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Feeling down :-(

Today I feel a bit down. I checked my Etsy inbox and got one convo saying that she’s yet to get her parcel from me. It’s almost 1 month. I filed a complain with the post office and I hope someone there will do something about it. For me, selling online is not just about money. The customer’s satisfaction is my UTMOST importance. If my customer(s) don’t get their order or not satisfied with my products I’d rather refund their money.
Today, that was what I offered her. Fortunately she agreed to wait for sometimes. I hope by the time, my parcel will reach her. I think this is the most crucial things in selling online..ehmm..beside photography (at least for me).

Whenever I’m sending the parcel (even for swap) I always take really care, such as make sure I wrap everything in plastic before put it in an envelope and if necessary, during the monsoon season, I use double envelopes and put broad cellotape all over.

I love to send my parcel in special wrapping that I made my self . Or if I don’t have much time, I wrap it using one traditional piece of cloth (gamocha), which is our traditional symbol of friendship, love, respect,etc. Otherwise for small order like trims and ribbons I made a drawstring pouches. I also made a simple Thank You card.

I just hope all my customers will get their parcel in time and also my swap partners. Thanks a lot for your patience and I hope what I have sent you is worth the wait :-)

~ have a nice day ~

Quickie Pouch/Wrislette for dear friend

I made this pouch the other day. Actually I've been wanting to make something for her and her b'day has come and gone and she lives across the 7 seas..:D

She's a crafter herself and she makes beautiful cards. I've been very lucky to receive few of her handmade cards. What can I say..she's really really talented.

Here what I made for her: small wristlet..:D. I used pure cotton fabric left-over from the frock I made few weeks back. The lining is handwoven olive green cotton. I machine-quilted it and put a simple lace there.

I made the label my self. I print it out using fusible interfasing and it turns out ok. Though I am not sure the print will stay on after washing ^_*. But for the time being it serves the purpose..:D

I hope she likes what I made for her...and I still have few more stuff to make..
Until then....have a great day..

Pirate Ship Projetcs ^_*

Everyday is crafty day if you have a curious 5 years olds who constantly giving you his ideas of making things. He loves drawing & nowadays painting. His favorite objects of course is his superheroes, either superman or Ben 10.

The other day he suddenly told me he wanted a pirate ship. My first reaction was “where am I going to get it from??”. But my crafty mind, fortunately, kicks in and I said “ we’ll make one”, even though I have no idea as yet how to make it.

Today morning, he reminded me that I promised him about making pirate ship. I remember my KG days when we used to make paper boat, now why don't we use a bigger paper to make a SHIP.

So, the 4 of us (DH included) sat down and start the “Pirate Ship Projects”
The material:
1. 1 sheet of chart paper/manila paper
2. Lots of cellotapes
3. Fabric Scraps, cut into triangles & rectangles
4. Few long sticks ( we use sticks from coconut leaves)
5. Glue
6. Scissors

First: Make the Ship (I guess all of you must have known how..I just make a collage pics how I made it) and draw the skeleton (My elder one drew it )

Please ignore the last 2 pics..:D I'm just learning how to make collage :)

Second, cut the sticks into different length and cut the fabrics. Put the glue to the fabrics and stick them to the sticks.

Third: Attach the stick to the ship (to the triangular middle part one) using the tapes .

We made 2 Pirate Ships for both of them and these simple toys makes them busy the whole day playing pirate.

Have a great day…

I've got Mail and bla bla bla

Ahh, finally got around to blog again. A bit busy with my little brats and my sewing machine being wonky for the past 3 days, apparently the bobbin case has got bad and had to buy a new one.

Well, here we go:

First: Yay!!..Got my cute butterflies few days back. Thank so much Lolo, they were soo cute! I love it so much. I’ve been dying to make one butterfly appliqué for my pouch but still hasn’t got around making one, and now this cutie is here I guess I’ll make my self a patchwork bag with that…:)

But I still got 2 smocking dress to make and feel a bit lazy these days, maybe because of the weather, which is super duper HOT and HUMID. By mid morning I already run out of steam :D. It’s just too hot for May, it feels like July!
Second: My best friend has just started her CRAFTY BLOG. She’s heavily pregnant now :D but she’s so full of energy that she has finished 3 ribbon embroidery bags! Mind you, she’s just learning sewing few months back and ribbon embroideries few weeks bag. She’s a fast learner indeed.

Third: Read on the news paper about Nomophobia and google it and VOILA! it is a new desease, or so they said. Click HERE to read more.

Oh and my son's got his last mail SWAP finally, here they are:

Thanks alot Molly and Winnifred, my son really enjoys filing his mail. Too bad I missed the 2nd round of Kids Mail Swap , cos I didn't blog much recently:(. Well, hope she'll have another round though..:D

That’s all, my head is still buzzing with butterfly bag..must make it soon!!..
Thanks again Lolo, you really made my day…

Have a great weekends

SPRING SWAP ~ from Texas

Today I got this white parcel with USPS logo on it. My first reaction was "but I didn't buy anything online recently". and when I open the parcel..." swap.." I really didn't expect to receive it this early..:) I mean, since I sent out 2 days late..:D.

It was from Shean...and what a treasure it was..:

1. The cutest embroidery...*mental note: must get frame soon*. An angel (just like you are, Shean). I marvel at her patience to do it, all the small details are embroidered with care, with the wordings et al... I LOVE it..

2. The pretty FABRIC. Oh how I love that red one with pictures of the people around the world..and one from India too...;). This just too cute! and the yellow one..simply beautiful. Now my mind already buzzing with ideas..:D

3. For my sons...It's so sweet of her to send color pencil and rubber stars and mats for my sons. My elder one who starts learning spelling says "mama look, star - S _T_ A_R"..yes I said, one sweet aunty has sent these to you...:D

Once again, thank you so much Shean...I hope my parcel will reach you in good time..

Have a nice crafty days, everyone

*** I'm really glad I took part in the spring swap by the 6 o'clock stitch, this is really fun and can be very addictive too..;) ***

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Well, nothing special actually happened in my home. I got a kiss from my sons and a scream of "Happy Mother's Day Mama"..:D But that was really sweet. Then he told me that he made a card in school but Miss kept it..:D (let's see if today he brings home the card)

Anyway, Finally I have finished and sent the SPRING SWAP (yay!)...but it was 2 days late..:D
So, since I've sent them out I guess I can show off (*_^) abit here..LOL.

I made this Ribbon Embroidery for Shean. I learnt ribbon embroidery from a book and off course You Tube. Thanks to all those creative people around the world who's generously sharing their knowledge.
I hope you like it Shean..:)

(please Ignore the's borrowed from my other wall hanging :P)

And I made this one for Lolo. I have this idea for a long time in my mind : To make flower garden using Indian mirror work embroidery. I made the rough drawing in my sketch book and started doing it. I'm not sure in the beginning how it will turn out, but it seems okay to me. I just sent it as it is, so that (I thought) she can do something about it, such as bags or cushion covers..:D ~ just a thought.

the detail mirrow embroidery

Now I'm back to my smocking projects..:D. I was really envious of people who's lucky enough to own a pleater, but after I read Marie Grace's BLOG, I guess hand pleating is still better...ehm..mainly because now I can't afford to get's more that 200$..(eeewwwww!!). Anyway, here the most recent frock I've finished:

Thanks for looking & have a nice day

Done and Delivered

The last 2 weeks has been a hectic one...First, I got this "shoulder spasm" (what's the medical term for it??) which become very bad cos apparently I neglecting my body sign. I rest very little cos I got to finish few orders of both offline & online customers. The doc said got to slow down a bit and after few pain killers and "shoulder exercise" finally the headache gone. And since few days back I resume my exercise routine. I used to exercise regulary, but you know sometimes I get so lazy and lazier and lazier..and I thought I'll be okay without one...;)

These 2 frocks finally done and nothing's make me more happier than satisfied customer. When they rang me up and told me how happy they are and all my shoulder aches gone...(well, at least at that moment..;)

And few tunics that'd done and ready for delivery:

Then with Rizqi, we made cards for my friend's children. One is actually for her "virtual" b'day party on her BLOG . We had a great time. He literally likes the idea of playing with scissor, paper & glue ..oh and of course my ribbons..

(is there an easier way of uploading photos here?? I still do the "Upload & Drag" things, and it gets very tiring when I have to upload lots of photos..:D. Please share how you do yours..THANKS..BOHOT SUKRIYA ..TERIMA KASIH )

Food for thought

Yesterday I went to Parent Teacher meeting in my son's school and we were given a hands-out mainly about the school's policy and what they are teaching in the upper KG class and the rest is some quote or poems from here and there about parent-children. It's very interesting and some even strike home! here are some:

Most people miss their share of happiness,
NOT because they never found it
BUT because they didn't stop to enjoy it
~William Feather~

Take a moment
(Dr Denis Waitley)

take a moment to listen today
to what your children are trying to say
Listen to them, whatever you do
or they won't be there to listen to you

Listen to their problem, listen to their needs
praise the smallest triumph, praise littlest deeds
Tolerate their chatter, amplify their laughter
Find out what's the matter, find out what they're after

If we tell our children all the bad in them we see
They'll grow up exactly how we hoped they'd never be
But if we tell our children we're so proud to wear their name
They'll grow up believing that they're the winners in the game

So tell them that you love them every single night
and though you scold them make sure you hold them
and tell them they're all right
"Good night, happy dreams, Tomorrow's looking bright"

It is tough being a parents at this time and age, when everything is so exposed. Just yesterday I chatted with my ex-collegue (in Indonesia) and she sort of confused (or I can say upset??) how even the young children compete to the level "what's your latest gadget?". As it is the education fees are getting higher in there, plus the mothers (parents) have to think about "whether my child is in par (about the play thing) with the the other children ". The latest video games, the latest watch, and in the end the moms too will start 'competing'. From the handbag to the Blackberry. For me, personally, this phenomenon is really scarry. We have a bigger worry here : To prepare the children to be able to compete better in the global world. Instead of worry about whether he has the latest Ben 10 wrist watch!!!...I told her so, and she said "but the heart can not lie"..well, what can I do....I think this quote speaks volume:

"Nothing speaks more loudly to a child that a good parent's quiet example"

We (me & DH) are trying our best to do just that...I hope we'll succeed...:)

Thanks for reading this...and all the best, moms....

What we did yesterday:

Pulling out my ribbons collections

tadaa...the three cards for my friend's children

** More photos in my next post..:D **

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