Thursday 31 December 2015

Christmas Trees

The top one was taken in a hotel lobby and the bottom at the entrance to a small shopping centre. 

Both are pretty. 

One lavishly decorated in gold baubles, the other of recycled glass bottles and tinsel.

Have a great time ringing in the new year. No partying for me, just a quiet home cooked dinner at home and a kiss from Tsuru at midnight.

Wednesday 30 December 2015

Jane's Gecko

I did not tat this gecko correctly. The thread I used was too thick and it ended up quite large. I struggled to finish it with lots of mistakes. 

I had printed this from Jane Eborall's pattern page sometime back and did not realize Jane had updated this pattern with a diagram. I will try again.

Tuesday 29 December 2015

Wanton Noodles

The wonton noodles here taste almost like the ones I use to have when I was a child. It had the chilli version and the black no chilli version. The wonton in the soup were tiny, soft and delicious. The char siew could be much improved on though. Try it if you are at KSL City Mall in Johor Bahru.

Something else good here is the assam laksa. Made with canned sardines, the gravy is spicy and sour enough for me. Sorry, no photo. It smelled so good, I forgot to snap a photo.

Monday 28 December 2015

Green Snail

This did not turn out as well as the first time I tatted it. There must be some mistakes. Pattern is by Inga Madsen in her book Tatted Animals. Tatted in DMC Perle 8 cotton threads Col. 94.

Saturday 26 December 2015

Angel Wings or Hearts

I saw this on Pinterest and followed the links here. I am hoping to add this to the patchwork blanket so I need not have so many tatted animals. After all these could be hearts from grandma since the fabric was leftover from the memory quilt I made for her.

Why angel wings? I made a mistake when joining the pieces and they looked like angel wings. What do you think?

Friday 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas to you and your family. 

Thursday 24 December 2015


Look who is getting comfortable! 

I got more fabrics for the blanket, hand washed, dried and ironed, ready to rotary cut and someone decides to sit on it.

It reminds me of the princess and the pea.

No pea here. No princess either.

Wednesday 23 December 2015


Can you recognize whose pattern this is? Yes, from Jane Eborall. Thank you, Jane. This was so much fun to tat. Notice the two hippos are not exactly the same but each has its own personality. Yes, it is an excuse to cover up my mistakes.

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Pig Tail with Lotus Root Soup

I love lotus root and pig tail but never cooked a soup with this combination. No harm trying. I added some groundnuts to boil in the soup. 

Drinking this soup reminded of a dessert that my grandfather loved. Groundnut boiled with soyabean strips and sugar. Maybe I'll cook that next with the rest of the groundnuts.

Monday 21 December 2015

Sea Horses

Two seahorses tatted in variegated DMC Perle 8 cotton threads. More animals for the patchwork blanket. The pattern is by Debbie Arnold. I first tatted this seahorse when i was learning to tat. It was done as one of the lessons. I like how the tail curls. 

Saturday 19 December 2015

Red and Orange Blocks

Can you tell which is which? I have got one row of the blanket done. Now to repeat 5 more times. 


Friday 18 December 2015

Shopping for Earrings

Four little boxes from Lisa of Angryhairjewelry on Etsy. I love all four pairs. One of my favourites is this one with Ethiopian opals and rubies wired in gold-filled wire. Thank you Lisa for such beautiful earrings.

Thursday 17 December 2015

Escargot Palm Tree

Garden snails climbing trees? Try finding the snails in the first photo. Are you having fun now?

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Public Transport

This is my usual means of transport - the bus and the train. I can walk to the station, but in this weather, I take the bus. Walking is good exercise, when its 20 degrees C not 32.

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Three Little Piggies x2

This is a pattern by Jane Eborall. Wings are optional. In this case these 6 piggies need to use their hooves to market.

Monday 14 December 2015

Indigo and Violet Blocks

These blocks are rather too dark. So this will definitely not be the final placement. Re-look after I have more patched up. Time to go shopping. My favourite past time is shopping for supplies. I usually get more than I need. That's not good and I need to restrain buying too many.

Saturday 12 December 2015

Carnival Earrings 2 Giveaway

The number drawn is 11 and it is Elizabeth who has won the Carnival Earrings 2. Do send me your address and I will send it to you as soon as possible.

I could not contact the earlier winner for the Lacy Treasure earrings. I drew a new number and Lace-lovin Librarian - Diane, you have won.

Thank you all for participating. I hope you all had fun. Just my way of thanking you.

Friday 11 December 2015

My Sleeping Beauty

She's in deep sleep and did not even flinch when the photo was taken. My fur ball sleeps comfortably in the easy chair. She spends a lot of the time like this.

Thursday 10 December 2015

Yellow Dog Block

This block features a tatted dog. This dog looks so naughty and cheerful. This is too uniformed. I need to get more yellow fabric to mix it up.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Christmas in November - Carnival Earrings 2

This is Marilee Rockley's pattern from her book 'Tatted Jewelry'. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 20 in Charcoal Medium Col. 607.

Please leave a comment before 11 Dec 2015 and you stand a chance to win this pair. I will draw a winner using the random number generator. Please check back on 12 Dec 2015 to see if you have won. This is the last pair. Good luck!

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Carnival Earrings Giveaway

And . . . the random number drawn is 6. Janis W, you win this pair of earrings. Please email me your mailing address.

Thank you all for participating. There is one more pair tomorrow.

Monday 7 December 2015

Little Jewels

It is a simple dressing of lime juice, salt and pepper with chopped mint leaves and spring onions. The pomegranate jewels are pretty. Have yours before the season is over. Healthy and good for you. This particular fruit was imported from China.

Saturday 5 December 2015

Christmas in November - Carnival Earrings

This is Marilee Rockley's pattern from her book 'Tatted Jewelry'. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 20 in Black Col. 604.

Leave a comment before 7 Dec 2015 if you want a chance to win this pair of earrings. I will draw a winner using the random number generator. Please check back on 8 Dec 2015 to see if you have won.

Friday 4 December 2015

Keyed Up Earrings 2 Giveaway

Number 11 wins the earrings. Brady, congrats. Please send me your mailing address. 

Thank you all for participating. If you have not won a pair, do not be discouraged. Look out for the next post to try your luck again.

Thursday 3 December 2015

First Blocks

This is what I have been up to. I thought I better get these going before the 2 pairs of twin nephews grow up. The tatting was done long ago and posted somewhere in this blog. It was for a baby quilt but now I have to make it larger as they are no longer babies.

Getting started is difficult and getting it finished is another challenge. But I think after moving the sewing table into the air-conditioned room, this project will progress slowly but surely. Above are the first two blocks, not fully sewn as I took up Jane Eborall's tip of photographing it before sewing to ensure placement is correct. 

I prefer the green placement of the patchwork so I will change the blue one before sewing, or it may all change when more blocks are pieced.

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Flowering Trees

The rain has come after a period of haze and dry weather. The trees are flowering again. It has been very humid but at least the trees are happy.

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Christmas in November - Keyed Up Earrings 2

I love how this one looks. Marilee's pattern from her book 'Tatted Jewelry'. Tatted in Tat-ilicious HDT Size 20 in French Country.

Leave a comment before 3 Dec 2015 if you want a chance to win this pair of earrings. I will draw a winner using the random number generator. Please check back on 4 Dec 2015 to see if you have won. 

I still have one unclaimed pair of earrings for KBowman123. I have no contact details so if I do not hear from you by 5 Dec 2015, it will be included in the subsequent giveaway.