Saturday, July 4, 2015


Made another trip to Haw Par Villa while I was feeling a little better from my flu, you can read my earlier 2011 visit in this post: Welcome to Haw Par Villa. This time the weather was very sunny with no clouds so it was pretty hot. It hasn't rained for some time so the water levels seemed a little low in the ponds. The photos here will showcase some of the features I left out in my previous post. The top photo is the entrance to 'Hell' already featured in my old post so I'll skip that!

Admission is free and the park closes at 6pm. Drinks are not allowed so you should bring some coins for the vending machines in the canteen near the toilets. The Haw Par Villa MRT is just beside the park so it should be real easy to get there. You might meet a small snacks/ice-cream vendor outside in case you are worried about starving.

 The entrance. This place is never crowded!

Cute little dragon figure. It looks a bit more modern, I wonder if it was from the 70s-80s when the dragon boat ride was an attraction.
Main central pond feature with pagodas and buddhas. The pond is full of terrapins.
Sun tanning terrapin pile.

A nice statue of liberty figure in front of the pagoda pond.

I believe this is a Garuda.

A scene from Madam White Snake, where she floods the Jinshan temple and fights Monk Fahai to save her husband Xu Xian.

Looking down the diorama you can enter within the caves & water sculpture.

The cavern below those tiger sculptures which you access by steps, it is quite cool in here although dusty.

Colourful ceiling.

One of the memorials on site, this one is for Aw Boon Haw.

Laughing buddha.

Journey to the West diorama featuring Monk Tang Sanzang with his white horse.

Monkey King Sun Wukong battling Hong Hai'er (also known as Scarlet Child/ Red Boy). This kid is stronger than Sun Wukong, he breathes fire and is the son of Niu Mo Wang (Bull King Demon) & Tie Shan Gong Zhu (Princess Iron Fan).

Pigsy Zhu Bajie being perverted and staring at the spider demons bathing in the river.

Spider demons attacking Sandy (Monk Sha).

The white dragon horse.

Another figure of Sun Wukong, he is placed quite high up on a rock sculpture.

The Monkey King's hometown - Hua Guo Shan (Mountain of Flowers and Fruit) with his troop of monkeys.

Closeup of the Monkey King as King. His fan roughly translates to "I'm the one and only".

Old mermaid children sculptures, beside the large adult ones in my old post.

Kind of disturbing.

Sea snail mermaid of sorts.

Aquatic plants revealed as water levels is much lower this time, last time I saw fishes in it. They are also renovating it. You can see the sculptures clearly now since it above water.

Three characters from Romance of Three Kingdoms: Zhang Fei, Liu Bei and Guan Yu.

Giant dioramas teaching virtues and morals.

They are very detailed and large, with a lot of things going on.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Hello crafters, finally I have two new digital stamps after a 2-month hiatus! I have been down with consecutive colds and flus, and working on other things. This one above is called "Bus Stop Girl" and she is available at:

She is suitable for quick simple colouring and if you want to make a card with a folksy and melancholic flair. I think she came out cute!

The next one is called "Posies". She is available at:

She has long wavy hair and a lacy dress. I think she will be lovely with a simple floral background, or flower accents, doileys or ribbons. If you want, the flowers in her hair can be replaced with real satin or paper flowers glued on top!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Just a quick heads-up that I will be at two events this June selling some of my vintage jewellery as Lemon Kitscharms, first up is Public Garden at Suntec City Convention Hall (13 June), and Makers' Market at TripleOne Somerset (20 June).

13 June 2015 (Sat)
Public Garden
Suntec City Convention Hall 403


20 June 2015 (Sat)
Makers' Market
TripleOne Somerset Atrium Level 1

111 Somerset Road

The weather has been pretty hot lately so we get nice sunsets:

Unfortunately I also caught a cold/flu with a nasty cough - so hot outside you perspire like crazy and then so cold indoors (or on the trains) with the aircon at full blast. I catch a cold way too easily. Thankfully the hot spell let up 2 days ago, and it finally rained, so I can go out without the extreme temperature differences making me ill.

See you on Saturday if you are in the area!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Here is an old mirror which I decorated with vintage necklaces and assorted craft materials... how kitsch is this! Definitely one-of-a-kind. If you are feeling crafty, you can decorate your boring old mirror too and give your dressing table a touch of whimsy!

I purchased this plastic mirror last minute for a jewellery booth many years back, and since I disliked how tacky it looked, it was immediately put away after that event so I didn't have to look at it lol.

Anyhow I re-found it and decided to 'deco-den' it just because. This is not my original idea by the way. When I was an intern (around 1999) at a local bags & accessories company, the boss requested me to decorate two table mirrors as frou frou-ish as I could, with cabochon and ric rac samples and scrap pink feathers because we had just revamped the stores with a fixed colour scheme. Haha, good times. Best thing was customers asked if they were for sale... unfortunately no. The mirrors did manage to get customers to stop by the shop so that was good.

This is the mirror before embellishing. It is red and silver. I guess it was meant to be futuristic but it doesn't fit my vintage shop. Only bought it because I needed a mirror with a sturdy base and a mirror face that stays put when tilted. Dug about my junk jewellery lot and found 3 beaded necklaces that was flat enough for securing. Actually I don't have an idea what I wanted at this point.

These are from the 1970s. I dismantled the clasps, and removed the cross off the faux pearl beaded one. Also cleaned the mirror and necklaces with alcohol.

Glued the hippie looking necklace from the bottom and ran it around the circumference. I used a normal hot glue gun.

Joined the second one where the first one ended. Unfortunately the necklaces were not long enough so I had to find something to hide the uncovered parts.

These are artificial flowers, fabric leaves and floral tape. I had them leftover from making bouquets for my dolls.

Assembled a small bunch and wrapped them with floral tape. Since the flowers have wire stems, they can be curved to fit the shape of the circumference.

Glued the whole bouquet down. And another bunch at the bottom for some balance.

I added the green leaves on the tops to hide some of the uneven spots, then used the white beaded dismantled necklace on the inner circumference. It was not long enough because that is just one side length of the necklace. The other side was used on the bottom rim. Then added some plastic jewels that came free with a package I bought, these have scratches on the surface so I can't use them anywhere else.

I decided to dismantle the beaded cross pendant and replicate the weave to finish that missing spot, unfortunately after gluing it down, I realised the beads were larger than the rest! Oh well. I might add a ribbon or something but the odd-sized continuation is partly obscured by the flowers, so will leave it for now.
Got these from Daiso. One is a black spangled sequins (has a hologram effect) and the other is black frilly lace.

Glued the frilly lace on the circumference to hide the backs of the bouquet. The width of the tulle was trimmed down as it was far too wide. I glued the sequins all around the mirror's base till it was fully covered, and done! Hope you like it, I will be displaying this at an event this June so customers can enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror while trying on my jewellery!

Sunday, May 10, 2015


This is a snap shot of my work table, spent over an hour cleaning up the clutter so I could put up a photo for my Etsy 'About' page, it still looks like a ton of things but this is as good as it gets. This is half of what goes on it - usually I have vintage jewellery, bottles of crafting materials, markers, bags of packaging, and I also do photography at the corner near the window with an A3 sketchbook and a large flat mirror panel. Also, bills and bits of paper. I think I had an old blog post about my previous work desk. It's changed quite a bit!

Of course, the table only remained this neat for about 10 minutes and then I started laying out scrap papers and painting equipment - a friend had commissioned a set of paintings for her boutique in the style of that black lace painting titled 'Mourn' (still available in my Etsy shop by the way) and I could only start when the mess is out of the way.

The two dolls there are Licca and Jenny, and 3 Licca doll heads which I have yet to purchase bodies for.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


This pretty lass digi stamp is titled "Ribbons in Her Hair", I made the original draft a few years ago and she was meant to be an acrylic painting. Imagine this... a nouveau-style octopus girl! Can't remember why I abandoned it, I think I didn't feel like painting during that time, moved on to a lighter new sketchbook and forgot all about it. Recently the old sketchbook was rediscovered all dusty and yellowed from my climate, flipped through it and decided she could be a digital stamp illustration instead. Of course her octopus tentacles were erased and she got a nice flowy skirt.

She is 7 inches height, 300 dpi jpg format, available in my Etsy shop as an instant download:

I am currently working on a set of paintings for a friend, and tweaking my vintage shop which SEO I had neglected; so that is taking up a bulk of my time to fix, also I have an upcoming fair to prepare, so new releases of digis will be slightly slower for this period, please keep a lookout for a new freebie which will be out in a few weeks.