I was surfing around for CNY stuff when I chanced upon this very interesting thread, offering very charming handmade Ang Pow purse organisers for sale!
I recall having a tough time segregating my Ang Pows last year, since we do loads of visiting on the first two days of the Lunar New Year, and have tons of relatives. Since we try to be organised, to make sure every kid gets his/her Ang Pow, we write their names/codes on them. So regardless of when they show up at the gathering venue, it’s easy to remember who hasn’t gotten their Ang Pow yet.
The hubs and I have parents who come from huge families (7-9 siblings), who then have many kids, who then have many of their own kids, so you can imagine the chaos. In all, there are four separate sets of extended family whom we meet, and tons of Ang Pows to give out. Then there are the special Ang Pows we give our parents and immediate unmarried sibling, our kids, and then all the various Ang Pows our kids receive from all sources. All this is an organisational nightmare, that I realised a very good Ang Pow organiser can ameliorate.
*Ta-dah* Look at how many pockets these have!! Ten in all (two big, 8 small). I was so pleased with this find that I bought one for my mum too.
After CNY, you could use them to hold your chequebooks, parking coupon booklets (!), and it functions great as a travel wallet too, since it easily fits two passports, foreign currency, flight tickets, boarding passes, and the list goes on…
The other lovely thing about these organisers are that they are handmade by a wonderful SAHM (with some help from her own mum) with two young kids. Made of 100% cotton material, with gorgeous fabric sourced from overseas, this is certainly a quality product. The sewing is extremely neat, and the organisers even have a backing so they stay in great shape. I have a soft spot for crafts people, who personally design and sew their creations, so I think this is worth the price it commands ($24.90, including free normal postage). Support local!
Beyond Ang Pow purse organisers, the other star of the season is their Mandarin Orange carrier ($20.90), which is a cute satchel tote with matching fabric! The interior is lined with wet-bag material, to make sure that any moisture from your oranges doesn’t ruin the bag. How thoughtful.
Apart from these, Lavsuca makes an astounding variety of beautiful products that I spent ages scrolling through. This includes taggie blankets for babies, machine-washable diaper changing mats, large totes, water bottle sling covers, hundreds of waterproof wetbags, as well as diaper clutches.
I finally decided that this shoulder tote (12 inches by 14 inches) with zip pocket and pleated front ($30.90) was irresistible, plus it came in a fabric print that I was partial to.
I think I squealed with delight when I saw it. So lovely!! Care had obviously been put into placement of the fabric, such that the sweet Japanese girls (and the cat! do you see the cat?!) peeped out at specific vantage points. Even the back of the bag was so deliberately well-planned.
And, presenting a throwback photo – what a blast from the past! It wasn’t so long ago (a few years perhaps) but the girls looked so different! And K is wearing a lovely dress made from the same fabric print as the tote I bought. She’s outgrown the dress since, and B doesn’t like the cut of the dress (nay to halter neck ties), so we are in the process of converting it into a long skirt. Yay to a second lease of life for such a pretty article of clothing.
So everybody, if you are looking for that unique Ang Pow organiser that would cheer up your CNY visiting, or a pretty handmade item as a gift for a friend’s birthday, or as a gift to a newly-minted mum, do check out Lavsuca’s picasa album for the latest lovelies she has in stock. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or PM her on Facebook. I’ve received friendly and prompt replies within a day or two.
Do support a Singaporean mum’s little business! Happy lunar new year, one and all.