Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Little Black Bag

Do you remember the sample prayer mat bag I made for my hubby’s cousin, Idah, in 2009?

Well, I have been using the bag for myself to carry my documents and other things to work. Recently I find myself in need of a black bag as the black bag I have been using all this while is starting to give way. So, I thought to myself, why don’t I make a black bag that matches this prayer mat bag. That way I would have a matching bag set.

I started on this project on the weekend of the 23rd of August 2011. Yup! That long time ago, and only now am I blogging about it! LOL!! *grin*

I didn’t realized how quick it was to do this bag as I completed the bag the very next day! I made the bag at a relaxing pace as I wasn’t in a hurry to get it done, but, despite stopping many times to do the usual household chores, cook and all those other usual wifely duties, I got the bag done in no time at all! I was surprised at how easy it was to do this bag.

The original design calls for the bag to be padded and quilted, but I decided to replace it with the usual bag interfacing instead. I guess that makes a difference in my timing. Still, I think the bag still looks great. Wouldn’t you agree? *wink*

If I do this bag again, what I will change is the top flap. I think it’s a little small and does not cover the whole top opening, making it very easy for small things to pop out of the bag, not to mention that someone could actually put their hands into the bag. So, if I carry this bag to a public place, I would have to strap it across my body and have it in front of me.

Other than that, I love this bag because of the fact that it matches the prayer mat bag which is now my document bag which I have been bringing to work with me.

Maybe I should start thinking of making bags as a set – a handbag that comes matching with a document bag. What do you think?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A box of pinks!

Everyone knows that my favourite colour is PINK. Funny ,though, that my wardrobe has very few pieces of pink clothes. LOL! There are more reds and browns. I guess there aren’t that many pink clothes in the market that appeals to me. Maybe when I start sewing my own clothes (which is when?), my wardrobe might be full of pinks! LOL!

Anyway, for the recent Mug Rug Exchange organized at NNC, besides Sally, my other Mug Rug Exchange partner is Diane from the US.

I had received my Mug Rug from Sally many months ago, which I had already blogged about it in September, and sometime ago, I received my Mug Rug from Diane.

I have been meaning to blog about it, but life has been very hectic for me the last 4 - 5 months. I hardly have time for anything much else except work, work, and more work, and taking care of the family and home.

Anyway, Diane's mug rug to me came in this huge box.......

....and upon taking the packaging apart *grin*, I was greeted with this very lovely box of pink that got me all excited! LOL!

What awaits me inside the box was even more exciting. You will agree with me when you see the contents of the lovely box. I felt like I had just celebrated my birthday all over again! LOL! My Mug Rug did not come alone, but was accompanied by a load of many very lovely things, mostly in PINK!

Here are the contents…..

The mug rug came complete with a sweet pink mug and a tiny tea pot which is oh, so very cute!

There were also 4 sachets of tea, which is a requirement under this exchange, that is, to include tea bags together with the mug rugs.

As I was also involved in the Antique Tile Block Swap organized by Diane, she included in the box the block swap. I will blog on it in a separate posting.

In the mean time, more exciting things included in the box is a pink hibiscus flower hair clip and a pink Fox Run mold, which I believe, is for pudding or jelly. Diane, can this be put in the oven?

As I was going crazy baking cupcakes in the last few months (will blog on my cupcakes in a later post), and have been telling all my friends over at NNC and showing off photos of my cupcakes over at FB, Diane included inside the box a pattern for making Cupcake oven mitts! How cool is that and it is so cute!

I definitely must make at least one cupcake oven mitts as soon as my Project Management Certification program is completed. I can’t wait!

The best gift from the box came in the form of a Dogwood Trail charm pack, and 9 pieces of fat quarters, all in pink!

I had actually bought a Dogwood Trail Jelly Roll a few weeks prior to receiving the box of pink from Diane. I bought it when the board was crazy discussing about jelly rolls to be used for the impending Postage Stamp Quilt-A-Long scheduled for this year.

Diane actually recommended to me to get the Dogwood Trail Jelly Roll, and the minute I laid my eyes on the jelly roll, I just fell in love with it! It’s pink, remember! LOL! And now, I have a charm pack too to compliment the jelly roll! Now isn’t that awesome! LOL!

Now is to actually find the time to use all the things that Diane sent me. I am looking forward to completing my certification program so that I can get on with doing the other things that I love to do - crafting!

Thanks, Diane, for all the lovely things! I am still jumping for joy and just can't wait to use some of the things you sent me! Hugs!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

A quick note!

Yeah! This is going to be a real quick note. I have been so busy, I can't find time to blog.

I just can't wait for when my certification program finishes in Mac 2012, insyaAllah, God willing.

I am all so stressed out, it is giving me muscle cramps, gastric attacks and diarrhea! LOL! Honest!

I have been on MC for 3 days over a peroid of one week! Now that's bad!

I have never had such a bad gastric attack like what I exeprienced the last one week. My whole body was so weak, I could hardly get up. The diarrhea added salt to the wound, making my whole body ache all over.

I am much better today, thank God.

It's Saturday morning here in Malysia, but late Friday evening over on the over side of the world.

It's going to be a hectic day for me as Aiman has got football practice very early this morning, after that, we have a wedding to attend, followed by Aiman's tuition before sending Aiman over for a birthday party.

By the time we get home, it will be almost the end of Saturday. Nothing much any other things I can do, especially to work on my paper or do any crafting (like as it I have any time for them anyway! LOL!).

So, today I will consider it as a day for socializing and running errands. Tomorrow, it will be back to working on my paper.

Oh! I just can't wait to get back to crafting.

What are your plans this weekend?

Anyway, have a GREAT weeekend, everyone!

Told you it's going to be a short posting! LOL!