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Thursday, April 15, 2010

framed paper goods

How awesome are these letterpressed cards from Kirtland House? I bought them to frame as a set.

Love!


All images from Kirtland House

more bunnies

As you know, we want to get a companion for our bunny Pequito. Since we're moving, it's the perfect time as he will not be as territorial. I've been keeping an eye on Pet Gantry's website, they get lots of holland lops and netherland dwarfs in regularly. They got a new batch of netherland dwarfs today, and although we thinking of getting another holland lop, these are pretty heart-wrenchingly adorable!!

 Image from Pets Gantry

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mirrors

Graham and Green has so many lovely mirrors! I'm considering getting one to brighten up our new space...




All mirrors from Graham and Green

Saturday, April 10, 2010

bunnies on the mind

When we move, we plan to build a bunny condo for pequito.


With the extra space, we've been seriously considering getting a playmate for pequito as well. If we do, I definitely want to get another holland lop, they're just the cuddliest and most interactive, in my opinion. I've been looking at local options here in Singapore, and reading up a little about coat colors, and boy, is there a mind-boggling array of colour options (kind of cool how bunny coat colors occur, from the point of view of a geneticist).

Because pequito is all black, I think it would be kinda awesome to get an all white bun. Wondering if we might be able to find a blue-eyed white here?


Sorry to be so politically incorrect and picking buns based on cuteness and coat colour! But, to be sure, we love and cuddle pequito so much because he's just so freaking adorable!!

Dawn of the boy band

Chanced upon Take That's concert tour on TV earlier today, clicked in right in the middle of "Never Forget". Oh man, has it been 15 years since I was a screaming teenager nuts for Mark Owen?



"Never forget where you're coming from
Never pretend that it's all real
Someday soon this will all be someone else's dream

We've come so far and we've reached so high
And we've looked each day and night in the eye
And we're still so young and we hope for more
But remember this
We're not invincible, we're not invincible"

Totally bopped along singing at the top of my lungs!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Amazing lofts for the lucky few

Having recently bought our first place, I've been doing lots of research on Singapore housing. Singapore has a reputation for being rather authoritarian and big government, but I must say this might have its perks with regards to housing. Singapore public housing mainly takes the form of towering blocks of flats (HBD, or Housing Development Board flats), is built and sold by the government, and a large majority of our population live in these flats.

First, as a caveat, property prices have been skyrocketing, so these flats are not as affordable as they were, say 15 years ago. But, still, these probably run about half to a third of the price compared to an identical property built by a private developer. Also, not all flats are as pretty as these. All that aside however, it's still pretty astonishing that this is government housing!



All images are from http://www.h88.com.sg/

As icing on the cake, these will be built in a really great location very near downtown. However, there is a very long queue, including balloting and lottery, for these flats. Apparently the odds of getting one are pretty miniscule. (Not to mention, this being government housing, there are many rules as to who is eligible to buy one, e.g. no foreigners, no singles under 35, and income ceilings, etc).

On a side note, the walls in those are such a lovely shade of grey! I've also been contemplating using shades of grey for my new home. Perhaps an icy blue-grey for the window drapings for the living room, like this top?

 Image from Australian Vogue via http://cocokelley.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 08, 2010

the straw that broke the camel's back

While perusing home decor blogs, I came across decor8's fresh recent take on that age old controversy-- copying in craft and design. Her guest, Erika, of Delphine fine stationery and design, describes that she is recently seeing more and more customers asking her to replicate designs from other designers. She wonders if this may perhaps be due to the proliferation of DIY and inspiration boards, leading customers (and many designers) to feel like the DIY culture is is a free for all... Of course, this hot button topic has generated a million billion comments, many of which are very well thought out and crafted, do take a read if you are interested!

It is not surprising that this topic brings so many comments out of the woodwork, it is one that designers and crafters constantly struggle with. I commented on this a while back, as I had personally encountered this myself when I was still on Etsy. I never talked about this because Etsy had put a gag order on me not to discuss my situation (and back then, Etsy was the only place I was selling, and I wasn't about to risk offending the powers that be). But now, since I no longer sell on Etsy, and the other seller in question has also stopped selling for a long time, I thought I would dig up some old pictures I had stored and let you judge for yourself.

In October/November last year, two sellers on Etsy messaged me to tell me about a shop that was selling items very similar to mine-- similar enough that they would actually both feel compelled to write to me (and one of the sellers who messaged me was a stranger at the time). Here were half the items in her shop, side by side with several of my bestselling items:

Besides this, her shop banner was the same colors as mine (plum and pink), and her shop policies and seller profile were identical in structure and very similar in wording. Hence, I filled out Etsy's design complaint form, and waited.

Etsy's response to me waxed lyrical about artists being inspired from generations of artists past, citing Cezanne inspiring Picasso. They also said that Etsy simply makes it easier to discover similar items on Etsy (i.e. this is just a coincidence). And they said they will not ask the seller to remove the offending items

Anyways, one good thing that came of of this is that it really woke me up to the cold reality that Etsy is not on my side. I had been buying ads, and pushing PR, all linking back to my Etsy shop, but really, in the end, that was putting all my eggs in a basket that was not mine. If I wanted to protect my business and really make sure all my efforts were maximized, I had to venture out on my own. Realising this pushed me, a month later, to hire Aeolidia to make pequitobun a website. And, I'm so glad I did!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!


(This was pequito when we had just got him, a wee little one and his ears had not yet lopped!)

Friday, April 02, 2010

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