Happy New Year 2010

I woke up yesterday and decided I wanted to do some stop-motion project. I absolutely love the jerkiness effect. I had a ton of ideas but I know I wanted to try something small first and did not want to commit days doing this. So here’s my first production of 1-minute and 16-second video. I am so proud of it and I would do it again in a HEART BEAT! My 5-year old Treyton helped me with gathering the lego pieces and snapping the pictures. He was a great help and even said “This is so much fun!”

It took me approximately 3.5 hours from assembling the legos (finding the pieces that would look good and proportionate), to snapping the pictures (200 of them), importing, color correcting, importing again, and finally touch up on timeline and adding the soundtrack (could’ve done better with the soundtrack but all of my good songs are not on my Mac, they’re on my Windows).

Overall, I had A TON of fun and I can’t wait to do more of these. Happy New Year to you all!

Deck The Basement

The basement is where the magic happens during this time of year. This year, we painted the dark and textured wood panels white. This was not the original paint color, we had baby bluish tone and hated it. The first couple of years of living in this first purchased house, the basement was nothing but a place to do your laundry. As we made little improvements here and there, the basement is now a family room where we watch movies and play games.

The bar on the corner is our next project. We plan to turn it into a tiki hut. Once that’s completed (I’m hopeful it’ll be next Summer) you damn right we’re going to throw a Hawaiian party there.

Every year Jeff is in charge to decorate the basement and put the tree up. Treyton and I are in charge of putting the ornaments up. As for many kids, Treyton absolutely LOVES putting up ornaments.

Here are some snap shots I took of our decked out basement. Enjoy and hope your Christmas is Merry!
Here’s the newly purchased star. Yes, we’re a star folks, not an angel folk

Jeff’s first Christmas ornament
Jeff’s Grandmother, Grandma Ginny had some mad ceramic painting skills and these are some of her works throughout Jeff’s childhood.
One of Grandma Ginny’s hand painted ceramic that I put in front of the light to create a glowing effect.
Threw in my Indonesian flair to the tree. This is a miniature kuda lumping.
Kuda Lumping also called “Jaran Kepang” is a traditional Javanese dance depicting a group of horsemen. The dance employs a horse made from woven bamboo and decorated with colorful paints and cloth. Common Kuda Lumping dance only performed the dance of the troops riding horses, however another type of Kuda Lumping performance also incorporated trance and magic trick. When the “possessed” dancer is performing the dance in trance conditions, they can display unusual abilities, such as eating glass and resistance of whipping. Jaran kepang is also a part of Reog dance performance. Although this dance is native to Java, Indonesia, it also performed by Javanese immigrants in Suriname, Malaysia and Singapore. (Source, Wikipedia)

Here are Jeff’s collection of clothes pin soldiers that his mom collected and given to him throughout his childhood. They are the cutest things 20 some years olds.

We (Jeff’s mom and I) started an ornament collections for Treyton as well.

This one is ESPECIALLY adorable! Jeff’s mom got this for Treyton

The ornament that I won from girls’ annual bed and breakfast. It’s yearly hosted and planned by Nicole, Jeff’s cousin. Watch for my next blog on girls annual bed and breakfast.

You can see the original color of the wood panels on the bar here

I love the silhouette behind the the red bow

Treyton under the moving reindeer


The mantel over the fireplace


Oomph Your Gift Wraps

It was two days before Christmas Eve and I have yet to start wrapping my presents; not a single one! Thank goodness I took the day off to dedicate myself to gift wrapping. I got out the folding table and set my my gift wrapping station right on the corner of my dining room as the dining table is piled hight with presents waiting to be wrapped.

I find gift wrapping quite relaxing, it’s almost like scrap booking. The key is to know when to stop. Here are some ideas to give your gift the ooohs and aaaahhhs wow factor.

A closer look to Sera’s gift. I was disappointed that Ms. Oregon didn’t think I could come up with such thing. Still love her though.
A closer look to Mandi’s gift. This took a bit more time to do because of how the the ribbons were weaved.
A closer look to Erin’s gift. I HEART the gold crumpled paper and I need to find some more of these.
These were a bunch of gift cards. The template is courtesy of Martha Stewart
It’s cute in black and white too

If I were Gingy’s Exterior Designer

Since we’re literally snowed in, about a foot and half of snow and still counting, Treyton said we should make Gingy’s house to kill time. There were 3 different designs that we could choose but since we couldn’t decided we decided to forget the design and just decorate it however we wanted it.

The skittles were not included but Treyton was adamant to add some to the house.

I was pretty happy with the results especially since this is the first time I assembled a gingerbread house. This took me about 2.5 hours to assemble and I would do it again. To my surprise this was pretty relaxing and fun!

Putting green skittles on the window
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This is one of the smaller walls. The “lights” were a bit challenging to stay on and so are the “icicles”.
Corn starch helps smooth out the white icing.
I LOVE how the stained glass windows turned out. To do this, take the gum drops and roll them out with a rolling pin on a sugared surface to keep it from sticking. Then you cut them in squares.
I didn’t want to waste the cutout pieces from the rolled out gum drops for the windows, so I turned the “shavings” into an entry. Some of them are applied to the green bushes around the house.
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I just wanted to show you how much snow we got and this was just half of what we ended up with.

Charlie and Panta Claus

This is Charlie. Charlie is a 6-year old very imaginative boy. When I arrived at their house he was fishing for ghosts! I had a good time shooting this family. Charlie told he one of his favorite books was Aliens Loves Panta Clause. Aimee, Charlie’s mom, is a friend of mine and is an excellent dancer, especially traditional Indonesian dance. She has been dancing for Sumunar for lord knows how long. I love how she embraces the Indonesian culture as much as she does. Before I left I was given a great big bear hug from Charlie as well as a gem stone that he said I could have. What a sweetie! Here are some of the pictures I took.

Charlie and his legos
Here are some more pictures on my Flickr account. Click the play button to play the slideshow

Meet Jaden Jaka

Meet my nephew Jaden Jaka. For those of you who are curious, his middle name Jaka is an Indonesian name meaning “a young man” and we often call him by this name. Jaka is now eight months old and these pictures were taken when he was 6 months old.
This boy was procreated by combining the Indonesian chromosomes of my beautiful sister Ade and her go-getter husband Jenson who is a Bahamian. Jaka is blessed with this fabulously mixed complexion.


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The complete slideshow of all the cute pictures of him can be played by clicking the play button below.