December 29, 2009

The Lovely Kim Fam & their Sam {Del Mar}

The Kims were all set to celebrate Samantha's 1st birthday...all they needed were photos in her hanbok. Lucky me, got to be the one to lend a hand. And hey, why not take family portraits at the park while we're at it?? :)

I think hanboks are BEAUTIFUL.... and when they are baby size, i love them even more!








And off the park for some family time. :)









December 28, 2009

introducing Green Tea & ivy!

So continuing from yesterday...

i discovered the craft fair at UCSD not long after completing the pieces for Randy & Elaine's wedding. I toyed with the idea of selling fanciful sashes and headbands since it is the beginning of the Christmas season, and well in advance of the wedding season.

Long story short, I was put on a waiting list for the craft fair about 1.5 weeks before it was to take place. Two days before I actually got INTO the craft fair and had to go into a frenzy trying to make as many peices as possible in two days, considering that I didn't have anything already premade. Basically starting off from scratch as I tried to narrow down my ideas, but fully inspired by several hours in Anthropologies, Michaels & Joanns...what else would you expect but an all niter before setting up shop @ 6:30 AM on a wednesday morning?

So what did I actually make?

Oh just some hair clips:

{These goldie clips were the most popular item at the craft fair!}


Malia {modeled by both jules & chelle - this large magenta marigold piece is one of my favorites- just the right amount of island flair. I also made a brooch with pearls piled in the middle. I think I have to make another one for myself!}


"Olivia" headband. :) {Named after you know who. :)}


The Kristen headband {a unique blend of lace and linen. One was snatched up by my sister who decided to pair it with jeans today. I myself paired it with my favorite brown sweater, a golden plaid shirt and my brown boots.}



Penelope Sash {A blush pink peony on a satin gray sash. I LOVE the color combo. Very soft and romantic.}


Midnight Rose Sash {More of a deep magenta in a silk garden rose...but against a navy satin sash, its actually pretty! I'm not a fan of pink but these two colors just seem to balance each other so well.}


Elizabeth Ruffle sash {chiffon, linen ruffles on gray ribbon. Simple but intricately handsewn.}


Lauren Ribbon Sash {A giant magenta flower on a gray satin sash. I couldn't help but picture it with a simple little black dress.}

So it was a great experience that I'm glad I had. Thanks to the support of my roommates who gave me their feedback and encouragement by want to buy like ALL of my sashes and hair clips and Joyce Kaj who turned out to be the perfect assistant to manning my table at the craft fair. While I'm still tossing around the idea of making an Etsy shop, I consider my accessories shop Green Tea & Ivy "off the ground". (Not the most original name but it was something I coined when I first thought I would have a fashion line one day...back in when I used to puffy paint tshirts in 8th grade.)

Contact me if you want to order anything you see here OR if you have something else in mind. :)

December 27, 2009

Crafty Madness continued

Not long ago (actually the week before my vacation) I participated in my first craft fair @ UCSD...it was pretty exciting!

Well exciting and kind of scary as well. What inspired me to put my handmade pieces out there?
It all started with my birthday present to Olivia (which you might remember me making here)


That first project was really really fun. Little did I know there was more to come.
Since Olivia was going to be a flower girl, Angela (Livy's mom) suggested to the bride (my buddy Elaine) that maybe I could make some head pieces for her flower girls.

So i multiplied my headband efforts by three and made very slightly different variations of silk hydrangea petals handsewn with pearls and gold beads in their centers for Elaine & Randy's cutie flower girls. Though I was running tight on time in delivering them, I had to take some photos documenting project #2. Macbook to the rescue!



Now, not about me but how about those flower girls?

{photos by James Lim}


{photo by orange turtle photography}

so I was really excited about the possibilities of making more pieces like this. Read on tomorrow to see what I actually made for the craft fair and what's currently available!

December 25, 2009



Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
{o holy night}

December 19, 2009

elijah + mommy



....Just some macbook photobooth fun with Elijah (his brother is this cutie pie) and Angella at retreat.

December 17, 2009

dreams come true :sneak peak:

It was so lovely - thanks to my dear joyce&peter, I had my "current" dream shoot this past sunday....





can't wait to show you more!

December 13, 2009

romance in the rain


just a sneak peak from my saturday session with the gorgeous andrea & ben. More to come later this week!

December 11, 2009

My Czech Family

As much as I love Christmas time....in all its glittery, sugary, shiny wonder there's something I always miss this time of year.

It's my czech family at KSOP. This year is no different as I am wishing for one thing that I know will not fit under my tree, which is an airplane to fly me across the world so that I can see them. I imagine sitting by the fire with Katrin & Martina... and how lovely tha would be. But its the socal girl in me that has never experienced a white christmas that would utterly disoriented by the bitter cold snow of a Czech winter. It's okay though....a girl can dream. :)

I realized that I never never introduced you to my host Czech family. The Kuklinikovi have been my host family for the past two years that I stayed in Ostrava.
I had an impromptu :session: with them the day before we left.

Nada, Miriam, Nela & Honza have shown so much love and hospitality to me and Cindy...and i'm so encouraged to see a family that desires to honor Christ with their lives.

Miriam & Nela...our czech little sisters. :) Growing up to be such beautiful women!




I miss them and the rest of our KSOP church family. A ton. But I'm praying that they celebrate the joy of Christ and Christmas alongside the LBC family.

December 8, 2009

sugar & spice and everything nice

While at Steph's graduation, I very politely asked Olivia if I could take her photo.


Having manners certainly paid off. :)