Food Swap at Food Foundry

Last month, my sister and I participated in Klang Valley's first ever Food Swap event organized by Food Bites. When a colleague shared with me the idea of a food swap, itwas something really new to me and I immediately googled (hah!) and discovered how people have been doing this in many different countries. It was a simple but brilliant idea to connect people of the same passion, share ideas, which also at the same time bring and build the community together. The Malay Mail wrote an article on the event and Farez Khan did an amazing job in putting together a video which showcases what the event was all about.

We were glad to secure the final place for the event and with only 2 days away, we came together to plan. Through her love for baking, my sister has cultivated my love in trying out recipes throughout the past few years. For this Food Swap, she decided that we would prepare 3 things: Mushroom Chicken Quiche, Parmesan Shortbread & Rich Choc Chip Cookies! While she baked in the day, I came and help during the night and handmade the packaging for these treasure goodies! Do visit her fb page called It's Baked! to find out what she has been baking :)


The picture below was what we brought to the table that day. After setting up, we went around the room to see what everyone else brought from home. Every single participant were so talented and brought something unique and different. Among my favourite were Mariam's Rendang, Hankerie'sPesto Sauce, PlateCulture'sLithuanian Lazy Pie and Fariz & Aneesha's Sun-dried Tomato Hummus. We filled out the 'Food Swap Slips'and after 30minutes of scouting, we swapped our items with one another. These were what we exchanged at the end of the day and it was so much more than we came with! Both my sister and I had an amazing experience from this one-day event. We met some who are starting their business, stay-home moms who loves to bake and working adults who squeeze time to cook and bake during the weekends!


Thought I would also share with you how these packaging were put together :) My sister and I love simple packaging and for her current branding, we printed her logo, designed by the talented Hsulynn, with her contact details on stickers which could be used in any single piece of stationery that she needs.


For business cards, I cut a stack of 5.5cm X 9cm cards out of A4 sheets and pasted the logo on each one of them. It is a simple, fast and economical way to having business cards in small/ large quantity. Alternatively, you can also punch a hole on that and use them as tags as well. Two-in-one! As the cookies cooled down, they were quickly packaged into clear plastic bags and sealed with a heat sealer. These envelopes were made out of brown paper with double sided tape to secure the side flaps. For each envelope, a circle is cut ONLY on the front and for its branding, each had a sticker in the corner. Once that was done, the cookies were slipped into each envelope individually. Yes, the circles were indeed cut so that it reveals what's inside :) Without securing the top flap of the envelope, use a rope twine which you can easily get from ACE Hardware or Daiso and tie to secure it! And you are done :)

We had alot of fun figuring out what to do and in the midst of creating something from scratch in the kitchen, we got to meet so many people and be inspired by what they do, share our treats and be a part of a community like this :) If you are interested in joining the next Food Swap organized by Food Bites, you can send in your details to info@asianageholdings.com and they will update you the next time it comes around!


Hsulynn: A Bridal Updo

Two weekends ago, I had the honor of helping my cousin with her hairdo on her wedding day. Hsulynn is a talented illustrator and you would see traces of her creativity in the details of her many wedding decorations. That includes designing her wedding dress and a handmade hairpiece that she made out of a piece of embroidered lace ( pic below ). During the hair trials, she drew me a picture along with several photos for reference and we experimented with what suited her dress and the occasion best till we were both happy. I had a great time working alongside Joni who is an amazing makeup artist and these photos were very well captured by two talented photographers. Check out their links below if you would like to find out more about their works :)

Makeup: Joni Lynn Photographers: Adrian Yap + Nigel Lim


Her hair was dip dye in brown so it was interesting to have several brown curls showing through her updo. *photo by Joni - Behind The Scene: we were trying to find a way to avoid getting any further creases on her dress while we prep her hair. So, Joni had a brilliant idea to have the dress go over the rattan chair :) And it worked. The charming groom swept her off her feet that night :) Watch them sing their vows that day HERE Once again, Congratulations Sam + Hsu!!


Chris + Jia Ling: Thank you Card


This is a thank you card for a beautiful couple that I had the privilege to be a part of their wedding day. Together with 2 others, we helped the bridal party with their makeup and hair that morning. The couple left for Australia, and the bride took time to write thank you notes to those who helped along the way. In appreciation to that, I decided makeup would be a lovely tool to use to reply that thank you note, on paper :) And here's a picture of the card made and the tools that were used. If you are interested to how this was put together, there's a video of the process at the bottom of the post. Enjoys!Fake lashes worked really well to help create this look! :)

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Lynette: A Birthday Album

One day, I receive a message from Lynette to ask if I offered scrapbooking services. After exchanging messages, she mentioned what it was for and I was taken by what she wanted to do for her dad. So, I said yes which led to the opportunity to create something for her dad's 60th Birthday! A Happy Birthday shoutout goes to Lynette's dad! She liked a brown and blue theme and we went with this beautiful color duo. I appreciated it alot as she gave me the freedom to create it and I had a great time working on this :) The finished book is a distressed, vintage looking 7.4" book with an accordian fold spine. On the inside, she would be gathering poloraid photos and birthday wishes from their relatives and fill the pages with the collection. Read on if you would to find out more. *edited on 22.08.13* Lynette wrote back a few weeks later and shared her dad's reaction when he received the book and read the messages in it. She wrote an amazing post about it and reading it just warms my heart :) Thank you Lynette. The string was going to help hold the pages together after all the photos are attached inside and it could be easily be untied as well. If you are wondering how this was made, here' s a similar tutorial you can follow. The binding was using the accordian fold spine Inner pages - 165gm paper 16 pages Photo credits: LynettePhoto credits: LynetteThe message was stamped separately with a cream color cardstock, distressed around the corners. And lastly for the packaging, the book was placed into a brown polka dot bag - Tutorial HERE


Turn a Placemat into a Bag


Over this Hari Raya holiday, I got an order request to create a 16-page scrapbook and a suitable packaging was necessary. In my unsuccessful attempt of finding a suitable box for it, I walked around Daiso and found a really beautiful placemat which brown polka dots, which was a similar pattern as the scrapbook and turned it into a bag for it. Here's a simple way that you may be able to do the next time you have trouble finding a packaging for your gift :) Here's the finish product and click CONTINUE READING to read the entire tutorial on it.Most placemats are a one-piece, but I manage to find a cotton placemat that happened to be 2 pieces of fabric sew together. (one side plain and the other with polka dots). Snip off 1 cm off the top of the placemat to remove the stitches. This saves the hassle of unpicking the stitches. Now you see how this can be a bag! That bit that you just cut off will be the top of your soon-to-be bag One quick fix instead of taking out the sewing machine is to use double sided tape to secure it down. Put a strip of double sided tape and fold it down. Repeat that step so that you will have a clean finishing with no thread fraying. This is how the bag should look from the inside (front & back). Create a little tag with your message on it. I used a 'Best Wishes' rubber stamp with some silver ink, cut out a circle and distress the sides with some black ink. Now use a ribbon/ yarn to gather the fabric together and viola... you are done -pic below :)