28 March 2013 - Handmade buttonhole

I have only been sewing for 4 years and all this while I will try to avoid sewing anything that has buttons...
Because I am sewing with my antique SINGER machine and unline the modern one, it does not have the option to sew buttonhole...
I did googled for handmade buttonhole but to no avail.
So I decided to save up and hope that one day I will be able to buy myself a brand new automatic sewing machine that has 101 Built-In Stitches, 1 Step Buttonhole etc etc.

This was until... I browse through Intagram and saw this lady sewed a buttonhole manually!
So I asked her 'How did you do that please?'
Hehe Luckily she replied and she even gave me a website for the handmade buttonhole tutorial at www.coletterie.com



I have yet to give it a try...
Soon..
I tried to look for Sew It Up by Ruth Singer at Kinokuniya but it is out os stock... :(

At least I dont have to rush to get myself that brand new, shiny, automatic sewing machine... I looove my antique one! :P

XoXo

27 March 2013 - From Kansas to Kuala Lumpur



Hari Isnin ari tu first time bawak Qaiser gi tengok movie..
Well second time.. but the first time was when he was 6 months old and it doesnt really counts...

Plan nak gi berdua dengan Qis je...
But Qaiser is getting smarter...
Kesian pulak nak tinggal dia...
They said everytime I went out with Qis, he will call out for us every 5 minutes..
'mamaaaa!' or 'dadakkkk (kakak)'
Sian kan?
So I asked Daddy if he wants to join us and we can bring Qaiser and he said yes! So...

1st 15 minutes dia duk diam sambil makan popcorn dengan Qis...
Lepas tu dia mula ke hulu ke hilir..
That's why I picked the 4 seats on the right isle...
So we didnt disturbed anyone...
So I asked him to sit with me and gave him milk...
Luckily he fell asleep... sampai la lagi 5 minit citer tu nak habis...
He didnt scream or cry... Thank God!

Owh we watched Oz the Great & Powerful... love the graphics! just lovely...
Storyline was a bit predictable...almost like Alice in Wonderland...
Maybe they targeted minors as the audience...
Just perfect for Qistina.. :p
But we had a great outing as a family... :) That is all that matters...



And yesterday we made these origamis...
It was raining outside...
And I thought what a perfect fun way to end my off days with my princess...
We gave the Cherry Blossom to nenek and she put it on her hair and pose with it... :)



Back to work today...

XoXo

25 March 2013 - Refashion Project No 2



This is the dress that I bought at the bundle shop yesterday...
I love the print!
I saw a fishtail shirt at H&M the other day with similar prints (well,  almost similar)
So tadi aku transform dress ni jadi blouse...




First, the lining gotta go...
So tetas tetas...
Kat pinggang tu ade getah yg dah x berfungsi...also gotta go...

Lepas tu kecikkan bahagian atas badan...
And potong bahagian bawah badan...
So ada banyak lebih kat bahagian skirt, boleh buat lengan...



Lepas dah sambung, siap bahagian body...
Then sambungkan lengan...
Kemaskan seam...
Da siap!





I got myself a new blouse for RM5!
:)





XoXo


24 March 2013 - Mari kita hapuskan...!

There is one thing on my face that I dont like...
The fact that it is filled with oil seeds!
Oil seeds everywhere!!!
Especially kat area hidung.

Ape tu oil seed? I guess its like skin tags but a bit different...
Macam buntilan(does this word even exists?) kecil yang lutsinar... Well, not really lutsinar la kot...
More to skin colored seeds...
Menyampah betul aku tgk...
So semalam aku tekad pergi jugak Herbaline Lot 10 tu...

Hari tu (I mean last November.. :p) da buat trial 3 ketul RM50...
Ok je...takde scar...walaupun tangan aku ni gatal mengopeknye...
Maybe sebab aku letak vitamin E oil...

Lepas dah settle masak sume, pukul 2 baru gerak ke lot 10...
Nasib baik jalan x berape nak jem...
Ramai org dah gi holiday kot cuti sekolah nih... Bagus untuk aku...
Appointment kol 2pm tapi 2.45 baru aku sampai...
Nasib baik tak ramai orang so aku takyah nak tunggu...
Dia terus buat je...
Dekat sejam gak la nak remove oilseed kat tepi mata and hidung aku ni... Yang banyak nya kat hidung ler...
Sakitnya bearable lagi sampai amoi tu kate aku terel...
Tapi ade seketul dua yg agak sakit gak la tapi aku cover je ayu...
Walaupun sebenarnye mata da berair...
Nasib baik dier tutup mata aku dengan tisu...
Aku rasa adela dalam 18 biji oil seed yang dia remove...
And it costs me RM280.
OKla... Kalau satu or dua dia charge RM50...
Mahal...

Sudahnya aku berjalan kat Sg Wang tu dengan rupe idung macam nih... -_-'



Kalau ikut aku nak balik terus...
Tapi sian plak kat Qis...
Nak cari pencil case baru...
Kebetulan Vinci tgh sale...
Aku pun sempat la grab sepasang flats... RM30 jer!! Murahkan?

Pastu baru sampai umah Qaiser ajak jalan...
Aku pun gatal je ajak Daddy usha kedai bundle baru kat Ampang Waterfront tu...
Besar giler...
Tetiap kali lalu cam memanggil-manggil je tempat tu...
Bile da masuk memang giler pon...
Dekat 2 jam jugak kat dalam tuh...
Daddy dengan Qis la seronok...
Aku kene layan encik Qaiser...
Lasaknyeee ya ampunn...
Dia suka lari sana sini...
Adoiyai... Tak yah gi gym pun aku ade muscle dah ni haaa... -_-'
Aku dapatla sehelai jeans - Uniqlo for RM15...Tu pun Daddy yang carikkan...
And a dress for my next project for RM5...
Tak tau ape yg Daddy borong sampai sehatus lebeh kat situ... Huhu....
I have made a mental note to go there...Alone!
:p
Kedai bundle ni kene cari slow²...kalau nasib baik jumpela baju branded yg elok... Kan?
Ni kalau dah nak kene jaga si lasak tu camano yg aku nak pilih baju??



Tiring day...
Balik umah, mandikan Qaiser, bagi susu, terus dia berlayar...
Kalau tak kerana rerun Transformer 2 kat TV2 kol 10.30mlm aku pun da join berlayar sekali... :p

XoXo

22 March 2013 - Sumpah sedapp!



Nilah hasilnye dress yg aku jahit tu...
Yang Qis gelakkan sebab skirtnya terlalu kembang...
Ingat nak alter tapi aku hanta pic ni kat adik aku dulu mintak opinion...
Dia kata gorgeous...And that was before I told her that I sewed it myself...
So tak jadila aku nak alter...
I'll make a mental note not to ask Qistina for any fashion advise.. Ever..
;p



On another note,
Last night kawan aku hantar pavlova yang dia bake sendiri...
Aku order 5 ketul..
Seketul atuk share dengan nenek...
Qis share dengan aku seketul...
Yg balance 3 ketul aku yg habiskan...
Hehehe Pastu komplen seluar da naik size...
:p
Daddy memang x makan la makanan pelik-pelik ni...
Takkan heran nye dier...
Tapi memang best gilerrrr
So aku order lagi 5 ketul + 5 ketul utk my beloved sister and her children to try...
Sharing is caring kan...
(actually its marilah gemuk bersama-sama)
:p

Oklah... Off fantasizing what Im gonna sew next...

XoXo

20 March 2013 - Nak buat sendiri sangat!

Gara-gara nak buat tukar nama kereta, road tax and insurance sendiri, semalam baru settle semuanya...
Tapi geram sikit dengan encik Daddy sebab dier suruh kawan dia buatkan...
Lepas tu dier gi amik 3rd party coverage saje...
I was like duh~ didnt you learn anything from what had happened??
So of course la aku membebel...

Pastu da la balik keje lambat semlm...
Around 7.15 baru sampai Ampang...
Jam jam tu la nak repair central lock and alarm system...
Dah kene bebel...
Adoi...
Sudahnye 9 lebih baru siap...
At least they did a good job on my not so new beloved...
:p
Next on the list new tint...
Yg sekarang ni cam nak terkopek...




On anotger note, remember that red polkadot batik?
It turned out like this...
Not what I have in mind...
Kalau jalan sambil dokong Qaiser confirm jatuh...

So aku kembangkan kainnye...
Sudahnye Qis gelakkan pulak...
No photo...x sempat nak snap.
So sekarang aku kene repair kain bgi semenggah sikit...
Hopefully will turn out ok...
Wearable. at least.



Xoxo

14 March 2013 - Ape agaknye...?

Ape agaknye yang aku nak buat  dengan kain cotton lembut yang berpolkadot dan berkaki ala batik yang cantik ni?



Nama kain nih kain Ombak Rindu tau!
Hehe serious aku x tau pun sampai aku bukak kain ni besar2...
Kain remnant kan selalu dorg ikat n tak boleh bukak...
So nasib nasib la kalau budget kain polkadot tetiba ada corak pulak kat kaki... :p

Lepas dah habis visualize selama 2-3 hari on ape aku nak buat dengan kain ni, malam tadi aku pun start memotong...
Dari pukul 9 lebih sampai kul 11 malam sempat potong kain n kemaskan leher je...
Bahagian tu je la pun yang aku rasa paling leceh...
Lepas ni senang je..
Cuma tinggal lengan and cantum cantum...
:p



Ni la hasilnye tuk malam tadi...
Belum siap lagi...
Ape agaknye yg aku nak jahit ye??
:p

XoXo

12 March 2013 - Baju Copycat

Today I wanna copy a blouse from The P*plook...
Or at least try to copy... :p


This is the blouse..
Its actually navy blue...
But I have the perfect black paisley in mind...
The price? RM56

I used my sleeveless yellow shirt as the basic pattern...
Because I dont feel like fixing a zipper or button to it...
So baju ni mesti yang aku boleh sarung je...

Mula-mula potong badan...



Lepas tu leher...aku pakai method sama untuk leher baju kurung...
Cuma bulat je... takde slit...
Then jahit tepi badan...



Lepas tu potong lengan pulak...
Jahit tepi dan cantum dengan badan...



Kemaskan seam lengan, dan bawah baju...
Dah siap!



Total RM15 (aku bali kain remnant kat Jackel masa 50% discount)
Total hours: 2
Total money saved: RM41

Kalau aku jahit lagi skali, I will make it 1 inch bigger...
And lebarkan skit tang lengan and tambah getah...
This one is a tad too small..
But I love the print so so much so Im just gonna wear it until I couldnt fit in it anymore... :P

XoXo

11 March 2013 - What to do when your car is stolen

Last Aidiladha's eve our beloved BEV4840 was stolen...
It was last November right?
But the thing is I didnt claim the insurance until 3 months later...
Because:
1. Kereta tu dah habis bayar so we do not owe any bank any installments... If we do, we still have to keep paying until the insurance is claimed... and this only applies if you are covered under comprehensive cover and not third party...
2. My husband told me that we are covered under third party coverage until we found the insurance policy 2 months ago.

First thing we did when we discovered that our car was stolen was fight... (not that Im proud of it... we were dissapointed and upset la kot... Ye la Encik Daddy semangat nak gi korban lembu... nak balik kampung... tetibe tengok keter takde...)

If it happens to you, make a police report...
And then grieve about it... :p
Kidding.
Seriously, report to your insurance as well and submit the claim...

How?
I used Etiqa Car Insurance and they are efficient!
So I submitted the claim 3 months after the incident right.
But I didnt even have to go to their office...
Just hantar scanned copy of the police report, insurance policy, driving license, ic & the contact number of the inspector in charge to the insurance company...
Sebab inform lambat, they also asked me to send an explanation letter stating the reason of the delay and some proof that the car was indeed in my possession before it was stolen..
So I gave them an in and out record that I obtained from our apartment maintenance's office...
If not, service receipt will do.

The next day my case was already with their adjuster who contacted me and ask for a copy of my latest payslip
and fixed a date to meet my husband to see the original keys and conduct a bit of investigation...
because he was the last driver before the theft.

It took the adjuster 2-3 days to finalized their report before passing the case back to the claim department...

A few days later I received an offer letter from Etiqa...
If the amount offered is agreeable, I was requested to fill up a couple of forms and get JPJ to confirm that the car really belongs to me (went to JPJ Maju Junction at 9am. The officer just signed and stamped the form for me. Simple as that).
I was also required to surrender both original keys and the car's grant to them.
So I just couriered everything to them...
Two weeks later they told me that the cheque is ready...
Simple as that.

So yesterday we bought another Wira...
8.5k cash... no loan no debt no worry...
InsyaAllah...
With the insurance claim, I only need to add 1.5k.. which is still a good deal...

The colour is the same as the old one...the interior is almost the same only better...
And the paint is of course 'newer'...
I trust Wira's engine... the old one never failed on me...
hopefully this one will not too...
Most importantly in case of emergency, we dont have to borrow other people's car..

I am grateful to this friend though...
who has been so kind to lend us his car evey now and then...
I am eternally grateful!
Else we would not be able to attend my FIL' burial...

Tomorrow Encik Daddy will go and pick up the car...
And I will make sure that the alarm works at all time!
Our beloved Bevvy will remain in our memory...
Photo of the day:



These are the big bosses who approved the Wira as Bevvy's replacement...


BEV in memory - June 2007
Xoxo


10 March 2013 - Tiada pengganti...

This few days have been awefully crazy...
no word can describe...

My FIL passed away on Friday at 8.20pm...
Al Fatihah...

At 11.30pm the same night we were already in Shah Alam reciting Yasiin...

It has been so hectic since then that I didnt even had the chance to grieve over this great loss...
He meant a lot to me...
When it felt like no one cares, he was always there for us...
He was the first person who came and visited me at the hospital after I gave birth to Qistina...
And he has been a saint since then...
:(

Semoga rohnya di cucuri rahmat dan ditempatkan di kalangan orang-orang yg beriman...
We didnt get to sleep until 2.30am and woke up at 6.00am for Subuh prayer...
The burial ceremony went well in the morning...

And Tahlil after Maghrib for families continued with Tahlil from the neighbourhood's mosque after Isya'...
The crowd subsided only after 12.30am...
Everyone looks like a walking zombie by now...
exhausted.. lack of sleep...
But Alhamdulillah. .. it went as smoothly as it could...
We reached home at around 2.30am...

He will be greatly missed...

Not so XoXo

7 March 2013 - Jogging jadi mangsa langgar, rompak dan lari...

This happened to one of our staff yesterday in Bangsar...
Tak tau lah if he became the target because he is an expat...
Apepun Im sharing this so that you guys can learn something from it...

Semalam dah la ade meeting...
Bebetul sebelum meeting start, MIL call kate FIL kene stroke...
Taktau nak buat ape coz mereka berdua je kat rumah...
So I call my SIL coz I cant call the ambulance if I dont know the house address...
I know how to get there but Im terrible with address...

So tak sempat nak pergi hospital pun!
Habis je meeting my boss kelam kabut panggil I...
Dia x kata banyak just:
Hanie you have to come with me to the hospital.. DS met with an accident.
I only had enough time to grab my wallet... and blurted 'This is not a good day for me' and told her about my FIL...

DS went jogging at Jalan Turi Bangsar at 6.10am...
This car came from the opposite direction and purposely hit him!
He sommersaulted to the back of the car and hurt his knee..
It was bad ok...he had to undergo a surgery to fix it...

After they hit him the passenger got down and ask him 'Are you ok? Are you ok'
We guess he only asked to buy some time to locate the valuables on the victim...
Because after that he grabbed DS's gold chain and leave him there in the middle of the road...

Luckily 2 expats found him and brought him to the hospital...
Criminals are getting crazier and crazier!

Luckily he is alright... He fractured a bone...there was a big wound on his knee that they had to stitch it to repair the muscles...
And he had to wear braces around his knee and walk with a stick...
Still his concern was whether he can fly for a meeting next week...
-_-'

Today I couldnt go on leave cause I am in charge of our International Women's Day lunch talk at the office...
But I left the office a bit early...
Hopefully I can go and visit my FIL later. ..

What a day these couple of days have been...
Harap my FIL will recover soon...
Amin!

XoXo

6 March 2013 - Inspired!

Sangat - sangat inspired with these pieces from The Poplook...

Mata bersinar - sinar sampai tak bleh tido tengok baju - baju ni malam tadi...


XoXo

5 March 2013 - The Gourmet

I am currently reading The Gourmet by Muriel Barbery...


Why?
Simply because of the teaser.
I quote:
France most celebrated food critic is dying, after a lifetime in pursuit of sensual delights. But on his deathbed, Pierre Arthens is in torment as he struggles to recall the most delicious food ever to pass his lips - something he tasted long before becoming a critic. Desperate to experience it one more time, he ransacks his memory for this key culinary moment in his life.

Interesting isnt it?
Ill tell you how it is after Im done with it...
XoXo

4 March 2013 - Not so big not so bad...

We went to The Big Bad Wolf book sale at MICC yesterday...
But we were a bit dissapointed to see that it was not as big and as 'bad' as the year end sale...
I went with my sister - who was kind enough to drive us there...
And 3 of her children...

I was so excited to grab sewing books...
Tapi x banyak choice that we missed it at the first glance...
Dah la plan x nak bawak Qaiser coz dier asyik nak dukung...
Da sah sah susah nak pilih buku...
But as we were getting ready to go, dia dah siap amik baju jalan mintak aku tukarkan...
Tak sampai hati pulak nak tinggal...
Drama..

Lepas 2-3 kali meround kat Art & Craft section tu baru la jumpa a few books...
Jadila buat pengubat duka dan keciwa..


Here are the happy children yang dapat makan mekdi...


On another note, the night before I was forced to sew a new blouse for Qistina...
Well forced might a bit strong for the choice of word..
I just have to! If not she will definitely wear the pink polkadot peplum that i sewed for her a few weeks ago...
Again.
Gi Sg Wang pakai baju tu...
Gi mamak pakai baju tu...
Gi Titiwangsa Park pakai baju tu...
Can you imagine??
Macam dah xde baju lain...

So I sewed her this blouse...


Memula potong badan, lubang lengan dan lubang leher


Badan ada dua bahagian coz kengkonon nak buat peplum lagi...
Tapi kain lycra cotton ni cam x sesuai nak buat peplum sebab kainnya berat..so dia jatuh..x kembang...
Atau maybe aku yg tak reti nak buat! :p

Lepas tu potong lengan..
Cantum!




Dah siap baju...


Recognize that fabric?
Kain lycra ni bidang dia panjang...
Kain dia pun stretchy..
So 1 meter pun dapat besar...
Dapat buat baju tidur Qaiser tu...
And lepas jahit baju Qis ni ada lebih lagi...
Cukup untuk buat leggings utk Qis (if she wants)

Ape plak project untuk next weekend? :p

XoXo

2 March 2013 - My first PJ

Tadi aku try buat baju tidur untuk Qaiser...
Baseball t-shirt style... I think that's what they call it....
Saja nak challenge diri sendiri...

Sebab first time terpaksa la draft atas tracing paper dulu...
Tak berani plak nak main redah je...
Kalau tak jadi kang sayang kain!

Untuk projek ni aku pakai Lycra Cotton...
Kalau kat Jackel tu range hargaa dari RM13 semeter ke RM33 semeter...
Kat kedai lain aku tak sure... Tak pernah survey...
Maybe next time?

So memula trace badan... ikut saiz baju tidur Qaiser...



Lepas tu trace lengan pulak...


Camni la rupa body dengan lengan...



Lepas tu cantum...
Tinggal bahagian leher pulak...
3 kali jahit, tetas, jahit, tetas baru jadi...
Mula² nak ikut style jahit leher baju kurung...
Tapi tak boleh sebab lycra ni too stretchy... so ukuran dia tak sama...
Sudahnya aku tengok camne dorang jahit leher kat t-shirt baju Qaiser...
OK tapi terlalu besar...
So aku tetas and kecikkan, baru OK...
Nak kan perfection sangat... :S


Then, kemaskan bahagian lengan pulak...
Aku gunakan method yang sama...


Kemaskan seam kat bahagian bawah baju..
Dah siap baju...!

Now, seluar pulak...
Seluar kacang goreng...

Potong kain cam ni...



Lepas tu sambung je...

Dah siap!
Baru halfway buat Qaiser dah sebok nak pakai...
Ye..dier dah pandai deman skang..
hmmm
Layan je lah...
Dari dia tanak pakai?
Nak jahit pun tak semangat... :P




XoXo