Friday, February 5, 2016

Making a bookmark: Tatting

Mentioned earlier in both my facebook page and blog post, I am into tatting just recently. This is an ancient lace making technique. There are various ways of tatting, just to name some- : finger, needle and shuttle tatting. Above bookmark is made by shuttle tatting.

In the beginning, I struggled with it especially when there is a need to undo a wrong stitch. It can be very frustrating. During that time, it was a struggle and half the time I wanted to give up. I remember the instructor said it can be difficult in the beginning and hence I persisted.

So below is the process.

Making the other part of the bookmark is more challenging, as the 1st half of the bookmark kept getting into the way when I was tatting.

Below are the close up shots of the bookmark.

Right side

Wrong side 
When the bookmark is completed, I felt tremendous pride and happiness that I did it!

If you are looking for some instructions on how to tat the bookmark, I am afraid I am going to disappoint you. I am not giving instructions on how to do the bookmark. This is because the design is copyrighted. The second reason being I am still very new to tatting and I think I am not good at giving instructions. I think I have to take numerous pictures when I tat but this is quite impossible since both hands are required in tatting.

Below are some websites for you to learn tatting, should you be interested in the craft.

If you are interested to know how to read tatting patterns , below site is for you.

Don't thank me, I am still in the learning process. I didn't really help much.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chinese New Year Decorations

People's Park Complex (Zhen Zhu Fang) @ Chinatown
Golden Monkey @ Plaza Singapura

Peach Blossoms with monkeys @ Sun Plaza
Accessories for Chinese New Year decorations
This year, I have yet to find time to go down to then Chinese New Year Market at Chinatown although I was quite near it a fortnight ago. My hubby thought it would be very crowded and hence decide against it.  Chinese New Year decoration had adorned local shopping centres and supermarkets. Above were some photos which I had taken. In case, you were wondering why there are so many monkeys around. That is because we are ushering the year of the monkey!

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Monday, February 1, 2016


Little One had a squabble with her best friend in class. It was actually over a bookmark and a bookmark holder which I had given to her for her usage. The purpose of the bookmark is to mark the page of the handbook whenever I have a message for the teacher/s or vice versa.

What happened was when Little One took the bookmark out to mark a page, her friend saw the bookmark holder which I had attached to the handbook and decided to show off. Actually, it is just some simple laminated card with logo which I didn't realise would fascinate her classmates.

Anyway, her best friend saw the holder in the handbook and decided to show it to the rest of class. Little One being taught to be humble did not want that to happen and snatched it back. Both of them refused to give the book up and hence the book was torn. At the end of the day, both kids were angry with each other.

So, moral of the story, if you were to allow your child to bring anything to school, keep it as plain as possible. I guess children their age like to show, whether it is their own stuff or something that belongs to others.

What did I do then? I  decide to keep the bookmark holder as it is, I do not want to change, who would know whether the children would start to show off to the rest of the class if I do that and there may be squabble number 2.

At the same time, I took the chance to teach respect and forgiveness.

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