i got a new sewing machine

Went to Brother’s head office for a demo this morning, and immediately headed to the dealer to get this BABY.
My new sewing machine

I won’t say I haven’t thought about buying a new machine, but it’s just that I haven’t thought about buying it as much as I expected to have thought about buying before I bought :p Haha…

Boy I sure have a lot to learn… upgrading from this old mama to this new baby sure made me realise that I have a huge “sewing machine generation gap” to close.

old mama::
My Sewing Machine "Big Mama"
Old mama needs a rest, she’s been needing service more often than usual… but still reliable when you need her.

Now, the new babe in town is all set and ready to rat-a-tat-tat! Looks like I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon learning how to rat-a-tat-tatting!!

My new sewing machine

I’m so happy. Hope you have a fun creative wonderful weekend too!

Back with a smile

Hello! I’m back… my efford to avoid blogging for a while has made me want to blog even more. Busy times at the office is not over yet. More to come everyday (unfortunately :-P), thus my crafting got left behind.

Scout & his new "pigs ears"

First and foremost, just a few catch up notes…

A while back, I joined this Spring Fling Challenge (no, I didn’t forget about it…) and I’m happy to tell you that I manage to clear off 100 item! Yay! Coincidently, my Mom was also on an Easter Charity Challenge where she challenged herself to giveaway as many things as possible to charity for Easter. I am proud to say.. that I have given away loads of old books, extra stationeries, clothes that don’t fit me anymore, shoes… even some stuff from my kitchen like an extra oven, toaster and rice cooker! It such a wonderful feeling to be giving away to the needy… but the challenging part was that during the “decision making” process, I am always torn between my “posessive hoarder self” and “generous self”. It’s a tough process. I have not stopped here, I’m currently cleaning the other half of my wardrobe and attic… so perhaps more to giveaway?

Shoes to giveaway

Second update is about my little birds.

Cute Birds

I mentioned that I was going to put these up for sale in my Etsy shop.That did not happen. I did make more, but in the end they were given away as gifts instead. 🙂

Third update… was that I won this (the most left one) and with that came a surprise gift from my friend Jace. She makes pretty stuff with yarns. And each creation comes with much thought and love from her. Thank you Jace! If you would like to own one of her beautiful pieces, hop over to Jace’s etsy shop here.

Well, that’s it for now… I’m going to spend some time in front of the tv :-P. Cheers to you all !

Using New Tags

I mentioned last week that I got new tags for Whimsy Loft, and can’t wait to use them.

Made this as quick fixes to my craving to see how my new tags will look like on a piece of cloth :-).

Made 5 pieces of patchwork rectangles… with tags at the side, and cream calico fabric at the back (u can’t see in the photos)
Using my new tags

I’m getting quite addicted to patchwork at the moment… and a good thing too with the amount of scrap fabric I have accumulating!

I like making things that are small and easy, because I’m an impatient person who likes to see the outcome as fast as possible. I hope they do not look so “hurriedly” made :P.

Then from that 5 rectangle pieces I decide to make them into small pouches which can hold my Mp3 player, and some tissue cover. They are all hand sewn.
MP3 pouch

Tissue holder

I can’t help it.. I simply love the way the tags look. Hu hu hu…

Tags

Spend almost half the day making new tags for Whimsy Loft.

What do you think of it?

I made new tags for Whimsy Loft

Given that I am really lousy at using drawing tools in the computer, I’m really really pleased with the outcome of my new tags. Can’t wait to use them… hehehe

I made new tags for Whimsy Loft

Meanwhile, here’s a very crooked photo of the patchwork drawstring bags I made last week. I use faux leather string and a really heavy pinky beads for the string. I use the same sewing method as my Flex Frame Purses, except that I didn’t attach a flex frame, but use strings instead… so it is quite easy to make. I enjoyed mixing and matching the fabric… I hope they don’t look too clustered!

Patchwork Drawstring Bags

Enjoy your day, I’m off to Mass.

Spring Fling Challenge

Today, Ellen introduced me to this Spring Fling Challenge hosted by Life Frosting.

I think it’s a great idea! A super duper great wonderful WOWZER idea!
Well, it’s not spring here in Malaysia… there’s no spring in Malaysia, there’s just the warm tropical weather all year round *sigh* but nevermind it will be spring when I want it to be spring and it will be cleaning when I have to clean…
Spring Fling 2010

I challenge myself to have fling (ebay, re-gift, donate, craigslist, give away, freecycle, recycle, trash) 100 items by the 21st of March.

Watch out y’all, I can do this! 😉

 

Blessed Christmas

I’m taking a short Christmas break. Yippie! No sewing, no crafting, and best of all NOoo working the day job.

Just eat, read, sleep, blog, and watch tv!

I will miss crafting for sure 🙂

But I want the break just as bad.

So we will compromise, shall we?  

 Blessed Christmas!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL !!!

 See you after Christmas !!!

My Cards

WhimsyLoft has been using these cards for sometime now.

Yesterday, I decided to spice it up a little (because it’s Christmas!!!) and added MERRY CHRISTMAS behind the cards.

I handcarved the rubber stamps for my business cards, and use fabric ink to chop on the cards. Everthing on the cards are from my handcarved stamps.

Merry Christmas from WhimsyLoft

Ones these are done, I packed up some of the sales with this Merry Christmas cards. I hope my customers will like them.

 Christmas Sale all packed up!

Big Mama No More

Did I mention that my sewing machine got sick? Yes, poor Big Mama. She is old and rusty, and has a permanently dusty body (due to grease and dust accumulated over the years which is hard to get rid of)… but she is my trusted sewing machine.

My Sewing Machine "Big Mama"

So, this means that I have been handsewing these past weeks. No wonder I’m slow :-P. But anyway, I have some new items I can list in Etsy, and some free gifts I made for my customers. All.Hand.Sewn.By.Yours.Truly. See next post tq!

This is the part where is spoil. Somehow when the needle push through the hole, the string gets cut off 🙁 

My Sewing Machine "Big Mama"

 I learned something. Handstitching is THERAPEUTIC. I think I will do this often from now on. But I do LOVE my BIG MAMA and miss her so much. Got to get her fix soon 😉

Needlebook, A Visitor & Some Leather

It was a wonderful morning. I listed one new product in Etsy, and updated my shop in ArtFire.

I know I haven’t mentioned anything about my ArtFire shop… mainly because I hardly list items there. But I do sometimes ;-). The products are the same as in my Etsy.

We had a visitor today. He came 3 times today to visit my dogs. How I know it’s a “he” is because he did his “manly leg-up” thing on my car tyres! 😛

Visitor

This is my new needlebook.

I call it the House With No Roof Needlebook!

House Needlebook

House Needlebook

Oh, I also like to share with you this…
Leather
LEATHER!
My Father gave me these 2 days ago. They have been sitting in our store room for ages… Dad wants me to make him a PDA cover (and i did!) with these. I will post photos of the handsewn PDA cover soon.

Have a great day… I am looking forward to my dinner date this evening. We are having Korean 🙂