Mae is 1! Peter Rabbit themed birthday party

SOEK2266I cannot believe how fast one year went by!

First year of parenthood was full of many new discoveries, and lots of fun.
It’s a weird feeling-It’s so sad to see my little baby grow but I’m happy and thankful at the same time. She is walking, starting to understand words, and showing all kinds of personality (lots of dancing and babbling) !

Though I do lots of 1st birthdays for my clients, I think I finally understand why 1st birthdays are so special.

This is the first time we get to get together and celebrate the baby’s birth.
When the baby is born, it’s super busy, let alone we are constantly exhausted, so it’s really no time to put together a party. 1st birthdays are a great time as we are starting to get a hang of it.

…And it’s a great excuse to go overboard, haha.

So last Saturday, with the help of amazing and talented friends and family, we had a joint Peter Rabbit themed birthday party for Mae and friend, Luca who is only 6 days older than Mae.

Joint birthdays are great.. we can share the work, and double the fun! I really enjoyed working with Luca’s parents along with other close friends (named below under credits), and the party was a huge success!


Happy Birthday Mae & Luca!


Credits and details:



Flower decor: Marie, Noriko, Rie  (Marie made majority of it.. I have to ask her how she made it!) Made of tissue paper

Cabbage: Shinya  made of dyed coffee filter and round paper mache balls (idea credit here)

Garlands, small signs :Bluefin Works (me)


Cake: Rie (she used 14 eggs!) It was sooo perfect!

Cake toppers/ cupcakes: me (fondant) idea credit from this pin

carrot pretzels: Noriko

White chocolate carrots, punch: Josh’s Mom

Marshmallow pops, popcorn: I Love Candy by Luci




Gold framed Cork Board Tutorial- Seating Chart Display


Happy Friday!

Today I want to share with you a pretty easy DIY project I recently did to glam up my “ordinary” cork board that was laying around in my house not being put to use.
I have several cork boards in the house that I have no idea where they came from. But I don’t know what to do with them since they’re so bland and boring,  and don’t really add to the decor… so I finally decided to do something about it.

If you have a large cork board, this can be used as wedding / event seating charts as well. It’s so easy to make and even durable and portable so I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for ways to display their seating charts.

Play around with your own paint colors, fabric, and decorations, and have fun!

What you need:

  • Simple cork board
  • Paint (in the color of your choice -I used the Martha Stewarts  metallic paint)
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Piece of fabric big enough to cover the cork board
  • Fabric scissors
  • Credit card or some kind of thin plastic
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Razor blade


  1. Measure the inner dimensions of the frame using a ruler. Write it down.
  2. Line the inside of the frame with masking tape (razor blades helps make clean corners).
  3. Paint all the visible parts of the frame. Wait to dry, and do as many coats as you need to make it look pretty 🙂 (it took me three coats)cork6
  4. Cut the fabric to the size of the inner frame plus 1/2 inch on all sides (so if your frame’s inside dimensions are 12″ x 16″, then your fabric should be about 13″ x 17″)
  5. Lay it centered on the frame like below, and put push pins on two corners.
    At this point, it would be helpful to cut the corners of the fabric like this:
  6. Lift up the fabric on the side that is not pinned down, and put a little bit of glue all over. (be careful not to use too much because you don’t want excess glue to show through the fabric and make ugly marks..)cork10Then smear it with your fingers…. cork9


    I used aleene’s Tack it over and over glue because I had them and it works on fabric, but I’m sure this isn’t the only one that would work well.

  7. Then bring the fabric back in place and smooth out the surface and try to avoid wrinkles. At this point, you can remove the pins.
  8. Use the credit card to tuck in the extra fabric under the frame. This step requires some elbow grease:) 

When all the loose ends
are tucked in, you’re done!


water lily

Had a sudden urge to create water lilies and experiment with water color. I like how it turned out!
I really wish I can paint. The best I could do for now is paint the whole page with one color- and I didn’t even do a good job of that. lol

But I kind of like the inconsistent color streaks though. It kind of adds a dimension to it and I can pretend to know what I’m doing. Kinda.

What are they for? I don’t know. But they’re really cute when you scatter them around! They can make good photo props, centerpiece,  place cards… shelf/wall  decorations. etc.. trying it out on etsy.

Can’t believe it’s Autumn already!

Going to Seattle Alone on Thursday to go to the consulate. Anyone wanna meet me there??