Monday, August 25, 2014

The Popularity of European Charm Bracelets + Giveaway!

The European charm bracelets style seems to be an ever growing popular jewelry to wear on your wrists, even though it has been around for a long time. Famous brands, like the very familiar Pandora or Soufeel - are very high end pieces that many have fallen in love with and also probably one of the most precious gift that can ever be presented to a woman.

For anyone that is unfamiliar with this bracelet concept, it is basically a thick snake-chain like bracelet with a range of specialized beads to choose from, which you can slide or clip onto. The beads can either be left to slide freely on the bracelet or locked together with special designed stopper beads. In other words, it is a very customizable and versatile piece of bracelet to wear.

At Adeline's Loft, it has always been my personal intention to keep handmade jewelry affordable. I don't know if you would agree, but sometimes, it is truly not the monetary value of a jewelry that matters, but the significance that it is customized from the heart to be gifted to a loved one or for yourself.

I discovered putting together European charm bracelets and introduced it to my shop a few months ago. Since then, there has been a favourable response and continued request for this styled bracelet. So much so, I have dubbed them as the new "friendship bands".

Some of the bracelets that were customized.
There is currently only a small range of beads that I can offer to my customers. However, I will be looking into importing more gorgeous beads to cater to the year end festive period. So do remember to 'like' my Facebook page and be updated with new (but limited beads) within the next 2 months.

The materials contained in this European charm bracelets would generally consist of a mix of white gold plating (bracelet), Tibetan silver (similar to pewter) and silver plating (generally with nickel base). The price of a bracelet ranges from S$32 onwards, depending on the final selection of beads.

How does ordering this bracelet at my shop go about? Usually, a main focal is chosen by my customers, that is the colored crystal ball, followed by my recommendation of accompanying beads.

~ GIVEAWAY ~

I would like to bless a reader with this specially selected, stunning blue tone theme charm bracelet! 

The highlight of this piece is probably the very dainty light blue swarovski crystal butterfly on a very vintage looking bail. The standard bracelet length for the bracelet is 17cm with an extra inch of extension chain. This bracelet would be worth S$48 in my shop. To enter yourself for a chance to win this bracelet, please fill the necessary details in the Rafflecopter widget below.The more steps you undertake, the more chances you have to win!




Terms & Conditions :

* This giveaway is open only to female readers residing in Singapore.
* Winners of previous giveaways done on my blog within the last 6 months will not qualify.
* No further request on the bracelet design will be entertained.
* It is mandatory to leave a comment with a valid email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
* The winner will be contacted via email after the draw has been made. If there is no response within 24 hours, I will draw another winner.
* This giveaway ends on 1 Sept 2014.
* The bracelet will be sent out by standard mail.

All the best!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[Recipe] Baked 'Har Jiong Gai' - Shrimp Paste Chicken


If you've been following my blog, you would probably know by now how I dislike deep frying in my home. So with most of our craving for deep fried food, I would use my oven to do the job for me. But with har jiong gai? Is it even possible? My answer is a resounding yes!

The most important ingredient for this dish, is of course, the very pungent fermented shrimp paste, or belechan as we are familiar with. I am always for a quick-fix-meal kind of a mom so I've opted for the easiest way to get hold of my shrimp paste. I also use this to fry my belachan fried rice or kangkong, so there's varied dishes you can use it for too! A bottle costs about $3.50.


Preparation time : 15 mins  Cooking time : 30 minutes  Serves : 4

Ingredients :
1) 18 pcs mid wings (or any other parts of the chicken you like)
2) 1 tbsp shrimp paste (dilute with 1/2 tbsp of water)
3) 1 tbsp oyster sauce
4) a dash of sesame oil
5) pepper to taste (I like loads of it)
6) cornflour
7) oil

Marinade the chicken with the above ingredients from no.1-5 for at least 2-3 hours. Leave in fridge.

When you are ready to cook, prepare the oven temperature to 180 deg celcius. Line your baking tray with foil paper and spread a very thin layer of oil evenly on the foil. This aids with "frying" the chicken and prevent the skin from sticking to the foil paper.

Lightly coat the wings with cornflour and as evenly as possible, shaking off the excess flour before placing on tray.




Place the wings in the oven and "fry" for 15 minutes and then turn the wings over the other side and "fry" for another 15 minutes, till golden brown. Take the wings out and let it soak up any excess oil on an absorbent paper towel before serving. Best served hot!



*Optional Step*
Many deep fried food we consume outside are deep fried twice to achieve a crispier outer layer. So just before I served the wings to our table, I laid a fresh foil paper on the baking tray, and place all the wings into the oven again. This time, at a high of about 200 degree celcius for about 10 more minutes or till crisp.

Enjoy!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Derby Hat and A Fascinator

I love to DIY as many things as I possibly can. I love to enhance essentials that may be bought in a very basic form or use my imagination and resources to create something from scratch, whenever possible. Basically, I just love to work with my hands (and make full use of the creative side of my brain). 

Recently, my DIY skill was put to the test when a close friend confided that she has to dress up for an event and for a specific derby theme. If you don't know yet, I love going beyond my boundaries when it comes to creating. Looking for a derby hat online was probably the easiest way out. The thing was, having it shipped in would take forever. By the time it arrives, the event would have been long over.

So, it was decided that I could come up with a fascinator since we all had no clue where to find those big hats in Singapore. Even if we were to find it, we figured it would probably be pretty costly. Very fortunately for me (or for my friend!), while I was out on my quest to get suitable materials to make the fascinator, I chanced upon this big plain hat! Oh, if only you can imagine the glee I had on my face and in my heart at that moment! I was reeling with excitement with the vision I had on the end product.

I found this plain hat at Bugis Village for only S$14.90.
When I got home, all I could think of was feathers, feathers, feathers. "But no birds on my hat! Lest they poop!", she said.

You see, I bought a whole lot of it at People's Park Complex, where a lot of my favourite craft stores are located in a single building. I had a vision to make it a classy hat and the feathers came into mind.

A big flower on the hat was also requested and I remembered that I've some unused artificial ones. These 2 flower combination came together and were perfect for the hat. The flowers, alongside a strand of big white acrylic pearls to go around the hat, made it exceptionally classy and elegant. And yes. I didn't forget em' feathers! The addition of the purple feathers gave the overall style an oomph.


If you can't tell just yet. I am pretty pleased with the outcome.

So, what do I do with the exaggerated "ton" of feathers I bought? I decided to make her a fascinator anyway so that she may have a choice of what to use at the day of her event.

Viola! The feathers put together with glue and secured with a felt base. Enhanced with a faux peacock style feather piece, which is actually an iron on piece. The metal hair clip was sewn on.

I'm very happy that I've unlocked another creativity level and that I managed to deliver an expectation. I hope that my friend will have a blast dressing up for the event.

*** At Adeline's Loft, it's not always only about customizing a jewelry. Exploring different kinds of accessories or gift ideas, is also part of my customization service. Do send me a query if you have something you would like to customize and we can discuss your desired creation together. Send me an email : oon.adeline[a]gmail.com or visit my Facebook page and drop me a message from there. ***


Till the next post, have a wonderful day.

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