Friday, February 07, 2014

Its the thought that counts :)

Salam all.

Okay, where do I start? Its already February and I've not blogged a single post in 2014, nor did I end 2013 with a post. Life has been just too too too busy for me. My entire January, a.k.a. semester holiday, was spent at home and out and about in Bangi. The furthest I got to, without parents, was probably Putrajaya. See, life at home during the holidays meant house chores nonstop. Since our maid left, workload just kept piling. I honestly don't mind it, but I wish I had more time to sew. I only got to take 2 orders this holiday and sew only a few ready mades that I didn't even get to complete. Though, it is still a holiday. I got to be with my family, drive around, see some friends, bake, shop with my sisters, attend my friend's wedding and of course, take care of my Abang's kitten.

This is Hailey, upside down on Ummi's lap. She's a playful one, loves to run and hide and play with just about anything that seems fiddly and loose. I guess I've just described any average kitten in the world, really. hehe. She can play around the house all by herself, discovering new low-hanging things to reach for, but she requires a bit of attention when she wants her nap. Just when I think she's asleep, I'll start to leave the room, but then she wakes up and stare at me with her kitty face that clearly says "Where are you going? Why are you leaving me all by myself?" Her stare will then make me feel guilty, it will make me sit back down next to her and keep stroking her fur until she truly falls asleep. She is now officially the baby of the house.

Moving on from our lovely kitten, my new semester has now started, a week in already. Before the new year I wanted to blog about a book I receive from my usrah mates. It is a book that I've always wanted. They gave it to me as a surprise on a group outing in KLCC. Honestly, its one of the most thoughtful gifts I've received in 2013.

I've always wanted a book written by the queen of bag making herself, Lisa Lam. I had planned to sew a couple of things in the book over my semester break, but of course, my holiday to-do list is always too much for me. This book is awesome though, I can't wait for when I have time to sew something from the book...wondering when that will be.

Anyways, this book got me thinking, I've received quite a few thoughtful gifts in 2013, so I thought maybe this is what my year opening post should be, Thoughtful Gifts Received in 2013.

So I'll start with this one, the gift I love so soo much, given to me by beau. It's a macaroon necklace made from polymer clay. There is a website called Minibites that sells handmade jewellery moulded into little pieces of food, basically. I've been a fan of Minibites for a long while and I've always wanted this macaroon necklace but never got round to actually purchasing it. Its not that I never had enough money, but its more about having other things that I need to spend my money on, hence I never bought it. When beau found out about this little piece of jewellery I've been keeping my eyes on, beau bought it for me as my 20th birthday present. Of course, I had to equal that on beau's 20th birthday which came around 4 months after mine. I think I nailed my gift for beau ;)

Another thoughtful gift I received last year was also a birthday present from one of my best girls, Nisaa. The Jelly Belly jelly beans groupon. I love jelly beans so when there was a groupon for these yummies, I went nuts cuz I really wanted it. Naturally, I recommended the groupon to someone I thought would want to try them (so that she'll buy it for me as a gift :DD ) since not many of my friends have the same appreciation for Jelly Bellies like I do. So Nisaa bought me the groupon and handed it to me on my birthday during our date at Pavilion.

coupon from The Cocoa Trees Klang Valley - KL

Next up is a 1D mug, given to me by my former roommate back at CFS, Amalina. Last year, I realised she was in a shopping mood all through semester. I was a bit worried about her spending, but she seemed as if she has it quite under control... Some time near the end of last semester exams, she came to my room and handed me a wrapped box. She said, she was out shopping somewhere, when she saw this, it reminded her of me. So she bought it. This is an awesome gift. I love 1D and this mug has all five of their handsome faces on it. Awesome!! :DD

I love notebooks. Its one of my favourite things to buy. When I was younger, just the cover of a notebook could make me want to own it, but nowadays I tend to care a lot about the look of the pages inside the book. I've had to stop myself from buying new notebooks because there came a point where I didn't know a good use for them. This notebook was given by my kakak usrah. She gave all of my usrah mates one each, and most importantly, she gave it a purpose. I'm so glad she did because I wouldn't know what to write in yet another notebook, it will just go into my notebook stash. She told us to write quotes in the book, quotes that we come across during our everyday activities, quotes that really caught our ears and had us listening. The first quotes I wrote in the book was a quote I heard at last semester's Grand Iftar and it really stuck to me.

This last one, I wouldn't say its a well thought gift, but it does mean a lot to me. My Ummi gets five of these Aeon Jusco vouchers every year, and she gives them to me. Last year, I bought a pair of shoes with them. This year, I decided to actually get something that I would love to add to my creative collection. I've been eyeing these fabric Sharpies for a while. The day I was shopping at Jusco, they were on sale and I got both Stained collection and metallic Sharpies for just under RM30. Super awesome! Though I haven't tried the Stained Sharpies yet, I can't wait~~~ :DD

So...thats some of the thoughtful gifts I've received in 2013. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by people who knows me well enough to know the exact perfect gift for me. I remember in every single one of these gifts, I was extremely excited and all kinds of ideas rushed through my mind. That's my 2013, hopefully 2014 will be just as awesome :)