Monday, December 5, 2011

Gift for Rachel on her First Holy Communion ceremony

20 Nov 2011 was my niece, Rachel received her first communion. First Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic's life. It means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most Catholic children receive their First Communion when they're seven or eight years of age because this is considered the age of reason.

To remember this special day, I have prepared a gift for Rachel - a little bag with cross design and bible wordings. Simple and yet unique because it is hand make by me :)

Earlier I was thinking what should I give as gift. Perhaps, a Rosary or prayer book, but not sure if it is too personal, or whether she already have those from her parents. After having much thought, I decided to make so something that she could use it everyday in school. Hence, I sewed a little bag for her with the cross design and bible wordings.

I started the project late and thank God that I could finish stitching in just 1 day and barely in time sew it into bag on the very same day, an hour before lunch gathering. Really 'Hot' from the 'sewing machine'.

On the next day, when I was driving back home, I saw this beautiful sky in front of me. So mystery. The reflection of heavy cloud beneath under the sun as it going down projected a path in the sky. God creations, amazing!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Need help: location details for STAR in TTDI

Sue: Hi there, according to the xstitch shop list, there is one called STAR in TTDI. Can you please give more details? I couldn't find the shop

Anyone can provide the location details or contact number? Dee, any idea?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Goose... flowers, fruits from my garden

This design was taken from 'Mini Scriptures' from Praying Hands. Bought this since 2002. This is the first project from this book after keeping it for 10 years.
As usual, I will have to do some changes to the design to fit into my little frame. Here is what I have removed; the yellow sun (somehow it looks weired that the yellow sun seems appeared from nowhere). 2 flowers that hold by the goose. Backstitch from bunch of flowers that hold up in the little girl apron.

Cut out the red border, and finished with my little frame. Another project of goose design. 

Cross stitch is my therapy tool when I feel stressed and depressed. Every stitch i made, it lighten up my emotion stress. Besides cross stitching, I love gardening. It always nice to see flowers blooming and able to harvest fruits from my own garden. They are all 100% organic. 

Rare wild orchid in my garden. The first time when I saw this plant (it was just leave without flower) in the nursery, it did not impressed me at all. However, the gardener told me that this is not a common plant, it was brought all the way deep in the rain forest from East Malaysia and it bloom only once in a year. After having it for 2 1/2 years... finally it blooms. See the beautiful pink and purple little flowers sit between the pink patels, how gorgeous...2nd picture was taken a week later from the 1st picture.
My first passion fruit. I wonder how it is going to taste like, would it be sour or sweet...

Monday, September 26, 2011

More goose coming up

Can't wait to post this as soon as I have it framed.

Taken from Cross Stitcher Issue October 2005, pg. 56.

The original design was cater for Christmas, however I slightly changed part of the design so it fit for all seasons.

Interestingly, as I stitch, somehow I just keeping stitching more and more goose/geese...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rooster - my sceret friend

This design was taken from Cross Stitch Collection Issue 81 Aug 2002, pg 35-36.
Design a house shape border to fit into the design.
 Framed it in my 5 X 5 inch of little frame.
Adorable rooster. Chinese Horoscope believe, person who born in year of Rooster has a flamboyant personality, feisty and obstinate. Outwardly confident, the Rooster is also a trustworthy, hardworking individual.  

And for me, born in year of Dragon, in Chinese Horoscope, Rooster is Dragon's best friend. By having figure of Roosters, it would enhance Dragon's luck. Believe it or not? :)
I am looking for more Roosters cross stitch design. Any recommendation?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I got it, finally...

"Failure will never overtake if determination to succeed is strong enough" Og Mandino quotes.

After searching in every bookshops, magazine store in the town, out of KL from north to south, called Kinokuniya in Singapore, checking in every website... until to the magazine distributor... followed up week after week and finally... tang tang... I GOT IT, with the original price, not 1 cent extra I paid.

My kids are happy for me too...
Now, it has become my daughter book. She is asking for it every nights. Love it.
Thanks Linda for the support.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Panda - symbol of peace

This design was taken from D&C Oriental Odyssey.
In order to fit the design into the ready frame, I have to change the design slightly from rectangle to square. To make the Panda stand out, I decided to remove all the background, leaving only 2 bamboos that holds by Panda and added the word 'Peace' (pronounce as Aun in Mandarin). See the difference in the picture below.
The reason I chose Panda and the word 'Peace' because Pandas gives me a feeling of cute and cuddling in appearance yet they are very strong. Chinese describes Panda as an invincible animal, as strong as a tiger. Panda thought to be a gentle animal, as it was never observed to hurt man or beast. To this day, Panda continue to be a symbol of peace. Guess what, Aun was also my father last name... stitched the word Aun in the memories of him.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A pair of geese

Coming up project, feathered friends.

I have not tried any design like ducks, ducklings, roosters, chicks, hen, goose, or any farm animals. So far, all I stitch is bears, dogs, flowers, baby and children designs. But after I met Micky, saw some of her projects... especially the 'Apple Orchard'... it amazing.

From there onwards, I am so obsessed with goose, and rooster. Here you go... my first feathered friends; a pair of geese.

This design was taken from Sue Cook's Bumper Cross Stitch Collection.
I extracted part of 'April' chart, readjusted the fence position, and colours to fit into my frame size,

.. there is another part of the story for the photo frame...

When to Cash Converter last week and got some nice wooden frames... Surprisingly I found 15cm X 15cm wooden frame with glass frame not 1 but 4 for only RM5. Without hesitation, I bought all of them. Happily I have 12 wonderful wooded frame going home that day for only RM15. Amazing...

The best of Margaret Sherry

... It is out of stock everywhere ...!!

I want this book so badly... can anyone tell me where I can get this book? I am willing to pay extra if needed.

Do you have one for me?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another Birth Sampler with DIY frame

Finished this design for quite some time ago. However, did not managed to frame it, until last week went to Ikea, and found this lovely frame. Coincidentally, the design fit into the frame perfectly.

After framed, I looked at the wooden frame for quite a while... hmm... its purely white. I was contemplating whether to keep it white, and should I put some colour on it.... And somehow, I unconsciously started painting on the frame using cotton buds.

First I started with red flowers, then a blue sky. Next sun ray and birds in the blue sky.

A bird house, kites, red button mushroom and rocks...

Tang tang, my final masterpiece

Should I just keep the frame the original white?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Anchor vs DMC - where and how much

Eelaine Boo: hi, does anyone know where can i get Anchor threads in KL area?

May: Eelaine, nowadays it is quite hard to find a shop that selling Anchor threads. You might want to try Craft World in SS2. If worst come to worst, you probably want to drive up to Penang to visit Rewon Cottage. But before you go, give them a call and check if they do have Anchor threads in the shop : 04-3975055.

In my personal opinion, i do not suggest mixing of DMC and Anchor in one design.. it just looks funny. Anyone would like to comment/share your experience?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Birth Sampler for Sharon's little baby, Jerron

Can't think of any better gift than my very own handmade cross stitch as the gift for Sharon at Jerron full moon party.

Seven little finger pointed at the baby and told me that she loves baby and she wants baby :)

Simple and meaningful.