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.

 

Stationery Frenzy

Laogong’s convocation was yesterday. I had wanted to put up some photos, but daddy decided to hijack all the photos by securing them in his dry cabinet while he is away.

The only other option left for me is to steal some photos from other people’s facebook. However, since there is a tiny matter of a certain someone’s triple chin, whose identity shall remain anonymous (you only get 1 guess), I am going to wait for daddy to return.

Mom went shopping recently and bought me some very beautifully designed notebooks from The Jekyll and Hyde Project.

The Jekyll And Hyde Project - Vintage Notebooks

The Jekyll And Hyde Project – Vintage Notebooks

Plenty of ideas in my mind of what to use them for but don’t know which one to use first. Here’s another notebook store that I fancy, but mom couldn’t find any of their books there where she was shopping.

 

Before I jump the gun and start my new long-term project with my notebooks, here’s what I’ve been up to lately. It has taken me too long to decide what colours I want my jellyfishes to be. I’ll be sure to share it with you again when I’m done.

My Orange-y Jellyfish

My Orange-y Jellyfish

This is the colour of the jellyfish I see when I close my eyes and dream. What colours are yours?

 

Stumbling Upon A Travel Book

I completed the Spongebob laptop case the evening of my last post. Should get to sending it out (sorry Steph). But I did promise to share the end product with you all, so here it is.

Spongebob Laptop bag complete

Spongebob Laptop bag complete

I’m sorry I won’t be able to keep it for myself. 🙂

A friend of mine from Paris was here with her father last week on a stopover to Indonesia. They’ll be back again next week on another stopover before returning home and this time, instead of embarrassing myself meeting them empty handed, I want to give her something. In keeping in line with the theme for next season, I’ve decided on a vintage travel book.

'pin an' Lantern

‘pin an’ Lantern

It’s not quite finished yet, but here is a peek at the cover page – a chinese lantern with the words ‘pin an’ meaning safe.  It was a joy sewing this lantern – from the ribbon flowers all the way to the yellow tassel. The yellow smudge on the blue cloth is to show a shadow-y effect of how a lantern would look were it to be lit. Right now I’m eagerly waiting for the glue to dry to I can complete this book. It’s nice to garner inspiration from the people in my life.

Tired Bunny

Tired Bunny

The little fellow has been stumbling about the house. It is getting increasingly hard for him to get anywhere with that extra weight on his leg. So he’s being treated like an emperor, having food and water brought to him and getting to eat his favourite treats more. I went to the pet store the other day to pick up his favourite fruit bites when a salesgirl recommended me some food for Nili. Upon hearing that Nili was sick and perhaps leaving us soon, she gave me some treats for free, making sure I got them by letting the cashier know.

Sometimes the world throws you a pleasant surprise by reminding you of the power of kindness. Thank you, stranger. Nili really enjoys the treats.

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.

 

Lion King And My Instax

The past few days, I have been cracking my brains over the lion king notebook.

Lion King Notebook

I finally managed to finish it last night over Contagion. Does anyone else felt like living in a bubble after watching that? I know I can’t be the only one.

I finally bought myself a Polaroid camera here and I’m extremely eager to use it! Oh, the ideas flowing into my brain is what keeps me going. At least one of the things that do. Never shall I forget how grateful I am to have the chance to just sew all day.

Fujifilm Instax

Maybe I’ll take a picture of myself sewing. I can’t wait!

What The Rain Dragged In

I can never differentiate Simba from his father. Thank goodness I have Laogong to help me on that. I guess Lion King is more of a boy’s cartoon. Here’s the 3rd of my up coming season’s items.

Embroidered Lion King

I thought I can take a break from sewing after this item, seeing that it is a notebook. I took to baking cupcakes this morning hoping it will make up for my not getting Laogong anything for Valentine’s day. But I got overly eager and started to make my muslin for the new dress I’m learning to make.

The rain helped with the mood of my sewing and cutting and tracing and drawing. But when the Vet called in the evening and I was all alone at home with Nili, the rain couldn’t haven been more melancholic.

Perhaps some might find it dramatic that I am sad over Nili getting cancer. But Nili has been with me since I was a teenager and he has accompanied me through the lonely nights. When I started crying that evening, he started stomping his feet, as though he was angry at my being upset.

The funny thing is, I started laughing after that, and I don’t know why.

Maybe it was because I was too shocked over Nili’s reaction. Nevertheless, it made me realise that he is still healthy and happy now, despite the cancer cells in him.

And that’s what’s important – that he’s still with me.