Thursday, September 30, 2010

the detention continues

.....  i need to continue to stay at home....

this week, i make myself work like as if i am in the office:
- get up and remote log in to work at around 9am (sometimes later when i am just too tired)
- work until around lunch time and have something to eat
- resume work at around 2pm
- when needed, i called my colleague to discuss work, dial in to conference calls, etc
- around 7pm, i call it the day

then throughout the day, i measure my blood pressure to make sure it stays at an acceptable level....  and of course, to count the kicks of bb.
i am also marking these down as i need to turn them in (like homework!) to my doctor in my next visit.
every visit to the doctor is like getting my report card!

i try to do as much as possible to make myself feel useful.
i don't like the feeling of having nothing to do, not contributing.... 

though i must say it gets quite boring after days and days of not being able to leave the house.
i think i am in good shape to go out for a walk...
but somotu would not let me go out by myself.  
i can only do so in his company,
which, in a way, i feel like i don't have any freedom....  hmmm

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

the vacuum cleaner

as i need to stay home nowadays,
i have noticed some strange but funny behaviours of brownie and sugar
towards the vacuum cleaner.....
































while i was sitting at my desk doing office work from home,
something was flying back and forth along the corridor outside my room....

as i looked closer,
it was the moon ~ brownie's favorite favorite plush toy.

then i went out to the living room to check out what's happening....
hahaha
so it turned out that every time our helper cleans the floor with the vacuum cleaner,
brownie will pick up the moon, follow her around (tailing the vacuum cleaner), and push the moon onto her.
then our helper will have to use one hand to throw the moon to play fetch with brownie,
while her other hand is busy with vacuuming.....
so funny.....























on the other hand,
i found out that sugar is scared of the vacuum cleaner.
as soon as she hears the sound of the cleaner, she will try to run away....
either hide under my knees or jump into her safety net ~ the donut....

well,
at least these are the things that make a boring day fun.....

Monday, September 27, 2010

100% lace




















while i was digging through one of my drawers,
i came across two packs of patterns i got from the lace centre last year.






















one of the packs has the pattern for making a lace-y brooch.
so i sat down and started making it......























didn't know why, previously, i had the impression that the instructions were difficult to follow.
this time, i was able to start and finish the brooch in one night.....
i guess i was just lazy back then....






now i have one more brooch (100% lace!!! too) to pin onto my bags and clothes!

wow

really need to jot this one down...

little bb is dancing and kicking around joyfully
while mama is listening to chet baker playing in tokyo... disc two, track #1:  *FOUR*

is it chet baker?
or
is it you wanna also learn how to play trumpet?
or 
is it..... you wanna go shopping and eating in tokyo (just like what mama is craving for)????

Sunday, September 26, 2010

flowery


 
i was looking at pictures of the latest batch of brooches and necklaces i made
and apart from lots of lace and ribbons,
the common theme is.... flower.... again....
perhaps the theme for this latest batch will be....  *dictionary of flowers*





apart from the velvet and fabric flowers i use all the time, i used some preserved flowers.
i bought this box of preserved flowers, which looks like hydrangea to me, in tokyo a year ago.
i haven't used them apart from making a tiny pendant.... 

i was reluctant to use them because they look so pretty and delicate...
didn't want to use them.... just want to keep them....  as i don't know whether i would be able to get any more of them...
plus i think most people will find accessories made with such delicate flowers not practical.

but this round, i decided to use as many as i want, and use in whatever way i want....
it's a waste not to use them.....  plus i just can't keep buying things and keeping them forever...  ^_^
i hope there will be someone as impractical as me....  willing to wear such delicate accessories.


while i was lying awake in bed last night, an idea came into my mind....
i shall put it into action now....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

memories

we had the most un-eventful mid-autumn festival couple days ago.
because i was not supposed to be running around too much,
somotu and i just went to have a quick lunch and went back home.

then in my mind, i kept thinking of the mid-autumn festival when we all had a great time at grandma's place....
pictures of grandma sitting by the window, my father laughing, we all eating take-away veggie dishes, grandma smiling, grandma letting me take a picture of her with my polaroid.... kept flashing in my mind
that was two years ago already.....

i tried very hard to think of how we spent last year's mid-autumn festival with grandma, but i couldn't remember a thing....
why is that?
i am sure we did something together.... but i couldn't remember anything now....

my mom came to visit me yesterday.... brought me some soup and food....
then she started talking about grandma again...
it's painful...
and i still have that one stupid question in my mind, "why didn't you hold on for a little longer?"

i miss you

Friday, September 24, 2010

♥ spools ♥












































last week, i took out a lot of materials which i have not touched for a long long time
as i sat down to make brooches and necklaces.

as i was sewing, cutting and thinking,
my eyes fell upon the box of spools.
each spool has a piece of lace i collected over time from different places and shops.
as i looked at the box and spools, i thought to myself that this is one of the prettiest picture....

so i took my camera and started shooting....

i just love wooden spools!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

detention

just when i was excited about being able to return to work and my normal daily routines,
i was given a detention again.

my blood pressure went back up again and doctor needs me to stay home again.....

but this round, i am going to stay positive and try to do a bit of work while resting...

Monday, September 20, 2010

me

today is my first day back in the office after a 3 weeks home rest.
believe or not, i am actually quite glad to be back at work,
though it has been quite a busy day today and i got quite tired towards the end of the day.

if the 3 weeks had been for vacation purposes, it would be a different story.
but because these weeks were required by my doctor for me to rest, i wasn't really able to do and move around as much.
for someone as restless as me, you can imagine what it is like to be home, lying on the bed....
for the first half of the home rest, i was quite down and moody.
it was only last week, when i felt better about myself and things around me.

i am really grateful and blessed to have very understanding and supportive managers and colleagues at work.
especially when i just started at this firm for not too many months ago and considering very soon i will be on maternity leave....
i felt bad that i had to leave all the work to my colleague....

looking at the calendar, it is not too long until the big day!  
one thing i haven't really done enough was to jot down bits and pieces of my pregnancy experience.
perhaps i should do so now before i forget.... and yes, i am becoming not just clumsy but also forgetful!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

happy wedding

on saturday, we went to a good friend's wedding.
we have known each other for tens and tens of years!
in fact, she has known me since she was born (as she is younger than me)....

i still remember the days when we were young,
and how we and our siblings played with together all the time,
slept over at each other's place,
went travelling to tokyo (and disney land) together with our parents,
played haunted house, dim sum restaurant at home......
some good old times indeed!

i am truly happy to see her having found her other half.....





































oh, and i love her vintage wedding dress!
only if i have thought of going vintage, i would have worn one on my day!


congratulations again!
very very happy for you!



Friday, September 17, 2010

not an OL

























unlike brownie,
sugar is totally not interested at any office work.....

instead of *reading* my emails,
she keeps turning back and looking at me with her big round eyes....

as if she is saying to me, "i am not an OL.  and i don't wanna be one."
"i just wanna play play play all the time........................."

p.s. OL = office lady

oh, i guess then it makes brownie an OG.... office gentleman

Thursday, September 16, 2010

keeping


this is the first brooch in the recent batch of accessories i made
and by far my favorite one....
so,
i have decided to keep it to myself ^_^



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

new packaging






















i enjoy preparing the packaging for my handmade accessories as much as making the accessories themselves....
this round, i changed the packaging a bit.
last time, i decorated these little drawstring bags for holding the accessories with pieces of lace, ribbons and tiny flocked flowers.
this round, i went with a monotone theme...  and kept things simple....
took me quite a bit of time though as i needed to hand sew lace and flowers to each bag...
but i enjoyed the process very much.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

wishful thinking






















i love having brownie sitting on my nap while i do office work.
he seems to be quite interested at *reading* my work emails....
wouldn't it be great if brownie can share my workload by doing my work?
the only thing is, i don't think brownie has decided whether he is left-handed or right-handed....

brownie, decide quickly so mama can train you to click the mouse!

Monday, September 13, 2010

looks like a fine day





finally....
will go out for a walk to enjoy the sun!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

working again




















it has been a long long while since i worked on making accessories....
last week, finally got the mood to sit down, let all the ideas sink in
and have the hands working....
am quite happy with the progress....

Friday, September 10, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

promise




















to myself that i will gather myself and be more productive and positive,
instead of just lying down, lying around, doing nothing
i will make use of this time off to do things which i may not be able to do later on.....

Friday, September 3, 2010



























finally got the chance to re-organize some of the lace pieces, motifs and monograms....
and them as well!