the travelling zumi

Finally got around to uploading pictures to Flickr — feel free to visit! :D They’re all pictures from the Zumi. Some I have posted here but there were a lot that I didn’t post but would love to share, like the one above. It’s so claustrophobic yet strangely attractive. At least I find it attractive.

(oooh, I just realized how until January snow will be falling on this picture, and how bizarre it would look because it never snows in Hong Kong!)

There was a lot of experimentation, taking pictures of the same scene with different angles. Because often with the Zumi the overall tonal value of the picture would change even when the angle is only a slight bit different. So it was really fun to see what it comes up with. There’s also no viewfinder so I couldn’t see what I was taking a picture of. That’s why majority of the pictures are slanted. I might fix them later.

Feel free to visit the Hong Kong set here and the Malaysia set here :D

 

the threadless festive brooch

In my quest for an even simpler brooch‐making method than my last festive brooch, I came up with a threadless version. It’s not technically threadless, since ribbons are made of woven threads. It may be more accurate to use the term “no‐sew”, but when Mike he saw me making this he said, “oooh! It’s threadless!” So I figure I’d stick with “threadless” :)

I wore it to a Christmas dinner last night! :D

It is so ridiculously quick and simple and costs very little to make, so it might be a good project if one needs to make small gifts for a group of friends or co‐workers or classmates or extended female family members. And with this method one could combine different colours of ribbons, which I think makes it even more fun and festive.

So, anyway, one could probably figure out how to make it just by looking at the picture, but I thought some step‐by‐step pictures would also be helpful.

First, using pieces of ribbons around 7 inches in length, I made loops and taped them in the center with double sided tape, like so…

After making loops with different colours, I layered them, overlapping in the center, and then staple them together in the center.

I then attached the buttons with hot glue.

And finally, I attached the pin back with hot glue.

And there we have it, a 5‐minute festive brooch! (That is, if one doesn’t spend half a night picking out colours of ribbons and combination of buttons like me.) One could also thread a ribbon or whatnot (I used raffia) through one of the ribbon loops to make it an ornament when not wearing it as a brooch!

Have a lovely day! :D

let it snow, let it snow…

Woke up to a white wintry world this morning. The first great snowfall this winter.

Despite the inevitable grey slush when it accumulates on the road and the subsequent black ice when it partially melts and then freezes overnight, I’m still a big fan of snow. It makes me happy to see it fall and twirl in the air, covering everything in a blanket of pure, fresh, untainted white (even just for a moment, before it turns into grey slush).

And so! It is also snowing here on genuine mudpie. I was rather excited when WordPress told me that I could turn a switch and make it snow on my blog from now till Jan.4. How neat!

Though I’m not sure if it would be annoying to be viewing pictures and reading text with some white dots falling in front of them. Like trying to read the road signs in a snow storm. Or trying to drive and watch the road in a blizzard :S So! Let me know what you think! For now I’ll keep the snow and see how I like it after a while.

Have a happy Monday!

the making of festive brooches

Whoa! It’s December already! Friends are saying that their holiday decorating / baking / shopping are well underway, but since I’ve spent the past month travelling I’m barely feeling the Christmas excitement at this point. A festive craft might help fix that!

Actually, I needed to find simple yet festive craft ideas for an upcoming project. I spent last night searching on different blogs and craft sites for projects that involved the least amount of sewing and use of hot glue. This idea came about as I was twiddling around with some ribbons. I thought they’d make nice last‐minute gifts so I made a bit of a tutorial to share :D

Apologies for the horrid discoloured pictures and the funky backgrounds — I was in a bit of a rush and didn’t get around to setting up a nice photo‐shoot. But I hope you get the idea. As always if there’s any question/comment feel free to drop me a note! :D

To make one festive brooch, I used:

30 — 40 inches of 3/4‐inch ribbon

assortment of buttons

a push pin

some kind of thick padding, like a sponge, or thick piece of Styrofoam

sewing needle, threaded

a pin back

a hot glue gun

felt (optional)

Step 1: Wrap ribbon around 4 fingers securely but not so tight that it can’t be slipped off the hand after, and ensure that the loops are stacked neatly on top of one another, like so…

Step 2: Slip loops of ribbon off the hand, holding it in the center, like so…

Step 3: With the push pin, pin the stack of ribbon to the piece of padding (I used a new kitchen sponge) in the center‐ish point of the ribbon (doesn’t need to be perfect, just make sure that the pin goes through all the layers), like so…

Step 4: Fan out the ribbon loops by gently tugging on the loops, like so… (it helps to begin by tugging the top half and bottom half toward opposite directions a bit at a time. And yes, it’s much more efficient to do this with two hands. I only photographed one hand because one hand needed to hold the camera.)

Step 5: When satisfied with the shape, hold it together in the center and take it out of the sponge/foam with the pin still in it, like so…

Step 6: Remove pin, still holding it together in the center, take the threaded sewing needle and make a small cross stitch through all the layers in the centre, like so…

Step 7: With same thread, sew button in the center. I like to top it with another smaller button in contrasting colour.

Step 8: Sew through buttons twice and tie off at the back (it helps to line up the button holes).

Step 9: Attach pin back to the back with a big glob of hot glue (apply glue to the ribbon, NOT to the pin. Hot glue + metal pin = burnt fingers!)

And there you have it, a brooch to put any outfit into festive mode! :D Here’s one made with a sheer kind of ribbon, which I prefer.

Now, if one has more time beads can be sewn in the center instead of buttons.

I initially made the beaded pin as a sample for photos and thought I would put it in the shop after, but after taking pictures of it this morning with this particular sweater I’ve decided that I’m keeping it :P The shop will have to wait.

For beaded brooches I would recommend sewing the pin back to a piece of felt and then hot‐gluing the felt to the ribbon flower, so it’s more sturdy, like so…

With the multi‐steps I think I made it look more complicated than it actually is. It’s actually quite straightforward, and took me an hour to make the two buttoned brooches, and that’s with me being indecisive about the colour combination of the buttons.  It would be fun to play around with different textures and length of ribbons.

Hope you enjoy this and thank you for visiting!