The Geeky Rabbit: April 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

rainbow keypad for blackberry

I have been using a trusty Blackberry as my main mobile phone for the past months, and I love how easily it can be customized. There are many different shells and cases available, and ebay offers an extremely wide selection as well.

I decided to do something different with my Blackberry. I changed the original black housing to a white one, and spiced up the keypad. I love how it looks in the dark! The colors are not as obvious in the daylight, though still visible. Check out the array of hues! I've used 7 different colors on the keypad. It totally matches the rainbow LED flasher when the BB rings (more on that another time). 

Just a little note, modifying the blackberry housing would void any warranty, but since the blackberry I'm using is a very old one, the warranty coverage is long over and hence I decided to change the cover and keypad. Also note that it requires special tools and practice to do it well, so bad handling may case damages to the phone. A disclaimer in case anyone tries to fiddle with the phone and damage it! Do take note!

A little piece of the Hunger Games

I managed to catch The Hunger Games a month back when the movie was just released in the cinema, and the plot deeply piqued my interest in the trilogy. I decided to pick up all three books at my bookstore (there was a 10% discount, all the more worthwhile!). I've not finished reading all the books due to my busy schedule, but I'm sure I'll get around it soon when summer break kicks in.

I also got a replica of the pin that Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the series, donned throughout the books/ movie. It's quite a cute little pin, and now it sits neatly on my bookshelf with the three books. It's quite a nice and sturdy replica, with the mockingjay details well-etched on the bronze metal. The pin is a stud one (not different from the tiny collarpins), hence the prong is a bit too thick for my liking and I doubt I will be using it as an accessory. Instead, it'll be on my bookshelf together with the books.

Can't wait to read the books soon!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spicing up a plain white dress shirt

I've always loved the look of ruffled collar, and how it adds glamor and class to an otherwise plain outfit. One of my favorite ways to dress up a plain suit is by wearing a frilly dress shirt. Isn't the one above apt?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Neon Pink and Black

Can't get enough of mixing neon pink and black. My favorite item has got to be the DIY boots shown in the photo. Black boots are way too common and drab for my liking, so I decided to spice things up with thrifted neon pink belts, Swarovski crystals and thick black chains. One of the first shoe DIY projects for me, and I must say I really love the look. Got lots of DIY ideas for my biking boots, but that shall be saved for a later date.

The boots go really well with black jeans and my beloved black/pink skull scarf from Alexander McQueen. The weather's too warm for a stole or thick scarf these days, so the McQueen chiffon serves as a good accessory!

Crazy schedule these days, on top of unearthly sleeping hours. Sometimes I feel like I'm living in another time zone. Can't wait for summer to come, when I can have more time for innovation and creativity. Looking forward to embark on the many projects that I have in mind!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello Kitty Bento madness

Something that I've been into lately- though not very good at making cute food!

Been trying out some of the bento tools that I bought off Eb@y some time back, and I must say it sure looks much easier than it really is. The photo above shows a sandwich maker. From the youtube videos and craft blog reviews making cute food looks like a breeze, but I struggle to make a decent-looking Hello Kitty sandwich! Half the time my Kitty face just crumble into a mangled mess of choc powder.

Thank goodness I only got a few tools, was actually pretty tempted to get more to save on postage! I need to perfect my culinary and crafty skills before I try the more adventurous and harder bento stuff.

Food takes my mind of work and is a good way to relax. Having cute Hello Kitty food is a bonus! Can't get enough of the mouthless feline.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

DIY crystal adjustable bracelet

Decided to make yet another bracelet. Feeling extremely DIY-ish today... I usually tend to be more creative when I'm under pressure and have a lot of stuff to do. Strange phenomenon, but perhaps it's just life. When I'm busy, everything is more fun!

I used chinese knotting thread (that's what the label on the spool says) to form the core of the bracelet. The thread cannot be too thick, else it cannot fit through the holes of the beads. I chose a large gradient bead decked with Swarovski crystals. It's flanked by white bead encrusted with clear Swarovski crystals.

A more accurate close-up of the beads. Love the shade!

The bracelet will be great for stacking. Looking forward to stack it with my other bangles and also to make more of these!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Jewelmint Coachella Inspired DIY

I decided to do my own version of the Jewelmint Coachella one rainy weekend, and I love the effects!

FYI, the Jewelmint Coachella is described as a chain necklace which can be worn as a bracelet, and measures 38 inches long with a 3 inch extender.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

lovely tau huay!

An extremely famous brand of tau huay, or beancurd. Love the rich taste and smooth custard-like texture. It feels more like creamy custard with bean flavor than tau huay itself. Rather expensive and elusive, but it's worth trying. Just not something I'd wait 1 hour for!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Benedict to kick-start the week

What better day to unwind on Easter Sunday? Lovely company and a good rest before a full week of work and study kicks in!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Refashioning my Versace x H&M bag

UPDATE: Anna Dello Russo for H&M earring and necklace

I love the look of handbags with chains, but sometimes it isn't the most comfortable option. I personally own the Versace for H&M handbags that come with round-linked chain handles. While it is really edgy and unique, the handle is a pain to hold. The links can sometimes clip the palms. In addition, in the humid tropical weather, sweaty palms would make the handle a hassle to carry. It's slippery and painful, especially if the bag is heavy! Moreover, there was one shopping incident when I was out and one of the bag links opened up and the chain became disconnected. Lucky for me, I always tote around a multi-way plier so I managed to fix the chain swiftly.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Anna Sui Spring 2012 Collection Mook

I was throughly excited to pick up the Anna Sui Mook, which was released yesterday (the Japan date was earlier, on April 2).

I've always loved the quirky Japanese mooks for their great catalogues and items. I can read a bit of Japanese, but not enough to understand all the articles. Learning Japanese is one of my lifelong goals that I wish to fulfill someday! The fashion is very inspiring, and the designers are extremely bold and creative.

I got hold of the mook (a.k.a magazine-book). It is quite pricey, and the price has gone up quite a bit as compared to the Anna Sui mook from 2011. Probably due to currency conversion and inflation!

The best part of the mook is the pouch that it comes with. Check out the little preview at the top right corner of the mook cover!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hello Kitty lucky charm

I love all things Hello Kitty, and when it comes to Hello Kitty and bunnies, how can I say no? I picked up a cute Hello Kitty bunny lucky charm recently. It's meant for the Rabbit Year, which was the previous year according to the Chinese calendar. I'm guessing the charm was an old stock, but nonetheless I was quite happy to find this among the heaps of knick knacks when I was sifting through trinkets at a little flea store.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jewelmint Here to Eternity- Modification

I managed to modify the necklace over the weekend, and this is how it looks like!

I used thin 24 gauge stainless steel wires to prevent the parts from tarnishing and to avoid having sacrificial protection happening. I stand by the firm belief of not mixing metals in general, especially if I do not know the exact type of metal and the source just in case sacrificial protection happens. According to chemistry, the more easily-corroded metal will be sacrificed with respect to the more inert metals and tarnish first. As such, it's better not to mix metals lest you risk having parts rusting or tarnishing. Stainless steel or surgical steel are generally inert, hence I usually stick to those.

I did a simple four way loop to separate the chains and the extension for one end of the necklace. For the lobster clasp, I did the same thing too, and attached the chains in the same order that they are supposed to be in- gold, rose gold then gold.

I would say that doing this actually helps the necklace stay in place greatly. I don't have the issue of the twisted chains anymore. The only issue is that the necklace is naturally longer now due to the extra length added by the steel wires, so if this is a call for concern (if you prefer shorter necklaces) I would suggest trimming the chains slightly with a wire-cutter. I wasn't particularly inclined to cut the chains as I preferred to keep my jewellery in their original length, albeit with the alteration, so I didn't remove any parts.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the modification and how it turned out. It really makes the necklace more motion-friendly, and not just a great piece for display! I am a naturally active person, thus having accessories that feel and look good on me when I'm out and about is an important factor that I'd consider before getting any pieces. For the Jewelmint stuff I don't have a chance to try or see them in person before getting them, so it's up to my nifty crafty mind to solve the problems.