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.

who is she?


I am a Stay At Home Mom; S@HM who simply love to be with her children MOST of the time. LOL!!! Plus, I am happily married to my awesome and sexy husband, Victor. My children are Elisabeth (6), Elijah (4), and Nayomi (9 months). The feelings are great! Being with them really helps me to keep my creative juice fully charged.
I have always been an artist, crafter and designer as young as I knew how to hold a pair of scissors. If you have a creative granny like mind you would be artistic too. She is an illiterate and that really what made her a genius! Not having gone to fashion school or sewing classes she knew how to pattern draft and make clothes and blankets for us all! This page is a tribute to her! (thanks grandma Carol) 
Artist? Yes, as I was saying I have always love to draw most things except animals; just don’t do justice to them if I have to be the one to draw them. I love to draw and paint scenery, still life, portraits, abstract painting etc. Designer? Oh, that too! I knew I wanted to be a designer at the age of nine. And since then, I just illustrate and illustrate and illustrate. Every text book of mine will definitely have some sort of fashion figures staring right back at you if you open them. 

After we have Elisabeth, all I wanted to do was to focus my live in to her life and there just do not seemed to have any room in my head to draw, paint and design. So I thought to myself that I needed some sort of work that I can bring with me to my bed or by her side and still focus on both passion at one time. Because I am so creative in these area, crafting was the answer to my dilemma. Crafter? really? Truly! I love anything handmade. I have always been a creative and happy crafter! Knitting was my first passion on the list. And that was the first crafting idea that I can bring to my bedside or her bedside while she is taking her nap. I enjoyed every single minute of those peaceful crafting time.
But now, I am obsessed with more than one type of skill. Since I have three lovely children my creativity level has rise more than I ever dreamed to be. The children are truly my inspiration to my world of creativity’s. They gave me reasons to continue to create So I knit for my husband, sister, children and others. I made jewelries for fundraising, self, and gifts to family and friends.
The trouble is I get turned on too quickly whenever I see a piece of handmade masterpiece. ” Ooo I wanna learn that!” That is always the first respond the self get. So what am I into now? – Amigurumi!!!!

They are so cute! You just want to made them all and give them to all the cuties in the world. So, I’ve decided to give amigurumi a try. The first book I bought for myself was the Creepy Cute by Noodles through Book Depository.co.uk. (very good: free shipping) My son fell in love with the monkey, who doesn’t right? 
I shall show you my finished product soon. 
Honestly, that is really what I enjoyed being a mom. Since I am a creative person whatever I do like to do I turned them into a class for them. Of course when I want my own project done I gotto do them when they are not around. Hahaha!!! Due to their passion in art and craft (thanks to me), I had no choice but to TRY and finish my project while they are asleep and it worked for me, sometimes. LOLZ!
In the beginning, it was rather hard to part my project and teach my children their art project, but as I went along and time helped me to feeling more at ease to leave my project behind till late at night.

So in summary what do I like being a creative mom with lots of passion for handmade?

Well, for starter, I get to bless my children and family with productive time. My children was able to learn from me the meaning of industrialism and love all in one lesson. Handmade are special because there are no one identical product in a row no matter how you try to follow the pattern given. Secondly, I have caused my generations to appreciate hand skills and handmade. They can bless their friends with beautiful gifts of love.
Thirdly, they understood that having to make beautiful things need to put time and love in to them. This kind of satisfaction (when you see the finished products); no money can buy. It’s invaluable.


I really hope that in times to come I would be able to post more and more on to my blog. Also, hope to sell my own amigurumi patterns and other crafts for sure. Eventually, making video tutorials. XD

Finally, I hope you have enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed posting!
See you soon, somewhere in the universe.

Kuala Lumpur, WP, Malaysia

Pin cushion Swapping

Woow!  All of you that loves pin cushion and what not… you got to check this out.  6060 just wrote something about it.  Look at those sweeet pictures she had put up.  The detailing was magnificent!  I am not kidding you.  Well, I personally joined the Yahoo Amigurumi group and when I saw what they put up for members to swap.  I went drooling…. no kidding.  I practically melted away seeing the time and love they have put in to create something so beautiful for someone unknown (virtual).  Now this is true love and passion they have for their people and their crafts.

Just moved!!!

OMG!!! You won’t believe it! I have moved AGAIN!  But I am alive!  Thank God for blogs.  Today as I open my blog account I found yet another follower.  ( I am so excited) So they are now my friend and I love to have them as my followers.  I really want you all to check them out either their store or FB or their blogs.  They are REAL encouragers and very generous.
Do you know why I love these followers and want to hi-light about them? Simply because they are the hands that rocks the cradles and at the same time continues to give to the community globally.  So there you have it, THREE CHEERS for all of you out there! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!
Check them out:
6060 or her Etsy store

I did it! (sort of ;p) Choc Banana?

my little daughter playing with her first amigurumi; Choc Banana

Last night, I finally finished my first amigurumi; Banana Ami by Barbara S.  All in all, it took me 2.5hours to crochet this cute little banana.  Mine was no where close to the original banana pattern.  What I used?

Here is the list:
Tulip hook size 4.0mm
acrylic yarns; brown and cream color 8-10ply
embroidery needle
the free pattern of course
Allow me to share my experience working on this pattern.
I have to say choosing the right size yarn and a matching hook was a little adventure for me, as the pattern did not mention any recommended size for yarn nor hook. And me having to crochet or amigurumi on a budget was not helping either. 🙂
Nonetheless, I decided I wanted to go a little crazy: Choc Banana?  Is sure reminds us having yummy chocolate drizzles or chilled onto a piece of banana would really make us go banana!
I have to say this pattern is great for anyone who has already know the simple abbreviation of US/ Canada crochet system.  By now, I am sure you know Australia and UK have their own sets of abbreviation too.  Once you know those meanings to the abbreviation then, you are ready to hook away.
But, I have to say, since this was my first amigurumi, there were a a few instructions that I did not understand.
Nonetheless, I only need to communicate with Barbara and I will find out the meaning of those instruction. The other thing I found out is to stuff my amigurumi really …. STUFFed!!!  Then is time to seal it up.  What did I use to stuff my banana? Fiber fill Of course! LOL!
And…voila! I got my Choc Banana ready to be cuddled by my children.  This sample banana is dedicated to my youngest daughter, Nayomi.  She is only 6 months old.  Lastly, stay tune with me to see more banana coming out in a very peculiar look.

“Now all I need is a cowboy hat!”, said Choc Banana