Forest Flame Millinery

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Planning my trip to London

It has been a mad week. Exam starts next Friday for the students and I can finally slow down. Month of May is great! There are several public holidays - Labour Day, Election Day and Vesak Day. We deserve a break, don't we?
I have booked my flight to London for June with my favourite airline - Qantas, and this time round, I am staying in a B&B in Lewisham, London. Definitely not as luxurious as the one I stayed last year. Well, I had my Connect Plan last year and could afford to splurge, but no, not this year. It must be peak season in London because I could not secure any room for my last 2 nights in London. I tried many many B&B, even tavern and hotels. What is happening between 22-24 June in SE London? Any major event coming up? Checked O2 arena but there isn;t any big shows on those days. So why is there no rooms for me in Lewisham and Blackheath area ?

I am more familiar with Lewisham, Hither Green and Blackheath and also my sole purpose or going to London is to pick up more tips in millinery from my teacher, Mrs Cory. Her classes are conducted in Blackheath and I prefer to stay closeby. It is going to be a tight trip as I will arrive one day before the course starts and on the last day of the course, I will fly back to Singapore at night. Yes, no sightseeing except on the only weekend I have. For that precious weekend, I am just going to look at hats in London at Covent Garden, Oxford St...etc and to check out Cherry Chow's deisgn at Miss Selfridge.

In the meantime, no more taxi to school and back home everyday. Got to watch my spending from now till June!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Wedding Blues

No, it not me. To do wedding accessories or couture hat?
I have wanted to just make bridal accessories but now am wavering a little. Millinery is my passion and making wedding hair adornments is my love. After seeing the gorgeous hats Jaycow made, I want to make hats too. Wedding accessories will still be my first love. I believe it is possible to love 2 things equally. First love need not be just one. Or is it just me who is fickle?

So, at my website and etsy shop, I will be adding hats. For the last week or so, I have been buying hat block at ebay. Not really a patience person, I wasn't successful at first. My style is bid on the maximum I am willing to pay, ONE bid. What happened is that the bidding got higher and it wasn't worth it to pay so much for a used block. So I control myself and made my one and final bid just a minute before bidding closes. So I have been more successful these few nights.

At the moment, I am the proud owner of 4 full size block and 5 fascinator blocks. One more to go - that's the one I want and I am willing to pay US$xxx for it. A brand new one from England cost S$400, so if I can get it at 50%, I am lucky. Afterall, I have already spent more than a thousand Sing Dollars on them and I have better get my act together and start making hats. You will get to see my hats soon. I know many people said that o one wears hats in Singapore. So what? The trend will pick up. I rather be the leader than a follower. It is so common to sell crafters following what successful designers are doing. They are absolutely good with their hands but they are not original. They see somethings that sells, they do that. Yes, I want to be the first milliner in Singapore. Well, I am already the first, haha! Just that, no one has heard of me. OK, I will show you a favorite hat shape - the cloche hat. This is the second block I bought from this seller at ebay. You will see my hats soon, I promise.

Cloche Hat Block from Poland

I have uploaded my new wedding hair accessories featuring 100% silk flowers using dupion and habutai. They are lovely, and I don't think I can make flowers from synthetic fabric again...just kidding, I am still making that because there will always be customers who want them. Do view my new hair accessories at my website: www.forestflame.com



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