Wedding Invitations – The Flora Collection

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Eye Candy, Invitations, Weddings

I worked my tail off to release 3 different collections and premier my new website by the new year. It all paid off, thank you everyone for your encouragement, motivation, and critiques. I appreciate it very much!

One of my wedding collections, Flora, is inspired by flowers (obviously), nature, and all things organic. I wanted to show the softer side of invitations here while still making a statement with typography and design elements, all while using the main theme throughout each design. These items are available for order now, check it out on our website by clicking here.┬áI can’t wait to add more to the collection as the year progresses!

The Orchid Suite is fun and whimsical, with a less is more attitude. There’s something about orchids that are so elegant and fragile, I always swoon over its beauty.

The Fall Fauna Suite was inspired by the winter and fall seasons. The organic, simple beauty of leafless trees always evokes this feeling of mystery, gratefulness, and hope.

The Cherry Blossom Suite is probably my favorite design in this collection so far. In Japan, cherry blossom trees are held very highly as the blossom season is very short. The purpose was to reflect on the gift of life and how short life can sometimes be, mirroring the blossom season. This suite in particular inspires me to live every day, really LIVE.


Granada Hills Christmas Parade

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Career, Eye Candy

Sometimes I feel like my family’s bakery, Ninong’s, is in the perfect location. Granada Hills is very involved in its city and does many activities. Ever since I was a little girl…and maybe even before that…the city hosts their annual Christmas parade. They block off a big chunk of Chatsworth St. (from Hayvenhurst to Zelzah) and they have schools drill teams, cheer teams, bands, dance teams, as well as girl scouts, boy scouts, car clubs, business associations and so many more people come out to be a part of this parade. The parade always concludes with Santa being escorted by the city police (talk about VIP right?).

This was our 3rd year being in our shop for the Christmas parade and it was the best ever. Since we’re right in the middle of the action, the day of the parade is very, very busy for us. And we love it! This year, we decided to give gifts to our customers for sitting out in the rain/cold.

What a long day this was. By the end of the parade all of us were encompassed with exhaustion, but it was so much fun at the same time. Seeing familiar faces, seeing new faces, the reaction of when you give them something as a gift…all in Christmas spirit. It’s that feeling that I always strive to feel around this time of year.


Hello Kitty Carnival 2010

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Eye Candy, Personal

I was 4 years old, it was my first day of pre-school. There I was with my mismatched outfit (my mom promoted independence and had let me pick out my clothes for the first day of school) and my pink Hello Kitty backpack and red Hello Kitty lunch pale – complete with matching tupperware and thermos! Ever since then, I have held Hello Kitty and the rest of the Sanrio crew close to my heart.

Yesterday was the last day of the Hello Kitty Carnival. When my friend Iris told me about it, I had to drop everything to go! We went last night with David and Charlie and had a blast! Don’t know about the guys, but Iris and I had so much fun! :D

It was perfect timing, I needed something to cheer me up and inspire me. Hello Kitty has a way of doing that. When I walked through the hallway into the room, I just couldn’t help but smile. The room was filled with gigantic balloons in the shapes of the characters, there was a minigolf area and an area to play carnival games. There was an arts and crafts area and face paint (had to do it! go laugh at my picture below). There were food trucks, a gift shop, and my favorite part, the art gallery.

Being around all the Hello Kitty and Friends visuals made me feel like a kid again. A time where I was carefree, a time when I loved all things pretty, a time when I was really happy. That’s what Hello Kitty brings to me, and I’m sure, so many more people. No matter how old I get, I will hold a special place in my heart for her.

In case you missed it, here’s a video NBC did covering the event.

So thank you, Hello Kitty, for all the smiles you bring.


DIY or DDI: Rose pens

Author: Kissa  :  Category: DIY or DDI, Eye Candy

I love arts and crafts. Martha would be proud. I love to scrap book, make albums online, create inspiration boards, make greeting cards and stationery, sew… a lot of people ask me how I come up with certain ideas and if it was worth it to do it myself rather than just buying it already made. Honestly, I wonder that too sometimes. So I’m going to start DIY or DDI ( To do it yourself or don’t do it at all). So, channel your inner Martha and here we go!

I’m the type of girl that likes things to be unique and out of the ordinary, as long as I can afford it. :P I’ve had this pen made out of a ballpoint pen, ribbon, and a silk rose that I bought when I was in college years ago and it ran out of ink. Looking online, looks like these babies are running for $15-$20 a piece (for a pen?! sheesh!). Let’s see how much I can make them for.

Level: Easy

Supplies you’ll need:
1. Ribbon – your color and and type of choice. (Try to keep it between 0.5″-1″)
2. Silk flowers
3. Glue gun
4. Ball point pen of your choice
5. Wire cutters

1. Using your wire cutters, cut your flower so that the stem is very short.

2. Take the ball point pen apart completely and pop off the top by using a tool that would fit into the outter tube of the pen. Push the top until it comes off. (I used the remaining stem from the flower.) This will take some effort.
3. Now that you have the top piece removed you can insert the silk flower in its place. Using your glue gun attach the rose to the top of the pen. Allow a few minutes for glue to dry. Put pen back together.

4. Using your glue gun to attach the start of the ribbon to the top of the pen near the flower. Wrap the ribbon around the pen in a rotating angle. 3x-4x up and down the pen is good. (I like to leave some space at the bottom so I can put the cap back on)

5. Fasten the end of the ribbon at the top of the pen with a glue gun.
6. (Optional) Tie a bow near the top of the pen for some added flair.

There you go!

So, how much did it cost me?

Glue gun and glue: $0 (I already have 2)
Ball point pen: $1.99 for 12 pack
Ribbon: $0.99 for a spool of 8 yards (on sale)
Silk flowers: $1.50 for a bouquet of peonies (on sale)
Grand total: $4.48

And at this purchase, I could make at least 11 pens! That would be a whopping $0.41 per pen! Definitely a DIY! Enjoy!


Takes the Cake

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Design, Eye Candy

In the span of 2 short years, I have found my love for baking and cake decorating. My family owns Ninong’s Pastries & Cafe in Granada Hills and my aunt and I are in charge of the special occasion cakes.

I’m no master, especially considering that I’ve never been formally trained, nor do I have a degree in pastry. But, I know what I like and I know what tastes good. :) My aunt on the other hand is a veteran. She’s been baking and cooking for over 30 years and was formally trained in the Philippines before my family opened up their shop there.

I had the pleasure of taking a cake decorating class last year from famous chef and cake artist Ron Ben-Israel. He is an amazing teacher and with this basis of education that I received in a span of 3 days, I was hurled into the world of cake decorating. Needless to say my graphic design degree was a tremendous help for me in this department. I guess it all works out for a reason right?

Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of designing numerous cakes for clients as well as some displays for our shop. What I love about cake decorating: endless possibilities. My aunt tells me all the time that things are drastically changing in the cake world. She said cakes used to be so simple compared to the cakes that she used to make and the cakes that we’re making now. There are new innovations in tools, designs, shapes, etc.

I continuously try to challenge myself and learn more and more about cake decorating. I don’t think I’ll ever learn it all, just like with everything else. But I think that’s what makes it so much fun. :)

Here are some cakes I’ve done so far. My recent favorite, the Super Mario inspired cake. Charlie, my mom, and myself (Yes, my mom! More on that later.) are fans of the Super Mario series. I just had to!


Fancy Friday: Wedding Cake Ideas Part II

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Eye Candy, ideas, Weddings

The trend with cakes is simplicity with little details. A little goes a long way. Cakes have definitely changed within a few years and if you see the crazy cake shows on TV, you know what I’m talking about. Their cakes look amazing! Too bad there isn’t taste-o-vision because I would definitely have a taste!

I’ve been a picky cake eater for as long as I can remember. No expert, albeit. It MUST be moist and the flavors HAVE to work well together. It’s not just about the cake, just the filling, or just the frosting…it’s the mix of all elements that makes a cake.
That being said, people’s taste buds aren’t always quite accepting of the flavors and tastes of more “design friendly” mediums (i.e. fondant, buttercream, etc.). Some people love it, some don’t – I don’t blame you, everyone has a different palette. So what’s a bride/groom/host/hostess/celebrant to do? Cue the grand entrance of the faux cake!
You can now have the look you want, without compromising the taste! How? Cake designers use faux cakes many times for displays, examples, or photo shoots. Why not use it for the party? Then, you can have your tasty, non-compromising cakes in the back and have your caterer slice the cake you want the guests to enjoy and LOVE.