Friday, 22 June 2018

Red Cattleya

An orchid bloom in my sister's garden. Mom was quite proud of it because she is the one who applies fertiliser each time she visits. She said it was the first flowering since growing it from a small plant. 

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Annabelle Doily 1 WIP2

I circled where it went wrong. I tatted one too many trefoil. Only realized it when I was pinning it for blocking. Now I have to cut and remove one repeat and join the chain correctly. This is what happens when you are not paying attention and watching too much K drama.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

More Clover Shuttles

I received this in the mail from a generous friend the day after the Clover shuttles blog post. Wasn't it such a coincidence. Now I have more shuttles to play with. 

Thank you C.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Peranakan Lunch

Green Mango Kerabu
A salad with shredded mango, onions, bird's eye chilli, roasted peanuts, fried anchovies in a lime dressing.

Peranakan Platter

Clockwise from 11: Fried cuttlefish turnip, barbeque chicken,  steamed rice, grilled stingray fish and sambal petai with prawns (centre).

I had lunch with my mom and sister in Kuala Lumpur last weekend. It was a girls' shopping day out. The mall was crowded that Sunday as many were out shopping for Hari Raya.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Rice Dumplings

It is chang season. These are called kee chang. Glutinous rice dumplings which are eaten with sweet palm sugar syrup. Have not had these in years. Bought 10 dumplings to try. The savoury rice dumplings with filling can be found all year round but these are only available during this season on the 15th day of the 5th month in the Chinese calendar.

Friday, 15 June 2018

15% Discount Code

If you are thinking of getting the custom woven labels from the Dutch Label Shop, Abby has offered a 15% discount with this code umintsuru15. It will be valid for the next 60 days. Happy creating! I would love to see your labels.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Woven Labels Received

My custom labels from Dutch Label Shop arrived a few days ago. The labels were ready three days after I ordered but the tracking was pending and after 3 weeks, I was getting worried. It shipped from the Netherlands. But I need not have worried. My enquiry was answered very promptly and packaged arrived safely.

If you read my earlier post, I ordered 3 different designs. I am very happy with the results. Tell me what you think.

2.7 x 0.9 inch
iron on

2.4 x 0.8 inch
sew on

2.4 x 0.6 inch
iron on

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Dog Lanterns

These lanterns were made to decorate Chinatown for the Lunar New Year 2018. Now they dot the street market at Chinatown. These were spotted near the Buddha tooth relic temple. It was lighted but it was still too early in the evening to see clearly in this photo.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Niece's Bracelet

Matt Morganite beads paired with hill tribe silver beads and charms. This was made for my niece. A belated birthday gift.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Tsuru's Waiting

She often sits in front of the door whether it is open or closed. 

Waiting. . .

I wonder what she must be thinking.

What's for dinner tonight?

Friday, 8 June 2018

Dahlia Doily 1 WIP1

I chose this pattern to tat from Lee Hye-oon's Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer. Many more rounds to go. I am using Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 664 in Ocean Teal Medium.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Nephew's Bracelet

I put together this for my nephew for his birthday. The centre bead is jade with two Celtic knot beads. I hope he likes it.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Annabelle Doily 1 WIP1

Round one tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Col.156 Juicy Watermelon. The clover is tatted with a mock ring at the base. I hope the thread colours will not take away from the pattern design. We will see after the next round is done. Another pattern from Lovely Tatting Doilies for Fall and Winter by Lee Hye-oon.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Large Clover Shuttles

I could not resist this. Large Clover shuttles in new colours. I was at the craft shop in Chinatown to get some crystal string for my stretchy bracelets. I have plenty of shuttles but mostly prefer to tat with the Sewmate and Clover shuttles. The Sewmate picks are sharper and thinner but these Clover ones are sharp too. Very handy when you need to unpick. The large ones are especially useful for bigger projects or when beads are required. What is your favourite shuttle?

Monday, 4 June 2018

Chrysoprase Silver Charm Bracelet

The chrysoprase used in this stretchy bracelet is described as matt lemon. I thought they were quite unusual. I added so tribe silver charms - rose blooms, rose buds, leaves, a dragonfly and pinched beads in between. This was the third and last bracelet made that weekend. Thank you for visiting.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Green Pearl Bracelet

Dyed freshwater pearls with enamel beads.
Another stretchy bracelet made last weekend.
All three were green.
Maybe next week,
I will make some purple ones.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Evangeline Doily Aborted

This is the second time tatting the last round. The first time, I misread the pattern. I cut that off. The second time tatting the last round and at the last repeat, I realised I had been carrying a mistake from the very first round. It should be an even number of 24 picots in the first round. I did 25 and it did not matter until now. Cannot ignore the mistake as it affects the subsequent rounds. Therefore, it ends here. I may start another Evangeline but maybe not now. Sigh . . . . . .

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

PS Cafe @ Raffles City

I have not had a chance to dine here yet but each time I visit this mall, I feel drawn to it. It feels so inviting right in the middle of the atrium. Peaceful, green, airy and cool.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Olive Green Bracelet

I made a few stretchy bead bracelets last weekend. This is the first one. I bought the beads years ago but never used them. The enamel beads are from Bangkok. They are paired with olive jade and serpentine beads.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Pandora Black & White Flowers

From left to right: Primrose silver clip with clear cz and white enamel, Openwork enamel flower (mystic floral) charm, Black bubbles murano glass charm, Openwork pave flower charm, Nautical pave lights charm and Primrose silver clip.

Besides clips and spacers, I have hesitated on getting a repeat charm. Although I like the symmetry, I also love the variety that Pandora has for charms and I cannot bring myself to get doubles or triples for each charm. I wish I could.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Cornelia Doily 1 Completed (LHO6)

This is complete. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Col.706 Sunkist Coral. The doily is about 8.5 inches across.  This pattern from Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer can be found on page 49. You could continue and add another 7 rounds and end up with Cornelia Doily 2, but I am leaving it here for now. Now back to the other doily - Evangeline.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Evangeline Doily WIP 3 (LHO5)

Finished a few more rounds. It is getting larger and 7 more rounds to go. It is measuring about 11 inches in diameter now. It looks lovely on the dark brown table. The Cornelia doily with only two more rounds to tat, will be done before this one.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Custom Woven Labels

I ordered these woven labels when Abby of Dutch Label Shop reached out. I had no clue how the labels should look but after using the options available on the shop website, I went with these 3. The cat, heart and thread spool graphics were chosen from a variety of readily available on the website. Same goes with the font. Very easy to use and you can view the label as you change your options, which was very useful. I ordered all 3 size options and both sew on and iron on. Minimum order per design is 30 labels.

I wanted to get the woven logo labels and incorporate a tatted motif but my graphic skills are limited. Perhaps next time with some help from the experts at this label shop.

Which is your preferred Umi & Tsuru label design?

Friday, 18 May 2018

Cornelia Doily WIP 2 (LHO6)

The orange has evolved into a basket. Two more rounds to go and it will be done. Lavi thought it reminded her of an orange. While it was being blocked, I asked AAA what it reminded him of, he said a basket. Maybe because I left it on top of the laundry basket to dry. I guess he meant a basket weave pattern.

Many patterns from Lee Hye-oon requires a ring to join to a chain without a picot. I found it a little unusual but if you like, you could always add in a picot for joining. For example, the middle of the three rings is joined to the previous round's chain without a picot. The joining thread just goes round the whole chain.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Evangeline Doily WIP 2 (LHO5)

I love it. It is coming along. Tatted another 4 rounds since the last post. The centre is not difficult. They are chains with sets of first half and second half stitches of the double stitch. You just need to carefully keep count. I am sure the chains are not equal in length but it is not so obvious in this design.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Pandora Rose Gold Hearts

All the charms here have hearts. But I did mix in some silver between the rose gold charms.

From left to right: pandora rose pave open my heart clip, pink sparkling heart spacer, embossed hearts safety chain, pandora rose cubic zirconia love all around charm, safety chain, spacer & clip.

Bracelet is the 18cm silver with pandora rose clasp.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Cornelia Doily WIP 1 (LHO6)

Yes, I did start another pattern by Lee Hye-oon. I am not liking the part where I climbed out to the next round. I did not leave enough thread space for that false picot. Maybe if I pull it a little, it will work. Anyway, this looks simple. The same for the next couple of rounds before the next design element kicks in. I am using Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 706 Sunkist Coral.

That reminds me. Since it has been so hot these past weeks, I have been enjoying cold watermelon cubes and Sunkist navel oranges. Kept in the fridge and enjoyed when you need something refreshing. Must shave some ice and make some ice kacang too. It has been very hot and humid. Temperatures reach 35 degrees C and with the humidity, it feels like 40 degrees C. When will it end?

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Evangeline Doily WIP 1 (LHO5)

Started another in a cream colour thread. It looks pretty simple for now. Next round, Josephine rings will be incorporated. This was good practice for the split chain.

I may want to start another and alternate tatting both patterns. Yes, maybe I will do that.

Monday, 7 May 2018

My Princess

Do cats cool themselves and pant like dogs? I think they do but she isn't panting. Maybe it is the sweltering heat and humidity because she has been sticking out her tongue more than usual. 

My princess is getting on in age. She needs potassium tablets otherwise she has problems with her hind legs. She rarely jumps on the bed now instead she sleeps on her pillow on the floor. Otherwise, she is in good health for her age, as the vet says. She eats well and now weighs 4.1kg.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Anya Doily 2 & Anya Doily 3 (LHO3)

Both are completed. The larger one is Anya Doily 3. You can clearly see the thread colour changes in the second photo. These patterns are found on pages 27 & 31 of Lovely Tatting Doilies for Fall and Winter by Lee Hye-oon. I took some time to finish this because as usual, I was busy online shopping and watching Korean dramas that took time away from tatting. 

What happened to the ombre effect I was hoping to achieve, you might ask? Well, I did not think I would have enough thread for the last round so I had to switch to the medium pink as I needed the darkest pink for Anya doily 2. I do like the outcome. Tatted in Flora Size 20 threads in dark (Col. 224), medium (Col. 211) and light pink (Col. 207).

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Roasted Pork

At this restaurant, serving roasted pork has become a culinary art piece. Thin layer of crackling and perfectly seasoned. Not too good for the old heart but perfect for the senses.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Pandora Two Tone Bracelet - Red & White

From left to right: Classic Heart Fixed Clip, White Fizzle (Effervescence) Murano Charm, , Lavish Heart Charm in between the Embossed Hearts Safety Chain, Red Fizzle (Effervescence) Murano Charm and Classic Heart Fixed Clip.

The bracelet is the two tone gold with the barrel clasp.

The safety chain is used as a decorative design element instead of its intended purpose. I like it this way, especially with the small cubic zirconia in the chain.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Anya v1 WIP2 (LHO3)

This is the first version of Anya where I thought I was going to chuck until Hye-oon pointed out that I could continue this doily as Anya Doily 2 in the pattern book. You see, I did not realize that the patterns for Doily 2 & 3 in the book were slightly different. If you are confused, do not worry about it. I am tatting two Anya doilies. You will see the completed doilies in the next post. This one is tatted in Flora Size 20 in Col. 224.

Have a great weekend ahead!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Anya v2 Ombre Pink WIP2 (LHO3)

I hope the colour change in the threads is more obvious in this photo. I added 3 more rounds since the last post on this ombre Anya. I am currently tatting the original Anya in one solid colour too. Will show you both side by side when it is completed.

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


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?