Thursday, April 30, 2009

ring ring...

I'm at work and just received a phonecall from my kids:

Mama : Hello?
HQ : Hello, mama! What are you doing?
Mama : I'm working. How's school today?
HQ : bla... bla... bla...
Mama : bla... bla... bla...

At the background:
QQ : I want talk to mama!

Phone passed to QQ:
QQ : Hello, mama...
Mama : Hello, QQ...
HQ (in the background) : Quick, ask mama "how are you?"
QQ (very quickly) : I'm fine, thank you...
Mama : LOL

I started the day gloomy, now, after hearing their voices, my day ahead seemed much brighter :-).

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

refashion: blue jeans overalls

This was the only time HQ got to wear this Elle Poupon overalls; it was in year 2007 and he has just reached 2.

Because it got too small for him before I remember to let him wear it. Now that it was passed down to QQ, I want to make sure this pair of overalls gets more wears and washes.

Although incredibly soft and comfortable, it’s a very plain piece. I took some red and white gingham that I really like and made several modifications to the overalls.

First, I sewed an appliqué of a cat on the bodice. I added a collar of fun mini pompoms, and a bow at its tail. I also sewed a fish, biting on a line and attached it to the back pocket. This little fish can be hidden in view when popped into the pocket.
I was tempted to add a lot more than this, but I thought QQ would not appreciate being a walking Christmas tree, so I refrained. Although this is not an Elle Petite piece, with the kitty there, it's good enough for girls, right?
She loves the overalls so much more now, especially the cat!

Monday, April 27, 2009

what made me LOL yesterday night...

The kids were rolling on the bed, frolicking and hanging around until they are too tired, and then they will fall asleep. I overheard:

HQ : Meimei, let me tell you a secret...

HQ went and whispered in QQ's ear. I couldn't hear what he whispered, but QQ was giggling. Then HQ left her and laid on his bed, with his hands behind his head. He was humming and looked pleased with himself. Curious, I went over to QQ:

Mama : QQ, what did koko tell you?
QQ : Hmm... Koko tell me... umm... story.
Mama : What story did koko tell you?
QQ : Koko tell me story. *nodding her head*
Mama : What story did koko tell you, meimei?
QQ : I like hear story. Mama! Tell me story! I want hear story, mama!
Mama : *slap forehead*

I guessed that HQ told something so deep to QQ, that she was not able to relate back to me. So, I left her bed and went to mind my own business. Then I saw HQ went over to his sister's bed, kneeled beside her, moved his hands in a circular motion beside his face and said in a deep voice:

HQ : Look at me. Look at my eyes. Now close your eyes. Go to sleep.

What???

Mama : Who taught you that, HQ?

I thought he learnt that from the tv. But no, his answer threw me into disbelief:

HQ : Gong gong!

LOL, his grandpa must have got so desperate for some peace in the house, to resort into hypnotizing him to sleep.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

right now...

8.50 am; Sunday; 26 April 2009

Bright morning sun shining in and curtains flapping to the light breeze

Delicate scent of oats and raisins simmering on the stove

The kids sharing their morning snack of Honey Stars (and the pleading of the younger sibling "Please give me another aaney star, koko. Last one?")

Just sitting, absorbing and appreciating.

"We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment."

Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step
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Friday, April 24, 2009

do re mi

video

This video features morning-right-after-bed-looks of my kids. While my youngest (then 19 months old) is still clad in pajamas, my eldest has already don his school uniform, but not without constant nagging from his mama.

They were taking turns singing Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do. Listen carefully. My youngest first 3 tunes of Do Re Mi sounded suspiciously like “Tolong Me” (Malay: help me). I cracked myself up listening to this :-D

* Video was taken on 13 March 2009.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

refashion: why i even started

When my son (HQ) was born in year 2005, like all mothers do, I went bonkers in filling up his wardrobe. I imagined everything would look cute on him, and couldn't resist buying. Well, he did looked cute in his outfits, but problem is, he grew so fast that we could not manage to get him wear all of them. Often, I discovered new pieces which were not worn at all, and got to be tossed into the "could-not-fit bin".

When my second child (QQ) was born in mid 2007, I wisened up. No more new clothes for the littliest one... all would be hand-me-downs! But of course, I do plan to splurge on new outfits for coming home, full moon, birthdays, new years, chinese new years, christmases and other important occasions.

I was adamant to keep my resolution - only hand-me-down everyday clothes for my little baby. Until... my baby girl was repeatedly mistaken as a boy... not that she looks like a boy, but those clothes that she wore were really meant for boys.

So, I refashioned HQ's clothes! This seemed to be the best solution - reduce waste, save money and have a fashionably dressed happy little girl!

I went through HQ's pile of could-not-fit clothes and picked out the finer looking ones (read: not old and without stains). I did not bother with clothes that QQ will wear at home, just the ones that she would wear when we go out.

Ever since the refashioning session, QQ has been getting compliments on how well she is dressed every time we go out :-). In my next posts, I'll share with you some of my refashioning projects... they're fun and easy!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

doodling

HQ: 3 years 11 months old

HQ loves to doodle; these were what he created last Saturday…

A small flower plant

A monkeyA pig Another pig with eyes squinting at the glaring sun, he saidA goat, with super powerful horns And… guess who this is? No, not his mama.

This, according to HQ, is Snow White.

I’m very sure Prince Charming is counting his blessings that his Snow White looks nothing like this.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

my first attempt

This sundress my first attempt working on the sewing machine to create something. It was also my first attempt following a pattern. There were many trials and errors, many unpicking of seams, and fumbling with the machine. There were mistakes, but I reckon, it’s ok, I'll get better with practice :-)
Important thing was, I managed to finish the dress in the end, and it was very fulfilling! It was much more gratifying seeing my daughter wearing a dress made with my own two hands!

The sundress is made from a soft cotton fabric with small red flowers. There were 2 vintage red buttons on the shoulders and another 2 at the waist. These buttons were my mother’s, which she kept in a metal tin since more than 30 years ago. The dress has a bodice and the skirt flaring out for lots of movements.
Updated on 11 July 2009:

When this dress was made in 2008, QQ fitted into it snugly at the bodice but the skirt was a bit too long. Days before she reached 2 this year, I decided to try it on for her again. She still can fit into it comfortably! This time, the skirt is a correct length :-)See my other handmade projects.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

welcome

I love creating for as long as I remember. When I was a child, often, I would hide in my room to produce some sort of cards, bookmarks, sewn little pocket books and mosaics for my mum, the recipient of all guinea pig projects :-). And proud she was in receiving all my childish art attempts.

As I was growing up, the library became my best friend. Books of crochet, paper crafts, origami, cross stitch were bountiful. I taught myself to crochet. I saved up enough pocket money to buy yarns, crochet needles, colour papers. Soon, my birthday gifts to close ones were things that I made myself; the usual would be a crochetted sling bag with a handmade birthday card. Sometimes I added an animal origami or a stack of handmade postcards. Or a plastic tub of straw flower buds. Or a handsewn scrunchie or two.

As of now, I've bought myself a sewing machine and am teaching myself to sew. Join me in my journey of explorations, experimentations, and creations. There will be hours behind the sewing machine, waves of colourful fabric and a sea of ribbon spools. Of course, I'll throw in a wok of fried rice now and then :-). Stay tuned.

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