December 24, 2010

Happy Happy Holiday~

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone have wonderful holiday~ During my hoilday, I'm planning to work on my new webpage layout. This is going to be a big project for me, I hope I'll get it done soon for next year. I should also think about my new year resolution!

I hope we have white Christmas this year!

Merry X'mas~

December 21, 2010

scott pilgrim

I bought myself box set of Scott Pilgrim. I enjoyed watching the movie so I was curious to read the original story. I have a bad habit when the story is completed I read all of them in one go. So I finished reading this in one day~ Great book!

Scott Pilgrim has same birthday as me~

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December 15, 2010

bookhou

Continuing from my last post I went to Bookhou for the first time. I knew about them at One of the Kind Show few years ago. When I first time went to their booth at the show I loved their felted hot plate mat. I told myself not to spend money for myself until last weekend, I finally pushed myself to purchase it~

Bookhou is having Ornaments Group show at their store! Lots of adorable ornaments you can see and purchase~

Golden whale ornament

X'mas ornaments~

bookhou~

December 12, 2010

watercolor

Everytime I meet with Celine we always plan what activities we should do for the day! This time we decided to do object painting with watercolor.
It's been so long doing object painting, doing this re-acknowledge how important to use traditional medium. I keep telling myself to do painting again but I've been not putting that as my first priority....

So this is one part of our day, more posting coming soon~

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December 8, 2010

xmas tree

Sir Charles and I bought a little christmas tree for our apartment~ I like miniature objects, especially ornaments when they're so tiny and cute! Tree top is my favorite! Simple shaped silver star always makes the tree look beautiful~
Someday I want to get bigger tree with bigger star.

Happy holiday everyone!

tree top~

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our little christmas tree

close up!

December 5, 2010

i love pasta!

Pasta is one of my favorite food! I can just eat plain pasta with salt and butter! I grow my own basil and it goes so well with my quick-to-make tomato sauce.

Simple tomato sauce recipe:
- 4~5cups of any kind pasta
- 6-8 sliced tomatoes
- sprig of fresh basil (or whatever amount you like)
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter(more the better taste)
- sea salt and pepper
- 1/2cup grated Parmesan cheese
- grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

optional ingredient: roasted red peppers or zucchini/ sun dried tomatoes/ garlic

1. Put butter in heated sauce pan, throw in sliced tomatoes and sprinkle salt and pepper.
2. Let it simmer for 15-20 min, stir occasionally.
3. Add basil and leave some for garnish.
4. Add any optional ingredient at this point and simmer another 5-10 min.
5. Stir in 1/2cup Parmesan cheese until thickens.
6. Pour the sauce on boiled pasta and garnish with cheese and basil

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simple pasta~

November 30, 2010

hot pot

One of Sir Charles's favorite food is hot pot. I forgot to take picture of us eating it but I took picture of what I drew~

We bought a portable stove just to have hot pot over the weekends. Boiling that water for very long time fogs up our windows. So I drew a little picture~

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hot pot drawing

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November 25, 2010

wedding decorator's workshop

While ago I posted wedding decoration details I did for my friend Antia.

Just recently I finally finished making a website of "the making of" wedding decorator's workshop. These are photos of work in progress shot of decorations I worked on. I had so much fun making them!

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November 22, 2010

So the moment of truth...

Here are the winners!
Jinny Liang -1st winner: Receives "A Little Pain" print.
Nekrath -2nd winner: Receives postcard set of - "A Little Pain" & "My Antoinette"
Congratulation to both of you!

Thanks for wonderful and encouraging comments everyone, and participate to my giveaway! I had fun organizing this. I will for sure have another giveaway for special occasion. Maybe my 20th anniversary! haha~

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November 17, 2010

best ketchup

I just had the BEST ketchup!!
Celine shared her homemade ketchup with me. I wanted to use this ketchup perfect as possible so I decided to make fried chicken and homemade baked fries! The ketchup was so good that sir Charles and I were digging in the ketchup. We finished the entire jar~

Thanks Celine! It was delicious!!!

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yummy ketchup~

Fried chicken + home baked fries

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November 14, 2010

my very first website

This is a layout I did for my very first website. It's back in the time when FrontPage was my favorite web design software and used Geocities that has closed down few months ago.
I still remember when I made this, I ran into trouble of trying to figure out how to get rid of the blue border line when you have linked image. Took me a while to understand how precise you have to be with html. I look back at this and this site is just a one large image with 5 masked link using hotspot tool with colored background! How simple is that!

"KiDDy Factory" was my old website name I used to use. I still use this for user name for other places and name of my illustration series in my website. I decided this name to remind myself while you grow old with art, never to forget the heart you had for art when you genuinely love doing art when things around you didn't matter. I do miss how things used to be so simple.

So for my next layout of my site, I want to go back to my first layout where it's just a one image that shows my work. Hopefully I'll have it up beginning of next year!

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November 7, 2010

my first giveaway

my first GIVEAWAY...

It's been 10 years since I had my website! I wanted to do something special for the visitors who have been supported me all this time! As a appreciation I will be giving 2 winners:
-1st winner: Receive "A Little Pain" print.
-2nd winner: Receives postcard set of - "A Little Pain" & "My Antoinette"

TO ENTER: leave a comment in this post by Nov. 19. I'll randomly pick the 2 winners and announce it on Nov. 22! (*You don't need blogger account to leave comment! Anyone is welcome! Leave your email for me too to contact the winners)
Thank you everyone and good luck!!




November 2, 2010

Kiki and Jiji

Kiki's Delivery Service is my favorite Jiburi movie! I always wanted to have my own talking cat on my side.
Few years ago I found out that the movie was based on novel so I couldn't resist myself from not getting it. The novel started like almost 15 years ago and it JUST finished the whole issue. It was definitely good timing to get the box set! The story is slightly different from the movie and it has more information about witches in their world.

I'm looking forward to reading this!

Kiki's Delivery Service Novel set

Kiki and Jiji

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October 20, 2010

shinzi katoh 2011

I just received my 2011 agenda! It's Shinzi Katoh's 3rd agenda! There are size A5 and A6. A6 one comes with full color, so I got the A6. It's nice to see his illustrations in color.

The booklet comes with 2 full pages of 2011 new years resolution. I don't think I have 2 pages worth of resolution.... But this is good opportunity to think about what I can accomplish next year!

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have you planned your 2011 resolution already?

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inside

October 14, 2010

testing testing (outdoor)

The long weekend we had last week had absolutly wonderful weather!! One of the tree in my backyard had a patch of red leaves. It was pretty!

Fall is really here~

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October 11, 2010

testing testing (indoor)

This long weekend I was kind of experimenting with my new camera I got last week. It's so much nicer to able to manually focus where you want it.

Although there's not much to look at here but hopefully I'll have something more interesting to show~

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testing testing 2

testing testing

October 6, 2010

hello to my camera!

I'm quite speechless right now. I posted a photo of my DSLR and thinking what I should say....

My mind is thinking of how much thing I have to learn about camera. And it keeps coming back to me how I should of took Photography class in high school.

Well I'm off to enjoy this camera~

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September 30, 2010

do you remember Piddlesworth?

Couple of years ago, I posted crochet project of panda bear named Piddlesworth and Baby Piddlesworth. I also posted this on a forum at Craftster with Baby Piddlesworth's pattern for people who's interested making one of their own.

noali made 2 adorable Baby Piddlesworth where one of it is a custom color~

I was worried if the instruction was properly informed but she said everything else went well except for the "Making into an arm(with paws)" section. I tried reading it back and I don't even understand what I wrote... haha so I'll go back to it someday and fix that instruction!!

Other than that, I'm flattered to know someone created their version of Piddlesworth. Thanks noali~

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