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Exchanges received.

Today was a fabulous mail day! I arrived home feeling really worn out, and then slipped and fell in the lobby of my apartment block, but was cheered up immediately after, when the mailbox yielded these wonderful exchanges.

SBEBB Pumpkin Patch exchange from Mylene

Mylene sent me a lovely mattress pinkeep, Blessed Be by Plum Pudding Needleart. Don’t you think it’s just gorgeous? And she very generously included a chart from my wishlist, LHN’s Ladybugs and Bumblebees, two Stranded by the Sea fibre colours and a bookmark! Thank you so much, Mylene.

Mail art exchange from Aw FC
Mail art exchange from Aw FC
Mail art exchange from Aw FC

Next was an envelope from Kuantan, Malaysia! Aw had sent me a beautiful mail art envelope for the Quaker MA exchange. She included lots of goodies too. My little girls especially like the colourful erasers. ;) Thank you to Aw!

I’m feeling better after having a shower, dinner and cuddles with my little ones. It’s To Laugh Often stitching night, tonight. More words should be appearing on that fabric. Happy stitching, everyone.

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October 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

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To Laugh Often.

To Laugh Often

I’m stitching this as a Christmas gift for my dad, and hopefully it will be done in time! I’m using Carrie’s Creations Cajun Coffee and GAST Grape Leaf on 32 count Tundra linen from Lakeside Linens. Tundra is a really gorgeous, muted shade of green that’s not come out right in the picture. It’s a quick stitch so far so I hope to make good time on it.

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October 30, 2008 at 12:52 am

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Even and Odd

Even and Odd.

I made Odd first (guess which one?) and she was such a hit with the girls that I had to make another one so they wouldn’t fight over her. I’m still learning how to sew curves, which is why both bears are a little…well, odd.

I used the free and oh-so-cute Beary Bears pattern from Bunny Hill Designs.

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October 28, 2008 at 7:48 am

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Lazy Days skirts

These elastic-waist skirts were made using the Lazy Days skirt tutorial. The ribbons were quite frankly a bitch to sew on. I actually had to junk an almost-finished skirt that was meant for Alison because I screwed up the ribbon hem, and start over. I’m not sure if it’s the curve of the skirt or if I’m holding the ribbon and fabric down too tightly as I sew, which causes stretching. Anyway, these aren’t perfect but the girls don’t know and don’t care about the difference between them and store-bought skirts. Alison will be wearing hers after ballet so she just needs to slip off her translucent dance skirt and put on this one to be decent for going out instead of having to change her entire outfit.

Lazy days skirts for Ally and Zoe

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October 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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Tissue holder.

Tissue holder

K and I like the tissue holders from Mphosis but we keep losing them. Making them is a lot cheaper than shelling out $3 each time we need a new one.

I used Bella Dia’s tutorial with this modification so that the opening would not gape but lie flat. If you would like to add embellishments, try this tutorial instead. I didn’t try this because I don’t have double-sided interfacing in my stash.

Oh yes, if you’re in Singapore and making one for yourself, use 5.5″ x 6.5″ instead of the dimensions given in the tutorials, if you want it to fit the local-sized Beautex travel tissue pack. I made two holders before finding the right measurements.

On a less happy note, using my machine next to the computer is not good for my back. The table is too high and I have to step on the presser foot with my toes instead of the ball of my foot. Time to relook our study ergonomics!

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October 22, 2008 at 12:53 am

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First sewing finish: doll sling.

Zoe is increasingly copying everything her sister does. Over the weekend, she tried to stuff her doll into her shirt to mimic Alison slinging her doll. I made her a makeshift sling with a beach sarong and sniffed around online for a doll sling pattern. This one looked simple enough for a novice like me, so I trotted off to Spotlight after work and got all the materials together.

It certainly took me longer than the 15 minutes stated in the pattern, but here’s the finished product modelled by my mannequin because Zoe is already asleep. I used the 45″ length and I think it’s just right for a toddler, but too small for any kid older than 4 years.

Doll sling for Zoe

The rings are a little too small for the amount of fabric passing through them, but I was unable to get bigger rings that were just right. Will have to keep hunting for them.

I’m very pleased with how it turned out, and even more chuffed that I actually finished something with my new sewing machine! I’ll try to take a picture of Zoe modelling the sling tomorrow.

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October 21, 2008 at 12:38 am

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Sew happy!

After wanting one for years and years, I finally bought myself a sewing machine! I had originally wanted to get a Brother 2600 machine because Spotlight had a sale on that model, but when I got to the sewing machine section, I saw the Janome Jem 639 and it was love at first sight. Called DH and my friend June to ask which would be a better buy (the Jem is a very basic machine while the Brother had 57 stitches and all sorts of other bells and whistles), but of course they said it was up to me. So I decided that I didn’t want to be intimidated by so many doodads on my first machine, and bought the Jem.

Janome Jem 639 sewing machine

I hooked it up tonight and played with it for a while. The last time I’d laid hands on a sewing machine was in home economics class when I was 13, so it’s been a long time. Back then, my homec teacher had scared the entire class by telling us that she had sewed her finger by accident once and had a big scar to show for it. I was always afraid to use the sewing machine after that, but tonight I managed to make a little pillowcase out of some scrap without injuring myself so I think it’s time to lay that particular phobia to rest and try some new finishing methods for my cross-stitch!

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October 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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I’m back!

Did you miss me? It’s been a rather hectic time here at our household. Life as usual, and then we lost our 11-year old Corgi Megan in late September. She was DH’s dog and he was devastated at having to put her down, but she had cancer and it had spread rapidly and so the most humane thing to do was to let her go. It was heart-wrenching, but we’re getting back to an even keel now.

I have been stitching away diligently on exchanges, so I can’t share any pictures. Work has made me push stitching to the backseat lately, but I’m hoping to get going again soon. And what better motivation than to indulge in some good old-fashioned stashin’? Here are the contents of a package that arrived from today.


I apologise for the grotty picture, but basically you can see that I went on a bit of an LHN kick. I bought the Beatitudes series, and “Reading”, and “Yesteryear”. Also got myself the JCS Ornie issue (finally, and it’s not even out on shelves here in Singapore yet, last I checked) and My Big Toe Designs’ “Grace” Building Block, which I am planning to stitch for my dear MIL, whose name is Grace and who’s so sweet to me I absolutely must stitch her something she will treasure – and I think this design is it.

So that’s it. I’m supposed to mail off an exchange next week, so I’ll have pictures to share once my exchange partner receives her package. In the meantime, happy stitching!

Written by Jean

October 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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