Shine or go crazy

Hi there.. how are you doing? I know I’ve been lagging in blogging lately. Everything lag.. even my scrapbook and my sewing project. And .. I still have a writing that need to be done for a local newspaper concerning scrapbook (which might never be done). Guess what? I’ve been so caught up with things everyday including k-drama! Ha! You may laugh now. Yes, I got hook again, and I try to limit myself in watching too much TV or spending too much time in front of the TV rather than doing other things in the house. But this one, just let me finish watching please.. then I’ll let it go .. (this part “Frozen” music come alive.. haha!) well.. not permanently (definitely) but for a while and get back to my creating self.

I’ve subscribed to Ali’s story stamp. So every month, I get to receive this cute (hand written mostly) clear stamps from Ali through the mail. It is my happy mail of the month. And yet I didn’t use it starting from “Gathering” theme.. I know I should be creating and documenting, else I’ll forget and regret. This month’s theme is “magic”, check it out here.

So, what is this k-dram that got my so hook up?

Let me tell you, I don’t like oldies movie with kung fu style of clothing and background history. I prefer stories set in the modern time. But this one, I love it!

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Yes, it is call “Shine or go crazy” (辉煌或疯狂). More about it here. It is entertaining.

But guess what.. I’ve already something lining up next once this end.

For now, let’s shine or go crazy!!!

Weddings

Over the past weeks, I’ve got invitation for 2 weddings, one from colleagues and one from my cousin. I wrote colleagues ‘cos both sides are working in my office, though in different divisions.

Side track a bit — I can’t think of how it could be if I’m marrying my colleague whom I see everyday, day and night. And most probably sharing the same gossips and worse could be in the same office and in different management level which makes things hard for both side, imaging having conflict on our thoughts over the same thing and one is superior than the other. And… I don’t want to work under my hubby.. a good hubby doesn’t mean a good boss and it will create office politics and more gossip if we are in the same office.

Lucky for that two colleagues, they are in different divisions and I can see that they are not in the conflict zone. Good for them.

As for my cousin, a jolly and outgoing girl, may she live happily ever after and hopefully can get her own place pretty soon.

 

Back to the post — today shares – A simple wedding card for the lovebirds. Under request from colleague from our division.

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Have used a bit of velum in the middle to let the doily pop a bit. But then I’ve mist it with pink glimmer (can’t really see the shining bits here), so it stays contrast with the white doily.

I hope this card will inspire you to create something even prettier.

 

Go for a happy week ahead!

Yay, up and running!

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So glad that I’ve moved my site hosting to WordPress instead of HostGator, ‘cos the charges in WordPress is much more affordable.. plus it is hazzle free for keeping my WordPress site all in one place.

For now the site is not so pleasing to the eye yet.. am going to do some more changes on the design and display, hopefully everything will turns out great and hoping to keep this site forever.

Oh ya.. today is Chap Goh Mei (元宵节), the last day of the Lunar New Year celebration. It is also the valentine’s day for us. So, another special day to have a good reason to go home and have a feast with your family member.

May you be happy always!

Farewell cards

It has been quite a month for us all in the office, we are loosing out not one, not two but three staffs in one go! At the same month! All of them are going to other greener pasture for sure. And I’m going to miss them all.

Here, by the request of my colleagues, I’ve made three cards just for them and signed by everyone in the office.

All vintage.. hope these will inspire you to make something today. BTW, the clips are all detachable and can use used as paper clips.

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To my colleagues and ex-colleagues, all the best in your new places. .. <3

First time sewing coin pouch

I love to sew, I also love to shop and admire how others are doing bag sewing and selling them online. I’m always curious on how their fabric felt like and how thick their bags could be. So recently I saw this coin pouch selling online. One which I’ve already got the pattern and tutorial, but sometimes you just can’t tell how it feels like at the end. So I told myself I just need to know how their workmanship is and how is the feel of the end product, so I bought one online and am really glad I did.

You can get the picture tutorial of the coin pouch in my Pinterest under “Sew” Board. Someone is actually selling the pattern over at Etsy. But you can get the whole story if you know Chinese over here. The pictures actually could speak by themselves. Get the pattern here. Give it a try, you’ll love it . Just wanna add, I’m using cloth fusible for light linen cloths.

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Snap buttons were done professionally in the shop this time and I’ll definitely going back for more.

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Cute, aren’t they? I especially love the one with cat print. Miao!!

I think I’m going to make some more. I’ve sold two of them,  now left the one with flower pattern at the bottom left and balloons on top right.

 

Change – the only constant thing

Yes, Change – the inevitable thing which is certain to happen and unavoidable.

Yes, Change is one thing which is constant. Nothing in this world that doesn’t change.

Growth, moving forward or the other way round, both are changes.

One shouldn’t be afraid to change but do be very careful if you stay constant without growth without moving forward, without improvement. That would be very sad.

However we all are afraid of changes, afraid of new things, things that we are not familiar with, things that are uncertain. We just worry too much, ‘cos no matter what change does happen, be it we worry or not.

Why not we visualize change in a good way, change for the better. Change for improvement, change for growth, to be in a higher level.

Whatever it is, take it without judging, without assuming everything is going to be bad or good, it is just unavoidable. Why  not make the most of the situation, learn, improve and make it better. Stop dwelling in the past. Live. Now. This moment.

 

Have a great week!

2015 – what I believe and what I want to be

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  • I believe for a better year.
  • I believe things happen for a reason, be it good or bad in my perception.
  • I believe after life and those before this.
  • I believe Karma. (So, be good, girl.)
  • I believe there is a much greater force than anyone of us, that it works in ways that we can’t possibly understand or comprehen.
  • I believe we are all inter-related one way or another.
  • I believe I could do better.
  • I believe love is needed everyday,

 

I wanted to:

  • Be more creative
  • Be more attentive.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Absorb in whatever that is in front of me.
  • Open up for opportunities.
  • Be understanding on others.
  • Have passion on what I do.

Favorite photos / blog posts in 2014

Merry Christmas!

It has been a great year. One that I went for 6 months unpaid leave. One that I found out I love sewing up clutches and bags. One that I’ve enjoyed.

Here are my favorite photos in 2014 which some are simply I love to see and remember..

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1. This orchid is special to me, ‘cos it was bought in remembering a dear colleague with a happy smile and who always said that he wanted to come for coffee.

 

you2. My favorite layout this year = “You” layout of my kiddos happy faces. I love working with Ali Edwards’ word stamps which is so versatile and a good reminder on life, on just be, on instilling positive thoughts and showing my love to my kiddos.

 

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3. Birthday! August is the Birthday month for my big kiddo – Calvin. Who turned 11 this year.

 

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4. This year has been a productive year for me in terms of sewing. Almost all learned through online tutorial. Including this cards’ holder and I am still loving and using it.

 

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5. School holidays has been something that got my stressed out for arranging where my kiddos would go, but this time I managed to get them to join in the fun in Petrosains exhibition. So we went for a handicraft exhibition host by Petrosains, which we had a great time weaving up baskets and drawing batikand. love the work that was done by my kiddos.

 

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6. In terms of sewing, I especially love this clutch pattern through an online tutorial. So I’ve been sewing the similar pattern and this clutch was bought by my colleague.

 

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7. I’ve been telling myself to get back on my scrapbook pages and started creating again. So I’ve started doing “Project Life” layout. Having bought an Instax Share printer make life easier too.

 

Light lunch scrapbook page8. Being back to work in July means I’ll need to be in between work and being a chauffeur for my kiddos. Here we managed to “escape” for a while and have our light lunch in Breadboss, Damai. Did this layout and love how it turned out.

 

Well, it is almost the end of 2014. I’m glad that I’ve enjoyed my year and I hope you do too.

 

Overall happy thoughts and a pouch

Haha.. This is hilarious! I’ve just read this : – A seamstress’s guide to surviving the holiday. Nope, so far I don’t have that problem, but I do get people expecting me to just sew for them for anything they like and expect it to be cheap, haha.. well.. some part of the article is so true, like that one about the amount of time being spent in getting a project done. I’ve quoted the whole paragraph here:

“They don’t see the big picture.  Not the amount of hours working on the project (shopping for fabric, measuring and cutting, sewing, ironing, etc.), which also equals the amount of hours spent away from my family. Not the money for the cost of supplies (let alone an hourly wage), nor the fact that I need to pay a babysitter to watch my kids. Because most Mom don’t get ‘free’ time. Ever. (That’s my favorite BTW…the ‘in your spare time’ line. Psh – in my spare time I will be watching Black List, thank you very much – ha!)”

I’m not complaining, I’m just glad that at least there are people who look up to me for making stuff for them, it means they like what I do. I just hope I’ve so much time to do it and fulfill their request.

I’ve been away for 2 weeks, Two whole weeks without doing any sewing and craft stuff, I miss my craft-room. And I wanted to get back to the December Daily project that I intended to do.

Here, I’ll share a bag that I’ve made before the holiday.

 

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I’ve used the Happy Party Line for the upper body and some scrap pieces that I bought in a little bundle for the base. May May Shop is selling the bundle for trial pack in RM15 which came in 10 pieces of different design fabric, which is great to make little pouches, you’ll just need to join them up with other fabric.

Keep the happy thoughts there and since Christmas is coming, surely you’ll have lots to prepare and talking about that, I haven’t got our Christmas tree decorated yet.

Happy happy happy, just keep being positive.

Well, that’s it for today, I hope you’ll have a great week.

Scrapbook page

Finally I did a scrapbook page instead of the usual Project Life style. This time I finished a page about the light lunch that I had recently with my two boys. And also the first time I printed my own photos at home! Yay! And I’m loving it. Though not so satisfy with the color. It turns out to be a bit “old” looking.. anyway, I’m going to do that more, and next time maybe I should enhance the color before I print.

I find that I like distressed look and really really wanted to add flowers into the page even though it is a boy’s page, anyway, who says there is such a rule??

Light lunch scrapbook page

 

This page actually using a Christmas page, see those snowflakes? Would you notice if I don’t tell you. :D

Oh ya.. and I still love those words stamps set from Ali Edwards. They are just so versatile and good reminder on how to look at life itself.

 

At the moment, I’m restraining myself  in buying more scrapbook pattern paper or kit that I saw online, ya, they are just so attractive and each and everyone of them are calling my name! Such a hard resistance to have. So far what I’ve bought  (ya.. I still have bought!) is the Prima golden flowers (that can be seen in the page) and Project life mini cards, plus a mini snap album for the December Daily project.

Well, I can’t just wait till December to use the project life journal cards, so I’ve used a few in the following Project Life page:

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Have you tried out using Instax share to print your photo? They are just so cute! I still love doing that.

 

Second page is a page to remember our annual dinner, starting from preparation to the dinner itself. Lots of selfies here. ha!

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I hope these pages would give you some push in doing your own scrapbook pages to record down the meaning behind all those photos that you’ve taken. I know I do needed this ‘cos it really is a very good way to put them down in printed format and jot down the memories that I wanted to keep. It is also a good way in telling your kids how much you care and how they were doing.

 

Have an awesome week!

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