Obsession: Makeup Brushes & Vintage Jewellery

A quick update on what I’ve been up to of late.

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Still dizzy over crochet jewellery. The one on the left is made with nylon strings; the one of the right with wire. Found out about Gloom card games a few months back and couldn’t resist the art work on these transparent cards. So I used it and turned it into a glass-tile pendant.

Vintage Glass tile Ring

Vintage Glass tile Ring


Speaking of glass tile jewellery, here’s one with my chubby hands. I stole the flower from this card my mom received years ago from a I-can’t-remember-what company. It’s good to keep those mails and pamphlets you receive. They will one day come in handy when you are caught bored in the office with hours to kill.

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While googling (“google” should be added to the dictionary, seeing that when you right-click on the red-underlined “google”, the phrase “search Google for google” comes up) ways to keep my makeup brushes, a picture of makeup brushes neatly placed on a bamboo mat appeared. So I thought I could make myself one.

I don’t like placing them in a container. Mostly because I don’t use them very often so I don’t want them to be sitting there collecting dust. I spent some time looking for a vintage straw dispenser to hold my brushes so that at least there is a lid over them. But I couldn’t find one. In the end, all I needed was a trip to Daiso, 2 sushi mats, some elastic band, a lot of patience and a couple of hours to make this sushi mat makeup brush holder to display all my brushes conveniently.

Now, all that’s left is to make a simple bag to keep those rolled up mats.


Summer Flowers On A Winter’s Day

I don’t have much to say these days. I fear my inspiration is wearing thin. I only sew if there is someone to sew for. I don’t want to sew to sell, I want to sew to give. I’m not sure that’s going to put rice on the table.

I need to find a new sense of purpose in my embroidery.

Recently my ghost friend no more left for India for a short student exchange programme. I thought that, since that was the case, a sari-colour inspired notebook would be fitting, to record all her colourful experiences.

Sari-colour Inspired Notebook

Sari-colour Inspired Notebook


My current, and some-what on-going, craze has been ribbon flowers. These are the things I’ve been experimenting on lately.

Flower Badges

Flower Badges


I guess I need to start making things I’d actually wear or use. One thing I can’t seem to find is alphabetized notebooks – where the pages are divided by alphabets. They only have that as address books. But I want one to write notes down for future reference. Anyone every wanted one of those?

That shall be my next project.


A Locket To Keep You Close

I finally decided what I wanted to sew for Nili.

It has been 3 months and for a while I couldn’t sew anything because I was stuck thinking of what to sew for Nili after he left us. I wanted something that, like him, was silent and sweet. So I picked a colour that was soothing, and the thread to embroider on to be almost similar to the cloth so that the words do not stand out too much. Except for the heart, because we miss him so.

Nili's Locket

Nili’s Locket


Now all is left is for me to pick a good picture. It took a whole day of faulty internet in the office to get me sewing again. Hopefully this will put me back on track. Next up, a bag for Ponton’s thingamabob.

I now have 2 soft toy dogs.

I now have 2 soft toy dogs.

Like a newbie, I want to carry around so many things when I bring him out – his pee pads, his chew toys, some wet tissues… Well the last time we brought him out with all those stuff was to my in-laws’ for a few hours so I think it was called for.

But don’t think for a second that I am going to carry that huge soft toy around for him to play with! There isn’t a reasonable carry-on bag big enough and I already have my hands full with this mischievous little fellow.


Forgetting About The Price Tag

For someone who doesn’t go out much, I had a great time in South Korea. The weather was nice, the food was even better and the experience was complicated.

Streets Of S. Korea

Fun In S. Korea

Living on a island, it is funny how I still yearn to live by the beach so much. But it is a dream I dare not put too much thought into. That’s the Haeundae beach in Busan. The best part of my trip is strolling along the beach,  walking along the wooden walk-way along the coast at night, and getting lost only to find a wonderfully hidden Korean barbeque restaurant frequented by famous Korean celebrities.

The ambiance was great, and so was the price. But that’s what holidays are for, eating, making a fool of yourselves and dressing up as an old palace minister. That’s laogong over there, in one rare occasion where he lets me take a picture of him.

We went to a craft street in Seoul but most of the work cannot be photographed, which I totally understand and I think you crafts people out there would too.

Crafts in S. Korea

Crafts in Seoul

I managed to take a couple of pictures of Korean embroidery before I realised that photography was not allowed. So not to show any disrespect, I took a picture of this famous Korean artist’s shop instead of her work. I love her work. It is absolutely adorable. You can check it out on her website. Be warned, it is a little pricy. Most of the good stuff there along that street are. But they only reflect the value of their work.

After shortlisting a few items, I decided on this pair of earrings from a local artist eunnamu.



I have not put it on yet. I don’t really have any occasion to wear it to, it’s just too pretty. But the design is just sublime that I had to get it. You can see the effort and love she put into her work. And that, I feel, deserves a little more than just a price tag.

The House Is Now A Home

Mom has been having a tiring time getting the house all tidied up. Just this morning, she went to buy some flowers to put in the living room.

Tiny things, like an orange rose, the computer screen cleaner in the shape of a car, and my sister’s soft toys (we still leave her a room even though she is miles away), make this house a warm and cozy home. And together with this breath taking view, I can just sit in the living room all day.

Gone are the days where we sip our drinks in a cafe. Mom’s living room is perfect for that. And with Dad’s sound system, I can play some Ella and Norah and have a good cup of hot chocolate with Nili by my side.


Since the home is more or less all cleaned up, I was back in the office this week and managed to start on some designs for the next season’s theme.

I’m having a wonderful time creating next season’s items. When you wonder down a new and unfamiliar path, with a little bit of determination, you can do things you never thought you were capable of doing. Of course with that comes certain responsibilities, like very thing else in life.

Right now, I am learning and living this journey, as obligingly as I can.

Happy easter and good friday to all.

Happy Easter! *sniff sniff!

Happy Easter! *sniff sniff!


No Little Blue Birds Get Left Behind

It rained in the wee hours of the morning and the pitter-patter of it made my sleep ever more cozy.

Lately I have been troubled with small issues that only a city girl will worry about. To wish them away, I sew. That seems to be the only remedy around that doesn’t make me put on weight.

A Family Of 4

It would be nice to cuddle up like this when the rain is pouring outside.

4 little Blue Birds

4 little Blue Birds

The finished product as a necklace. I had wanted to make it into a brooch, but I have yet to receive the brooch pins I ordered.

Because we have been packing up lately, all our photo albums have been boxed up. I wanted to put an old photo and my dad and I on the back of this charm, but I guess I’ll have to wait till next month when I can finally unpack.

I like that all these charms can have a wide range of designs on their back – plain, photo or have a nice quote embroidered on. For this one, I decided on this.

Nobody Gets Left Behind

Kind of fitting for the 4 little blue birds on the branch. 🙂

No Matter What, No Matter Where

Sometimes, it is inevitable that the people you love live miles from where you live. And it’s not always possible to catch a plane to find them each time you miss them.

No Matter What

So I made this with my sister in mind. And on the back, there’s a tiny picture of her with my mom, dad and brother-in-law.

No Matter Where

The frame is Shisha stitch that is sewn around the picture, keeping it in place. Hopefully, by tomorrow, I would have finished the second piece. This will be added to my list of regular small items. So you can keep a look out for it in the next month. 🙂

It comes in two so that we may keep one and she may keep one. I think it will be nice to keep a part of that someone with you. Pictures are always nice gifts, especially if wrapped in a bundle of handmade love. Like a handmade locket.



On Love For All Family Members

It is finally sewing time after a few days on the drawing board, or book in my case. Today, I did some of my mother’s day mini trinkets that will go well with the season’s theme – Family.

Mother's Day Trinkets

I am just bursting with excitement as I wait to turn them into tiny trinkets like hair bands, hair clips, necklaces, charms, rings… oh the ideas are endless. Etsy findings, please come quick!

Jasper, my sister’s dog, runs around the whole house, hops onto your lap for a nap, and even snuggles with you when you sleep.

Whenever I bring Nili up to my room for a sleep, he pees on my bed, wanting to claim it as his territory. He just finished nursing his teary eye that took almost a week to heal. I guess that is what you call growing old.

Yesterday when I went to the pet store to get Nili some treats, I saw some fury adorable rabbits and wondered if I should get another one when my own place is ready. Nili and Jasper flashed into my mind and I just cannot imagine losing them. Then I saw this comic strip by New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti:

A Pet's Undying Love

I couldn’t help but smile. Totally made my day, and I hope it made yours too, animal lovers out there.