Saturday, December 25, 2010

bundling up :: year's end

bundling up

bundled up

dishcloth and paper tags

Lastly I bought some jars of homemade organic jam (from Mei; Oma Anna) which I stored in the freezer and whenever I plan to visit a family who's celebrating Christmas, I'd bundle it up along with the tea leaves and biscuits with two new dishcloth before I step out of home.

This ought to be my last post of the year.

I wish everyone a wonderful festive year end.

If you have had been following my crafted work I'd put up here in this blog, read my thoughts I'd let on and even encouraged me with your precious words you'd left me here, you need to know I'm very thankful, with all my heart. Thank you. so much.

Happy new year, 2011.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

filling the jars :: chocolate chip biscuits

jars of biscuits

jars of biscuits

Filling the rest of the empty glass jars with freshly baked chocolate chip biscuits.
Paper illustrations printed with credits to Camilla Engman.

Monday, December 20, 2010

filling the jars :: tea leaves

tea leaves

tea leaves

tea leaves

My plan this time round for giving relatives who celebrate Christmas: a simple bundle of foodstuff put together to each family. I like the idea of giving food, it's meaningful and very practical. Almost similar to what my parents would do with their siblings near the celebration of lunar new year/mid-autumn when they would purchase and exchange yummy goodies for each household. I like that tradition.

My collection of glass jars are taking up the kitchen cabinet space. I decided to use them as packaging. (If you find removing the paper labels on the jars a chore, I find soaking them in water and a bit of dish detergent overnight helps, and of course, a mighty scrub as well.) A helpful handyman sprayed the metal lids with white paint. Then I bought some black tea leaves, filled some jars and cut and paste the labels on them.

Friday, December 17, 2010

swinging pouch

golf pouch

golf pouch

golf pouch

After hauling out the big bag of old clothing (for cutting into some to make the puppy purses) and not returning it into the cupboard where it came from and later on, Brian suggested I make a pouch for golf accessories for the course, I decided to continue digging into the stash for re purposing and make a pouch for myself. I added batting and a small piece of leftover lace and a ring I salvaged from somewhere.

I sewed three compartments for the golf balls, inexpensive plastic tees and markers. But judging from the current stage of my swing, I'll likely need a separate big bag for many golf balls.

Monday, December 13, 2010

in the print

apron in print

Xin told me my apron got featured on the cover page of 'the Sunday times' (national papers in Singapore), 'Lifestyle' section yesterday and she kindly scanned and forwarded me the image. How surreal. If I were to be in Singapore, I'd imagine myself holding and staring at the papers for a long long time and feeling ecstatic to the last bits.

::click here:: to read about the article on Xin and her shop, Doinky Doodles!.


and oh! I had Xin made me a golly doll.

Isn't he the cutest?

Do visit Doinky Doodles! brick and motar shop+studio if you're in the lion city. It's a place where I found myself smiling in the heart, and totally immersed in the enjoyment of the materialized creative works.

Friday, December 10, 2010

from the same litter

puppy purses

puppy purse

puppy purse

As I was searching for inspirations and looking back at my photo archive in my computer, I found the image of vintage animal purses which I'd loved many years back and still do.

Animal Purses pattern, year 1948.
Information of it ::here::
Sale of pattern ::here::

Aside from new zippers, thread and ribbons, I made my own version of the lined puppy purses, entirely out of fabric from the family's old clothing. The four purses which will be stuffed with chocolates/stationery are year end gifts for Kaeden's cousins.

Are you planning gifts already? 

Monday, December 06, 2010

a lanyard

lanyard cardholder

lanyard card/pass holder

blue suede string, store bought card holder,
small scrap fabric, rick rack, red bird kuti-kuti

a dear friend who works in a bank

Friday, December 03, 2010

F.D. theme:: ladder & fire hydrant props

ladder & hydrant props

Following my previous post, the above are the ladder and hydrant props; made of cardboard, glue, tape and florescent paint. The ladder made by yours truly and the hydrant, made by Daddy Brian.

Here are the photos of our "firefighter" Kaeden.

"firefighter" Kaeden

"firefighter" Kaeden

"firefighter" Kaeden

Oh, the hose? It's a plastic washing machine water outlet hose.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

F.D. theme:: a (mini) fire fighter's jacket

F.D. jacket

F.D. jacket (back)

F.D. jacket (front)

Kaeden has a little tykes ride n' rescue coupe for nearly a year. He recently told me he would like a "small small" ladder, hose and a fire hydrant as well, after his close observation of the little tykes' Fire Department logo sticker of those items on the coupe. He is into imaginary play now, which was interesting to watch and listen on my part. I told him getting him a ladder is out of question but I could make him a fireman jacket. He wants the jacket but he's adamant about the ladder.

A light bulb went over my head when Brian's purchase of a golf club bag came in a long big cardboard box a few days ago. Making a cardboard ladder is do-able, possibly a standing paper hydrant too. That will be my next project, now that the jacket is done.

The Chinese-style jacket's tutorial and pattern guidance is from this book. I was bent on making full use of whatever materials I have. I found a piece of dull burnt orange upholstery/drapery sort of fabric given to me (thanks Iris!). Not the best suited colour but it will do, the heavy weight material would give the jacket some form of structure. The orange reflective strip was bought from Daiso (Sg), something which Brian bought for cycling but didn't get to use and the patches (for elementary school Scouts and Brownies, I think) were bought in a market in town a long time ago.

The tiring part of this project is drafting the pattern. I had had lower backache for a whole day and night. I ought to stop working on the floor already. After cutting the fabric up, I must say the rest of the sewing is fun. I used shoelace for binding in the edge and serged up all the seams. Velcro for fastening and black felt for the lettering at the back. After three afternoons, I had the jacket made, a little on the big side so the fellow can grow into it. Considering the low cost of the materials, I felt very satisfied with it. 

I'll give the jacket a wash and post up photos of my little fire fighter wannabe later this week.

F.D. toy vehicles

(Kaeden's battered collection of the F.D. toy vehicles.)