Ever since I got pregnant, I can’t stop thinking about Chocolates when it comes to meals. If only I’m allowed, I’d have chocolate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. When I had the chance to attend a Crafternoon event with Ferrero Rocher, I knew I was in for a treat! Chocolate and craft… a combination of two things that excite me the most.
The event was held at this rustic chic Italian restaurant, ACME in Sydney. When I walked in, I knew that Christmas has arrived. The venue was beautifully decorated with black and gold themed decoration with touches of white and green from the floral centrepieces.
I found my name on a place card, written in calligraphy with gold pen. All of the stationery bears Ferrero Rocher logo on them, and I found little Ferrero pralines everywhere around the table. I’m not ashamed to admit that I might have plucked a few from the centrepieces to eat. Yum!
But before we get to lunch, we were escorted downstairs to do some crafting with Natalie Longheon, stylist and creative expert. On our tables, we find our own crafting kits, such as Ferrero Rocher pattern paper, gold and white coloured ribbons, a pair of gold scissors (which I got to take home!) and of course, Ferrero Rocher. On the crafting menu that day, we learned how to make a christmas bon bon. I chose the light brown paper with white ribbon, probably because I’ve seen too much black and gold that day and I’d like my creation to look more subtle. Everyone on the crafting table seems to have lots of fun making their bon bons.
The star product of the day for me has to be the Grand Ferrero Rocher. It is a new product by Ferrero that has just been released for Christmas this year. The Grand Ferrero Rocher is a big version of the iconic chocolatey delights we all know and love. Hiding inside of the grand Ferreros are four classic Ferrero Rocher pralines! Imagine how delighted one would be when they receive this beauty as a gift for the holidays. Or you can simply put them up as decoration. In fact you can view this video below to find out more about how to create a beautiful table centrepiece with the Grand Ferrero Rocher:
This is what I love about Ferrero Rocher, not only are they good to eat, but they make beautiful decorations too! It must be their gold and dark brown wrapping that gives me senses of celebrations and luxury when having them as part of a festive decoration.
If you are feeling crafty, there are lots of other ideas on how you can incorporate Ferrer Rocher into your Christmas table setting and decoration. Check out some of my favourite videos: Rocher Bon Bon, Star Decoration, and this cute tree ornament.
I hope that you feel inspired to start making your #FerreroCraft for Christmas! Use that hashtag when you’ve created yours, and don’t forget to share your ideas and inspiration with us on Social Medias. Have a sweet holiday!
This post is sponsored by Ferrero Rocher Australia and New Zealand. All images (unless otherwise stated on caption), opinions and experiences are mine.
I’m adding more fun into wrapping and receiving christmas gifts this year, by adding the chance for you to colour-in your wrapping paper! Or, if you’re not keen on colouring, let the gift receiver enjoy a little mindfulness colouring moment by themselves. This is especially great to wrap presents for the little ones.
I am using my trusty copic markers to colour them in, but of course you can use any colouring medium that you like.
There are some ideas on how I’m planning to wrap my gifts. Since this wrapping paper is only A4 size, it might not be enough to wrap bigger things. But it might be, if you only use it as additional wrapper around the original wrapping paper. I’ve always loved using brown paper as the base, because they are versatile.
As for the embellishments, use found objects from your own garden or local florist. I find that dusty millers, shrubs and rosemary are some of the best embellishment for christmas gifts.
Have fun with your Colour-in Christmas wrapping paper! Download it here.
You may want to team this wrapping paper with our Reindeer Printable Holiday Card.
Sometime in April next year, a little boy is going to come into me and my husband’s life. Yes, I’m 20 weeks pregnant!
Even though it is very common for people to announce their pregnancy in 12 or 14 weeks, but I prefer to hold off my public announcement until I’ve had at least two ultrasounds. So far, except for my horrible ‘morning’ sickness during week 6 to 12 of my pregnancy, everything else is going smoothly.
When I first got married with my husband, I was not even sure that I’m ever going to have a child. I’ve never been a big fan of little ones, and I don’t see what’s all the big fuss about becoming a mom. Don’t get me wrong, moms are great, especially those who raise their children so well. But I don’t see being a mother as an event that makes my life complete, and not being one won’t bother me.
But after doing a lot of thinking for a few years, I find that the pros in having a child in my life weigh more than the cons. I’m not keen to discuss the pros and cons in this blog, because they are personal reasons that not everyone would understand. Sometimes people make their decisions based on their background, whether it’s their ethnicity, nationality, the country where they’re living, their family situation, financial background and many many more. I’m not one who does things spontaneously, especially not something as important as having a child. I won’t do it just because. Based on me and my husband’s personal reasons, and the fact that we’re actually ready, we’ve finally decided to have a child.
Does it scares me? Oh yes. And I’m not talking about all those sleepless nights I’m going to have after the baby is born. I am sure that’s just a small part of being parents when being compared to other things that could happen, especially when he’s older. But when I think about it, millions other women in this world became a mother, including my own mom. My mom is not a traditional mother, and she’s definitely not the type of mom who thinks too much about motherhood, or trying to prove to the world that she’s a great mom. But I’ve always looked up to her, because she’s unapologetic about not being one, and she doesn’t care about what the world (or her friends) think. There are so many other things that women can be good at, other than becoming the perfect mom.
Nevertheless, I am actually very excited to welcome my little man in April next year. I really do not know what to expect when having a new born. I don’t know how hard/easy it’s going to be, and how I’m going to cope with blogging while taking care of my new born. But like I said, there are harder things in this world than becoming a new mom. I’m just going to prepare myself to enjoy this beautiful journey.
Even though I’m not very familiar with the concept of Thanksgiving, I am delighted when Victoria from A Subtle Revelry requested that I do a Turkey-themed printable for her blog, A Subtle Revelry. The concept of Thanksgiving is pretty new here in Australia, and it’s certainly almost non-existing in my home country, Indonesia. I actually love the idea or family or friends getting together to celebrate one day to be thankful for. I hope that I would be able to do a “Friendsgiving” dinner with my friends one day. But regardless, I’m a firm believer that we should be thankful about what we have each and every day.
I really enjoyed creating this printable! So I really hope that you guys will do too.
One of my favourite Christmas ornaments is a wreath. Last month, I had the chance to take part in a wreath-making workshop in Sydney, presented by Peppermint Grove Australia. I really enjoyed it, but I was sad because I couldn’t bring my creation with me when I fly back to Canberra.
This Christmas, it wouldn’t be right without some kind of wreaths hanging in my home. I have decided to make smaller wreaths using materials and tools that I have at home. These modern style wreaths are very easy to make, and will be a great addition to your Christmas decoration or table setting!
Materials needed: Craft Glue, Scissors, X-Acto knife, round cork coasters (you may also use card boards, but I find that cork coasters are easier to cut. I bought mine from IKEA), something round that is slightly smaller than the coasters, decorative ribbon, paint swatches in colours of your choice, or you can also use this template I’ve made for you.
Step 1: Cut a smaller circle using X-acto knife on your round cork coaster using the slight smaller round thing as a guide.
Step 2: Remove the smaller circle that you just cut from the middle.
Step 3: If you’re using my colour template, open it using Adobe Reader, and print on A4 paper stock (around 100 gsm) using your colour printer. It’s best to set your printer to borderless and print in actual size. Otherwise you can set the image to fit the page, but you might need more than one set.
Step 4: fold the shorter end of the rectangle in the same size of the heart shaped guide, and keep on folding in concertina style so that they overlap. The heart shaped guide on top should still be in the front side. You might need to separate the rectangle into two shorter ones by cutting right above the middle heart in order to get a more precise shapes.
Step 5: You should be able to get around 7 hearts from each rectangle. If you prefer a thicker wreath, you may print another set and repeat step 4.
Step 6: (I forgot to take a picture of this step. Oops!) fold the hearts into two in the middle to give the wreath a more 3D look.
Step 7: Put some craft glue on the back of each heart, right in the middle where the fold lines are. Carefully stick them onto the cork coaster. I like to start from the lightest colour, and work my way towards the back with the darker ones. The middle part of the heart should follow the flow of the circle cork.
Step 8: Continue sticking the hearts, using your creativity and preference when it comes to the directions and colour flow. If you prefer a thicker wreath, you should overlap a few layers of hearts.
Step 9: Once it’s done, you can stick some decorative ribbon behind them just like what I did.
I hope that you enjoy making your mini DIY christmas wreath!
If you like this DIY project, you might also enjoy making these DIY fruit coasters.
After using these life planner for my own planning needs for a while, I finally decided that if they work so well for me, they might work well for you too!
The new year is a good time to start getting organised and be clear about your goals and schedules, so I’d like you to have the chance in using them too. I’ve put up new listings on my etsy shop, and you can purchase these Design is Yay Life Planner inserts in PDF files. Which means, you don’t have to wait for my mail to arrive, you can download and print your life planner as many as you like (for personal use only) and start planning your month, week and day, right away!
Our Day planner is perfect for your day-to-day scheduling. It features hourly schedule from 8 am to 8 pm, to-do list to jot down the most important, call/email list for your networking, social or appointment-making reminder, your meals, note space for anything else that you want to add.
The weekly planner oversees what you need to do during the week. From time to time you’ll need to have a glance through your week, and it’s easier when you have them all in one page. I also include Priorities list for those very urgent tasks, and each day you can write one thing that you’d like to make a habit of under the Good Habit section.
I think that the monthly planner is definitely the essential planner to have for busy freelancers, moms, bloggers, students and small business owners. The ideas/reminder box is to jot down everything that you need to do for the month. For example, bloggers such as myself might use it to write down post ideas for the month. Moms might find it useful to jot down all appointments, playdates and school events happening that month.
The network section is a place where you write down emails or number of people that you’d like to contact, whether it’s for networking, social or appointment-making purposes.
Don’t forget to write down your Top 3 Goals, because if you keep reminding yourself of your goals, the faster you’ll get there.
All of these life planner are undated, so you can use them all year and re-use them for years after. These planners come in A5 paper size (14.8 x 21 cm or 5.8 x 8.2 inches), and they will fit any Kikki K large time planners or personal planners, and Filofax A5 planners. If you don’t have a planner, you can easily use an A5 binder or a clipboard, just like what I did in some of these images.
And since keeping myself healthy is also an important part of my life planner, I didn’t forget to create weekly meal planner that also includes a shopping list at the bottom. You can purchase the weekly meal planner here.
I hope that these planners will get you more organised in the new year!