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I made this really sweet zakka-style drawstring pouch the day before my 1st day at uni. I had only 1 thought in my head, dead woman walking. So, what does a woman on death row do? She crafts.
So I gathered some super cute scraps, cut them up and out pops one of the cutest pouches I've made. Who said stress was bad? I say it brings out the best in me. LOL But thats just me.
So this cute girly girl features the ever popular Sweetie Pie fabric, from Japan (where else?!) and a really really sweet slightly crinkled pink & white stripes on the top, bottom and inside. I think the crinkled look is fantastic. You don't have to press it and it still looks so cool. How convenient! Anyways, in the spirit of Japanese zakka style, I've also put a cute oat linen strip in the right bottom corner, that says, "So Sweet" with a pink cupcake right beside. How much cuter can it be!?Perfect for your lingerie/nightie on vacay and other girly stuff.
Its gonna be a one of a kind so pick it up today at my etsy shop. ;+)
p/s: For all who's worried about me & school, I'm good. I found a decent group for the marketing project and hopefully everything's gonna run good from there. My poor lecturer's very sick though. :P
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Anzac at Sunset
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They say 3rd time's the charm...
Somehow I can't manage to see that just yet. I just had my first day at a local private uni, as a 1st year student (again!) in my second degree(I did my 1st one with Sydney Uni), Bachelor of Business, Accountancy. Its offered by a rather prestigious Australian uni, and it promises to be world recognised, including the Australian CPA. I've had a long and arduous background with Accountancy. In fact, I've just dropped out of ACCA. Lecturers & school were poorly equipped and I had trouble understanding their brand of english. I lost that motivation. So in came this second degree, promises to break up the crazy load in one single ACCA unit into several. I guess I can't lose doing another Australian degree.
My first day was a blur, stressful blur. People already knew people, and did I mention they look 20? I'm not sure how to describe but I didn't feel like I quite fit in. I guess I had to start with Accounting 101 again coz the uni did not recognize my previous but relevant professional degrees. Needless to say, I ate lunch alone at a table with another Australian lecturer & a local lecturer lamenting about the local students. I smiled politely. And when Marketing lecture came, we needed to find a group to work on a project. I've hated group work since the beginning of time. Its never work out for me, its either we disagree on everything and it ends up awkard, or I end up having to do the whole project. Somehow, I do waaaaaay better in a real work situation, where people are forced to work together by geographical reasons and are more amicable. I took sometime to think about it and I'm thinking about pitching a one-woman effort to the lecturer. Just hope its possible.
I'm still keeping my hopes up. Perhaps sometime soon, I'll agree that 3rd time's the charm. For now, I only miss Sydney more and more, especially with the flown in uni lecturers. Sigh...
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Originally uploaded by florspace.
Finally, a zakka pouch I can call my own! All that gorgeous Japanese craft magazines got to my head and my life. I wasn't sure if I was able to create one as good as the ones in the magazines. The challenge was daunting. i tried and tried but nothing seem right. I had to give up for a while. Then one fine day (no thunder!) I sat down, grabbing these few fabrics and created this guy, oops, I mean girl.
I had hand-carved quite a few mushroom stamps and 2 went perfectly on the pouch. It seemed a little dull still, so I went ahead and patch the infamous Japanese-import cotton canvas mushroom. It kinda felt like the finishing touches! So, even if the worst happened, the stamped mushrooms fades in the wash, which it prolly won't coz I used permanent inks from Japan and heat-sealed them, the cute red mushroom will still stand! Genius! LOL
Anyways, its soft & sturdy materials combined to make this fabulously cute + functional pouch, perfect for gallavanting or lingerie in your overnight cases. I hate to be caught going to the bathroom with my underwear in hand. :+P
Carry your essentials in style people.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Past few days went by like a blur. I think I slacked a little but still managed to get laundry and some purses done. I've also carved out some mushrooms for stamping which will prolly be showing itself in my creations pretty soon. Rubber stamp carving can be therapeutic somehow. I do it really late at night when all is quiet and I'm lying around on the armchair with Jazz/blues on the radio. I reckon its the best time to get stuff done. The weather's pretty unforgiving in the day, leaving me mostly hot, sticky, migrained and generally flat by 4pm. I think I need a night job. Or I'm praying DH will finish his PhD soon so I can move out of here. I think I miss him quite a bit. He's in Tokyo for a convention these 2 weeks + having a great time shopping. *Green wif Jealousy!* I'm broke, which pretty much explains why I'm not there. :+(
I managed to send out Melissa's tote for the Bag Ladies Swap as well. Hope she likes it! I'm not showing it yet though. :P I've also received the last instalment of the FAA blue parcels. Strangely, I haven't heard from the peeps I posted to. I'm praying they got to the rightful people, safe & sound. Sometimes its just so hard to make sure it reaches wherever its supposed to go, which is why I have a pretty deep love-hate relationship with the postal system. Like the world, there's always good and bad people around. I think I prefer to meet good ones. Speaking of, I'm supposed to get a custom necklace from Marsha, she made a really nice design for me but I wasn't sure if it was me and I didn't quite put it the right way to her. She was really nice about it and I promised to love the necklace anyhow. Thinking of which, I'm quite a strange person. When something catches my eye, I wanna grab it, own it, thinking I'd love it forever, but its forgotten in some corner in a blink of an eye. Its the ones I'm not sure about that really lasts a long time. Its my lifelong dream to study how my brain works. I swear its got a life of its own and it spents at least 75% of its time laughing at me. Sigh.
Anyways, I'd prolly love it. Her designs are really really special. It takes time to love. The more you see it, the more you develop an affinity for it. Its amazing how that happens!
Oh, MOO tells me my notecards & stickers are on the way. *happy*
Oh, that very sweet/cheeky girl up there? She's been my blythe for 3 months now and I haven't got a name for her. Then I finally had an epiphany this evening. Her name is Mia, in honor of Mia Farrow & Woody Allen's "seperate togetherness" relationship, which I kinda worship, since I'm "weird" about stuff and space. :P
Mia: "Hey everyone..."
p/s: BIG NEWS!!! Florspace's ONE YEAR OLD on 8th August + Lyn's Birthday (Sept)! Party is coming! ALL Mini Zippereds in the Petites section will be just $5 for TWO whole months, AUG & SEPT! Including any new Mini Zs on the way, which is a whole BUNCH! Isn't that cool?! Save your moolah now!
Monday, July 23, 2007
ETSY never looked better! They have free stuff! Ok, I'm a bit S-L-O-W but seriously, I'm only one person so sometimes it does take time to find out these things. :P I was actually snooping around for stuff to put on my spartan blog so I wanted something from etsy, hence the great find! I'm gonna print out these super-duper cute postcards and pop them in with my orders! How great are the etsy admins for putting these free stuff up? Who's got button makers? Make me some of those etsy buttons! Hell, make a hundred and tell a whole bunch of peeps how cool etsy is! I can find everything, almost everything on etsy and I'm not even gonna name anything coz I'll be in so much trouble for missing some good stuff somewhere! LOL I have to watch how much I'm surfing etsy for fear of emptying my pockets! ... *gasp!*
Bummer News! ----- I heard that some poor sellers on etsy are being convo-ed nasty messages like how crappy their stuff is or how expensive their things are. Thats NOT cool so please don't do that to those poor sellers. These people must all be given a fair chance and respect for what they have produced. It may not be your cup of tea but please keep those comments to yourself! I know how those comments can feel and it can really hurt. We don't wanna cause any suicides, now do we? So be nice.
Grocery day Sunday. I woke a bit late coz I had terrible dizzy spells Saturday night. Then realised I had a mountain of stuff to do. Bazillion purses to make, erasers to carve, mini patchwork quilts to finish, plushes to make for peeps,.... Anyways, I took a bit of time to sand off the ugly corners of some wood monograms I picked up on Saturday. *pifft!* All that sand dust wasn't fun though the sanding part was. I'm glad my fingernails are short or there it goes. Who needs a manicure when you can craft? It was grocery shopping after and lugging them home. I'm so glad Dad bought the car. I feel shiawase to be in a private car again. Public transport is forever a nightmare for an agoraphobic.
Edit: MOO Stickers! They ship free for month of July ONLY! Get in quick. I've got my 2 packs and I've done some notecards from them too! Can't wait to see them! Those MOO minicards really are addictive.... :P Check out the MOO Flickr group.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I played catch-up with 2 of my friends on Friday, had Sushi and a great time chatting away. Glad to see them doing fine and apparently, ahm~, they read my blog too! So hey Angela & Annie!, you guys always turn my bad days into good ones. Let's do dinner again next month!
Saturday, morning swim with mum again. 2 teenage guys were being gay in the pool, 5 kids in the swim class watched and played with delight. I tried my best to make my time worthwhile by swimming a couple more laps. But it was fun to watch what peeps do on Saturday mornings. :+) I came back and had a quiet hour with Craft Cafe + some knitting. Annie brought her knitting on Friday for some help. She was so modest about it but I'm so in love with the creamy color of her yarn on the wooden knit sticks. I can't help but wanna join the club. I rummage through my craft bags for those forgotten wooden needles and started reminiscing about my knitting days. Boy am I rusty! Annie, you're waaaay better than me now! I got a few rows so we'll see.
Gorgeous yet simple string of blue beads from Ana, Flickr FAA Parcel swap, Blue. Its funny coz I'm not usually a blue person but it seemed like a good idea then to join in. Then I received some fabulous goodies from Warm n Fuzzy & Ana, and those little blue things they sent me really got my inspiration growing! Blue might be the new pink for me....Can't believe I just said that! *gasp!*
DH would be so mad at me if he sees these. I lost a couple of pounds when I was in Sydney. He didn't liked me snacking so I quit choco & chips for 2 months. It was unbelieveable but it looks like quitting snacking can make you lose pounds. Then I came back here and started ravaging potato chips, Caramel Corn and Marks & Spencer's "extremely chocolately milk chocolate rounds". Not good. But how can a girl live without her chocolate? But I'm trying to be good and have Zaru Soba for lunches.
Thats my girl with her new shroom cap. I'm not sure if she likes it but it kinda looks cute on her anyways. ;+) It was just a random crochet thing and it turned out perfect on her head. Oh well.
I know some of you guys want some instructions for the Origami Tama. I'm a bit busy with family + school stuff but I promise I'll sit down soon to make one. :+)
Friday, July 20, 2007
The "Threatened" post is deleted because it created so much imbalance.
I'm sincerely sorry if this bugs anyone or has bugged anyone.
I'll try my best to limit the blog to happy things. ;+)
All that tension made me hungry. I'm gonna grab a burger.
Enough ranting. Have you seen Marsha's shop? She's got really beautiful hand-crafted jewellery that makes you wanna empty your pockets for! She's officially on my awesome people list. I'm so in love with her Lariats and the classy wooden beads... The idea of mixing chunky elements with delicate silver things is just divine! I'm doing a little swap with her and she's doing a little custom piece for me. I told her I preferred the surprise element and not to show me anything til the final product! I can't wait!
Oh and She's a Singaporean too! Just that she's now in London. Hmm.....me thinks she's got one of the nicest necks around. Wait, is that your neck in the photos, Marsha?
And Marsha's little boy (oops! sorry for the mistake before!) is the one who named the necklace you see there!
p/s: your litte one is sooooooooo adorable! ^____~
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
God, its Tuesday already. Where has the time gone? I spent Saturday edging people around at Tampines Ikea. That place is like a huge warehouse but its still crowded. What gives? But I'm a big fan of Ikea anyways. I finally got around to buying shelving for my room and loads of odds and ends can finally get off the floor. Maybe the mess was giving me nightmares. Its still a tad messy but there's room to walk now. I'm starting to wonder why would I need so much physical possessions? On the upnote, I've packed up my wardrobe and gave away some stuff to the salvos, but I've retained quite a pile for fabric and recycled crafting. Wait, did I just come up with that word? Whatever.
Sunday was hell. I was up early and was working all day. Dad was a great help. He drilled in my new curtain rod. The old one barely covered 3/4. Yeah, I was living in shame all along. LOL. And he did my shelves and wall hooks. They all had a vintage look to it which was what I was looking for. I'll put up a picture of the wall hooks later on. ;+) Then it was shifting time. I had a new space beside my bed for the black drawer chest. DH bought me that vintage bird cage I was looking for so that goes up there. I'm planning to have pictures on the wall. That'll come later again.
I spent Monday doing a bit of sewing. A whole pile of purses was laying around for days. I got a little bored as usual so I did experimentation on 2 of them. I gave them bases, one of them had a squarish base, the other was flat, but with some puff on the sides. There they are. Mum thinks they look classier. Or maybe she was getting tired of my flat Minis. I personally prefer the flat ones, or at most the puffed up sides. Somehow the boxed sides' kinda generic, non?
Finally, boxy pursuits Tuesday. I started figuring out this design on Monday since I got an order from a Flickr friend. I love boxy purses but I've been too lazy to actually figure this out coz I've had one too many failed attempts. Somehow I couldn't get my head around it. I wanted the inside to be as well sewn in as the outside. It proved impossible without hand sewing, taping of the exposed seams or simply leaving it exposed. :P It's technically only 2 days but I spent all my time thinking about it, in the shower, during my evening walk, during my sleep. Its that feverish! I tried and re-tried until the seams could take no more on my prototypes. I was plain annoyed and angry. I think I had migraines last night. Can't remember now! Anyways, I woke bright an early Tuesday (today) to give it a go again. This time I got it. And I made several versions for the prototype viewing. I'm happy to say my client is pleased! *whew!* The green/blue circles came from an old vintage tank dress, I made the ladybug one for my pen case and the country mint stripes with red flowers for my mum coz I know she'd want one when she saw it!
I also made this cute box/dice shaped one for fun. Its really tiny, 2.5" square with a cute yellow big gingham inside. Yaaaay for boxy purses!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Yaaaay! New NEW NEWWWW~~~~~!
LOL I got excited with these 2. I was having a very hot and bored shopping trip one day and when I found these 2, my eyes popped a la Homer Simpson! Don't mind me, I love Simpsons. I can recite their scripts backwards if need be!
Anyways, these are Japanese-Import, quilt-quality fabric. Utterly soft and gorgeous to hold, with amazing prints of white piggies on red and mushrooms(!!) on pink! 2007 is piggy year according to the chinese calendar so this one's dedicated to 2007!
They are all up on etsy right now in limited numbers so grab yourself a cute purse today! No reason not to! ;+)
p/s: florspace was mentioned in Wickedly Chic: Daily Ditties 15th July.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Woohoo! Finally. *wipes sweat*
I didn't know if I really wanted to sell this. LOL I wanted to keep it coz its too darn cute. One of the cutest fabric combination I've done so far, even though I don't really wanna play favourites with my creations in case the rest gets jealous and I get in trouble. :+(
This tote is pure thick Sanrio Canvas, all the way from Hello Kitty Land, aka Japan, so quality is promised. I combined it with real red cotton straps, long enough to go on your shoulders. Japanese denim inside with a tiny bit playing peek-a-boo on top. Bottom's a really pretty aqua polka dots cotton. One patch pocket for your smaller items. :+)
The wallet's a similar breed, with ivory cotton on the inside and double red snaps and red zipper to keep things safe. 5 pockets, because we've got too much stuff. Actually I need one on the outside for subway cards so I designed it that way.
I know some of you guys know that I've bashed in my thumb in when I was hammering in the snaps a while ago for another batch of wallets. But I've gotta say, I really really love making wallets, because they always turn out soooooo cute! And I'm in a constant dilemma if I should sell them. LOL. Anyways, they don't come out too often because they take quite a bit more time to conjugate and produce. Besides, I can only do hammering in the day, you know. ^___^
p/s: I got sick of calling them "cute" wallets so when I was editing the photos, I realised they kinda look like little boxes, and they were very much squarish by themselves, hence the name "Cube Wallet" was born. True Story.
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Today's sunset was gorgeous. I was rotting on the couch as usual after the evening briskwalk with mum, watching korean dramas and pigging out on tapioca chips my dad kindly brought back from Kuala Lumpur. I'm not usually the TV watching kind coz in my opinion, local dramas don't quite appeal to me. They are dripping of in-your-face propaganda which totally puts me off. I watch American TV mostly after 10pm when they come on. Unfortunately, I didn't get much sleep again last night. Something's torturing me. I have trouble falling asleep and when I do, I wake at 3, then 4, then 5 before I gave up and head for the loo with a magazine. Thats one more quirky thing about me. I like reading in the loo a lot. In fact, you might say I like hiding in there. Its weird coz I'm slightly claustrophobic yet I like smaller enclosed spaces where I know every corner. I can't accept black holes. Thats when I get into trouble with DH. He's an extremely private person. Bad childhood, 'nuff said. So I have to bend myself backwards not to pry into every single tiny detail which usually drives both of us nuts. Sigh.
Some of you have kindly offered condolences and sweet words so I do thank you from the bottom of my fabric bin. :+) Its amazing how the virtual community mean more to me than real life. There are days when I plan to go out, take a breather and walk around, but I end up at home, crafting and using the net. Somehow it does guarantee a lot more joy than dealing with frowners and nasties out there. I do hope this doesn't become a problem in the long run. Maybe these days I enjoy being more of a wifey wife (DH calls me that!), being home and performing wifely duties. It does seem more meaningful to me, to make someone else's life better than being in the rat race when you'd prolly be replaced faster than you can say "I quit". Hmm.....I suspect I'm getting older! Thats what my mum like to say, that I'm too old for my age.
So ramblings, ramblings. What's next? I had these pattern fabrics cut out before I headed off in april so I managed to get working on them. What do they look like? Cute cube wallets of course! I only had 3 made coz they can be difficult, though a lot of joy. I'm still using the mushroom one I made! Anyways, I plan to trickle them on etsy. Though the Retro Hello Kitty one prolly won't coz they don't allow. Boo. (pssst! I have a tote to match that one)
Ok, I gotta go. Pray I'd have a good night.
Monday, July 09, 2007
My background plays "If I never knew you"...
I couldn't fall asleep yesterday. I don't know why but I had a funny feeling. I'm quite sensitive to the parallel dimension. I don't know if it exists, but I prolly won't wanna know. At that moment, I realised DH wasn't around. I called him in the middle of the night. We told me I could when I needed. Still I felt guilty. I manage to fall asleep unknowingly anyways and the day went by as usual.
This evening as I moved to unpack the last box of cargo sent back to me from my life back in Sydney, I felt this sinking feeling in my heart. That last box was a box of books. Our lives revolved around books when we were students, and it continues to remain that way, which makes opening that box really hard. I couldn't do it so I left it. Then I came back to the comp, and it hit me. I'm not in Sydney anymore, not in my old comfortable life with DH at my beck and call. I realised how much I've depended on him and his presence. My heart sank further that this is gonna be reality for the next 5 months til he comes back for Christmas. I'm alone, left alone to fend for myself. Its usually alright in the daytime but the hours get long and hard at night. Every sound is magnified and it naturally leads to creepy thoughts for me. Its hard to fall asleep, even with DH's placebo stuffed sheep toy with his voice in it for a couple of seconds. Its just different when I'm alone. To make myself go to sleep fast without uncessary thoughts, I work at the comp til late, til my eyelids can no longer stand on their own, would I crawl into the cold bed reluctantly.
I usually take about a "honeymoon" week to adjust, then I would realise certain things, or more to the point, certain reality, and start to loathe it. Its weird but after I met DH, its difficult to be alone again, even though there may be times when I miss me time.
If you haven't heard, my paypal has been limited, actually since June 4th when they sent me a notification that someone has tried to break in. I wasn't really using it at that time but nonetheless annoying, especially now when I need to make transfers. I'm actually a bit confused on why would they limit the person's account when they suspect a break in, instead of looking for the culprit. I mean faxing documents and waiting for them to restore the thing is a serious pain the ass. It actually sucks, big time. I know that coz in the 10 years that I've used paypal, I've been limited twice. This is the 3rd time. There's virtually nothing to do except sitting on my ass and wait. (I also wanna say that I'm using them because I'm forced to and that they're a bunch of sleazebags who charge a shitload of money without giving decent service. So sue me.)
Apart from the above reason for the candid title of this post, I need to say this even when I've said it before, The Dumb Weather Is Too Darn HOT! Its not even bearable anymore! 35degC means we can't walk outdoors. My migraines hit 3 times as often, not to mention dehydration and stress-causing shingles on my back. And after a day of retail therapy, we're supposed to feel good about all that stuff swishing at the bottom of the bag, not feel utterly crappy, with urgent need for a good shower and heading for the airconditioned room. I know, I know, there's nothing I can do about the weather here except move. But that prolly won't happen for another couple of years. Being at home daytime is my perfect time for SSBs (Secret Single Behaviors), when I can have free time to live in my little quiet world, creating and thinking about new things to make. OK, I admit it right now, I caress my fabrics and smell them to feel good. There, I said it. :P
Anyways, today's shop loot include some seriously cool cram cream deco tapes, cute animal clips for my fabulous customers & of course, fabrics. ;+) And ps, I had brunch with the ladies. Ok, its Dim Sum with some family pple. Hearing them complaining about their lives and how rebellious kids are. I bet I can hear my mum's sighs of relief that her ordeal with me's over coz I've finally learnt to cherish time with them. We've all got parents and they won't be around forever, you know.
p/s: Apologies for not going to the PO as often as I should. Promise it all goes out tomorrow, hell or high water. I'm hungry, gonna go grab a burger.
My buttload of fabrics. This is like 1/4 of what I actually have? LOL
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
p/s: Angela got her birthday box and she liked them! *phew!* + I'm super duper excited about my ordered Re-Ment sets to come these couple of days!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
My dad's gonna kill me when he receives this month's credit card statement. I've spent an indecent amount of money on fabrics already and now this! I've been dying to collect them for a while but I didn't know what to do with them. Its utterly cute in theory but impractical in real life. Not anymore! I have my Blythe so I wanna make a kitsch kitchen diorama. This is the inspiration and this! How cool is that?!
Ok...besides hyperventilating about Re-Ments, I've mailed a whole bunch of things today including my girlfriend's birthday pressie, which I pray it'll arrive soon enough not to be indecently late. :P There's the Monogram plush made for her. Her name's Angela. I forgot to snap the back. Its really cute, with an X for the butt. hee!
Bought a bunch of tiny glass bottles, a gigantic pasta bottle for my origami tama (balls) coz I've no where to stick them, and 90 boxes of matches! Intended for the Matchbox Drawers but I've got to think about using the matches too. :P Hmm...I looked like I was gonna set fire to something with that many matches in hand. I had to get them coz the fatter drawer types are hard to come by. I'm not crazy about the slimmer ones. :+)
The fabulous Barbara has just started on her tutorial for the drawers so do pop in to learn how to make these cute and functional things! And she has a cute shop on etsy too! One very lovely patchwork bag in gorgeous fabrics is up in her shop for about a month now so do grab that if you love it! My lousy paypal account has been limited and I need to do some bozo faxing which is gonna take a while, if not, I would have grabbed that fab bag. :+(
I haven't been out much yet, plain busy with making a ton of minis for the shop! Lookie out! I'll be posting an email notice to everyone when it happens this weekend!
Minis in the making...
p/s: I know some pple have been hankering for deco tapes. This is what's available now, small ones are $2.50, large ones are $5, tiny ones are $1, before shipping! Let me know if you want some. :+)
Monday, July 02, 2007
I managed to pack all the swaps and orders this afternoon so they're going to the post tomorrow, bright and early I hope. There was a blackout at 4am yesterday and it really freaked the hell out of me. I'm not good when alone in the dark. I sleep with a nightlight and radio on. I spent the remaining hours waiting for sunrise.
Its my best friend, Angela's birthday tomorrow so Happy birthday if you're reading! You get to be one year older earlier than I do! hehe But anyways, it'll be my turn soon. :P Hmm, instead of lamentations, I'm going to grow old gracefully. ^___^ Don't worry, your present's on the way.... I'll post a pic after coz I refuse to spoil the surprise!
Last but not least, let's make mushrooms, not war. My heart goes out to those in London. Take good care of yourselves!
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