Saturday, February 26, 2011

Little blue cottage water bottle holder

I sew a water bottle holder this morning. The cute little blue cottage fabric I used was bought from an online shop last month. It is Japanese cotton linen blend fabric. The dark blue linen fabric was bought from a local fabric store. I used the same blue linen fabric for the lining.

This water bottle holder is for my hubby. His favourite colour is blue. Well, I am happy that he likes this little stuff I made for him. It can hold a thermal flask as well.

Thanks for visiting and wish you have a relaxing and happy weekend !

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year ---- drawstring bags and cookies

Happy Chinese New Year to all ! Today is the first day of our Chinese New Year celebration .

I am so lucky because I have nine days Chinese New Year holidays started from 26th of last month. Besides being busy with my work , I was busy preparing for this festival in the past few weeks too. Spring cleaning, baking , sewing and………., phew ! I am glad all were done and now I am enjoying my New Year celebration.

Of all the traditional Chinese festivals, the Chinese New Year is the most important and grant celebration for the Chinese. It is the time for family reunions, and for visiting friends and relatives. This festival stressed the importance of family ties.

Yesterday we attended a Chinese New year's Eve dinner gathering in my brother's house . Even though my parents had passed away more than twenty years, members of my family would still gather at the old house where we grown up . Every year, we sisters and brothers together with our families gather there for the important family meal on the evening of the New year's Eve. It was among the most important family occasions of the year.

This year I was able to make some drawstring bags as little gifts for girls.

I used patchwork style cotton fabric for making these bags. The inner lining fabric is satin. Since all the bags are made from the same fabric, so I did some embroidery work to make sure each girl would be able to identify her own bag. You know, so many of them gathering together in our old house, playing, talking and giggling around, their belongings will definitely misplace and mix up.

Red packet with money is put inside each of the bags and given to my lovely nieces yesterday . They were happy to get their bags respectively.

For your information, red packets are actually small red envelopes, printed with greeting and best wishes wording. During Chinese New Year, red packets will be given to children, unmarried adults or elders with money inside them.

For this celebration, I managed to bake more than 40 tubs of cookies .These cookies are prepared for our relatives. I only have time to make five different types, i.e. pineapple nastar rolls, cashew nut cookies, chocolate almond cookies, butter cookies and semperit butter fingers. Besides sewing, I actually enjoy cooking and baking too. How I wish I could have more time to bake more variety of cookies .

Well. I have to stop here because my hubby is waiting for me. We are going to visit his uncle who stay nearby.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a happy and enjoyable week !

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More red coasters for Chinese Lunar New Year

I used some fabric scraps from my stash to make these four coasters. These patchwork coasters were made using paper piecing technique. I think this techique is wonderful since even very small pieces of fabric scraps would not be wasted. Isn't it eco- friendly to make the full use of them ?
In Chinese culture, the round shape symbolizes reunion and success.The colour of red symbolizes good luck, prosperity, happiness and wealth. I hope these coasters will bring warm and happy feelings for my visitors in this New Year celebration.

I have an idea. After Chinese New Year, I will attach zippers to the coasters. I would like to turn them into two colourful round pouches . ^0^.

I am back

I was too busy with my work for the past few months and could not spare time on blogging.

Heavy workload sometimes really drives me crazy. Luckily my passion for sewing always helps to erase the stress and tension that exist in my life. I found myself living in peace and content as long as I can sit down to sew , may it be just a few stiches.
I did not come out with much stuffs for the past few months, but every small project or stuff make me smile.


batik dress

patchwork zipper pouch

crocheted rug rag

floral blouse
denim box pouch

apple coasters

strawberry coasters

" gardening " zipper pouch
" embroided scissors " pincushion

I will not stop sewing. I will only post if I am free. :)