Wednesday, December 31

end and to the beginning

2008 came and has gone by in a flash.

It has been a year full of doubt and uncertainties for me as i search and seek for my dharma. To be true to myself and bask in my own skin and not who i think i should be. But as with the hazy and tough, there were definitely many great times as well...

The main highlights of my year will have to be;

- getting engaged to the man i adore ♥
- discovering the handmade community
- going for my dream to set up an online shoppe
- etsy, etsy, etsy!
- learning to listen to my inner child, once again



And to end my 2008, taken from note to self,

" I dare you...

…to take action. You know all those great ideas you have, all those people you want to reach out to, all those dreams of yours? Act on them. Ignore that little voice that says, “Don’t be silly, that would never work.” You’ve got lots of ideas. Some are big; some are little. Some are good; some are phenomenal. Today, choose one idea, whichever calls your fancy, and act on it. "

I shall start my 2009 on this note - stop procrastinating and start making! Have a great new year's everyone!




xoxo,
sina

i'm in love

This is a little slow and i'm sure you have already seen this fabulous home featured here and here . But above all the amazingness that is their home, i'm in love with the swing... yes that blue swing with the colourful seat and cushions, i'll take it all. Right in the middle of the bedroom, no less!

*swoon* images from here

Monday, December 29

" Take risks,


do the uncomfortable,


run towards your resistancies,


embrace change"



-Robin Sharma

shades of grey does it

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Inspired by dear piggy, i was on the lookout for openings in the ever elusive treasury yesterday. And as i was fiddling through the forum, fishstikks was kind enough to raise an alert of the opening in treasury west, so i and about 183 other people (!) staked the page. Hurhur... i found it super hilarious at all of us, all over the world were hitting the refresh button every few minutes and willing the list to expire at the same time!

In any case, i had beginner's luck, managed to stumble my way to create this lovely collection of items. Yes, i'm very much into the grey mode right now. Shades of grey with a splash of colour does it. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 28

Last 3 days!

Last 3 days to enjoy free international shipping for all my brooches and pins! Do come see

Friday, December 26

all in the details


Look what greeted me in the morning yesterday... sitting there right smack on the dining table. Noticed the crocheted tablecloth - part of my mom's collection :) but i digress..
I have been waiting for this package to arrive and i have to say i had to restrained myself from ripping the mailer open. Amazingly, i managed to contain my excitement to document the process and share with you guys...



hello!, originally uploaded by erase and repeat.

I bought a sweet pair of earrings and the mini stamp set from here and i must applaud Danni for the details that went into the packaging. I am a sucker for nicely wrapped packages and details! ahhhhh... where should i start?

From the recycled mailer (eco, yeah!) adorned with stickers to remind you to reuse the bubble mailer, to a recycle tissue wrapping the brown bag holding the goodies, to the airmail (how did you know i'm in love with the par avion anything?!) envelope holding the earrings which was of course wrap in vellum and machine stitched. Aaaaahhhh, did i say i love details?

There were endless stickers and stamped details in every corner. How long did it took her to wrap all this? I don't know. All i can say is, this is why i'm in love with buying handmade. From the conversation you have with the seller, to the details evident in their handiwork and (in this instance) even the packaging and a little sweet thank you note to end it all.

This really made my day. Thank you Danni!

Thursday, December 25

well, hello!

something came in the mail today (well, prolly yesterday since today is x'mas after all!) that made me very happy... details in the next post!



xoxo,
sina

can you teach me magic?

I was introduced to Capucine a while ago and was immediately smitten. Today as i was going through my favourites, i drop by their vimeo to see if there was any new videos. This was what i saw ...




"What is it ?" from Capucha on Vimeo.

Isn't she just a gem? I want a french baby now, thank you! hurhur... and while you're at it, watch this one here. My absolute favourite.

This particular video was such a huge hit in the blogosphere that Anne (Capucine's mommy), with help of several awesome persons, have set up a project in order to raise money for Edurelief, a development organization based in Mongolia, who helps providing school books to Mongolian kids.

Pls do visit skreened for t-shirts similiar to the one below, zazzle for some buttons and magnets or you can also make a direct donation on Edurelief's website


This is Capucine's drawing of the character from her story and its available for sale here. There's a total of 9 designs available, all very yummy.

I think its absolutely lovely what Capucine is doing, so pls do lend your support!

Wednesday, December 24

Tuesday, December 23

following your dream

Anyone who knows me know that i am a book fiend. I hoard books of all kinds and satisfy my endless crave at any chance i get. And you know how some people read before they sleep just to lull them to sleep? Oh no, that doesn't work with me. I WILL end up not sleeping and reading the book instead, esp a book like this one.

My latest book treasure is the alchemist, written in 1988. I have read so so many reviews for this book ever since a couple of years ago, i just didn't go out looking for it. Then last week, whilst at the bookstore with the mister, i saw a copy. Just there staring at me... hmmm.. why not i thought? Honestly, reading the summary at the back of the book, i wasn't enthralled. I even wondered if i might enjoy the story. I took a chance and $17.95 later, I'm glad to say that i was proved wrong. And even more, i fell in love. It is a very magical tale indeed.

picture credits from here

“When I wrote The Alchemist, I was trying to understand the reason for the existence of life. Instead of writing a philosophical treatise, I decided to converse with the child inside my soul.

To my surprise, this child was living inside millions of people around the world. With this book I wanted to share with my readers the questions which, precisely because they don't have an answer, make life a great adventure”. - Paulo Coelho

This book has came to me (I'd like to think anyway!) at the perfect time. I might not have appreciate it as much had i read it 2 years ago. Right at the point where i am questioning my life choices, my everyday existence, about where i am and where i am going; it came to me and made perfect sense.

Paulo Coelho just reaffirmed my desires in his book. I know now i am not the only one with the endless questions and struggles. I took a stab in the dark three months ago to go on an adventure seeking my dream, to really take a chance and see where it might take me. And i have never been more happier or feel more fulfilled. I like this new adventure, i like how i have more time on my hand to go to the library and look at books on craft...or knitting... or jewellery making...or sewing. I like that i can now make a list of things i want to learn, not really so that i can make things to sell but more so the experience of learning that new skill that will bring me so much joy. These are on my list currently;

♥ bookbinding (inspired by my fetish for notebooks/sketchbooks of all kinds)
♥ sewing (so i can finally learn how to use all those attachments!)
♥ crochet & knitting (i'm in the midst of taking classes, more later)
♥ learn to use my Canon EOS 450D and all its functions (been contemplating classes here)
♥ been thinking of clay art as well

I have always love making things with my hands and i am so happy that i have made an effort to listen to my heart and follow this dream. God willing it will materialize.



As Paulo Coelho say,

"When you want something, the whole Universe conspires to help you realize your dream."

Saturday, December 20

RE-load!

I had the most fantastic salad for lunch today.Like most fantastic ever. I am by no means a health junkie and salad are more often not my idea of lunch. Or dinner. Like seriously...

However, there is this new salad bar that opened about 6 months ago at work. And some of my colleagues have mentioned how good it is. But still i thought, a meal of veggies and nuts? No thanks!

Till maybe like 2 months ago, a colleague bought me lunch, a salad wrap - freshly tossed salad wrapped in pita bread. It was loaded full of goodness and i think i spend close to 45 minutes eating it - it took so long only because it was stuffed full of goodness and i was enjoying it. And i was kinda won over. I am a total junkie (the junk food sort of course!) I eat chocolates almost everyday and i thrive on chips and the likes. So trust me when i say they won me over! Its reaaaaaaaally good.

Feeling kinda healthy-ish today, i decided to go for a salad. Like just the salad without the wrap. My mom would have been so proud! Hurhur... and the verdict? Well, i was making funny moaning noises while devouring it (in my head rather than out loud, thank you.) So good i tell you!

And i feel so full and healthy (no dreaded carbo after effect) So i thought i should spread the goodness around you know? Its called Reload juice bars and originated from NZ. Wait.. let me get this right. They actually called themselves New Zealand’s most innovative fast food outlet. Fast food?? I would love to see more "fast food outlets" like this then.

So go, grab something and stuff yourself silly without the guilt! Yummy!





p/s : only available in NZ, UK and Singapore. Don't ask me why...

Friday, December 19

Found!

Uh huhhhhhhhh...

I came across the link to this flickr group called Etsy Front Pagers and found the treasury that i was featured in a month ago. It was curated by Etsy admin, thank you guys!! So great to finally see this frontpage that made my Winter's rose such a hit.

And while i'm at it, here's a sneak peek at a new flower brooch...


What do you think?

Saturday, December 13

random

30 random facts about me

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1. i must have something sweet after meals
2. i love bows on anything - clothes,shoes,bags...
3. i leanrt sewing by looking at my mom do it
4. i have an unhealthy obsession with books (too many books, too little time)
5. and chocolates
6. i have really curly frizzy hair
7. i lived 3 years of my childhood in malaysia
8. i couldn't read English till i was 8 years old (points to no.7)
9. i like the smell of rain
10. i like staring out of the windows when i'm in a car/bus/train
11. i have pretty bad insomnia whenever i mess up my sleeping habits
12. my knee has a tendency to err.. pop out of its socket (!!)
13. i like the feel of wood
14. i like to stare at clouds forming and moving, very therapeutic
15. i studied interior architecture and realise i didn't like it that much after all upon graduation
16. i am a super major procastinator
17. i am a night owl
18. i used to be a staff sergeant in NPCC
19. i can't run for nuts
20. i can bend my fingers backwards at every joint (you have to see it to believe it)
21.i can't sing...i croak
22.i simply cannot put on contact lenses
23.i cannot digest beef
24.i cannot speak my native language(hindi) :(
25.i have a phobia of water ie. no swimming in the sea for me (i like the beach though!)
26.i have fear of heights
27.i like cheese on anything
28.Milo makes me sleepy :)
29.i met the mister on a blind date
30. i do not like velvet..the texture gives me goosebumps
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And look what i found on my trip to the fabric store today...

a heavy weight cotton with ballerina shoes and pretty dresses! sweetness... it was actually hiding in a corner because the whole bolt was reserved. Arghhhh... BUT i managed to sweet talk-ed the lady at the counter to give me a metre. I see a bag out of this for my niece...



p/s: Yes, my dear Kierra, of course i have not forgotten your special request! How could i? I'm still sourcing the materials to make it extra special... *wink* Give me a little bit more time ok darl?

Thursday, December 11

when the craft bug strucks at one in the morning

forgive the bad lighting...it is afterall 1:40 in the morning

i've been wanting to make a simple card holder, to hold my calling cards so that i could like you know...start giving it out.

That idea started well over 2 months ago and i have been procastinating. Sometimes when i lay in bed, willing myself to sleep, i would think about it. What material to use...how to construct it, how to embellish, which colours to use...

Then tonight, just as i was just about to log off the internet and go flip through the knitting (!) books i just borrowed from the library, i was overcomed with the desire to just grab a needle and start sewing! I swear i was sort of posessed during that few minutes. And half an hour later, my masterpiece emerged. My favourite logo with my favourite colored felt housing my handmade cards. I'm a happy duck :)
This is something else i have been playing with, from earlier today. Irregular pieces of felt stained, then stacked together and top off with some vintage buttons...

Sunday, December 7

As i was making rounds reading my favourites blogs today (in my pajamas at 3pm, no less) i came across this super happy blog - Color me katie. Am bookmarking it as a site to visit on days where i might be feeling a little down!


Also this sweet lady is offering santa labels on pdf for your x'mas mails! How cute... Featured also here... I might just be sending out my orders with these *wink*



I'm off to make more brooches... Etsy has been really good to me this past week :)

Monday, December 1

what i want for christmas...

i saw this on tree house blue and fell in lurrrrve....




a great reason to learn to knit too!

p/s thank you to 2 more lovely person for your purchases... 2 more winter's rose will be flying off :)