Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas day 2008

May joy and happiness snow on you
May the bells of good health ring for you and
May God be extra good to you!

Have a very blessed Christmas
New Year !

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Crazy patchwork

Are you seeing stars already? I don't blame you. This design is what quilters call "crazy patchwork" and I have been working on it for the past two days like as if there's no tomorrow (LOL)!!! You see, I fell in love with this pattern when I saw my friend's and...

Ta dah!!! What do you think? This is only half done (not counting the borders)... Difficult and time consuming piecing all these odds & ends you say? I thought so too until my friend shared the wonderful technique called "stack & slash" with me. This means you literally stack a few pieces of cloth together when cutting. If you look carefully, you will see some repeated blocks (though never in the same colour arrangement). See the top right pix below... Neat huh?

Right, I'm off to continue my sewing. I must try to finish everything before school reopens again in another 10 days time. Sigh! This holiday has been so fruitful I wish I can make time stand still... Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Last batch of table runners

Getting carried away, I know! Just can't seem to get tired of making these - which is a good thing cos I keep remembering dear friends I have left out... but these will be the last batch... The rest, I will have to make do with some other gifts.

I'm looking forward to the new year. I hope to get back to my patchwork quilt after this... and maybe some cross-stitch projects too. There are two or three that have caught my eye. Meanwhile, have a great weekend! I know I will. Love the last minute Christmas shopping - such fun :-)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Food, glorious Ipoh food!

Was back in my hometown for a family reunion the last couple of days. Other than the re-connecting and bonding, the best part about going back to Ipoh is always the food... This trip, mum wanted us to try out the chicken porridge which she and dad have been frequenting of late. The stall is located in the market of Gopeng, a small town about 20km south of where we stay. Didn't enjoy weaving through the heavy traffic heading out of Ipoh but the porridge and chicken were not bad and the price more than made up for it :-)

Dim sum at the Ming Court Restaurant... This is one of our favourite haunts for breakfast. Plenty of variety but prices are steep for these tiny dainty servings. That morning set the nine of us back by RM80... and we are small eaters... well, most of us anyway (LOL).

For lunch, it was fried koay teow. Back in the good ole days, the small portion served had already earned the stall its name "the gold noodles". Well, nothing has changed. It's still little compared to the price you pay... and it's still as YUMMY!

Saved the best till last... this is the famous Cowan Street kai yuk hor fun which we had for dinner - twice!!! Besides the chicken and noodles, we always order bean sprouts too... and innards! We never fail to visit this place whenever we are back in Ipoh. Their success lies in the secret light soya sauce used for each dish. You have to taste it to know what I mean... after that, I do believe it's what you call "pure addiction"!!!

Lest you think we only live to eat ;-> let me assure you that there were other activities. We ladies did our gender proud, hitting the markets (lots of trendy clothes and pretty accessories) and shopping malls (Christmas and year-end sales aplenty) everyday. The men had no complaints as long as they could sit these out in the comfort of the home and their movie marathons! My parents? Like most old folks, they were totally contented just to be surrounded by the children and grandchildren :-) Bless them!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas riddle

What sex is a Christmas tree? Male or female? FEMALE, of course - it wears a skirt!!! LOL!!! Almost forgotten about this little treasure of mine as it has been so "safely" kept away :-) Don't you think it's beautiful?

A dear friend of mine sewed this some years ago and it holds many precious memories of her, especially so now that we are thousands of miles apart. Just love all the bright and Christmas-y colours :-)

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Of Christmas trees and trimmings

Simple things that make me happy - coming home with unexpected stash, especially at a great bargain :-) I found these trimmings for half their usual price!

These stars were a steal at 95sen! I already had this great idea for one of them... **grinning from ear to ear** !!!

Ta dah! See it transform from hanging on the branch to shining atop my mini Christmas tree? ;-)

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

The versatile table runner

Completed another two runners over the last couple of days (in between spring cleaning and house decorating... LOL). This one is going to be a Christmas gift for a friend in the States, which means I better rush it off to the post office later today.

Notice that the table runner can also be used as a chair back? :-)

Here's the other displayed as a Christmas wall hanging...

Told you I was running out of Christmas fabrics :-( but I think this one got away! Adding the wreathe gave it the right feel. I may just keep this for myself - I kinda fell in love with the paisley borders :-)

Hope I can make a few more before "closing shop" for Christmas... Wouldn't want to turn this passion into a nightmare!!! LOL!

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Decorating for Christmas

Time to deck the hall and bring on the festive cheer. I love decorating for Christmas but I admit, some years I just let it go. This round, I wanted to do something. Nothing ostentatious though, mainly recycling stuff I bought or made over the years. Here are a few pictures. First, something welcoming... a variegated tinsel, faux fruits, bells and ribbon twisted round some stiff wire resulted in this huge luxurious-looking Christmas wreathe now sitting at my front window facing the road.

Hanging on the front door is my good ole year-round plaque, changed into her festive best :-)

Next, we have our 6-ft artificial tree. Nothing beats a live one, of course, but short of growing it yourself, you will be hard pressed to buy one in this little town. The multicoloured running lights kaput-ted just after Christmas last year but hubby says "Can be repaired"... and we are still waiting!

Meanwhile, we are making do with this smaller table-top pine which we got the other day at TESCO for a song. Actually, I was trying to pass this off as the tree but my younger daughter would not hear of it and that's how we ended up with 2 trees crowding up our lounge!

Christmas is not Christmas without poinsettias so I've got a bunch on the the coffee table.

Finally, the dining area - marked simply by 3 candlesticks of different heights...

And that, my friends, brings us to the end of today's post. Thanks for stopping over and do come by again :-)

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