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? 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Anya v1 (LHO3)

I now realise that the pattern correction was actually for R13 not R3. See previous posts and the comments. 

If you have Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Fall and Winter, please note this pattern correction before tatting. 

I completed Round 14 and was tatting Round 15 before realising this. I did not want to cut off 2 rounds of tatting to correct it. So this version of Anya stops here. I may start a new one later, perhaps an ombre one as initially planned. Now I know exactly where to switch the colours. Happy Tatting!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018


I managed to take some photos before my phone battery died. I think these are dahlias. Mom planted some in her garden at the foot of Maxwell Hill, but they never looked like these. Aren't they pretty? These are from the Flower Dome. Will post more photos of the flowers I saw soon.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Frances Doily WIP2 (LHO4)

After blocking, the 'spokes' are much straighter. Yes, thank you for your wonderful comments. I am beginning to like this thread colour combination. The next round will be a little different as we move into a new design element. I am excited. 

Do you see the bi-colour split ring where I climb up to the next round? I was too lazy to do otherwise. Tell me it is not too obvious. 😸

Monday, 2 April 2018

Pandora Rose Open Bangle

I actually wanted to get a Pandora rose bangle but this was the next best choice. I love the variety of charms available and that they can be interchanged. I chose this oval open bangle instead of the round bangle because it is easy to put on and take off. Also, the charms stay on the top of my wrist where I can see them.

Here the bangle is adorned with three types of Pandora Rose charms: Dazzling Daisies Clips (round), Pave Open My Heart Clips (heart), & the Love and Appreciation Charm (centre heart).

I might want to get a dangle charm for the centre and replace one of the Pave Open My Heart clip. 

Friday, 30 March 2018

Beautiful Cappuccino

A beautiful iced cappuccino with whipped cream and a rose stirrer. Perfect for an after lunch tenzaru soba which I forgot to photograph. It was a hot afternoon and cold soba noodles with fresh tempura was just the thing to fill your stomach. I hope you had a good lunch today.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Frances Doily WIP1 ( LHO4)

While blocking Anya, I was itching to start a new pattern, so I did. From Lee Hye-oon's book Lovely Tatting Doilies for Spring and Summer, this pattern is found on page 37.

I did not care for this Lizbeth Size 40 Col. 699 Harvest Gold thread so I wanted to use it with another colour. Here it is tatted with Col. 667 Orchid Green Medium.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Cactus Galore

There is a section in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay just for succulents. My phone battery was dying and I could not take more photos but here is two interesting ones.

Because of this, I finally went to the service centre to take up the replacement battery offer. It is slightly better but it still needs to be charged every night.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Anya WIP2 (LHO3)

It is a good idea to check what you have tatted ever so often. You can then correct a mistake before it gets too monumental. I was about to finish this round when I realised I missed joining to one ring. I spent two hours unpicking for which it only took 15 minutes of tatting to reach back to the same point. Sigh!!

I looked at the pattern correction which Hye-oon mentioned in my previous post. As I had already tatted round 3, I did not want to re-do it. But I thought that the original pattern in the book looks correct and corresponds to the photo in the book. 

Anyway, I decided to keep this in one colour which is tatted in Flora Size 20 #224.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Eu Char Koey / Chinese Crullers

Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Soaks up your coffee but still crunchy. We eat this on its own, dipped in coffee; or dipped in your congee or bak kut teh (herbal pork rib soup). It is savoury not sweet.

As you can see, the dough is cut up, and he will indent the rectangular dough in the centre lengthwise using a chopstick before sliding it into hot oil. The large wok is filled with puffed up dough. In Chinese this breakfast treat is called youtiao. You can read more about it here.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Cherry Blossoms at the Flower Dome

I thought the other flowers were more interesting than the cherry blossoms this year but the miniature torii gates and traditional dolls were a nice change. There was also a tea house with the Japanese tea ceremony taking place inside. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Dog Lanterns and Dragon Dance

I finally passed by Chinatown last weekend and managed this photo for you. I am glad to have seen it before the decorations were taken down.

There was also a lion and dragon dance at the Toa Payoh market and hawker centre when we were there for brunch. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New Mugs

Can you have too many mugs? I have different mugs for different drinks and I can use a few at the same time. One for coffee, one for oats in the morning, one for honey and lemon kept cold in the fridge, one for ginseng for mid afternoon. And these two new ones, oats and milo for supper. I could not resist the cherry blossoms.