Oh No!

Oh no! Today is one of those days you just want to stay in bed and dream around. All those plans you’ve made just vanishes.

Today was a rainy day. A day where I just stayed in. Wandering from the living room to the kitchen and back.

Though I didn’t do much, I had time to think about things. Like how do I improve this blog, how to make my planner work for me, what about my future. I guess rainy days bring out the thinker within.

I hope your Thursday has been more fruitful than mine.

And when we move on, don’t linger in the past

Shalom

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2015 Craft Resolution

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Although nothing magical happens with the change of the year, we can always make an effort to improve ourselves and look forward to better days!

2014 was a roller coaster ride for me. But it has also been a teacher, teaching me to know myself better and to stand strong during stormy days.

So, this year I’m gonna commit myself to building this blog by posting each Thursday. Aiming for the habit and quality.

What about you? What resolutions are you making for 2015?

Remember, it’s the habit and progress rather than just the goal!

Have a great year and live each day with gratitude.

See you next Thursday!

Thread Inheritance & Organization

Hello lovelies!! Second post in a day! Hehe 😀

First, let me introduce to you this box. This box contains all my mum’s embroidery thread that she has collected since her college days. But BEWARE!

Mum's embroidery thread stash from her college days

Mum’s embroidery thread stash from her college days

It’s messy! Yes, all the plastic bags are labelled with the skeins it contains. But each time you want a single colour, you have to go through EVERYTHING! Unless you’re lucky enough to grab the correct one at the first try.

The messy collection!

The messy collection!

One sleepless night, I went to mum’s embroidery thread stash deciding to sort it out. Earlier on, I’ve just finished sorting my own stash from one of my cross stitch kit.

Armed with the bobbins I’ve printed and cut, a permanent marker, punch holder and plastic holders, I started going through it.

Printed and cut bobbins

Printed and cut bobbins

Link for the printable template for the cute bobbins: Wild Olive

So, one question I’ve been researching on was, “What System to Use??”

After a few nights of research, I came up with a Combo Saphira’s style.

Combo Saphira’s Style

All thread still new in their skein (Yes, my mum had a lot of new ones. That means I can save LOADS of money as I continue doing cross stitch) will be kept in plastic bags. Each plastic bag will contain 3 colours and will be kept with plastic fasteners. The system? They’ll all be grouped by their last digit.

Coded by their last digit

Coded by their last digit

Yes, I reused mum’s old plastic bags. More environmental friendly. My OCD for this is to use the same material plastic bags. Gotta let go of the fact that the permanent markers are not the same colour or thickness or that it’s messy with all the scribbling. But well, a system that works is a good system.

Then, I found a free app, Cross Stitch Thread Companion, that can be stored on my phone. So as I go through each plastic bag and organize them accordingly, I also note down on my phone of the amount of skeins of each colour.

What about those loose thread? Well, I just take them out of the plastic bag and wind them unto bobbins. At one stage, I ran out of bobbins and have not restocked, so I just tear a piece of paper, write the number down and wind it around the paper.

How do I store the bobbins? I used an old moon cake box to store it.

My first stash of embroidery thread

My first stash of embroidery thread

Bobbins stored according to number

Bobbins stored according to number

I made my own dividers to store the bobbins. After much thinking and researching, I’m storing them by numbers. Why? Because I’ll always want the exact thread colour for the projects and this makes it easier to find. If I can’t any of the colours here, I’ll scroll through my phone app, If it’s not listed, to the shops I’ll go.

One more thing:

Bobbins sorter with skeins sorter

Bobbins sorter with skeins sorter

I have a skein sorter from an old cigar box. The skeins just fit slightly longer than the divider. But here stores the skeins for the upcoming project I’ll be doing.

Mum’s stash of embroidery threads have become this:

All neatly sorted and place from 0-9

All neatly sorted and place from 0-9

End of Combo Saphira’s Style

So how do I search for the skein of thread I want? Just get the stack with the last digit. Flip through it until it’s found. Then remove the plastic fastener and get it out of the plastic bag. Put the skeins into the skein sorter and place back all the plastic bag with the plastic fastener.

I admit, it’s not really fun to flip through all the plastic bags, but till this stash expands till it’s messy once again, I’m sticking to this system.

So what do you think about my thread organizing system? What about your system? If you’ve not start sorting it out, just spend 20 minutes a day on it. It’s very therapeutic, until the thread knots on itself. Share also if you’ve any good or bad experience in creating your own organizing system.

Shalom 平安

ps: I’ve wanted to share with you this since I’ve completed the organizing project but have not gotten down to it until well, last night.

pps: I’m really grateful to have my lovelies so supportive.

ppps: this really has become a sanctuary for me where I can go crazy over craft stuff without being given a weird stare. Hey! Stop staring at me!!

pppps: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Present!!

Hello lovelies.

I’m guilty of procrastination 😥 I know I’ve promised a post last week but has stalled to this week.

However, I’m going to post not just one, but TWO post! Not a replacement but to just share a happy news, well, happy news for me.

First post is this!!

I’ve finally won a fabric giveaway!! I’m so so so so happy because I’ve finally won a giveaway!! Plus, it’s so near Christmas!! It’s like an early Christmas present!! WAAAAA!!!

Remember the post earlier, Giveaway by Craft Passion???? Yup! I’ve won the prize!! Out of the 20 winners, I’m one of them! Praise the Lord!

So, it’s possible to win a giveaway. DON’T GIVE UP! If the giveaway lets you post once a day, do it! Just spend less than 5 minutes to post it. That being said, don’t spend FOREVER on the post. Spend some time looking through the blog. Then get back doing your work.

Okay, this post is kinda short. But that’s because I’m going to spend more time for the next post. One hint, something to do with mum’s craft stash from her younger crafting days.

Hang in there alright? I’ll schedule it so that you’ll see it when you open my sanctuary in approximately 12 hours time 🙂

Till then….

Shalom 平安

The Crochet Fever!!

Oh no!!! I’ve contracted the crochet fever!! (Sorry about being inactive this week 😦 I’ve not been doing much craft stuff but I promise a longer post later in the day!)

Recently, I’ve entered the giveaway by Craft Passion. If you’ve not entered, go there after you’ve read finish this post! There’s a few more days left AND the winner can be ANYWHERE!!

Anyway, back to the topic. So as I was looking at the website, a cute little owl was sleeping. (Actually it’s a blog post) This owl has appeared a few times but I’ve ignored it because well, crochet is “not my thing” (the exact words that came out of my mouth).

Mr Murasaki Amigurumi Pattern

Isn’t he adorable??

If you’ve been into the Pinterest “jungle”, you’ve realised that there are LOADS of crochet items with patterns and the latest Amigurumi.

So this time, I thought, it’s no harm just having a look, right? WRONG!! I clicked into the tutorial and then after reading the introduction of the owner of this owl, Mei, on Craft Passion, I was SO inspired to do this cute little owl.

Being a “tech” person, I immediately went to Youtube to find “How to Amigurumi”. Clicked the first video. Watched it. Realized I NEED to know how to crochet. Click into the tutorial for beginners. Watched it. AND made up my mind to learn crochet! This all happened in less than an hour!!

Next morning, I woke up. Went to mum’s craft stash, found the yarn and crochet needle, watched the video again and started doing!! Then I just sat there for a few hours, learning how to do the basic stitch and the bit-more complicated ones.

Basic stitch done!

Basic stitch done!

Here’s the end product!!

Combo of few stitches and TADA!

Combo of few stitches and TADA!

I know… It looks weird, tension not consistent, etc etc But hey, for a beginner, I rate myself a 7 out of 10!

Well, I know what’s on my Christmas wish list now (or just one of them anyway). Unfortunately, mum only had this yarn left. But it’s alright. I’m gonna do a Smiley Face Amigurumi this week with this last ball of yarn. Click the link for the tutorial how to do the smiley 🙂 Yes, I’ve removed all the stitches to wind back into a ball of yarn.

That’s it. I’ve caught the fever of crochet! Yup, another craft to add into my interest list! Yeah!!

So, have you tried crocheting before? What’s your favourite Amigurumi that you’ve seen so far? Oh and do check out this Youtube tutorial (How to Crochet) and explore her channel.

Shalom 平安

Giveaway by Craft Passion

Hello lovelies!

Time for a giveaway! (I still can’t afford) BUT you can go to Craft Passion for her giveaway.

What’s the special occasion?? Craft Passion Facebook Fan Page has reached 100,000 likes!!!! Yeah!!! Congratulations to Joanne for reaching the mile stone!

I’m looking forward for her Facebook page to reach the next one!

What are you waiting for? Head on to Craft Passion to get the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Plus, the giveaway is opened to WORLD WIDE! That’s right! Go ahead and click on Craft Passion!

Till the next time we meet 🙂

Shalom 平安

Meoooowwwww….

Hello lovelies!

This is what I’ve done the week before for a close friend! There is an easy tutorial that I came about much earlier but didn’t give it much thought because I didn’t know who to give. That’s until a mutual friend reminded me about my friend’s love for cats… So I gave it a try. The tutorial link is below!

Cute Kitty Plushie

Ready to be presented!

Ready to be presented!

I'm sooooo cute!!

I’m sooooo cute!!

Oh NO! My whiskers!!

Oh NO! My whiskers!!

Read on to get Abby’s tutorial (While She Naps).

The difference between the Abby’s and mine? I used fleece instead of fur. Black beads instead of safety eyes. (Time to get some!! Hehe >< Hoarder mode has begun!)

AAAAAAAAND I added whiskers for kitty. Think it’s because of the material, it look like a dog 😦

Something like this.....

It looked something like this before adding the whiskers!

This cute kitty has gone to her lovely owner who turned 20 in November and I’m off to do the next project!

So, what do you think about this kitty? Head on to While She Naps and start making one or many for your friends and family!

I’ll see you soon!

Shalom 平安