Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Inspirations

If there's one thing that drives me to do things that I am passionate about,  it's definitely inspiration.    When I am inspired,   my adrenalin level seems to pump up so fast that I have to do a certain thing right away, otherwise, it's going to be gone in a matter of minutes. 

Eversince I started learning how to sew, I always browse the net for inspirations and have really really found such abundance that I realize,  had I followed each of my instinct as per inspiration that I have found online,  I would have already built an empire of sewing projects for the last 14 months.  But,  the lazy, the undisciplined, and the procrastinator in me always tend to get in the way... ha ha ha....

Anyway,  some two weeks ago, a dear friend sent me a link online.  It's about this lady who blogs of her sewing project for 365 days in a row where she will sew/modify a dress for 365 days, for 365 US dollars.  She is definitely an inspiration!  My! There are just people who are so damn good in creativity and they really come up with such an out-of-the-box thinking and make them into a reality and even make it to the worldwide web. HA!  I am just so envious of these people... ha ha ha.....

A week after poring over that blog,  hubby and I went on our usual weekend "jalan jalan" (bahasa melayu for strolling along...) and visited my favorite fabric store.  And since Hari Raya (Aidilfitri) is coming soon, the fabric store is on sale, yey! I went to their scraps corner and looked for some scraps which can still be of use for me.  They normally sell their scraps for RM1 per meter (around PhP13).  Then, I found this scrap fabric which is about half a meter.  It's more like a silk satin fabric with such kaleidoscopic pattern.  Knowing how in love I am with vibrant colors,  even without anything in mind on what to do with it, I bought it along with another 3-meter scrap which I knew would be of good use for my foodie bags.

Just the other day,  after washing and ironing the scraps, I suddenly came up with the thought of "why not sew something for myself out of this half a meter scrap???"  And since the vibrant colors of the fabric well suit a summer holiday,  and given it's limited size,  I just thought of sewing a smocked tube top for myself. 

this is the less than a half meter scrap fabric


which was sewn into this ;) 
a smocked tube top blouse
it's my first time to do smocking
using an elastic thread and after
a few trials and errors,  i had fun doing the smocking
i know, i know,  i can't wear this
around this state where Islam is
seriously practiced by its fanatics.
well,  what is the next state and
the next next state doing, eh????

God is good.  Thank you God.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

WIP (works in progress)

i haven't finished any sewing projects for the last two weeks.  let me count the reasons why:

1.  our eldest (doggie) jack, got sick and is still sick :( i thought his hematoma came back, only to find out through later researches online and consultations with my vet friends from Manila that he has yeast infections triggered by too much feeding of carbohydrates (ouch!!!!).  since we are in a very strictly dominated Islam state in Malaysia,  the vets here only treat cats and probably other pets except dogs.  i tried ordering meds online but they didn't seem to fit for jack's specific ear condition.  finally,  hubby and i were able to go to the next state  last saturday and bought the right ear meds and antibiotics for him.  we were able to finally thoroughly clean and aspirate all the mucous from his inner ear last night and were able to put the ear drops/antibiotics.  yes, we gave him a tranquilizer just to be able to administer those meds, otherwise, he's too spoiled to let us even touch his ears :( but, that would be the first and last time we'd give him the tranquilizer. for the next few days, the ear antibiotics will still be administered until his ears are completely healed again.  oh, and by the way, he's into yogurt diet now. based on my internet researches, yogurt kills the yeast  fast, good thing, both our doggies love yogurt :) plain yogurt, that is.

2.  i've been finishing the patchwork blanket that i've started doing while i was still in the island (click here).  i was able to finish patching them altogether, putting an outline frame fabric, and a batting by fleece.  i used fleece instead of the usual cotton batting for the blanket since the weather here isn't really good for very thick blanket/comforter.


i have decided to do hand embroidery on the empty blocks

i also have started hand quilting the frames of each block
with a running stitch using embroidery threads

 instead of using the usual cotton batting for quilt projects,
i made use of fleece material because it's much thinner
and more suited for the weather here in Malaysia

3.  i have finally decided to push through my online selling of some of my sewing projects. yey! and at the same time, i'm scared.  but, until i started it, then and only then that it will happen.  as they always say, if you build it, it will come.

 these are flannel fabrics which are best for making
pen rolls because of their very soft and supple texture 
that will definitely protect the pens from scratches

4.  my first orders! yes, a friend asked me to sew for her 5 of my foodie bags.   she's actually the officemate of my hubby who's also a filipina.  she left a month ago back to Manila for good.  i sew a foodie bag for her as a send off gift and she liked it and decided to order from me to give as gifts to her friends. isn't that sweet? so, even before i have decided to sell thru ebay, i already got some orders, ha ha ha!!! thank you God.  

i found this very nice canvass like fabric
and bought a few meters immediately. 
i will be using them as inner linings for my foodie bags.


so, that's it.  i guess i will be quite busy the next few weeks as i need to meet real deadlines this time.  so help me God.

God is good. life is worth living, one stitch at a time!