Monday, 30 December 2013

Christmas Cakes


These were oh so yummy. 
Lots of butter icing but it was really good. 
Aren't they pretty. 

Yes, homemade by my cousin for a pre-Christmas cum reunion lunch that we had. Cousins we have not met in years came home to Malaysia for a visit. Many babies and toddlers running around too.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Stawasz Doily XVIII Completed


Lots of grey from Lizbeth 40 Charcoal Medium with splashes of pink from Lizbeth 40 Pink Marble. Only with a white background can you see the swirled petals. Only measures about 6.5 inches across.



If you tat it in a larger sized thread and in one colour, it would look more like the photo in the book. How would you tat it?

Friday, 27 December 2013

Hanky Sachet #3

I found more of these hankies. Bought 6 in a pack in 3 different colours.
Edged with this.
Folded the corners in and sewed four lines 0.5 inches in from folded edges.
Looped the ribbons through. 
Back View
Pull the ribbons on both ends and tie a bow.
Hanky Sachet ready for use.

Instructions for making the hanky sachet is found here

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Snow Globe



It would be fantastic if you could go into the snow globe and have a photo taken. A life size snowglobe. Or perhaps if you stand behind the snow globe at a certain angle, it would look as if you were inside. It is all fake trees and fake snow here in Singapore.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas.
Hope you have a good one with family and friends.

A handmade pop-up card. 
Isn't it wonderful? 
It closes flat.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

Sally's 11.12.13 Snowflake


Sally of Tat's Heaven shared this pattern. I used Size 20 Milford white and red beads. I had to unpick twice, first because I made my picots too small for the seed beads, then I missed one vsp. 




The second snowflake was a breeze. 
Tatted with silver grey beads.
I enjoyed this great little pattern. 
Thank you Sally.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas at Causeway Point

Instead of the usual Christmas decor, I found this simple and yet festive. 
It is a shopping mall (among many) in Singapore.

With the photo editor - sepia tone

With the photo editor - black and white

Friday, 20 December 2013

A Little Tree


Tiny tree but it took me sometime to tat. This is a Ruth Perry pattern which can be found here. I made the 3/4 inch one and added the beads. Thread used is Tat-ilicious Size 20 - a Messy Jessy. 



Thursday, 19 December 2013

London

I love Iris Niebach's Tatting Fantasia 4 book. This book has patterns named after cities. They all look wonderful.  I chose London to tat first. It has twisted woven picots.


Tatted in Lizbeth 40 in Lime Green (#679) and Scottish Thistle (#175) 

Tatted in Lizbeth 20 in Christmas Delight (#116)



Size comparison and without the ribbon.
Somehow, the twisted woven picots come alive 
when the ribbon is inserted.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Vadai


We looked forward to the weekly pasar malam/night market in order that we could eat vadai. These days I can only afford to eat one, occasionally. It is deep fried and high in calories but so are cakes and sweet desserts. They do taste good. More about the vadai here.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Stawasz Doily XVIII WIP


A size 10 thread was recommended in this pattern but I used Lizbeth Size 40 in Pink Marble (#172) and Charcoal Medium (#607). The skewed rings were more pronounced in the book which was a nice feature but it is not so in mine. I wonder why - the smaller thread or the colourway?

Monday, 16 December 2013

Pot of Soup

A huge pot that is.

The man is putting a traditional charcoal stove into the large clay pot.


If you look carefully there are small pots of soup at the bottom with charcoal stove in the centre, The iron racks will be filled with more small pots of soup and the large clay pot will be covered. Soup cooked this way must be delicious. Must try it the next time we visit.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Coaster Edging


Where's the coaster?
I did not have one to edge so . . . .
I made 6 repeats, cut and tied.


Tatted in Milford Size 20 in black. 
This pattern is found on page 20 of 
Susanne Schwenke's Spitzen Kreationen book.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Coconut Tarts


I have been craving for egg tarts but this will do too. The coconut tarts were moist and oh so yummy. Same place I bought the kaya cake and carrot cake. It is not near where I live but we will drive there to get them on some weekends.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Pink and Yellow Pansy Edging


Another edging design from Occhi Schiffchenspitze Frivolite by Marianne Langwieser and Tatiana Scharowa. This one is on page 94 and I chose it for the play of two colour threads in the design. After tatting it, it reminded me of pansy flowers. 

The threads are Venus Size 40 in bright pink (#EM 498) and bright yellow (#546). I had them wound in the shuttles for the kissing minnows but that did not work out. So here it is. Placed it on a white hand towel to see how it looks. Will it work?

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Cat Pose



She also did a cat scratch. 
Can you see holes in the yoga mat?

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Schwenke Hanky Edging


This pattern is by Susanne Schwenke on page 6 of her book Spitzen Kreationen. This time I used Altin Basak Size 50 #3001. I love the subtle blues in this one. The block tatting in this pattern gives the flower motif an interesting touch. It was quite fun to tat. I am a fan of Susanne Schwenke's patterns. Now to attach it to the hanky. I am not a fan of that.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Seville Cathedral II

The cathedral is built on site of the Almohad mosque which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1356. What remained of the mosque and left incorporated into the Cathedral was the minaret - Giralda and the courtyard of orange trees.





Signage at Giralda before ramp to the top
We climbed the ramp all the way up to the top
Bells of Giralda
View of Seville from top of Giralda
Roof of Cathedral from top of Giralda


Courtyard of orange trees from top of Giralda
Ancient irrigation system for the orange trees

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Seville Cathedral I

One of the other places we visited in Seville is the Seville Cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage site.

World's third largest cathedral after London's St Paul's and Rome's St Peter's
Two large Baroque organs face each other
Beautiful vaulted ceilings
Tomb of Christopher Columbus
One of many magnificent stained glass windows
Vision of St Anthony of Padua by Murillo