Friday, October 30, 2009

Painting with Acrylic

A few weeks ago, when I did my shopping in the supermarket, I saw Kid Canvas Art Sets. Inside there was 2 pcs of canvases (with giraffe and lion drawing on each) complete with the acrylic paints (6 pcs) and brushes (2 pcs). I immediately bought it because I knew that Lauri would love it. My guess was right. She was really excited and immediately wanted to paint them. Since this was the first time for her to paint using acrylic on canvas, I had to guide and to supervise her.

Fully concentrated

Painting the giraffe

The result

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Update on Lace Sleeves Top

Remember my lace sleeves top? Last week, after I wore it the third times, I decided to add the bottom with lace edging. At first I was lazy to open the bind off, and just want to crochet the additional lace edging. However, after think about it further, I decided not to do that since I was afraid it will be too much. Another reason is that not everybody can knit and crochet. So why limit my market to only people that can knit and crochet? So in the end I decided to just use the same lace motifs as the lace on the sleeves. Since I still got 1 skein leftover, I just frogged the last 8 rows of the garter stitch bottom and replace it with the lace, plus I used up the whole 1 skein of yarn (I only have about a yard or so leftover). I think I like the result more now.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Miniature Gallery

My brother has a small shop back in Indonesia. Actually it is belong to my parents but he rent it from them. He sold magazines, stickers, jigsaw puzzle and stuff. The last time I went there, I saw that he imported some interesting miniature DIY items. I brought back some but never got a chance to do it. I still don’t, however, somehow my husband got the urge to do it when he was on leave recently. Thus, this is the result:

Not very neat since the whole things only measures 8” x 7” and need very delicate finger to do it, and his finger just not suitable for these things. LOL! However, if you look from a far, it still looks pretty.

I still have several more with different theme. One of them is fabric shop. Too bad there is no yarn shop available.

Funny Video About Addi Turbo

Friday, October 16, 2009


In the beginning of September, I moved to new house. That is why the last couple of months I was so busy that I barely got time to knit or crochet. We got too many stuff to move that made my head spin. Most of my stuffs are baby things. Lauri got so many toys. I already donated and threw away some of her toys, but she still have plenty left. The last time I moved 7 years ago, I only had little things to move. I did not know that having additional 2 littles ones can multiply my things so much.

To make it worse, my in-law got a lot more things than me. So combine together, our stuffs make the movers fainted. We were starting to move from noon until almost midnight. Even then, we only managed to put the furniture in place, but didn’t manage to open one single box. I was too tired and just managed to put the bed ready to sleep on. Even until now (2 months later), the house still looks untidy and there are still a few boxes have not opened yet. There are so many things that I want to do, and yet I don’t have enough time to do it. I guess I have to do it one at a time.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Happy Birthday, Lauri!

Last Saturday was Lauri's birthday. Like last year this year we also celebrated it in her kindy. However, since Saturday they had no class, we did it on Friday. Hard to believe that she's already 5 years old. I still vividly remember the first time I caught a glimpse of her when my gynea pulled her out from my tummy (I got C-Section after 24 hours in labor) and the first time I saw her face when the nurse presented her to me.

Singing happy birthday

Blowing the candle

Cutting the cake

Giving out goodies

We also had family dinner party to celebrate her birthday.

The ice cream cake almost melting by the time we finish our dinner

Birthday card from cousin Kayley

Fiori could not wait to eat it

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I Need Testers

My lace sleeve top is finished and I wore it twice already while I wrote the pattern. Now, since I have finished written it, I am looking for testers. This pattern is written in 2 different weight yarns (fingering and DK) and bust sizes 32" - 44". If you are interested please email me at or you can leave a comment here (don't forget to tell me which size and which yarn weight you want to test and leave your email so I can contact you). I specially need testers that expert in knitting lace. I just afraid that I made a lot of mistake in writting the lace part and if you are beginners in knitting lace, my mistake can make you frustrated.

Sorry for the blur photo, since I took this photo without adequate lighting.

Here the details about this pattern:

Sizes: 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44" Bust. This top suppose to have negative ease (tight fitting). Thus if your size is M, you can go down 1 size to S.

Needle: Fingering: 3.00 mm (size 2) 80 cm long circular needle for the neck band, 3.50 mm (size 4) 80 cm long circular needle for the rest.
DK Weight: 3.50 mm (size 4) 80 cm long circular needle for the neck band, 4.00 mm (size 6) 80 cm long circular needle for the rest.

Yarn: Fingering or DK Weight

Yarn requirement:
Fingering Weight: 32": 1100 meter, 34": 1200 meter, 36": 1300 meter, 38": 1400 meter, 40": 1500 meter, 42": 1600 meter, 44": 1700 meter
DK Weight: 32": 900 meter, 34": 975 meter, 36": 1050 meter, 38": 1125 meter, 40": 1200 meter, 42": 1275 meter, 44": 1350 meter

Notion: Tapestry needle, Beads (2 pcs), markers, scrap yarn.

Difficulty: Intermediate - Advance.