Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sweet Bridezilla's diary: For the Moms & Dad

That was few days before the wedding... talking about the corsages for mom, dad & my mother-in-law. I have no clue at all, what I want and how I want them to look like... the big day is just around the corner.

I have no sketches or anything for the things I made.... I used to draw it out last time (long time ago when I first started making hand-stitched t-shirts), but not for this wedding project, it's all in the brain, and I'll play with the materials that I have, mix and match, in this case, I try to stick to the theme - denim and white.

The idea & process of making my dad's corsage flow quite smoothly. The moms' corsage on the other hand was quite time consuming, and went thru a bit of trial and error.

 Sewing these pearls on the ribbon was really a major task! Satin ribbons are very soft and it's quite hard to grip. 
 But I'm glad that it's very pretty when moms have it on the wrist, it looks like a pearl bracelet with a ribbon bow :)

 The detailing... beadssss!!

 Dad loves wines. That is why I have chosen to use wine cork to make his corsage.

There... do you like it? :)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sweet Bridezilla's diary: Corsage for the guys

Many might have thought that I forgot the guys (when Frank saw me making something for the guys, he said: oh, guys have one too?), or just omit them cause they don't have to look pretty?
No, No, No! Cassie have something for you lovely gentlemen too... :)

The "mass" production at stages:

18 November 2012: 3 wise men with my corsage! Hehe...

Sweet Bridezilla's diary: Corsage for the Officiant

I can't believe that it's all over.... I am officially married!! :) And now I have the time to sort out pictures and continue posting on things that I've made for my own wedding. Yes, I want to share with everybody, and I'm proud of it! Haha...

So, this is the corsage I made for the Officiant of my wedding ceremony - Auntie Bunny.
She's my mom's youngest sister, and she is the very important person of that evening, hence, I decided to make her corsage a little more out standing compare to the rest.

 This was the first version of the unfinished corsage. It was supposed to have strips of netting flowing out, something like an octopus. But it didn't turn out right because the netting strips are not stiff enough to form a shape itself. In the end, I trashed the idea... come back to something more similar to what I've made earlier for the girls, but change the base to a darker denim, and gather the netting in a round piece instead of strips.

 I've added some beads on the netting which make the corsage looks so much prettier!


Frank & I would like to extend our heartfelt thank you once again to Auntie Bunny, who's been very supportive in many ways in our live. We love you! <3>

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sweet Bridezilla's diary: The invitations

Now that almost everybody has gotten the invitation card (except for 3 gentlemen), I can finally have this posted up. I didn't want to post this up when I was done making them, just to keep that little surprise for my guests :)

This DIY invitation is inspired by MANDAKR, found on (check it out here)
It was a love at first sight!! Thank you MANDAKR, this is what I want my invitation card to be!! So, I study the whole process, skipped steps that I think that I can omit, and add on materials that is in-line with my wedding theme.
That's when I found out we can't find any freezer paper here! As like what another blogger Chiiiiing said, Malaysia is a land of no freezer paper!! Then I took her advice, this is Malaysia, let's use kertas bungkus! 
Yes, it works just fine :) 

 To begin, you need to do lots and lots of cutting, the kertas bungkus, and the linen cloth. I actually cut the cloth slightly bigger than the kertas bungkus, so that it's "safer" when you do ironing.
Thank you hubby for helping on cutting the paper. That's team work, baby! :)

 The mess that we've created at the living room.
After cutting, it's ironing time. The purpose of heat ironing is to have the kertas bungkus stick onto the cloth, so that it is stiff enough for it to go through the printer.

Next, trim it. I was using an A4 paper as a guideline. My design layout was 2 in a piece of A4.

Now, it's time to have your invitation card print out. What you need to do is put that piece of cloth/paper onto your printer and press print :) Of course you need to get your design done, and remember to copy check. You wouldn't wanna see a typo error on your invitation. Mine I've got my company's copywriter to help on copy checking, hehe... thank you PY!

 This is how it looks like. I've printed a map at the back of the card (on the paper side).
Now it's done. I could have actually printed the recipient's name on the card itself, but I wanted to incorporate the denim element onto my card, so I've decided to have the name printed on a piece of jeans... Frank's used jeans, CLEANED! haha!

The material is too thick to go through the printer. Thought of hand writing the names, I've tried it, but, NO... it's very untidy. After much thoughts, I bought a set of alphabet stamps, and let's do stamp-stamp!
And to create that Levi's Red Tab kind of look, I used red thread to sew that piece of denim onto the card.

 Take a closer look

 All done, have them inserted into envelopes and ready to send out...  by hand, and by post! The furthest one is to South Australia ^^

I love this invitation card, and I hope everybody who received it loves it too!  

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sweet Bridezilla's diary: Guests of honour

My handmade invitation cards are about 20% (yes!! another 20% more) to completion!!

It took us quite some time to finalize the guests list... because it is just a 60pax intimate wedding party, we are inviting only the closest family members and best friends.

We were contemplating about inviting this person or that person; it is not nice to invite him but not her.... so many concerns...
Anyway, we've gone through that stage, hope our friends & relatives are kind and understanding.

We are thankful, and we are so blessed.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sweet Bridezilla's diary: Not so happening photobook cover

I was very excited when I received the parcel, knowing it's my first photobook of my "pre-wedding photo shoot".

The "pre-wedding photo shoot" was really an unforgettable one. A total DIY project, photographed by a Hong Kong friend, in Hong Kong. Frank & I couldn't thank him enough for such a precious gift for our wedding :)

About 2 and a half months later after we returned from HK, we got a link from our friend - it's our photos!!! Yay!!! So we did a round of photos selection, and I've decided to have part of those photos printed in a photobook. (Ha! So happen that Groupon has got the XXX photobook deal, and I bought 2!)
I've chosen the Ruff n Tuff hard cover for my first album, and the second one is definitely gonna be the Image Wrap hard cover.

[Fast forward]: So, when I open up the box, here it is, it's my first photobook! ...but, wait a minute... this doesn't looks right. I was expecting it to be a hard cover with a die-cut window, and my cover photo will be "framed" behind the window. But what I'm seeing is a debossed rectangular frame on the cover with my cover photo pasted on it. Oooohh NOOOOOoooo.... this is really no class :(

Whatever it is, it is printed, it is a finished product now. I took a deep breath, open up the album and flip through it. Well, the inner page is not bad, I must say I really like it. Now, let's see what I can do to modify the cover. So, this is what I did.

 The original Ruff n Tuff

 I decided to make a frame using this simple black lace

 Need to do some sewing before sticking it onto the cover with hot glue

Ta da!! A new look for my photobook cover

Just to be fair to the XXX photobook company, later I found out it was my fault that I did not study their product properly. They do have another type of photobook called the Window Die-cut Hardcover book (with 2 windows). Hence, the Ruff n Tuff Debossed Hardcover is really just a debossed rectangular frame with your cover photo pasted over it.

Anyway, I like the way it looks now. And I'm excited again waiting for my second book to arrive, the Image Wrap one, hehehe...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sweet Bridezilla's diary: Sweet Little Things

Unbelievable... This is my first blog post in 2012?! Not good... yet, no, something really good is happening! 

Cassettee hasn't been very active for more than 2 years I suppose? It's good to get started again, for...... a WEDDING! Yes, I'm very excited! :)

Here's a sneak preview on what I'm working on - bridesmaid wrist corsage.
This is my second time making something "in bulk" (errmm... to me, producing more than one piece at one go, of the same kind and of the same design), I've planned out my production in stages, just like a factory, make part by part, and then assemble them.

You may be curious seeing the chosen material for this wrist corsage. It will be a rustic themed wedding, and the dress code will be white and/ or denim. Hence, denim is incorporated into this wrist corsage.

This is only the first project, more to come! I have 3 months for everything: corsages, invitation cards, ring pillow, favors, my hair accessories/veil and some decoration items for the big day.
Come on, Cass, go, gO, GO! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Queenstown craft market

Queenstown, a small but very beautiful town, over looking the mountains and the peaceful lake...

Other than the post-card-like scenery, I found some interesting artworks at the weekend craft market, by the wharf.

It was a warm and sunny day, perfect weather to go to any outdoor market or just chill out at the park.

This little booth immediately caught my eyes when I got there.
Heartfelt, the specialist in handfelted apparel by June & Graham Cooper.
Though they're quite busy at the booth, I still managed to talk to the artist. They're from Christchurch. Due to the recent earth quake in Christchurch, they moved down to Queenstown for the weekend market.

June & Graham can be contacted at

ItalicLooks good, but taste bad! Haha, that's what Shelley Trevathan told her customers.
Indulge your skin with these yummy soup cakes by Skin Indulgence, made from the finest natural ingredients. Not only for yourself, I think that they make the perfect gift too!
Shelley can be contacted at

These handmade accessories are really interesting. Almost everything made by wire & beads, Jude Breese was still tweaking a wire brooch when I spoke to her... Jude can be contacted at

Flower bouquets made by flax! Sorry, I think I left this contact out... :(

These colourful bowls just made my day even brighter!