August 10, 2014
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Loving the way the light comes in from the too many windows. Less walls and more windows makes it hard to hang art and place bookshelves but there is a plus side, lots of yummy light drifting in from the courtyards. Love that!

Couldn’t resist the photo op.

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I wonder how many people have sleepless nights and get out of bed to write down notes on decorating their guest room. Yup, it happened. And now I know what 4.30am looks like. Mainly the thoughts swirling and yelling to get out and on... Read More

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2/52 – let’s move it in, people!

Amidst the Raya traffic, visiting with 19 relatives (really fun), packing and unpacking, reshuffling and other assorted tasks and chores, we managed to ‘move in’. It was with mixed feelings that I laid the carpet down in the empty living room. (Do I see people who are not moved by decorating... Read More

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1/52

Two Thursdays ago I walked into my dream apartment. It was empty yet filled with possibility. An open space. Empty canvas. Almost like the new day we are given each morning when we wake up. When I first got sick, I thought I was going to die. I would look at the future and see nothing. My kids would... Read More

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homebound

 

Homebound these past two weeks fighting a mean virus and still feeling under the weather. I miss working out and I miss going to the shop. I don’t miss being in hospital waiting rooms at all but it seems there are two more scheduled visits this week.

Being home has it’s... Read More

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random things

I noticed that I didn’t post here in April. It just whooshed by, man. In the blur, I remember  some random things.

I noticed myself noticing that all the clothes hanging in my closet were black.

I noticed that it didn’t rain that much but there were a few house shaking thunder... Read More

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saying goodbye

 

 

Even as I sit here I’m thinking that I should have started writing about something else. How will I say all that I want to without saying, how to express without revealing? When  I lost my dad it was sudden and it was hard and deeply sad and yet the sorrow that I... Read More

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Where did January go?

This year I welcomed the new year wholeheartedly! I picked my word which is cultivate, made lists of intentions, signed up for Ali Edwards ‘one little word’ course and Leo Babauta’s Sea Change program both aimed at optimal living, changing or improving aspects of life that... Read More

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What do you love most?

Do you feel, sometimes that there is an overload when it comes to choices. Modern day people have interest in so many different things and even though I don’t fit the ‘hipster’ label (as my son told me) I am inspired and interested in so many different things from vintage to photography,... Read More

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Settling in

Hello October! At the beginning of the year, we set some goals. Some seemed insurmountable, like moving everything out to do some home repairs. and assorted other big and small goals and tasks and to dos. There’s always a debate between us, about whether time goes quickly or slowly. What do... Read More

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Missing

Wow! It’s been three months since I’ve been here!! Have you moved house recently? Was it stressful? If you’re anything like me, that would definitely be the case. Especially since we’ve had three major moves in the last three months. First the shop to the studio. Then Philip’s... Read More

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life after smidapaper

Having the shop was a joy! Into it I poured my creative soul, learning and growing and stretching. And looking back I am amazed at how people came to wherever we were, through the blog and word of mouth and how it all started with three cartons of scrapbooking supplies. I have seen so many people... Read More

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summer manifesto

I first came across the idea of a summer manifesto on Ali Edwards blog last year, and I vaguely remember seeing an image of a huge blackboard with someone’s summer manifesto written on it, but I can’t remember where. Haha. So what is a manifesto? Well, it’s kind of a declaration,... Read More

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Project Life in an empty nest

Most of my friends in Penang have small children. When I used to live in KL the people I hung around with, mostly, had kids about the same age as mine. Hmm, I should get some older friends. So anyway, when I get together with the ladies and they start talking about elementary school issues and so... Read More

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hello June, hello Summer!

I know we have summer weather every single day but I’ve gotten used to celebrating summer since Sarah was in high school. We’d close the shop for the whole season and catch up on other activities, travel and hang out. This year will be different with all the kids away  but they will visit... Read More