Thursday, 19 April 2018

Frances Doily Completed (LHO4)



I think this pattern is so very pretty. You can find this pattern by Lee Hye-oon on page 37 of Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer. There are many other pretty patterns in this book.

I used Lizbeth Size 40 cotton threads in Col. 699 Harvest Gold and Col. 667 Orchid Green Medium. I think this would look great in any other colour combination. What colours would you use?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

More Blooms



Tiny pretty florets.



Is this a spotted petunia?
Oh, lovely!


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Anya v2 WIP1 (LHO3)



I started Anya again. This time in Flora size 20 in Col. 224 and Col. 211. The next round will be tatted in Col. 207. The colour change does not look obvious in this photo. The original Anya will be completed too but I have not got to it yet as I was trying to finish Frances. Tatting has been slow.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Pandora Pink Blooms



From left to right: Shimmering Droplets Honeysuckle Pink, Eternity Silver Spacer, Magnolia Bloom Duo Dangle, Eternity Silver Spacer and Dazzling Floral Charm.

I love how this turned out. I think the strong colour of the spacer really makes a difference here. I love the cabochons in the Shimmering Droplets and Dazzling Floral charms.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Mediterranean Flowers





I have no idea what these are but just that they are beautiful.
Never been to the Mediterranean countries but would love to visit one day.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Primulas?





Pretty blooms of Primulas? 
I am just guessing.
Correct me, if it is wrong.


Friday, 6 April 2018

Australasia Blooms







These were taken in the Australasia section of the Flower Dome. I could stay in here the whole day to enjoy the cool air and lovely flowers. Are you enjoying the spring flowers where you are? 


Thursday, 5 April 2018

Anya v1 (LHO3)



I now realise that the pattern correction was actually for R13 not R3. See previous posts and the comments. 

If you have Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Fall and Winter, please note this pattern correction before tatting. 

I completed Round 14 and was tatting Round 15 before realising this. I did not want to cut off 2 rounds of tatting to correct it. So this version of Anya stops here. I may start a new one later, perhaps an ombre one as initially planned. Now I know exactly where to switch the colours. Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Dahlias






I managed to take some photos before my phone battery died. I think these are dahlias. Mom planted some in her garden at the foot of Maxwell Hill, but they never looked like these. Aren't they pretty? These are from the Flower Dome. Will post more photos of the flowers I saw soon.


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Frances Doily WIP2 (LHO4)



After blocking, the 'spokes' are much straighter. Yes, thank you for your wonderful comments. I am beginning to like this thread colour combination. The next round will be a little different as we move into a new design element. I am excited. 

Do you see the bi-colour split ring where I climb up to the next round? I was too lazy to do otherwise. Tell me it is not too obvious. 😸

Monday, 2 April 2018

Pandora Rose Open Bangle



I actually wanted to get a Pandora rose bangle but this was the next best choice. I love the variety of charms available and that they can be interchanged. I chose this oval open bangle instead of the round bangle because it is easy to put on and take off. Also, the charms stay on the top of my wrist where I can see them.

Here the bangle is adorned with three types of Pandora Rose charms: Dazzling Daisies Clips (round), Pave Open My Heart Clips (heart), & the Love and Appreciation Charm (centre heart).

I might want to get a dangle charm for the centre and replace one of the Pave Open My Heart clip. 

Friday, 30 March 2018

Beautiful Cappuccino



A beautiful iced cappuccino with whipped cream and a rose stirrer. Perfect for an after lunch tenzaru soba which I forgot to photograph. It was a hot afternoon and cold soba noodles with fresh tempura was just the thing to fill your stomach. I hope you had a good lunch today.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Frances Doily WIP1 ( LHO4)



While blocking Anya, I was itching to start a new pattern, so I did. From Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer, this pattern is found on page 37.

I did not care for this Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 699 Harvest Gold thread so I wanted to use it with another colour. Here it is tatted with Col. 667 Orchid Green Medium.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Cactus Galore





There is a section in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay just for succulents. My phone battery was dying and I could not take more photos but here is two interesting ones.

Because of this, I finally went to the service centre to take up the replacement battery offer. It is slightly better but it still needs to be charged every night.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Anya WIP2 (LHO3)



It is a good idea to check what you have tatted ever so often. You can then correct a mistake before it gets too monumental. I was about to finish this round when I realised I missed joining to one ring. I spent two hours unpicking for which it only took 15 minutes of tatting to reach back to the same point. Sigh!!

I looked at the pattern correction which Hye-oon mentioned in my previous post. As I had already tatted round 3, I did not want to re-do it. But I thought that the original pattern in the book looks correct and corresponds to the photo in the book. 

Anyway, I decided to keep this in one colour which is tatted in Flora Size 20 #224.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Eu Char Koey / Chinese Crullers



Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Soaks up your coffee but still crunchy. We eat this on its own, dipped in coffee; or dipped in your congee or bak kut teh (herbal pork rib soup). It is savoury not sweet.

As you can see, the dough is cut up, and he will indent the rectangular dough in the centre lengthwise using a chopstick before sliding it into hot oil. The large wok is filled with puffed up dough. In Chinese this breakfast treat is called youtiao. You can read more about it here.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Cherry Blossoms at the Flower Dome













I thought the other flowers were more interesting than the cherry blossoms this year but the miniature torii gates and traditional dolls were a nice change. There was also a tea house with the Japanese tea ceremony taking place inside. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Dog Lanterns and Dragon Dance



I finally passed by Chinatown last weekend and managed this photo for you. I am glad to have seen it before the decorations were taken down.





There was also a lion and dragon dance at the Toa Payoh market and hawker centre when we were there for brunch. 


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New Mugs





Can you have too many mugs? I have different mugs for different drinks and I can use a few at the same time. One for coffee, one for oats in the morning, one for honey and lemon kept cold in the fridge, one for ginseng for mid afternoon. And these two new ones, oats and milo for supper. I could not resist the cherry blossoms.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Anya WIP1 (LHO3)



I thought I would photograph this with the book cover. Since my Flora pink threads were out of storage, I decided to do an ombre pink with the darkest pink in the centre, or not. Come back to see how this develops.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Rose Gold Crazy



This is the Pandora Rose Dazzling Daisy Chain Ring. It all started with my search for more rose gold jewellery. I seem to be addicted now, wanting to stack more rings on my fingers. Pandora Rose is rose gold plated and this one is set with cubic zirconia.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Kueh Pie Tee Shells



This lunar new year, I made these shells in two sessions, a week apart. Last year I did not make any. I may need to get new moulds as the handle of my current one broke. I guess it could be fixed but if I can find a new one, I should get one or two. It might become obsolete one day or very difficult to find like postcards.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Serafina Doily Completed (LHO2)



Yes, it is done. This pattern is found in Lovely Tatting: Doilies for Fall and Winter by Lee Hye-oon on page 69. I used Daruma Lace Cotton threads in Size 30 Col. #3 (cream) and #10 (brown). In the book, this doily was tatted in baby pink and baby blue. 

I am tempted to try another bicolour pattern from the same book but perhaps before that I should try an easy pattern first.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Whatcha Doing?





Watching my princess sleep.
Tsuru knows when you are up to something.
She hates being photographed.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Serafina WIP4 (LHO2)



All ready for the last round. This is an interesting pattern and is not as difficult as it seems. Quite the contrary. Just need to pay attention to the instructions given in the pattern. After the first repeat, it was a breeze. Do try it, if you have the book.

It is reminding me of a dream catcher.  On the blocking board, it looks quite pretty but I still think it would have looked much prettier in Size 40 Lizbeth. This Daruma Lace Size 30 is like a Perle thread, a little fuzzy.


Monday, 12 March 2018

Light Fixtures





These light fixtures of lotus flowers were found in a Teochew restaurant where we had family lunch in Petaling Jaya. I think they are pretty.

You need a high ceiling for these. Unfortunately, most apartments in Singapore have a ceiling height of 2.5m or 8.2 ft. That will not work.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Elephants in Little India





Last year there were peacocks at this very same spot. This year elephants. These are decorations specially put up for Deepavalli last November, but I think they will leave them there till next Deepavalli. The peacocks were taken down just before these were put up.

I have not gone to Chinatown to see the lunar new year decorations. If I do, I will take a photo and post it. Try to imagine dog lanterns.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Serafina Doily WIP3 (LHO2)



This is how much has been tatted since the last post which was exactly a month ago. Yes, it has been a busy time and I was trying to finish the other doily quickly. 

Looking at this now, I wish I had chosen a size 40 thread instead.

Maybe it will be completed by the next tatting post, maybe not.



Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Fortune Cookie



I was given a fortune cookie. 

You might not believe in it but you would still unravel and read it.

Change my thoughts?

Change the world?

Maybe!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Alice Doily Completed (LHO1)



From this view, the cuts and knots where I corrected the mistake are not so obvious. I am glad to finish it. Thanks to all your comments, cheering me on. Otherwise, I might have given up on this.

The pattern is from Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer by Lee Hye-Oon on page 61. I used Lizbeth Size 40 threads in Lime Green Medium #677, Sea Island Citrus #161 and Honey Drizzle #180.

Shall we start another? Maybe after I complete the other Lee Hye-Oon pattern Serafina doily I started earlier.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Wave Architecture



This is the newer building of Mohammad Mustafa store. I never noticed the facade before this. This store is open 24 hours 7 days a week and it is filled with all sorts of merchandise. We visit whenever we go for breakfast in that vicinity.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Food Art





We were having Saturday lunch at Prego in Raffles City and I was flipping through the Epicure magazine when I saw these. These photos do not do them justice. Are they not just beautiful? A feast for your eyes, . . . . and maybe your palate too.