Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Updates In My Undertakings + Christmas Special For My Readers

I have been really swamped with jewelry orders that I have gone on a long hiatus on my blog. Plus with a recent private fair at a financial institution which saw an opportunity for me to showcase my wares, kept me even busier on the jewelry front. Geez, I didn't even find time to share much about my maiden feature in a cook book! 

This is a snippet of the front and back cover of the cookbook which is already available for sale at local major bookstores, as well as in Malaysia. You may recognize some, if not all of the mom/recipe bloggers featured in this book! A compilation of 50 favorite home cooked recipes from the 10 of us!

A snippet of my little booth set up at the fair which I shared on my Instagram account.
As we count down to Christmas that is happening in 26 days, my hands are ever constantly busy with a heavier load at this time of year. Even my shoulders, back and eyes are facing some kind of hullabaloo which I am choosing to ignore until my work is fulfilled. And then maybe I will go for a nice massage! *wink*

Speaking of Christmas, have you already been shopping for gifts to your loved ones or perhaps, for an office gift exchange program? If you are still stuck with ideas, jewelry pieces could be your better choice for the ladies. 

Christmas Special, Specially For My Readers
Suede Collection

The above suede collection is now available at my Facebook page and will be gift packed nicely, ready for your Christmas gifting. 

The current special for this collection on my Facebook page is 'For every 2 nett priced pieces purchased, receive 50% for the 3rd item* (*the least priced item will enjoy the 50% discount)' 

BUT (I cannot stress enough of this important BUT) if you are reading this, and wish to get a gift from this collection, just PM me on Adeline's Loft facebook page, mention that you read this post to enjoy this special instead :

For every 2 nett priced pieces purchased, receive the 3rd item with my compliments.  
(*the least priced item will be the complimentary piece)

How is that for helping you with a budget and with the spirit of giving this Christmas? :)

The designs on sale are very VERY limited so it's only while stocks last. 

And by the way, if you don't find anything suitable and wish to customize a jewelry piece from me, do know that 9th December will be the last day that I am accepting orders in time for Christmas. Customization pieces for necklaces or bracelets will start from $26 onwards, depending on final choice of components and earrings from $16 onwards.

I look forward to your support on local handmade this Christmas.

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Absolutely Me,

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Eggplant with Minced Meat and Salted Fish

One of the joys I have is cooking for my family. The fun part is trying to sieve out the flavors of the food that we like while eating out so that I can try to replicate it at home - of course sometimes, I can't do it without some help from the internet!

I was inspired to cook this dish at home after we tried it at a Chinese restaurant. The portion was very small and couldn't satisfy our meal that night so I knew I had to try cooking this. So glad when I see my husband and son ply the eggplant onto their plate of rice repeatedly. It is a good standalone dish. Best part? It is not a daunting dish to prepare at all. (Recipe adapted from The Meatmen)

Preparation time : 10 minutes  Cooking time : 10-12 minutes  Serves : 4

Ingredients :

2 medium size long eggplant (about 1/8-1/4 longer than the size of a palm)
80-100 gm minced meat (I used pork. Minced chicken would work too.)
2 slices of dried salted fish (about 20-30 gm)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
Some spring onions, cut into small pieces
Some oil for cooking
Corn flour

Sauce :
a) 1 tbsp oyster sauce
b) 1 tsp light soya sauce
c) 1/2 tsp black soya sauce
d) 1 tsp black vinegar
e) 1 tsp soy bean paste 
f) 1 tsp sugar
g) 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
h) 1 tsp corn flour mix with 1/4 cup water to thicken sauce

Method :
- Firstly, slice the eggplant into wedges and lightly coat it with corn flour.
- Heat your pan with about 3 tbsp of cooking oil, pan fry the eggplant (or deep fry if you must) till slightly soften and browned. Drained and set aside.
- Rinse and cut the salted fish into smaller pieces.
- Prepare a fresh pan with 2 tbsp of oil. Stir fry the salted fish, garlic and ginger till fragrant.
- Add the minced meat, give a good mix and fry till cooked.
- Add the sauces from the above list (a) - (g). Mix well.
- Add in the eggplant and let it stew with the meat for a few minutes.
- Add in the cornflour mix to thicken sauce.
- Add the spring onions and give a final stir.
- Serve and enjoy with piping hot white rice!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Absolutely Me,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Qualities of A Successful Small Craft Business


Building a successful brand, in my case it's handmade lifestyle jewelry, does not happen overnight. It takes a whole lot of commitment, persistence and perseverance to be where one wants to be. Most times, when you hear about someone's success in their business undertaking, they have probably already started honing their skills very much earlier before getting noticed. And 'success' deems differently for each individual. For me, success is about my passion, tenacity, building self-worth, trust and relationships.

I remember my daughter asking me this question very recently, "mummy, do you think dancing is a talent?", and I said "yes" because I certainly do not have any talent there! But she went on to quip that with practice and perseverance, anyone can actually dance well. I paused and pondered. There is certainly truth in her observation which also speaks volume to my personal journey at Adeline's Loft. There was no particular 'talent' to speak of before I discovered my interest in making jewelry. It was indeed something that was nurtured over the years (11 years and still practicing). It was only after my 6th year into this little hobby business that I found my purpose and concept behind what I love to do. So if you happen to be in a rut with your handmade venture, you are not alone.

I have thought through about my little business journey and decided to share about what I think is the essential qualities one should possess. I hope it will help inspire you along with your journey, if you are on one like me.

Do you have a signature style?
It took a long time for me to find mine, which I am glad it is still reflected in my current style even though over time, it did evolved a fair bit. It may not be a style that everyone would appreciate but it will certainly be one that you are most skilled at. This is about staying true with what you enjoy doing and not just following trends. When you enjoy your work, it is reflected in your pieces.

Do you communicate the value of your work accordingly?
I often put myself in my buyers' shoes. I would ask myself if the price is affordable and if the value of the product in terms of labor, cost of materials and originality, are in place. Define a story of what you are doing so that you can attract the right clientele to your brand.

Do you have a regular clientele base?
There are clients who will always be supportive of your work, and then some who are 'touch and go'. It's the same everywhere. The right clients would always love your creations and wear what you make. It may not be a big number of clients but they appreciate your designs and are often your biggest source of referrals. They are also the ones who will bump up the value of your brand. Hence, it is essential to maintain a good customer relationship with them.

Will you stay dedicated to your craft?
We celebrate when in good times. Would you quit when in bad times? Or be resilient and stay on course, adapt new techniques and move forward? We must learn to adjust, and know when it is time to cut out on things that aren't working and confident enough to try out new things that would enhance our experience and skills. Always go back to why you started out in the first place and keep building on it. By all means, get inspired by your favourite craft artisans when you need to but NEVER copy others' work, because successful brands do not prosper that way.

Do you relate to my article? 
Is there any other qualities that you would like to highlight on your own journey? 
Read more jewelry resources written by me HERE 
 Let's connect!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Absolutely Me,


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