Just a reminder…

If you’re wondering why the posts over here have come to a stop, I’m now blogging over on my new website. Come on over as there is still time to enter my giveway!

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My new blog is live!

I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I launched my new blog yesterday. If you’ve enjoyed the content over here, expect similar content and so much more. I can’t wait to start blogging on a regular basis again. Come on over!

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DIY Printable 2012 Wall Calendars

My 2012 Calendars are here. Like my Holiday line, I went the DIY printable route this year. So, if you wanted to stuff some stockings with calendars (everyone needs a calendar right), just print as many as you need.

First up, the 2012 Wall Agenda version. There’s spots to fill in birthdays, appointments and other events. If an event moves or you make a few mistakes, simply print another copy.

2012 Wall Agenda Calendar

And last but not least, the simple Wall version. Pin copies to your office bulletin board to brighten it up. Or slip a copy into your daily notebook.

2012 Wall Calendar

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. The weather is shaping up to be great here so I plan on spending as many hours outdoors as possible. I have been chained to my desk for weeks. Time for some R’n’R!

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DIY Printable Holiday Line 2011

Just the other day, my friend Julie reminded me on Twitter that the Holidays are only 5 weeks away. Talk about a kick up the arse as I’m not even close to ready. My days seem jam packed lately and before I know it, it’s bedtime. Each day I am crossing stuff of my to-do list, yet it doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. Anyway, I digress…

One of the things scratched off my to-do list is the official (and last!) ME holiday line. I went a different route this year and made the entire collection as printables. I know many of us leave things until last minute (hello procrastination!) so no more counting how many cards/tags you need to order, just print off as needed.  Check it out!

What about you? Feeling ready for the Holidays? Nope!

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Envelopes for sale!

Hey friends, I’m clearing out my stock cupboard which includes a whack of envelopes. As the Holiday season is approaching (where WHERE is this year going?) and some of you may be creating your own greeting cards, I figured they might come in handy. I have multiple sizes/colors available  – A1 (4 bar), A2 and some mini vellum business card size ones (insert gift cards/tags into them).

The envelopes are listed in my Etsy shop.

P.S. I’m almost ready to launch my new blog. If you want, you can sign up for the newsletter to get all the details. I can’t wait to start sharing. I really miss blogging and chatting with you guys.

Hope you are all well. xo

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6 months


That’s how long it’s been since I’ve posted here. So much as happened since my last post in May. Possibly too much to acknowledge right now but I just wanted break the silence over here and update you on some things.

I’ve decided to shut modernemotive down. This announcement has been greeted with many “oh no’s” but really, I don’t want anyone to feel bad about it. I’m thrilled. Yah, feels odd to say that but I am.

For the longest time I’ve been suffocating under modernemotive. It’s almost as though modernemotive and I were friends with unspoken issues and every time we tried to be together, it was awkward. There was a constant elephant in the room if you will.

With all endings come new beginnings and I can tell you I’m staring a new project that will launch early 2012. I’d love to keep in touch and tell you when it’s live. I’d like to keep in touch period. So, if you’d like to do the same, here’s how you can:

Of course, I still have some modernemotive products hanging around which I’d love to move out of my stock cupboard before year end. So, everything is on clearance. Many of the items are already sold out, so grab what you can as obviously they won’t be reprinted.

I’m also selling off what I’m calling “sassy seconds” of my Get Your Shit Together notepad. Why are they seconds? There was a slight (very slight) misalignment when they were trimmed. Being the perfectionist that I am, it drives me slightly bonkers that they aren’t cut perfectly on the pattern. But, they are in perfect usable condition and should still be used right?

With the Holidays just around the corner (seriously, where did this year go?), they are great little fillers to add to stockings.

I will try and pop in a few more times before the year is out. But in the meantime, take care and I do hope you’ll follow along as I start my new project.

- Adele xo

Photo Credit: Hs7th

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Are you on Instagram?

Judging from the amount of comments that Arthur and Stella posts receive it’s clear you are all fans. So, I thought I’d ask you all if you are on Instagram. If you are, and you’d like to see more photos of these furballs, 99.9% of the photos I post are of them. Here are a few I’ve posted recently.

Stella & Arthur

Just search for me as modernemotive. Don’t forget to leave your username in the comments too so that I can follow you back.

If you don’t have Instagram (I think it’s an iPhone app only), all of the images get sent directly to my Twitter account so you can see them there too.

Happy Saturday!

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Do you need to get your shit together?

So by now I’m sure you all know I have a new notepad out.  As with my other notepads, the theme and functionality is always born out of my own needs. The fact that I need to get my shit together is no secret and something James says lovingly (?) to me often.

Despite knowing what I need to do, that alone doesn’t always spur me into action. Why I’ve no clue and perhaps that’s a whole other blog post in itself. Or perhaps I just need to quit seeking the “why do I do this to myself” and just do it instead. There’s a refreshing thought huh?

In the spirit of sharing, here are some areas where I need to get my shit together. Rest assured there are way more items than the 4 you see below but I’ve deemed these as the most important. Besides, this is a re-occurring theme in my life so there will be plenty of opportunities to share more going forward.



Complete Wholesale Documentation
I am super close to completing this. I just have some minor details I need to iron out and some procrastination to fight with. Yes, yes, you’ve heard this all before but let’s pretend this is the first time.

Reprint my old notepads
2 of the 6 are sold out and others are very close to that status too. This particular run will be big and my largest investment in modernemotive yet. It’s scary. Oh and well I can’t do the above without completing this component can I?



Work on the condo
Despite going all gung-ho on our condo redo last year we didn’t reach the finish line. Artwork was found but not purchased. Accessories were pondered but not sought out. Pillow inserts were purchased but cases not sewn. The list goes on. We need to complete the living area, kitchen, and bathroom soon as we have a bedroom, another bathroom, an office and an outdoor space we need to procrastinate on and drag out forever.

Work Out
A few weeks ago I miraculously got my arse to the gym. I did this repeatedly for over a week and then I fell off the band wagon. Starting each day with a workout made a HUGE difference to my attitude throughout the day and my overall happiness. I felt so energized and I need to remember that feeling and get back to the gym ASAP before it gets lost.


So, now that I’ve shared some of my shit list, please do the same.

Artwork Copyright Lim Heng Swee. Print available here.

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Shop Update: Get Your Shit Together Notepad

Hello friends, I’m happy to share my new notepad is now officially available. As you can see, this notepad delivers a wee bit of sass and I do hope you appreciate it’s cheekiness. I did consider being a little bit more PG and going with SH*T over SHIT instead but well, sometimes we have to tell it like it is right?

New Notepad :)

This notepad is available as a single unit but I’m also offering it as a bundle of 3 (great for gifting) with a 10% discount.

So, what do you think?

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Awkward Silence

Yet another month has passed without so much as a whisper over here. I feel like there’s this awkward silence going on with my blog where I just don’t know what to say anymore. I’ve been waiting for the silence to lift but it isn’t. As expected, the longer is goes on the harder it is to spark that first word.

While the above might be a little bit dramatic at least I’m forming sentences. Usually I’m just staring at a blank document, sipping on a coffee and waiting for the words to come. I’d capture my thoughts through my camera but we are having a awkward moment too.

Regardless of why I’m feeling this way, I need to snap out of it. Can someone spark a fire under my arse please?

Anyway, enough about me. How are you?

Photo Credit: Bob.Fornal

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Best Friends

I know I’m yet to officially introduce Arthur but I couldn’t resist sharing these adorable photos of Stella and Arthur together. Proof of a blossoming friendship between a rabbit and a dog. Does it get any cuter? Not a day goes by they don’t have a little snuggle fest and it warms my heart.

Best Friends

Apologies for the lack of updates the past few months. After a blah winter, I’m happy to report that there are lots of great things going on in my world. Come the end of March, I should be sharing the first of many new products coming.

I’ll try to resume regular posting again soon. Promise!

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A few week ago while doing my notepad inventory, I noticed a few of my Daily Chores notepads were not cut accurately. As you can see from the photo, the right margin is were the cutting error occurred. So, I’m selling them off as seconds for only $6.30 (40% off) + shipping.


A few have already been snapped up, so if you’d like to grab one simply pop me a note on Etsy with the color you’d like (only pink and orange available) and I’ll give you a coupon code to use.

Happy March!

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