Spectacular fashion and children’s toys?

personally challenged to sew something like that for myself

One of the Barbies depicting fashion of the 50s and 60s

 Just before I hit my head on the pillow in a cold cold night  I really want to show you this beautiful and elegant hi fashion video.  Brings back memories of myself playing with them and wishing they would stand on their own.
http://vimeo.com/48218548

Turkish Monkey

I am missing my cymbal
I crochet this Turkish guy for my son, Elijah as a gift for him on his last birthday.  I did not manage to post this up as Monkey has not arrived to his hometown, Istanbul.  So, there you go… he is home and proudly showing off his homeland to you all.
As I have posted about this book I bought from NeedleNoodles  called the Creepy Cute and I really love that book due to the pattern diagram they have (just like those in the Japanese Crochet Book).  I am getting alot out of those diagrams since a diagram is flat compare to language (words).  An Asian reading the words and an American reading the words could mean all very differently.  So, I am very thankful for all those pattern diagram.

Tiered Skirt from Cucito Magazine

frontal tiered skirt for my 6 year old daughter
close up of tiered hem at 1 cm

hem of skirt

gathers on tiered skirt

frontal view length: 34.5cm
tiered and gathered; three tiers

I want to be honest with you: I am very proud that I managed to finish this project with zero understanding of Japanese words.  I am sure this statement has given the highest credit to the Japanese Craft Books in the market globally.  I read so many blogs across the globe and they all say the same thing.  “You do not need to know Japanese Language to be able to sew, so long you are a crafter or seamstress or know and understand basic sewing skills and techniques.

Nonetheless, I did owe purlbee and movinghands a lot of credit too.  Thank you so much to these people that TOOK their PreciOUS time to blog on Japanese Sewing/ Crafting terminology to the whole world.  Thank you so Sew much.

Good bye 2010? already?

Good bye, already?  I do not even know if I am ready to say good bye to 2010, yet?
It was such a good year and I still feel like there are a lot to do, but still the clock ticks without my permission.
I am really thankful for this year because I have done lots by leaps of faith not by sight.   Plus not worrying the results ahead.  And I truly like this better.
I am thankful that this year I started my Etsy.com Shop and this blog everything about handmade. (brutally truthful) I just can’t dedicate myself to ONLY one craft (too much that interest me).  I love too much handmade or I love handmade too much, from baking to sewing, from blogging to knitting, from origami to amigurumi and the list just never ends.
I am still finding lots of ways to mix all the skills together (at least two) in one project at all times, but it takes load of time.  I am very proud of a lot of mama bloggers out there that does their blog so well despite of family/ children, running arounds, schools and so much more other commitment apart from updating all the lovely followers.
So here, I am going to name them (a few) to say thank you for encouraging me to start my blog and my Etsy and starting my website soon.  LOL!  (really want to):-
Dawn my faithful follower
wai sam ho my faithful follower
Creative Little Daisy
MissCeliespants
ThulaThula
and the list still goes on . . . cannot think of all of you in one sitting, afterall you are global!
I am truly serious, without you all, I would have not done it this year.

Thank you so much to my family especially my hubby whoeverso faithful in supporting me even when I failed so many times in so many ways.  
Thank you to all my children who never stopped being there for me, modelling, food tasting, sous-chef, cleaner, and a whole lot.  I will certainly miss my eldest daughter as she will be going to Primary One next year.  That is why I said to Hubby, that I constantly need a 3 year old in the house because they are the best helper and they grow up us too quickly.



GIGANTIC  thank yous to all of you and those I forgotten to mention! 
xxxxxxooooooo
p.s: Now I am wondering if I could close this year with
a BiG Japanese Buffet-eat all u can
2011…
So have you any idea what your 2011 will be like?  (on a rough scale) or what are you expecting to happen for you, your family, your work, your friends, social networking, business ventures and opportunities, and etc.  I know I have LOTS!
I am relocating down south and I am really excited, so you know what level of business is ahead of me.  (I bestow upon myself, hahahahah) Is a good business though.  I know I will be very busy leading a bunch of young children, (my favorite) one thing I enjoy retromummy’s blog is her joy and enthusiasm for her children and her church and I truly share that common ground.  (Thank you Corrie S.)
Let’s see . . . what else is ahead of me?  Yes, more business and blogging time, creating more clothes from Japanese Sewing Pattern Book like Mrs. StyleBook, getting a new Juki Sewing Machine (liken a BMW to me) and shipping my entire home to South and last but  not least is going back to pattern drafting and sewing classes.  YES! Hallelujah!
 

Still kicking away. . . ;p

I have not forgotten to write, but it is really tough to juggle everything at one time.  Yesterday, June and I was grocery shopping away from 10 till 4pm with a 30 minutes break in between.  Thankfully enough the weather was so beautiful.  Thank you Heaven above!  🙂  After we came home, June had to go straight out the door to work and I had to keep all the grocery away PLUS bake a big batch of GINGERSNAPS.  It was SOO fun.
I had so much to write and share with you girls, about yesterday and the day before yesterday, and so much pictures needed to be uploaded but, there is not enough time to do it all.  So sorry gals, I believe I need to do a delayed post.  Nonetheless, here are some great work from TimenLove42.  Merry Christmas to ye’ll!
Dad must be great at creating little “Adams”

Lis getting some ‘eyes’ out of the bag; my super designer

I guess God was also choosing what eyes and hearts to put onto Adam when He made him

and he is on the roll…

I sure hope they are not preparing to run, run as fast as they can, cause they are the …

and so they are trapped, icing sprinkled they cannot runaway

“Let’s build us an army now,”

how about another close up





My Parcel haS ARRiVED!


everyone’s favorite; none other than Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting Book

all around the world from U.S of A
Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting Book
Let me reveal just a little secret of mine.  A week ago, I’ve got on to Ebay and bid for this wonderful book (i think it is out of print)  And… I won!  (Sorry, too excited)  My hubby was so thrilled for me as he received this on my behalf this morning.  (I have yet to even leave a feedback for this fella and I am telling you all now)  Seriously, if you can still find this copy, Do Not give it UP! I managed to save some money bidding on Ebay so go get yours now.  

more blogs coming up after this beautiful celebration is all over



shell button kit

crocodile hair clip

Next year I hope to continue to share with you more gadgets that I find useful as I plot through my self taught pattern drafting course.  Also, sharing with you this new product that I am working on right now.  Cheers and once again Merry Christmas.


Sewing and more sewing

little pillow sewn for my one year old

I am so thrilled that I got this simple stuff done for my little one year old.  She really loved her brown polka dot pillow (but I am not showing you that piece) with all her saliva smell and tears rubbed on you can imagine how much attachment she had with her pillow.  So when this mummy wants to play heroic; trying to sew a NEW pillow, do you think she will be happy?  NO! she was crying and all when she laid down this afternoon.  Thank God not for long.  After the washing and tumble drying she will soon meet her old friend pillow once again.  Hope I did not do any eternal damage on her little heart.

introducing pillow to Nana’s Charlie the bear
 This is Nayomi’s cot. She loved all her furry friends and this guy is her first.  The banana amigurumi at the background was my first amigurumi.  Charlie the bear is making sure that Nayomi will get to know her new pink and white polka dot pillow more and more by the day.
No one can deny her love for her brown polka dot pal
 Something about all my children’s hair . . . they seemed to defy gravity for at least 1 and 1/2 years, before they give to nature course.  Every time she sees her pillow she will automatically put her left thumb in to her mouth and the rest of her fingers will be grabbing tightly to her a corner of her pillow.  Now how in the world will she ever fall in love with that pink friend.
This is after a good soak, wash and tumble dry

will there be any jealously around the cot?
Review Japanese Sewing Magazine
 
Japanese Sewing Pattern book for  children and mother
 I mentioned Cucito on my last post and this is the front cover of the particular copy I mentioned.  Kinokuniya sells them.  This is my first copy and I fell in love with it straight away.  Because of this copy I bought so many other copies from different publisher like FEMALE for teenagers, Mrs StyleBook, everyone’s favorite, Cotton Friend for mom and children.  The reason I got all different magazines is of course to compare the layout and illustration also not forgetting those gorgeous pictures that is printed.  It is good to find out which layout and illustrations make more sense to those who are Japanese illiterate.  That way I can work quicker and with ease.
skirt pattern picked up by me

This skirt is so simple and yet it gives me a sense of newness and live.  (just by looking at the picture) So now you understood why I got so ambitious to be cutting and sewing four sets of this pattern for my daughters and nieces.  I never realized that I actually picked up a fabric that are so similar to what the girl is wearing.  I must be so hooked in my mind that I intuitively got the such similar pattern without bringing the photo to the fabric shop at all.



Part of the Process

seam allowance of 1.5cm, ironed

reminder: cut the seam edge to 90 degree (at least according to the hemline)

inner piece for the middle frill pieces to be sewn onto

left seam sewn and irond

showing the center of this piece (feint blue line marker)

 Well, as soon as I am done sewing I will be posting the more of the process.  Right now, I find it rather slow to be posting and sewing at the same time.  Not to mention all the cooking, cleaning, tidying we all had to do for Christmas.  So Merry Christmas to all of you!  Slon-cha (cheers in Irish)

4 days to Christmas Eve-Are we ready?

Japanese 100% cotton fabric
 I do not know about you, but I often ask myself this question, “Kelly, do you like to burn midnight oil?,” and more than often the answer is YES!  As crazy as it sound, I like the pressure and thrill of it all.  But, I can assure you I do not want to stay this way forever.  Anyway, the fabric above is going be cut for four girls.  Two for my beautiful girls and two for my nieces.  I am so excited that I am going to meet them in a month’s time.  Yes! they are coming from Tasmania, Australia.  When we finally relocated over there, I sure hope I can get all these beautiful japanese 100% cotton to sew, more gorgeous clothes.

Japanese 100% cotton fabric cut and ready to sew

All done cutting I hope that I can read the illustration in the Cucito Japanese Sewing Magazine, (fat_connection is selling this) with little to zero error.  Mind you this is my first time sewing something from a japanese magazine and I am really excited.  (and this crazy me was so ambitious that I cut 4 set with 4 different sizes) So wish me all the best.  Shall post more pictures once they are all done.  Cheers!

got my cookies ready too… down to the barrel’s bottom
 Well, if you are anything like my children, this is what you will find in your pantry.  Almost gone.  We were baking cookies for tonight’s market and as they were baking and packing they were also eating.  I should have taken pictures of them munching away.  I love them.  The way children work . . . with 100% joy 100% passion!  Gotto learn more off them.  Well, these are the slight burnt cookies due to one of the kitchen warrior’s mistake; turning the timer wrongly.  But, hey we get to put them in our tummy.  Enjoy!
 
 
kitchen warrior, Lissy got them ready for the evening market, how sweet

check it out…cookies all wrapped up
Yes! Can you feel the vibe?  It is all about the Christmas vibe.  Hahahaha… I am so thrilled and I certainly can’t wait for this evening to come.  I am truly grateful to all my children including the 1 year old little bub loving our homemade cookies.  All glory to Jesus.  Cheers!

steaming my Christmas Plum Pudding
How many of you would agree with me that Christmas without Christmas Plum Pudding with Brandy Sauce it is just not christmas-sy enough.  I just cannot resist the sweetness of all those fruit soaked in my brandy sauce ready to be enjoyed with the warmth of families and friends,… and the laughter and sharing photos… mama mia!  It is the whole package indeed.  If you are anything like my family (Asian families) food is the link to bind everyone in unity.  If you have anything to share about how you are preparing for your Christmas please do write comments below.  Cheers!
 

Learning Curve-3rd found gadget

Today I am going to be a little off the track. Not really,… I am actually liberating myself to write on this gadget topic.  I am taking this a little further for you, mummies out there – Baby Diapers.  Yes, you heard it right.  I have a lot to be grateful for the baby diapers.  In my opinion my third found gadget in this learning process of pattern drafting and even online business, is indeed baby diapers.  (rotf) I can’t imagined those days where no one used  this gadget and at the same time, running shows and markets and blogging and cooking and cleaning the house and having to look after three or more children plus hubby.  OMG!
The fact that I can be blogging right now, while my 1 year old is taking her nap in the cool of the day is because she is wearing a baby diaper.  [and I hope we all are using them responsibly, :)]  Now that they have organic and or eco-friendly diapers; I mean this is just getting better and better.  Hopefully, all of us can afford the eco-friendly diapers but, I guess the bottom line is, enjoying ‘the gadget’ responsibly.
I guess I will not go any further, I will stop here and give thanks to this great invention for all mothers of the world who strives and shall thrive to make this world a more beautiful place to love and treasure.  Happy blogging and keep smiling to all mummies and non-mummies in the world.

Sharing my learning curve with you-Gadget #1 and #2

Father Christmas came early today. . . my great finds for today
Well, early this morning I got out of the house, left my children (3 o f them) with my mom in law (that was precious) took a train to downtown China Town, Kuala Lumpur, (great place to shop when you are not with your children) and got myself two of this ruler, by Clover.  (I love Clover, may be the Irish in me; Shamrock)  {Often, I do wonder why they use that shamrock as their logo)
This ruler is not just any ruler.  They have so many benefits:
For starters, they are clear plastic.
2) Plastic means flexible; I even use it to measure around armsyce as I carefully following the line.
3) The lines are in red.  I know they are as good as C-Thru Ruler from the States, (I bought like 4 of them, once a upon a time) but now that I have moved on to learning pattern drafting by the Japanese I have no choice but, to measure up in centimeter.  It is not so accurate for me having to convert the calculations from imperial to metric.
4) It also has the 45 degree angle line on it.  So bias measuring, drafting and cutting is now made easy.
5) It has this green band across the other edge of the ruler.  Again, I do wonder why.  That’s the trouble of not reading Japanese.  (Need my hubby’s help here, but he is asleep)   Can you tell already, the passion I have for this ruler?    My passion overtook the feeling of foolishness.  That’s awesome.
6)It also break down the increments of .01cm or 1mm.  So it is really accurate.
7) A hole has been punch on one side for you to hang your ruler.  But I think I can use it as a compass.  Marking a circular skirt.

If you know anymore great benefits of having this particular ruler do share here.  Greatly appreciate.  I know MissCelie’spants loves her Japanese findings too.  Someday, I am going to blog about her.  I have the same passion for German products as I have with the Japanese product.  They have one thing in common; precision in producing high quality products.
Alright, enough said.  The next thing I received was this book or magbook on the left of the picture above from my sweet hubby; How to set up an online business’.  Ahhhh!!! Just the tool I needed to add on to my sleeves.  Thank you so much!  I feel like I need to be romantic about it now.  Or shall I at least romanticize the product a little more?  Ok.  It was a REAL surprise, indeed.  He knew that I am seriously thinking of putting this blogging and sewing passion to another level.  Thanks to all you out there that have been encouraging me so much.  
When I saw this beautiful cover, I knew I am gonna be successful finish reading it for starter.  (sorry, but I am a person who DOES JUDGE a book by its cover)  I do feel bad for myself and the book sometimes.  If only I could learn NOT to do that.  Well, the inside of the book are even more fascinating to me.  (very me)  That’s the kind of feeling I get with it.  It is very important to me, that we clicked.  Beautiful layout.  It looked like a magazine and serious enough to be treated as a entrepreneur resource book.  Name chosen right; Magbook.  Very cheeky.  
So, I am gonna be reading it and sharing info from this book, by grace, reviewing it with you, my faithful followers.
signing out now.