29 December 2012

Australian-themed fabric for my first quilt of the year

I bought this fabric when I went to a craft shop last month to buy some interfacing. I did not realize they were on sale and it turned out that this fabric was only about $4.00/metre after a 50% discount more on an already discounted price with a width of 100cms. At the time I bought the fabric I didnt know what to do with it.

We are only 3 days away from a new year 2013 and my weekly creativity is about to end (2 more creations to be posted very soon). I have decided not to do another year of creativity but I will be doing one quilt a month for the next twelve months. It will not be big quilts as I want to be able to finish it within the month. Besides I have no space to store very large quilts. And since I already have so many quilts and quilted wallhangings, I may sell whatever I make to raise funds for my charity...that is if someone would like to purchase my creation. :-)

Here is the first fabric I have chosen for my first quilt for the year 2013. January will be Australian-themed quilt.
My quilts will just be simple, nothing fancy. Sizes will vary between 30cms x 30cms to a lap-sized quilt depending on the design and time I have to make it. I really hope I have the time to complete it in a month.

27 December 2012

Fabric Calendars - Big and Small

My third to the last project for my creative life journey. Am trying to finalize the last 2 and will be posted very soon. 

The year's journey would not also be complete without a calendar for the new year so I made these two calendars out of a 100% quilting cotton fabric panel I had about garden and friendship. This time I made a small pocket (as part of the micro mini wallhanging) so the calendar can easily be inserted and easily refillable for the future years. I used to make this for my personal use and I would just adhere the calendar using a double adhesive tape. This time I made it more sophisticated by creating a pocket. The wallhanging measures about 10cms(w) x 16cms(h) and the actual calendar is about 8cms x 4.25cms. It is double-stitched on the edges and backed by a 'quilt for a cure' 100% quilting cotton fabric.
These are the two fabric calendars I made - comes with a ribbon for easy hanging
and here is how the pocket looks like where the actual calendar is inserted -
These items are available in my online shop for $6.00 each. Here is the link for anyone who is interested.

24 December 2012

Merry Christmas to all!!

Wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas!!

Handmade Christmas 2012

It is Christmas once again and time to re-post these handmades - my favourites. It took me almost half-an-hour of shooting since I wanted to get a picture with lights on it. Finally I was able to picture the fabric nativity with a light flashing, lights on the quilted fabric christmas tree and lights on the whole fabric nativity setup but no flashing light on the angel. The fourth image is how the whole ensemble looks like without lights.
I am going to enjoy these Christmas decorations for the next two weeks and it will go back to their spot inside my wooden chest.

23 December 2012

i-create Week 49 - My Handmade Christmas Tree

Creativity for the year will not be complete without a handmade Christmas tree and that is what I did for creative life Week 49. The tree which is made of MDF wood was made by my sister. I created the balls to decorate the tree. Here is the tree -
and here are the nine Christmas balls I made and added some glass heart ornaments which I was going to use for a decoupage project. Since I wasnt going to use it yet I added a ribbon so I can hang each heart glass on the tree.
I did balls filled with M&M chocolates, balls filled with a 10 dollar bill note, three balls filled with pompoms in different colors and I also placed a ribbon, a ball with a ribbon embellished with heart brads and I put in a couple of mini fabric roses, a ball with the words 'Believe, Inspire, Create' embellished in a strap which one can actually used as a wrist or fabric bracelet and glass hearts. The balls filled with M&M chocolates and bill notes are Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews. For a change from putting the notes in envelopes, I thought something different for this year and I used the plastic balls and tied a ribbon to close the balls.

I embellished the tree with battery-operated christmas lights and here is the result of the lighted Christmas tree although I think there are too many lights for the small tree. :-)
Hope you like my handmade Christmas tree.

20 December 2012

Dreamers Markets Big Day

Last Saturday was Dreamers Markets day and I had a great day. Unlike the previous market day in Sept which was so cold, this time it was neither cold nor hot. It was bright and sunny. I thought I would show you some of the items that I had on sale in my stall - Please note that all these items were handmade by me over the past months and some just a few weeks or few days before the market day. I do not have pictures of the actual market day since I did not bring any camera with me. This is the picture I took two nights before the big day when I was trying to test my new table cover.
This was my new table cover -
 and this was how I envisioned my stall would look like on the Saturday morning.
Here are images of several of the items that I took with me to sell -
1) My favourite lavender houses and the lavender square christmas cards which you can find hanging on the picture above at the sides -
2) then I brought with me my christmas stockings both the regular ones and the ones where you can insert a picture of the recipient -
4) I didnt bring any quilts or wallhangings but I brought my 2013 mini calendar wallhanging which you can see from the picture right next to the christmas stockings and the magnetic ones -
6) my journal covers -
7) and my clothbooks -
Some of these items are available in my online shop if anyone is interested. Because they are all made by hand, quantities are very limited. Please feel free to browse.

Now I am on to my last few creativity projects.

2013 Fabric Calendar Wallhangings

This is another project I posted a few weeks ago but without the actual calendar yet. It was just the quilted wallhanging. Last night I printed a landscape monthly calendar for 2013 on a letter-sized light brown kraft paper and with buttons attached it to the wallhanging. The full calendar wallhanging measures about 56cms long and is refillable. The printed image is about 33.5cms x 37cms. Comes with dowels for easy hanging.
Here they are - 'Love our Earth'
 and 'Think Green'
If you are into 'Being Green' and would love to see a reminder hanging on your wall check these two items out in my online shop. I have other 2013 fabric calendars available and more to come.

19 December 2012

Good Tidings of Great Joy Advent Calendar

If anyone who reads my blog remembers that a few weeks ago I posted this advent calendar but didnt have the trimmings. I completed the trimmings last Monday and decorated the wallhanging. Here it is with its 24 trimmings -
Or you can put some lights on it and hang it on your wall. You can make the trimmings permanent. Each trimming is adhered to a felt using a strongbond interface so they are strong enough to hang on the tree. Am selling this quilted calendar for $54.95 in my online shop. It may be a bit late for this Christmas but there will always be another Christmas. In fact I still have quite a few different styled calendar panels which I will try to sew as early as possible for next year.

Fabric Wine Covers this Christmas and New Year

If you want to be different this Christmas and New Year and you want to give someone a bottle of wine, why dont you try my fabric wine covers. I printed Christmas labels on a cotton inkjet fabric sheet and using a zigzag stitch I attached the label to the front section of the wine cover.
Click on the image above or click on the link below to check them out.

Creative Life Week 48 - Felt Snowman Bags and Sack

Some of you may be wondering why I am doing all these projects and blogging almost all at the same time. Am I doing all these things in one day? Actually no. I have been making them at least on a weekly basis but just have no time to sit down and blog about it. The past three weeks has been very hectic and now that Dreamers Markets is finished (last weekend) and am on a forced break from work, I finally find the time to catch up.

For week 48 I thought I would make some felt snowman bags. Not sure why I made them because I didnt actually bring them in the market to sell last weekend. The lesser things I brought with me at the market I thought it was better. I only brought the things I had a feeling was going to sell. To think that I spent so much time making the snowman hat and the bags are actually made by hand. Although I only made 6 I did it in two sizes 3 of each.
Here are the small sized bags which measures about 16cms x 23cms -
and the larger sizes which measures about 23cms x 49cms.
By the look at the sizes, these bags are meant for long items but not sure if it will hold if a bottle of wine was placed inside. In addition to the felt bags, I made one snowman sack which measured about 39cms x46cms
A bit late for Christmas as most people would have completed their purchases and wrapping materials but I still would put this in my online shop for next year. :-)

18 December 2012

Christmas Buttons

The least expensive present to give at Christmas time for family, friends, business associates and great for promoting business at Christmas time. Ready-made and ready-to-wear ! To welcome the new year!

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.
Christmas Pinback Buttons in 2 sizes - 38mm (1.5") and 57mm(2-1/4"). Each button comes pinned in a notecard with a blank inside panel for you to write your personal message. Also comes in a matching white envelope. 
Here are the designs available in the 38mm size or 1.5" - and sells for $1.50 each plus postage of 60 cents per button.
Here are the designs available in the 57mm (2.-1/4") - and sells for $1.75 each plus postage of 60 cents per button
All buttons are available for sale at my online shop. If you are after large quantity, click here to contact me. 

17 December 2012

Creative Life Week 47 - Fabric Postcards for Christmas

Last weekend I had a stall at Dreamers Markets in Parramatta and sold some of these fabric postcards I made for Christmas. This is week 48 for my creative life journey. Cant wait to finish off the whole year so I can consolidate all of my creations in one book.

These images I printed on a 100% cotton fabrics from my old and very reliable inkjet printer. And for something different from the usual fabric postcards I make and since it is also Christmas I decided to put silver brass corners.
I also made fabric postcards for friendship or anyone to liven up their life.

All these fabric postcards are available from my online shop or click on any of the images above. They are made of 100% cotton with a thick wadding in between.

07 December 2012

Christmas Stockings with picture

I can see Santa peeking behind a post checking out who has been naughty and who has been nice. I still am into 'Christmas stocking' mood so for week 46 of my creative life I made a christmas stockings with a picture frame. You can then insert a picture of your special girl or boy in your life or anyone special. 

It took me a while to make it as I kind of had difficulty figuring out how to create the frame and how to put the picture inside the frame. Whenever I make something I never use a pattern. I think about how to make it at the time I am making it. So finally I decided that the best way to insert the picture into the frame was inside the stockings. I made a pocket in the lining and left an opening big enough to insert a 3" x 3" picture. The frame has a plastic to protect the picture and also to make it more authentic by using a plastic instead of a glass. Then I printed the Christmas message in an inkjet fabric sheet and stitched it on the fold and a little embellishments on the frame.
See the picture inside the frame of a girl reading a book. I am going to make 2 more of this type of stockings. Fabric has been cut. All I need is the time to sew it. 

A few stockings are now available. Click on the image above or click on the link below to check them out. 

05 December 2012

Christmas Stockings

The most traditional christmas decor you will find during the Christmas season. Stocking-shaped bags which you can hang on a mantelpiece or on a Christmas tree for Santa to put small gifts on Christmas eve for the children and even adults. I usually make these items during the Christmas season. Sometimes I would put names on it which I print on inkjet fabric sheets or sometimes Christmas greetings. They come in many styles and this time I have used laces for embellishment for a change. Some styles still have my usual christmas bells.

Made of 100% quilting cotton, each stocking measures about 36cms long and 19cms wide(widest point at the bottom) and are fully lined. All these stockings are available in my Christmas e-shop. Click on any of the images above to check them out or click on the link below -

02 December 2012

Creative Life Week 45 - Fabric Pocket Christmas Cards

Christmas is just around the corner and that means the year is almost ending and I still need to catch up with my creative life. I have been doing lots of stuff but didnt think it should be included in my creativity for 52 weeks as some of them I have done in the past.

For Week 45  I decided to make fabric pocket Christmas cards. When people give giftcards or money they either put it inside a plain envelope or buy those money wallet cards. This time I thought I would make something different. It is still a card but I cut out images from a Christmas fabric, made them into pockets and adhered them to the cards. Then I printed an angel head on each card to use as a topper for the pocket. And to put some of the buttons I have into good use I embellished every corner of the pocket with a button.   

The pockets are big enough to hold a gift card or dollar bill notes. For the dollar note. all you have to do is fold the note and put it inside the pocket. The cards come with a matching white envelope and has a blank inside panel for your personal message.
And here are samples of how I used the fabric pocket cards. One is holding a gift card and the other a dollar bill - 
So how is that for something different. I dont think you will find this anywhere at all. This is creativity in action by Soft Treasures.

All of the cards above are available for purchase in my online store for $2.50 each plus postage of 60 cents. So why not be different this Christmas. Check out these cards here.