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Archive for August 2013

Hippy! I shouted when I received the book which I bought it online finally! Although it took quite sometimes to reach me, I liked the feeling of opening the letter box each day hoping to see it appeared inside the small little box.

The book that I bought was ‘Bags the Modern Classics’ by Sue Kim. I like the uptown clutch that is features on the cover page of the book and want to make one for myself. It consists of 19 projects that has multiple variations for more than 75 different stylish ways to carry it all. Flipping through the book, I indeed like most of the designs that are taught in the book with free bags patterns provided as well.

Bags the Modern Classics

To start of, I chose to make the glenda clutch that is stated as one of the easiest bag to make in the book. I selected a pink polka dots fabric to go with a maroon coloured lining to it. During the process of making, I do encountered some problems such as I do not have any magnetic snap as needed for the fastener of the glenda clutch. I do not wish to stop halfway leaving it undone, thus, a press stud is used instead. I manage to solve each problems occurs and finally I have my own glenda clutch.To finished, a round gem is added on the flap of the glenda clutch. A sweet and cute clutch is produced. Each time when I see this clutch will reminds me the result of not giving up. I feel proud of myself!
Polka Dots Glenda Clutch

After making the yellow zipper pouch which I shared earlier on my post on 19th July 2013, I still have another black coloured zip that I had bought earlier. I’m going to make another zipper pouch of my own version!

Zipper pouch- Before

Through my past experience on the last zipper pouch that I had, my thought was how to make it more special so that it does not looks just like an ordinary pouch. I decided to add a luminous pink colour decorative stitches to beautify it.

Zipper pouch-After

The overall effect is what i want! It adds colours to a dull black pouches and I simply loves it!

Who moved my cheese?

The book that I like to share today is ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Spencer Johnson. It is a simple parable that reveals the truths about the changes. And is an amazing way to deal with changes in work and life.

The author wrote about four characters that consist of two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and the other two little people, Hem and Haw. They lived in a ‘maze’ happily eating their cheese until one day, the cheese got lesser and gone! The author further describe how each of the four characters faced the unexpected changes when the cheese was gone. And how one of them eventually deals with it successfully, hunt the new ‘cheese’ and wrote his experience on the maze walls.

I found that this book is quite motivated. Have to imagine that the cheese that mentioned in the book is the metaphor for what you want in life and the maze is like what you looking for in the working organisation, family or community that you live in. When you flipped through the pages, you would get to see the handwriting on the maze wall that is written. It acts like a pointer on how to deal with changes so as to feel less stress and more success for achieving goals in life. Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again! Hope you will read and like this book.

The 48 Popular Handmades

After the last review of the zipper bags book, I began to take notices of sewing books that were published in Taiwan. I was delighted to find that the Popular bookstores do sell some Chinese sewing or handmade books or magazines.

I browsed through the shelves and this magazine, Booku Life volume 004, caught my attention instantly. It was originally published in Japan and later in Taiwan after obtaining the license to published in Chinese version. What I like about this book is it teaches 48 popular handmade items like bags, book cover, tissue covers, scarfs and many others. What’s more, it also includes the free materials of making the tissue cover as taught in the magazine and a packet of tissue paper for you to handmade your own right away. It saves many hassles to look for materials and allow you get started sewing right away, giving you no excuses to make later. I was too happy to find it and I bought it straight away without even able to browse at its content as it was sealed.

I could not waited to open the magazine and started to sew the tissue cover with the given materials straight after home. Drawn type pictures shows the step by steps instruction to get to the finished product. And by following the instructions closely with the aids of the pictures guided me to complete the tissue cover successfully.Just like the picture below extract from the book. The design of the tissue cover not only allow to put the tissue in but also have insert an addition pocket for you to put other things as well such as money.

Overall, I personally find it useful to bring this out especially during lunch time as it is handy. At the same time, I had made a unique ‘clothing’ to dress up all my tissues!

 

Handmade Tissue Cover