Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Creative Space

This week in I've been trying to catch up on making some more softies!
So this is still what is in the works...cutting patterns.

Remaining on the Elephants obsession.

Then throwing a Moose into the mix.

More creative spaces from fellow crafters can be found at Kristy's blog.


Please welcome the newest members to our family...Caroline and Merlin the teddy cats.

Warning: Highly adorable and therefore addictive.
Caution: Loves to chase birdies and mice, so beware.
Direction to Use: Must hug at least once, twice or three times a day.

Crazy About Elephants

Lately I've been a "teeny" bit crazy about Elephants.

Did you know?
  • Elephants are the largest animals that live on land.
  • Some elephants can grow up to 13 feet tall!
  • Elephants can weigh as much as a school bus.
  • Elephants can pull up to 11.5 litres of water into their trunk!
So this is what I have been working on lately...Elephants!

Meet Abbey, Sally and Mitchell. They love to go for long rides and then bath in the sun! Oh what a life I say!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Parkour Motion Reel

I have only one thing to say...I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this clip! This is a true genius at work, someone should give this person an award for creating something so cool. I am absolutely flabbergasted!

OK that's all I have to say, please excuse me while I pick my jaw off the ground...and carry on.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Seeking Inspiration

Lately I've come to the realisation that true inspiration is all around us. Sometimes it's quite obvious when it's right before our eyes, other times we have to work a little harder to seek it. Which ever way you discover inspiration, the real learning is that in the end the discovery is worth it.

I've been spending a lot of time on the web, browsing at different blogs and sites to discover something new, unique, authentic and creative. I've been so fortunate to find this site called "Creative Review". Creative Review (CR) is a magazine that was launched in London in 1980, the magazine specialises in visual communication. To me, this magazine embraces culture, diversity, creativity, lifestyle and everything that is good about Art. I can't boast enough about CR, I really heart visiting this site everyday to learn something new and being inspired like never before!

This is the current issue of CR which I managed to track down in the Borders bookstore in Australia.

This is a fantastic visual page of what the magazine has to offer.

I love visiting different bookstores around Melbourne, browsing the shelves for new information. I picked up this magazine on the weekend at Borders, "Artful Blogging". This is a creative magazine show casing different artists and crafters around the world and their wonderful blogs, enough inspiration for any blogger newbies.

This is one of the inspiring blogs that has kept me entertained for the past few days:

The beautiful designs of Valentina Ramos.

The wonderful artwork of Mati Rose McDonough.

I have to say that lately I've had such a itch for finding new forms of Art. I love softies making don't get me wrong, but I am so intrigued about other mediums of Art and the authenticity it has to offer. I've recently discovered how much I love graphics design and animation and I would love to learn more about them, so keep your eyes on this space as I learn more about different mediums of Art and try them for the first time! :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Creative Space

This week has been a bit of madness, busy with work and other activities so much that I haven't had time to make all the softies I have been imagining up in my head.

However I did sneak in a few moments to make this girl. I know Easter is over, but I woke up one day with an urge to make a Wabbit :)

Meet Daphne the Rabbit, she likes to munch on carrots and celery and hop around in the field all day long!

I also discovered these beautiful gemstones that I had brought from a market during my last visit to China, up until now they've been hidden at the bottom of the cupboard. I still haven't figured out how I should use these gemstones in a jewellery design...still pondering and wondering...any ideas?

I am always thinking about what different designs I can try next. I think about it when I'm at work (whilst working of course!), while I am browsing the web, watching TV and sometimes even before I go to bed! I have a idea for a new design for kids that I am thinking about, right now it's just a thought...I'll let you know more about it when I decide how to tackle it.

P.S: I haven't forgotten about the one-eye monster, he's still waiting to be stitched and stuffed!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Inspired by Bokeh

Today during my lunch break, I saw some beautiful inspiring photos that gave me a sudden urge where I wanted to run home and pick up my camera and take pictures. Of course I had to surpress that urge!

I stumbled across several photos that were taken using the "Bokeh" technique, where you use the maximum aperture of your lens to create a blurring effect. I loved it to so much that I have set myself a new goal: To learn this Bokeh technique and take a stunning photo!

Earlier this year I finally gave in to the temptation of digital cameras where I brought my first digital SLR, a Nikon 5000D. I have to say this has been one of the best decisions I have made and one of my best buys on impulse :) I never understood what was the obsession with digital SLR cameras until I became an owner of one myself and took my first set of pictures....then it was all fell into place and there was no going back. I only wished I had understood years ago how a digital camera could allow you to expand your creativity and sense of freedom!

I'd like to share with you the photos that sparked some inspiration in my day.

[courtesy of Kevin Eddy: Bokeh Kiss]

[courtesy of jjjohn: Catching the Bokeh]

These pictures made me reminisce about my set of photos I took with my Nikon camera.

Titled: Wild Thorns.

Titled: In the Rain.

Titled: Poppy Dreams.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Music to feed your craft buds

Do you sew in silence?

I find that I'm one of those people who needs some background music playing while I am sewing, it makes it easier to concentrate with a beat or a melody to sing to. I love all genres of music, however I particularly love to play some indie pop or rock while I am at my sewing machine.

I love this song by Alkaline Trio, I have it on repeat and can probably play it 100 times back to's so melodic that it's contagious! Give it a listen and see if you catch the bug! (click on the link LOVE LOVE KISS KISS)


Thursday, April 8, 2010

My Creative Space

It's been so good to have a four day weekend to relax, eat chocolates and let my imagination run wild again. Thank god for that!

With quite a bit of time on my hand, my mind started to wonder...

This is what I got up to this week, bringing some softies to life!

Meet Monty the Dog...he loves to eat schmackos and sleep all day, the life of a dog.

Meet Serraphina the Heavenly Angel...she listens to our prayers every night.

Meet Jezzabel the Bunny Girl...she's eclectic and carefree, living life as she sees it!

Meet Marjorie the Zorro Girl...she loves to fight crimes and bring justice to all!

Finally, this is what I've started to work on. It's a one-eyed monster, I've just finished cutting the patterns, hopefully it will be sewn, stuffed and completed next week. Stay tuned to this creative space to see the finished one-eyed monster come to life!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fabric Obsession

I feel like I've just jumped off a trampoline and landed into a massive colourful, vibrant, delicious candy floss...when..I think about fabrics!

I recently discovered the wonderful world of fabrics and how much it allows my imagination to wonder. I think I have found my wonderland, it's a place called "GJ's Discount Fabrics" in East Brunswick, VIC. The abundance of fabric choices for patchwork is amazing! I heart this store so much. I'm sure I will become their No.1 regular visitor from now on, so much that they will probably get sick of me :)

Hi, I am a fabric addict and these are my creative materials...what I will invent and when I have no idea! But I will just freestyle it and see where it leads me....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Doing it for the kids!

Hi, my name is Hien and I am a newly converted softie creator.

My story goes a little something like this...

A little over a month ago my sister had her first baby, a boy name Nathan. I became an aunty for the first time, YAH! This new status and experience has lead me to a brand new world of creativity that I had never known. With a baby or a child comes a world of creativity, imagination, colours and cuteness. I started looking on websites that I normally wouldn't go near, hoping to find inspiration of what to do and get for my new nephew.

I found an abundance of new discoveries, discovering the world of "Softies": handmade soft toys. I stumbled across two websites that blew me away with the amount of creativity that it was quite overwhelming. "One Red Robin" founded by Jhoanna Monte and "Melly and Me" founded by Melanie Hurlston and Rosalie Quinlan. These three ladies creating amazing softies, sisters doing it for themselves and others! I was so inspired I wanted to take on this new hobby and learn something new.

Everyone knows starting a new hobby requires a bit of motivation, when I thought beside Nathan who else could I share my new experience with? Then it clicked…."toys=children". I have always watched the Easter Good Friday Appeal on TV hoping I could do more than donate money and now my chance had come.

The Mission: To create a bunch of softies and donate it to the children who are the brave patients of the Royal Children Hospital for easter. These kids who are so brave, all fighting or overcoming their own illness and battles during a time when they should be celebrating.

I have a full-time job that revolves around being, breathing, doing and talking technical things, so this new hobby was a new stretch for me and consumed the little time I had left, or at least my life for a month!

Finally after a month, I had created 35 softies. I know that there are hundreds of kids at the hospital and that 35 softies would not be enough, however I can look on the positive: 35 children will be handed something on Good Friday that will put a smile on their faces!

Hello, this is the Gang, pleased to meet you!

The Reward: I dropped the softies off at Children Cancer Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital where I was able to share 35 smiles from these brave, happy children all fighting their battles with cancer. I can't not tell you how much it touched my heart, the staff were so happy and thankful, it was like an early christmas for them!

Lastly, I want to share with you the reason why I wanted to keep this mission a secret is…I did not want to put any expectations on myself. When we discover something new that we want to do, we and others can sometimes put expectations and pressure on ourselves to do it good, do it perfect or do it fast! This can make the experience less desirable and fun.

I feel very happy I attempted and completed this secret mission and I can't express enough the good feeling I have of doing something good for someone. It's a nice feeling, if you haven't done it before, give it a try, it's all worth it in the end! The gesture does not have to be big, it can be the tiniest thing in the world, but the reward can be leave you with the biggest effect.

Until I embark on another secret mission, cheers! Below are some more pics of the softies I made.

The Doggies: Milo, Buddy, Rufus, Georgie and Jess.

The Pandas: Sandy, Toby, Jacob, Mimi and Amanda.

The Giraffes: Jeffery, Ethan, Sophie, Jacqui and Lydia.

The Mice and Mushrooms: Madeline, Clementine, Mary and Mike.

The Bunnies: Jensen, Sarah and Maggie.

The Gnomes and Octopuses: Alison, Suzie, Gerald and Eddy.

The Cookie Monster, Piggy, Moustache Monster and Bird: Felix, Peter, Moose and Violet.

The Owls: Margie and Rory.

The Cats: Abigail and Robbie.

The Hippo: Henry