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Giveaway winner!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the winner of Simply Live is Lynda!! Congratulations, Lynda, I’ll be emailing you for your mailing address shortly.

Written by Jean

April 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Posted in Crafting

Beaded beauties at the Peranakan Museum.

I visited the Peranakan Museum yesterday and took some photos of the gorgeous exhibits. Peranakans are well known for their love of intricate beading and embroidery, so the museum had many lovely displays of beaded items. Here are some pictures:

Part of a large wall hanging. It must have taken hours to bead the geometric background without the benefit of a printed pattern.

Part of a large wall hanging. It must have taken hours to bead the geometric background without the benefit of a printed pattern.

A print showing a Peranakan nonya (lady) at her beading.

A print showing a Peranakan nonya (lady) at her beading.

Finished beading for a pair of kasut manek (beaded slippers).

Finished beading for a pair of "kasut manek" (beaded slippers).

A tiny beaded pouch. The beads are smaller than your normal Mill Hill bead size. Wonder if the beader used a loupe?

A tiny beaded pouch. The beads are smaller than your normal Mill Hill bead size. Wonder if the beader used a loupe?

Beaded spectacle case.

Beaded spectacle case.

If you’re in Singapore, do pay a visit to the museum. There are many more lovely exhibits than the ones I’ve shown here. You could spend an afternoon just looking at all the artefacts. More photos can be found in my Flickr set.

Written by Jean

March 19, 2009 at 10:52 am

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Not meant to be.

I just received an email from the lady who was supposed to send me A Present for Sewing Well. It turns out that she had A Present for Sewing Well Fold, not the sampler itself. I’m so disappointed! Now to resume the search for this elusive chart.

Ohhhhhh welllllll……….

 

ETA: Saved by another stitcher! Yay!!!!!!

Written by Jean

March 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

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OOPs.

Mary Garrys A Present for Sewing Well

Mary Garry's A Present for Sewing Well

I finally got my hands on this extremely hard to find chart! A stitcher contacted me on the 123MB after I said I would be willing to pay quite a bit for this. After some sorting out re payment (she doesn’t do Paypal and wanted a check or money order which are both rather difficult to orchestrate from across the oceans), it will be going in the mail in the next couple of days. I can’t wait for it to arrive in my mailbox!

I also managed to get my hands on Sheepish Designs’ Alpha series – Bird, Sheep, Menagerie. They too, are hard to find but are winging their way to me as I write.

Somebody has to help me curb my madness!!!

Written by Jean

March 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Me and my girls.

We did a family photo shoot late last year and then Life conspired to prevent us from picking up our images until tonight, when we finally managed to swing by the photographer’s house to collect them. Here’s a photo of me and my two little girls, Alison and Zoe, for your viewing pleasure. Guess who’s who!

Me and my girls.

This was taken at the tail end of the shoot, when we were all rather tired!

Written by Jean

March 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Posted in Crafting

Some stash photos.

These are a few of the designs that I have all kitted up and ready to go, presented here for your viewing pleasure. :)

The Primitive Needle, Earth Sampler

The Primitive Needle, Earth Sampler with recommended threads and Lakeside Linens 32ct Fawn from my stash.

The Primitive Needle Yule Sampler with recommended threads and Lakeside Linens 32ct Misty Rain, also from my stash.

The Primitive Needle Yule Sampler with recommended threads and Lakeside Linens 32ct Misty Rain, also from my stash.

As you probably might guess, I’ve really developed a thing for The Primitive Needle designs of late! Next up, another festive design. This is Lizzie Kate’s Christmas Double-Flips series, with recommended linen and threads.

Lizzie Kate Christmas Double-Flips

Lizzie Kate Christmas Double-Flips

Other designs that I’m in the process of kitting up are Shores of Hawk Run Hollow and Permin’s Adam and Eve, which comes as a kit but I hate the grey floss and the crunchy linen it comes with. I’m also really pleased to say (although I should be embarrassed and guilty) that I bought Sail Away after hemming and hawing over it! The exchange rate makes it a really good deal – after conversion, I paid the equivalent of US$49 when the normal retail price is US$60. I just couldn’t pass it up, and I can’t wait for it to arrive. Margaret at The Crewel Gobelin was so funny – she actually asked me if I’d finished SB’s Family Sampler which I purchased from her just a couple of weeks ago. I told her that one can never have too much stash! I’m sure you’ll agree with me!

My daughter’s jigsaw puzzle.

I haven’t had a chance to do much stitching today because I spent a good part of the evening putting this jigsaw puzzle together. It’s only 200 pieces, but they are tiny pieces, and the person who wanted the jigsaw in the first place couldn’t even put the edge pieces together, so it fell to me – her hapless mom – to do it. My back is sore now from all that bending over her little workdesk, but the puzzle is done and framed in its cheap little frame, so I figured I’d count this as a craft finish and post about it!

 

Lilo and Angel jigsaw, 200 pieces

Stitch and Angel jigsaw, 200 pieces

In case anyone doesn’t know, that’s Stitch the alien from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch, and the cute pink alien is his galpal, Angel. I think this is the last time I’m going to be acceding to a request to purchase a puzzle – she had originally wanted a 500-piece masterpiece, but I put my foot down. 200 pieces is bad enough!

Written by Jean

March 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Posted in Crafting

The Sampler Company is love.

I have suddenly acquired a tremendous fondness for marine-themed designs, for some reason. It started with Ink Circles’ Sea Stars, which I bought and kitted up a couple of years ago but have yet to start (and finish), continued with Bent Creek Summer Snapperland and Shepherd’s Bush Sail Away, and now I’m loving these Brenda Keyes’ sea-themed charts:

Plymouth Sampler

Plymouth Sampler

New England Sampler

New England Sampler

The Sailors Wife

The Sailor's Wife

Pretty nice, eh? ;)

Written by Jean

February 27, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Crafting

Changing things up.

I’m so sorry if you’ve been coming here and thinking something’s wrong with your eyes because my blog’s look keeps changing! I’ve realised that certain themes aren’t showing up properly aligned on PCs, although they look fine on my Mac at home, so I’m trying to find a theme that will look decent on both. Something to do with my links, I think.

In other news, I am really really lemming the Sail Away kit by Shepherd’s Bush! It’s AU$85 at The Crewel Gobelin, and since the Australian dollar is weaker than the Singapore dollar right now, it makes it extremely tempting. I so want to buy it, except that I calculated that I’ve spent quite a bit on stash this month and my purse is groaning….

Shepherd's Bush Sail Away

Written by Jean

February 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

Posted in Crafting

Nashville 2009 favourites.

Like many stitchers, I’ve been keeping up with the new designs being released at Nashville at ABC Stitch and am quite excited over a couple of releases, namely:

Quaker Gone Tropic by Michelle Ink Needlework Designs – This design is really, really cute! Love how the tropical motifs blend so well with the Quaker ones. It doesn’t quite scream “buy me NOW!” but it’s cute enough to go on my maybe list.

Earth Sampler by The Primitive Needle – I just love this one. In fact, I have it on order from Drema at Needlecraft Corner, along with Yule Sampler.

Quaker Seasons of Friendship by Crown & Thistle – This is ginormous and gorgeous at 440×250 stitches. I would order it now except that I don’t know when I’d ever get around to stitching it! I’ve also just realised, after a closer look at the design, that I don’t quite like the way the design has been split down the middle to demarcate the changing of the seasons. I would actually prefer it if those two plants in the top half were Frankensteined together instead of split in two with an awkward space down the middle (which does not extend to the half medallion directly below the two pots). This one bears some thinking about. But it’s still beautiful.

Other than that, there are Blue Ribbon Designs’ It’s Cold Outside and Lizzie*Kate’s ABC Lessons, both of which are already winging their way across the oceans to me as I type. I’m really looking forward to making a start on these two designs later this year!

Written by Jean

February 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Crafting