Saturday, December 23, 2006

They say imitation is the best form of flattery?



This is what I see out of the living room's window today. Lovely roses in bloom.



and because I love the style of the apron (thanks again, Melissa!) so much, I can't resist but made a copy of it. It's fabric comes from a new sarong I bought at a decent price from a supermart. I remembered the time I got it was the period of the Hari Raya Puasa celebration. They had lots of these sarongs in stock then. When I was choosing one from the rack, a girl beside me was rather embarassed to be seen making a selection. Took one and off she went, very quickly. Was I hitting on some sort of taboo action? Til this day, I have no clue.

I like the weaving and colours of this sarong fabric. There are two vintage mismatched buttons. I was thrilled to use the button hole function on my machine! Sewing on the bias tape was almost traumatic for me. Need to work on it!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

long post

Followed Brian to a Screen Printing shop this late morning to fetch the door gifts for the year end party tomorrow. The door gifts are plastic tumblers and they got printed of the shop's logo, date, that sort of stuff..
Look what I found in the shop.



I think they're called transfer prints? Haven't seen them for ages. There are alphabet prints in various fonts, etc.. I thought the ones I got are rather interesting.

Made this camera pouch in the afternoon.



I feel my camera needs extra protection hence the batting I used. I sort of had another design in mind. Somehow it morphed (as usual) to the above, no complains though. I love the floral print quilt fabric Melissa gave. I'm trying to sting on it! The ribbon and cute pink button are from her too! --thank u!-- (That's why they're part of something I made for myself.... ha!) I added white linen and pink cotton and used red gingham checks for the lining.

Now I feel sad for the drawstring bag I'd used initially for my camera. It was gift from someone (oh dear... I can't recall who..) who has been to Japan. It's a beautiful green fabric with brinjals and chillis print. I just have to keep it first and find a use for it later.

With a little extra fabric, I made a zip pouch.



(sorry.. bad lighting!)

A lipstick will go nicely with it and that'll make a lovely present for say.. a girlfriend. I can make a few more of it, I guess.. and that means I can't sting on the nice floral print....hmm....

Pink seldom make an appearance in my life. I never know how to wear it and my things are hardly that shade. Well, I read in a magazine it's going to stay as one of the trends for next year. The feminine thing, pink with rose prints... I guess making a camera pouch in that theme is a good start. It somehow reminds me to step back and that it's okay I don't have to be and act tough all the time.. that it's okay to be dependent and be a wimpy woman once in a while.

The Night Before Christmas

Walt Disney (1933)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Some ideas just can't be realised



These brooches are made out of scrap fabric, stuffing and thread.

See that marine like animal? I intended it to be a whale. Brian said it looks more like a piranha. Duh? Okay, we compromised.
It's a fish with spiky hair then....

Monday, December 18, 2006

floral bookbag

This week looks like it's going to be a busy one.. Some administrative stuff to do, preparations for the company's year end party and some wrapping up before the company close for the holidays before Christmas.
Will try to do as much crafting as I can...

Ha! I fell asleep while watching Star Wars episode I on cable TV early last night.. Sure wouldn't want to do the same thing for the later episodes showing on the next few weekends (Yay!). I wouldn't want to miss the endings again..



Above is a bookbag made of a colorful floral fleece given to me by kind Melissa and it has Kaki twill for its lining. It has a little pocket more decorative than functional on its front. The bag is going to the SIP stall.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Spotty dog



A spotty dog with a sideway --slightly-- round tummy.
You have skin allergy? He understands..

Made out of a once-loved old blouse, stuffing and felt. He's going to the SIP stall.

The pattern is from the Iro Iro Nuigurumi Book.

A happy Sunday to you!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

On and Off



It drizzled for a while and the dark and dreary clouds were quite a reflection of the mood(s) going on around here the past few days.

See that electric cable? A few workmen were working on the cables outside the house and the off and on availability of electricity gets on my nerves...



While I managed to catch the 'ON' mode, I made a bag out of a pretty floral fabric (I think it used to be part of a tablecloth) which Melissa gave. I used kaki twill for the lining. To add a more vintage look to the bag, I stitched on a brown corduroy fabric yo yo which a crafty blogger Heather did a tutorial on.

The fabric yo yo reminds me of 'xiao long tang bao' soup dumplings served by the chinese restaurants. It's the main reason why I'll be eating there when I'm in the cities.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

year end thoughts

The year is almost coming to an end. I've started thinking of new year resolutions. Not that I can remember what this year's was. It just feels better that I'm making plans and maybe if I were to declare on this blog, I might remember and stick to them. Well, I'll think...

I've also been doing some reflection. On what this year means to me. On my relationships with my family. Of some friendships, distanced, fostered, lost.... Of some things I'd done, should have done...

I was grateful for the job I'd held previously for that was my dream job and I was thrilled that I could get it. Being a teacher for special children was a dream came true. Although sweet dreams are short-lived, I had had that fulfillment. I have made some great friends from this job. I feel thankful.

Some thoughts were philosophical, some religious. I thought maybe I have some understandings of a different level. Sometimes I thought of life and death, particularly death which very much gets on Brian's nerve. I just go with the thought that it's just part and parcel of life.

Of course my mind gets too active sometimes, I'd delved into other aspects of my life. I won't go on writing..



These past few days I tried to sneak some time and today, I had the luxury to finish making 18 of these small drawstring sacks. I'll be giving them to the girls working in the company as a year end gift. There are 15 of them (I think and I'd counted).

I'm a 'just-in-case' person.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

My first swap mail arrived!



The other day when I was in Singapore, I asked to do a swap with Melissa, tiny happy. She so kindly agreed. When I received the parcel earlier today, I felt like it was my birthday again plus Christmas came early. I now feel like I have everything that I had wished for. She is so generous!

The pleasant scent of fig and leaves soap filled the air as I slowly (I was trying very hard!) opened and looked through the vintage fabric pieces, trimmings and buttons, cards Keira & Arlo helped made, Melissa's handmade purses, a beautiful green check vintage tablecloth and a jap feel like 5o's apron!.. and a pair of earrings made of seeds(!) and cute button magnets... oh, I love them all! I was in 'tiny happy land' momentarily and really enjoyed every minute! I can't thank you enough, Melissa!

Some close shots..







To show how happy I am..



A head of wayward hair and
a coffee stained teeth smile

Saturday, December 09, 2006

new vintage quilt


A grandmother's flower garden quilt, completed today! Hooray! It was quite painstakingly difficult to put this together as all the patches were handsewn except for the borders and backing. I'm happy that I managed to pull through it and feel rather satisfied with the result.

Living in Palembang for the first few months, I was rather bored. At that time I hadn't got my sewing machine and I was thinking of doing quilting. It was exactly this motif of flower patches that I was thinking of doing for I remembered as a child, my mom used to make this type of quilt for my baby brother then. So it was pure coincidence when Brian's father took out my mom-in-law's stash of a few completed handicraft and craft supplies from his cupboard, I was to find a plastic bag of yet to be put together 'flower petals'. I was thrilled and took upon the task to complete it. By now, the fabric (a variety of batik, child's print etc) patches are vintage. The new additions for the quilt from me are this fabric, turquoise cotton and batting.

My intention for the quilt is to be a child's blanket. Upon completion, it measures almost 2 by 2 metres. I hope it'll be put to use soon..

Here is a peek at some of my favourite patches.



Thursday, December 07, 2006

My 1000 tags


The tags arrived today! Yay! I thought it would be many days later and I was panicking over the few leftovers from my sample batch.

I'm still working on the quilt. Will be buying fabric for its borders and backing, hopefully tomorrow...

Nope, no parcel yet. Come on! and the broadband network is still not within sight....

Monday, December 04, 2006

ache, quilt, anticipation


I think Potato Dwarf has a girlfriend (grin..), of what origin I absolutely cannot tell. I have given up hope that I can make muffin/cupcake look-a-like brooch. There is a fish brooch beside the lady.

Sunday passed with me propping up on bed watching DVDs the whole day. Suffered from a mysterious bout of food poisoning and because of the necessary 'I shall spare you the details' vomitting, my shoulders and back now ache like I'd done a hundred times of push-ups.

For the next few days, I hope to complete the quilt that I had left hiding in a box for so long. See if I can post about it soon. Also in the meantime, I have been sticking my head out with much anticipation for the arrival of a special parcel from New Zealand.

and also... This dial-up system has been testing my patience beyond measure, sometimes taking up many hours to load just one photo. On bad days, it was impossible to even load one. I'm waiting for the broadband people to come fix up soon. Help!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

this morning

It was raining early morning and the Jasmine flowers blossomed in our garden, with me catching its morning scent in the air when Mambo and I were out in the garden.

Here he was frolicking, much to the dismay and jealousy of Mickey and Gioia. "Sorry guys, you brought this upon yourselves."



For the previous post, here's a picture of Olie the fiesty and Snuggles the sweetie.



Olie was so named because of its green feathers and I like olive green. Snuggles was named after its affectionate nature, always snuggling when being fed its formula when it was still a chick. Miss them..

After breakfast, I attempted my first recycling project. Cut up an old T-shirt for this bookbag's lining and applique. I figure it is time to protect my books from the way I chuck it inside my carry bag and I hate my books to have dog-ears.



I have a thing for the notorious pirate's logo. My favourite Paul Frank's character is none other than Scurvy, a reincarnated pirate who died of the lack-of-vitamin-C disease. Cute.