Saturday, January 31

Lush

an 'updated' version of my darling winter's rose... i'm loving the lush feel of the full bloom.

What do you think?

Friday, January 30

words to inspire


“our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. it is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. we ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? actually, who are you not to be? you are a child of God. your playing small does not serve the world. there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. we are all meant to shine. we were born to make manifest the glory that is within us. it is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”


{ mariane williamson } from here

Thursday, January 29

Cuteness alert!


Eeeeek! How cute are these?

Its from Cubeecraft - where papercraft toys are available free for download! I've been searching for a calendar for my study aka craft area and my search for the old school lunar calendar has been in vain so far...

Then today, i found this via whip up and fell in love. I have always had something for robots, so robot + calendar seems just perfect! Will try this one and post the result soon...

And the fun part is each toy features interlocking tabs to put together. So all you need to do is just print on A4, cut according to the instructions and fold away. Make sure you check out all the characters available here.

Friday, January 23

I'm back!

Hey lovelies, an update on the polls for Etsy that i made some of you vote for.

I didn't win. But i did get to top 21, and i did make it to the Gift Guides showcase!!! Yippeee! So thank you all of you who took the time to vote. It really meant so much for me ♥ The winner for the poll is the lovely cuff from waterrose . I mean seriously, that cuff is beyond awesome, look at the stitching details. It is definitely a well deserved win :)

And more happy news, my custom cross stiched buttons was spotted on a storque arcticle for another voting session and it has been driving much needed traffic to my shoppe! My shop hearts is up to 85 today :) and i got my first custom order for the buttons. Yes, i am grinning from ear to ear and yes, I am guilty of obsessedly checking my items views and hearts this couple of days. Guilty as charged ^-^

And the cherry on the cake is that my peach posy made it to Frontpage two days ago, thanks to Jennifer Burkin. Thanks Ruth for dropping me a note to inform me. WOW! That is a lot of awesome things to happen in just a few days, isn't it? I'm so grateful ♥

As you can tell by now, i am feeling more normal, more like me. I think it was just the pms taking its toll. And the most important lesson i learnt this week, is that sometimes you just need to stop pushing yourself. Cause if you're running on empty, it won't do anyone any good. A couple hours or a day busying yourself with something else will re-energise you. I definitely got some great inspiration after!

Ok, before i go, a couple of lovely links to be shared. The ever talented ayu mills has done up a lovely teapot pattern over here that's available for download. She has done a step by step complete with pictures to show you how. Sounds like a very fun project for the weekend!




And the second post for the Creativity column over at Decor8 is up, do go over. Holly is sharing how exercise and working out actually contributes to your creativity! Not such great news for a bum like me :p

Thursday, January 22

Hope

I normally do not touch on politics or any matter relating to it with a ten foot pole. Hell, i barely watch the news as it is. However, in this particular instance, i just had to log in and write about President Obama's inauguration yesterday.

I only managed to catch it this morning here and i'm so glad i did. Twice. Looking at the crowd that turned up in the winter cold just so they could be apart of the defining moment in American history, it was very moving. I think he did such a great job with his inauguration speech. Its was very succinct and so .... inspiring. One of my favourite part;

"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom."

And more than anything, i think he is such a genuine person. His demeanour, his affection towards his wife and kids, that wide warm smile.

Oh, and did you see the pictures on them dancing at the inauguration ball? Love! You can literally feel the love oozing between this two. Such sweetness... I like the fact that Michelle chose a relatively unknown designer to design her white gown. I mean she could have chosen any top designer out there but she chose a 26 year old, a Taipei native who is currently based in New York. And the designer of her "lemongrass" suit is Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, a low profile designer whom has been in the trade for 20 years. How's that for diversity?

picture from here

the jubilation, the tears, the sheer joy, i'm glad to be part of it from a thousand miles away...

Wednesday, January 21

Case of the blues

Its been a very trying few days. I have taken out my supplies, start and just couldn't continue. And then i tried something else, nope, not working either. There is now piles of silk, yarn, felt and papers all over my newly clean room. Nothing much done though.

I'll be back when i'm feeling a little chirpier...till then i'll be scrapbooking and doing much reading. Hopefully staring at gorgeous, colorful loud papers will work :)

starting the happy file to cheer me up

Tuesday, January 20

via note to self

“I want to beg of you much as I can to be patient toward all that’s unsolved in your heart, and learn to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, or like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them, and the point is to live everything.Live the question now, perhaps you will then, gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

{ rainer maria rilke, “letters to a young poet” }

Sunday, January 18

Having a picnic...

Playing around with Picnik. Its really fun, have you tried it?

Friday, January 16

Feeling loved

Thank you all of you lovelies who took the time to vote. I appreciate it so much. Especially the ladies over at the Singapore Etsy group. Thanks for the love!

Those who would still like to, voting is open till next week, 24th January. The mister actually signed up just to vote for me. How sweet! Thank you darling :)

In other news, today i listed my new creations. Made from silk, handcut and singed petal by petal, adorned with silk dupioni and swarovski. This is definitely a more refined look for erase and repeat and i would like to provide more variations in time to come. Just got my hands on some yummy supplies today. Can't wait to use them!

I'm considering doing up similiar pieces but as fascinator or on headbands. Or corsages... Hmmm i don't know yet, something to mull over. Also i'm literally dying to get the rolled roses right. Its still just not there for me yet. Experiment, experiment...

Till then, i'm leaving you with some lovely images. Here's to a great weekend!


ps. i managed to tweak the blog banner a little. Kinda more chocolatey now. What do you think?

Vote for me, won't you?

Aaaaaaaahh! I saw rosetung's post on being voted on Etsy for seller's top item and went to take a look and vote...

and guess what?

My winter's rose is up for vote too!!!!! So excited!! So happy!! *jumps around*

Now you know what you have to do right? Of course you'll have to cast your vote (on me i hope!)

This is how. Sign in to etsy, go here and cast your vote! That simple :) Oh, and if you want to read more about this whole thing, go to this article. The hottest items will be featured in the Gift Guides and on the Etsy blog. Voting ends Jan 24th, so hurry!


Of cereal at 3am, JK rowling and my inner child

Its 3 in the morning and i'm eating cereal and watching this video that first made me laugh, then gave me goosebumps and then brought tears to my eyes. I would like to share it with you.

Be warned though, its slightly over 20 minutes, so grab a cup of hot chocolate before you start.


J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

In case any of you have not noticed, i tend to go off tangent every couple of days and post a few anecdotes, reminders and quotes from all over that doesn't have much to do with crafting or Etsy. These are meant to serve as a reminder for me, an inspiration to be more authentic if you will. And for me to keep looking for that child that is so afraid of coming out.

And in case you missed it, Holly over at Decor8 has started a new Creative series to be run every Thursday. Today is the first post. I read it this morning and felt like it was written for me. Not surprisingly, so did many others. It was such an eye-opener to read the comments of some of these people, people who were struggling with issues that i'm facing.

So that's about it. I hope you don't think i'm too weird now that i have open up on my deepest darkest secret!

I promised tomorrow it will be back to crafting posts again. I'm grabbing my notebook to mindmap away now... *wink*

Thursday, January 15

Chaos and genius

I went to Katie's blog today because i needed some pick-me-upper and decided to check out Improv Everywhere that she and boyfriend Matty is involved with. I was totally hooked at all the crazy fantastic videos! Totally genius.

What is Improv Everywher you ask?

"Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 80 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City."

This is my favourite so far. Enjoy!

Frozen Grand Central with 200 over agents

Oh, and if you do drop by their site, do catch the no pants missions. I am amazed how all the agents managed to keep a straight face!

Tuesday, January 13

sending in my resume

Look what i found on the news today. Its such a tough job, oh boy...

"An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls "the best job in the world" -- earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months."

"In return, the "island caretaker" will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of "a few minor tasks" -- and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates."

Read more...


photo from here

Anyone with me?

wise words


" How many people are trapped in their everyday habits:
part numb, part frightened, part indifferent?

To have a better life we must keep choosing how we are living "



Albert Einstein

Monday, January 12

hello, my name is erase.

Its funny how in Etsy forums people tend to call me erase.

But i digress, some exciting news to be shared...

First, i start my storewide sale today! 15% off all items in conjunction with the up-coming valentine's. I urge you to do some clicking *shameless plug*

Second, i spend yesterday and today sewing and sewing and making many little buttons. My fingers are all sore but i had so much fun!

They could be pins or buttons or magnets, you choose. I think having these on the fridge is pretty cool, I might just stash some for myself :) Oh, and of course, you can have other phrases if corny is not your thing :p

Third, i scored a treasury tonight! So happy...

How's that for a great start to the week? Ooooooooh, and my best galfriend celebrates her 25th today. Happy birthday darling!!! I will keep your present for the next 4 months as per your wish *wink*

Sunday, January 11

be still my beating heart



A sudden inspiration. A flurry of activities. Some stitching goodness coming your way soon...



Till then, have a great weekend!

weekend crafting

Found this via Creature Comfort

Make an apple shaped book! Go here for the tutorial to make your own.

Saturday, January 10

hot and cold fever

a few new items in the making...


Whilst trying to clean up (operative word = trying) i found my michael buble cd + dvd:caught in the act from years ago and immediately put in on. A little encouragement whilst i crochet. Nice. Yes, i'm a dork, i know.

And that explains the title of this post. Its not me having a hot and cold fever. Thanks god for that. I actually managed to fall asleep before 11 last night which is a pretty major thing. Considering i am a borderline insomniac. I normally get to sleep at about 3 or 4 or latest being 8. In the morning not at night. So i'm in a mighty chirpy mood today :)

Anyyyyyways, been working on new prototypes. I've been working with felt for a bit and am now trying other fibre options. New or found. That's the inspriration.

I had a lot of fun doing up the denim rosettes, so expect more colourful rosettes. Soon-ish. Also been experimenting with silk, traditional rolled-up roses and a more abstract singed flower... Those are the one you see up there.

At the same time, i'm also working on my crocheting. Completed my lessons with Betsy but definitely need more practice! I'm looking at combining crochet and other mediums to explore a wider range of fibre jewellery. That sounds pretty ambitious for now, but that will be the direction for 2009, or at least the next one month *wink*


a bow in the making





p/s: i just noticed all the colours i'm working on are pink! acckss.. not intentional though

Thursday, January 8

what i'm doing now....

... struggling with my treble crochet. Sorry Betsy, looks like there won't be much progress from the last lesson :(

... feeling hungry, yet don't really feel like eating. Talk about conflicting feelings! Typical libra!

... still thinking about the brother innov-is 900 i saw yesterday

... feeling the extreme need to clean my craft area aka room aka junkyard

... in a bit of a slum with creating. n e e d. t o .g e t. g o i n g. s o o n

... wanting to continue reading the saint, the surfer and the CEO by Robin sharma. One word = awesome {i have dedicated this as only night time reading, else i finish the book in one sitting}

what are you up to today?


happiness is contagious

according to the smarties at Harvard Med. A recent study that observed 5,000 people over 20 years found that happiness spreads like an emotional contagion, and (here’s my favorite part), it spreads faster & more efficiently than sadness! Sorry misery, you might like company, but happiness loves company even more!!


via- note to self

Tuesday, January 6

a few of my favourites

Just a quick one - a few of my favourites on Etsy at the moment...

Print - Flight by Kite


Handmade Gift Tags

Flora Tee


drift off to a daydream

p/s: i've linked back to the shop at the bottom if you'd like to have a peek! All pictures from the individual shops.

good start

well, few things i've been up to since the new year...

On the etsy front, sales has been pretty slow since x'mas. Much love to my friend, En for her custom order and Stephanie for your purchase since. For the first time, a total of 19(!) items are listed. I'm very excited of this accomplishment as you can see. Been enjoying more hearts, more views overall too. Slow and steady does it, i suppose.

On the creating side, i labelled Saturday as my victory day. I started early and work and work and work to complete 5 brooches in that day. Like seriously, no procrastinating, no excuses. Start, finish, pictures taken and listed the next day. Now if only that can be repeated each day without all my dilly dally!

And today was a good day. Got to spend the day with the mister who for the first time offered to come along to the hair salon with me. Well, i did my hair and he was at starbucks on his laptop. I finally treated myself to getting my hair done today. Could no longer stand the frizz. Maybe, just maybe i'll post a picture...

And we went to my fave mediterranean place for dinner and had a short walk down memory lane. Good times, I'm a happy girl.

Ooooooo...and yes, dear cherbie included my blush pin in her treasury. yeahh! thanks so much cherbie, this would be my first feature apart from that of the gift guide :)


i think its a pretty good start to the year.... now to more creating and less talking for me :p


Saturday, January 3

ro-ro-rosettes



New rosettes in the works! will be up in the shop tmw when i'm able to retake some pictures :)


editted: Shop update - 3 new rosettes and 2 yarn pins are up. do come see!