Watercolor Art

Our lil’ Bug was sick last week for 3 days, she slept a lot and did’t really eat anything.  I had to stay home with her on the third day and we did some watercolor painting in the afternoon.  Our background music was Whistle While You Work, quite effective in cheering up our mood 🙂

Here's the work of my little aspiring artist.

Here’s the work of my little aspiring artist.

Artistic Milestones

… And here’s mine

Have a wonderful day everyone!

My Hieroglyphics

“ALIEN” that’s what my family and friends calls me when they see my scrapbook-diary.  It’s because I have invented 2 sets of alphabets that only I can understand.  And I’ve been writing in my scrapbook-diary since I was 12 years old.  Started the first time I read about the Egyptian hieroglyphics at school.  It was love at first sight.  So just for the sheer fun of it, I invented my own 2 sets of alphabets.

At first I was only using a set but when I realized that it was still pretty easy to decipher some words I invented another set and added symbols that represent a whole word for those words I often use.  The symbols I invented were based on Chinese and English letters topped with my weird imagination.  Making it almost impossible to decipher (unless maybe if your a desperately bored stalker ).  Even my husband gave up trying.  Here are some pictures of the pages of my diary.

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( 1996- about fun and games )

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(1997 – About School and homework)

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( 2001 – Mooncake Party )

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( 2002 – Dating )

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( 2004 – Traveling )

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( 2009 – My Wedding )

Obviously some symbols are pretty childish, but duh! what can you expect from a 12 yr old? binary codes?  I’m not even sure if this is what you call an orthography because I don’t have any rules of spelling, punctuation or what have you.  These are all just plain and simple drawings that pops in my head one Sunday morning.  It felt pretty rewarding actually.  I’m still using it until today.  I can only read it more than half the speed but I can write it almost as fast as I can write ordinary English or Chinese letters/words for that matter.

So, do you have an alien writing? or are you into orthography? I’d love to here from you 🙂

Celestine’s Baptism & First Birthday

I feel very lucky to have in-laws who are very supportive in planning my daughter’s baptism and 1st birthday Party.  We had started planning ever since she was about 10 months old.  I wanted it to be unique, personalized and something not from Disney because it’s too common.  So the theme I chose was RABBIT since she was born in the rabbit year ( her Chinese zodiac sign ).  I proceeded in designing her personalized invitation.  Here’s what I came up with.

I used the Easter photos I took of her.

I went shopping but couldn’t find a costume for her except for the bunny ears headband.  So for her costume, I dedicated my whole Saturday making it.  I just sew up a simple pattern of sleeveless shirt and decorated it with shiny pink beads.  Then I made her a pink, purple, and white tutu decorated with beads and ribbons.  Here’s the end result…looks more like a ballet dress but it will do.

Artistic milestone

 For her Baptismal dress, thanks to Katkat, my sister in law, she handed me her very own baptismal dress that she wore 21 years ago.  Wow! I was surprised that it still existed and a perfect fit! Looking as good as new.  Thanks to my mom-in-law who kept is so well.  My in-laws call it a “family heirloom.” Now I’m not exactly sure when does something becomes an heirloom and this may not be of great monetary value but I guess it’s the story and tradition that comes with this dress that matters in most heirlooms in general right?  And it’s the best baby dress I’ve seen so far! Here’s the photo.

The first one was a picture of Kat at 1 year old twenty one years ago. The next photo was a picture of Celeste at 1 year old taken just a couple of weeks ago. Still so purty and good as new right!?

Her giveaways were toys and Hershey chocolates with personalized labels I designed. Everyone absolutely loved it.  And below are a some of our family photos, uploaded them all together so it won’t take too long to load.

We had a wonderful photographer and videographer who documented everything.  Can’t wait to get a copy of those.  Celeste was baptized at Mary the Queen Church, where my husband and I got married.  And we chose the birthday party to be held at Chilis Restaurant because that’s where we had our very first date.   A great place by the way, aside from great food, they have an in house event planner who already took care of all the games and decorations for us, plus they gave us free bunny ear headbands which is way cool.