Sunday, August 31, 2008

Journal wrap and tropical blooms

My weekend project for the week is SouleMama's Gratitude Wrap Project. I made it for my younger sister who is a busy, busy lawyer. I am motivated to take on a more complicated craft project if it is meant to be a gift. Perhaps the sister would need a handy, dainty case to carry a journal/notepad/pen to use during meetings or conferences or wherever. Amanda' Soule's gratitude wrap tutorial can be found here.

It's been a searing hot day today with blue skies and tumultuous billowy clouds. The hibiscus patch was just blooming away!

By the way, Elizabeth of EV Photochic is having a photography sale of her beautiful still life and decorative prints on her Etsy shop from Aug 27 to Sept. 3. Have a look see!

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Simple weekend

Watermelon, melon and orange sorbet, anyone?

Hope everyone's having a nice, relaxing weekend! Don't forget to recharge, refresh and renew your spirit with a favourite treat or two.

Twirly Bird is now a-flying. It was a surprisingly, quick project to do in less than 30 minutes. Such a sweet design to perk up plain pillows and bare wall corners.

It's now week three of Christmas Ornament Countdown. I made some simple Scandinavian hearts. I'm still wracking my brain what to make for next week, LOL!

I'll be back with another project to post. See ya later!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A bird and a tree

Something to make during the evenings- Twirly Bird and Butterfly Kisses.

Larissa Holland's Charm Square Tree Art Project is so inspiring! It's 5" x7" and frameable. Make one for yourself and for your best pal.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sara Perry's recipe and craft book

I love Sara Perry's Summertime Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family. It's full of tasty, zesty summer craft and food lovin.' Here are a few pages of wonderful sunshiny recipes I adore from the book:

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cupcake doll and quilt

Hello! A happy week to all! Just dropped by to show the completed Miss Cupcake Doll (from Emily's Black Apple Doll tutorial) and doll quilt I've been working on since last week. Just finished sewing them today. It's a holiday in here so I really enjoyed uninterrupted free time just sewing and creating. This is also the first time I've ever made a doll quilt or a quilt for that matter. I think it can double as a placemat or table accent too.

Have a blessed week!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Japanese felt patterns for you

I've been arranging my topysy turvy magazine magazine shelf and I found this japanese craft book at the bottom pile. I haven't made a single project from this book as yet. Anyway, I thought of sharing some pattern pages of nice easy doable projects with you.

Felt Teddy Bears: I think gingham cloth would work well too

Click on pattern and save to hard drive

Felt froggy bag/keychain charm

Click on pattern and save to hard drive

Assorted felt Christmas ornaments

Click on pattern and save to hard drive

Feel free to adjust the pattern sizes on your printer's photo editor before printing. Resize patterns as you see fit.

Must see links:

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Xmas Ornament Countdown Week 2

It's Saturday once again. How fast time flies. I just realised it's been a while since I've updated my blog. I just started on a new job and I've been busy as a bee. Hopefully I get settled comfortably on my new schedule so I can go back to my normal daily blogging routine. If not, I may have to update my blog in bulk once or twice a week. That sucks since I love to deliver something fresh and new everyday.

It's the second week of Christmas Ornament Countdown. This week, I made a pair of felt gingerbread boy and gal using my tin cookie cutters as template. I tried to make them as lifelike yummy looking as possible. For gingerbread boy, I used mint coloured buttons and white embroidery thread to imitate candy buttons and cookie frosting. For gingerbread girl, I used pink mini ric rac and lavender buttons for added sweetness. I used coffee coloured felt to make the ornaments look cookie-ish as possible! Of course, instead of photographing, I plopped them on the scanner to make them look like freshly baked goodies that they are!

My cute fabric find. Giddy yup!

I share Hanna's love for all things cute and girly! No matter what my age, I'll always be 11 years old giddy. Indeed, I truly believe in keeping one's inner child alive and happy. I paint my own blue skies, string pearls of rainbows, walk on green grass like it's holy ground and just wonder at the beauty of this earth and the great opportunity of being alive and connected to all that is.

Tree of Happiness Award

The beautiful Gina passed on this award to me a couple of weeks ago and I listed 6 things that made me happy as of the moment. Now, I'm passing on this award to the following six gals. I would love to know the Six Things that Make You Happy Right Now!

1. Suzanne of Create Fun & Mess
2. Cindy of Lucy's Tales from Home
3. Louise of This is My Patch
4. Hanna of Create and Live Happy
5. Elizabeth of EV Photo Chic
6. Rachael of Sweet Nothings

A big thank you to Louise for sharing her Blogging Friends Forever Award with me. Thank you for thinking of me! Your friendship means a lot.

I'll be back with some more posts. In the meantime have a fantastic Saturday!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

August Moon

Full moon photos taken tonight. Remember to dream and reach for the moon! Have a great Sunday!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Handmade Christmas Countdown

Half Eaten Gingerbread Man Project

My Handmade Christmas Ornament Countdown starts today! Making one handmade ornament a week will surely go a long way in creating a menagerie of unique handmade ornaments inspired by lovely sewing blogs from all over the world. I'm happy to invite everyone for a sew along! Check out the Christmas Ornament Countdown link at the bottom right side of this blog. It's an ever growing list! If you have an ornament pattern to share, please feel free to drop me a note!

Mmm, freshly laundered Freshcut and Michael Miller fabrics ready for some sewing fun. I hope I can make a pretty project out of this pile.

It's a rainy evening and I'm being lulled to sleep by the pitter patter of rain on the roof and the billowy breeze. I think I'm ready to collapse into a pile of soft, fluffy clouds. Goodnight and happy weekend everyone!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Birds, hedgies and a tree of happiness

First of all I would like to say thank you, muchas gracias, salamat to Gina of Gingerbread for this Tree of Happiness award. It's a very special award and I'm so gratified that Gina thought of me. Thank you Gina! I shall pass on this award later this month. Drop by Gina's blog for the most interesting tidbits on scrapping, crafts and recipes!

Among others, the award invites me to list six things that make me happy right now. So here it goes:

Six Things that Make Me Happy Right Now

1. Waking up to the sound of birds chirping near my window.
2. Walking barefoot on wooden floors.
3. Reading Oprah's What I Know for Sure.
4. Seeing my avocado seed sprout some leaves.
5. Using and enjoying the lovely scent of Body Shop's Spring Orchid lotion.
6. Watching the Beijing Olympic Games on tv.

I put up a little clothesline organizer/bulletin thingy today. I decorated it with a dress up doll paper ornament from Kiddley. You can download the paper doll template here.

Notice the clothespin birdie? How romantic is the notion of having birds perched on a wire. Here's my simple tutorial:

  1. Make some fabric/paper birds in spring time colours and decorate with beads, buttons and ribbons.
  2. Gather some wooden clothespins.
  3. Hot glue birds to clothespins and let dry.
  4. Use on your clothesline organizer or use as paper clamp.
Also, we can never have too many pincushions can we? I made this little hedgie pincushion using this pattern. Adorable but my hedgie looks like a rat. I should try making another one in felt I think.