22 December 2010

Wall of Fabric Angels

making great use of an 8-tealight candleholder just lying around collecting dust in the garage...a wall of handmade fabric angels from my handcrafted collection.



If you are into this type of handcrafted items, check out my fabric angels and accessories here.




20 December 2010

Express yourself through Mini Christmas Wallhangings

New at Soft Treasures! Mini Christmas Wallhangings. Made of 100% cotton fabric and comes with a bonus dowel for easy and permanent hanging on the wall. Double-stitched on the edges and also frameable. Unique keepsakes for unique and special people in your life. Very rare and hard to find mini-quilted greetings, could be just the only one you will ever find.



For more details on this item or to purchase, click here.



12 December 2010

My Fabric Christmas Tree

my first christmas decoration in the house... is a 58cms x 86cms quilted fabric christmas tree hanging on my christmas wall with 24 fabric trimmings representing the 24 days of christmas , with a Eurostyle garland made of Christmas beads and jingle bells from the bottom of the tree to the top and today I bought a battery-operated green christmas tree lights to light up my fabric tree.





05 December 2010

More Advent Calendars and Cards for 2010

It's not too late yet to enjoy and have fun with advent calendars. Candy Cane Advent Calendar. Made of 100% cotton fabric. Available with or without candy canes.



For more details on this item or to purchase, click .here.

Christmas Candy Cane Cards with a real candy cane. Discounts available for bulk orders.



For more details on this item or to purchase, click here.



13 November 2010

New Button Products

Buttons from our All About Buttons online shop. You can wear them in your hats or pin them in your bags. With our new button products, you can now create jewelry such as bracelets, rings, charms and even use them as bobby pins to decorate your hair or as pony tail sets. Available in our online store are the following new products :

Versa Backs for the 1"(25mm) buttons in black or white.
Necklace 1.25" Button size.
Button Bracelets
Metal Flat Back Buttons 1" (25mm) size
Button Rings
Charm Kits
Bobby Pins
Pony Tail Sets

All images of these items will be posted in softtreasures.com. For pricing and further enquiries regarding these new products, please write to enquiries@softtreasures.com.au We do have these items available now.



22 September 2010

Global Challenge completed

Finally the 10,000 steps a day global corporate challenge is finished and I received my certificate today. Would anyone believe that I did 1,720,246 steps in 16 weeks and that is equivalent to walking 1,101 kms. Wow! And I lost 10 kilos. Now I have to make sure I do not regain the 10 kilos I worked hard for.






20 September 2010

Friends in a Snowglobe

After the high school reunion I attended in Feb 2010, I went to LA California in Sept for a weekend mini reunion with 2 other high school friends who did not make it in the grand reunion. It was a real blast and so much fun that the days just went by so quickly. One Saturday I needed some green foams for a flower arrangement and went to a 2-dollar shop but I ended up buying a snowglobe instead. Went home to find a picture of the mini reunion I had with 3 high school friends and here is what I ended up with.






14 May 2010

My Best Friend for the next 16 weeks

The company I worked for has joined the Global Corporate Challenge of 10,000 steps a day for the next 16 weeks and this pair of walking shoes will be my best friend for the duration of the program.



This program is a continuation of what our business group started at work. I hope to lose at least 10 kilos when this program gets completed by the middle of September. And all just by walking.



02 May 2010

The Moon

...i see the moon...the moon sees me...over the mountains....over the sea....
and a breathe of fresh air







10 April 2010

10,000 Steps A Day

10,000 steps a day program at work is now on its fifth week and I think am starting to reap its benefits. I now have lost about 3 kilos just by walking at least 10,000 steps a day. The program will be going on for the next 2 months and am looking forward to knowing how many kilos I would shed just from walking.



03 April 2010

It is April

How time flies! By the time i looked at my calendar it was a week before Easter. :( No more time to make anything to sell for Easter. Had too many things to do I completely forgot about Easter crafting. I was planning to do make some decoupaged eggs but too late now. There is always a next year and that is the good part.



01 April 2010

High School Reunion

Who says reunions are not fun. The high school reunion I just attended actually triggered more reunions after that but in smaller groups. Reunions make you look back at who/what/how you were through the eyes and conversations with the people you are reuniting with, then you try to look at yourself now and try to think about what memories you have of your high school days that kind of influence your present environment and start to think whether these are the same factors you would like to carry on with you or perhaps influence your future, friendships to rekindle or you just move forward without bothering about your past friendships and memories that came with it. But overall it was full of fun and would have been better if i stayed longer as i was there only for 3 days(weekend) and time was very limited to be able to reconnect with everyone.



28 March 2010

especially-handmade personalized gifts for you

Wouldnt you like to see your name and picture printed on a scroll,fridge magnet, mirror compact, button or on a clock? Wouldnt you like to know what happened on the day you were born? Or know what your first name means? For children at Christmas time to receive a personalized letter from Santa? Or something unique to give away on your child's special day? Give that someone special a personalized gift that he or she will cherish forever. Everything done by hand. Have them framed, put them in a special personalized can or roll them and put inside a test-tube bottle....lots of possibilities to make it a perfect keepsake.

All scroll documents are printed on a parchment natural A4 sheet (110gms) and there are several styles to choose from . Personalization can also be printed on magnets or as a greeting card. If printed on a magnet, size of magnet is 150mm x 100mm. Greeting card size is 180mm x 120mm if printed.


New! Fabric Scrolls are now available. Fabric Magnets and Fabric greeting cards or as postcards.

We accept custom-made orders for any of the following personalized gifts, please write to us with details of what you intend to order and we would gladly provide you with more information including pricing, estimated delivery dates, stock availability for buttons, fridge magnets, mirror compacts, keychains and postage. Or send your details in an e-mail to personalizedgifts@softtreasures.com.au.


Personalized Letters - for special occasions! A personalised Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and/or Valentine letters, Stop Here signs for that special little boy or girl in your life. Each print out contains personalised information based upon any first name, age, gender, address and best friend. For Christmas letters, envelopes printed comes with a North Pole postmark.


First Names Origin - Do you want to know the origin and/or meaning of your first name and print them on a scroll, greeting card, keyring, magnet or more? Data generated will also include Emotions, Honesty, Charisma, Relationships, Recreational, Opportunity and other interesting facts personalized for each special name. Have them framed and give to family and friends for any special occasion.


Personalized Numerology - Each print out contains personalised information based upon ancient Numerology, accurately calculated from any name and birth date including Birthpath, Destiny, Birth, Expression, Hearts Desire, Motivation, Inner Dreams etc.


Baby Names - Do you want to know the meaning of your baby's first name and origin and print them on a scroll or a greeting card? Then create a personalized poem based upon many events including Birthday, Christmas, First Tooth, first step and relationships including daughter, son, brother, sister and many, many more.


Personalized Horoscopes - Each print out contains personalised information based upon your name and birth date including Horoscope, Birth Stone, Chinese New Year, Attractions, Virtues, Special Flower, Famous People who share the same birthday and Personal Profile....and more.


On this Day in History - Each printout contains personalised information based upon any special date between 1900 and present day in Australia, including News of the Day, News of the Year, Sporting Winners, Government, Famous People, Cost of Living...and more. US history, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also available.


Personalized Poems - A personalized poem and sentiment lines for every occasion, for every occupation. family and relations. Printed on a parchment natural A4 sheet (110gms) and there are several background styles choose from . Click on any of the sample letters we have provided for you below. We have a list of occasions and/or occupations for which we can generate a personalized poem for you.


Personalized Chocolate/Candy Wrappers - Personalized Chocolate wrappers and candyholders for special occasions such as Birth Announcements, wedding favours, Birthday and Anniversary Favours, Thank you gifts, new house, business promotions, holidays and...more. Great to give out individually, to families on special events, office parties or whenever you just want to give out something special. Available are ready-made wrappers and candyholders only or wrappers and candyholders with chocolate bars and candies included. Sold individually or in packs of 3,6 and 12, same design sets or combination of several designs.


We have a dedicated page for Personalized Gifts available where you can see more details and samples. Click here to check them out or click on the 'Personalized Gifts' tab at the top of this page.


Another flowering yucca



When I came home from work last Friday, I saw another flowering yucca this time in my frontyard. Either the weather is really very hot these days causing my yuccas to bloom or am going to be lucky anytime soon.


I wish I could say the same thing for my other plants...the succulents. Even if they are surviving the hot weather, they still look very dry.


 

27 March 2010

Earth Hour 27-Mar-2010 8:30 pm


Soft Treasures by Mix1head has created a virtual lantern to show her support for Earth Hour.....8 hours...30 minutes...still counting....

Earth Hour 2010 is set to be the best yet, but it all depends on you getting involved and spreading the message that you are committed to the future.

Earth Hour 2010 will occur on 27th March, at 8:30 local time, all around the world. Don't forget, we need to spread the message and this video so tweet it, blog it, share it - help spread the word and show what can be done!





 

08 March 2010

"Family Tree" Memory Quilt


A Memory Quilt in the form of a family tree - A legacy for future generations…a quilted family tree that can preserve memories of those who live in our hearts. An excellent gift to give to Mum or Grandma on their special days or for anyone on any occasion , showing generations of love. Something special to hold, hug or look at any time of the day, month or year.

An enlarged tree printed on 100% cotton fabric sheets with seven frames that can show quilt pieces and/or pictures of your family history. Approximate size of the quilted tree is 13.5” wide by 18” high and each picture frame is approximately 3” wide and 1.5” high. Binded by a 100% cotton brown fabric with running stitches all around the square about 2” wide to look like it has been framed. Total approximate size of the memory quilt is 18” x 22”. Picture frames, hill background and tree trunk has been handquilted. At the back is a quilt label where you can jot down the date, write to whom you are giving the quilt to and from whom .

Watch out for more family tree quilts!

 

07 March 2010

Winning entry

Last Friday, I got an email at work that I won a ticket for 4 to the Sydney Taronga Zoo for submitting an entry in the Global Qantas Family Day competition. The competition was to write creatively in 25 words or less why I will have fun and enjoy a day in the zoo with my family.

In 25 words or less, I wrote "Me and my family will have fun and enjoy a day in the zoo as we will be spending the day getting re-acquainted with the animal environment". And for this winning entry, I won One (1) Family Pass for Two (2) Adults & Two (2) Children to the Taronga Zoo. The family pass is going to save me about 180 bucks and will also give me a chance to finally meet Luk Chai, the Australian-born elephant.

For sure I will have a great day. Will be bringing my camera so I could take pictures and share the experience I have with everyone at work.

 

Cyber-Friendship Quilt

In 2010, I will be embarking on a new project which I would call the cyber-friendship quilt. I am going to nominate several themes and will be inviting friends and families to contribute to the quilt they want to be a part of. Nominated themes could be about friendship, travel, hobbies, favourite food or if you are into nature your favourite landscape... all for fun! And what would really make it more impressive and memorable is if the images you submit are all your original works of art....your own ideas....your own friendship message and dedication....your own photos taken from your own camera. Each block that is contributed will have to be signed by the contributor.

This is a big challenge but am very excited...cant wait for it to start. Check out my special page on Cyber-Friendship Quilt to know more about this project.

 


 

National Craft Month


This month of March is National Craft Month. Am sure it is not only happening in the US but all around the world. For those crafters out there, help celebrate this month with new projects to craft...or if you have any unfinished projects take the time to finish any of them this month. For those who are new to crafting whether paper, fabric or mixed media perhaps now is the time to learn how to craft as a way of celebrating the event. As we all know crafting is a good way to relax, release all stresses in our daily lives. You will not know what benefits you can get out of learning how to craft until you actually do it....and believe me it really changes the way you think and your way of life.

 


 

03 March 2010

My Garden - Idriess Place Chapter 7


It has been a long time since I last blogged about my garden. I have been too busy that I didnt seem to have the time to go and see my plants. Very hot summer days also was a factor in not being able to check them out not even my frontyard.

Last Saturday, while hanging my laundry out to dry, I finally noticed that unwanted creeping vines have really grown over the fence so much so that there was no longer a sunlight coming through in my area, not even a bit of sunlight as it was fully covered by the creeping vines. So I decided to do a little cleanup of my backyard and that is when I saw that 2 of my yucca plants have actually bloomed flowers and I never even knew about it.


Based on my estimate, the beautiful white flowers must have grown for about a month already as they seemed to look like they were about to start wilting. I wouldnt want to miss it for the world to see my yuccas blooming flowers. Without blinking an eye, I went inside the house, took my camera and started taking pictures of my backyard garden again most especially with my precious yuccas that bloomed flowers. The last time one of my yuccas in my frontyard bloomed a flower was in 2008.

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Here is the pile of creeping vines from the neighbour that I cut off and how the area looked like after I cut the vines off.

My backyard still needs more care and clean-up though.

 


 

28 February 2010

New life.....easter eggs, easter bunnies..it's easter time once again!


easter e_shop

What does Easter mean to all of us? Wherever and whoever we are, we all know it is the time to renew life. Easter eggs and easter bunnies are there to help us enjoy the spirit of easter, the season of renewal....the beginning of a new life.

At Soft Treasures' Easter e_shop we have lots of items to help you create easter handmade projects ....lots of handmade products made especially for the easter occasion.....come back everyday to checkout new items that we will be posting.

Easter fabric cards are fabric pictures and/or images fitted inside window cutouts.
Easter color-me-cards for kids and adults alike, for everyone who wants to create their personal work of art. Designs have been selected to make colouring more fun and interesting and make a great keepsake, a real treasure to keep.
Easter embellishments such as eggs brads, easter charms and bunny in a basket rubber stamp for your personalized Easter albums.
Create your own easter greetings with our special cliparts and graphic collections for the season. Easter eggs, chocolate treats with family get togethers.....a special handcrafted item....make everyone enjoy and treasure Easter time !
Easter giftcans! A unique keepsake with images that expresses the occasion you are celebrating. A unique way of packaging your gifts, party favours, candies, cookies, jewelry, love notes or anything you can think of.
Fat Quarters for your Easter quilting projects!
Greet your family and friends with a bunny button ! Ready-made and ready-to-wear ! Wear them in your hat, pin them on your bags , stick them on your fridge, bring a smile to a special friend or anyone, they are fun to have and a great way to start a button collection. Great for easter party favours and giveaways and invitations.
Express yourself through Easter quilts. Show your love, support, inspire and gratefulness to someone with a "quilt-a-greet" mini-quilt card ! Unique keepsakes for unique and special people in your life. Very rare and hard to find mini-quilted greetings, could be just the only one you will ever find. Watch out for new mini quilts coming you way very, very soon!
All these and more.....you will find at our Easter e_Shop!

easter e_shop


 

Dream....Hope....and a better future

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. You may meet some difficulties along the way but if you keep on going...you will always be rewarded. As an avid supporter of the Dire Husi program, here is a story of a street kid from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines who was into drugs and petty theft and didn’t know his birth date, let alone his parents. This June, he will be going back to school as a development communications scholar at the Ateneo de Cagayan thanks to a British Council program. Click on the link below for more on this wonderful story :



 

21 February 2010

Very Busy month

Hello everyone! The first six weeks of the new year 2010 has been so busy I never had a chance to login to my blog and had even forgotten my password. It is funny and not funny at the same time. Funny in the sense that I could not login to my own site because I forgot my access and not funny because I never was able to write something or anything about Soft Treasures or any of my favourite topics. Well, am back once again my good friends and I hope you will come back regularly to read about what is exciting and new according to mix1head.

First, we have started our "biggest loser" competition (has been going on now for 6 weeks) and what has started to be fun is now becoming a real and serious competition for other participants so much so that it is no longer fun. I will have more about this in a separate blog.

The high school reunion went as planned and I had the chance to attend and it was one reunion I will never forget. Memories from the past were rekindled and new memories to treasure. More about this on a separate blog.

New products and new projects to talk about. Come back to know more about them. This time I really will be blogging about it.

 


 

09 January 2010

Words of Wisdom

Am not a buddhist, in fact am a Catholic... but I never fail to read any books of the Dalai Lama. I find his books so inspiring and I think (this is only my personal opinion) his teachings are a great help....to guide us well if we want to survive in these modern times.

Here are some of my favourite Words of Wisdom by the great Dalai Lama:

1. We can live without religion and meditation but we cannot survive without human affection.
2. It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.
3. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
4. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
5. Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isnt anyone who does not appreciate kindness and compassion.
6. Compassion automatically brings happiness and calmness. Then even if you receive disturbing news it will be easier to take, as your mind is still.
7. I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So I think the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
8. The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
9. Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people's hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human 'brain' with knowledge but no one seems to care about filling the human 'heart' with compassion. This is what the real role of religion is.
10. Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human but also human to other forms of life.


 

New Year Resolutions?

Happy New Year everyone!

It's that time of the year once again when we attempt to write down a list of resolutions only to be discovered that not one of them has been started mid-way through the year. Haha! But anyway, to keep the tradition going I thought I should still list down a couple of them as hey, who knows this year...a new decade... I will really be able to do it.

First on the list would be to try to lose a few pounds here and there which I have gained through laziness (I hope I could say that I gained those few pounds from blogging) and the second item would really be ....blog.....blog about my craft.....blog regularly....blog regularly about my craft.....what a day is like for Soft Treasures as a crafter! In case you don't know I still have a full-time job, a 7.5 hour job...so..... mix1head....you really need to set your priorities straight this year as well.

To help me attempt to accomplish the first resolution of the year...a coincidence I believe too....where I work starting next week and for the next 12 weeks we are having a 'biggest loser' competition. For $10.00 per participant we started weighing ourselves last Friday and whoever loses the most wins the total amount that will be raised from this competition. The idea is to promote team-building...and have fun at the same time although some people have started to be really serious about it even the organizer is starting to get angry...blood pressure rising whenever someone makes candid remarks. I wish the organizer would also think about the word 'FUN' when organizing everything but knowing her...I dont think so. I havent seen the list yet of who belongs to which group but.... hey....bring it on! For the next 12 weeks, I will probably also be blogging how we are going on with our competition, so come back regularly and check out how am doing. Am I losing....or am I gaining. haha!

As to the second item on the list, I do enjoy blogging just about anything because I also blog at work for our group(see...work or home I am a blogger) but I guess for me to do this regularly for Soft Treasures, I have to find the time to do it...and that is where priorities come in. I am just going to hope for the best....

Upcoming events for mix1head....attend a high school reunion in early Feb and try to post new handcrafted items here.