Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Curvy Wurvy Clutch - Giveaway Announcement

I was really pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response in the participation of this giveaway. This is by far, my MOST successful giveaway...
I've received over 100 responses - WOW!!! Thank you everyone who took the time to participate and especially to those who even link back to the giveaway post!!! *smile*
It took about 3.5 pieces of recycled A4 size paper to have all the names of the participants written :) and my little basket was brimming to the top *wink*
Just as I was about to make the draw, my ever helpful little helper came by my desk and requested to assist me with the draw... after picking the name, he was so restless when I tried to take a picture of the name he's drawn...
And so... here's the lucky winner, Kim, who has won the Curvy Wurvy Clutch...

I want to thank each and everyone of you who have participated in this draw once again... do look out for more future giveaway on this blog... *smile*

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Curvy Wurvy Clutch Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed*
Curvy Wurvy clutch... simple yet hip... I've spent loads of hours on the internet, not really searching but just surfing... and many wonderful works of art have inspired me to draft this clutch's pattern myself...
I must say, I am still an amateur in pattern drafting... and well, there's definitely more room for improvement... wouldn't say it was difficult to draft this Curvy Wurvy Clutch pattern... but I took up to 3 hours to complete the sewing of this clutch bag due to the many detestable unpicking to be made... the prototype was nevertheless completed although I felt that the workmanship could have been better.
I like how the pleats on the bag gave it dimension and enhance the look of a very simple clutch bag... Am not quite a cat lover myself but this fabric was too appealing that I can't help buying it *smile*
The bag was lined with red polka dotted fabric and complete with an inner pocket to store knick knacks such as keys, pens or even cosmetics. I like how the red polka dotted fabric combine so well with the cutesy cat prints...

If you'd like to own this Curvy Wurvy Clutch, all you need to do is to leave a comment in this post. To double your chance of winning, all that's required is a link back to this post.

Please remember to leave me your email or contact details so that you could be notified. (Comments with no contact details will not be included in the draw)

The bag will be sent via mail to you. Regardless of where you are from you may take part in this blog giveaway... *smile*...

This giveaway will end on 8th May 2009, 2359hrs (Singapore Time). Announcement will be made a few days after the closing date.

Have fun!~

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Taggy Ribbon Blankets

Recently received a custom made order to sew two Taggy Ribbon Blankets. Before this order came, I've seen such blankets before but never really know what was its purpose...

As I was preparing to fulfill this order, I read that these blankets are actually educational. It was then that I recalled when Tim was teething, there was a period of time he was very fond of chewing on fabric or ribbon tags... tags of toys, clothes etc...
These 12"x12" blankets are perfect for little hands just learning to grasp, they are great for tactile development. Babies love the different textures and colours of these blankets thereby creating stimulants to their touch senses.

I used different colours and textures and various widths of satin and grosgrain ribbons to make the taggy blankets more interesting.
It was such a good idea to have such blankets that I've decided to sew a few more to giveaway as gifts to a few friends who have just delivered a baby and/or expecting a baby...
I really thank my customer who have given me this order as well as a valuable lesson... :) If I had known of such educational blankets when Tim and Little Missy were little I would have made them a dozen to play with teehehe...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Swap Frenzy

I have found a new craze besides sewing... I am into swapping events... :) read in some blogs all the fabulous wonderful stuff the great crafters have been swapping... I can't help but want to participate in it too :)

Found several really interesting swap groups in Flickr... and one of the very first swap I participated is "Buttons, Buttons, Who's Got the Buttons Swap?".

It was in the theme of St Patrick's Day, where we swap green buttons and any sewing items that is green as well...
Here's a package I received from my swap partner Rochelle. Who has very kindly added A LOT more additional stuff in the package. Flown all the way from Ireland to here.
Here's just part of the package I've sent to my swap partner, Wendy of The Netherlands. I am so glad that she liked the embroidered buttons and the fabric flower pin I've sent her.
Here's another swap event I've participated in. Where I've sent my swap partner, Olive The Beach, 3 Fat Quarters, something handmade and a snack.
Participated in another swap, called the Maker Swap, organized by a craft blogger. This is the package I've sent off just a few days ago.
And finally here's the "Swap Around the World", I've joined. Sent off a package of cutesy handmade stickers plus fibres to my swap partner who is in Italy.

The world of swaps is sooooooo FUN!!! *wink*... have just signed up to participate in the new month of swap events -
1) A Little Fabric, A Little Chocolate Swap
2)Fat Quarters Fabric Swap with a Twist

Think that'll be all I'll be joining for the month of April. Have a few custom made orders that just came in and now have to be busy prepping for my new business venture... don't think I have very much time left to do swaps... hmmm... we'll see how it goes then... ;)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Giveaway to Pay-it-Forward

I found this great idea on my new friend, Rochelle's blog and wanted to pay it forward for this handmade giveaway activity that's going on in the blogosphere.

This is a free giveaway and everyone is encouraged to play - worldwide! It's open to everyone who reads my blog.

The first FIVE people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2- What I create will be just for you.
3- It will be done this year. (that's right, before December 31, 2009!)
4- You have no clue what it's going to be. Just because I cross stitch, doesn't necessarily mean that's what it will be (but it might!). I dabble in quite a few mediums. Who knows?
5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange. But I would never send something that I didn't like myself!

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must re-post this on your blog and make the same offer to the first 5 people who respond on your blog entry, thereby continuing the fun! (Though you can keep it local if you want, I don't fear international postage!)

The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it! Sounds like fun, right? So, let's play!

I have copied this straight from Rochelle's blog and I think it is a great idea! With my small number of blog readers at least I have until the end of the year to get 5 readers!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Wonderfully FREE

Here's to share some of the most fabulous people who generously offered their tutorials to all who love to sew... I'm one who benefitted loads from all these tutorials... so here's some of my hunted treasures -
Boxy Bag - by Kelly
A Fat Quarter Tote - by Cicada
Apple Picking Tote - by Purl Bee
Margaret Sling Bag - by Elizabeth Hartman

Will share this much for now... more to come in the future... :) have fun sewing!~


Friday, March 20, 2009

My Turn To Win A Giveaway

YAAY!!! It's my turn this time :) I joined a giveaway recently at Christina's blog. Least to my expectation I've won it!!! *smile*
Don't you think this bag is GORGEOUS???

Now I know how it feels to be winning something this pretty!!! teehehe...

Thanks so much Hyein for picking me out of the entire lot of participants!!! *hugz*

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Bag For Me!!!

Don't really have a lot of time during the week to sew to my heart's content... I've loads of patterns cut out, all waiting to be sewn... still trying hard to find that "perfect" time to sew...

During the day I had to keep the kids occupied and happy... thus no time to sew, when they are napping, I was afraid that the whirring noise from the machine would disturb them...at night, hubby gets distracted when I sew in the study room... hmmm... that really left me with very little, almost minute time to sew... but still I persist!

T'was my off day this afternoon... wouldn't let this time up! Wanted to sew myself another Eco-Bag that could match my wardrobe of black outfits...
It's really not difficult to guess what's my favourite colour *smile*... still intense colours have an impact on me... I just love the vibrant colours that make everything so bright and happy!

I used a contrasting colour for the lining... that goes pretty well with the blue on the floral printed fabric on the exterior. This time, I added a pocket internally to store my fare card, keys and miscellaneous stuff...

Somewhat very satisfied and happy with my newly sewn Eco-Bag... I'll be happier if I had more time to sew... :/

Have more sewing projects coming up... shall fill you guys in soon... *wink*


Monday, March 9, 2009

Chic Giveaway Winner

Have you guessed correctly? *smile*

The Mini Chic Clutch I planned to giveaway is this beautiful peony print red clutch... almost 50% of you made the correct guess...
I did the draw the conventional way instead of using Random.org. I like this old fashioned but fun way of doing the draw... writing the names onto pieces of paper and draw amongst the lot *grin*
I was pleasantly surprised that I drew a name that I was so familiar with... an old dear friend of mine... Lilian, who incidentally was also my very first customer who requested for a tote bag to be custom-made for her *wink*
It was purely a struck of luck that Lilian was picked so no partiality given at all!!! *smile*

Congratulations Lilian!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Somethings I've Made & Want to Make...

I haven't blog much in here other than the recent giveaway contests... I supposed it's about time I share more about my love for crafts and sewing here since it's supposed to be a little space where I record all my lil'handmades as well as my source of inspiration.

I recently discovered the fun of making fabric buttons and have since experimented on making them. Here are a few of the sample fabric buttons I've made.The shell of the buttons could be easily obtained from Daiso at only S$2 for a set of 5-6 shells with a setter included. If you'd like to purchase in larger quantities, you may purchase them from wholesalers in the Textile Centre along Jalan Sultan Road.

There's no limit to what you could do with these fabric buttons. It could be easily made into pins, or if you attach a rubber band to make it into a piece of hair-tie, or add a magnet behind you could make a whiteboard/message board magnet. You could even use it to embellish your scrapbook layout. Not bad huh?

Here are a few items I'd really love to try some time... or maybe quite soon...depending on how much time I have on hand given the countless other projects I wish to sew! *smile*

Fabric Journal Cover, been contemplating about sewing something similar, as I like to journal and I want to add personality to a what-seemed plain journal. Bought a few journal booklets quite a long while ago, but never gotten around it...pure procrastination again. This time, I'm really going to sew them up! I need you to hold my word for it as it's going to be my next giveaway item, will most likely be giving away two of these.

Grosgrain - Kathleen, one of my great source of inspiration. I simply enjoy her Grosgrain blog...where she host weekly giveaways. They are really to covet for :)

One of her recent giveaway was this beautiful cardigan that she adapted from Anthropologie. She called it the Anthropolification...and she shared how she made it...neat huh? I am soooo going to make one of these too, just need to get a similar cardigan first... *wink*That's quite a few projects I've on mind to complete... while the WIPs are -
~ Sewing an apron for each of my 2 kiddos.
~ Finishing up all the Chic Clutch bags that I've planned to sew.
~ Two Dainty Daisy bags
~ Two toddler's hats
~ One pleated tote bag

Oh my goodness... when will I finish sewing all these stuff??? Well, we'll see... will share more soon! By the way, the Mini Chic Clutch giveaway is ending soon, do sign up asap if you haven't done so!