Why I’m Not Cut Out for D-I-Y

Hello, it’s me again! I’ve been updating rather regularly, haven’t I? *pats myself on the back* However, today, I’m here bearing some bad news: I am not good at D-I-Y. No, in fact, I’m horrible at it. Remember how I said I wanted to D-I-Y a list of items for my engagement? I had so many plans and I bought so many materials but I just can’t Do-It-Myself for nuts. If you ask me to go crazy at a supplies store like Spotlight or Popular, I can deal with that. No, I’m actually good at wasting time and money buying supplies heve. But to actually execute my D-I-Y plans, na-uh. I just don’t have the patience and creativity for it. I usually end up frustrated and giving up because I just can’t things right. Whatever I started will eventually cease to see daylight ever again. On top of that, I have a short attention span. I get bored after a while and start to distract myself with other things. It’s really difficult for me. 😦

But enough of wallowing in self-pity, let me share with you the list of things I wanted to D-I-Y.

  • Fruit basket
  • Gift tray for Z’s watch
  • Tissue paper flower pompoms as a backdrop for my makeshift photo booth at my balcony
  • Paper flower fans to add pop of colours in my room
  • Paper cones for bunga rampai
  • Ribbon garlands to put somewhere
  • A tiny desserts corner for the kuih-muih and brownies

The Inspiration

I’ve been stalking Pinterest and D-I-Y blogs for the longest time to search for ideas for my D-I-Y project. I roughly know what I wanted and I was pretty ambitious about it. I even watched tutorials on Youtube and thought that most of them were pretty easy to do. Plus, most blogs promised the manageability of the projects so I thought I could handle them all on my own. Boy, was I wrong about that. I cannot do so many things on my own. I just can’t.

Now, let me share with you what I had in mind.

Doily paper cone from Mazel Moments

Flower pompoms and honeycomb balls

Scattered Flowers Backdrop from Lovely Indeed

Ribbon garland from Southern Weddings

Hand tie floral bouquet with hydrangeas, roses, dahlias and spray roses from Aldena Frye

Mason jar wrapped with twine just because it’s pretty

These projects look simple enough right? Apparently not for me! Let’s see how I’ve fared so far…

My D-I-Y Project
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Naturally, after seeing all the pretty D-I-Y projects I could do, I got very excited. I bought a few rolls of ribbons, twine and tissue/crepe paper from Minton Ribbons and made a trip to Daiso at IMM to get some plastic flowers and other miscellaneous stuff I don’t need from Daiso hehe. So far, I’ve only tried to decorate the basket for fruits. I got the basket from Xpressionflowers at Causeway Point for just $12.90 which is cheaper tHan the ones Z and I saw at Arab Street (those were about $15 – $22). I was so happy I found the basket at Causeway Point because firstly, I don’t have to lug it in the train and secondly, I’ve been delaying the purchase of basket for a while now.

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So I added the Daiso flowers but it still looks a bit bare  and I got bored and tired after some time so I left it at that. The flowers in the basket are actually my oversized flower brooches which I used to be a big fan of once upon a time. They have been hanging on a piece of twine near my dressing table as part of my room decor and finally, I have a use for them again. Apart for the basket, I did try making the tissue pompoms but it ended in the wastepaper basket and I did a trial hand tie floral bouquet but I wasn’t much of a fan of that.

Luckily for me, I have very trusty friends, who are my Craft Fairies (a name they gave  themselves hahaha) and they will be helping me out this Friday since it’s a holiday for me. Yay for holiday and yay for creative and crafty friends! Thank goodness! I almost thought I had to give up my dream of my own D-I-Y project due to my ineptitude at being crafty hehe. Actuallybeing a control freak, I might end up doing something and maybe, just maybe, I’ll end being very good at D-I-Y. Who knows?

In other engagement-related news, 6th September is drawing near. And I think I might actually be pretty chill (and excited) about it although I’m starting to get nervy. I asked Z about his feelings for our engagement and he too feels a mixture of excitement and nervousness. To be honest, we never thought this engagement was going to end up being (a rather) big affair. We wanted a simple one, with our immediate family members and no food catering and all that. Z doesn’t like the attention to be on him while I claim to not like attention, maybe slightly less than he does. But after we told our parents, I guess our wish to have it done simply has to be placed aside. It’s okay though. The silver lining is that we get to gather our family, friends and relatives together in one majlis and that’s pretty cool. I haven’t met some of my friends since our Raya gathering and I miss them. So, I sincerely cannot wait for this Sunday! InshaAllah everything goes well! Aamiin!

It’s time for bed now! I’ll probably update with my D-I-Y project before the engagement just to keep track of the progress. Have a good week, everyone! 🙂

Love, A

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Wish I Had Known

This is going to be a lengthy post, but before I begin my post proper, I just wanted to direct your attention to my new header. Isn’t it pretty? I love pink and I love flowers (peonies, ranunculus, hydrangea, daisies, roses, you name it – I love them all!) which explains the design. I was finally able to find time to whip something up since I was already designing the tray tags for Z’s dulangs (the ones he is giving to me). I knew if I didn’t do it, this blog will probably go header-less for a long, long time. Heh.

So where was I… Oh, yes. I was just talking to Z and calling him my boyfriend when I was hit with the realisation that I will be boyfriendless in less than two weeks time. Of course it’s not a big thing considering that we’re only getting engaged but it’s still something quite overwhelming for us. I guess we never expected our engagement to happen so soon, but then again, Alhamdulillah. I don’t know how else to express my gratitude because if you were to ask me this time last year, I could not imagine myself getting engaged in 2015. But that’s probably a story for another entry!

What I really wanted to talk about is that I never thought planning this whole engagement event was going to be quite the headache. Wish I had known earlier… I thought I was pretty chill to begin with but who am I kidding, really? I’ve always been a control freak. Hehe. There have been minor disagreements here and there in the household but I’m glad we’ve been able to resolve our differences pretty fast. One thing I learn from this whole planning is that, be it your engagement or your wedding, it’s not going to be solely your event. I have to keep reminding myself that my parents, siblings, aunties and uncles have a say in this too. Being the first child in the family to get engaged also means that it’s something new for my parents and they must be excited and nervous too. My mom and I may have conflicting opinions but sometimes, I cannot expect to get everything to be done my way. What is for sure though, I am more than thankful that my parents are willing to offer more than just a helping hand in planning and managing this whole majlis. Alhamdulillah. 🙂

imageSomething else that is tunang-related, I finally collected the dulangs for the gift trays. I got them second-hand from Carousell (have I told you that I’m addicted to Carousell?) and the lady was sweet enough to throw in some extra dulangs at no additional price. (Looks like these dulangs will be passed down to my siblings when it’s their turn!) I’ll be DIY-ing my dulang but there’s nothing much to do since I’m borrowing some ready-made styrofoam bases from a friend and most of the food items for gubahan are already pre-packed and pre-designed. Let me share with you the items that I will be giving to Z. They are:

  1. SEIKO solar watch
  2. Cupcakes which my mom ordered from PerfectFrosting
  3. Buttercream cake from Thegreenspatula
  4. Talam Berlauk which my mom ordered from her FB contact
  5. My aunt’s famous pulut kuning (yay!)
  6. Brownies from Shubby Sweets Parlour
  7. Fruit basket

As you can see, nothing much to decorate except for the watch tray and fruit basket. I bought some ribbons for this purpose and I went crazy buying ribbons from Minton Ribbons at Arab Street. I love ribbons! I also bought coloured tissue because my angan-angan was to make flower pom poms and hang it up in my room to add some colour. I will also be DIY-ing the bunga rampai casing and get this, my bouquet. Yes, a freaking fresh flower hand tied bouquet. I’m not sure how I’m going to find the time to do all this but I’m happy I have friends who are such angels! They have offered to help me out in getting things in order, for a lot of thing such as photographing the whole event, helping out with the DIY stuff, help to run errands for me, baking the gubahan cake and just hearing me out as I talk about the engagement. All I can say is, Alhamdulillah . If any of you are reading this, I just want you girls to know that I love you lillahi ta’ala. Oh and my sister too lahh for being such a sweetheart and helping me with designing some stuff.

And before I go (my Macbook is dangerously running on 5% battery power now…hehe), I’m also happy that we are able to get Aspirasi Catering for the catered food. They are so easy to communicate with and they are very helpful and prompt in their replies. All that’s left is gobble up the yummy food on the 6th of September! Hehe.

Okay I should go now. I’ll be back soon!

Love, A

What a Klutz!

Phew! I survived my first entry and here I am doing a celebratory dance! (Kidding, I’m typing this while on the MRT. How convenient are smart phones??) Well, the reason why I said “survive” is because I have major issues with anything that requires me to religiously spend time on. That’s why I don’t have a particular hobby. I have many interests here and there but after awhile I end up putting it aside, in my treasure trove of forgotten semangat dua minithangat-hangat tahi ayam hobbies.

Oopsy, daisy!That’s besides the point. The point is, I wanted to blog about the reason behind the chosen blog name. So why Ourklumsyride? Well, being very macam paham, I, of course, wanted something funny, something that shows I am a witty person although I am actually faaaar from that. So I thought of “The Klumsy Apprentice” initially because firstly, I’m a huge klutz. Trust me, I cannot go a day without tripping over myself, or dropping things through my butterfingers. Z likes to make fun of my clumsy self but it has now become a norm for him that he doesn’t laugh at me anymore when it happens. Say, whaaat? I was of course hurt that he didn’t find it funny (but whenever he laughs at me, I will be annoyed. Girls are complicated like that. Heh!). Secondly, I decided on apprentice because well, I’m only starting on this journey so you can say I’m somewhat a beginner, but that would apply to all BTBs, right? So I suggested the name to Z and I guess he was feeling it because he said “Yes! Something along the witty line!” (See, he is just as macam paham as me!) So we brainstormed further until we got The Klumsy Bride and somehow from there, Z suggested Ourklumsyride to which I thought was spot on since I wanted this blog to be about us and not just about me. Also, since Z rides, it makes the name more apt!

So there you go! Ourklumsyride presenting the future klumsy bride and the g(V)room (a groom that rides a bike, get it?) Hehehehe. Let’s just hope I won’t trip or fall on my big day! Now, what’s exactly in store for the both of us? Well, it’s 12 days to our engagement and I think I’m already showing signs of a bridezilla. I have to keep telling myself to just chiiiiilllll, dude. More on the engagement later, I’ve got to go!

Love, A

New Kid on the Blog

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After much deliberation, I’ve finally made the decision to return to the amazing world of blogging which I’ve been trolling, ever so secretly. I toyed with the idea a bit at the beginning of the year, but was not so serious about actually having one. It was only recently, ever since I resumed stalking Brides-to-be (henceforth shall be known as BTBs) blogs, that I felt the itch to blog again. Blogging is not new to me, but it is something I have not done for ages (among many other things). I was Whatsapping Z over the weekend when I casually dropped the blogging idea and he seemed rather supportive. He even surprised me by suggesting that he might want to contribute. But with what, exactly? He nonchalantly replied, “With my jokes.” Well, that has got to wait for awhile, then. :p I must say though, I am ever so grateful to have Z because he even helped to brainstorm the blog’s name (this is a story for another entry). We really do work great together!

So what brings me here, you may ask. I might have dropped the hint earlier when I mentioned about reading BTBs blogs. Yup, just like every BTB I n the blogosphere, I’m here to document my journey into the world of wedding vendors, wedding gowns, bells and jitters. I’ve always been a Minah Kahwin-kahwin at heart and a part of me had always secretly wanted to do this. So I thought, why not? I also hope to gain insights from the experienced Kakak-kakak (and adik-adik!) Kahwin about matters pertaining to Malay weddings and the likes.

Most importantly though, I don’t intend for this blog to be a Wedding Planning blog solely, but also as a form of keepsake. I want to be able to relish reading my blog ten years down the road, remembering whatever Z and I have had to go through in our early years of being together. As I (not-so-gracefully) age, I have been noticing bouts of forgetfulness (the horror!) here and there and what better way to blatantly remind me of our journey than laying it out for the world to see? Hehe.

So hello world, I’m A, your resident klumsy bride (to be).