baby in the brain

We are a family of four. There’s my mother, father, elder sister, and me. Next month, our family will have a new closely genetic addition; my sister will be having a baby girl.

You have no idea how excited I am to be crafting for a little human. And a girl at that!

For now, the following are serving as inspiration for the things that I want to make/sew. Aren’t they adorable?

Do you have a go-to pattern for babies? I’d love to know some of your favorites!

DIY cat face clutch bag

In one of my more creatively silly moments late last year, I thought about making a cat face bag. This is not a novel design, as you probably already know. Before I set about making a beta version, I scoured the interwebs for cat bags. The intention was not to copy but to come up with a design that is different.

My first attempt was a disaster but wonder of wonders, I persisted. I guess a cat face is motivation enough to keep going; I typically give up when my beta version doesn’t go as planned. An attitude that I need to adjust since beta is beta for a reason, y’know?

The final bags were quite the bestsellers at the Mercado Central bazaar last December. And because I’m always up for some fun challenge, I said yes to this Luna-inspired version.

That would be Luna from Sailor Moon.

The trickiest part of this bag is the face details. Good thing they’re the ones I have to sew first and I can get them out of the way before assembling the bag.

After that, the next trickiest part: the back zipper.

Have I mentioned how much I love this YKK zipper? The slider is quite classy.

On to the bag assembly, sewing the strap, and that’s it.

Here are non-talking cat versions:

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stick

Sometime between finishing university and slaving away at a 9-5 job, I stopped collecting stickers. When I was in college, stickers helped me make sense of my planner (and my schedule). But I stopped using proper planners because they often weigh a ton so there was a decline in my need for stickers as well. I think I buy them now only when I need covers for some of my miniature books.

But I maaaaay be taking up the collection aggressively again….

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happy new year! here, a gift

May your 2014 be filled to the brim with possibilities, magic, and quiet time in between.

May you read a book that will change your life, see a movie that will make you smile for months on end.

May you forgive, reunite, and move forward.

May you win this little bloggity giveaway, yay!

Up for grabs is a loot of handmade items from my shop, Thimblecap.

One lovely reader will win a guitar bag, a piano purse, a postcard purse, a Peter Pan collar necklace, and two bow bracelets. 

Enter via the Rafflecoper below:

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To recap: you get a chance to win the handmade loot above by commenting below (tell me your silliest New Year’s resolution!) and tweeting about the giveaway. One entry each.

Important: This giveaway is open only to readers in the Philippines. It will end on the 15th of January. The winner will receive an email from me soon after the end of the giveaway. Shipping will be handled by yours truly. 

Best of luck and happy new year, loves!

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