Handmade Vintage Chinese Notebook And My Sleepless Nights

Old Chinese Notebook

Old Chinese Notebook

This was something I have been wanting to make for a while. And since it goes with next season’s theme – which I have yet to reveal – I thought I’d kill 2 birds with 1 stone by making the first one as a present.

Old Chinese Book - Embroidered Faces

Old Chinese Book - Embroidered Faces

It has 20 pages of blank black paper for photos and a thin rice paper in between each sheet so the photographs will not stick to each other. Also, in between each page is an open folder.

Making that reminded me of the folder/book I meant to make for myself to properly store notes of previous work.

Organizing up

Organizing up

Each page is actually an envelope for me to store all the drafts and pictures and notes on each item I have made since starting up Out Of The Shell. These envelopes are glued and sewn together into a book. So I’ll get one book for each season.

Recently I have been having trouble sleeping and concentrating on anything, even sewing. So I spend my time watching movies and TV shows. In the past few days I have watched The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Hulk (Edward Norton’s), Water For Elephants, The Green Hornet, New York I Love You and the whole of American Horror Story.

When I’m not watching my shows, I’m in the living room with Nili.

With His KaiLan Leaves

With His KaiLan Leaves

Perhaps I am worrying too much about things that I’ve been putting off. We’d all like to think that our problems are larger than they are to give us an excuse for the state we’re in.

I think I just have not had my favourite bubble tea for far too long. Sometimes a girl just needs her drink.



The Reservoir View

The view from my parents’ new place is mesmerizing. With a little bit more work and time, I can type to you while absorbing all that this view has to offer.

reservoir view

Living Room View

Even watching laogong jog one round around the reservoir. The balcony just needs some nice outdoor furniture.

For my room, my mom went to choose the curtains for me and came back with this.

dragonfly blinds

Moms have a way of understanding us even though we try to hide parts of ourselves from them. She knows me so well, sometimes it’s scary. 🙂

With all the washing and unpacking and climbing up and down ladders to reach the top shelves, my hands are dry and rough and my feet are sore. But I think every one is settling in just fine and loving the place.

His favourite spot

Even the little guy found his own spot by the dinning table.

I hope I can get back to sewing and blogging more next week. I’m also craving for my favourite bubble tea; I hope they have an outlet near by.

In the mean time, I hope you all get your cravings satisfied, get your jog on and have a lovely week ahead!


Tangled Threads

The week goes by fast when there is so much to do. I spent the last few days organizing my station and doing the final touches for the Bambi Clutch.

Final touches for Bambi Clutch

Above is a picture of the half knitted handle of the clutch. It’s so nice I’m thinking of making a bracelet or a necklace this way too.

Organizing things was never my forte. If blogs were hand written, you would be able to tell my untidiness from my handwriting. But thank goodness you don’t have to endure that, or you’d have already given up of on squinting your eyes attempting to read my blog.

Daddy was nice to let me use a corner in the office for all my goodies. So over the last few days, poor laogong had to carry up boxes and boxes of my things to the office. I have to say that the most irritating things to organize are the embroidery threads. They conveniently bundled themselves up into a web  of infinite mess. I was this close to giving up – it took me all night to get to those worms. But I must say, the outcome is satisfying.

I cut up a few pieces of cardboard into tiny rectangles to neatly string up the threads.

Embroidery thread, nicely wounded up.

After this experience, I have learnt a few things about handling embroidery thread:

  1. There are 2 ends to the thread (duh). Tug each one to see which one should be the end you start with. If after one pull, it tangles up, use the other end. It should pull out nicely like a zig-zag wave.
  2. Should you find yourself in a tangle, do not pull both ends. Find the knot and slowly untie the thread. It is possible, ask my laogong. 😉 Yes, I left the dirty work to him.
  3. And trust these fat fingers of mine when I say it is important to hold all 6 individual threads when you’re handling these embroidery babies! Because if you’re not careful, you’ll get a knot within a knot!

After last night, my threads are all nicely lined up, ready to do their artistic duty and show themselves to society.

Embroidery thread, neatly arranged.

As you can see, mom loves herself some green thread. I suppose it’s because it is her favourite colour.

I must say, after all the untangling and the wounding, I am ready for my little nap. Perhaps after a little snack for the little guy.

Nili nibbling on some cruncy celery