Tag: handmade

What is the best comeback blog post?

What is the best comeback blog post?

I don’t know but I’m starting mine with this – Hope all is well, my friends, wherever you may be. #calligraphy #calligraphypractice #calligraphygeek #moderncalligraphy #pointedpen #dippen #handwriting #penhscript #calligraphykh #sreisaat #cambodialife #expatpost #pinayincambodia A photo posted by Sreisaat_in_Cambodge (@sreisaat) on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:21am […]

Signs, signs: Loom bands craze

Signs, signs: Loom bands craze

As you might have noticed, it has been more than three months since I last posted. I’ve also not been reading blogs – just because I feel so meh. You can also say that I’m trying to find out – like an experiment of sorts […]

Stash-buster Challenge 2013, Project #6: Vintage rose doily

Stash-buster Challenge 2013, Project #6: Vintage rose doily

This week’s featured project is this vintage rose doily that I finished sometime ago. I gave this as a present to a fellow Postcrossing member from Netherlands who, with her whole family, came to Cambodia for their Christmas holiday last year. I think I made the right choice – it’s light, doesn’t take up much space in her baggage, and most of all, she (like me) loves anything and everything handmade!

This lovely rose doily is one of the first things I learned from my mother.  From the doily down to the roses and leaves, my Mum taught me all of these (and a lot more) decades ago, including how to attach the leaves to the roses, and the roses to the doily.

stash-buster challenge 2013 round rose doily
I recently made this for a Postcrossing friend who came to Cambodia for a holiday. Proudly handmade by yours truly, Sreisaat.

If you ask me where did the pattern come from, that I do not know and my mum already forgot where she got it from. I did a Google-search — et voila! You can find the pattern all over the Internet!

 

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Stash-Buster Challenge 2013: Project #1, Crochet hearts

Stash-Buster Challenge 2013: Project #1, Crochet hearts

Last week I signed up for the Stash-Buster Challenge 2013 over at Lana de Ana’s site. Well, I was already preparing to crochet something when the news of my sister’s pregnancy came out, I got so excited that I forgot all about it. So I […]

A handmade Christmas card

A handmade Christmas card

With all the free time I have ever since quitting my job, I am in a kind of mission to do anything and everything handmade.

You can call me a DIY-warrior (more like a trying-hard DIYer, snark.) So I told myself that, this year, I am going to make my own Christmas cards to be sent out to our family and close friends. Never mind that I announced this some months ago, I am always sure I’d end up to be down the wire anyway.

In as much as I wanted to make the cards look like Christmas in Cambodia, I failed to really come up with something bearing Khmer influences. Maybe because Christmas is not officially celebrated here. Or perhaps I am beginning to get lazy again. Lame excuses, I know 🙁

So here’s what I can only come up with:

This is the first "output". I have yet to put the finishing touches.
This is the first “output”. I have yet to put the finishing touches.

With a made up pattern, I crocheted what looked like a holly wreath with faux pearls accent and red crocheted ribbon. I used a light green cardstock and added a darker shade of green washi tape. I glued the crocheted holly wreath on to the cardstock using an ordinary glue (I could not find any fabric glue here) and utter a little prayer that they remain stuck to the card, lol.

I also made use of my metallic pens to write on the card. However, as you can see in the picture, my handwriting is awful so I’m using alphabet stamps instead. I will post the final version here next time.

I am only making a few for our family and closest friends – I finished 8 holly wreaths. I have yet to do the cards and the messages on them. My poor eyes could no longer endure the long hours of crocheting they easily tire and tear up from eye strain. And don’t get me started with the backaches! Lol. I am sounding like a very old woman, eh?

As painful as it sounds, I am determined to make handmade Christmas cards a yearly tradition for me and my husband. You see, I’m like that. I like torturing myself over and over again.

P.S. This is my first entry to Creative Crafts Thursday. Come join us by clicking the badge.

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The PELUKA Sisters at Le Duo’s Christmas Village

The PELUKA Sisters at Le Duo’s Christmas Village

Yes, if you want to see the PELUKA sisters in person, just visit us at Le Duo Restaurant! *lol* Seriously, we joined the Christmas Bazaar at Le Duo. It’s one thing  in our wish list that we were able to do this year. The first […]

Photo Hunt #50: Colourful crochets

Photo Hunt #50: Colourful crochets

Ladies and gents, I am pleased to share with you some some of my hand-made creations: At the foreground are glass coasters in multi-colours, to the left are flower doilies and some blue-yellow flowers, and the items that look like brain corals are scrunchies (hair-ties). […]

Stuff I do when I’m bored (aside from blogging)…

Stuff I do when I’m bored (aside from blogging)…

I recently picked up crocheting again, thanks to the crochet hooks and a book that my mum-in-law sent me. Prior to my return, I have long been inspired by the many craft bloggers I met online. They are amazing bunch of creative and enthusiastic people creating things by hand, whether by knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, crocheting, baking, and scrap-booking, among others.

Feeling a bit jealous, I began crocheting and some of my finished, as well as on-going projects, are in my crafts blog, Sreisaat Crafts*. Yes, another blog! I may have joined the crafts bandwagon a little bit late now but I’ve been crocheting since my grade school days. Thanks to my mother who passed on to me and my sisters her love for yarns and needleworks. I think this is a great pastime for me who, for the past months, has been complaining of being unproductive and idle after I’d quit my full-time job. Anyways, so I started with the easy ones… the scrunchies. They are elastic hair ties and are not very difficult to make as the stitches are mainly single and double crochets. I would later on move to a more challenging project once I get used to the hooks and  I have achieved the right “tension”.

So my finished products will be sold next month, at the Mith Samlanh Fun Fair where me and my PELUKA sisters are joining again. We do not expect to sell much, really, but if we do, a percentage of the sales will be donated to the Mith Samlanh/Friends NGO to support their various projects for the streetchildren in Phnom Penh. Here are three samples:

Crafting with Sreisaat
Crochet scrunchie in chocolate brown and ecru.
Crafting with Sreisaat
Lovely pastel colours.
Crafting with Sreisaat
In golden yellow and brown.

If you like to purchase one of my scrunchies, please leave a comment or email me (see my Contact pate). An Etsy shop, perhaps, will be in the offing once I have gathered enough confidence. I just wish there are more yarn shops/craft shops here in Phnom Penh. The yarns available are very limited :C Anyway, please watch out for my Etsy shop in the coming days!

*NB: Sreisaat Crafts no longer exist. All the blog posts there have been incorporated in this blog in 2015.

New crochet project, so wish me luck!

New crochet project, so wish me luck!

I’m back again after a couple of loooong months. Well, I might have been gone but I wasn’t slacking at all. I’ve been making granny squares for my couch, for one. I don’t know long it will take me to finish a 1.5m x 2.5m […]