Friday, 15 May 2015

Birthday Present 40岁的生日礼物

It will be my 40-year old birthday in a few days time. Feeling grateful to be turning 40. Learned a lot in the recent years being a stay at home mum. Time flies, it's coming to three years since I left my job to being a stay at home mum. First, had picked up sewing skills and since then can't stop sewing! Listening skills. Have learned to stop and listen not just hearing :) Most importantly, have learned to stop rushing through life. Have been missing out so much living a rushing life. Feel sorry for my children, but it's not to late to make it up. :)

No doubt that I have fear to walk the path as a stay at home mum. Not to mention the low self-esteem arose from being out of the job market. There were also fears and worries of how would people judge me. Support and encouragement from family and friends play a vital role in gaining back self-worth. Reading also helps to gain wisdom and improve confidence level. 

Hope to continue to make beautiful things, learn to be a better person and a wise adult to lead and set good examples for our young ones. 
For this coming birthday, I have made a present for myself. Happy birthday to me!

Simple & elegant looking bag
My birthday gift
Black & white checked will never go out of fashion
Lined with black & while polka dot fabric
I shall put in wisdom & courage

Friday, 8 May 2015

Vintage Rose Sling Bag 复古蔷薇斜背包




Thursday, 30 April 2015

Insulated Lunch Bag 保温/保冷袋

一位妈妈托我帮她制作保温袋。是要给她一对宝贝儿女携带便当用的。我为小女生挑了“Hello Kitty" 的布料,而小男生就挑了交通工具图案的布料。

这位妈妈说市面上大多数的便当袋都很薄, 不能保温。其实,是可以买到能够保温的啦。只是,可能很难找到喜欢的款式。就好像衣服是可以买到现成的, 但是定制的衣服感觉就不一样。不晓得大家是喜欢那一类型的呢?我呀,两者都爱,只要是用心制作的, 相信一定都是好东西!


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Frozen Mania 冰雪奇緣包包

After being quiet for some time, my sewing machine has finally gone back in action. :)

This time I made a "Frozen" theme bag. I think "Frozen" has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all-time. Don't think there is any girl out there that don't know about the movie. 'An act of true love can thaw a frozen heart', I couldn't agree more with this statement. When we encounter difficult persons in our lives, I do believe that sincerity in our hearts can soften peoples' heart. And I think we should appreciate these people, whom may have made our lives difficult, for training us to become a tougher and better person. 

I made a large tote bag and two drawstring bags with the "Frozen" theme fabric. These bags are going to the ballet centre. Hope the girls would love it!

"Frozen" theme tote bag
The side of the bag is decorated with icy blue ribbon
Lace, ribbon & button
Two large pockets attached in front and at the back of the bag
"Frozen" theme drawstring bag

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Home Sweet Home 温馨小窝

We have finally settled down in our new home sweet home. The packing and unpacking for the house moving was really a nightmare as there were too many things in the house! Didn't realised that we have accumulated so many things in the house over the years and what amazed me the most was how we fit all those things into our little hut, haha..don't ask me. :P

Anyway, this massive spring cleaning (though not in Springtime) exercise was a good chance for us to clear out stuff that we don't need or no longer needed. It was also a good reminder for me to stop and think before I buy thing next time when I'm out shopping :P Most of the time, it's our desire to want to own things than actually need it...

The new home is slightly bigger built-up than the previous one. We are pleased that we now have a big ceiling height bookshelf to solve the long struggle storage for books. Books are no longer on the floor and on the kitchen table :D 

The thing which I'm excited the most is that now I have my own worktop for my craft work! Not only the worktop, I also have a cabinet to keep my craft books, fabrics, papers and all other craft materials and tools. :) On the day I have the worktop set, I made a lunch box bag. Well, actually I have a few long pending projects to work on, but I choose to work on the lunch box bag because my boy has been urging me for one to bring to school. He doesn't like the one that comes with the food container. He said it's difficult to put the container in and out. So I made him a dino lunch box bag.

Hope to start working on the next project soon. Stay tune!

Our lovely little library
Cozy crafting corner
My beloved tool box ~ a gift from fellow ex-colleagues
Thank you
Dino lunch box bag for dino lover
First sewing project at our new nest

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Washi Tape Fun - DIY Calendar 纸胶带乐~制作月历

It has been a busy start to the year 2015. I have been occupied with packing, clearing out stuff and preparing for house moving. Yes, we are so excited! We will be moving to our new home sweet home in about two weeks time. 

That's why I didn't have the time to work on any heavy sewing project lately but just managed to sew a few simple stuff for the house like cushion pillow cases and curtains. 

Though busy with all those house moving preparation, I managed to entertain myself with some simple craft work. :) I made a monthly calendar decorated with washi tape. 

May be I need to explain a little bit about washi tape. Washi tape is actually a type of decorative paper tape, a bit thinner than the usual masking tape and with beautiful prints on it. You can tear them by hand and they are removable, hence it's great for papercraft. High quality ones (i.e. in terms of stickiness) I found so far, are those manufactured in Japan. MT is my favourite washi tape brand, never disappoint me so far. If you are interested to know more about washi tape, read the link here, very detailed discussion on washi tapes. I'm a little crazy over washi tapes. Can't stop myself from checking out the new stock whenever I go to Isetan Department Store or Kinokuniya bookstore. Apart from papercraft, you can use it on almost everything. I have seen in some magazine that people used it to decorate their refrigerator, tables, chairs and even the wall! Creativity has no limits :)

Alright, back to my DIY monthly calendar. My son upon seeing me laying out papers, scissors and my collection of washi tape, asked me what was I doing. I explained to him that I'm going to make a calendar for the new year. He was excited hearing me making a calendar. He wants to make one too. :) So I gave him 12 pieces of craft paper to work with. He drew the boxes for the calendar day and numbered it carefully. He would confirm with me the month and the number of days when he starts a new sheet. I was so amazed by his attention to details. :D He looks so proud of himself upon finishing the calendar and I'm so happy that I gave him the inspiration (though unintentionally) to make/create things.   

Wishing everyone a marvelous 2015!

Here is my DIY monthly calendar
Lovely houses made out of washi tape ~ decoration for the month of January
February & March

April & May
June & July
Choo choo train for the month of August
Colourful cups and beautiful vase for the month of October
Different shapes & colours of leaves for the month of November
Bunting, gifts, xmas socks & tree for the month of December
Part of my collection of washi tape
My son's version of calendar :)
Handwritten calendar day
Decorated with his favourite character

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Lovely Ballerina Bag 美丽的芭蕾舞女孩包包

I've finally had time to complete this ballerina bag for the ballet centre, just in time before Christmas break starts. It makes a perfect Christmas gift for ballerinas. :)

A friend of mine brought this charming fabric for me all the way from US. I really have to thank her for taking the trouble. Without her, I wouldn't have the chance to work on such beautiful fabric. Apart from limited selection, the price of US cotton available in the local market is rather steep. I'm lucky to have someone to "import" them for me. :) 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Latest sewing project
The other side of the bag
Beautiful US cotton fabric
Classic wooden button as closure
Little pockets at each side of the bag
Lovely ballerina bag