Monday, February 26, 2007

Comics/Bambi/Brian's horror/MAAD

Jack and Jill (Comics), originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

These Jack and Jill (Comics) were accidental finds when I was at Bras Basah Complex earlier today. It's the place I would love to go find some second hand books which I'd wonder why they got thrown out/sold by their previous owners and I'd gleefully bring them home. I went there today looking for some old comic books for its old colourful pages which I'll be using for making cards to sell. These 6 were part of my purchase and they were all published in the year 1977. I will not be using them though. Haven't had the heart and courage to cut them up.

I have a new addition to my fabric family! A bambi theme fabric my sis-in-law, Yvonne gave me from her recent trip to Japan. Another item I haven't had the heart and courage to use.

I'm even more determined to visit Japan after listening to Yvonne recounting her experiences there.

Brian will be undergoing all four of his wisdom teeth extraction tomorrow. I'm thinking lots of porridge and soup for the days ahead. Because of the surgery, we'll be extending our stay here which means I am able to set up a stall at MAAD this weekend. I feel lucky that I wasn't rejected! I'm all nerves once in a while. I mean I feel happy, excited, nervous and worried all at the same at some parts of my day. but I'm really looking forward to it!

Friday, February 23, 2007

what i'd been doing

Brian and I welcomed the year of the pig with lots of food.

Steamboat, bak kwa, ice cream, indian vegetarian meals and the list goes on. Festivals are always about food, aren't they? Needless to say, the precious company of friends and family that I had enjoyed so far. I'm dreading the thought of not seeing them for the next few months already.

It has been tremendous fun going to places in Singapore again, exploring our usual haunts and eating at favourite eateries. Look what I found (and bought) at two separate shops on separate days.

cystals & jade, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

A pair of turquoise earrings, a pair of rose quartz earrings and a jade bangle. The bangle was bought for 6 dollars from a shop located at a area where we know of a few shops selling semi precious stones at wholesale prices. I'm rather fond of semi-precious stones and I'm thinking of starting a collection of accessories (at affordable prices, of course!) made of these stones.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


Hearts quilt, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

The quilt was rushed to be completed yesterday considering the day it was. I wanted to post this up but other things just got in the way, as always, didn't they? The hearts quilt is happily hanging on our bedroom wall now. Brian and I made it a point to put the nails into the wall last night, up it went hanging and well, the day ended significantly then.

I cheated by quitting hand applique(ing) the hearts on each square patch less than halfway and used my machine instead. Did I mention I was rushing? I'll be putting my machine a rest and I sort of welcome the rest too as I'll be celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend. Meeting up of family and friends in Singapore for the next two weeks or so would be a too exciting and happy affair for me to miss sewing.

The heart patch of the elephants is my favourite.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

xiao bai ~ kecil putih ~ little white

xiao bai, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

It's made of a white furry fabric I bought from Spotlight months ago, felt, thread, polyester stuffing and rice. Ya, rice for a little added weight on its paws and bottom. It has a fabric ribbon with big animal prints. I wanted to not use this ribbon forever if I could. Love it to its threads but I figure xiao bai needs a little colour.

The pattern is from my IRO IRO NUIGURUMI book.

I have been looking around the blogworld abit and I found maki squarepatch. I had seen the creators' stall once, back home and I must say their plush toys are one-of-a-kind. Super cute, I would say.
and there is Ayumi's handmade tops. Such eye candy.

"Gioia. Was that a smirk?"

The Smirk, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

(not) another white top

linen/sequin blouse, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

I followed the pattern of this blouse in the Cotton Friend Vol. 21 magazine. It's a nice outer wear over a camisole. I should think it goes well with a flowy skirt or a pair of jeans.

The fabric is white linen with sequin bits over some parts.

I had gone to the textile shop I usually haunt yesterday with the intention of getting a suitable fabric for a skirt I wish to make. The skirt's pattern is from Cotton Friend magazine as well. I couldn't find any but set my sight on the linen and thought I could sew the blouse (my the other intention) instead. Well, the skirt will have to wait. Will get that fabric one day!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Learning Adobe Photoshop

Mambo & Gioia, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

Normally our dogs are not allowed on furniture. See the two on our bed? I guess rules are made to be broken. Well, usually broken when they got their baths. The day after they stop smelling nice, I would even have to consider allowing them into the room. The photo was taken after the three got their fur off yesterday. Mambo just loves snuggling into warm stuff (read: our blankets) if he gets the chance. The bundle of black thing over there is Gioia.

I took a little opportunity to play with the Photoshop in Brian's laptop in the office today. Learnt the tools of cropping, image sizing (Thanks, Kimberlee! For letting me know I could do that.) and adding text on the photo. I'm amazed at the many various tools that I've yet to know of.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

hanging on my table lamp

wire deco, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

Saturday, February 03, 2007


button-over pouch, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

On the day I took the plane back to Palembang, I'd forgotten I had a small pair of scissors (which I'd packed together with my square & heart quilt patches) in my bag. My intention was to do some hand quilting in Singapore then but I didn't get around it. So at the airport, going through the custom, I was asked to remove my scissors (I'd completely forgotten I had it! and the patches too.). I was told I could get it back upon arrival but once on foreign land I didn't know where to retrieve it. Didn't want the unnecessary hassle and forced myself to give it up. I kicked myself real hard then for being careless.

I grow attach to things I use often and the pair of scissors has a sentimental value.

While making the pouch today, I had to 'make do' with my fabric scissors for snipping off threads and mourned the loss of its friend at the same time.

Maybe its lethargy, I'd to reacquaint myself with the step peddle of the sewing machine and felt a little distanced from whatever I was doing on my sewing table. I hope my crafting mood gets back soon.