Michelle and Cello

Music art and Cello

Monday, December 29, 2008

Yellow Poppies Laptop Skin and Happy New Year

I was out whole day with my daughters. We did the things that most Singaporean like to do, eating, shopping and eating.

I saw a golden laptop in a shop and it is cute. I thought the Yellow Poppies may be a good choice for its skin.


Happy New Year to everyone!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry-go-Round: How do you celebrate Christmas/holidays?

It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.

This month's question is: How do you celebrate Christmas/holidays? What traditions do you have?

As a Chinese, the most important holiday to us is the Spring Festival. It is first 3 days of new year according to Chinese calender.

In Singapore, everyone will forget about their work and take rest during this period. The people who work the hardest such as small business owners also take at least one and half day to celebrate the Chinese new year. They usually work 7 days a week. If you only eat Chinese food, during the Chinese New Year, you have to cook yourself. Because most of the eating places are closed. Only MacDonalds and Pizza Hut are still open.

Red is the color of Chinese New Year. A lot of people buy a whole set of new clothes for Chinese New Year from underwear to outside dress with red and yellow. Red is a auspicious color that symbolize good luck. Hongbao or red packet is red. It is used for people to wrap money to give to unmarred people or children. Children will go to relatives houses to show respect and gather red packets. It is a big activity for them during Chinese New Year. I guess, Chinese people are more direct. We usually don't send gift to each other, but red packets.

One of the big activities in Chinese New Year is the pray for good luck. It is also very direct. In the street and shops in Singapore, you hear all the Chinese New Year special songs that wish money god to show mercy to you to make you rich in the new year. I was amazed when I was first hear those songs that I never heard in China before how straight they are to ask for rich and money. For example, one song sings

"Wish you good luck in the new year, if you buy lottery, you will win instantly, if you do business, you will gain great with little investment".

Food is big thing in the Chinese New Year. New Year eve is the gathering of all family members to have the dinner together. All other days, relatives visit each other. You need to prepare goodies and various kind food to treat them.

I like the atmosphere of Chinese New Year. When I was small, I loved it because this was a special day that my parents allowed me to play till very late without worrying about my homework. It was also the only day I can wear new cloth and got so much food to eat.

Now, I love the relax mood of the Chinese New Year. It is such a change from normal days that you see so many shops are closed. Singapore is a very competitive place. People always walk fast and there are always things to do urgently. But in the Chinese New Year, you just forget about all this.

There are so much more I can write. But to finish this post I have to stop here.

Please do drop by others to find out interest things about holidays

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Laptop Skin for My New MacBook Pro 15" and Merry Christmas


I just got my new MacBook Pro 15". I immediately made a skin for it with a matching wrist area skin as well. These are the Christmas gifts for myself.


The design is a watercolor effect of bird and flower. I love the new look of my MacBook.
A note about applying the wrist area skin, since the middle part is cut, the skin is not easy to be applied due to stretching when you pull it. One thing you can do is to apply a moist cloth to both sticker part of the skin and the wrist area. But be careful do not use too much water to let water drip into the laptop. With the help of a bit water, you can lay down or pull the skin easily if it is not well applied.

The good thing about the wrist area skin is that you will not spoil your laptop due to your bracelet or your watch. Of course, it is so beautiful when you look at it as well.

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

VIP Blue Owl Laptop Skin



I saw this name of the blue from a cover of a magazine. I am not sure why they call it VIP blue. But I instantly like the name and the blue and want to try it on my painting. This owl is really beautiful with this blue. I wonder how come I never thought about it before.

The laptop skin prints are so beautiful when it is magnified.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Work in Progess Polka Dot Tree and Singapore Food


I like balloon shape trees. This is another one with polka dots and sunflowers. I just finished till this point. I am not sure what is the next for it. I'll think about it and see what I can do with it later.

My elder daughter came back from USA to spend the winter holiday at home. I try to learn some new dishes to cook some good food for the family. Nothing beats a delicious dinner.

I am lucky it is easier now days to be a good mother. I can buy some mixed ingredient from the supermarket to cook meat, fish or vegetables. For example, you can cook chilly crab easily with mixed sources and you don't have to buy each individual ingredient and prepare yourself. You just need to cut the crab, put some oil and put the mixed ingredient and cook till the crab is ready.

There are ready sources for all those famous Singapore food such as Malay beef Rendang, Chicken Curry and Lakasa. Without these ready packet of ingredient, you may need to spend whole day to prepare them because you have to buy all ingredients, wash, cut them and mix them to become paste.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hydrangea and Laptop Skin


I like hydrangeas and love the soft feelings of this piece. It is very sweet and I almost feel that I can smell the scent from the flowers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Best Sellers of the Laptop Skins and Wrist Area Skins


Some of the best sellers of the laptop skins are listed here. The owls are most popular ones. I love them.

For me, the Singing birds are the best. I like them because they have so many colors to choose and the design is beautiful as well.

You can also order the wrist area skins to match the laptop skins. Just send me the dimension of the wrist area and the size of the touch pad area. You also need to give the distance of the touch pad from the four sides top, right, down and left. I can cut the hole for you.

The example wrist area is as the follows:

The white area is the touch pad area. When you cover the laptop skin to the wrist area, the touch pad is not covered.

In order for me to cut the touch pad hole for you, you need to give me the four distances of the touch pad to the top, right, bottom and left as indicated in the above image as d1, d2, d3, d4.

Moonlight Owl

Baby Owl Pink

Baby Owl Light Brown

Singing

In the Love Land Two Trees

Peony and Butterfly

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dark Blue Singing Bird Laptop Skin



This is a quite popular laptop skin for men. The actual laptop skin is dazzling with the flowers.

I gave this as a gift to a long time friend from US. He has a business trip in Singapore and came to visit us. This is a first time that I actual made a gift except paintings.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yellow Flower Sweet Home and Laptop Skins

This is inspired by the black and yellow colors. I found that yellow is very distinct and warm with black. It gives intimate and warm feeling of your home.

Order the Skins

This color is very beautiful for a dark black laptop. I believe it will give a special look of your laptop.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Some More Beautiful Laptop Skins

I just made these today. They are really beautiful! I love them!!!

Singing Bird and Flower Laptop Skins


Finally I made this design singing bird and flower into the laptop skins. I really love these two singing birds. Now my big laptop came back and you can buy the laptop skins from my store.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Singing Red Laptop Skin



This is another red laptop skin with singing bird. If you like the red color to match your black or red laptop, you can purchase the skin from my Dawanda shop.

My old laptop is not here yet and my store is still not accessible.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Japanese Garden Prints and Laptop Skin


This is inspired by the Japanese style cherry or plum flowers.

Most of the day was spent in the children's clinic. My baby had a bit red with one of her eyes. She was accidentally hit in her eye when she was playing with a child from my neighbor yesterday.

The good thing is after a thorough check up by a wonderful pediatrician, she is fine. It just reminds me that I have to vigilantly watch her to protect her from any harm.

Here are the laptop skins. The red color matches the dark red laptop nicely I think. If you are interested to buy the laptop skins, please go to my dawanda store. There is 11% sales going on these days.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Owl and Laptop Skin


Holiday is near, I realized that I haven't worked much on holiday related topics. This Christmas Owl is a playful holiday gift for everyone as I hope.
My big laptop is still in the shop for repairing. I cannot access my store right now. If you like to buy laptop skin of this design. You can go to my Dawanda store.

I just got a feedback from one of my customers that bought a laptop skin from my store. Here is what she said:"
Thank you so much for the laptop skin! Very beautiful and fast shipping to boot. I would buy from you again without hesitation.

Take care,
Mary"
Mary is one of the first few brave people that bought the laptop skins from my store directly. Not many people dare to buy things from a personal Internet shop. I am glad that she likes it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Merry-Go-Round

It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.

This month's question that myself and 8 other women will answer is seasonal and related to it feeling so winterly - "How do the different seasons and weather affect you in your art and craft?"

Well, it is good or bad depending how you feel that in Singapore there is no season. It is summer all the time. There are only dry and rainy seasons. The dry season starts from May and last to November. Towards end of the year, it is cool rainy season.

Since there is not much difference in the weather here, I am not affected by the different seasons in my art. But I am do affected by lots of things, the holidays such as Christmas, new year and my vocation time and also just something that pops out from somewhere.

I am attracted to many things and sometime confused of what I really want. When I saw something that sells very well in the Internet such as fashion, I am so attracted to it and want to do the same thing. I forgot what made me to pursuit the art in the first place.

But it is ok. I try not to be tough to myself. I allow myself to be confused and to try something else. But I also remind myself that I must concentrate on something that I really want. I can adjust along the way and should not be too stubborn to change. But I must stick to the thing that I really like and want to do and perfect it.

The only thing is it is just too difficult to know what I do is right and wrong. You cannot be persistent on something that is not right.

I haven't worked much this week due to problems with my computer. It is a good time to think more and do a bit less.

Have a nice weekend and don't forget to visit others:

You may find the article is not on some of the blogs due to time differences, do come to visit in a later time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Back to Normal, Almost

I mentioned my laptop problem to my my neighbor when you came to visit. She suggested to use the spare memory sticks in my small laptop. She helped me to change the memory. Wow, my small one now can work almost as the big laptop.

Everything back to normal and I am so happy.

It is so cumbersome nowadays without your laptop. Sigh....

Laptop is down

I got my laptop back and was very happy because I added more memory and it seems very fast. But after I made it sleep and opened it again, the same problem came back. Too bad, I need to send it again tomorrow for repair.

I am very sorry that I have to hold some of the orders.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Relaxing near Pond


The more powerful laptop of mime broke down yesterday. I guess I used it too much and it is too hot here in Singapore.

This illustration is done in my very small travel mate laptop. It is very slow to work on images. I just get this done and have no way to work in the laptop skin.

I hope I can get the big laptop back by tomorrow.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Singing Bird Laptop Skin Red



This red color laptop skin is the only one currently available with this color. I love it. It can match the black laptop or the one with the same red color.

These laptop skins are ordered recently. They look much more rich and dazzling than the images. The purple poppy one is very big and it is so beautiful when it is magnified.

If you would like to find out how my customers feel about the laptop skins, you can read the Customer Testimonials.

I am so happy that I just sold the above ACEO. This is the only ACEO I have ever made and sold. It is fun!