Sunday, 7 July 2013

Embroidery and Applique Projects: Home Decor with Life Quotes

I've just finished 2 pieces of new projects that I'm going to give for my friends' birthdays.

I really think that these projects have turned out quite well, and I do hope my friends would love it!

I have an idea for another birthday project to do before end of next week, and I'll upload it here as soon as I'm done with it, so please look forward to it :-)

Friday, 5 July 2013

Tutorial: Home Sweet Home (with Embroidery and Applique)

I would like to share a project that I have just finished.

It's a simple home decor piece, you can frame it and hang it on the wall, or even use it as part of other sewing projects, like tote bag, cushion cover, etc.

This is a simple project which I believe also fits for beginners in either sewing or embroidery, so here I share the tutorial and pattern, do check it out:

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Etsy Listing Update: iPad Case - Vintage Style

I always love vintage and retro style stuff and I was so thrilled when I saw a set of corduroy fabrics that to me looked very vintage, and maybe somewhat Victorian.

And so I decided to make iPad cases, and the finished sets are just beautiful!

What do you think?

I've just added them to the listing in my Etsy shop, do check it out! :-)

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Etsy Listing Update: Fat Quarters

I decided to sell few of fabric in my stash in my shop, and after very careful consideration and thinking, and long process of selection, I've chosen 8 cute Japanese cotton fabric.

Here, let me show them to you:

So what do you think? aren't they cute? :)

Do visit my shop:

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Indonesian Batik Wristlets and Bag

On my last trip back to my hometown, I brought back few beautiful batiks and so I made 2 wristlets and a simple sling bag.

Aren't they just beautiful?
I totally love the black-maroon-white batik fabric, it is just simply elegant. The red one is vibrant, and the brown-blue batik is just so exotic. I got them in a fabric store near my house and I spent almost an hour in a store with no air-con in a one hot day, I was sweating like crazy! But it was not for nothing, I simply love, love, love them!

Anyway, there are available in my Etsy shop. So do come visit!

Tutorial: 4 Seasons Pin Cushion with Embroidery

It's time for free tutorial and pattern!

I had an idea of creating a set of pin cushions (what's with me and set of this and that?!?), and the first thing that went to my mind was 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Spring - Flower
Summer - Sun
Autumn - Maple leaf
Winter - Snowflake
Aren't they cute??
Their size is 9.5 cm x 6 cm, and they are ready in my Etsy shop.
Do visit my shop!
And if you want the tutorial and pattern, here it is:


PS: As my birthday is in July, use coupon code BDAY2013 for your purchase at my Etsy shop to entitle you 10% discount!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Handmade Pouch Sets for Etsy Shop

My initial idea for my shop at Etsy was to offer simple pouches with unique design, but then the idea keeps on growing and I made different kinds of products, such as wristlets or sling bag, and I am pretty sure there will be many more new ideas coming as my mind hasn't stopped thinking of things I want to add to my shop!

So for now, here are my ready-stock pouch sets:

Do visit my Etsy shop: ! :)

My Online Etsy Shop is Open!

After very hectic 2 weeks, finally my Etsy shop is open!

Do visit:

There are pouch sets with unique designs, and Indonesian batik wristlets and sling bag, and I'm planning to add more items such as sewing patterns and other finished products.

I'm actually thinking to add few embroidery patters that I made recently, so please look forward to it! :)

Sunday, 30 June 2013

NZ-OZ Trip: Queenstown

It only took few minutes stroll by the lake for me to fall in love with Queenstown...
If there is one thing that I like the least about it, it's just the fact that it could be very cold early in the morning-yeah, being born and raised in tropical country, I'm not used to cold weather.

My fave spot would be a bench by the lake (and there are many of them, never worry to not be able to snatch one), enjoying the scenery of the Remarkables, just relax my mind and let it wonder. Oh god, how I wish teleporting was already invented and I could just transport myself there anytime I wanted to.

Queenstown is considered quite tourist-y, and the most crowded area is the Mall where lies a lot of restaurants, cafes, outdoor stores, tourist informations/tours, etc. Skyline Gondola is only few minutes walk from the Mall, and there's a beautiful Queenstown Garden by the lake.

I think most people would prefer rent a car from the airport, but since I was travelling solo and I had no intention to rent a car, public bus was my only option, and no worries, there is Connectabus that goes all the way to town-it is convenient.

I would love to talk more about Queenstown, but since it has been a very busy week and I'm exhausted, I'd just show some photos I have. Enjoy!

Monday, 24 June 2013

NZ-OZ Trip: Rotorua - Government Garden, Lake Rotorua, Museum

Rotorua museum
After the first half day was spent at Hobbiton, it was time for some town exploring. Somehow that afternoon, the smell of sulfur was strong that I had to cover my nose with tissue.

Anyway, a quick lunch and I was off to Rotorua Museum. There is an interesting history of the building, it was used to be a bath house to treat wounded soldiers from the war. And some of the bath rooms were shown in this building. The location of Rotorua caldera with a lot of thermal activities made it a perfect location for a bathhouse. There were many different kind of baths to take, from sulfur bath to mud bath (For tourists who want to experience sulfur bath, they can go to Polynesian Spa located near museum).

a statue in the corridor

Rotorua museum looks over Government garden, a historic garden that was just too beautiful to not taking a stroll in.

From Government garden, there's a path leading to lake Rotorua. Luckily by this time, my nose got used to the sulfur smell and I can thoroughly enjoy the beauty of my surroundings!

beautiful Lake Rotorua-I can't get enough of it!

a group of geese having a feast
seagulls passing by on their way migrating
a couple of black swans-they are sooo beautiful!
a black swan taking off
I really love the following photo. The blue color of the sky was reflected beautifully by the lake giving the illusion they were one unity and weren't separated kilometers away.