Sunday, March 28, 2010

Planning for China

Hello my friends! I can not believe its been a whole week since I've been in blogland! Things have been very busy!

Well, I'm starting to plan my trip to China (see my post below). I'm hoping to have a few days of sightseeing in Shanghai, I will go to Expo for sure. I've also been googling for some fun places to visit, and as I'm a big Hello Kitty fan, I've found the perfect places for me!

First up, Hello Kitty Castle in Shanghai!

Look at the fabulous food you can have here!

And, there's also a Hello Kitty Portrait Studio in Shanghai!

I'd better wear my prettiest frock!

Photos from here

So, who wants to go with me? I know the Duchess does :-)

I'm hoping to have time this week to get back into blog land. Patsy and I have missed you all!

Now for the work stuff, here's the updates squashed into one post!
* website will be incorporated in this week. Maybe changing the name of the blog to reflect the merge ... more on that later!
* New wholesale pricelist to be released on April 1 with everything merged. Good news - it will be much quicker and easier for ordering!
* Another shipment is on its way. Expecting to arrive approx 20 April. New colors are coming in the rice paper lanterns - fuschia pink, dark blue, cream. More 35cm paper lanterns, and a new style of white paper lantern for weddings and little girls parties! The white LED Tealights will all be sent out to waiting customers with pre-orders as soon as possible.
* Sadly, I will not be doing any more decorating contract work :-( There's just not enough hours in the day.

Lanternshop is keeping us very busy right now with parties and weddings in Brisbane and the rest of Australia. Patsy and I are burning the candle at both ends ..... Looking forward to a few days off over Easter!

See you all soon :-)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wedding & Party Planners - I'm taking requests!!

Event, party, wedding planners and decorators - I'd love to hear from you!
I'm planning my next trip to Asia - and would like to know what colours or styles of paper lanterns etc. you'd like me to add to the range. Feel free to email me

Stock update - more tealights arriving in April. Also new colours on the way in the paper lantern range: fuscia pink, dark blue, cream, and more battery LED colours for weddings!

A big thank you for your continued support!

Cheers, Karen

Images from here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Asian themed party!

A very big thank you to my friend and talented artist (and blogger) Sophie, for not only recommending my Vietnamese silk lanterns to her sister for her big Asian themed birthday bash, but for also sending me a great picture of the party.
Don't the lanterns look stunning! I love the marquee too - what a great combination! It almost makes me want to throw a big party too :-)

Visit Sophies blog to see more party pics, listen to some music and see the amazing cake! Aaaaaahhh - wish I had been there!

Have a great week!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pinks for the little girls and the big girly girls!

Hello friends,
After nearly 3 weeks solid of rain in Brisbane, we have had a sunny day! :-)
So Patsy and I raced outside, and have been very busy taking pics of the new silk lanterns. We now have a lot more colours, so its a fairly big job this time.

Today we are featuring the 'pinks'. My second favourite colour range!
We have 3 new colours in this range - powder pink, watermelon and hot pink.

Sadly, no time to attempt another collage today, but I hope you enjoy these soft and pretty pics :-)

Its technically not a pink, but I added this one as I love it so much - Mulberry!

I hope its sunny again tomorrow - we have so much more to do!!
Hope its sunny in your world too :-)

All lanterns now available at Lanternshop.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Look what I found :-)

As you all know I'm on my way to becoming a computer nerd! Well, I'm trying hard anyway!
So today, for the first time in forever, I visited the computer mega store ...... and look what I found .....

quite unbelieveable to me - a mini mouse in my favourite colour purple!!!

Who would have known such a magnificent item existed????!! It even has a retractable cord - so magical :-)
I can even tell that Patsy, the hard-working assistant is impressed!!

There will be no stopping us now!!!!!!

Have a lovely weekend my friends. We are still waiting for the rain to finish so we can photograph the new silk lanterns!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Look what I made!!

I'm feeling so incredibly clever!!! Now, this is not something that happens frequently for me, as I'm very technologically challenged (to put it mildly).
Join me in celebrating :-)

So, here it is ........... my first ever collage in photoshop!

I'm thinking a great achievement! Next time I'm going to try using borders, etc. I didn't want to over-do it on my first go. After all, this took a long time, a few coffees, some comfort chocs! Sigh!

Maybe I can become a computer nerd after all!!

Have a lovely day :-)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Wanting to throw a great party???

Hello friends!
Recently I met the lovely Anna from Halo & Halo events here in Brisbane when she visited me to organise some lanterns.

Anna plans fabulous parties, weddings and events (private and corporate) for all occasions in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts. She's also a very nice lady - so keep her in mind for your next event!

As you can see, my lanterns are looking fabulous. (Green and white paper lanterns, a mix of 20 and 35cm). They co-ordinate perfectly with the glasses, don't you think?

images courtesy of

If you'd like some of these fabulous lanterns for your next bash, click here

Have a lovely day :-)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Welcome Autumn

Hello all! We are back :-) Looking forward to catching up with you all again!!

Today, I'm celebrating the start of Autumn! We seem to have had the longest, most humid summer ever!
Right now, its raining, and the temperature is cooler. We are all smiling here!
Yesterday we transplanted into the front garden this beautiful bromeliad (pictured)! It was in a huge pot by the front door, and didn't get much sun or rain. I checked it this morning and it looks so content in its new position, covered with rain droplets!

We have spent the last two weeks sorting through the silk lantern shipment, and can you believe it - I'm still not finished?! We have been really busy with brides and party planners - there's so many weddings this time of year!! Hopefully, we can get back on track now that Chinese New Year celebrations are finished!
Thankfully, Patsy has been a big help to me!

Happy Spring for all my Northern Hemisphere friends! Will be visiting you all soon :-)