Monthly Archives: May 2011

My cake room.

Remember back in July when I promised to post photos of what I did with our maid’s room? Well it’s taken me long enough, but here you go!

Domestic helpers are super common in Hong Kong. They make up approximately 3% of the population of Hong Kong–there are 284,901 foreign domestic helpers of them. Half of them are from the Philippines and half of them are from Indonesia. They are insanely affordable here because most of them live with their employers in these rooms, but because we don’t have one I was really excited about the possibilities of this bonus room.

I had grand plans to make our helper’s room into a craft room, but in the end it became my baking room and pantry. (The little bathroom just off of it is where I stash my major messes–it’s so small I can’t even get an angle to photograph it–the shower head is above the toilet.)

I bought these cake prints from Paul Ferney (the husband of uber-chic Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day). I had them framed for pennies here in Hong Kong (the best thing about living here is cheap framing, tailoring and baby clothes!)

I love having all my cookbooks together in their own little corner!

I know everyone is super obsessed with this pantry picture including me, but the truth is I’m not going to take peanuts out of the glass jar they come in and put them into another jar just so they look pretty. I do however love stockpiling food!

So this is as good as it gets for me! The shelf on the right, second from the bottom, has a baking tray with everything I need to make cookies (baking powder, salt, vanilla, pie weights, sifters…) so that is quite helpful.

I feel quite spoiled and very thankful that some people live in this room (or even share this room) and I get to have it just be my happy baking space.

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State cutting boards.

Sometimes the cheese board can seem a little boring. Does that mean I’ve really become a jaded yuppy? Anywho, it’s nothing one of these adorable cutting boards couldn’t solve, which I guess means the answer is yes. Found on Lindsey Bee. Available from AHeirloom here.

We’ll soon be here visiting my in-law’s and going to my friend Tori’s wedding.

We spent our honeymoon here:

My grandparents are from here and I do think they have the best cheese:

I’m dying to go here:

I want to have one made of Hong Kong island–how fun would that be?! It’s a nice shape for one…

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Bento box love.

I kinda love this. Would be great to take to the office or just on picnics! Not a bad hostess or shower gift either. Found on Nocciola Design and for sale on Plastica.

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Gotcha Day.

I had never heard of ‘Gotcha Day’ until I stumbled upon Minted designer Moglea’s beautiful homemade card.

Maria and Bobby are Meg’s friends who just adopted two sweet boys. Gotcha Day  is usually celebrated on the day that the adopted child is brought home. I love:

  1. adoption–one of the most beautiful things in the world
  2. that friends and family should celebrate this important day as you would at a baby shower
  3. the idea of just putting a pen to paper and making a card when you can’t find just the right one

I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Meg (who also was the designer who did our Christmas card) at NSS… she is to my right in this pic of Minted designers, plus me, eating gelatto! Fun times.

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Stitching is hot!

There are a couple of major trends in the stationery world right now… 1. Fluorescent colors and 2. Stitching! I love these cards from Sweet Bella. How fun would it be to track where you are going or have been this way?!

And just when you thought I was done with NSS posts!! I also love this cross-stiched letterpress calendar from Pistachio Press.

She also has these fun notebooks for sale on her Etsy site.
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