Friday, January 30, 2015

Reflections














I am stunned to think how I've been doing this for three years now. When I first started way back in 2012, I would never have thought I'll be here today. Surely, I have dreamt it, yes. Yet, I'd never have thought it'd come to a reality.

Me. This girl. With absolutely no education nor degree in arts (minus a short design elective on colours I took in poly and a metal smithing course, which I've yet to make use of), who's just sitting here at home alone working quietly away, reading up on everything and anything that tickles my fancy, then making it work via trial & errors. I would never have thought it possible for the dreams I had for my business: get featured on publications, teach workshops, be commissioned for illustrations, heck — just have anybody liking and wanting to buy the stuff I'm making!

With all of my heart I have tonnes of gratitude to pour forth. For friends and family who have believed in me when I didn't. For everyone who's joined me on this journey, refreshing me with your kind words through emails, FB & Instagram comments and supporting my small business.

Maybe my terms of success might be vastly different from yours, but whatever I've cooked up in this knobbin' of mine, with truthfully quite little of my own initiative, has amazingly come to pass.

When I try to look ahead into what this year might bring, I am very much excited and honestly filled with a bit of trepidation too. Should things go as predicted, we will be welcoming a little boy into our lives in a span of 3+ months. I do not know how to juggle motherhood in the mix, at least not yet. Still, I've always wanted to be a mama. I've constantly said this to anybody who'd asked: the whole reason why I've set my heart to do what I do is just so that I can be a stay-at-home-mum.

I have so many ideas floating in my brain for my business that worries me if I can do all that I'd planned. Will I have the time/energy/ability/finances now that a kid is on the way? are some questions that invade my cranium throughout the day. It's moments like these that I have to pull back and remind myself of my purpose. I am not here to amass stuff.

"Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labour over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain." More than anything, I'm in awe at how God has willed all these for me. I am most humbled by how much He cares. Whatever success I've had is absolutely from Him. There's nothing I can claim credit for; not my talents; not even my physical ability to create + make.

I have seen You in the sanctuary, I have seen Your power and glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.






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Thursday, January 29, 2015

I am SO bad at maintaining my blog

Last year's resolution was to blog more. I failed. My last post was 6 months ago and so many things has happened since.
This year I want to blog more again too. Though I'm really not sure if I'm gonna keep up.






































1. Let's start the very first post of 2015 with my catssistant, Lights, being cute.

2. I've gotten into doing lots more embroidery portraits and really enjoy coming up with them

3. This is my latest commission: a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary

4. Some new work that I'm in the midst of, think marbling + leather

5. If you've been following me on my Instagram or Facebook, you'd have found out I'm expecting our son, Eden, come either late April or early May!

6. So far I've made a pair of leather moccasins, a sleeveless onesie and just today, a pair of leggings for him

7. This is the first time I'm working with knit, so you can bet I'm pretty proud of myself with how things came out. Patterns employed are stamps I've carved years back. Thought to revisit them again. Am definitely starting a kids' line if anybody's curious.

8. Excited about the latest workshop I'll be conducting for the Purrzaar Market on 7th Feb, held at Within. Check http://www.within.sg for more info and sign up. Apparently we'll be working out in a beautiful courtyard. It's gonna be good.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY: Jazzed up terra cotta pots


A month odd has gone into propagating my pineapple tops. Only one has sprouted roots. 
The other has grown a few new baby leaves, but no roots. I thought maybe it's time to have it potted.




I'd purchased a couple of terra cotta pots a while back.
On a whim, I'd decided to spruce it up this afternoon.

So here's a simple DIY on how you can make one of your own too:





First, have a pot ready.




Plot up a design and stick tape onto areas where you don't want paint to go on.




Next, in a well-ventilated area, spray paint your pot. 
I don't have a picture of that process, but I reckon is straight forward enough. 
Once dried, you can start peeling off your tape to reveal your design.




Easy peasy and so pretty.






Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Upcycled planter


You'd remember I'd two batches of rosemary I'd experimented with propagation. On the right, was my very first attempt. On the left, my second.
You can see how they're almost comparable in their root growth. I found it surprising how it took virtually less than a week for roots to propagate on my second attempt.
Must be how these clippings are less woody than my first.




Since they are ready to be potted, I thought to do a simple tutorial on how to upcycle the useless metal tins I have lying around the house. 

I chose this odd looking shaped one this time, which had a really horrid teddy bear motiff on it.
So obviously, I'm spray painting it gold - taking it from yucks, to lux.

If you, however, have a really good looking container, please feel free to keep it the way it is.
If you don't like gold, you can of course spray paint it any other colour you please.




You would want to do this outside as the fumes can be noxious.
Don't forget to line the ground you'll be spray painting on with newspapers, tarp, or the like.
Spray paint in layers, allowing each coat to dry before spraying on a new one.

The next tools you'll need are a hammer or a mallet, and a phillips head.




The idea is to punch holes through the base of your tin to allow for drainage.




Once you end up with something like this, you're ready to fill it up with soil.
Go ahead and punch more holes through if you like too. A little bit loud, but a very enjoyable activity.




I chose to place some charcoal at the base before piling on the soil to add to drainage. You can add stones if you prefer.




Once you're near the top, create a hole in the middle of your soil and carefully place your plant in. After that's done, cover your roots over with more soil and do a thorough watering to help your plant ease into its new environment.




Voila! Your plant has a new home.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Golden Hour

There was quite a sunset, couple days back. It bathed the entire flat in the most brilliant of golds. In fact, it bathed everything out of the flat too in gold.
The trees, the streets, the people, the vehicles, the everything. No other colour existed that evening. 



Got up to embroidering more couples' portraits. 
I'm not exactly sure what it is either but there's something about this medium that highly appeals to me.










As I've mentioned, I'm very thankful for May. There's finally some down time where I could work on my personal projects.
Can't say I've completed all that I had on my list (the list is ever growing), but I have definitely caught up with now that work has picked up again. 

Two items on that list are these new dresses:

Shapes Dress


&
Eyes On Me Dress





Expect them up on my etsy soon.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Studio stills

It's a little bit more complicated than this, but let's just say I did some work for ACRE last week and got these Flensted mobiles as payment.
Two beautiful mobiles for making one of their clients a noren - pretty sweet deal if I should say so myself. 







I love the way they softly change and take on different shapes. Mesmerising to watch.




I thought to show you this side of my pretend studio too, since I hardly. This is my very first plant nook, before I'd decided to have another one nearer my sewing machines.




Current state of my machine table: Messy




Current state of my studio assistant: Slack/Cute




I'd also worked on an illustration commission for another wedding.
This time was something simpler;  thank you cards the couple wanted displayed on their reception table for guests to take home.






What thoughtful words and how cute of them to have stuck it on coloured popsicle sticks!