Tuesday, August 25, 2009

practice makes...almost there.

here's the second installment of the four uke gig bags. since i did not rush sewing this stuff, i was able to put all the necessary parts. i was way too excited in making the first uke gig bag so i forgot to put pockets and handles...

i made the strap much longer this time

since i basted first all the parts before
making the final stitching, i was able to
run through the curves with easethe outer pocket
i had fun doing this since it was
my first time to make one
same with the first uke gig bag
this one is also padded both on the front
and at the back
i also was able to put bias binding around the
inner folds to make a neater appearance
aside from the back straps
i can carry this uke gig bag by its handles

God is good... all the time!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Crayon Caddy

When we first moved here in the island early last year, the first ones who really made us feel so welcome are our two kid neighbors, Adrian and Agnes.

Being friendly is second nature to them. Their nanny need not tell them , they immediately befriended us as soon as we set foot on our house. Such lovely kids.

Being with children isn't new to me anymore. It has been a big part of my career in Manila. And, eversince we moved to Malaysia, I have been missing the company of children. Playing with them, telling them stories, making fun of myself in front of them. The most honest to goodness questions and remarks, I only hear from them.

Next week, Adrian will turn 7. I couldn't forget the time he told me about his birthday last year. He thought, since we are friends with him and his sibling, we are also friends with their parents. The parents are nice and civil, but hubby and I are closer to the kids. Innocent as he is, he invited me and hubby to be at their house on a weekend when he would celebrate his birthday. But of course, we didn't go. Out of respect to the parents, who never really invited us to come, we did not bother to go... :D Anyway, hubby and I just bought him some clay dough and gave it as our present to him last year... I would always remember his happiness over those clay dough and telling me that it was the best gift he got for his birthday (imagine that!) - coming from a kid, I believed him (ha!)

This year, I made something for him. Inspired by the pen wraps I made and seeing from another craft website, I made a crayon caddy for Adrian as a birthday gift.

God is sew good :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

slowing down amidst...

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
~Winnie the Pooh~

Last week was such a lazy week for me. Apart from doing the usual household chores, I wasn't really in the mood for doing anything. Even after I bought some pieces of fabrics, still I couldn't find any drive to sew anything.

Maybe because, I got too overwhelmed of the idea on putting up an online shop, maybe not.
Maybe because, I got too afraid of the unknown should I push through with the online shop, maybe not.
Maybe because, I was again into this "I-really-can't-sew-to-a-tee-so-I-might-as-well-stop", maybe not.

Then, I came across this blog featuring one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert talking about nurturing one's creativity. (See video here). Then I realized, it happens to everyone, what I have felt last week. I was even starting to feel low again telling myself, "here you go again Lala... starting on something yet not being able to see it through..." until I saw the video. It was such a relief knowing that sometimes, it just happens to everyone that you tend NOT to do anything NOT because you ran out of ideas, not because you just wanted to stop doing it. Simply because, sometimes, we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves that we forget to breathe, to slow down, to think.

I don't consider myself creative, but I do have the passion to learn the art of being creative, having at least a speck of creativity would mean so much to me. Then it daunted on me, there's no rush in what I am doing now. I am still in the learning process and is very much taking my baby steps. What is there for to pressure myself to rush into things and to complete a task in haste when I can take things slow, having a break in between, and finish it just in time.

So for this week, I started doing the second of four uke gig bags. This time, I wanted to take things slow, doing one part at a time, and taking a break, amidst.

since I am taking my sweetest time in doing
this uke gig bag, I was able to attach an outer pocket this time ;)
my workstation/dining table

taking a break amidst
this is laksa, one of malaysia's comfort food
a noodle soup with coco milk as soup base with malaysian herbs & spices
topped with prawns, squid, and eggs...

who wouldn't feel secured knowing
that my jack and ish are always there to support
me :)

God is good... All the Time!

Friday, August 7, 2009

I have been quiet for days lately as far as this blog is concerned. It is because...

-- hubby got sick over the weekend. it was an almost flu-like but not H1N1, thank God. I was just way too anxious since hubby isn't the type who gets sick, he rarely does actually. for the past almost 3 years here in Malaysia, it was his first time to get sick. unlike moi, who is the "Star for Almost All Sickness for All Seasons."

-- I am pre-occupied lately of how to come up with an online shop (huh?!?) for the pen wraps that I can confidently make. I thought it was just easy to put up one but it's NOT. Unlike blogging, I just post every project that I get to finish without thinking of costing and every minute details that came with the production of such project. I need not worry if the photo I took was a bit over or under exposed, if the colors in the photo, look almost exactly as the original project.... and so on, and so forth...

-- I bought/hoard fabrics... batik printed, plain, denim. I went to town last Tuesday, paid the bills and went to the textile bazaar to buy several pieces of fabrics. It was fun fun fun and good thing, I am not rich. I would have bought all the fabrics there. Soooo beautiful... so colorful... so alive!!!!!

the batik printed fabrics here are abundantly available

most of them come from Indonesia where
batik supposedly originated

the people here though just find their batik products
ordinary and they don't maximize the usage of it to create
multitudes of batik-inspired item

like these pen wraps :D
(thanks Ate Cindy for the idea!)

these are samples of pen wraps which
i plan to sell online soon (Sew help me God!)

Once I get to finalize everything for my up and coming online shop, I would go back to sewing my pending projects... yoga pants, cargo pants, drawstring pants, fisherman's pants... yes, all pants!!!!!!

God is sew good!!!!