Friday, 28 November 2008
This is sunset in my neighbourhood. Not the prettiest of views but the colours of sunset are still beautiful. Sometimes when we're driving home at about this time on the expressway, you get a good view of the sunset too. I love those times but it is not often.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
To continue on what I received from Pat. She must have heard I love to make things and I love brooches/pins. She included this DIY beaded pin kit which I am itching to do. I may bring it on my vacation. Isn’t the design just lovely? Another item is this lace studded with Swarovski crystals. It could be made into a lovely choker or bracelet or used in a CQ project. I have yet to decide. With this, in the little pack, was 3 pairs or beautiful toggle clasps. That would also go into either necklaces or bracelets.
Gorgeous silk ribbons in purple and green, hand dyed by Pat. Loads to stitch with and to practice my silk ribbon embroidery flowers and leaves on a lovely background of Thai silk.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Rachel made these two lovely trees which now sits on my table reminding me that Christmas is on its way. I will be home for Christmas. It will be little Shu May's first Christmas too. She is my newest niece, born this year on 1st of May. This photo was taken when she was 3 weeks-old.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
This was one of the packages I received last week. Beautiful HDTs from Yarnplayer Arts on Etsy. Marilee also has a blog where she has wonderful tatting designs with beads. From top to bottom: Pizzazz, Tourmaline, Bronzed rose, Nicobar pigeon and Forest. I have started using Forest to make Holly leaves. I will photograph it as soon as it is done.
Friday, 21 November 2008
I won Pat’s birthday giveaway. Pat chose a coin purse for me. I love it. It is robin egg blue. Is that colour appropriately described? It was lovingly wrapped in a purple flower taffeta material with silk ribbons and a butterfly tag. The purse looks really vintage with lovely silk ribbon flowers embroidered on the top near the pretty purse frame. I especially love the lace of leaves and flowers running up the left side and a wonderful message in the centre which reads "With love and fond wishes". And when you open the purse, you see a lovely tag inside. I will treasure this Pat. Thank you so much!
In another quiz by Pat for Halloween, I won this pin which says Free Broom Rides. I told Pat how appropriate this was, Wendy the witch giving free broom rides with her little black cat (my Tsuru). The altered boy looks sweet bearing this message and to celebrate Halloween he is decked up with glitter and a witch’s hat. And oh, it is filled with lavender and so sweet-smelling. Also note the packaging it came in.
Pat included lots more in her package but I will keep that to blog about another day.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
So here it goes. 5th sentence on Pg 56 of Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery reads: “Well, I ain’t gonna let anyone else pull it” says Davy, doubling up his fists and frowning. “They’d just better try it. I didn’t hurt her much . . . she just cried ‘cause she’s a girl. I’m glad I’m a boy but I am sorry I am a twin.”
Who got tagged and awarded the bookworm award?
Thank you Kathy!!
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
I came across these old movies on vcd last weekend and some of these movies were actually shot in Singapore in the sixties. I remember growing up watching these movies. Every Friday night on TV, we look forward to these Malay movies. On other week nights, it was either a Tamil or Chinese movie and on Saturdays, English movies. Oh how we looked forward to them. No cable back then only one national channel. Take it or leave it. This was the seventies.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Of course there are all the other shops which I adore which I have bought from. If you are on Etsy, you know where to go. Am I an Etsy addict? Maybe.
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Well, I hope this will make your effort worthwhile! Your prize is shown below.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
More egg dolls for the Comfort Doll Project. I am happy to say that it has arrived and they are safe with Pat. If you want to know the history of this, do refer here.
The dolls are made with Thai silk fabric, Delica beads, sequins, tatted egg, fire-polished glass beads, more glass beads, plastic beads and Swarovski crystal pearls. All hand sewn while I watch TV with Umi and Tsuru on my left and right.
From L to R
Shy Jill in Hot Fuchsia: Bashful eyes batting her eyelashes; Pretty flower shoes; Body dotted with fire-polished glass beads; Seams lined with pink sequins and Delica beads; Tatted egg in pink and mint green threads
Cordelia the Garden Goddess: A garland of flowers on her temple; Smiling at the flowers blooming in her garden, Glass slippers on her feet; Seams lined with metallic mint green Delica beads; Tatted egg in variegated pinkish blue and green threads
Sonia in Sky Blue: A love charm on her neck tied in a narrow lilac ribbon, She’s too modest to show her face; Light purple glass slippers on her feet; A crystal pearl studs her belly, Seams lined in purple sequins and bluish lilac Delica beads; Tatted egg in variegated purple and dark green threads
Puteri the Ivory Princess: She waits for her new owner to sew on a pretty face for her. She could be smiling or be deep in thought; Sewn in pale ivory silk; Crystal pearl shoes; Seams lined with bronze Delica beads; Tatted egg in khaki, pink and light blue threads; On her back a little ‘made with love’ charm. Puteri is Princess in Malay and it is pronounced as pu---tree.
Monday, 10 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
The tatting pattern for this dragonfly can be found at DSD9 Designs. At this site you can also get the kit to make the dragonflies. The instructions below are shown using the self closing mock ring (SCMR) method. You could also use the split ring method (which I prefer because I love to tat split rings). You will need 1.5 yards of thread and two shuttles.
Step 2: Hold the threads as shown with a loop at the bottom. Assume that Shuttle 2 (brown) is your ball thread and use shuttle 1 (with flowers) to make the chain stiches.
Step 3: This is how I hold my threads.
Step 4: Make your first chain ds using Shuttle 1 (with flowers).
Step 5: After making 3 chain ds, slide one wing bead into place and make the 4th ds.
Step 6: Continue with one more ds and slide in wing bead 2 and make another 3 ds.
Step 7: Make a loop for a ring using Shuttle 2 (brown) with 2 eye beads within ring thread.
Step 8: Make 2 ds, slide one eye bead in place and tat another 4 ds (as shown above). Slide 2nd eye bead and tat 2 more ds.
Step 9: Close ring (photo above) and continue to chain: 4 ds, wing bead, 2ds, wing bead and 3 ds. See photo below.
Step 10: To close SCMR, slide Shuttle 1 (with flowers) through loop and carefully close the SCMR by pulling the Shuttle 1 thread.
Step 11: Chain 12 ds for tail. Tie knot and cut.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
The first one is Kerrera Skye. What a lovely name. She has unique knitted items which are elegant, pretty, feminine (lady-like) and just simply gorgeous. She told me she just makes up the pattern as she knits. I would love to do that. I always need to follow a pattern. Now I remember I probably have some unfinished scarves or sweaters in my stash cupboard. I wish we had cool weather so that I can wear them. I have always preferred cool to hot temperatures. But I am getting something from her for a friend and perhaps myself, or not. I especially love this one which has gone to one lucky person.