My first (lovely) package exchange – the making

This post is all about making my first ever {lovely} package exchange, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Oh, hello friend.

For the package itself, I started with a fairly sturdy moon cake box with a magnetized enclosure, then covered it with sticker paper (printed with various patterns that I found on the net).

Given April’s (Designs of Artisan) interests, I picked out the following items for her:

  1. Funky necklaces from Junk Studio
  2. Envelope template and masking tapes from Muji
  3. Handmade notebooks and button magnets from Free Verse Paperie
  4. Sticky notes from Dear Sadie
  5. Fabric tape, printed tape, and book plates from Fully Booked

Once I made sure everything was secure (I hope the items do withstand shipping!), I added some embellishments and called it a day!

I had so much fun putting together this gift! Hope you like it, April!

Until soon, everyone!

– P.

 

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Ho, ho, ho! Back with holiday cheer!

Hi, everyone!

I’m back! How are you? I’ve missed you! Big, big hugs to you!

B and I were busy closing our respective projects at work, and much of our time too was taken up with shuttling to and fro our temporary house and our parents’ homes (as our new home still isn’t available, and it was supposed to be available last AUGUST!). It’s a real chore and very frustrating that we haven’t settled in, but these past months have shown me how B’s an immensely patient guy, so I find it hard to complain.

So while we’re waiting to move in to our new home, B and I have been trying to find ways to bring the holiday spirit in our temporary (and extremely bare) living space.

OK, I'm a bit embarrassed about the plastic wrapping around the wreath (and mismatched table cloth), but I didn't want to take the wreath's cover off until it was hung in our REAL home :)

We’ve also been busy picking out and packing our presents for our family and friends, and somewhere in between, I’ve also made and sent a little card for someone whom I’ve met while planning my wedding over at W@W!

Our Christmas Card for Marjorie (and her hubby, Atsushi)

Dearest Marjorie of On Chocolate Hill, I got your note. I’m so happy you both liked the card! :)

Anyway, by now, I’m hoping my lovely package exchange buddy April of the uber-talented Designs Of Artisan has received my gift!

April, I hope you like what you get :) And to you my friends, I’ll let you all know what I sent her in my next post.

Happy December, my dearest buds :) Will be back soon :)

– P.

Awww, thanks Eliska!

I should be heading off to bed, but I just had to post!

Look what I found today!

Our prenup stylist team from Ruffles and Bells, featured us in today’s post. Yay! You may read the post here.

I just had to post this because — Eliska just gave me and B a wonderful monthsary gift (we’re 33 months old today!). All the best to you three and to Ruffles and Bells!

Big hugs from me and B :)

Photo courtesy of Ralph Alejandrino

Busy, busy September so far!

… AND WE’RE BACK! How we’ve missed you! :)

Somewhere in between his work and my doctor’s visits and physical therapy sessions, B and I have been busy with the following:

1. Giving in to my food cravings!

SHIOK. 01-05 Fort Forum Bldg., Bonifacio Stop Over, 31st and 2nd St, Bonifacio Global City. (L-R: Interiors, Iced milk tea, Char Kway Teow, Steamed Fish Fillet-Lunch portion)

It’s not the prettiest of places and air-conditioning seems to always be a problem, but it’s not called “shiok” (Singaporean slang for satisfying) for nothing. B and I have kept on coming back here for hawker fare, and I find myself asking time and again for their Char Kway Teow. Shiok’s service is fast, with relatively inexpensive food that keeps my belly happy.

ST. GERALD’S COFFEE SHOP. 2/F P & E Building 12 United Street Corner First St., Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig. (L-R: Baked macaroni, Taco + Egg mayo sandwich)

The first time I was here with B (some 2 years ago), I remember being floored. The piping-hot baked macaroni was oozing with beef and cheese, and I remember telling myself to come back someday for its tacos and sans rival. (I was too busy enjoying the food, I forgot to mind the pretty interiors.)

Well after one rehab session, B and I finally returned to this pretty coffee shop and we left disappointed. While the macaroni’s portions were just as I remembered it, I couldn’t find the overflowing beef and cheese. The beef wasn’t in B’s taco either, and while in the past those ‘executive meals’ would come with a slice of cake, this time it came with a cookie (to be fair, it was a good cookie, but B and I were expecting to have our cake). Pshaw. We left a bit hungry still, and I grabbed my coffee someplace else.

ANCIS’ CUISINE BY ALBERGUS. Gilmore Ave. cor N. Domingo, San Juan. (L-R: Squid Sisig, Puso ng Saging, Bangus Steak)

For a while now, B and I’ve noticed this little nook on our way home from work. We’d usually decide against trying it out, given the limited parking that area has and the horrible traffic we’d experience along Gilmore during rush hour.

So after heading home early one day, we finally got our chance. Ancis’ Cuisine serves inexpensive home-cooked Filipino dishes in solo (good for one) and buddy (good for B :) portions. Since its meals were designed for individuals and small families residing in the condo-packed vicinity, they’re packed in microwaveable dishes and nuked if one opted to dine-in.

B and I decided to take our orders home, and we were happiest with our bangus steaks. The squid sisig had lots of tofu (that’s not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion) and the squid was cooked just right (a really good thing). I was also surprised with their puso ng saging, since I’ve never had it with coconut milk before. Yum :) We look forward to trying out their other dishes. The best part? We found out that night that they deliver!

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To DIY or not to DIY?

I'm a big Martha Stewart Weddings fan, but I have my limits.

Conversation between Poppy and her very own Will:

Poppy: B proposed! I’m getting married!

Will: Yay! Now promise me something – You will NOT do your own invitations! I can just imagine you gluing and cutting away. Promise me you won’t do so for your own wedding!

Poppy (Fingers crossed behind her back.): Um. Alright.

Since I’ve pre-terminated my freelance consulting gig (more on that – well, maybe never), I’ve used about 80% of my free time lately looking for inspiration for our big day. Thankfully (and after years of knowing better than getting in my way), B has given me lots of room to imagine and plan for our wedding.

I’ve been poring through books, magazines and web sites for inspiration – from our color palette to cocktail fare, from our outfits to music. I’ve 3 small notebooks set aside for ideas, supplier listings, checklists and expenses, not to mention MS PowerPoint and MS Excel files to digitally manage my references and help me stay “organized.”

I’m obviously, incredibly, hands-on with planning at the moment. Though I wonder how I could keep my promise (though nullified with crossed fingers, lol) to Will.

Despite the discounts offered in bridal fairs and suppliers’ early bird packages, I’ve realized too how much we could save should I design other printed matter (such as the missal, menu, place cards), and “craft” little details in our reception.

I also know that I simply can’t have our wedding without my touches (quite literally) on it. Without them, I wouldn’t feel comfortable.

So where should I draw the line and save myself from becoming a frazzled DIY bride?

Well, Will – Here’s something I know I won’t do. Remind me of this post when you find me doing so.