my lovely new tote bag!

I missed out the creative space at kootoyoo yesterday!!!! arrgggggg…… but nevermind… here’s my update anyway.

My creative space these few days are lot and lots and lots of flex frame pouches. Here’s a sneak peak. I ran out of the flex frames, so I contacted my local supplier… and guess what, she also ran out! How could that be???? So I just need to wait………. meanwhile, I’ll just make the pouches first. It is very easy to slip-on the flex frame all at ones when they arrive.

Soon they will be in my shops too!

Flex frame bags WIP

Before I forget, here’s a tote bag I made for myself. I have so many totes, but I just couldn’t get enough, especially in this orange colour… so bright and summery! For the lack of a better name, I called her my Sunny Tote! haha

sunny tote

Have a lovely Sunday! It’s a longggg weekend for us here in Malaysia, with independence day on Tuesday, most of us (like me) took Monday off too!

applique flex frame

Here’s am example of my matryoshka applique in use :-).

Matryoshka applique flex frame pouch

I made a flex frame pouch with plain cotton, and embellish her using the matryoshka applique I made last week.

I sooo love matryoshka motives and flex frame. Don’t you?

Meanwhile, last weekend I went to Ikea because I had a $50 coupon. What else to spend them on but fabric hehehe… I got these on a bargain 50% off the normal prices, all in 1/2 metre or 1 metre. They are thicker cotton, so very good for making tote bags… best of all no need to use interliner! Yay!

Ikea fabric

Now I’m off to snip ‘n cut up some pattern for a new tote bag I have in mind 🙂

After 1 week…

This is my creative space for the week.

Matryoshka doll applique

I made some applique using one of my favourite!!!! fabric… the matryoshka doll cotton. The backing, I use patterned felt.

They are on sale here & here.

Today I want to thank you all for those who have sent me email asking how I am and why no post. “I am fine thank you!” and I am guilty of not updating my blog as often as I hoped to. Every morning I wake up telling myself I have to blog today… but the days’ chores kept me from focusing on completing this task. I will buck up… promise!

Here’s a sneak peak on a custom order I have completed ~~~>>> flex frame pouch. More flex frame to come!

Flex frame pouch_red mushrooms

And I want to show you that I have finally put on the straps for my dachshund (this time i spelt it right!) pouches … i use just simple cotton strings.

Dachshund Pounches with STRAPS

Have a great day & do visit kootoyoo for more creative spaces.

How do you package your products?

Before I say anything… I will tell you that today is a “bad photo day” for me. All the photos I took doesn’t seem to come out right!!! Arrggg….

OK. I know we all love pretty packagings. In fact it is one of the tactics in advertising. I am a sucker for pretty packagings too! I must say though that even eco-friendly packaging can cost quite a bit.

How do I package my product?

Well… economically and practically I would say!    Not eco friend *sad* and not stunningly attractive nor pretty. Just simple plastic to keep the water out and bubble wrap or foam wrap for protection. Soooooo totally plain and non-eco friendly.

I know I know… we all heart pretty little packages in the mail… but I am just so not creative in this department 🙁

This is what I use:
Plastic Packaging

I splurge a little too much on topping up my stock of plastic packaging last weekend. I must say prices have increased since I last bought them. Hmmph! Oh well…

Now, my dilemma for this week is that I bought this thermal insulation sheet…

Thermal Insulation

thinking to use them to insulate my food warmer (instead of using batting)… but somehowwwww I find it so hard to sew them on fabric!!! HOW???? Any advice appreciated, thanks *smile*.

Daschound pouches

My creative space today is 2 cute little daschound (is it how you spell it?) —> update:: it’s spelt as DACHSHUND (thanks Shana!)  —  sling pouches.

{plus of course lots and lots of novelty fabric I want to list in my SHOP! but who want to see that right?}

Daschound sling pouch for kids

Love the fabric, love the colour!

Daschound sling pouch for kids

I noticed young girls in church these days love to carry their own sling pouches. And they want to have money inside too! So when collection time comes, they will proudly dig into (like adults do) their bag and take out money for donation. How cute!!!

This pouch has a very simple design. No pockets… just 1 compartment, and a flap that closes with stick-on velcro. It’s soft and kinda puffy as I lined it with some batting. Now… I just have to complete the straps… am thinking of just using thick cotton strings (not fond of sewing my own long long straps).

Daschound sling pouch for kids

Have a merry day ahead! I know I will as the weather has become cooler… yay!

Hop over to Kootoyoo for more creative spaces!

Food Warmer

Today, I’m working on several custom orders.

This is my prototype 🙂

Food Warmer - sweet apples!

A food warmer!!!

It keeps your packed food warm 🙂

Food Warmer - sweet apples!

The idea was from a friend in counselling class, and here is my IMPROVED and IMPROVISED version of it…

Food Warmer - sweet apples!

It is made in the correct size (and shape) to keep a “rice box” {those microwaveable tupperwares/styroform packet used in the local coffee shop when you pack your food}, and at the side, ample space to put forks & spoons or condiments/soup packet.
For illustration purposes, I use two small tupperwares in the photos.

Food Warmer - sweet apples!

Like it?

YES!… Mom wants one too !!! 🙂