Sunday, May 31, 2015

Work in Progress

I love taking shots of WIP. For me it feels like a lovely memory to keep. When I post photos like these, my friends often ask me how do I manage my time for crafts. Well, It's no big news to other stay-at-home-mom-wife-crafter that it is very tiring trying to balance home life and business life in one place. 

But how do I do it? So here's a sneak on my daily life:

My day starts when my daughter wakes up, literally when the sun rises. We have breakfast and watch morning cartoons together until 9:00 am. We play, do some paintings and crafts then I'll leave her to play alone while I do my household chores. Of course, she follows me whenever I go as she hates to be alone so imagine me doing household chores with a crying toddler grabbing my shirt or grabbing the vacuum hose! By the time I finish cleaning up the place, It's already nearly noon time and now It's time for lunch. I cook lunch for both of us or when I'm very tired or lazy I'll just do take away ( I'm just so thankful I live just beside a coffee shop or Kopitiam as we say it in Singapore!). After lunch, we watch a bit more of cartoons and my favorite show "Ghost Adventures"! We read books together and play some more until her nap time at 2:30pm. As soon as she's in the room ready for a nap, with lots of struggling and fussiness of course, I immediately go to my craft room and work on my orders. I love managing my agenda by sorting out different tasks such as drawing templates in one day, printing cutting templates in one day, tracing the templates on felt on another day, cutting, sewing all small details, etc. My daughter only naps for an hour or an hour and a half so I have very limited time. So a good time management is necessary in order not to waste precious time. By the time she wakes up, she has a afternoon milk and I'll go dress up so that we can go to the playground or do work related task such as meeting with customers who come to pick up their orders or simply going out for a walk to the post office to mail out packets. By the time I finish with the outdoors, we go home and play some more, watch Sesame Street and other cartoons while I fold up my laundry and clean up bits that lay around the house. By 6:00 pm I start preparing dinner. We have dinner at 7:30 pm and I watch E! channel while my daughter struggles to get my attention. Picking up toys, cleaning sticky stains, spills on the floor, diaper changing, crying and tantrums goes on until 9:00 pm. I give her a warm bath, she drink milk before going to bed and the struggling starts again once I put her to bed. With screaming goes inside her room, I go clean up the kitchen, clean the house some more and I go shower. By the time I get out of the shower, my daughter is asleep and I go to the craft room to continue what I left unfinished during the afternoon. My eyes are shutting down, my back starts aching then I realized its already 00:30 and I go to bed... exhausted. And a new day will start in 6

Would I change it? Never... 

So here's a sneak  on what I'm currently working on.

Another lovely My Melody themed monogram for Josephine. Loving the soft spring colors.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Home Sweet Home Felt Banner

"Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can't help but communicate. If we had more room between us, think of all we'd miss. Love grows best in houses just like this." - Unknown

I completed this a lovely banner for a friend of mine. Hope she'll like it!

Hope you sweeties are having a wonderful week!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Melody Theme Felt Monogram

One more order down and the last for this amazing month!

This cutie is now ready to be handed over to it's new owner. I have to confess that I do get a bit sentimental when I mail orders away.. It's like sending kids to college! *teary eyes* Nothing makes me more satisfied to see my customers happy with their custom orders. It makes all those late night hours working worth it. 

As the afternoon ends, my cheeky daughter will start waking up from her nap and I will be back to my normal life routine. Endless playing, clean up the mess, cook dinner, clean some more, play time again, take her for a bath, struggle to get her teeth brushed, put her to bed. I then clean the kitchen, I go shower and then I realized it's already 11 pm and I need to go back to work. But I guess I would never trade it for anything else... I'm truly blessed :')

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hello Kitty theme for Kirra

Hooray for another order done! This banner now is ready to be wrapped up and handed to It's owner :)

This adorable Hello Kitty doll template is available at the "Templates" page for you to print and sew!

Hello Kitty theme and Kirra's love for lollipops!

Hope you sweeties are having a wonderful day!
Now getting my hands back to work :)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Themes! Unicorn and Fairy and Jungle Safari Theme

I love custom orders! I'm so happy when chances like this come when customers give you freedom in your creativity.. So I have to thank, Ms. Jen Nie Chan for this wonderful opportunity!

And finally something for a change, right? hihihi

Credits to Erica Catarina for this adorable horse template that she shares so generously :)

Little Fairy came to life after hours of sketching

Yeon Jae's room is a blast of colors with red, orange and green walls! So why not sparkle it up with funky colored animals?

After long months with sketches sleeping inside my folder, I finally gave these little fellas some color...and life!

Thank you once again, Ms. Chan! These two banners are now ready to be delivered to your place by tomorrow morning! So happy you liked them!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Elyse's WIP banner

So here's a sneak  on how I do my patterns. I just cannot figure out how to make those professional looking ones made on Inkscape or Illustrator.  Im a very hands on person so I like doing things "manually".

I make most of my patterns. If patterns are not mine, I'll give the credits to the original artist of course :)

So here's how I make them:
I draw final sketch of pattern with different colors for different areas - I trace the patterns on a tracing paper ( I like to use Sharpie pens as they dry very quickly) - glue tracing paper on a thicker paper ( i use 300gr kraft paper) -  cut them - trace on felt with a felted pen ( I use black ink Mitsubishi pens).

After cutting them, I like to keep them in a small plastic sealed sheet with a label.

Can you guess what theme I'm currently working on?
I can't wait for this one <3

2 keychains mailed out a few days ago.
Thanks, Mal!

W - Coral, E - Lilac
Wising you all sweeties a wonderful week!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Woodland Theme for baby Grace

Thank you, Kerrie for this wonderful opportunity to make this garland for your new bundle of joy! Sending you and baby Grace well wishes and a speedy recovery!

Name garland in Blush felt color.