Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Fabrics, Fabrics, and More!

The past few days have been filled with last minute shopping sprees and lots of packing. And just for fun, I have also been digging through old keepsake boxes. 'Lo and behold, I found some childhood vintage items with me! The sweet wooden doll clad in a pretty white dress melts my heart. And how awesome is the teal hair under the lovely hat? Notice that her dress has the prints of playing card suits.
Truly, I am in love with this sweet item!

It sits on top of some of the fabrics I purchased this holiday. I finally found fabric with strawberries on them! And my first paisley fabric too =). Can you feel the fabric love? =D

Hope your day is filled with love and sweet-ness too!
Happy Valentine's!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Tiaras and Shabby Chic-ness

Several weeks ago, my aunt and I decided to shop for fabric at a local store. Her mission was to find fabric for a cheongsam. On the other hand, I had nothing in particular in mind. All I wanted was something pretty which did not break the piggy bank! =D

And then I found these... Their shabby chic-ness caught my eye.
I hope I will be able to make something pretty out of them as soon as I return to Auckland.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Washi sewing kit

Mom is still in the midst of unpacking the boxes shipped back from Auckland (after 7 months of the family's arrival here!). The process began mid last year but stopped soon after. It was stalled till last night upon mom receiving notice that guests were due to arrive. Thus began the frantic tidying up and mom's commands to empty as many boxes as humanly possible in an hour.
We sieved, and we tossed. Occasionally, there will be someone's mutter of "Oh my...".
But through the piles of soft toys, bags and mounting books, there were treasures to be found. An old diary, great grandma's crocheted flowers, a cherished Mickey bracelet and...

A novelty sewing kit.
Sewing kit - Japanese washi pouch

One to be carried in a purse, kept in a car or slipped into a travel bag.
It is a basic kit, but one so adorable that I gave a little yelp when I opened it. It was bought by an uncle on touring Japan, and was gifted to mom. It is now mine! =)
Japanese washi sewing kit

It is made of washi. 'Wa' meaning Japanese, while 'shi' means paper. Yes, it is a paper constructed pouch. Washi is delicate, but it is tougher than paper.
Japanese washi sewing kit

The illustration on the pouch is simply too adorable! This will definitely be flying back with me to Auckland. =)