It’s that season again where we crafters get to show off and share our creations! 🙂 I don’t know about you, but for me, every year I have so much hope for the perfect creation that I get paralyzed in my own thought process.  The added pressure is the time limitation factor and my biggest fear is that I would end up at a Hallmark store buying Christmas cards to send to friends.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with Hallmark cards, but for a crafter like myself, homemade cards are special and are gifts in themselves from my heart to myRead More →

    One day I called my friend for a cup of coffee and she said she was sick in bed. Instead of making chicken noodle soup (because I don’t know how to), I made a get-well card for her. That evening I walked to her door and hand my “paper soup” to her husband. My friend got better next day and I guess my soup made out of fabric scraps must had some cureing ingredient. 😉       1.Draw a bowl on the paper.   2.Cut out the drawing and use as a templet. Trace on the fabric you chose as a bowl.Read More →

I am obesessed with my girls’ drawing. Maybe because I don’t have any drawings of mine left when I was my girl’s age. My mom saved every awards, an apron I made and even a perfect attendance slip but not my writings or sketches. I often wonder if my drawing was as good as my girls or how it woul feel like compare to my kids’. So again, I traced my 4 years old Claire’s drawing and colored it with copic markers. I am very happy with the result and want to share with you today.     1.Let your kid draw on a qualityRead More →

All of my three daughters love to draw.  Whenever I go out, I would usually toss into my bag pieces of coloring paper, crayons, and something to write with for my kids to keep busy.  When I’m in hurry, I would forget to bring crayons or pencils.  So often I find myself sheepishly asking the waiter to borrow pens for my kids to doodle on napkins.  But that’s a thing of the past.  I am determined to be more organized! I finally made my own portable drawing kit!  I no longer have to bother those busy waiters for pens.   This 5×6.5 inch portable kit keepsRead More →

I used to store all the leftover laces in a ziplock bag. How about you? Are you one of those people who alway organize their sewing supplies neat and pretty? If you are, I want to be your friend right away. 🙂 Today I want to share my vintage woodspool makeover idea.     These are all things I bought at Michaels craft store on a black Friday sale. You’ll need 2 colors of Martha Stewart paints and cheap woodspools.     First, rub a woodspool with Antique Wax color using a cloth.       Let it dry and then apply lighter color paintRead More →

        Wrap your notebook with fabric and measure. I made 1/8inch bigger than the notebook size and add 1/4inch seams.   Iron fusible batting on the wrong side of the cover.   I usually draw directly on the fabric but if you are not comfortable, I recommend drawing on the paper first and then trace them on the fabric. That way, you can create multiful images for future use.   Cut colorful fabrics as in the picture if you want to add some colors as I did. Glue the fabric pieces with all purpose glue or fabric glue if you have it.Read More →

  I finally finished 12th Christmas tag making. This is sneak peek of my advent calender. As soon as my hubby finish the board, I will hang them nicely and brag about it. 🙂   size is approx 2.5inch x 4inch. Draw a snowman on white felt. Draw a hat and a scar on red felt. Cut out  them and arrange on the tag fabric.   Hand stitch snowman, a hat and a scarf too.   Put the other fabric on top, a quit batting on the bottom, sew them together. Trim the seam.  Through the hole, reverse and close the hole by hand stitch.Read More →

      Here is another Christmas tag idea. I have many tag ideas but I have no idea what to give Santa. 😉 This morning I went to Starbucks at Vons near my neighbor, I saw a set of Chrismas gift tags with reasonable price. Shortly I was thinking why do I spend hours of hours to make a tag? I wish you tell me that my tags are priceless. 🙂             Enjoy today and squeeze some free time for yourself, my fellow crafters.   Minki   p.s.Erin, I truly appreciate for your your beautiful words.      Read More →

        I am still into Christmas tag making. I will keep posting my ideas so please stay tunned. 🙂   *size is approx. 3inch x 5inch (without seam) I made a tag template with hard board paper. Then you are good to go endless tag making. 🙂   And I also draw a gingerbread man and a hat on a box paper and then trace them on the felt. Making a template is kind of a habit. You never know how many you want to make. Better safe than sorry, you know. 🙂   Hand stitch the gingerbread man on the linenRead More →

        Beautiful Friday morning here. I hope you are enjoying the last two months of the year wherever you are. I want to share my tea mat idea today. I have made over hundreds of tea mats or mug rugs so far but still love making this little project.     First draw a simple cupcake shape on the paper and trace it on the fabric you like. Cut out each fabric pieces by hand.     finished size is 8inch x 5 1/2inch. cotton: 3inch x 5 1/2 inch (+seam) , linen: 5inch x 5 1/2inch(+seam) ,  back fabric 8inch xRead More →

Often scrapbooking is considered an expensive hobby.  That’s what I had thought for long time.  There are so many scrapbooking supply designs out there to choose from, but unless you’re right there when they just put on the clearance price tag, you will likely end up spending a lot of money just to create a page in your scrapbook, depending on your preferences.  One day, I realized that I could easily create my own design without spending so much and it would be unique.  There are always things at home that I can re-use to give them “new life”.   DIY Scrapbook Design: Gather whatever brochures, flyers, oldRead More →

It took me two whole days to embroider 4 years old Claire’s drawing on linen. I am sitting in the middle of  messy house with back and neck pain now. 😉 But it was worth it and I kind of regret that I didn’t start this work years before. I am sure the picture will be treasured  over the generation.     This is the original sketch Claire drew for me two days ago. Her explain is, mommy takes a picture of her and big sis got mad. And can you see a tiny person in the house? It’s my eldest Caylin doing her computer. Oh,Read More →

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