Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top 5 Reasons to Own Handmade Jewelry

Don't be disheartened if you can't find a specific styled jewelry accessory when you are out shopping. After all, most of those found at the malls are catered to the masses. Here is when local jewelry artisans or even those abroad, can step in to help you design a special piece that you are looking for! If you have not had a first experience with having a jewelry piece customized for you, read on why you should consider making that move.


  • Handmade jewelry are conversational pieces. Whether you are at work or attending a special event, discerning eyes would be drawn toward a statement piece that you wear, especially if it is custom made to compliment a specific outfit. When people ask about it, you can also share your story about how that piece was designed together with you!

 

  • Recognize your own style and not the style of the masses. There's really no other way to be unique when it comes to dressing yourself up with a statement piece.



  • Good handmade jewelry designs are pieces of art that will compliment you. It doesn't go out of style.


  • When you buy a handmade jewelry directly from the artisan, you can be sure that the money you have paid goes straight to them and not to any third party. Not only do you help to keep the independent jewelry artisan community alive, you will also inspire us to do better each time!


  • Lastly, jewelry artisans like me, take pride in our work. We strive to enhance your personal shopping experience with us and make sure that you are happy with your purchases. Fostering a one-to-one customer relationship is also part of our goals!

If you have not already experience having a lifestyle jewelry piece designed for you, do get in touch with me and let's work together to create a piece that is unique to you. Or if you know of someone else who is also in this field, you may like to give them a tinkle! I am sure she/he will be happy to have your support!

email : ade.loft[a]gmail.com

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Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Absolutely Me,

Monday, January 18, 2016

[Recipe] Meal-for-1 : Cold Beef Salad


Do you make resolutions when it's the new year? Do you seriously keep them? I don't, for sure. Because it's tough! I would rather make small changes to improve my life on a daily basis whenever possible. And one of those, right now, is to be more conscientious with what I eat.

During a family vacation in Sydney last year, I have had several beef salad lunches which were tangy and delicious! So I have been preparing my version of cold beef salad for my solo lunches at home of late. This is also a very ideal healthy lunch you can prepare in advance from home to bring to office and good for anemic people (like me) who needs a good dosage of iron in our diet.

Preparation time : 15 minutes  |  Cooking time : 5 minutes  |  Yields : 1 portion

Ingredients for beef marinade :

- About 160gm beef chuck tender, sliced thinly (Or get the pre-packed sliced beef at the supermarket)
- 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp BBQ sauce (optional - you can replace this with worchestire sauce)
- 1 tsp sugar
- black pepper to taste

Salad :
- 1 portion ready mixed salad with cherry tomatoes and (optional) onion slices

Salad dressing :
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
-  1 tsp honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste

(I personally like tangy flavored dressing. Please adjust and test-taste the portion of the vinegar to your preference)

Method :
- Marinade the beef with the all the above. Leave it in fridge for about an hour or two.
- Prepare the dressing beforehand by mixing the above dressing ingredients well. 
-  Heat pan and sear the beef on both sides for about 1 minute on each side. No need for additional oil.
-  You can choose to chill the beef to have the salad later or serve it warm on top of salad, together with dressing.
- Enjoy!




Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Absolutely Me,

Monday, December 21, 2015

It's A Wrap For 2015!

2015 has been a fruitful year in my personal undertakings. There are countless things that I am inspired to embark on and I am satisfied that I have ticked (and attempted) several on my to-do list which I never dreamt I would!

In my humble kitchen, I shared on instagram my first chiffon cake baking adventure (using Domestic Goddess Wannabe's recipe).  4 different chiffon cakes flavor later, I am pretty sure that I have gotten the hang of baking it. Call me strange but I found the process of egg whites beaten to soft peaks simply gratifying! And yuzu flavored chiffon cake remains a personal favourite.

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Then there was my successful 'Dry Mee Siam' which remains a favourite dish, my quest for 'jiu herh' (cuttlefish) that led me to making 'Rojak', the oh-so-easy-to-make-and-super-delicious 'Peach and Blueberries Melba Cake', 'Baked Tonkatsu' which is great for the health-conscious and one highly viewed recipe on the blog. Last but not least, I recently made 'Irish Cream Tiramisu' and am so pleased how it turned out because I never thought I could churn out an 'atas' tasting dessert! These recipes are not only comfort food for us at home, they are also great recipe ideas for get togethers.


On the jewelry work front, I am very grateful and thank God for His constant supply. 2015 is definitely a year for bag charms and lanyard request, which make wonderful gifts. Though not forgetting the requests for 'Adeline's Loft' trademark necklace styles that will always remain a favourite for those who appreciate them.

Here is a collage of some of my favourite pieces I have made for 2015.  Do visit my facebook page album for the full upload of all the pieces I made this year.




Last but not least, the other highlight of my 2015 would be pledging my work to The Collective Effort. I am very happy to have played my part in paying it forward and brought some smiles to the less privileged children in Singapore. You could still read my dedicated blog post on what this project is about or simply check out their Facebook page for photos of happy faces that says it all!


Here's taking the opportunity to wish my family, friends and readers :

A Very Merry Christmas with
blessings of peace, love and good health.
May you also have a fabulous 2016 with all your dreams coming true! 


Till next year, have a wonderful day!

Absolutely Me,

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