Friday, February 07, 2014

Its the thought that counts :)

Salam all.

Okay, where do I start? Its already February and I've not blogged a single post in 2014, nor did I end 2013 with a post. Life has been just too too too busy for me. My entire January, a.k.a. semester holiday, was spent at home and out and about in Bangi. The furthest I got to, without parents, was probably Putrajaya. See, life at home during the holidays meant house chores nonstop. Since our maid left, workload just kept piling. I honestly don't mind it, but I wish I had more time to sew. I only got to take 2 orders this holiday and sew only a few ready mades that I didn't even get to complete. Though, it is still a holiday. I got to be with my family, drive around, see some friends, bake, shop with my sisters, attend my friend's wedding and of course, take care of my Abang's kitten.


This is Hailey, upside down on Ummi's lap. She's a playful one, loves to run and hide and play with just about anything that seems fiddly and loose. I guess I've just described any average kitten in the world, really. hehe. She can play around the house all by herself, discovering new low-hanging things to reach for, but she requires a bit of attention when she wants her nap. Just when I think she's asleep, I'll start to leave the room, but then she wakes up and stare at me with her kitty face that clearly says "Where are you going? Why are you leaving me all by myself?" Her stare will then make me feel guilty, it will make me sit back down next to her and keep stroking her fur until she truly falls asleep. She is now officially the baby of the house.

Moving on from our lovely kitten, my new semester has now started, a week in already. Before the new year I wanted to blog about a book I receive from my usrah mates. It is a book that I've always wanted. They gave it to me as a surprise on a group outing in KLCC. Honestly, its one of the most thoughtful gifts I've received in 2013.


I've always wanted a book written by the queen of bag making herself, Lisa Lam. I had planned to sew a couple of things in the book over my semester break, but of course, my holiday to-do list is always too much for me. This book is awesome though, I can't wait for when I have time to sew something from the book...wondering when that will be.

Anyways, this book got me thinking, I've received quite a few thoughtful gifts in 2013, so I thought maybe this is what my year opening post should be, Thoughtful Gifts Received in 2013.

So I'll start with this one, the gift I love so soo much, given to me by beau. It's a macaroon necklace made from polymer clay. There is a website called Minibites that sells handmade jewellery moulded into little pieces of food, basically. I've been a fan of Minibites for a long while and I've always wanted this macaroon necklace but never got round to actually purchasing it. Its not that I never had enough money, but its more about having other things that I need to spend my money on, hence I never bought it. When beau found out about this little piece of jewellery I've been keeping my eyes on, beau bought it for me as my 20th birthday present. Of course, I had to equal that on beau's 20th birthday which came around 4 months after mine. I think I nailed my gift for beau ;)


Another thoughtful gift I received last year was also a birthday present from one of my best girls, Nisaa. The Jelly Belly jelly beans groupon. I love jelly beans so when there was a groupon for these yummies, I went nuts cuz I really wanted it. Naturally, I recommended the groupon to someone I thought would want to try them (so that she'll buy it for me as a gift :DD ) since not many of my friends have the same appreciation for Jelly Bellies like I do. So Nisaa bought me the groupon and handed it to me on my birthday during our date at Pavilion.

coupon from The Cocoa Trees Klang Valley - KL

Next up is a 1D mug, given to me by my former roommate back at CFS, Amalina. Last year, I realised she was in a shopping mood all through semester. I was a bit worried about her spending, but she seemed as if she has it quite under control... Some time near the end of last semester exams, she came to my room and handed me a wrapped box. She said, she was out shopping somewhere, when she saw this, it reminded her of me. So she bought it. This is an awesome gift. I love 1D and this mug has all five of their handsome faces on it. Awesome!! :DD


I love notebooks. Its one of my favourite things to buy. When I was younger, just the cover of a notebook could make me want to own it, but nowadays I tend to care a lot about the look of the pages inside the book. I've had to stop myself from buying new notebooks because there came a point where I didn't know a good use for them. This notebook was given by my kakak usrah. She gave all of my usrah mates one each, and most importantly, she gave it a purpose. I'm so glad she did because I wouldn't know what to write in yet another notebook, it will just go into my notebook stash. She told us to write quotes in the book, quotes that we come across during our everyday activities, quotes that really caught our ears and had us listening. The first quotes I wrote in the book was a quote I heard at last semester's Grand Iftar and it really stuck to me.


This last one, I wouldn't say its a well thought gift, but it does mean a lot to me. My Ummi gets five of these Aeon Jusco vouchers every year, and she gives them to me. Last year, I bought a pair of shoes with them. This year, I decided to actually get something that I would love to add to my creative collection. I've been eyeing these fabric Sharpies for a while. The day I was shopping at Jusco, they were on sale and I got both Stained collection and metallic Sharpies for just under RM30. Super awesome! Though I haven't tried the Stained Sharpies yet, I can't wait~~~ :DD



So...thats some of the thoughtful gifts I've received in 2013. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by people who knows me well enough to know the exact perfect gift for me. I remember in every single one of these gifts, I was extremely excited and all kinds of ideas rushed through my mind. That's my 2013, hopefully 2014 will be just as awesome :)

Wassalam
xoxo

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Red leather

Salam all..

In the past few months I've had numerous things I wanted to blog about, raya 2013, finally going up Bukit Bendera in Penang, The Final Supplies Surprise Bazaar, 1st visit to the not-so-open Bangi Gateway..all that stuff..

But today, what I've decided to blog about after 3 months is this very gorgous red faux leather I had purchased a while ago from Kamdar. It is super awesome! Unfortunately, I dont have a pic of it, kinda stupid for not taking one~ I bought this leather for one sole purpose. In august, specifically 18th August, was Nisaa's birthday. Nisaa is one of my very best friends from highschool whom I barely see nowadays because our colleges are miles apart and our holidays are different.


So, on the day that I called her, I asked her what she wanted as a present and she described a medium-sized sling bag in a bright colour, that could fit drinks (I assume she wants to brings outside drinks into the cinema, she loves Chatime!). I realize I dont have money to buy branded items, but I do have a bag sewing skill. I decided to sew her a bag as she described. I've never noticed Nisaa wearing handbags that aren't water-proof, I knew I had to hunt for faux leather and the only bright colour they had besides gold was red. I guess that'll have to do. And the outcome,

Ta-da!

Now that this bag is done, I have quite a bit of excess red leather. After a lot of hunting sprees for ideas, I know what I wanna make out of all that leftover. Lets hope it will be awesome :DD

That's all for now, maybe over the weekend I'd wanna blog about more fabric but right now I need to get ready for class~

Much Love,
xoxo


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

A trade for less

Salam all..

As always, I'll start with "Woww, the last time I blogged was about two months ago". Then I'll go on to telling y'all that I've been so busy with degree life. yadayadayada

That's true. Can't change it. Being an engineering student made me give up a lot of what I love doing so that I can devote my time for my studies. Among the reasons I chose engineering is because its the only course that both me and my parents can agree with.  But it sucks. It really gets to me when I fail time and time again. What's worse is that I've stopped sewing and scrapbooking and blogging and debating so that I can study engineering and I still suck at it. Why? Because I just can't bloody do it. It's not my thing. The only thing I look forward to in engineering is programming. It's the only thing I can excel in, alhamdulillah. If it was completely up to me, I'd take a course that involves a lot of fabric or a lot of sewing.

Yeah, this is just a ranting post about how I'm just sad that I've had to give up some things I love for something I don't really like at all.

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Now all that is out the way, I did get a little bit of sewing done after raya but it still isn't satisfying. I need to sew more.

Much love, xoxo

Wassalam
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Bag Upgrade + new fabrics

Salam all..

Woww..its been months since I last blogged. Of course undergraduate life is much busier than foundation. I'm currently on my semester break with only a week a left. So far I spent my holidays sewing, watching The Nanny, a couple of days at the Sharples with my family and of course a bit of baking. So much overdue stuff to blog about including my fabric shopping spree at the Supplies Surprise Bazaar 9, how I spent my birthday with my girl Nisaa, my new album addiction, stashing up my sewing supplies and showing off some sewing that I've done lately.


But, first of all, Demi by Demi Lovato. Love it! Her albums just get better and better. My favourite track would be number 11 - Never Been Hurt. As always, her albums has an infinite number of high notes so its difficult to sing along though.

Moving on, back in April I went to check out the 9th Supplies Surprise Bazaar held at the Bfree studio in Sunway. I've always wanted to go but never really knew how to get there. With the help of beau, it wasn't that hard to find. I bought a couple half yards of yummy cotton and a bit of PU leather then I bought more stash at Fabrics Fanatics in Summit the next day. Sum them all up, I spent over RM100 that weekend on fabric stash only. Awesome.



I think I should hit pause on fabric shopping for a while and use up what I have before purchasing more. On that note, I gave myself a bag upgrade from denim to PU leather :DD I actually need a new pencil case more than a new bag, but I just thought the purple leather looks better as a bag. I think I'm quite right about it.


The brown strap was recycled from an old converse bag that belonged to a friend. The bag wore out and she was ready to throw it away. I didn't let her do that. Instead I pieced it apart and took whatever I can use again. Now I have myself a new handbag/sling bag. Excited :DD

I also made another creation out of my PU stash. I call it the two-way clutch. They're already selling in retail and slowly entering the less expensive accessory world. Notice the snap buttons attached to it, the function is to switch the clutch colours. I made this one in red and cream. Basicly, the clutch is red on one side and cream on the other, so the colours are switchable simply by using the snap buttons. I'm not very good at literal explanation, hopefully the pictures help.






This is my first try at this, so the stitching is rather messy. I'm thinking of making them in cotton, one side plain and the other with a flashy print. I don't have a button snap set, so I had to visit my favourite sewing store, Karysma to insert the snaps. While I was there, I thought why not buy some zips in advance, two of each colour.

Don't they just look wonderful? Heee..

Anyways, that's all for this post. I did manage to complete one custom order from my Mak Long, already posted at Just aYan's.


Until next time...

Wassalam

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Macaroon Love

Salam everyone!! :D

It has been just over two months since I last blogged, which was right before the semester began. I'm currently on my mid-sem break so I only have around 8 days at home. And I've used up 4 and a half days for movies and baking and going out with my family. I have a whole list of things I need to sew for myself,

1. New pencil case. My pencil case right now is 7 years young and its very dirty. It makes all my new stationery dirty too.

2. New wallet. I've been using my black and red Milk Teddy small wallet for many years too, some parts are ripping, plus I really want to start using a long wallet and keep my cash nice and flat with no creases. :)

3. Laptop sleeve. I've sewn 2 laptop sleeves, for my mum and older brother, but haven't been able to sew any for myself. Like I've said before, when you're busy sewing things for others there's no time to sew things for yourself.

But, see..the thing is..I always make lists of things I'd like to sew, or bake, or buy or just simply a plan of what tasks to complete during a holiday. I barely ever complete them. My focus period lasts just as long as a block of ice in a hot pan. When something gets boring, I move on to something else and tell myself I'll get back to it later. In the end, I'm still left with a full list with each task half done. -_-' I really need to sort out my time.

Well anyway, yadayadayada... Macaroons! I baked them on Sunday. This is my fifth time. The first 2 times I baked these sugary stuff, which was last year, I failed terribly. Mixture turned out too runny. So then I bought this book at The Big Bad Wolf Bookfair (it was so cheap!) but only 2 weeks ago on my lil' bruv's birthday, I had a chance to actually use the recipes in the book.


My 3rd time baking macaroons, I had mixed in too much sugar, it was so silly~ But the fourth time, it worked awesome! Though I did change the recipe a little, I figured maybe because the humidity here in Malaysia is different to where the author of the book lives. Malaysia is so much hotter, plus my house don't have those fancy air-conds, just fans. So, instead of using large egg whites, I used smaller ones. And as I was making chocolate macarons, I reduced the cocoa powder to only 1 tbsp. The recipe makes about 20 macaroons. So if you're from Malaysia, and you're using the recipe in this book, still your mix is too runny, try doing what I did, okay! :D


This is my fifth time baking macaroons, I decided to make vanilla flavour. I think they turned out alright, though I didn't tap the trays hard enough so the feet of the macaroons didn't form very well. But still taste as good :)


That's all for tonight's post, I hope I get some sewing done before the end of the week

Much love, aYan
xoxo
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Monday, January 21, 2013

A sweet little fabric shop

Salam all..

Currently listening to a song beau suggested to me, Wanted by Hunter Hayes. Love it.

When I shop for designer fabrics, I prefer doing it online cuz most textile stores in Malaysia don't have those divine imported cotton prints. Well, last weekend I decided to pay a visit to a lovely little fabric store in Subang. Have you heard of Fabric Fanatics? I first started browsing fabrics there online at www.fabricfanatics.com.my . But since I was in Subang last week, I thought why not go see the physical shop itself. I had things I needed to buy there anyway, might as well save myself the shipping costs.

Credits to lvbeii.blogspot.com for pic

Such a dainty little shop ain't it? :D Its a small store, but looking at all those rolled yards of gorgeous fabrics arranged together so beautifully on the racks, so heavenly to look at. I didn't have much cash on me at the time, since I was only expecting to buy what I need. 

So that was my eye candy for the day. If you love fabrics of all types, textures and colours, you'll love this shop. Fabric Fanatics at The Summit USJ.

That's all really, just wanted to give out some handmade love <3 p="p">

xoxo

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Stuck on ideas

Salam all..

I was recently working on my third project for my 20-day challenge thing, and how stupid was I to overestimate the capabilities of my old-school sewing machine. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!

Now that it has completely destroyed my third project to the point of unrecoverable, all I can do is try to get my machine running as normal as possible again and move on to the next idea. Hopefully, something not too thick that my machine can't handle. Which is the problem exactly. Every time I run thick layers through the machine, it skips stitches. I can't think of anything right now that is not too thick. So I'm stuck. I guess its back to pinterest for idea hunting and back to sketching again. Sigh.

Best I can do now is actually get 20 projects done in the remaining days I have left. Rushing a sewing project is no fun, not to mention it might also get destroyyyed in the process. Okay, off to find my inspiration now.

Much love
xoxo
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