Boredom strikes but Creativity flows in!

This is how I handle stress and boredom.

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My so-called room had been a mess for almost a month. So, I finally decided to do some DIY and renovated it. This is how my Adventure Wall looks like now. Sans the TARDIS and Wanderlust chalk drawing. I’ll do that after I get a new bookshelf.

desk1aAnd this is now where I make my calligraphy and mail art. After 4 years, I am finally able to display my paintings!

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Wanderlust

Have you ever desired something so much that you’ll do whatever it takes to get it? Well, my ‘something’ is not tangible, so, it’s not that easy to get.

Adventure. That’s what I long for.

It’s not easy ’cause you need lots of money to travel. I know, I know. There are cheap ways to travel, like ‘working’ abroad (WWOOF and Au Pair). But, I know I’m not the type of person who’ll go for that now. It is a great idea, I may try it in the near future.

This is why I also created this blog. To somehow share or see other people’s adventures through mail.  But, I do know another way on how you could have your own adventures and see other places for free or at least cheap. It’s…

booksREADING, ladies and gents!

My latest hoard of vintage books. And there’s a 90 year old book hiding in there!

You can explore all sorts of worlds, meet different kinds of people and definitely have an adventure of a lifetime through reading. It’s a great way to enhance your vocabulary as well. I have to admit though as to why I bought loads of vintage books. I was planning to use some of them for my mail art. Blasphemous, I know!

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 8.39.43 PMThis is the maximum damage I could probably do to a book. It breaks my heart that I did this to a 60 year old book.

Lesson learned! Take care of your books, old or new. So, your future kids or grandchildren can have their adventures with them too!

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Christmas = Bankrutpcy?

I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating Christmas this year, be it with their friends or with their family. As for me, I spent a lot of time shopping this holiday season, as I know a lot of people did also. Since, the last time I went shopping for Christmas was years ago, I ended up buying a lot of stuff this time. The hoarder in me —that I got from my mother and my aunts, got the best of me. And these are some of the things that I bought for Christmas!

First off, the things that I bought for myself,

The Moon and The Star

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According to the Internet, this deck here, Rider Waite’s Tarot Deck, is one of the most popular tarot deck. It’s also the best deck for beginners who wants to learn a little bit of fortune telling.

I did try reading my own fortune, unfortunately, it’s not looking good for my love life. Tsk tsk tsk. Kidding aside, this is a fun way to entertain your guests on a party or a cool trick to add to your skills to show off to some friends.

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I also spent a LOT of time in bookstores this season. Especially in Fully Booked. I bought 10 books in total. I got 3 copies of The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. One for myself and two that I gave away as Christmas presents. I also got:

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto,

Twilight The Graphic Novel Collector’s Edition by Stephenie Meyer,

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas,

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank,

Wildflower: A Novel by Nick Bantock

and

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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I also did some online shopping. I hoarded bought washi tapes, deco stickers, and postcards (YEY!) from Hey Kessy and Bee Happy Crafts.

I got crazy over the stuff that Bee Happy Crafts have on their site. So much vintage and postal love! I couldn’t resist. What you see above isn’t even a quarter of what I bought.

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Lastly, I bought my mom an antique (ENGLAND, Year 1990!) It was expensive, but I thought it was worth every penny.

Look how gorgeous that piece is! It’s like a mini UFO with legs! The store guy said that it’s a butter holder and it’s perfect since my mom loves breakfast.

I was also busy helping my aunt for her son’s 7th birthday. She bought a lot of glass bottles from Divisoria and ended up having more than she could use. Hoarding runs in our family, as you can see. So she gave me some of the bottles, 100 bottles in fact. _MG_0286

I’ll use these as ink bottles for mixing my dip pen inks.

Now, I need new inks…

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