Rhinestic's Knick Knacks

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Color theme #10: Warming

It's been a ridiculously warm and humid month for us here. So much so that even the trees seem to be suffering too.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekly Color Theme #9: The Little Teddy Bear

And we just got a new puppy!

Photo taken by the hubby

Akiko's a feisty barely 10 week old puppy and she's a little confused with her potty training.. Whatever it is, she is still our little teddy bear~~

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Weekly Color Theme #8: Silver linings

And the sun still shines
Silver linings
Skirting every possible cloud

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Doing My Part for Charity this National Craft Month

A Shout Out!

Here's a shout out to Patience Brewster, who started this campaign for craft bloggers to reflect on their craft and the importance to them. They're a one-artist company offering lovely unique gifts and ornaments! Do check them out!

Designing, Making, Crafting and Me

I would say making things have always been in my blood. My mum crochets and my late grandma was a seamstress. Since young, I was exposed to the craft of sewing and crocheting. Ironically, I preferred drawing and meddling with other art forms like origami and air-dry clay during my schooling days. It was only after graduating from University did I catch up on the art of sewing, knitting and crocheting. 10 years on, I am now more into the design aspects of making.

I would consider myself a pretty flexible maker who love to explore new art forms and learn new skills. While I predominantly love to play around with textiles, yarns and resins, I am also open to incorporating new techniques and skills like ceramics and woodworking. (which I hope to start learning and experimenting some time this year!)

Celebrating National Craft Month

As some crafters might have already known, March is National Craft Month. While it's fun to make things for myself (and I do have quite a number of projects on hand and in mind), I thought contributing back to the society by crafting for charity would be an even better way to celebrate!

In mid March, I happened to chance upon a community event which I felt I should not miss. The event calls for knitters and crocheters to contribute scarves for the needy in Northern Thailand, where temperatures can drop to single digit (in Celsius) at the highlands during the winter months.

So far I've managed to complete 2 scarves, with a third on the way!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

March Illustrations

March had been a confusing month.

It started with me feeling frustrated at myself with issues and non-issues all over again, and the other half had a little discussion with me and we both contemplated that it's high time that I needed some time-out.

Endless Turmoil, Ink drawing & Water color on heavyweight cartridge paper

And so, I began my art therapy sessions with this lovely lady. Instead of pure counselling, the sessions are more of 'I' coming to terms with myself and recognizing the root causes to my current states of mind.

Irony in terracotta clay,done during the art therapy session

My turbulent mood mellowed as mid-march arrived. I finally managed to start on the gifts that I had wanted to make a year ago.. (Gasp!) Instead of choosing ready-made patterns to make my life a little easier, I decided to come up with  my own knitted designs. As usual, what have I gotten myself into...? :P

Quick pencil sketch and water color on heavyweight cartridge paper

More yarn handling ensued when I decided to take part in a community event. Participants are tasked to make scarves for the needy residing in the highlands of Northern Thailand.

Scarves Frenzy, Ink illustration & Water color on 5" x 7" cold pressed watercolor paper

The end of March marked the loss of a great man in our country and the past week had been a week of mourning for the whole nation.

Lee Kuan Yew's Quote, Ink illustration and water color on 5" x 7" cold pressed watercolor paper

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Color Theme #7: Mourning Skies

We just bade our last farewell to our founding father. The skies poured while the state funeral procession was going on. As the heavens weep with us for our loss, may we shed all our differences and continue to stand tall~

Monday, March 23, 2015

23rd March 2015

And today, we lost a great man. A man, with unparalleled smarts, guts and passion, who went against all odds to help fish this little red dot out of the trench and build it into an affluent global city. Yes, he ruled with an iron fist. But without him and his visions, Singapore will not be what she is today.

And with that, thank you, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Thank you for all that you have selflessly contributed, even during the later years of your life. You will be greatly missed~
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