impressed with the young lady who started her very own handmade jewellery business and even shares a tip or two with me from time to time on how to improve sales and better connect with your audience.

It was an honour to be her first customer; I purchased a customised crystal chip necklace from her, as I do not quite fancy the gold-coloured chain of the original design but glad customisation was available. I liked that there was a selection of mini crystals to choose from in different colours, the pastel stones went well with a silver chain and the workmanship is impressive. I really like the style of her dainty jewellery and would



handmade crystal flacks necklace

 

Thoughtfully packaged jewellery- I love all the freebies that she packed in the tiny parcel she sent me an intricately made necklace, a ring and a couple of stickers with a thank you note. I could tell that a lot of consideration was made with the tiny tags she attached to each piece of jewellery carefully placed in a purple organza bag,

                           handmade necklace packaging 

I invited Lilac Jewels to guest post on my blog, do lend her your support.


I started my small business to make affordable yet nice jewellery for everyone. Jewellery should not just be for those who can afford to buy high-quality ones, leaving those who are not able to afford them buying the lower quality ones.

 Such as necklaces that tarnish easily or bracelets that break when worn. Thus, I set up Lilac Jewels. to make dainty and pretty jewellery, which everyone can afford. Since young, I have always liked crafting. Especially beading. 

I have also aspired to help the less fortunate. Thus, every 20% of my earnings will go to a charity organisation.
 Handmade items are way more significant than store-bought ones. 

Behind the scenes is a lowly paid worker struggling to make ends meet just putting the jewellery pieces together. However, small businesses make everything by hand. Even the cards they give out is designed by hand! Jewellery is not overpriced pieces of gold; jewellery is a piece of decoration, used to make someone happy and more confident.