Friday, 7 December 2018

Flowers Galore





Last week, I went with friends to the cut flowers wholeseller to get flowers for a friend's MIL’s 80th birthday. I have not been to this place in years and it was so much fun to walk through the cold room where all the flowers were stored. What was so enjoyable? Seeing so many beautiful flowers in a cool environment. Oh yes!

I do not know the names of the two flowers above but I just love the purples. Veronica and Liatris? So much variety and everything is imported except for some orchids. I should have slowed down and looked at the names on the price tags.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 9



One more round to tat!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Mee Rebus



Our friend was home from Shanghai and we had to go get some local dishes to whet her appetite. We had lunch at a Nasi Padang place. We ordered rice, beef rendang, sambal sotong, kurma chicken, fried selar fish, sayur lodeh, fried ladies fingers and mee rebus to share. I know, plenty for 3 people. 

There is only a photo of mee rebus to show you because we gobbled the rest before I remembered to take a photo. It was delicious although the mee rebus was a little too sweet for my taste. I preferred the mee rebus in Johor Bahru.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 18



This week I decided to wear the Pandora Open Bangle with the new String of Beads silver charm in the centre. The surrounding glass beads are not Pandora but they are from a talented glass artist from Russia. I just love the colours of the glass beads.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 8



This round is tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 637 Country Grape Medium. In this photo it looks like the same colour as the centre but it is in fact slightly lighter than the centre which was tatted in Col. 682 Country Grape Dark. I think the next round should be back to the variegated thread Col.160 Country Kitchen.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Pandora Autumn 2018 Charms



These three Pandora charms are not sold here. They were released as part of the Autumn 2018 collection. A friend visited Europe and she kindly got these for me. Love all 3 pieces. I think they look good together.

From left: Regal heart charm, Lock and heart charm and Regal beauty charm. 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Chicken Stew



Cabbage, potatoes, carrot, french beans and bell peppers went into this stew with some frozen mid joint chicken wings. We ate this with steamed rice. Also had it with stir fried spinach in garlic and oyster sauce and my favourite bitter gourd omelette. That took care of dinner. What did you have for dinner last night?

Monday, 26 November 2018

Pandora Bracelets of the Week 17



This week I am pairing the Pandora Rose Modern Lovepods bracelet with the Pandora Essence. Charms on the Essence are the Pandora Rose Love makes a family charm on either sides of the Affection charm with the 14K gold heart.

Pandora Modern Lovepods items are not sold here but this bracelet was a promotional gift with purchase. I love it. I would love to add the Pandora Rose Modern Lovepods ring and spacers to my collection too.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Goldfish Glass Bead Silver Ring






Remember this painted glass bead which I posted here?
I recently got this fish hook ring which you can add and change the beads? Yes, I will be adding my Pandora charms on this ring too.







Thursday, 22 November 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 7



I continued this round with the same colour thread - Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 661 Country Turquoise Medium. This particular round felt like the tatting was never ending. But it did. All it took was lots of patience and perseverance. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Cherry Blossom Motif 3 (LHO 12)



The distraction tatting is done. I did not have any more of the cream thread so I used the pink which is a different size and brand. I think it works although it still makes me uneasy. 

Monday, 19 November 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 16



This bracelet is the oxidized silver bracelet with silver clasp. 
From left is the winter wonderland clip (14K), luminous hearts charm (14K), fluttering butterflies charm,  luminous florals pendant, moss charm (14K), luminous florals charm and another winter wonderland clip (14K).



I wanted to combine the mother of pearl charms and the oxidized charms and bracelet. I love the combination. I stacked it with the freshwater pearl and black spinel stretchy bracelet.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Vietnamese Rolls



Sometimes I get a craving for these rolls. Found these at a coffee shop in Teck Whye. Also had the grilled pork in a baguette. It was a satisfying lunch last Saturday.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 6



This round is tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 661 Country Turquoise Medium.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Mushrooms





The roadside plants were topped up with fresh compost and mushrooms sprouted. Love that texture on the caps. It has been raining a lot with plenty of thunder and lightning. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Cherry Blossom Motif 1 (LHO 11)



I needed a distraction from WIOSNA 2018. A fast to tat motif. This is a pattern from Lee Hye-oon's Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer on page 25. What will it evolve to?

Monday, 12 November 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 15



The Pandora Essence Silver Bracelet with Pandora Rose Essence Love makes a family, Pandora Rose Cute Bunny, Pandora Essence Affection and the Pandora Rose Regal Key. If you like a lightweight bracelet with few charms, I would recommend the Essence bracelet. The Essence charms comes fitted with silicone so once you slide them into position on the bracelet, it should not move around too much. I love it because you forget you have a bracelet on. I prefer the round charms to the button/medallion shaped ones (for Essence) because the latter sometimes flip/roll. I also like to place small charms or dangles from the regular collection in between Essence charms.



This is the Pandora Rose Cute Bunny. It is a small charm and it looked dwarfed among my other charms but on the Essence bracelet, the size is just right. The same goes with the Pandora Rose Regal Key.


Thursday, 8 November 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 5


This is what it looks like thus far.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Pretty Cakes



Yesterday was Deepavali. This cake at the supermarket counter was decorated just for this occasion. That is a simple oil lamp on the top of the cake.



Another is this rangoli inspired cake. We saw a few rangoli at the shopping mall last weekend.


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 4



The previous round in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 700 English Rose Medium, looked like little butterflies. Just started this current round in Lizbeth Size 40 Col.160 Country Kitchen. 

Monday, 5 November 2018

Sparkling Pandora Floating Heart Locket Ring




I put the captured heart petite inside the heart locket ring. Heart within a heart. You can only fit one petite in the ring. I was a little late in getting the heart petite and it was no longer on sale at the store but I eventually found it at the online store.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Growing Bittergourd





The service balcony faces South and it may not get enough sun as it is partially blocked, but I am trying anyway. I love this vegetable. Bought one to cook and collected the ripened seeds. Dried them on a paper napkin and planted them in a pot. They germinated in no time. Leaves are yellowing but flowering too. A little baby has grown. Will it become an edible fruit?

Thursday, 1 November 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 3



My progress so far.
A little slow but it is moving along.
Have you seen Fox's completed WIOSNA 2018?

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Happy Halloween 2018



It is not a holiday that is celebrated here but some do dress up in costumes for this occasion. These pumpkins were on sale at our local supermarket. Hope you have some good fun this Halloween.


Monday, 15 October 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 14



You have seen this bangle before. It is the Pandora Moments Silver Padlock Flourishing Hearts Bangle. It is a limited edition Mother's Day 2018 piece. If you love it, try and get it soon before it is sold out. It comes in a special lovely box too.



I used the Autumn 2018 collection Grains of Energy Safety Chain as a design element. From left Explosion of love charm, Flourishing hearts charm, Pink enamel flower charm (retired), Paw silver charm and Lock your promise clip.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 2



This is Scheme A Country Kitchen. I started Rounds 1-3 with Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 682 Country Grape Dark. Rounds 4-6 are tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 160 Country Kitchen. The next round will also be a colour change. Come back soon to see which colour. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 13



More items from the Pandora Autumn 2018 collection. 

When I went to the Pandora store, I had no intention of getting any Pandora shine items but I just loved that limited edition Pandora Shine Circle of seeds ring so much. I could not bring myself to get the matching items like the pendant, bracelet and earrings though I may regret it one day. 

Instead I picked up the Pandora Shine Floating grains charm dangle and two Pandora Shine Seeds of elegance clips. They are on the Moments two tone clasp bracelet with Celebration of love spacers, Pandora Shine Honeycomb lace charm and the Locked hearts openwork charm.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Flower Bed



I went a bit closer to have a look to see what those pretty flowers were.



No flowers, just lovely leaves in a mix of greens and reds. This is the landscaping outside Paragon Orchard.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Lavender Doily 2 Complete (LHO 10)




This is done. The last round seems a little short and looks pulled. It reminds me of a dinner plate because of the colour change. Picotsnkeys asked if I was going to do another colour change - but I did not. Kathy, the centre is not difficult as long as you have a picot gauge.

Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 641 Lilac dark and Col. 646 Purple iris light. The pattern is from page 71 of Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer.

Now I can concentrate on tatting Renulek's WIOSNA 2018.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Pandora Rings Spring 2018 Collection



I recently got these rings using the Pandora Get more for less promotion. They launched earlier this year but I did not get them then. 

On the index finger is Heart Swirls sterling silver and cubic zirconia. 
On the ring finger is the Glorious Blooms sterling silver with aqua blue, royal purple and vivid green crystals. 

I could not find the other seasonal ring called Multi-colour arc of love ring in store. If I do find it, I might get it during the next Pandora promotion.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

WIOSNA 2018 WIP 1

Thank you for your vote contribution to help me pick colours for this WIOSNA 2018 pattern by Renulek.
You can link to her blog pattern or Etsy shop. Thank you Renulek.

Please see my blog post for picking the colour scheme. I have also added all the Lizbeth colour codes for the schemes as suggested by Michelle. Thank you Michelle.

Below is what I have tatted so far in Lizbeth Size 40 thread in Col. 682 Country Grape Dark for Rounds 1-3.



Monday, 1 October 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 12



I recently purchased many items from the Pandora Autumn 2018 collection. In the photo above, the rings and muranos are from that collection. 

I love the Pandora Rose Enchanted crown ring with the black crystals so I got the two rings a few days after the launch. I had to visit two different stores as each store only had one piece in each size.

On the Moments Pandora Rose bangle are the pink mix archs of love clip, iridescent white glass murano followed by the Pandora crown O in the centre.

The other small black crystals bracelet is not Pandora but I thought it made a nice combination with the rings


Friday, 28 September 2018

Tatting on K Drama



I watch Korean Drama quite frequently. I was flipping channels one night on the cable tv and came across this. I was not following this series but was surprised to see tatting worn here. Quite elegant. She had the same black bracelet on the other wrist too. Sorry for the blurred photo as I had to quickly take a photo from the tv screen. The K drama is called Another Miss Oh.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Elizabeth Doily 3 Completed (LHO 9)



I have no choice but to stop tatting here, short of one row to completion. I did not realize how much thread I needed for this pattern. I used thread that I have no option to repurchase and I used up the ball. The only other colour I have in this thread is white but it would look strange. So it is completed. It ruffles a little and the rings of the 'spokes' are elongated from the blocking.

Tatted in Victor cotton thread #40 in cream, it measures 15 inches across. The pattern is from Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer on page 19.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Lilac Gladiolus



I have not seen this colour for gladiolus before. They are usually red, pink, white, yellow and orange. I saw these at a hotel lobby recently. So pretty! 

I remember my mom made a flower arrangement for Sunday church service once. I think she paired them with spider orchids from her garden and the pink Honolulu creeper growing wild near our house. Amazing, what you choose to remember from childhood.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Picking Colours WIOSNA 2018

Have you seen Tat-ology Fox on Instagram? She is tatting Renulek's WIOSNA 2018 pattern in beautiful autumn colours. The last WIOSNA pattern I tatted was also influenced by Fox. That was in a variety of purples. You can see it here.

I think I am going to copycat Fox and tat one too. I had lots of fun picking out thread. I have 3 colour schemes for consideration. Will you help me choose? In each, I picked a variegated thread and chose other solid colours to compliment it.



Scheme A Country Kitchen
Lizbeth Col. 160, 637, 661, 682 & 700




Scheme B Herbal Garden
Lizbeth Col. 179, 668, 675, 681, 693 & 697



Scheme C Purple Marble
Lizbeth Col. 173,  605, 606, 607, 643, 646 & 647

Which would you choose?

Monday, 24 September 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 11



This bracelet features a black and white palette. I love the retired black and white charms. They are all brand new charms except for one pre-owned Forget me not onyx charm I got from Etsy. 

From left to right: Pandora black enamel flower clip, Pandora silver CZ nautical black pave lights charm, Pandora openwork black enamel flower charm, Pandora white orchid dangle, Mystic floral enamel charm, Pandora black forget me not onyx charm and another Pandora black enamel clip.



Friday, 21 September 2018

At the National Museum of Singapore



These were 2 exhibits from the Signature Art Prize 2018 Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation. Top is a paper collage on Buddhist monk robes "Untitled ( Hua Lamphong)" by Thasnai Sethaseree from Thailand.

Below that is "The Infinite Episode" by Jitish Kallat, dental plaster sculptures of 20 sleeping animals from the different continents. The artist describes this as an animalian utopia.




Lunch at the Food for Thought cafe in the museum: Hawaiian Portobello Burger and Satay Beef Rice Bowl.



Wrought iron spiral staircase restored and relocated. It was once the only entry point to the roof of the building, supposedly haunted.



This is the swinging chandelier "Wings of a rich manouevre" by Suzann Victor. Read more about it here. Visit in the evening to see the lighting effect.