Monday, 13 August 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 5

I used only two Pandora charms here. I guess it makes my bracelet a little different. This time I added the obsidian bead on both ends with a faceted black Swarovski crystal as the focal bead. The Pandora charms are Longevity lock charm (left) and the Brilliant heart bow charm (right)

Friday, 10 August 2018

Elizabeth Doily 1 (LHO 9)

I had a hard time blocking this. I wonder if I will continue with the pattern. It does look pretty. I used a ball of thread from Victor Crochet Cotton #40 in cream. The pattern is from Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer on page 91.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Happy 53rd

Happy Birthday

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Australian Violets

I got this from the gift shop during my last visit to Gardens by the Bay sometime in March 2018. It has been growing pretty well in my balcony. I thought I would show you it's tiny blooms. Not showy but still pretty isn't it? It came labeled as Viola hederacea.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Tatting for Nectar 4

This bright light yellow with the colours switched from the last one. Tatted in Milford Mercer Size 20 in Natural and Sunshine. I am keeping it neutral with a pop of sunshine.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 4


Another configuration this week. I find the open bangle is the easiest to change out. Mixing and matching the charms was quite fun. This is for a more elegant look with the cubic zirconia charms.

From left to right: Primrose silver clip, Dazzling daisies spacer, Swarovski crystal cream pearl, Fairytale bloom charm, Swarovski crystal pearl, Dazzling daisies spacer and Primrose silver clip.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Dragonfly Pearl and Coral Bracelet Winner

Margaret wins the dragonfly pearl and coral bracelet as she posted comment #10. There were 11 entries. Thank you to all who participated. I think I will be making more bracelets as gifts for friends near and far. Do come back and visit. Perhaps there will be a surprise giveaway sometime in the near future. Hope you had fun.

Margaret, let me know if you need the bracelet size adjusted and it should be in the post on Monday.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Imitating Mr. G

Fox had a wonderful photo of Mr G on Instagram. I wondered how Fox managed to catch him so candidly. She said 'Patience'.

Well, this was just luck not patience. She was telling me 'How boring already!'.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Tatting for Nectar 3

It is still a pretty neutral colour scheme but with a pop of sunshine. Tatted in Milford Mercer Size 20 in Natural and Sunshine. Can guess what the next one will look like? 

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 3

Three new Pandora charms which I got from the recent Pandora sale. The two cream beads are not Pandora but they are natural fossil coral I got from an Etsy seller in Jaipur, India.

From left to right: Pandora bow charm, fossil coral, Pandora heart of romance charm, fossil coral and Pandora bow charm. Charms are on the Pandora Moments Silver Open Bangle with the logo caps.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Dragonfly Pearl & Coral Bracelet

This is the third and last bracelet up for a blog giveaway this time around. A dragonfly hill tribe silver charm with two water swirl charms in between blush fresh water pearls and dyed coral beads. The bracelet is made for a 7 inch wrist but similar to the last two bracelet giveaways, I can make the adjustments to fit your wrist.

Just leave a comment if you want a chance to win this. I will be using the random number generator to pick its new owner on 3 August 2018. Be sure to check back to see if you have won. 

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Cream Pearl Bracelet Winner

Thank you for participating. 12 entries were recorded for this giveaway. Using the random number generator, #10 was picked and the cream pearl bracelet is Lelia's. Please send me your mailing address and I will send it to you ASAP. Do let me know if you need any size adjustments made. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

Tatting for Nectar 2

The colours here are reverse of the first one. Please see last week's post for pattern details. I am tempted to tat more of this in different colours. I have to bring out my other Milford Mercer Size 20 threads and decide what colours to tat with next. Shall I go colourful or neutral?

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Lunch in JB

We had a craving for Har Cheong Kai (Shrimp paste fried chicken). We had lunch at a coffee shop in JB near the car wash that we frequent. We also ordered the fried bee hoon (rice vermicelli) and stir fried sweet potato leaves. 

Both the vegetable and chicken were pretty good but I felt that they could have used better quality bee hoon as this was a little starchy. The bee hoon dish was better at another place in JB however over there, the wait can be quite long as it is very popular. I hate fighting the crowd for my food.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Tube Sculptures

I really should have read the information panel but I was quite mesmerised by it and did not notice the label. I will take a look the next time I visit. I hope it will still be there.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Cream Pearl Bracelet

This stretchy bracelet is made with cream fresh water pearls, fuchsia Swarovski bicones and a focal enamel bead from Bangkok. It is made for an 8 inch wrist but I can adjust it to fit. 

This is the second blog giveaway and they say good things come in threes. Just leave a comment here before 27 July 2018, if you want a chance to win this. I will be using the random number generator to pick a winner.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Bronze Pearl Bracelet Winner

There were 7 entries and the random number generator picked #5 which is the entry from Jane McLellan.

Jane, please e-mail me your address and I will send the bracelet off to you as soon as possible. Do let me know if you need any adjustments made to the bracelet size. I am most happy to do so.

Thank you to all who participated and you are encouraged to join in the next one. Thank you again for visiting this blog and leaving lovely comments. Know that they are most appreciated!

Friday, 20 July 2018

Tatting for Nectar

When we were visiting a friend in Shanghai last October, she had just signed a lease to open a cafe. I thought I would tat something for her cafe. Her DH designed the interior and I thought these hexagons would fit in nicely.

Tatted in Milford Mercer Size 20 in black and lemon. The pattern is from page 28 of Ha Mi-Kyoung's book 'Tatting lace with your life'. It is a variation of the pattern Butterfly Effect which is listed on page 26. If the butterfly was a bee, it would fit in perfectly.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Bronze Pearl Bracelet

I have not done a blog giveaway in ages. It is time to show some appreciation to readers of this blog. My way of saying thank you for your visits and your comments.

Please leave a comment on this post by 22 July 2018, if you want a chance to win this stretchy bracelet I made. I will use the random number generator to pick the winner. 

This bracelet is made for a 7 inch wrist but I can make the necessary adjustments to fit your wrist. These are fresh water pearls with tiny black spinel beads and a focal enamel bead from Bangkok.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Layer Cake from Lavender

A friend bought this layer cake for us. We had it for tea last weekend. It is from Lavender bakery in Johor Bahru. It was moist and pretty good. The spices used here are slightly different from the Bengawan Solo layer cake. Yes, the cake batter is baked layer by layer. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Dahlia Doily 1 Version 4 Violet Pink Dark

Yet another?
Yes, before I get bored with it.

This one is done in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 155 Ocean Sunset and Col. 635 Violet Pink Dark. Perhaps I can make a collage with all the Dahlias.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Chicken Salad for Lunch

This was lunch I made yesterday. Sliced chicken breast with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, orange slices and Romaine lettuce with Japanese onion dressing.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

New Project

I have a new project in mind. The pattern is from Ha Mi-Kyoung's book 'Tatting lace with your life'. I may not use this particular flower but it was good practice. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


Isn't that pretty. The purple flowers are quite a sight. This was taken just outside a MRT station which I frequently visit.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Dahlia Doily 1 Version 3 Seacrest Green Completed

Yes, it is done. I contemplated using the variegated thread for the 'petals' but decided against it. This way, I could keep the centre the same and change the colour of the 'petals'.
The petals look unequal in size due to the angle of the camera. I was trying to avoid shadows using light from the window. The petals are actually equal in size.

Please see previous post for pattern details. This is tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 155 Ocean Sunset and Col. 714 Seacrest Green.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Pandora Bracelet of the Week 2

From clasp clockwise: Primrose Silver Clip, Black Forget Me Not Onyx Charm, Black Flower Blossom Murano, Black Nautical Pave Lights Charm, Shimmering rose clip, Red Fizzle Murano, Infinite Love Spacer,  Red Pave Heart Charm, Infinite Love Spacer, Red Flower Blossoms Murano, Shimmering Rose Clip, Black Pave Heart Charm, Black Bubbles Murano, Openwork Enamel Flower Charm & Primrose Silver Clip.

The red and black flower blossom muranos may not be correctly named. If it is too old, it may not have a name. I got those and some others on Etsy. Others from Rue La La when they had international shipping. The silver barrel clasp bracelet was a promotional gift with purchase from our local Pandora store.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Ruby and Opal Bracelet v2

A couple of years back, I made an opal and ruby stretchy bracelet for my sister. I had beads left over and decided to make another with some silver accents. The rose, leaf and pinched silver beads are from Chiangmai. I think I will keep this for myself. The opal beads are not the best quality as there are black inclusions in every bead. The ruby beads are faceted but they are pink instead of red.

I still have beads leftover. Perhaps for another bracelet or earrings or even a necklace if paired with more hill tribe silver.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Dahlia Doily 1 Version 3 Seacrest Green

I wanted to see this colour variation. Round 1 tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 155 Ocean Sunset and Rounds 2 to 4 tatted in Col. 714 Seacrest Green. A few more rounds to go before it is completed. The pattern is from page 109 of Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

New Episcia

This Episcia just flowered in my balcony garden. When I got this plant, it did not have any flowers but the pattern on the leaves was unlike what I already have. I did not expect a purple flower so I am very glad. Easy to grow but it needs a brighter area for flowers to form. 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Dahlia Doily 1 Version 2 Dark Purple

Yes, another Dahlia. 
This is tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 633 Dark Purple.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Pandora Bracelet Of The Week 1

This is my Pandora bangle this week. I recently got the Pandora Rose Dazzling Daisy, Pink Cherry Blossom Murano and the Daisy fairy silver charms from the Pandora sale. The other 3 gemstone charms are not Pandora. Also included are the Pandora Rose Dazzling Daisies Fixed Clips and the Dragonfly Meadow charm.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Tsuru's New Bowl

Tsuru has a new water bowl. Got it from H&M home. It was on sale for RM10. She has been drinking from the same two rice bowls since she was a kitten and she prefers the bowl in the air conditioned room than the one in the kitchen. Water must be more delicious cooled.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Dahlia Doily 1 (LHO 8) Completed

It took longer than expected as I was away visiting family. I do like this pattern a lot. I might tat another. This was done in Lizbeth Size 40 in Col. 664 Ocean Teal Medium.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Moonstone Bracelets

Tiny charoite barrel beads with fresh water pearls, hill tribe silver charms and beads, with faceted grey moonstone as the focal point. You could stack these together on your wrist or pair them with other silver bracelets.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Annabelle Doily 1 (LHO7) Completed.

The mistake has been corrected. I may not continue to Doily 2 of this pattern because it is quite a large doily. I do like the colour of this Lizbeth Size 40 thread in Col. 156 Juicy Watermelon. If I do continue, I would change the thread colour to a light green. Should I? I do want to make some more stretchy bracelets. We will have to see. 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Fried Koay Teow

The secret to this dish is the soya sauce used and the temperature of the wok. It is not a dish for the health concious but having it occasionally whets the craving. This is the Malaysian version. We had this recently at a hawker near where we used to stay in Kuala Lumpur. The Singapore version is fried with sweet black soya sauce instead.

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.