31 December 2012

DIY: Volume straight hair tutorial by Luxy Hair

Are you obsessed with Mila Kunis' super volume super straight hair? Watch this video tutorial by Luxyhair!


30 December 2012

Super sparkly New Years eve nails inspiration ★

Super sparkly New Years eve nails inspiration

25 December 2012

Have a lovely Christmas day!

23 December 2012

2 more days till Christmas!

22 December 2012

Santa hat strawberry cookies!

Wondering what treats to take to your Xmas party? Why not take these super cute simplified version of santa hat strawberry cookies by Domestic Fits.

Here's what you need:

- Strawberries
- Biscuits of your choice
- Cream cheese icing - easy recipe here

Add the icing into a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, add to a large, heavy duty, zip lock bag and cut about 1cm off the bottom corner, this can be used as a make-shift piping bag.
Pipe a dime sized amount of cream onto the cut end of the strawberry and place in the middle of your sugar biscuit. Pipe the cream around the base of the strawberry, as well as a pea sized amount on the tip of the berry to resemble Santa’s Hat.


21 December 2012

Free printable xmas gift tags designed by me!

My mum and I just finished baking some almond biscuits to give to our friends for xmas and realised I should use my gift tags to snaz it up! What do you think?

// Download here // 

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Happy Holidays!

20 December 2012

Easy Christmas Sangria Recipe

Amazing yet easy Christmas Sangria recipe I found on Pinterest! 

- 2 bottles crisp white wine
- 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
- 1 orange, 1 apple sliced
- 1 cup fresh cranberries 
- Fresh mint leaves

Mix and enjoy!

DIY Reindeer nose gift + printable freebie

Ran out of Christmas gift ideas? Here's a super cute Reindeer Nose gift idea for you all. 

Here's what you need:

1. 7 x chocolate almonds
2. 1 x Jaffa (or Cherry bomb candy)
3. Print out my label on A4 here
4. Cut, fold it in half and staple!

Easy as that! 

18 December 2012

Christmas dessert inspiration...

Wondering what to take to your next Christmas party? Here are some dessert inspirations! Click on the  links below if you'd like to know how to make them!

// Ginger bread cookie tree // Brownie strawberry santa hats // Chocolate forest cake //


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17 December 2012

DIY Christmas card using things around the house!

Here's another quick Christmas card I made with things around the house! It's so easy, you can make it too.   

Here's how:  
1. A4 paper - fold twice to make a card. 
2. Kraft paper and tissue paper - stick the tissue paper over the kraft paper and stick on card. 
3. Green felt (I used an old sweater). Cut out into tree shapes and stick on top of tissue paper. 
4. Sissors 
5. Glue stick + super glue 
6. Beads - stick the beads onto xmas tree cut out. 
7. Gold thin wire - twirl the wire into a circle and stick on top of xmas tree cut out with super glue.  

Easy as that! Craft away guys! 

14 December 2012

Currently Obsessed: Handmade Jewellery by Boo & Boo Factory

Hello! I've just discovered these super gorgeous geometric statement jewellery by Boo & Boo on Etsy! Check them out!

01 // 02 // 03 // 04 // 05

12 December 2012

Kraft paper Christmas wrapping inspiration

Some kraft paper Xmas wrapping inspiration from Pinterest. I'm especially loving the cut out Xmas tree idea. No ribbons, just kraft paper - super eco ♥  

Happy Krafting!

11 December 2012

DIY shoe string necklace

Here's a super quick shoe string necklace I made using the same shoe string bracelet tutorial I posted last month. The only difference is I looped another shoe string on both ends to make it long enough for a necklace.

View the tutorial here!

10 December 2012

DIY: Upcycled magazine gift bow by Martha Stewart

Paper bags, old newspapers, fabric scraps - you're probably already using them for eco-friendly gift wrap. But did you know you can create beautiful bows from magazine pages?! As featured in The Martha Stewart Show, you'd be silly not to make these this holiday season!


8 December 2012

DIY baby shower card

I'm going to a very special baby shower today and made this super cute card with recycled paper and a piece off an old green sweater!

1. Cut out a onesie shape from your desired fabric. (I used an old green sweater)
2. Stick or sew 2 beads as buttons.
3. Stick the onesie onto card.


DIY fashion upcycle sandals tutorial by Glitter 'N Glue

Here's another amazing DIY fashion upcycle sandals tutorial by Glitter 'N Glue. All you need is old sandals + fabric! 

Make sure you check out her website here for full the tutorial!

6 December 2012

DIY: Upcycle gift bow with magazine paper

Paper bags, old newspapers, fabric scraps -- you're probably already using them for eco-friendly gift wrap. But did you know you could create beautiful bows from the pages of our magazine?
You'll need a page per bow (best if mostly one color) and some double-sided tape.
1. Cut the page lengthwise into nine 3/4-inch-thick strips of heights shown: Three at 11 inches, three at 10 inches, two at 9 inches, and one at 3 1/2 inches. 
2. Twist each strip to form loops at both ends. Make a circle out of the smallest.
3. Secure the ends with a piece of double-sided tape.
4. Layer and stick, starting with the longest strips. End with the circle in the center.
To make these bows as featured on "The Martha Stewart Show," use strips of paper shopping bags, which result in a more sturdy bow. For a fuller bow, cut strips to be 1 inch thick and make the shortest strip about 4 1/2 inches instead of 3 inches. Sections of bow can be held together easily with double-sided tape, but for added strength, use a screw punch to punch a hole in the center of each bow section and secure together with a gold or silver brad. Attach the final single loop with double-sided tape or hot glue.

4 December 2012

New Customised Baby Print on Etsy!

Another little customised baby print on Etsy! Check it out here.

29 November 2012

Freebie: Maiko Nagao designed printable gift tags for my readers!

Here are some more exciting Christmas treats for my readers! I've designed some printable gift tags! Just download, print and cut!

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Happy Holidays!

Super easy fishtail braid tutorial!

Lovin' fishtail braids right now! Don't you, adore the first image by Jen Ingvarsson Photography?

So did you know it's really easy? I sure didn't. I always thought it looked too hard to try myself. 

Watch the video above by Beautydept and you'll be left annoyed like me. Why didn't I try this earlier??!!!

28 November 2012

Free downloadable iphone wallpapers by Maiko Nagao

To celebrate the launch of my 'Bird Series' prints on Society6.com and a pre Christmas gift, I'm giving away free iphone wallpapers to my beautiful readers!

Start by clicking on the wallpaper you want from your phone and download the image!

// Pearly Parrot  // Tsuru Tale  // Oh my owl! //

It's all yours! xx

How to install wallpaper on your phone
The easiest way would be to actually download it directly into oyur iPhone.
1. On your iPhone, open up your browser and navigate to this page. 
2. Choose the wallpaper you wish to download by clicking on the download link. Once the image displays on your screen, press down on the image until a menu pops up and then click 'Save Image".
3. Open the "Photos" app and go into "Camera Roll". Select the wallpaper that you would like to use. Press the arrow button in the bottom left hand corner of the screen and a menu should appear. Select "Use as Wallpaper". The rest should be self-explanatory.

27 November 2012

DIY: Bow bun by Running on Happiness

Here's a super awesome bow bun tutorial by Running on Happiness! Make sure you check out her blog here. She has the most amazing hair styles that I spent HOURS on her blog when I first discovered it!

01. Gather hair into a high pony tail. Loop hair through an elastic band leaving the ends out and on the top.
02. Divide bun in the middle.
03. Gather the loose ends into one section and pull it directly back behind the bun.
04. Pin into place with bobbi pins.


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25 November 2012

Newest addition to Society6.com by Maiko Nagao

You can now purchase these on Society.com. Ipad & laptop sleeves, ipod, iphone cases, tote bags, t-shirt, hoodies, canvases and more! 

Get yours today here.

22 November 2012

DIY: Mustache cake!

This is so cool. Why not celebrate Father's Day or Movember with a DIY mustache cake by Antsi Pants and Keep Calm and Blog on.

1. You will need one round sponge cake
2. Cut the cake like the above picture like a ying and yang symbol
3. Frost! And you don't want it to be smooth...


21 November 2012

DIY Neon bracelet with a shoe string!

I found this super hot neon bracelet tutorial on Digu.com and had to share it with you all! All you need is a shoe string (preferably neon!!) and clasps to put it together. Voila! 

Friends, these may very well be your Christmas pressies this year. LOVE!

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18 November 2012

Eco Philippino Handmade Jewellery Designer

So, I came across an amazing jewellery/accessory designer 'Island Girl' while traveling through the Philippine islands recently. The above is the statement necklace piece I bought for myself. 

Inspired by nature and responding to the global demands for eco-friendly products, her pieces are derived from natural materials that are organic and expertly hand-worked by rural communities that have inherited their skills from past generations. Check out her website here. 

16 November 2012

DIY: Eco mini wreath gift tags by Frolic

Here's a neat idea for a DIY gift tag by Frolic. See the whole tutorial here.

You can also follow me on facebook, pinterest, instagram and twitter, for more daily creative inspiration!

31 October 2012

Currently working on a Japanese style tattoo - commission piece

Here's something a little bit exciting! I'm working on a Japanese style 3/4 sleeve tattoo as a commission piece.
Still work in progress but thought I should share it with you all!

19 October 2012

Oh my Hello Kitty bento~★

Japanese mums are way too cute!

11 October 2012

DIY: Upcycled Belt Camera Strap

Raaaaaaaaaaa, I found the coolest DIY camera strap tutorial on the I Honour of Design (IHOD) blog! Check out their tutorial here. I have so many old belts lying around. I shall go for a little scrummage through my stuff now... 


4 October 2012

DIY Dripping nails by Honestly WTF

Inspired by Prabal Gurung‘s spring collection's blood-like, drippy polish accompany, here's a super awesome tutorial by Honestly WTF. Check out their amazing tutorial here for your next Halloween party!


9 September 2012

Instinctive Health Logo

So I had the pleasure of designing a logo for Instinctive Health. I learnt so much about some of the amazing things they do while creating this design. Here's a little bit about what they do... 

Instinctive Health offers a range of therapies which work together to bring balance and harmony back to the body, mind and the emotions. Great results have been achieved with stress,anxiety and depression; fears and phobias; fertility and hormonal imbalances; sleep and breathing issues and behavioural problems. Check them out here if you'd like! 

7 September 2012

DIY: Furoshiki style Hermés scarf

Following on from my last post on Furoshiki, here's a similar how to by Hermés. It sure inspired me to open my scarf drawer to try some of these out!

Check out my other post on DIY Furoshiki here.


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