Monday, August 14, 2017

New Etsy Pattern - Autumn In Woodlands

New Etsy pattern now listed in the shop!

I am so ready for the cool weather to come! But as usual, the colder days are only in effect around November/ December here in Macao. But so, I can't wait for this beautiful season to arrive... I'm not sure why but there's something special about Autumn that always finds its way to make me feel very nostalgic. I guess memories of the colder weather in Portugal still lingers inside me.. the scent of wet leaves and roasted chestnuts are still very much alive in my memory and It's just very hard to recreate that feeling in Macao. Luckily, I still have a few sachets left of Cidreira tea ( Lemon Balm Tea) ,gifted by my dear cousin from Portugal, to help me fill those cravings of Portuguese autumn. Cidreira Tea is one of my family's pantry's must-haves and beloved tea that never fails to fill in your mug on every afternoon tea time along side with ham and cheese croissants and Broas de Mel (Honey Bread). Oh my...this just makes me want to make one for myself now!






Pattern is included 5 little patterns of autumn inspired creatures, surroundings and colors and I hope you'll have fun sewing them!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

W.I.P Autumn Cookies

A little piece of Autumn in my hands....Gosh! It's nearly Autumn?!

I'm finally making little progress on my upcoming new pattern that will, hopefully, be up by this week! I'm very pleased on how they are turning out but I still have a few pieces to sew and praying that my little one will cooperate by napping a few hours everyday so that I can quickly finish this tutorial on time! 


The weather have been unbearable hot and humid...and overall just unpleasant to go out for a stroll. I'm feeling quite guilty lately for not bringing Lara to go out and play at the playground more often but it's just soooo hot to leave the house! So It leaves us spending quality time at home in the comforts of our AC's on and my full attention on her of course! 
What about you? How are you spending your last month of Summer?



Monday, August 7, 2017

Carol's Hobonichi Week #2

I'm in my second week of kawaii journaling and I'm loving the challenge so far! Looking back at all these days and all I can think is what a fun and busy week it had been!




It's been super fun having Lara at home since school holidays are in effect until September but it surely kept me away from my usually sewing routine. I'm finding hard to find time to sew and snap photos for the tutorial while having a very demanding child who needs my full attention 24/7. Home working mamas will know the struggle! Well, at least having her at home got me out the house for a long period of time and to finally use our apartment's pool for the very first time after a year living here!

I'll try to work on my patterns as soon as she falls asleep for her usual nap so wish me luck!

Wishing a lovely start of the week wherever you are <3



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Carol's Hobonichi Week #1

One of my biggest passions, besides working with felt, is writing/scribbling on notebooks and to collect stationary. I go to the stationary shop almost every weekend when I go to the city center just to check if any new stock would catch my eye. But honestly, I would always return home with a brand new sticker sheet even if it's from a old stock! #notsorry

I have tons of stickers and tapes that I have been collecting over the years and I would love to make good use of it before they 'turn bad' so has I was browsing for journaling inspiration on the web, I stumbled across Kaila's Instagram page a.k.a Rainbowholic. I immediately fell in love with her work and soon I saw myself writing once again and to finally have found an good excuse to use all those beautiful stickers without having to cringe and cry!
I've been writing on diaries since I was 10 years old ( I remember I had a Keroppi diary with a lock and key) until my late teens and I remember how nervous I would be when my parents would walk into my room while I was writing on them! #darksecrets. I'm all about keeping memories and capturing moments with my phone or camera and have them documented on paper..I love treasuring precious time then remembering them when I pick up my journal ( oh the Nostalgic feels!). Now that I have a family of my own, It becomes more less of me but rather our little family's adventure.

Together with capturing moments I've also included this fun Gratitude Journal Challenge. You should give it a try too, It's fun!

So, Thank you, Kaila for giving me and others this wonderful inspiration! Guys, please go and check out her Instagram page! She has a blog, Youtube channel and shop where she also sells super cute stickers!





Monday, July 24, 2017

D.I.Y Materials Are Now Active!

Booo... holidays are over :( ! It was so nice to be back home in Singapore for a week. Got our family photo shoot done, went for a few shopping sprees ( mainly food :p) and got to eat all the foods that we dearly missed ( I think I might have gained a few kgs!).
Now that my vacation mode is over, I'm back to activate all of my D.I.Y materials in the shop!
Also, would like to thank all the people who made purchases during my Summer Sale! Hope you guys enjoy making pretty charms with the patterns <3



Friday, July 14, 2017

New Etsy Pattern - Summer Garland & SUMMER SALE!

We are officially on Summer Holidays and a few hours away from leaving the house to the airport! But before I switch into my vacation mode, a brand new pattern has been freshly listed in my Etsy shop! I was totally not expecting to complete another pattern after my Animal Charm Tutorial but that's how new inspiration comes...So unexpected! And before I forget about the idea, I grabbed my pencil and quickly sketched it. So, since I had about a week left before I leave for my holiday, I decided that I would go ahead and stitch them up. So Voila! My new pattern is here inspired from all things Summer! 


In this tutorial you'll learn how to make not only the Summer themed plushies but also how to turn it into a garland. Hope you guys like it!


 Don't the colors remind you of delicious Summer? Now that my little Lara is all well, I can't wait to soak myself in the pool and bask in the sun! Coconuts? Yes, please! What are your Summer plans?


Also, here's a SUPER SPECIAL TREAT!

Wait..What?! Yes! And before I leave, I would like to leave you all with a treat. Please enjoy a 20% discount on any purchase you make on the shop! Just type in that code above during your checkout. Enjoy it while the discount is up 'till the 17th July!

Wishing you a wonderful and pleasant Summer Holidays! See you soon!



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Holiday Reminder


Hi everyone! Since Summer holidays are just around the corner I would like to kindly remind you all that I will be away from 14 July- 23 July. My PDF patterns are still accessible for purchase except my DIY materials. Material listings will be deactivated until I post them up again on the 24 July. There are still a few days to place your last orders before I leave for my vacation..Whatcha waiting for?

Monday, July 3, 2017

New Etsy Pattern - Three Little Animal Friend Cookie Charm

This month has been rather slow for me comparing the previous ones. The Summer have finally arrived in Macau for good but with the good weather, along comes the viral infections carried with the high humidity that we face daily. My poor little girl had fallen badly sick last month hence my absence online. The past 3 months have been really hard for her having to deal with never ending bronchitis, high fever, runny nose and a viral infection. But we are now so relived that the sleepless nights are now behind us and so happy to see her recovered!

For me, projects have been slightly delayed. Since I had priorities to be taken care of, my crafts had to be set aside for awhile like this little animal pattern! I had this pattern completed way back ( probably a month ago) but with dealing with so much at home, being constantly inspired to sew is certainly not on the list on those days! So now that Lara is almost recovered, I got my energy recharged and my hands itchin'! So for the past week, I've dedicated some time to complete this tutorial and just in time before I leave for my Summer holidays!



This tutorial will include patterns of three little ladies: a bunny, a grey tabby cat and a Shiba Inu. There will be a few extra patterns as well like a calico and a tuxedo cat markings if you decide to change your cat's appearance :) more patterns more animal cookies to make! I've also used the 3mm round black beads for the eyes and the faux pearl beads on these cuties so if you would like to have them too you can find them in my shop.


I'll probably have time for a project or two before I leave to Singapore in the next 2 weeks. As I was browsing through the internet I was stumbled upon this sequin and bead craft that I am so craving to learn right now. I got a few ideas up my sleeves and I'm really hoping to make some lovely crafts with the beautiful sequins and beads that I have. It will be hard to 100% focus on it as school holidays are already in effect here at home :p

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Free Embroidery Pattern - Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the awesome daddies out there!
Enjoy this lovely free embroidery pattern! The pattern measures approx 5.6 inches and it can be framed into a 8-9 inch hoop. Feel free to download the pattern by clicking the given link below...


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Etsy Shop Update - DIY Craft Materials Now Listed!

Ever since I started venturing in this industry of felt crafts, I've never thought that I would be taking this small yet big step in my life - to sell DIY crafting materials to the world from home. Although I've been dreaming about it for a about a year, making it happen was beyond unimaginable...but I never stop believing it could possible! So after months of gathering information, ideas and searching for the right suppliers, I've finally taken that big step and decided to sell wonderful materials that I use on my crafts to you all!

So here it is.. My first batch of DIY materials are now listed in my Etsy shop! You'll find yummy seed beads from the softest pastels to the brightest of colors, fun and bright sequins, pastel candy beads I use on my charms and many more! 


Look at these yummy beads! I use them as sprinkles on felt foods or even extra delicate accessories on my charms! They come in super soft pastel beads that have a soft shine and have a cloudy/milky effect in the inside...beautiful! The Bright seeds are slightly clear with a little bit of a iridescent effect on them as well.



The colors are to die for! I'm serious guys... The colors are this bright in natural light! When I first saw them, I  immediately fell in love with them! Just imagine how many Mermaid and Unicorn charms I could do with these <3 You have 11 colored sequins to choose from! Beautiful 6mm iridescent sequins that comes in 7 grams a pack...that's a lot of sequins and a lot of charms can be made from them! And look at those twinkies! These are actually one of my favorite...With it's beautiful pearly pink iridescent effect I'm sure you'll fall in love with them too.


When I found these precious tiny beads I was invisibly throwing a party inside my head. 2.5mm pearl beads and the black beads are pretty hard to get... Luckily enough, I was blessed to have found a local supplier. Now you can find those tiny beads I use as eyes for my cookies and those little pearl beads for the earrings! Pearl beads are 2.5mm and the round black beads comes in 2.5mm and 3mm - 3grams a pack... The beads you see on my hand is exactly the amount you will receive...That's alot of pearls and tiny eyes!



You can finally finish off your projects with these delicious candy colored beads I use on my charms! Each of these bead orders comes in 100 pieces. Yummy!

It will be a long process to actually reach my ultimate goal. I'm starting slowly but surely!  There are still wonderful goodies that I'm planning to supply...but each will come gradually when the time is right. 

I wish from the bottom of my heart that you'll enjoy and love using them on your projects as I do... And I want to thank every each of you for making my dreams come true!





Friday, June 9, 2017

New Etsy Pattern - Magical Unicorn Sugar Cookie Charm

"Be a unicorn in a field of horses."

It's time for a fun new pattern! 






Find the pattern here.

After being down during flu season, It's finally good to be back on track! I've got quite a few goodies that are waiting to be listed very very soon in the shop but I have a few amendments to adjust before posting them out. Don't worry 'coz it won't be too long before you guys know what it is! 

Have a great day my friends! Stay warm and safe where you are!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Free Embroidery Pattern - 'I Love My Cat'

I think you all know by now that I have this huge fascination and love for cats. You'll see it on my cookie charms, free projects and in my house filled with Cat related posters! Today's project not only reflects my big love for these awesome animals but to take this precious time to dedicate it to one of my little fur babies that I have recently lost.

Our lives changed forever when on 7th February night of 1998, my brother brought home a little surprise that was given to him by his classmate as a birthday gift. Without my parents consent, my brother surprised us all by bringing home a little kitten. Frighten and doubtful, the little kitten jumped out of his hands and hid behind the sofa. You can imagine the shocked faces of my parents and the scoldings that my brother got. Although my siblings and I have always wanted a cat, my father has had his doubt about the idea. After explaining to us that we couldn't keep it, the little kitten peeked out of the sofa and walked towards my father as though it knew what he was saying. My father spotted him, held the kitten and started to warm him by stroking on his white fur (while continuously scolding us)! While still holding on to the cat, my father's voice started to soften...and somehow he started to divert his conversations. Repetitive disapproval sentences were now replaced with sentences like "you will have to scoop out his poo and pee out of the litter box everyday..". Although no definite approval word was said, we knew from that sentence that we would keep the cat forever. And we did...for almost 20 years.

We named him 'Simba'. He had soft white fur and a few black markings on his left ear, a little spot on his chin and a black tail. He came to us in February 1998 when he was about 5-6 months of age...so we presumed that he was born in late 1997. He was very rough when he played.. I got scratched and bitten by him numerous times, but still loved him unconditionally. He peed constantly in every corner of the house..even though is little box was clean. He killed many of my father's canaries and still allowed to stay in the house. We lost count of how many times he fell from our 1st floor apartment and still not scared to rest on the balcony's handrail. He survived numerous fights ( and one that was almost deadly ) with the neighborhood cats and still wanting to go and fight some more. He accompanied us to everywhere we go... from fishing in the weekends with the family to nature camping in the borders of Spain. He survived long hour flights from Portugal - Germany - Macau only to sneak out of the house and get lost in the city the next day upon arriving Macau. He survived miraculous and numerous kidney infections during his matured years which puzzled veterinarians.

After 6 years of his last kidney infection, our hearts were broken when in the evening of 28th May 2017 our little and dear furry friend lost his battle with stage 4 of kidney disease. My dear Simba was surrounded by the whole family during the last minutes of his life. I have never felt so shattered and emotionally drained. The tension in the room was as if you were drowning in emotions...Your throat tied into a knot forbidding any word to be spoken. It was just tears pouring.. kisses and hugs were given to his little head as our broken hearts said our farewells.

As weird as it might sound, I wouldn't change how my cat passed on into his new life. Simba was surrounded by loved ones in a tender age of 19. Those final moments were beautiful but very heartbreaking. It's hard to put all these emotions in words...but all I know it all felt right and Lord knows we did the best we could to save him. After defying unfortunate endings of how he could had passed on, like being ran over a car, killed by a dog or lost and never found, my Simba remained with us until the very end. And that for me is more than enough to sooth our broken hearts that day. He passed on not like a pet...but as a member of the family. And will always remain in our hearts until the last days of our lives.


This embroidery pattern is not only designed for furry cat friends who had passed on but also to show your love to those who are still here with us. 
The pattern is approx 6.2 inches and it can be framed into a 8-9 inch hoop. The kitty on the pattern is Simba by the way, so please feel free to modify it according to your cat's furry color and markings :) 

Please click on the link to download pattern in its original size.




With a recovering  heart  but with a hope so big that this pain will be healed one day, I wish you a wonderful day...and happy crafting! Don't forget to hug your cat/dog and tell them they are so loved...