Art, Baby, Diy, DIY, Eco friendly, Sewing, Uncategorized

New pad shape and second try on breast pad

I have drawn up a new pad shape and is trying this out so my pad swap partner. I am also making several of this for my friend’s moon box that I have been putting together. I like it, easier to sew and faster.  

   Now the breast pad is a different story… My sewing machine was giving me bad attitude when I was using the overlock stitch to fake serge the edge. I don’t know about giving this to my friend as a gift:/ not cool. 

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Art, Diy, DIY, Eco friendly, Sewing, Uncategorized

More sewing…

Wonder what I have been up to? Well more sewing. More pad making cause I’m addicted and I mean making my own pattern testing it out or just for fun. And, buying more and more fabric! I need to stop!! I recently figured out the correct foot and the stitch in my sewing machine to do overlock stitch. I feel golden….there are some projects that you just need to have the Serged look, say cloth wipes or heart shape breast pad like bamboobies. So I made my own version of bamboobies, with flannel top for decoration and cotton velour for the soft touch to skin. Not that I need breast pad anymore since I dried up after being sick with a cold for a month. But maybe u can get better at this and list it on etsy 🙂 

Here are pics of my adventurous pads and they are quite difficult to turn. My fingers cramped up and I did tear the fabric a little bit.  Be my judge and tell me what you think??

   
    
    
   

Art, Sewing, Uncategorized

DIY coasters 

Here I am sewing again. Since I’ve got lots of fabrics… Spent lots of mula on fabrics that I think for Christmas I’m going to make something with my fabrics as gifts. So I made lots of coasters. Took me a while to cut up the squares but it’s done (it’s difficult to find time to do anything when you have a baby….). These are not finished, they still need to be iron, closed (the turning hole) and top stitched. Some are quite uneven in size because well, I messed up. But these fabrics are what I got for cloth pads, baby blankets, bibs and burp cloths making. All put to good use.
  

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TheDIYchick etsy store

Finally I have put my thoughts into actions and started listing items on my etsy store for sale. Since sewing is really a hobbie, not my full time job. I am adding finished items as they are made. I’m also going to enable the custom order option just to see if people would send in request. 

I also recently added some new fabrics in my inventory – flannel, cotton, Minky. These are just so adorable I cannot wait to work on them.  

If you are reading this blog, swing by my etsy store and check things out! I have just listed a new bibdana and burp cloth set on there too. It’s so cute I made two! And patterns already drawn on more fabric for more stuff to come! Cloth pads, bibs, burp cloths and more! Here’s a pic of my newly finished item. Love it !  

 
Link to etsy store as follows 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDIYchick

Art, Sewing

New Sewing Project – Cloth Menstrual Pads

So, after 8 months of giving birth and adjusting to not having much ME time for anything.. I can finally get back to somewhat of a schedule.. Sleep is still not that great but my body adjusted to less sleep or more segmented sleep… I finally was able to get back into sewing.. Sewing machine was already packed, fabrics in bins.. But I dig out the machine and some fabric and i started off sewing fitted crib sheets for my precious son.. he will be going to daycare and I want to make him something nice, like a fitted crib sheet and blankie set from mama dear.  Anyhow, while i was looking into make more baby items or possibly using some real cute flannel fabrics that I already have and turn it into something nice and sell it on etsy.. I came across some real cool looking cloth menstrual pads. So I downloaded few patterns, used the fabrics I already have on hand and made myself couple of panty liners.  Tried them on and was amazed how good they feel and they also stayed in place too (with hand sewn snaps).  I am now determined to make real cool looking pads with legit materials.  Not only will they be very pretty, they will be functional.  Some material I have already ordered are some natural absorbent fleece, Zorb (material used for baby cloth diapers and is super absorbent), velour (soft plushy top that touches the skin), nerdy licensed cotton and flannel and PUL which is a waterproof material that makes the pad leak proof (anything is possible these days! they didnt have PUL back in the days).  Being a perfectionist, I must make some good quality cloth pads.  Not only for my own personal use but maybe list them on my etsy store.  I am excited and cant wait for all the materials to come in.  I might not be sewing any spandex cosplay costumes for a while, but making cloth pads, wet bags, baby items.. I am still leveling up on my sewing skills that way.  Its my way to take my mind off the stressful times (work or at home) and be in my own little sewing zone…. Here are some pics of the practice pads I have made.

    

  
For those interested… here it is a link to my etsy store-https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDIYchick.  I will post items on it once available.  Again, I want to only use the best materials cause I use it myself and if I am selling it they are going to be good quality as well.

Art

Luminescent night

This is my second acrylic painting on canvas panel. I would say it shows great improvement from my first attempt. There is also a lot more
Improvement needed in the future. It really forced me to be patient and really pay attention to details and think the way I never thought of before. Thanks to many YouTube videos, the husbands support and most importantly, encouragement from one of my best friend Alice.

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(I apologize in advance for bad lighting – it was real late and I took it with my iPad..)

Art

First try on acrylic on canvas

So this is my first try on acrylic painting.. It’s harder than I thought. I probably shouldn’t have picked flowers like this (too much details and shading…) and I sort of messed up the petals here and there. Overall I think it’s good enough for someone who had not done any painting for 15+ years and had always gotten c and d on art project from middle school thru highschool. Practice makes perfect, I will work hard to level up on my skills!

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Art

Pencil sketch

Many years ago when I was about 13, I started playing around with charcoal sketches. I did several portraits of celebrity photos that I found on magazine. When my art class at school required me to turn in an art project of my choice, I turned in a charcoal drawing of streets and buildings. That didn’t went well, I was given a D and the reason given by my art teacher back then was that it’s black and white, therefore it’s no art, the charcoal also made her hands dirty. Therefore D was the grade I deserved. Pretty discouraging. Due to continuous criticism by teachers on all my art homework, I pretty much accepted the fact that I have zero creativity. Until last year I picked up sewing as a hobby. Sewing is art, and so is cooking. My childhood friend who had the same experience with mean art teacher also recently picked up acrylic painting for fun. Her art work to me was awesome and I was surprised that she was also criticized on her artwork when she was little  It was her who got me thinking, maybe I will give it a try again. There’s no one who will give me a grade on my art work now. Why not! I ordered some acrylic paint, brushes, canvas from Amazon and I’m really excited to get started on painting stuff.

Then today during lunch break, I found myself drawing stuff on a note book. I then pulled up a photograph taken by my dad of the flower that I bought for mom for Mother’s Day. Let’s see if I can still use pencil to sketch.

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I think I can still do it! Guess what I went ahead and ordered sketch pad and some color pencils too! Woohoo! So excited!