Saturday, March 31, 2007

Beepbot (Serial #0003) & (Serial #0004) on a Rainy Day

Beepbot (Serial #0003), originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

Serial #0003
Birthdate: 31 March 2007

Serial #0004
Birthdate: 31 March 2007

What a day..

Friday, March 30, 2007

It's Ma's birthday.

Mum's birthday gift, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

This cross-stitch was done for my mum (Thanks Yvonne, for the materials!) and I attached a heart shape rose quartz pendant to it.

Here's a close up of an old photo of the two of us many years ago. I think this was taken at Toa Payoh park. I like the way she posed for this picture.

I have been sewing on a coffee table since I got my machine. Not too good. So I had been playing with the thought of 'tablenapping' my mum's which she has kept in the storeroom for ages. I feel it is time it sees light again. She agreed to give it to me! Whoopie! (Now I'm scheming on her Apollo machine. Nar.... I'll rescue you one day! Don't you worry, Apollo!)

So off Brian and I went to my parents' yesterday. My dad and Brian did some work on it. They removed the inner compartment for keeping the machine and drawers as the wood has warped. The table's form is currently just a metal stand with a treadle and two slabs of wood. Brian sand the wooden base and polished it proper this morning and Ta da!!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Introducing Beepbot "Beep! Beebeep!"

Beepbot (Serial #0001), originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

Serial #0001
Birthdate: 28 March 2007
(On a Sling bag.)

Serial #0002
Birthdate: 29 March 2007
(On a Shoulder tote bag.)

Every Beepbot is special.
A Beepbot is created only on a suitable date specified in robotic almanac.

=Beepbotic Pledge=
I *beep* my fabric heart on the book of robotic laws that I
*Beep*bot Serial #______
*beep* my owner with my wholehearted loyalty and love.

- "Sale and/or gifting of Beepbots will be advised only on a later date." -

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Surprise mail

from Beehui & Mum, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

In my mailbox today, there's a white package filled with a pink floral lace fabric and a few different types of laces and trimmings. At the back of the package, Beehui wrote "I uncovered more treasures for you. :-)". How sweet of her! I can't believe my luck. Thank you so much Beehui (Hugs!) and Ma ma too (Xie xie!), for letting me have these pretty things!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Lucky me

From Beehui & her mum, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

I met a friend on Saturday night for dinner and she passed me this bundle of fabric and some wool felt patches. Most were kept more than twenty years by her mother, working as a seamstress once herself. I was so touched by the mother and daughter's generosity! Thank you lots, Beehui and Ma ma!

I'm thinking of a small 'Pay it Forward' movement by making use of some of these fabric to make pouches for mutual friends of Beehui and mine.

Here is a close-up on my favourite three.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Some embroidery

There were some deep consideration and hesitation if I should obtain a sewing machine here. But I gave a used machine some thoughts and went ahead with the decision of getting this used Singer machine from a neighbourhood shop in Clementi.

Some embroidery work I have done so far on calico using the machine and with a little handwork.

courting owls, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

'Courting Owls' is the theme I have in mind.

Have a love-ly weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Cotton Friend (Summer edition 2007 vol.22)

Got this edition from Kinokuniya yesterday. I'm always thrilled to look into their adult and children clothes' pattern and the styles in each season/edition never fail to inspire me.

Here are two weblinks provided in the magazine. There are many photos that are simply nice to ogle at. I don't know Japanese language. I wish I do!


tiny coco

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Winnie, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

The blog entries have been getting lesser due to the fact that I've not any craft work to log lately. I'm still in Singapore = minus (sewing machine + complete set of materials)! It has been agonizing while waiting for the official paperworks to be completed. In order to pass my time a little fruitfully, Yvonne, my sis-in-law has been so kind to lend me a cross-stitch book she had borrowed from the library, given me threads, aida and a needle for me to get this African grey parrot done.

This small project is for Brian as he once kept an African grey named Winnie.

Thursday, March 15, 2007


I've always wanted my blog to have a banner. It's something I always notice and enjoy looking at whenever I visit the many bloggers out there. When I first started on Blogger I really did not know the how-tos. So I had to use the 'dots' template as my first start out and I really just wanted a plain white background then.

Alas,I decided it's time.

Why the spelling error? I had initially wanted 'table calendar' as the blog title. Funny it didn't pass and Blogger suggested 'table calender' in return. Being the myopic me, I said "What the heck." Pressed the okay button and it took a few errors in getting into the page in order for me to realise the mistake. Anyway, I just learnt that a calender is "a machine in which cloth or paper is pressed by rollers to glaze or smooth it". Cloth and papers are definitely the stars of my favorite things so having part of the blog title to be named as a machine for them is still a good sign although I hate to abandon my original idea!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

New on the walls

next to our bedroom doors,

family portraits, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

some of our childhood and family photos

our dogs' photos

All to remind me of the most important things in my life.

New in my stash,

some-not-too-kind-on-the-pocket-and-I-wish-I own-the-quaint-old-shop-where-I-got-these-from. I simply love the colours and feel of these buttons, trimming and lace that I could not find in new craft materials.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Auras and Craftbooks

Auras on 8Mar07, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

Do you believe in auras? There is a shop Brian and I came across today having a special gadget claiming to be able to 'photograph' human auras and computerise a 3 pages worth of explanation on your different auras, different shades of colours representing different auras. In the spirit of fun, Brian and I decided to have ours taken.

The one with orangey tone is mine. On my right, there is a turquoise tone which says I'm generous and peaceful(?). On my left, orange tone says I'm creative and artistic. (Hmm...) My throat shows white which means spirituality. (Wow..) The centre shows orange which says I'm expressive and sunny. (It's more like something I'm always working on although I don't think it's my true nature. I'm more of an introvert.) The second page goes a little more in detail though of that shade. It says 'Joy and creativity are what you wish to focus on at this point in time. Friendship, socializing, having fun and being yourself are present goals most important to you now......' That is quite an accurate reflection of my life these few days.

Auras aside, two new craftbooks into my collection. ("Thank you Brian! Why did the 20% discount have to take effect only TOMORROW?")

On the left is a softies making book -ISBN4-579-10921-X- and on the right, some clothes in it -ISBN4-579-11043-9-I have decided to make already.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Burmese Batik

Burmese Batik, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

I'm out with Brian today, accompanying him for stitches removal. He has recovered well, thank goodness. To max out our day, we had a haircut at a salon new to us. My head is so much lighter now! I was about to lop off my slightly over the shoulder hair, nearly wanting to give up keeping it long but our hairdresser did a good job on my head and the idea was off.

I really just want to talk about these 3 batik cloth I exchanged $10 for. But why the mundane and so unnecessary words above? The story just has to lead on telling that since I'm so hooked onto butter naan these days, we made a trip to the nearest Indian vegetarian fast food restaurant to pack it for dinner at Peninsula Plaza after the haircut. (Whew!)

That plaza has a quaint special aura. I attach its smell to be coming from the food 'cafes' in it and these 'cafes' sell Burmese food. There are also a number of shops run by Burmese selling some Myanmar foodstuff and items. There is a good selection of batik sarongs. I realise japanese kimono fabric (some pretty ones, there are!) for sarong wraps are very well stocked in these shops. But I went for these 3 of 2metre each. I'm so drawn to the mystcal prints and I'm a stickler for unique prints on batik cloth. I'm thinking of using them for bag making and maybe a wrap skirt.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Some photos and sleepy rambling

MAAD Poster, originally uploaded by leow_fiona.

Red Dot Museum @ Maxwell

Bulletin Board

Arty graffitied walls in the museum

Some of my stuff on display this morning

There are so many stories to share. But my eyes are struggling to open, my mind functioning a tad too slow and my muscles are sounding a resounding alarm now. But still! All I can conclude is I've so much fun! Meeting new people, sending my toys and bags and brooches and pouches and an apron off to their new nice owners and having my eyes feast on so many of my neighbours' wonderful creations on their tables.

The best story I have of the whole experience is related to Xiao Bai. Yvett, a stall neighbour had her eyes on it and it's because it really looks like her maltese at home, Xiao Bai(too!). Her husband secretly purchased it from me today and when Yvett saw that the toy was no longer at my stall, I had to play along and tell her it was not available for her anymore. I was so sorry I had to lie and I could so feel her sadness. Of course, she had a surprise waiting for her! I'm so happy Xiao Bai has found a doting owner!

the shoppers and stall people yesterday

my shopping. how could I resist?

I bought a sling pouch of a "Mickey mouse with moustache" as so Xin of Maki Squarepatch put it. I am a secret big fan of them sisters and I thought it was time I make a purchase! I was worried I may seem too enthusiastic at their stall!
There's a clay rose hairpin from my neighbour Nora and a Bread expiry tags(!) earrings from Knotty Bicsie's stall. Brian got 2 keychains custom made at a neighbour across.

It' funny how my lack of confidence then and some worries initially had vanished by the time I packed up for the day. It has been a wonderful two days of running a stall experience and oh! today, a meaningful last day of the 15 days of lunar new year celebrations.

Friday, March 02, 2007