Thursday, May 25, 2006

Mirabilia ** WORK IN PROGRESS **

Mirabilia - Waiting for Ships

I am a big fan of Mirabilia Designs and I really love the contemporary looks and timeless depiction of Nora Corbett's designs. Nora, a designer cum painter, usually uses subjects like fairies, angels, queens, mothers .... graceful and elegant women posed in various romantic settings. Designs like 'Waiting For Ships' , 'Sleeping Beauty' , 'Fairy Moon' and 'The Forest Goddess' are some of my favourites. I chose 'Waiting For Ships' to be the first to sew. This 1998 design shows a heartbroken mermaid awaiting among the rocks and sea sprays for the return of her handsome sea captain. You can vision her long chestnut hair flowing gracefully in the deep blue sea... Her emerald aqua fins and tails shimmering brightly under the sun... Her heart yearning.... yearning for her lover to return....(sob...sniff...sniff....)

OK.. now coming back to the real world... (blowing my nose with a hanky...) this stitchwork requires Kreinik metallic thread and beads by Mill Hill. It is also my first work with metallic thread and sewing petite glass beads on the fabric. I started stitching on the 32 count blue linen fabric since last April. The completed design area is to be 11"x17". Currently it is half-done. I have stop stitching it for a couple of months now as I find it tedious. I don't know why ... I just don't seem to be able to focus on this work. Dear me... it seems the mojo has worn-off???? HELP...! I need to charge-up again Bzzzz.... Bzzzz........ Bzzzz.... (5% charged) Bzzz... Bzzzz ( charging....) Bzzz..... Meanwhile I am going to spend more time with other smaller stitchworks :-p .

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Biscornu ** 8-Sided Mini-Cushion**

I always thought that cushions can only be sewn in 4-sided, round, oval etc… you know the basic shaped we used to see in the shopping or furniture malls; until I was introduced to this 8-side pin cushion by Cindy. The French called it's a french ornament I think.

Julie, a French blogger is kind enough to show us how it is being done with each detailed step and photo shown. However as it is in French, it is diffucult for me to understand even with the web page translation tool available. Luckily for me her photos are self-explanatory. You can view her instructions here .

I like her cross-stitch design so much that I studied and copied each crosses to a graph paper. I then sewed it on to #25 lugana pale yellow fabric using DMC colour 680. The size of the finished product is about 3 inches all round. It took me a couple of week-ends to finish it. I have not decide what I am going to do with it. Frankly I won't be doing another one in the future as I have no use for it. I don't know...some how it did not give me that 'w..h..o..o..p..y' feelings.

Cross Stitch Card Shop **Patchwork Baby Card**

My first handmade cross-stitch greeting card. (Clap... clap... clap....)

I am very pleased with the end result. When I first saw the picture of the baby pram in the Cross Stitch Card Shop issue 47 at Knotty Shop... I know I have to get it. It's the perfect personal gift I want to make for an ex-colleague. She has just given birth to a 3.42kg baby boy and the baby happen to be her first-born child. So the colour blue will be the right choice for this card.To spice up this card....(with pots and pans heehee and eyes I added in some acid-free scrapbook embellishments at the front page.

I stamped the word 'CONGRATULATIONS' at the inner page using dye-ink coffee colour. This is my first attempt at stamping. You can see that the stamping is not that good especially at the ending part. I should have stamped and tested on some draft papers first before I did it on the card. Anyway I leave it as it is. Hmmmm... should I add in more wordings at this page?? What you think? Any suggestions?

Now the back page..... I was browsing at a local handicraft store and then I came across this 'Handmade by' stamp. Upon seeing it, an idea immediately came to my mind. I can stamp it at the back of the card and sign in my name as MooMoo. Then I saw a COW PUNCHER.... I thought 'Hey...I can punch out 2 paper cows and replaced it with my name!'.
HaHaHaHa.....And so this is how this back page design came about.

Well....really hope that my recipient will like it as much as I do. :-p

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Moo Moo Here.....

After much "pecking" from a friend (gosh....I can still hear her click-clacking in the back of my mind ...heehee..) , I finally get the courage to create my very own blog. I was hesitating at first as I am afraid I might not have the perseverance to see it through... Well... then I tell myself...'At least I have to try'.

First I have to decide what I want to post at the blog. My finished craftwork, my on-going works, my wishlist (maybe....). Next Blog name. Getting a unique name for this blog is also a fun process for me and my friend Cindy. 'MooMoo' is used as it is the id I practically used in all the stitching forums that I have joined. We then brainstorm on the blog name..... 'MooMoo', 'MooMoo Blog', 'MooMoo Stitch' , 'MooMoo Talk' , 'MooMoo Craft'..... We laughed at all the funny names we came out with. Then I come across this word MOTIF in one of the sewing craft website. The word looks cool and perfectly depict the blog's theme. So we combined the 2 words and come out with MooMootif.

Currently I am crazy about hardanger and papercraft greeting cards. I have being buying alot of magazines and papercraft supplies lately. (oh wallet is getting lighter....). And I just subscribe to Cross-stitch Crazy. (Knock..Knock...) Really hope it is not a spur of a moment..... ;-p

I better download my pictures from the camera to the computer tonight.....