aKids’Life – Armoire BELLE Collection

My latest project is an armoire. Just a little tidbit – do you know that an armoire was a large cabinet originally used for storing weapons? Holy Bazooka, right? 🙂 These days, it’s so chic to have an armoire – now defined as a large cabinet used for storing clothes, bags, shoes and other stuff girls have. The client wanted an armoire that would grow along with her 3-year-old daughter. This was a bit of a challenge because the project had several idea sources. I was up for the challenge and all for it – after all, aKids’Life is all about customization! 🙂

The armoire she wanted to copy looked like this:

Project Belle

project belle

Chunky top design was changed to match an existing armoire that she already had which looked like this:

top design

top design of existing armoire

Curvy design for the bottom part and rounded legs:

defined waves and curves

defined curves

The cabinet door also had the same wavy design that we copied from this furniture below:

big cabinet doors with intricate waves

intricate waves

Voila! The final product —

BELLE

BELLE

An inside look:

take a peek inside :)

sneak a peek! 🙂

As I mentioned before on my blog post here, I name all my projects because I believe that every furniture has a story to tell. In this case, it was easy to think of the perfect project name. Doesn’t this cabinet look the same as the friend of Belle in Beauty and the Beast? See pic below of Madame Armoire — yes, she has a name! 🙂

madame armoire -- yes, that's her name :)

madame armoire 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this fascinating story about Project Belle. Til’ the next fun project! 🙂

You can view my other projects here, or here or visit my FB page here. Thanks! :)

Birthday Sentiments

It is the day after my birthday. I’m about to approach the __th marker. I don’t feel old but at the same time I do. There are a lot of things that I want to do with my life and I am rarin’ to get a go at it… but this lifetimes seems too short to finish and do everything that I want to.

Looking back, I don’t know if I’ve achieved a lot already during the first quarter of my life. I sometimes feel as if I’m too lazy to shorten my list of things to do. Some say, I have way too many things that I want to do in my life that’s not humaly possible… but if I don’t do it this lifetime… when do I? We’ll never know if I can do all that I want to… but hey, I have to try right? 🙂

For this year, the following are my birthday vows. I hope to achieve them this year so that I can shorten my life’s to-do list.

HEALTH

1.) Run at least once a week

2.) Take walks after dinner with the hubby everyday

3.) Be in bed before 1AM; wake up by 8AM; wake up by 9AM for weekends

INTELLECT

1.)  Read one magazine per week

2.) Finish a book per month

3.) Learn to read and write Business Mandarin

4.) Learn about SEO for blogging 🙂

MARKETING

1.) Commercial surf every Sunday

2.) Write more often to practice copy writing skills

3.) Read marketing and fiction literary works

PROJECT MOO

1.) Jump start my business agian this year (must get my head out off maternity leave mode)

2.) Look into the following businesses for next year (Project Woodstock, Project Squeaky, Project Twilight, Project Eat)

3.)  Store check at least once a month

4.) Surf about what’s hot around the globe every quarter

EMOTIONAL

1.) Be a good daughter – be more patient and visit mom at least once a month

2.) Be a good wifey – fight less, be more understanding, spice up love live 😉

3.) Be a good mommy – focus on helping Baby Bear with her developmental milestones

4.) Print ’em pictures!

5.) Cook something at least once a month

6.) Take at least one local trip and one trip abroad every year (stop living vicariously through others)

SPIRITUAL

1.) Pray every night before going to bed

2.) Go to mass every Sunday

BEAUTY

1.) Take a more active attitude towards physical look

2.) Brush hair everyday 😛

3.) Throw out clothes that belonged to me when I was still a teenager

4.) Buy at least once clothing article or accessory every month

5.) Start applying lip gloss with color 😛

6.) Apply moisturizer and eye protect every night

If you’ll notice there are a lot of things to do under beauty… this isn’t because I am vain but because this is the area where I don’t pay that much attention to. Maybe next time, I can graduate to wearing light make-up. All part of the grand plan of becoming a zillionnaire with attitude… and beauty to boot! Yebaa! 🙂

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Signing off…

The Birthday Girl 🙂

Sneak Peek!

One of my baby businesses is about to launch and I would like share with you some of the excitement I am feeling. Here are some teaser pictures. I hope they tickle your fancy!

Cabinet Dresser PENELOPE Collection - customized to meet the exacting needs of an OC momma 🙂

Bedside Shelf KAYLA Collection - for those important items you need easy access to... but don't know where to place 🙂

Safety Gate MATTEO Collection - customized design for another OC client 🙂

Let me know what you guys think. Your honest feedback is most welcome!

Do let me know what other furnitures you’d also love to have in your own nursery. 🙂

The Business Idea

We often hear people say that our parents had it good… that they were able to come up with a lot of good business ideas back then because nothing cool was invented yet during their time. We feel that our generation has almost everything that’s why it’s hard for us to think of a good business. All the good ideas are taken already is our everyday mantra.  Well, tell that to Steve Jobs (God rest his soul).  I think he is the entrepreneurs’ hero today.  He was able to launch a very creative product invention that touched the lives of so many people.  If he could think out-of-the-box, so can we.

Creativity was never really my strong suit.  I was always the organizer and executor for all my projects and activities. Give me an idea and I can work out the kinks and get the ball rolling.  But how do you start or execute something if you don’t have the idea to begin with?  Are people born with creativity?  Is it innate or is it something you just pick up along the way? I believe, that similar to leadership, the attributes that enable us to run a business are sometimes inherent in us.  That doesn’t mean though that just because we aren’t born with these traits, we can’t have it.  Take for instance, IQ.  I was born with a normal IQ.  I wasn’t even above average or high IQ.  I was just your average Jane.  It was because of this stigma of being average as opposed to my intelligent siblings who raked in a superior IQ rank that led me to have confidence issues and made me “lazy”.  Long story short, I worked out my issues and gave it a go and got my IQ rank to Superior by scoring a high AI (acquired intelligence).

Back to creativity, sometimes we just get too boxed in on the idea of looking for the next big thing when we could be better off making the next big thing.  You can make creativity happen if you look around you and see that indeed, there are a lot of opportunities. We just need to do the grunt work. Research, Research, Research! There will always be an opportunity for something.. you can find opportunity in the face of threats and weaknesses.  Every strong brand has an Achilles heel and this is where the small-time hungry entrepreneur (read: passionate!) strikes.  Just make sure that when you take on a giant, you have to be prepared. Again… research, research, research! It may sound like a drag but a whole lot of research goes a long way.  No one ever made it to the rich and famous business list without doing any heavy lifting.

Again it’s the start that is hard but that is the first step. Start from somewhere and the easiest way to do that is to simply make a list of all your ideas.  The more the merrier! After which, qualify the ideas.  Don’t worry about draining all your brain juices and not getting anything. If you’ve heard about the Law of Averages, it states that there is a hit-miss ratio. So the more ideas you jot down, the higher the likelihood that you will get something out of something.  Get the art of the start down pat.  After that, you’ve got game, everything is soooo ON!!! 😀 Start NOW… after reading this post… and let me know how it goes 🙂 Good luck!