Around here

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Have been following Ali Edwards and have been in love on the way she’s telling her story and setting conscious reminder of life, being positive and being awesome. Today I wanted to record things that is happening now.

This week is school holidays for the boys. It has been learning, fun, movie, video, games and outing around here.

I didn’t manage to enroll them into any class or camp for the holiday. So I did the most that I can do, bringing them for events and activities that are available at hand, such as the Petrosains playsmart centre which offer basket weaving and batik painting over the weekend.

We had fun!


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Around here, I let them have their share on the Notebook and TV. I let them watch their own favorite shows, play their own favorite games which is most probably – Minecraft and Lego.



Around here we argue over time-out. I stop them just in time for meals and I off the lights and demanded them to be in bed for the next day.

Around here, I wanted them to learn how to share, compromise, be patient and simply be a kid.

As for me, I’ve been searching and surfing, plus trying out new patterns and better sewing methods for my bag, pouches, or simply open to anything.

Found some great websites on sewing and stumble upon website on jewelry too, ha!

As for scrapbook, I’m anticipating the arrival of my first stamp sets from Ali… wu hooo!!! :))

Clutch clutch purse purse

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Found yet another pretty awesome tutorial through Pinterest.

Pellon call it the clutch purse. I find it is too flat, so I’ve put dart at the bottom so that it looks fatter and got room for stuff.

I’ve put batting through the whole purse and have add-in a zipper pocket inside, plus a cute little birdie badge in front. I hope you like it.

This is also the first batch of bag that I’ve use thicker string, hopefully they are more durable. And I’ve made two in a few days, using fabric that I love and got online.

This time, I’m trying to do what the pro did – listing of the product info.

So, here goes:-

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Dimensions: approximately 10″ x 6″ x 2″
Made with linen cotton
1 Opened Pocket
1 Zipper Pocket
Magnet Button Closure
Fully Interfacing and batting
Can put wallet, phone and keys …

Price: RM 40 (First batch price. This might not happen again)


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 Dimensions: approximately 10″ x 6″ x 2″

Made with linen cotton
1 Opened Pocket
1 Zipper Pocket
Magnet Button Closure
Fully Interfacing and batting
Can put wallet, phone and keys …


Haha.. so, what do you think? Can do online handmade shop?

Raindrops and cloud pouch

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Remember this post that I’ve written – Sewing pouches.. Well.. I did another one using the fabric that I’ve bought earlier on, and I’m calling it the “raindrops and cloud pouch”.


This time, I”ve made the handle slimmer and an add-on pocket behind with sew-on snap.

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I thought it would look nice with a green background.. well.. what do you think?

The snap area has been decorated with a cute little white button too.


I’ve used a bit of the yellow patterned cotton at the back of the pouch so that it has bit of a pattern, which turn out to be not bad at all.. This is the extra for this pouch – another clip in area maybe for card or even pieces of tissue.

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Here you can see the yellow fabric.


To me, this pouch is just nice to bring along for a meeting with your staff card, hand-phone, tissue and business cards. You can just sling it on your wrist and still can hold your files or other stuff with both hand.

All fabric has been enhanced with fusible or make it more sturdy.


Edited: This has been taken.. ;)

Projects over the weekend

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Happy Tuesday! How was your week going so far?

Mine has been spent sewing and spending time with friends and family. Last evening was spent with old classmates where we just sat together, catching up, talking non-sense, just being silly and jokes with one another. In a way, it just give us the space and time, moment together. That in a way I believe it brings us closer.

As for the past weekend, I’ve spent some time sewing these up: (note: photo taken from craft passion)


Found the pattern and tutorial over Pinterest (yes, very useful boards). It is available at craft passion.


This is what I came up with.. I must admit, I’m not expert in sewing up the zipper.. not yet..

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card pouch5

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The green pattern pouch has been adopted by a dear friend, hope it comes in handy for her.

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Overall, I’m glad that I am able to sew up this card zipper pouches and it is a great gift for friends, aren’t they?


Other than the card zipper pouch, found this wallet tutorial over at Burda Style which I’ve altered into a smaller wallet.

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Well, I’ve given myself too much of a seam allowance and the wallet turn out to be a bit bigger than normal fold up wallet. Anyhow, I like the combination of the fabric pattern, it looks fun to me.


Hope you have a happy week ahead.

Cards for a special person

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It has been an awesome month so far and I bet it has been some awesome 20 over years for my just newly retired colleague ST.

ST has been an awesome colleague to me ever since my first day at work. She has been a joyful person and one who likes to share especially on her cooking and food review.

Yesterday was her birthday and the last few days I’ve been asked to make cards for her. All these cards below were made with love (of course), so here there are:


The 1st card was requested by group of colleagues who wanted to give her a special gift..

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This second card were requested by a colleague who wanted to wish her happy birthday:card3 card4


And this third one is from all of us in the same section who wanted to give her a farewell yesterday:card5 card6


I’ve used butterflies in all cards in a way to symbolize her being “free” from work, though I’m sure she is not really retire from anything, she’s just simply move on to another phase of her life, one that have more adventure and learning to do, which I hope she’ll even be happier with.


So, ST, happy retirement! You know you are special.

Luggage tag

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Hello there.. how was your week going?

Found this pin in Pinterest with tutorial, so grateful for that, ‘cos I’ve been wanting to get a luggage tag, an interesting one for my luggage whenever I wanted to travel.

Luggage tag

The tutorial is available here.

The tutorial is very clear and with measurement, which is just great for novice like me.

I’ve made two straight off from the tutorial! The first one was the exact copy from the tutorial but since my sewing machine doesn’t have the button function, I had to sew it by hand. And… it is not neat, so I’ve made one for myself with a string as the loop holder.

Luggage tags

Left side was by hand-sew the button-hole and right side is using a string.


Hand-sew button hole luggage tag

Here you can see a bit of the inside fabric. This is well-loved by my son now.


String luggage tag

This one is for myself and it is using a string to hold the lope.


Inside of the luggage tag

This is how it looks like with a card inserted.


String luggage tag

Here is how the string finished look. I’ve made a knot before attaching it to the tag, so that it is more secure.


Well, I’m surely going to use this tag on my next trip for my luggage.  “.” v


Happy pinning and sewing  you all. And have a great week ahead.

Sewing pouches

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Hello for a new week.

Have been pinning recently and have searched for fabric over the net as I’ve mentioned in my previous post. So here is what I’ve done with the fabric and also one that is in my stash.

First I found a nice pin in the Pinterest board which brought me to Eat Craft Sow page with the pattern and tutorial.

I found the idea of bringing my hand-phone and card useful whenever I wanted to step out from my office for a while which I gonna need my hand-phone and the staff card for access to other levels.

And since I can’t wait to do something with my newly received fabric, I’ve started sewing.

Here is the first one which turn out to be a bit too tight with my Samsung S3 which I have a bulky casing. So I’ve made another one with the newly brought fabric. I also wanted to be sure that I’m able to make the pouch fully then only to use my new fabric which came in quite a small size.

So, here they are:

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It is a pain having to sew thick and hard lining plus flip it over, especially hard for my sewing machine to go through the thick layer of fabric, so I have to make it slow and careful so that it sewing in straight lines. As for the part of the edges, I need to pound it with my craft hammer.

I like it ‘cos it has a handle for my to hang on to my hand while I can hold other things with my both hands.

I’m planning to sew more with the fabric that I have now.


So, what do you think? Good enough?

What’s in the mail today – cute fabric

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Do you buy fabric over the net?


I’m pretty excited with what’s came in the mail today – something from CottonTouch that I’ve bought two weeks ago.

First time that I’m seeing fabric such as this one – having 6 different patterns printed together into a large fabric.



Now I’m overwhelm with all the ideas on what I could do with that piece of 6 patterns fabric…


note: photos from CottonTouch


Love the feel of the fabric, they are actually from Nesshome, made in Korea. Pretty excited about this info too. So I’ve made a search over the net and it landed me in some Zakka’s site with more cute images and ideas!

Zakka is actually refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance (from Wikipedia).

It is filled up with great ideas in home improvement in terms of hand-sewing simple stuff that made a home feel more homely, which is basically what I love to do – making stuff that is useful.


I’ve also bought a few of the metal clip frame which I wanted to try out in making coin pouch.

Metal clip

note: photos from CottonTouch


I just hope I won’t mess up the fabric. Wish me luck.


On another thought, I’m hoping to get cheaper stuff online, especially fabric and craft tools. Any suggestion?

After a few search, I got to MayMayShop which is Malaysia base and the Zakka fabric is selling in a much lower price, actually half the price from Etsy shop!

It even show photos of fabric ideas which really help in deciding which fabric to go for.

They even carry Emily Nature fabric, ‘cos I’ve bought a book on how to use this fabric from the local bookstore recently and have been wondering how to get such type of fabric here.



note: photo from MayMayShop


I just hope they have other series instead of the purple series which is the only one available now.

I’m now building my wish list over at MayMayShop  ^.^

Do check them out for some cute fun fabric and they carry some bag making tools too.


Happy sewing!

Happy Birthday my boy

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birthday cake

Yes, today you turn 11. We have celebrated your birthday earlier on Sunday with cake and candles, and of course with a birthday song. Your birthday celebration started on Friday when we went to watch The guardians of the galaxy and getting your toy from Toys”R”us with a birthday voucher. Yes, indeed you have turned 11 today.

May there be many many wonderful years ahead and may you be happy always.

me and calvin




bag oh bag

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“Mommy!! How many bags you wanna buy!? You’ve got several at home already!!”

LOL.. that was the respond from my 9-year-old when I said I want to look for bag while we were in Hong Kong.

When I told my sis, she said I should tell him “Mommy is a girl, a girl should have lots of bags..”


Bags oh bags, how could a lady live without thee!

Haha.. till now I’m still looking for my perfect bag for that perfect occasion, one that at times can fit in everything that I need, another for just those time where I am wearing my red shoes, one with my casual weekend wear, one for work, one with a serious color, one which I can put over the shoulder, one that I could just carry on my hand, oh and one that is just nice for dinner, not forgetting one for my little black dress.

Now… how many would that be?!

Just one fit all!?

No way!

I mean how could you bring a bag for work and you bring that for a sofisticated dinner!? That doesn’t fit, doesn’t it?

So handbags at wholesale could really do no harm on my wallet.

Oh ya.. what about that Coach or Prada or Gucci or LV!?