Bookshelf Additions! :P

Finally, it’s here!!! My lovely cousin did me a huge favor, and bought me these 5 lovely books from the U.S.

I owe her BIG time, since they were a total bargain and she had to sacrifice her suitcase space to fit these babies!!! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!

Here are my lovely bookshelf additions:

my bookshelf additions!

1. 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment by Stefan G. Bucher

(Can’t wait too doodle on this!! :P)

2. Thinking with Type: A Primer for Designers: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton

(This is said to be a must-read for Graphic Designers! I read this and fell in love with it.. so really had to get myself a copy 😀 )

3. Beyond Trend: How To Innovate In An Over-Designed World by Matt Mattus

(I read this in our office library too!!! I consider this as an influence towards my attitude in design.)

4. Designing Media by Bill Moggridge

(One of the best design books of 2010 together with…)

5. Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Steven Heller

(Aside from this book making the list, I just love picking some of the design greats’ brains! I was totally totally sold when I saw, Marian Bantjes, Stefan Bucher and Stefan Sagmeister from among a number of designers on the list.. @_@ )

This will keep my eyes preoccupied for quite some time—DEFINITELY! 🙂

Of Rekindling Past Loves And Finding A New One

I couldn’t remember the last time I spent time on this type of relationship. I never had an official one, but I’ve been waiting for the right time to get one for myself. It’s one of those “I’ll-do-it-promise!-but-you-don’t-after-nth-number-of-years-because-I’m-so-friggin’-lazy” type of things. I hate those. Maybe it’s because of the love bug getting a good bite of off me…(blame it on Valentino) trying to try new things (whet?) or trying to get back to what I used to love.

Gah. Let’s cut to the chase before you begin thinking I’m talking about a person. Well, I’m talking about one of my past loves, SEWING! 🙂

I think the last time I got  a feel of a pedal was way, way back in high school. I tried convincing my parents to buy me a machine then. Well, they never saw it as a priority. When I got to work and earned my own dough, I never got a around buying one for myself. It’s one of those attainable dreams that I never got around reaching. Good thing! An opportunity knocked on my quaint little door, and I grabbed it! Actually my parents grabbed it for me hahaha. A couple of machines were sold at our local church. They were second hand ones, I think they came from a closed-down factory. They’re in good shape. I think there about 10  pre-loved machines up for grabs. I got 1 of the elusive lovelies. YAHOO! Now what to do with it then? The long term plan is to be like this girl…

Marisa Lynch, My Hero! founder of  http://www.newdressaday.com She gets pre-loved garments and sews them into wonderful creations! She gave herself a fixed budget and a deadline of a whole year to make a NEW DRESS A DAY (Hence the name of the blog.. obviously hehe). Try perusing through her posts, I promise you you’d be astonished on what her crafty hands can do! 🙂

Well, that is the LONG TERM PLAN.. for the immediate one though. I’m still looking for inspiration. Also, I have yet to refresh my sewing skills.. hehe

Here are a couple of ideas I saw….

Oooh.. pretty exciting huh? Anyhoo, what should I name my new beau? Ricci? (derived from his brand name, Riccar) Whadayathink?