Alice in Wonderland Easter Tea Party

Posted on May 20, 2011 by eelengchang | 0 Comments

I wanted to have a special Easter weekend this year and so, I proposed a picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens and not just any picnic, an Alice in Wonderland themed picnic where everyone had to pick a character and dress up. My lovely guests went for the idea and everyone got busy creating their costumes. I decided to take on the Cheshire Cat, who in my opinion is the most wonderful character in the story. I think he's the sanest of all Wonderland inhabitants and I think he knows that and uses it for his own goals. Which of course is to cause as much mischief as possible!

For my costume, I bought a cheap dress that had black and white stripes and dyed it pink. I found an awesome pink stripey fabric and used that to create a nice, stuffed tail. I also found cheap cat ears at a party shop but they had silver and very blingy bits so I covered the silver and bling up with pink felt. Stripey tights and my favourite furry winter boots completed my look. 

We attracted quite a few stares and points as we walked into the park. One group of tourists from China decided amongst themselves that we must be from some kind of show! Everyone went all the way with their costumes, which I think is the only way to go for a proper Alice in Wonderland Easter Tea Party! 

Here are some photos of us decked out as Wonderlanders:

The guests: The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Alice, The Queen of Hearts and her loyal card soldier and The Cheshire Cat


Cheshire Cat feeling right at home in a tree, luckily no need for any fire brigade to save this kitty coming down!


Alice needs some good sound Wonderland-style advice


Hanging out with The Mad Hatter and a cup of tea of course


Down the rabbit-hole


Lovely instax photos to immortalise the day forever


We had a really awesome picnic, I wish we'd taken photos of our actual picnic spread. There were sandwiches, cupcakes, fairy bread, breadsticks and dip, dolmades, and of course lots of tea and tea cups. Actually there were more tea and tea cups than hot water to actually make much of that tea drinkable...

All in all, super fun picnic with the loveliest company. Now, what should the theme be for Easter 2012?

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Ending Soon: $25 Panda Launch Sale!

Posted on May 16, 2011 by eelengchang | 0 Comments



The launch sale for the Panda of Hooby Groovy Land iPhone case finishes at the end of tomorrow, 17th May 2011  (UTC+10:00)!

Adopt your adorable Panda here today for the launch price of $25.00. (Usual price: $34.95)

Here's a lowdown on the case: 

  • It will fit any iPhones or iPod Touch or any other similar sized devices
  • Constructed using high quality 2mm felt
  • Pocket on the back for cards, cash, etc
  • Panda paws have hook and loops tape on them, so you can open Panda's arms and secure your earphones when not in use


Perfect Teeny-Tiny Homes

Posted on May 12, 2011 by eelengchang | 0 Comments

Some of the best designs come about from having to abide to very strict parameters or limitations. In the case of these next two videos, the limitations come in the form of space. Here are 2 videos of 2 very tiny apartments, one is in Barcelona and one in Hong Kong.






I love how both have managed to take these really tiny places and turned the space not only into a fully-featured home with everything you'd need for day-to-day living, but that the end result looks extremely beautiful, cosy and even spacious! And I like how you can really see that a lot of thought goes into each design feature, about how it would work to make the place really liveable and functional. 

There are many big, beautiful houses with gorgeous architecture and interiors. But I think its so much more inspirational to have the same level of gorgeousness in an itty-bitty little space!

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A Day Out with the Panda of Hooby Groovy Land

Posted on May 10, 2011 by eelengchang | 1 Comment

The Baby Panda of Hooby Groovy Land is a rare and extremely groovy species of the panda family. Like many other animals of Hooby Groovy Land, the Panda loves nothing more than to spend the day in the city, chill out in parks and generally have a relaxing day out with its owner. 

Here's a rare sighting of a Baby Panda of Hooby Groovy Land out and about on its day-to-day activities.


Panda loves reading time, especially when its about the great masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria


Panda loves to dance, just put on any upbeat song and Panda will start busting some sweet moves


 Too much dancing for now! Time for some relaxing tunes and a peaceful nap in the park. 


 As the sun sets, Panda loves to head indoors for a refreshing Bubble Tea. In winter, Panda swaps Bubble Tea for hot chocolate, with marshmallows of course!


Dinner time! What's on the menu tonight, Panda?


So, as you can see, Panda is a really fun companion to hang out with. Pandas love their owners and are always happy doing anything, as long as they get to spend time with their owners.

You can adopt a Panda of Hooby Groovy Land right here


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Welcome to my Hooby Groovy Life!

Posted on May 07, 2011 by eelengchang | 2 Comments


Welcome to the Hooby Groovy blog! I've umm-ed and ahh-ed about running a Hooby Groovy blog for a long time now and finally decided yes, I will do it!

My name is Ee-Leng and I'm the owner/designer of Hooby Groovy or more accurately, I'm the everything of Hooby Groovy, mostly the gimp and minion. 

When I started Hooby Groovy, I had no idea what I was doing or what the big picture or plan was. What I really wanted to do was the create things that I myself would love to use and I wanted to see if maybe someone out there might like it too. There came a time when I had to think about being more focused in terms of what kinds of things I could design in the future or what themes to go with. And I found it really hard because there are just so many things in this world that is so interesting and beautiful to me.

And so, for me the Hooby Groovy Life is a life where I can let all my senses indulge in all the various kinds of things that are so interesting. In running this blog, I hope to be able to cast a new eye at things around me and find inspiration and beauty in them.

So I hope you will join me in my journey of discovering new things, learning new facts and having new experiences. :)

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