Saturday, October 21, 2006

Stashing, Enabling & Fish Tale

For the past few months, I didn't have much time to spend for stitching & sewing. There are some projects have been postponed for quite some time. Nevertheless, stashing is a different story. It is a never-ending story actually. I did some stash-shopping in Miri & Kuala Lumpur. Not much cross stitch stuff anyway, more on patchwork & quilting and some crocheting stuff.

I took my sister, Sabrina, to meet my stitching friends in Kuala Lumpur. We went for a short trip to a LNS. And guess sister wanted to learn to cross stitch ! I bought her a simple kit for a start.

A visit to Miri's newest cotton shop was rather exciting. The owner is sharing a show house with her teakwood furniture dealer husband. It is a bungalow house to be specific. I must admit that patchwork wallhangings & tablerunners look really gorgeous displayed together with the teakwood furniture. Anyway, her cotton collection was what I craze about. I bought abundance of half yards, fat quarters and fat eighths of cotton. The colours are vibrant and the prints are my favourite themes e.g. teacups, polka dots, weave, oriental & vines. I bought some batik prints fat eighths as well. And the best part is, a friend of mine (dear Lim) who drove me to the shop developed some interests to pick up patchwork. Me & Lina (the shop owner) were like further fanning her sparks of interest. Lim is planning to take patchwork lessons during her long holiday end of the year.

I found some golf prints from another cotton shop in Kuala Lumpur. There some projects (for my DH) in mind.I also stocked up some crochet yarns & hooks since I've been crocheting quite actively these days. Our friend's daughters (Athira & Alia) regularly spend their time with the 3 darling princesses. Athira saw 2 crocheted hats I did for baby Alya and she asked me to teach her to crochet. I promised to teach her during the long school holiday at the end of the year. And she is already bought the hook & yarn!

Enabling is as much fun as stashing. I'm excited to see my sister, my friend and our friend's daughter are their way to be part of the needlecraft world.

And lastly but not least, the latest addition to our family, small tropical pet fishes! We really enjoy their company since July. Currently we have 16 of them.

Monday, October 16, 2006

"Welcome! I live on the 2nd floor"...

After 3 years in Miri, we had finally left the Seahorse city of Sarawak for good. We were actually not there since May, only came back to pack things up in July. Luckily , we had movers to do most of the job.

Once again, new house and new neighbours - thanks to the nature of my dear hubby's job. We are now staying not so far from our families. Glad to be back with them after years of being away (far away) from them.

There are still boxes & bundles to unpack in our hobby room. We are practically surfing the net amongst those boxes & bundles. Hope that by the end of the year, everything will be in their right places. We purposely postponed getting a phone line, thinking of the boxes & bundles were occupying our house in first 2 months here. Applied for the phone line & broadband in the 3rd week of September. Well, thing didn't work as fast as we expected. Back online barely 2 days ago (a week before, the phone line was finally installed).

I was actually delighted when our new neighbours greeted us on 1st day here. Not all urbanites are snobbish afterall. Furthermore, the place where we live is truly Malaysia - Malays, Chineses, Indians & Sikhs (major ethnics) live harmoniously in spite of the hectic,bustling urban lifestyle. And what I love most to be back in the city is the amenities & services that I need are plentiful and more accessible.

I will write more on my needlecraft activities for the past few months in next posting. Thank you for your emails & comments. To Gina & Isabelle - I will email you back. And to Ann Lee - hope to hear from you soon. To all crafting bloggers, it is envious to see the pics of your great finishes in your blogs.