My ‘Bits-of-Happiness’

What do you do with leftover fabrics that are accumulating ?
For me, I can’t bear to toss them away. Those bits and pieces from fat quarters or ½ yards cuts can be turn into a useful project. I just needed some extra time to organize and sort out the lovely scraps, odd sizes, shapes and strips.

basket of scraps

A basketful saved ‘bits of happiness’ made me realized that they may cost as much as the original fabric purchased. It’s quite fun working with these scraps and there are many quilters who can testify that having a stack of scraps means the possibilities are endless! If you are creative enough, who knows – you can turn them into another ‘bonus’ quilt !

My quilty scraps came in handy for the idea of a ‘table top quilt’ for an old sewing machine (which belonged to my late Mom) and on which I use it as a table top for my electric ‘Brother’ sewing machine.

Here’s a happy scrappy quilt (my 6th quilty piece) !

table top quilt

I sandwiched the quilt with a thinner batting and did free-motion quilt with my home machine with a free-motion darning foot (this can be quite challenging if you do not get the stitches or tension right !) and finally finished off by adding a pink binding to match with my favorite working chair. I am happy with the colors-match. You can see it helps brighten up my working corner. :)

table top quilt

table top quilt

I’m glad to have made 6 quilts so far and feel ‘super accomplished’ at the end of each project. Allow me to showcase the previous quilts that I have made :

jelly roll quilt

This was the first one made using jelly roll strips cut from batik fabrics.

baby quilt

a baby quilt

sofa quilt

sofa quilt

quilt blanket

 

baby quilt

I am now thinking and searching what’s next in the pattern for another quilt….as there’s a special request for another one for baby Raphael. :)

 

 

 

 

 

EUMORA Facial Bars Giveaway!

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Would you like a good soap bar packed with goodness to make your skin feel comfortable or solve skin issues like wrinkles or acne? In my previous post, I found Eumora bar worked wonders to my skin!
There are many other testimonials too of this miracle bar that has helped restore and heal skin. Head over to Nourish Kallos Wellness to find out more. Yes,it’s really cool to see how just one bar can solve so many skin woes. And what’s even better is you can try it before buying it…

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[Eumora as reviewed by a News Straits Times journalist]

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If you’d like to get a FREE sample bar for yourself or give a friend (*just pay for shipping and handling), click here.  Get one whilst stocks last!

The Eumora bars giveaway sponsored by Nourish Kallos Wellness is worth RM190 which is about USD57. Two lucky winners will be picked to receive one bar each.

[Here’s the giveaway]

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ENTER TO WIN.
Just 3 easy steps
(do all steps):

1) ‘Like’ our Eumora giveaway post on Projekdorcas Facebook page.
2)  Click ‘Share’ below the ‘Giveaway post’ at our Facebook PAGE.
*more shares in Facebook= more chances of winning! Tell your friends about this giveaway!
It is open to ‘everyone’.
3) ‘Like’ Nourish Kallos Wellness Facebook page

*Enter now through 12th November (Wednesday), 2014. All are welcome.
Winners will be picked at random and announced at the end of this blog post and also on our Facebook page.

Thank you for stopping by and have a happy week. :)

Winners Announcement :
Congratulations to the 2 winners of Eumora Facial Bars ! – Ann Hbez & Catherine Peter Moey. Please respond to our facebook message to claim your prize. :)

 

 

Experimenting clay

August and September were busy months for me (preparing some students for their school’s exams) – as much as I’ve looked forward to creating soaps, I was not able to even make a single batch. I love experimenting and the more I do, I began to discover and develop a better soap sense. A couple of weeks back, I decided I wanted to experiment with clays after researching the different type of clays and the kind of benefits they give. Clays have often been used for skin care and in many spas all over the world and they are known to help stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. Unlike other clays, pink and yellow clay do not draw the skin’s oils, and they are suitable for all skin types even for the sensitive ones.

Here are some French yellow and pink clay I bought last year and I used them for my new formulation last week.
pink+yellow clay

I  wanted to try the ‘funnel pour method’ swirl which I did for the charcoal soap but the mixture had traced too quickly than I expected and nice swirls cannot be done if mixture is thick. It’s was a real ‘clay challenge’ for me – adding different clays and separating mixture really need skills and you may have to work fast to get the results.

Felt rather a little disappointed over some visible spots of clay (probably due to my forgetfulness to dissolve the clay powder in some water before adding into the oils mixture), but nevertheless, I am quite pleased and satisfied with the results.……tho’ they may look like some pinky ‘kuih talam’ (a kind of local layered cake) but I am happy with the natural colorants the clay gives to the soaps.

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They are now set to cure and should be ready by mid November…

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and what’s my next to-do-batch ? Goat’s milk ! ...can’t wait :)

Eumora Facial Bar with Hma (Hydration microalgae factor)

eumoraSoap  Have you heard of the Eumora facial bar?
Many people have claimed that it works wonders and you will see a smoother younger complexion by morning if you use it. I have always loved good soaps for cleansing and shower and so when I heard about this facial bar, I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on. It certainly did my skin good – had restored my dull tired skin. :)
You can get the free trial sample bar (for a limited time) via Nourish Kallos Wellness. Fill up the form at the website link and just pay shipping & handling fee of USD4.95 and the bar will be shipped to you worldwide.
Eumora is suitable for both men and women, children and adults! I always believe and love a good soap bar for travelling, camping or business trips. It is so convenient and you don’t have to worry about spills or leakage in your luggage. No need to pack bottles of liquid wash. Find out more about Eumora and why not give it a try if you have not.
Or sign up a free sample to give a friend or loved one as a gift.  :)
I am certainly loving it. The  Sensational Moor miracle bar !

Awesome Giveaways

I’m back again to blog about some awesome giveaways. While we enjoy giving gifts, it’s also fun to tour around some blogs and take part in some giveaways. A couple of days ago my husband  (the winner) received a Big Bundle Giveaway (for readers outside the US)  from Quiltmaker. We took some blog tour fun , decided to send in our entries and were thrilled that he won!  The big bundle are now quilty pleasures and awesome treats for me. Thank you Quiltmaker.com ! – you are an amazing resource and inspiration for my quilty ideas.

It’s the season of giving and here’s another one giveaway from Modes4u shop which sells awesome stuffs for crafters from cute stationeries, DIY sets and accessories (from Japan), to lovely designer fabrics by Robert Kaufman and Michael Miller. I enjoy browsing at kawaii shop and also had been their customer once for fabrics . I love it when they host giveaways and blogging here about My modes4u Christmas Wishlist’ is one of my entry to their christmas giveaway.

My modes4u.com Christmas Wishlist

What would I like to get as a Christmas present from modes4u.com?

To win the favorite products, I would need to list 5 items from their kawaii shop and it must not not exceed the total value of 70US$ and guess what – they are really  generous to grant 5  winners their wishlist (* keeping my fingers crossed ,will I be one of  the lucky 5? ;) )

I’d wish for these items to sew more pillow covers , bags or quilts, so Modes4u, here’s my wishlist:

1) red butterfly and flower fabric with gold by Kokka

US$8.90

2) Charm Pack fabric bundle Cotton Couture Michael Miller

US$27.94

3) Roll-up fabric bundle roll New Pastel Palette Robert Kaufman

US$32.37

Giveaway!

Hi everyone,

It’s that season again where some of you may be shopping around, having fun and holidaying with loved ones, making gifts or giving gifts or maybe spring cleaning and decluttering your home . As for the ladies at Rainbow Home, they are still having fun making soaps. We thank you for the support you have given towards the soaps they had made. If their hands are not on soaps, they may be baking cookies or making snacks  for sale at church for this coming festive season. As for me personally, I am feeling ‘SEW FAR SEW GOOD’ and I think I have become a little obsessive recently for fabrics ( call me a fabric fanatic, if you wish). I hope this won’t result in a big hoard stacking up in my workroom that I’d find ‘too much fabric, too little time!’ . Talk about leather, yes, I’m crazy about this too – we have some nice leather scraps given to us by a good friend I met in camp some years ago. I have recently turn them into some pouches, purses and clutch and  also made some cowboy jackets for my church Vacation Bible School two years ago.

On a different note, I am also enjoying facilitating a small group in a series of discipleship bible studies at church. Three key words I gleaned recently from the studies, –  To get into the Word is to cultivate a  DELIGHT into His Word, a DEVOTION to His word and a DISCIPLINE  into His word. :)

Ok, here’s the giveaway (one) I have been planning some weeks ago and am excited to give it to one lucky winner residing in Malaysia (sorry, we can’t include international friends for this giveaway as postage will be very high for us to bear if you should win!). It’s a clutch (with tassel) I made using the tutorial from here.
Here’s how you can win this giveaway .

Cmas Giveaway 2013

a dark chocolate leather clutch with tassel ( *detachable brooch not included in giveaway- for display only).

Tell us your favorite handmade whether you had made it or bought it (it can be anything from clothes, bags to shoes or food, etc. Anything!)  Leave your comments here at this blog post by midnight 8th December (Sunday) 2013 . ( Make sure you have a valid email at your profile name so that we can contact you if you win. If it is a spam, this would be detected and deleted permanently and not counted as an entry) .

You can also hop over to our Facebook page to comment and don’t forget to “Like” Projek Dorcas page for another entry. If you are already a facebook fan, just leave us a comment below the image post as your second entry.

We’ll choose a winner randomly and announce it here. Thanks for being with us today!

So have fun and keep safe if you are travelling.
Happy holidays and a Blessed Christmas.! :)

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9 Dec, 2013 update:  [ ‘Giveaway’ Closed ]

It looks like this time around, our ‘Giveaway’ did not draw a good response from readers – there were only 2 or 3 participants…..so sad  :-(
Was it because it was difficult to enter? or was our ‘Giveaway’ not attractive at all? well, we would appreciate some honest feedback from our readers. Tell us where was not right or how we can improve. Anyway, we still have to pick a winner and the winner is  :) ……Mary V.

Congratulations, Mary V. ! You have won our handmade leather clutch. Thank you for your participation and dropping  by.

Two little blackbirds chirping ….

Okay, finally I’ve got a chevron baby quilt done! So glad to have obtained a clear-view foot for sewing appliques and an open-toe foot for free-motion quilting. This quilt took about a week to complete – it has two black bird appliques which I had machine-sewn around the edges with very close zig-zag stitches .

open-toe foot for freemotion quilt

This is a open toe quilting foot – it’s perfect when you need to free-motion quilt, the open toe allows you to see lines as you move your fabric and sew.

clear-view foot

A clear-view foot for sewing appliques. – gives easy visibility under the needle and very convenient when you sew decorative stitches over any fabric patterns or top of seams.

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piecing together

I sewed up many half-square triangles from pre-cut fabrics and arranged them to from a chevron or zig-zag kind of pattern. If you are wondering how these triangles are cut up, My Quilt Infatuation has an easy peasy way to show you how (read her tutorials). As you keep arranging and see the pattern come together, you’ll find it’s surprisingly easy and fun.

freemotionquilt

I had to check out many tutorials and learn from the experts before embarking on my free-motion quilt. I finally managed  with the right thread tension but without following any pattern specifically as I sewed (I just moved along randomly). Free-motion quilting takes practice. You can spot some imperfections on my piece as I still have not got the hang of it yet .

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Notice the birds? They look like ‘ two little blackbirds chirping on my quilt’ and   remember this nursery rhyme ? ( Love this  favorite ryhme for playing skipping rope with friends when I was a child )  :)

‘Two little black birds sitting on a hill (wall),

One named Jack (Peter) and one named Jill (Paul),

Fly away Jack (Peter), fly away Jill  (Paul),

Come back Jack (Peter) and come back Jill (Paul).’

:)   :)