ALDO’s smart shoebox design

This smart concept makes me break my blog rule of posting only projects I’ve made.

By simply adding holes on the box & allowing the cashiers to attach the strings easily after a customer pays for the merchandise, it eliminates the need for plastic bags.  The string makes pretty good handles and quite comfortable to carry out my new shoes.

Good job, ALDO shoe box designers!


From the outside


Candlestick Park Antiques and Collectibles Fair finds


  • $7 for 3 cute cups – sherry!
  • $10 for blue decanter
  • $20 for Scandinavian salt & pepper shaker set

Our 1st visit to the faire was pretty pleasant.  The offerings were similar to Alameda’s antique faire but much smaller. The more intimate size was also less intimidating and made it seem more manageable to check everything out before we got tired.   Yes, it does seem we keep buying items for alcohol consumption.  But hey!  any cool bar requires time and efforts to cultivate.

antique market cup

1st treasure hunt at Alameda Point Antiques & Collectables Faire

For many months, I’ve been wanting to check out Alameda antique faire/flea market, which happens once a month.

It was such a HUGE market with much to see.   I’m quite bummed that I didn’t bring a camera because our weirdest sighting included a space suit!

Finally after walking around for 3 hours with my willing partner-in-crime, we picked up a few items to add to our space.

1)  Buttercup Federalist Ironstone dish:  serving bowl?

2)  cute small stool with reupholstered top

3)  decanter:  it’s where our gin calls home now

4)  vanity table – pictures to come

First visit to SF Flower Mart


  • $18 for 3 large batches of flowers.

I visited LA Flower Market long time ago and have been meaning to stop by the one in SF for quite a while now.  First impression of SF Flower mart was that:  “hmm… it doesn’t seem very big”.  Well, it’s not as big as the one in LA but still have lots of pretty flowers at good prices for my little adventure.

Here is some pictures for my splurge of $18… and many more of the pink flower buds that will open up well in the next few days.  Happy Monday to me. 🙂

harmonizing bedroom dressers and night stands

Part of the fun/charm of moving in with a partner for the first time is the combing of your worldly possessions that, often, don’t match.  Between the 2 of us, we managed to have 2 night stands and 2 dressers.  Every one of them had its own style & color.  I’ve wanted to do something about it for a long while now.

Finally, I decided to pickup 2 shades of blue paint in the same family so they will look cohesive, without being overly matchy.


  • $24 for paint
  • $3 for sand paper
  • $0 for old dressers and night stands


  • small night stands took about 1.5-2 hours EACH!  sanding really took a while.
  • dressers took about 2-4 hours each with all the sanding, prepping, and painting.

-room before-

-night stands: before-

-night stands: after-

-Night stand #1 & #2 + Dresser #1 & #2-

Hanging Wine Labels

Yay for another post, finally!

Since the wine collection slowly expands in our apartment, I realized there was no good way to know much about the wine by just looking at the bottle.  Most likely, there isn’t any information on the bottle itself, and sometimes the bottles would come with a nice write-up that’s on another sheet of paper.  With storing our wine in boxes stashed inside of our wall closet to keep them cool,  locating the bottle itself AND the write-up paper can often be very laborious.  I always thought there has to be an easier way to do it and finally I had the ‘ah-ha’ moment.  This is a fun, quick weekend project.


  • $0 for old, unused hanging folders & shipping stickers
  • $0 for screwdriver, needle, strings


  • 1.5 hour

I found some old hanging folders in my overly crowded stationary box and old UPS shipping stickers.

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Step 1: Creating custom size labels using MS Word.

Using the Envelope & Label function, you can create new labels, specifying the size you want.  I went with 2″W x 3″H.  After setting the label size template, I searched for the fonts & icons I want.  Fonts are such fun things to browse through 🙂

I also wanted simple, clean wine glasses icons on my label so I can tell if it’s a red or white wine without pulling the bottles all the way out from the storage boxes.  Then type in the information.  I used the write-up that already came with the bottles, and/or information I found online.  Mostly, I wanted to know about “what it will taste like”, “drink it now or open it when I turn 40?”

Step 2:  Print labels, attach onto old folders, and cut out the individual labels

This is a pretty straight forward step.  Use your imagination. 🙂

Step 3:  Drill 2 holes for the string to go through

I used a small screwdriver for this.

Step 4:  Use a needle to thread the string through.  Tie knots on the back of the holes

Insert from the back side of the label to the front.  Tie the first knot on the back side.  Then go back through the 2nd hole.  Adjusting to the desired length, then tie the 2nd knot.  Cut off excess.

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Step 5:  Put the label on the bottle.


I ♥ wall stickers

When I was a little kid, I collected stickers.  Cartoon characters, flowers, Hello Kitty characters (given to me, not by choice), and random varieties that a girl can buy from the zillion book/stationary stores around Taiwan.

Post-Christmas 2007, I discovered the adult version that can be put on the… WALLS!  I was in heaven.  One rule I learned during my kiddie sticker phase was NEVER PUT STICKERS ON THE WALL, or your mom would get very angry.  Wall stickers go against all of that training, and they look pretty 🙂

Here is the current collection:

-by my desk-

Sticker_brown tree

-inside Water Closet (thanks for being okay with it, honey!)-

bathroom butterflies (1) bathroom butterflies


Sticker_dandilion Sticker_birds