Sunday, August 28, 2011

Strawberryland :: pencil case

pencil case

Left: Apricot :: She is a little baby with an unusual vocabulary. Apricot and her pet bunny Hopsalot lived in Big Apple City before moving to Strawberryland.

Centre: Strawberry Shortcake :: A natural leader, Strawberry Shortcake gently guides the residents of Strawberryland. She is kind, resourceful and always ready to help a friend in need. Her pet cat is named Custard - a pink cat with white polka dots.

Right: Lemon Meringue :: Lemon Meringue is a very proper young lady. She likes to primp and preen, fuss and muss and do all things feminine. She can occasionally get a little overbearing, but her heart is in the right place (and she's often right!). She has a pet frog named Frappe.


pencil case

Left: Huckleberry Pie :: The sole male character, for the most parts, in Strawberryland.  Huck bore more than a passing resemblance to the more famous Huck Finn, from his straw hat and overalls to his tendencies towards fishing and general laziness. He has a brown dog with green and white striped ears - named Pupcake.

Centre: Raspberry Tart :: She is quite the practical joker and quick with her wits (and mouth). She's also a little vain. Raspberry Tart can lack tact and be a little too outspoken but like most in Strawberryland, she's berry sweet! Her pet is a Monkey named Rhubarb.

Right: Plum Puddin' :: Plum Puddin' started out life as a boy in the original cartoon drawings. But he eventually became a she - and she's pretty rare as a doll! Plum Puddin' is the bespectacled genius of the group. Her pet is an owl named Elderberry whose large eyes are a perfect match for Plum Puddin's round glasses!


(Identification and description of characters, quoted and adapted from ::here:: and ::here::)

I was preparing the materials for the making of the remaining pouches of my 50 pouch project and I decided to add one more into the making, to give to a new friend of Kaeden's. A little girl who is a few months younger than my son. My long time hoard of a vintage Strawberry Shortcake print fabric came to mind. I was really glad I could cut into it! Finally. Making something for a little girl!

I pieced and sewed the characters together and turned the two fabric pieces into a pencil case which I add a few new stationery into. I'd never played with Strawberry Shortcake (and friends) dolls and I just learned less than an hour ago, that every character has a pet and there are quite a number of them in Strawberryland! Being who I am, I had to identify and learn who are the ones on the pencil case I'd made, so do excuse the introductions above!

home for now

home for now

home for now

home for now


We have stayed at the new rental place for a little more than a week now. I'm growing to like the new environment, especially now that the kitchen is so accessible and the sink is at a great height, I find myself enjoying washing the dishes. really. We have a smaller space now than we're used to before and there are new sounds I have to get used to too. There is a little more work needed to be done around the house and by the time they're completed, I should be a happy person in my comfort zone.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sewing Secrets :: About Fabrics

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Today marks the official first day move to the new-to-us house, with all the shifting and arm work of stacking/packing/lifting heavy stuff. It had been a stressful past week, and I'm hoping this week's move will not incite any more flares (read: me) than necessary. I need to get back into 'the cool'.  

I don't know when I can get things organized and get into the groove of sewing again. Maybe two weeks' time? I saw this post over at Millie Motts and found it to be an incredibly useful information hence I re-post it here, for I'm sure to refer to it again, and again in the future. Thanks, Millie Motts!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Romantics :: large tote bag

cross-stitched art piece

cross-stitched art piece


Some years back, I mentioned that my father-in-law handed me a plastic bag filled with crafting related items which once belonged to Brian's mother in Palembang. Inside the bag, one of the items was a completed large piece of cross-stitched work; on green plastic-like fabric structure, filled with woollen threads (which tend to cause a slight itch to my nose). I had given it a wash that time and kept it away in my fabric box ever since.

The style of the cross-stitched image reminds me of the Romantic era, quite Shakespeare-ish I must say. It isn't something I could appreciate hanging on the wall in my home, which explained it being stowed away. It's really sad, considering the huge amount of time and effort, I'm sure mom-in-law must have put in to put the piece together, a long time ago.

Then, just yesterday I saw the art piece again. I was clearing my fabric box, for an impending house move. I realized at that moment, I could turn the piece into something user-friendly-me, but still retain its integrity.


Shakespeare-ish bag

'The Romantics' bag


Of course, I sought Brian's permission for doing that. That's me. I gave the cross-stitch a full day morning and noon sun yesterday, and turned it into a large roomy tote bag this morning. I did not cut the art piece one bit, for if, in the future any family member would like to view it in full, it's still possible. I lined the bag with solid cream cotton and for the handles, I used crocheted lace in my collection.

I love how the cross-stitched piece had turned into something I'm proud to carry and bring out. It will certainly come in very handy in my packing-house-mode now and I'm foreseeing the bag hanging pretty, when not in use, on the wall somewhere in my new-to-me house soon.

'The Romantics' bag

Sunday, August 07, 2011

50 pouch project :: 12 toile de jouy ||| A Rescued Bird

toile de jouy pouches

12 toile de jouy


I wasn't sewing as much as I'd have liked. Fatigue and the heat seemed overbearing these days. I took to the air conditioned room with the laptop, looking and dreaming of chiffon evening party dresses far too much. I put an end to it by finally settling my mind on one, ahem and got the rest of my head straight for completing the tasks I've set out to do. Making pouches to add on to my 50 pouch project, for one.

I used my calico this time, cut up around the printed blue, backed with corduroy and lined with pre-loved floral sheet cotton. All 12 completed today.

and sometime this week, Friday(?) after lunch, Brian rescued a fallen bird from the nasty drain in front of our home. It wasn't our first encounter up close to a small bird.

rescue a bird

rescue a bird

rescued bird


Brian seems to have an affinity for this. He gave the bird a quick shower, pat it dry and let it rest in a shoebox which we left in a flower bed. It didn't stay long. The bird flew right off after seeing me (with a toothbrush in my mouth, yep) when I went to check on it about an hour later.