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2 weeks in 4000 photos in 2 minutes.

I love this holiday video by the talented Mike Matas.

And this would make such a cool wedding (or honeymoon) video. All you need (I think), are photos (lots of them! Especially if they were taken in quick succession), and iMovie. I’m going to go dig up all our wedding day photos again.


This is a little overdue, but I finally found the time to photograph our painstakingly put-together wedding favors. And when I say painstakingly, I do mean every sense of the word.

Not content with just a standard box for our bird tea strainer favors from Sheraton, I had to give them a bit of oompah loompah. To complete the favor, we added a small packet of loose Earl Grey Tea (with pretty blue cornflowers!).

And brewing suggestions.

And a chiffon wrap.

And another personalised tag.

It’s all great..but who does most of the hard work? My poor mum. Two nights sat on the cold hard marble floor, twisting the peach packages into little works of art while she glances at the TV over the rim of her glasses. Because she ‘used to make clothes and doesn’t trust anyone else’ to do a better job than her. (Aren’t mums the greatest?)

So here are the photos:

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And what I made these with:

1. Chiffon or any other wrappable material – Bought from Chinatown

2. Satin ribbon – Bought from Chinatown

3. Plastic bags – Bought from shop that sells packing material, Eastpoint (or similar opposite Golden Landmark Shopping Centre)

4. Paper tag for tea bag – Paper from Fancy Papers, Bugis, designed and printed on home inkjet printer

5. Outer tag – Bought from ebay

6. Birds monogram – Customised stamp from Singapore Rubber Stamp Maker at Everton Park; turquoise stamp pad from Spotlight

7. Lots of love and hard work

I thought it was quite apt to re-post a picture of the vintage, beaten-up suitcase I had bought a long time ago. It has now been re-gutted, re-lined (with a vintage spotted fabric) and I couldn’t resist getting mini Pinky to pose in it.

2 more days before we fly!


Look what just landed in the post!


A big, ugly, blue and grey brick from the 90s. I might be quite ashamed of myself if I was a Fujifilm Instax 100.

But at the same time, because it’s so retro and childlike-plasticky, I like it! You can’t find a more down-to-earth instant camera than this.

It uses wide format instant film like its descendants (Fujifilm Instax 200 and 210). It’s not as cute as the bubblegummy instax mini but at least you still get a generous sized photo without having to pay the price of the real Polaroid films.

And this brick, is what we’ll be having for our wedding photo booth.

You might hate the look of it, so the following are other alternatives if you are looking for an instant camera for your photobooth.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 (1) / Mini 7s (2)
Cute, and comes in a variety of colours so you can pick one to match your colour theme. The white one is the 7s. Probably the most wedding friendly of the lot. The only disadvantage? Tiny pictures. But that might not be a big issue.

Polaroid Sx70 (3) & Polaroid 600 (4)

Ah! Here’s the real deal! I loved this when I was a student. You can still get the retro Polaroid cameras such as the 600 on ebay but the film is hard to get. Polaroid stopped production some years ago, but thanks to the folks at the Impossible Project, it has been revived. The film, along with the cameras and accessories, are available on their website.

Diana+/F+  AND  Instax (5)

Fancy some lomo-licious shots at your wedding? I was really excited when I found you could get an add-on that lets you take wide format instant shots using the gorgeous Diana and Fujifilm Instax film. But if I were you, I’d keep Diana all to myself…..

If you’re after more polished looks, you could:

a. set up a digital camera hooked up to a portable printer such as the Polaroid PoGo (6)

b. hire a photo/video kiosk such as the BaiCapture (available in Singapore and Philippines) (7)

c. hire a vendor with the full works  –  backdrop, props, photographer, and then instant prints. Party Paparazzi in Singapore is a great one to look at.

The last time I checked, it could be more cost effective to hire Party Paparazzi than to have the Polaroid camera and films. BaiCapture is the most expensive option but could be worth it as it comes with video too. Plus, it’s hands-free!

When all that is sorted, sit back and watch the magic happen!

Ever looked at something that you want or need, and then think to yourself with an almost snobbish air of confidence ‘Aack..I can easily recreate that’… then, upon diving head first into the project, nervously conclude that you’ve just taken on something that more than meets the eye? That’s yours truly, anyway. And I never learn my lesson.

So, one of my first DIY projects. My veil. More than 2 months ago, I blogged about refashioning the dainty veil that had been passed down to me.

I’m proud to say, I have finished it! But not without a few hiccups – mistakes I hope no one will ever notice.

 Size 10 crystals with AB coating – 2 at the bottom and 1 just by my ear; 

 the original drop crystal between the scalloped edges

I am still trying to decide if I should keep the drop crystals. Any thoughts anyone?

It took a lot of trial and error to get this veil finished. How hard could it be ironing on hot-fix crystals?! Certainly trickier and more time-consuming than I thought. So now that I am an expert at sticking crystals back to back here are some tips which may help if you are thinking of attempting this yourself.

1. Unless you want to go all out, there is no need to buy Swarovski crystals. Mine were still of a good quality and of a reasonable price. No one will notice the difference unless they walk up to you on your big day and instead of being the polite guest, start scrutinising your tiny crystals in great detail.

2. Hot-fix crystals are fast and easy to use, but be aware that some veil materials do not take heat well.

3. Also, the hot-fix crystals I bought had black backings (I couldn’t find alternatives), meaning I had to stick them back to back but in PRECISELY the same position so that none of the black shows through. Yikes! You have only one go at this!

4. If using hot-fix crystals, make sure you use hot fix transfer paper! To learn to do this, watch this video which I have found really useful.

5. An alternative to hot-fix crystals would be those without an adhesive (tricky to apply), or you could sew beads onto your veil with a clear or similar-coloured thread instead.

6. Plan where crystals will go. Spread the entire veil out on a clean surface, preferably dark. Decide how far you want the crystals to be placed from one another for a scattered effect. If you have scalloped edges, use the width of the scallop to guide you.

7. Always start work on the area that is least noticeable. Meaning do not stick your first crystal where the blusher is going to fall over your face! (No, luckily that was one mistake I did not make)

8. To play it safe, you could also purchase a veil pattern to work from.

9. Experiment with different heat settings, starting with the lowest. I realised 20 seconds was enough for the crystals to be secure.

10. Do not be a perfectionist. Once the veil falls together, no one will notice if one crystal is placed 1cm too far away.

Good luck…and most of all, enjoy it!