Category Archives: DIY

Hello again!

Hi everyone.. *crickets chirping*

Ok so maybe no one comes around here anymore but I’ve been missing some creative action and I decided to start documenting (again..) the process of my new house!

Kinda like a graduation of sorts, wedding then house, who knows sooner or later I’ll start a mommy blog. THAT is another story for another time.. For now, I’m starting on my 1 year journey to interior design heaven. (Or hell depending on my fickle brain.) I’ll be holding on to the same principles I designed my wedding with – Cheap/Good/DIY/Meaningful  so if you are a Singapore new wife waiting patiently for your BTO (Built to Order) Flat to get ready, you could tag along and share your ideas or home decor with me too!

Come join me? 🙂 myhomeonadime.wordpress.com

xoxo,
B

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Preparation Pictures

Preparation Pictures

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My bed has officially become my wedding shelf and it’s a mess with all the invitation sorting done on it.

A day out to Chinatown’s market last Sunday and I came back with a beautiful paper cut double ‘Xie’ that is almost mandatory in the bride’s home. This medium sized one cost me $12.50

Ang baos! Well, they are not exactly ‘Ang’ (red) but they were the only one’s that were tasteful and simple and pretty enough for me. They can be found at China Town market @ $1.5 for 5 packets.  Need to come up with a list of recipients soon.

xoxo,
B

DIY Photo frame Sign (thingy..)

This is super simple, it shouldn’t even be a DIY project. But anyhoo..

Cost: $2 only! 
(Photo frame from Daiso where everything is $2, Pink scrap paper was lying in my scrap box and foam words were what was left I had in my sponge letters set.)

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I wanted something to encourage people to write for my hanging doily guestbook so this idea only came to me when I was strolling down the aisles of Daiso and saw this super lovely photoframe! Look how expensive the border looks 🙂

I created this little message based on whatever sponge foams I had left.

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Stuck them onto the glass of the photoframe – NOT behind, as I wanted that 3D pop up effect.

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Used nice pink paper behind and ta-dah!

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Only 3 more months before me and M take the walk down the aisle, say our vows and promise to live together forever. I can’t help but feel nervous, butterflies fluttering everywhere in my tummy. I keep imagining how the whole day will happen.. What will be my favourite moment? How will I feel after the whole day is over? I can only dream now.. 🙂

xoxo,

B

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DIY Tutorial: Cupcake Stand

130 days to go!

Super overdue.. but here is my simple tutorial on my very DIY cupcake stand.

First of all, let me tell you how ‘DIY’ this whole thing is. Cake bases very cardboard ones I bought from a nameless store in Bedok Interchange that sells EVERYTHING -from kettles to curtains, brooms to cake moulds. They vary in price but all four bases cost below $15. I cut out circles from black vanguard and for the stands in between the circles, I used earbud boxes. Yes, you heard me. Earbud boxes. $2 each from Daiso. So not only do I have clear sturdy stand, I also have enough earbuds to last me the next 3 years.

Cost: 3 x earbud containers ($6) + $15 for cake bases =  $21

There are many brilliant tutorials online that teach you how to make your own. Check out this page for a great compilation!

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Steps:

1. Gather materials! You’ll need cake bases as tiers (depending on how many tiers you want), solid colour or patterned papers and stands from the in-between. Glue guns and scissors too!

2. Start by preparing each bases, cut and glue the paper and let dry.

3. Then measure to find where the middle spot is. Glue gun the bottom to the bases ensuring its in the middle for good balance.

4. Decorate as you deem fit!

What do you think? Let me know.. 🙂 Finalising the design for the invites now.

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DIY Wedding Make up

Long hiatus but I’m back. Work’s been a little complicated recently so I had to focus my time there.

137 days to go!

Anyway, now that I’ve decided to go into full swing into wedding prep, I decided to use my sephora vouchers to good use and get some good stuff for the actual day. Now this is no make up blog but since I am doing my own make up, I thought i should just let everyone in on the make-up I’m going to use, review it and rate it. Maybe it will help another bride who is thinking of doing her own make up to decide on what to use too. 🙂


Foundation – I will be using Revlon Colourstay Liquid in Sand Beige
I love this foundation. Best you can get for a drugstore brand. It stays on the whole day without budging (even after an hour at the gym!) and dries matte but not too dry that makes your skin look flat. In fact, I think it makes my skin slightly glowy! Its a medium to full coverage formula and very buildable. When paired with powder it stays even longer and looks really flawless. All perfect points for a bride who needs to look good without any touch ups. It has a chemically scent and the bottle isn’t very user friendly but who cares? I got it at Watsons during their 25% of everything sale, so for the price of $23 [orginally SGD$30.25] I think its worth it.


Concealer – I will be using Smashbox High definition liquid concealer in Fair
This is a new product to me. I just got it 2 days ago from my spree at Sephora with vouchers from awesome colleagues. It was between this, makeup forever and amazing cosmetics concealer. I chose this purely because it was the cheapest of the lot. I’ve been using it and I like the results so far. It’s long staying and I only need a little to give me sufficient coverage. $32 @ Sephora


Powder – I will be using Kryolan’s Transluscent Powder
Got used to working with this during Make up school at Cosmoprof. If its good enough for the stage, it’s good enough for me.


Eyebrow/liner pencil – I will be using Kryolan’s Brown and Black Liner
I like this pencil cos it’s soft and blendable. Most of the time I use this as a smokey base instead of an actual liner!


Eye Shadow – I will be using Coastal Scents 88 Palette
I know there are proabably better brands out there like Urban Decay’s Naked Paletter or Too Face but I’ll be honest, I’m strapped for cash and the 88 palette does the job perfectly in my opinion. They have great colours and I’ve been practising with the shades I love!


Mascara – I will be using Maybelline’s Falsies
I love maybellin’s extreme volume collection. They really work like a charm. They are one of the most sort after brands in the drug store series. So because I’m going the also apply false lashes, I need something that can hold the lashes and not fall flat during the day. This definately does that! Only $19 at Watsons


False lashes – I will be using Ardell’s individual lashes with Duo glue
I’m going to use individual lashes for both morning and evening. I know it’s not common especially here in SG where most brides where strip lashes but strangely strip lashes are more difficult for me to put on! So I’m practise with indivi duals and so far, I really like the wide eyed look it gives! Looks a lot more natural too.


Highlighter/Contour – I will be using Kryolan’s highlighter and contour
I already have this in my make up bag so I’m gonna use it!


Blush – I will be using Bobbi Brown’s Desert Rose
Not too bright or red, This gives a very natural rosy blush.

Lip – UNDECIDED! (any suggestions??)

For fun, I thought I’d write down a blue print of all the steps I have to do.. In case I get the pre-wedding jitters and (quite unlikely!) completely forget my make up routine..

1. My beauty Diary Mask [1/2 hour before]
2. SK II Serum
3. Primer [Laura Mercier]
4. Foundation w foundation brush and sponge
5. Concelaer under eye / Blemish correcting
6. Cheek Tint
7. Translucent powder all over
8. Eyebrow with pencil and powder
9. Pearl eyeshadow base
10. Brown eye shadow
11. Liner and curl lashes
12. Mascara
13. Contour cheek, forhead, nose
14. highlight cheekbone, cupids bow and forehead
15. Blush
16. Individual false eyelashes
17. black liquid liner
18. Lips
19. CHECK EVERYTHING!
20. Setting mist.

All this in 1.5 hours!  I’ve been doing practise sessions on the weekend so I’m confident it will all turn out right!
xoxo,
B

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Wedding Hair Inspiration

I have decided. I am going to get someone to do my hair for me, while I do my own make-up.

I have a practise run with myself last week when the BMs and I went for our Groupon photoshoot with Lumiere Photography. Feedback was the eyes need to be a little heavier and more blusher to show in photos. I will do one more test run before going for my next dress fitting to see the whole effect. As for my hair, my hair stylist (whom I will introduce at a later date) agreed to do my hair for trial and actual day and night for $240.

For the style, I’m really loving the soft pompadour look. I’ve been trying to grow my fringe longer to have a side swept fringe look, but the more I look at the pompadour look, the more I love it. It looks so much more.. royal! Check out the pictures below which I collected from the TV, the net and instagram.

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Don’t they look so grand? No side swept fringe, just this grand looking poof at the front ad a curly chignon at the back.  I shall go with this look but maybe I’ll consult my hair stylist first.  🙂

xoxo,

B

 

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Wedding Photobooth!

Wedding Photobooth!

Spotted: A wonderful opportunity for all budget brides!

Groupon.sg has a promo on right now for a mobile photobooth at SGD$288 for 2 hours or $388 for 3 hours for unlimited shots and unlimited prints. Company’s name is Phooth (photo & booth, get it?)

I’m still contemplating on getting this service. I’m not even sure if I have enough space in the evening to accommodate them, but couldn’t keep this a secret from all of you! Make use of this deal, I don’t think these come by Groupon very often!

Market rate is about $750 for 3 hours by the way. this is quite a good deal 🙂

xoxo,
B

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Started 2013 with a surprise!

Compliments of the season and a very Happy New Year to all!

2013 has finally arrived and all too soon so, will our wedding day. I’m feeling extremely nervous and excited all at the same time.

Yesterday January the 1st was our one year engagement anniversary, 🙂 One year ago, on that exact date, M asked me to marry him. And I said yes. There were many moments throughout the day when I was staring at my ring. I’ve been wearing this baby for one year already? Wow. Here’s to many more years of saying yes to one another..

On to more exciting news…

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I WON SHOPMERRYLOVE’S GIVEAWAY! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH….

It was such a random surprise because it was just a comment and I really didn’t think they would pick me! But because I checked the the website every now and then I saw this post and did a mini scream in the middle of my office!  Thank you shopmerrylove, you guys have really made my day.

I won pom poms! I’m not sure colour I will get, but I will of course blog about the loot once they contact me about collection.

Head over to them if you need beautiful decor stuff for your wedding. They quite affordable but you need to pre-order first so be careful with shipping time. THANK YOU SHOPMERRYLOVE!!
Too exciting to see my stuff 🙂

xoxo,
B

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Bridal robes Part II

1 more day to the 6 month mark.
3 more days to BFF coming home.
4 more days to M’s fitting..

… and 5 more days to mine. My diet didn’t start. 😦

It arrived!!! It took close to 30 days to get to Singapore but my bridal robes which I order on Aliexpress.com finally arrived. Click here to read more about me ordering and finding the most suitable one.

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So it came packed in a tiny black package. Inside, the robe was neatly folded and the whole set contained the robe, the (stiff) sash and.. ahem… a g-string. Never mind the g-string, I’m not gonna be using that..

First impressions, I like it a lot. It’s soft and silky, the lace is so beautiful and it fits. There were no stains or funny smells at all. It’s SO COMFY. Best of all, it cost me nothing more than than S$10.50

Only cons I noticed was the lace was really soft so they don’t ‘stand’ nicely on my sleeve. They kinda flop down and hang over. Easy fixing with a little needle and thread. Also it’s a tiny bit transparent, but that’s fine by me, I’ll wear something inside during the morning… I paid S$10.50, I didn’t expect something fit for a queen.

Overall, was it value for money? Absolutely. It looks perfect and I can’t wait to wear it! 🙂
What do you think??? Lemme know!

xoxo,
B

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Dessert tables

2 more days to the 6 month mark.
4 more days to BFF coming home.
5 more days to M’s fitting..

… and 6 more days to mine. Liquid diet starts tomorrow. 

I recently went to a wedding held at church. My choir sometimes get calls to help couples to sing for their masses so I decided to be very active in volunteering in singing for these masses because first and foremost, it’s good karma and also it’s a good way for me to see the whole morning without having to go through a rehearsal  (No such thing as a rehearsal mass, by the way.. it’s just a walk-through one week before the big day where you tell people where to stand at what cue.)

It’s a good opportunity for me to take pictures of flower arrangements  seating pews and any other special things I notice that will help me in deciding what else I should do for the wedding.

This particular wedding was facinating. It was my first time being up close and personal to the most embellished, colourful, filled-to-the-brim, decked-out dessert table.

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Yes, it looks even more amazing in real life, trust me. It was massive. Diabetes on a table. A buffet of sugary treats. Heaven to anyone who had a sweet tooth. The more I looked at it, the more I had to have one for our wedding, it was so mesmerizing. I didn’t care about any silly budget I had. It was a once in a lifetime day, I wanted a dessert table! I immediately hijacked a name card and iphone-googled the price on the website: http://www.etasweets.com/

Under the dessert table section I read this, “Our dessert table starts from S$3500 per event, with a minimum guest size of 125.”…… OK  fine. I can’t bloody afford this. I threw the idea of getting one out my mind-window. 😦  $3500? I must have been mad. No one eats that much dessert anyway!

So for all who want to splurge on your one big day, these are a list of companies that do dessert tables (not exhaustive):
Artisan Sweets  – Min $3500
Dessert and Palettes  – Min $1000
Celebrate with cake  – Min $900
Little house of dreams – Min $700
Let them eat cake  – $500 for 30pax~

So I may not get a dessert table as lovely as that but i wonder if we could DIY it? Logistic nightmare? Yeah maybe 😦

xoxo,
B

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