Friday, 3 July 2015

Zentangle Art 禅绕画

I attended Zentangle art class with my girl during the December school holiday last year. Just realised that I haven't shared about it here. It was really a wonderful experience.

Zentangle is a form of art that is easy to learn, no complicated techniques and tools involved. Even a child can do it. The founders of Zentangle, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas said "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time". Structured patterns is used to create beautiful images in Zentangle. Zentangle helps to increase focus and at the same time relax our minds. No eraser or ruler is required in performing Zentangle. Similar to metaphors of lives, there is no 'eraser' to erase what we have done. Just follow the path and we will find our own ways. No right no wrong in Zentangle. Just draw it :) Everyone is special, so does Zentangle piece, each and everyone is unique and beautiful.

For those who are interested to find out more about zentangle art, here is the web page www.zentangle.com


The work of my daughter and I at Zentangle class (guess which one is mine? )
The work of everyone at Zentangle class. No two pieces of Zentangle are the same :)
Another piece of work of my daughter and I
Bought Zentangle book to practice at home
Zentangle kits
Latest Zentangle work
My daughter's latest piece of Zentangle. She called it 'Walking Banana" :)


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A Little Happiness 幸福小物

最近忙家里的事加上学校假期回家乡去了,没有时间做手作。与上一个作品隔了将近一个月的时间才完成这些小手作。一共缝了四个。是芭蕾舞鞋袋。在表袋上用不织布与网布缝制了芭蕾舞衣。小小的手作希望可以带来些些幸福感。但我更希望可以学习到如何让快乐和幸福由内心升起。也就是心灵的幸福。内在满足了就不需要藉外在的人,事,物来寻求愉悦。

祝福大家,希望大家都可以得到心灵的幸福!


束口袋
幸福小物
甜美的粉红色
高贵的紫色

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

去年帮妈妈缝制了一个斜肩背包,方便她携带东西去佛堂。我的小舅母也是虔诚的佛教徒。她看到了妈妈的斜肩背包,很喜欢。她拖我也帮她缝制一个。她挑选了花色的布料。我帮她配了鲜红色的条纹布。小舅母比妈妈年纪轻嘛,所以在搭配方面就用了比较鲜艳的颜色。

很喜欢这样的色彩搭配所呈现出来的视觉效果。让人很开心。能做自己喜欢做的事情,是开心的,就算遇到困难也会尽所能去解决。所以啊,只要你对某件事有热诚,就不怕做不好。如果你觉得生活很无聊,那是因为你还没找到你的兴趣。希望大家都有让自己的生活过得很充实的活动。如果没有,就从阅读开始吧!

复古蔷薇斜肩背包
包包背面
打开来的样子
很喜欢这样的色彩搭配
浪漫复古的蕾丝
前面有个口袋。里边还有三个小口袋。
自制背包带。可以自行调整长度。

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!

两个可爱的保温袋
在保温带上绣了小孩的名字
有了保温袋,不怕妈妈的爱心汤凉掉了
小女生专用
小男生专用
魔术贴方便调整
合上魔术贴后
速口袋

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
Sisterhood
"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