my wallet’s name is clairie

I’ve been rather sick of my wallet for a really long time, and so today I decided to make a new one! I used some cloth and padding and basically just folded a rectangle into a few layers and sewed it all in place :)

2014-01-18 14.26.57-1 2014-01-18 14.27.43Presenting Clairie (open and closed)! Clairie rhymes with fairy, by the way.

xoxo, denise



Good things come in little packages

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Some weeks ago, I was craving pancakes. So were my friends.

And thus was the birth of a pancake hunting adventure. Our hopes high and stomachs determined to be satisfied, we set off to a happy cafe called Little Pancakes!

lp-3 lp-4 lp-5The interior of the cafe was both cozy and spacious, and the menu… I would have bought everything if I had 5 stomachs. (Sadly, I don’t… But I guess that means another trip here hehe!) After much deliberation, we decided on:

lp-8Strawberries or Me ($8.50) for me! It came with fresh strawberries, strawberry jam, maple syrup, and strawberry icecream… And 10 tiny pancakes! It was soooo adorable and totally delish.

lp-10This is what I did – layered different toppings with each other! Mixing and matching, creating different combinations was super fun (and a little messy, but a totally worthwhile mess)!

lp-7Gimme Smore Oreos! ($8.20) for my friend, where she basically had melted marshmallows, oreos, maple syrup and cookies & cream ice cream to layer with her pancakes to create pancake smores! Pores? Smancakes? (Okay they don’t sound appealing) BUT DON’T LET THAT FOOL YOU, they tasted so good!

lp-11Just look at that hot, hot mess. Oh, life. Oh, love. Oh, goodness and awe and wonder in one bite.

lp-9My other friend got Going Nutella For You ($8.20), and she got a treasure trove of hazelnutty chocolate goodness: Nutella, chocolate sauce, chocolate/hazelnut cream wafers, chocolate ice cream and maple syrup. The pancakes she decorated were soooo good that I ate them before I could take a picture (oops).

lp-12 lp-13This place was a real delight to visit and chill at, with gr8 service, gr8 ambience and gr8 food PLUS gr9 company (cause that’s even better than gr8)!

If you would also like to have yourself some spiffy little pancakes, hit them up at 200 Upper Thomson Road, #01-04, Thomson Imperial Court, Singapore 574424. It’s near Marymount MRT on the Circle (yellow) Line and there’s lots and lots of other good food in the area too, like Old School Delights! You can also check out their Facebook page here.

Cakes in jars

In the midst of a group of flats in Everton Park, there lies a rare and beautiful gem: That of the cake in a jar, in a little shop called Grin Affair.

2013-06-10 12.48.01This cafe sells a large assortment of jar cakes, with toppings and ice cream, fillings and cake all mixed, matched and layered.

2013-06-10 12.26.45 2013-06-10 12.27.13On a beautiful sunny day, a friend and I took a stroll and ended up here. We got Hazelnut ($5.50) and Strawberry ($6). It was an amazing experience of heaven on our tongues and in our tummies. (/ * v * )/

2013-06-10 12.40.14 2013-06-10 12.29.06They had a total of 12 different combinations on the menu, and it was so, so, difficult to choose.

2013-06-10 12.28.48 2013-06-10 12.39.42 2013-06-10 12.29.23The shop was really adorable, with really pretty decor – watercolours, wooden furniture. The only disadvantage was that there wasn’t a lot of sitting space, but luckily, we were the only customers at that point of time!

2013-06-10 12.39.33 2013-06-10 12.40.33 2013-06-10 12.40.49The cake that we ate here was really good, with great ambience and a really pretty interior. Plus, the cafe owner was really friendly and even helped us wash our jars because we wanted to take them home!

2013-06-10 12.41.23 2013-06-10 12.47.55If you’d like to visit Grin Affair, they are located at 3 Everton Park, #01-77A, Singapore 080003, which is a short walk from Outram Park MRT and also reachable by several buses! You can also visit their website here.

p.s.k. (the reveal)

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If you’ve come here before, you might have seen this post, with a teaser for my project: P.S.K. Did you manage to guess what it stands for? Pesky sock kids, peanuts so kewt, princesses sewing kites… The possibilities are endless!

But today, right now, here, is the reveal of what it really means. The socks were a total decoy, btw. I just thought they were cute. :D

psk 2One of the tasks in Keri Smith’s Finish This Book, is to create your P.S.K., or Portable Sleuthing Kit. This involves gathering all the tools and materials you might need to conduct any investigations or sleuthing. But… Instead of using actual items, I decided to create some of the things myself. More fun, right? :D

psk 3So here’s my P.S.K.! It includes:

  1. Magnifying glass
  2. Notebook
  3. Flashlight
  4. Fingerprint template
  5. Pen
  6. Chalk
  7. Ruler
  8. Ink pad
  9. Decoding wheel
  10. Compass

I created the magnifying glass, flashlight and compass out of cardboard, construction paper and washi tape.

psk 4 psk 5And then my little brother spotted me taking pictures of my kit, and wanted to play too. How could I say no?

psk 6 psk 7Here’s to many exciting adventures with the best tools a detective could ever hope to have. :)


A tiny bit of treasure

I came across the cutest shop today, called the paper stone. Sadly, it’s on the other end of the island from where I live… But in any case, I succumbed to the cheery shopkeeper who was showing me all sorts of cute stickers and brought home some goodies!


Stickers (4 for $9.90) , rainbow inkpads (8 for $3.90) and pens ($1.20 each)


Underwater watercolour stickers (close-up)

I especially love this set of stickers because of the watercolour-esque effect and also that they have tiny bits of glitter in them! Soooo pretty.


Animal sketched stickers

And these were just so adorable! They look like they were coloured in using felt-tip pens or coloured pencils. I cannot get over how cute the style of illustration is!

A rainbow of inkpads!

A rainbow of inkpads!

I think these were really worth the money and I can only imagine the hours of fun one can have making fingerprints and doodling all over them! Plus, I now have different coloured ink to test out the stamps I want to DIY.

Black gel ink pens

Black gel ink pens

So that was my little hoard of treasure today. I can never go into a stationery shop and walk out empty handed…


Animal face shapes

In my many hours spent doodling and being “unproductive” every day, I’ve learnt quite a few things about illustration. (Well, maybe it wasn’t that unproductive after all, eh?) For example, how easy it is to draw animals when you realise what the shapes of their faces are.


First up, we have… the triangle! Pointy at three ends, this is a common shape observed in animals such as foxes, cats, horses, zebras…I think. In fact, it can be used by lots and lots of animals.


Next, we have the circle! This shape can actually be used for almost any animal. It may be pointless, but it’s still pretty useful. Yay for circles!


And third, we have the heart! This is quite a special shape, and is not as common as the other two, but it still serves its purpose in animals like penguins.

Okay, so like, triangles and circles can be used for almost any animal. What was the point (no pun intended) of this post again?