September 30, 2010

Fabric Gift Card

A friend ordered a tote bag as birthday present for her mom. The bag was mentioned in my previous post here. Since she is currently in Manchester, she has also asked for a gift card to be included together with her gift. Making a card using fabric scraps didn't crossed my mind until i stumbled upon a tutorial on how to make one. You can find the tutorial here - Quilted Notecards.

Now that i have made one, I simply love it. Gotta get more fancy cards & start making more of em ;).

Other crafters that have also made cards from fabric scraps, among the many are myBotang and tinihani.

Love note : Do share your experience of making fabric cards. Btw Sue, if you are reading this, memang la syok jahit atas kertas hehehe

September 28, 2010

So long and thank you old friend..& Welcome to a new one :)

I've had it for almost two weeks now but only now do I have the time to blog about it. Since raya, my CELCOM (saja nak tulis besar2) broadband service were beyond bad! To upload even a single raya picture on my Facebook took forever. Only last week, the service got better. Since i live somewhere a little off-skirt of KL, i can't complain much.

Brother NV 50

Back to my new buddy. It's a brother NV-50. The purchase was not planned. Though I have been wanting to ask for buy a new machine as an addition to the basic 'antique' machine that i have been using. I didn't plan for it to happen this soon. But i didn't have choice. I have mentioned here that the machine i used, cik Singer was my mother's. And it's almost half my age. Due to an overwhelming response for pre-raya orders , cik Singer decided to go on a strike. And all pre-raya orders were due latest by a week before raya. Nothing I did can make it run again. I had no choice but to send it for repair.

My old buddy Singer 2105

The uncle at Singer, Seri Serdang managed to revive my sweet old machine back to 'life'. But with a condition though - "Ini mesin sudah lama. Boleh jam lagi bila-bila masa". Well, my concerns were to finish all remaining orders & my kiddos' baju melayu. I prayed hard that she can at least bertahan until all is done. Though Cik Singer sometimes did went out of tune, my sewing missions were accomplished. Cik Singer's last assignment was the Baju Melayu(s). Jasamu ku kenang cik Singer!!! Now she just sits there...retired from her service. Thought of trading her in but decided to just keep her.

Initially, i had set my eyes on Singer Confidence. After giving it a long thought, and advises from others, i decided to go for a Brother NV-50. Price wise, the two are almost the same. Equally known for their name & good after sales service. However, NV-50 offers a lot more features than Singer Confidence. Hence I decided to go for the one than offers more for my money :).

Having using a basic machine for so long (with only FIVE choices of stitches), NV-50 is totally a new experience all over. Dah la computerised, ada 135 stiches to choose from! I kept wondering..apa aku nak buat dgn patterns banyak-banyak tu? Hehehe.. Still learning & getting used to all the fancy-shmancy buttons. Amazed at how much it can do, how smooth it runs...everything is at a touch of a button. No knob to turn except for the handwheel...only if necessary. Oh..and I love that it sews buttonholes in only 1 step ( previously it was 4 steps with cik Singer).

Singer has only 5 patterns to choose from

NV-50 comes with 135 patterns

Now that I have this superb new buddy, I am wishing for more beautiful creations to come and for more time to make them too ;)

Oh..and the first project i worked on using my new machine was a  beautiful tote bag in the gorgeous Dandy Damask Print..ordered by a friend who is now in Manchester, for her mother's birthday. Thanks Hana for your order!

Love note : Sorry for the long nonsense post. Hope you were not bored ;)

September 25, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Umair Akif!

picture credit to google image

Around this time, same date last year, i was waiting for my turn to see my O&G, Dr. Fatimah. It was on the 6th day of Syawal 1430. I was not due until another 2 weks plus. Akif was supposed to be due in mid Oct 2009. However during the check-up, I was already 4cm dilated. Immediately I was sent to the labour room. Skipping the in labour part, Umair Akif was safely delivered at 4.23pm on the same day.

Now, one year later, Umair Akif is one unstoppable little explorer! He started cruising at 10 months and were already running at 11 months. He also loves to wrestle with his elder brothers. And He loves to eat too. Tak boleh tengok orang goyang mulut, tup!tup! terus ada kat sebelah.Pandai minta pula tu. Kalau tak dapat...will sure to cry one hehehe.. He has even had his first taste of durian- which brought pleasure to his Ayah because Ayah is the only one in our little family who eats the king of fruits. Yup! My two elder sons and I don't eat durians.

This picture was taken this morning. 
He is giving others 'that' if were we going to take away his biscuits.

Akif 's birthday also means our breastfeeding journey has successfully reached the 1 year mark. Half accomplished, another half to go. It has been a wonderful experience & journey so far. It took a lot of patience, determination, sacrifice and a lot of help for us to get this far. Alhamdulillah! Looking forward to more wonderful breastfeeding moments....

More pictures will be added later. Have yet to decide on the flavour for his birthday cake. Any suggestions? The birthday boy can yet eat the cake anyway.  Maybe just a taste. His two brothers have suggested a few flavours that THEY like though hehehe..

September 20, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Maaf Zahir Batin

Today is the 11th day of Syawal. And still very much in raya mood. Spent my (our) raya at my hubby's hometown in Teluk Intan. It was blessful & blissful :). And what made it super special was that my boys were wearing baju melayu that i had sewn myself :D

Kimi has always wanted a purple baju melayu so this year i decided to go with that colour, just for the boys. I bought  a note on how to sew baju melayu teluk belanga from Azura. And tutorials from Maya helped a lot too.

Here's picture of us in front of where my husband's grandma's house used to the middle of the 'bendang' (paddy field). Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Maaf Zahir Batin from us!


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