Eat In Rainbow

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

Well, hello guys!

I'm starting off 2017 with rainbows. Weeeee! 

As seen on Instagram, I'm sharing some tips and tricks of making this gorgeous Eat in Rainbow flatlay. It's really easy. All you need is patience, a good weather (by good "flatlay" weather, I mean cloudy days haha) and a lovely white background to work with.

I normally position my flatlay board out in the courtyard, where I get lots of soft, natural light or as close as possible to the window when I style them in the kitchen. Avoid harsh afternoon sunshine hehe. 

Okay, now straight to the Rainbow flatlay.

The most important thing to have is a small plate (from a tea cup) or anything small and circular to start with, like a cellotape or a CD (Um, CD? Who still uses them haha).

Pick the purpliest and of darkest blue kind of fruits you can find. In my case, black grapes and blueberries are the ones hehe. Create a semi-circle and slowly work your way through with lime green all the way to the multi-coloured arc. 

Here are some fruits and veggies I've used in my rainbow arc :

1. Red : cherry tomatoes, Truss tomatoes, red capsicum, strawberries

2. Orange : carrots, orange capsicum, peaches

3. Yellow : yellow cherry tomatoes, yellow capsicum, lemons

4. Lime Green : limes, kiwis, figs, white grapes (but they're actually green)

5. Purple : Black grapes (but close to purple/dark blue colours), blueberries

Feel free to slice some citruses, cherry tomatoes and strawberries. These fruits are absolutely the prettiest when cut into half. Perfect for flatlay!

Pure happiness!

Well, looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous beautiful "Eat in Rainbow" flatlay.

 

My Sugar House Dreams...

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

The first time I heard of Sugar House Studios, was from my gal pal, Vickie Liu. She just came back from London, and she had all these amazing photos of this pastel dream house. That was when my obsession started (and kind of, never end).

When I finally got to London, in the Spring of 2016, I knew this is what I came for. Haha. Forget about ice creams and Apple Stores, Sugar House was my everything. 

I met a couple of Londoners, and there was this rumour going around that it is going to be taken down. No one knew when and I just had to go!

Surprisingly, not conveniently located in the bustling inner City of London, the Sugar House Studios was a little bit out of the way for a traveller. Hehe. It took about 35 minutes to get to Stratford near the Olympic Park, but you know what, going into an industrial area on a Sunday is kind of... a weird kind of day trip. There was barely anyone.

The weather was dull and grey. It poured at some point. I got lost twice, and some random truck drivers wanted to pick me up to this "other" industrial area. Google Map wasn't helpful. All the men I talked to, had no idea what this pastel dream house I'm obsessing about until one guy at the boom gate did. Yay!

When I got there, it was all worth it. I was the happiest! Surrounded by plain warehouses and industrial buildings, the Sugarhouse Studios stood out like a candy house in Hansel And Gretel. It was everything I dreamt of. I swear, I could even taste the candy flavours of the pastel tiles.

The pastel palette wall made p of concrete tiles, was a delight, upclose. They reminded me of the townhouses in Brussles, where the've 

So, I found out much later it was called a Yardhouse which makes part of the Sugarhouse Studios. Inside the Yardhouse, you'll find a fun and bright creative studio and events space built by Assemble.

I didn't get a chance to visit the space inside but the Sugar House Studios seemed like a fun place to work as a creative and to run workshops and exhibitions. They have indeed relocated to a new postcode (address below). I can't wait to see what Sugar House Studios look like in 2017!

xxm

 

Sugar House Studios
Old Address

107 Stratford High Street, E15 2QQ London

New Address

Building C, Bermondsey Campus, Collett Road
SE16 4DJ London
 

Miss May's Favourite Things

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

 

Welcome to Miss May's world, the second time around hehe. As you guys know already, I'm a kind of a collector (but my friends insist I'm a hoarder, teehee).

Of late, I've been swapping my goods with the other makers and shakers from California to London, right back down to all the cities in Australia. I'm obsessed with lapel pin and brooches lately and I wanna share it with anyone who will hear me out haha.

Below, are a list of makers and shakers with direct links to their websites. 

Have a fab day, all!

xm

 

BROOCHES AND PINS 
1. Handpainted Cat Ceramic Brooches Gail CC
2. Handpainted Strawberry + Watermelon ceramic brooch Paper Boat Press 
3. Unicorn + hedgehog + girl with a fringe wooden brooches // David Bowie + bacon & eggs + pretzel + sausage dog + fox + cactus lapel pins Hello Miss May 
4. Make For Good (Okay Sign) and Hedgehog Collar Clips Whistleburg
5. Retro Record Player + Sensitive (Tear Drop) + Pastel Pink Palm Tree Lapel Pins Color Theory
6. Cheesecake + Let's Taco 'Bout It Lapel Pins by Lizzie Darden
7. Fish In A Bowl Brooch Layang Sieraden

JEWELLERY 
1. Resin with rose gold, silver and gold foil clear bangle and pastel blue ring Sly Pony Studio 
2. Silver Studs Glacier Jewellery

CERAMICS
1. Milky Way coffee cup La Petite Fabrique De Brunswick 
2. Cloud + Heart trinket Urban Cartel 
3. Heart + From My Garden + Gather tags Paper Boat Press 

OTHER CUTE THINGS 
1. Strawberry Organic Lip Balm Archon Designs
2. Rainbow Cookies by Vickie Liu
3. Ice Cream Van dish Mima Workshop 
4. Handpainted House Plants Tara Galuska

 

 
 

Meet Nina, the lady behinD @mimimoffie

 

I am very lucky to have Nina Alberg-Griffin drew an illustration of me. It's the cutest version with my glasses and favourite striped top. Couldn't have asked for more. Thanks Nina of @mimimoffie, you guys should check her Instagram out!

Here's a fun interview of how it all started :)

Enjoy!
xoM

Who is @mimimoffie?

mimimoffie is pretty young. I’ve always loved drawing. Since moving to the Caribbean, I started posting my drawings on Instagram. I got a few commissions as a result and now I'm working on prints and tote bags.  The name comes from my childhood when my father used to call me mimimoffie. Something to do with me always carrying around bags filled with books, pens and paper. The latter hasn’t changed.  

The name comes from my childhood when my father used to call me mimimoffie.
What was your dream job when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a fashion designer/ singer/dancer/writer and a schoolteacher. I obviously had a very optimistic idea of how much time adults would actually have in a day.

Current color obsession and why.

Yellow! Yellow is cute and happy.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

(Recovering) procrastinator, nomadic, imaginative.

Can you live without pen and paper?

I'd say no based my burgeoning stationary collection :)

Illustration by Nina Alberg-Griffin

Illustration by Nina Alberg-Griffin

 

Miss May's Favourite Things

 
 
 

Welcome to Miss May's world. I'm a bit of a collector (but my friends say I'm a hoarder, haha! Whatever...). Here, I wanna share with you my favourite things, alongside my own cute designs teeheehee, all found through Finders Keepers markets and Etsy. 

Below, are a list of makers and shakers with direct links to their websites. 

Have a fab day, all!

xm

 

BROOCHES AND PINS 
1. Ice cream + Pineapple Cocktail wooden brooches Deer Arrow 
2. Courage, dear heart + Cherry + Watermelon ceramic brooch Paper Boat Press 
3. Unicorn + fox + girl with a bun wooden brooches // bacon & eggs + sausage dog + cactus lapel pins Hello Miss May 
4. Donkey wooden brooch Little Brown Dog 
5. White Kitten lapel pin Surfing Sloth

BANGLES 
1. Resin with rose gold, silver and gold foil Sly Pony Studio 
2. Pom Pom bangle Love Astrid

CERAMICS
1. Milky Way coffee cup La Petite Fabrique De Brunswick 
2. Cloud + Heart + Polka Dot trinket Urban Cartel 
3. Heart + From My Garden + Gather tags Paper Boat Press 
4. Mini Cat Vase Gail CC

OTHER CUTE THINGS 
1. Strawberry Organic Lip Balm Archon Designs
2. Unicorn + XO Heart Cookies by Vickie Liu
3. Ice Cream Van dish Mima Workshop 
4. Wooden Camera Brainbow 
5. Octagonal Mint Green Ring Polli