Monday, July 25, 2011

Some Tatting Gifts and A Little Tatting Giveaway

This is the 2nd exchange I received from Kayenderes Green (Canada). Kayenderes always has such cute ideas for her ATCs. Who wouldn't like her "I Love Strawberry" and "I Love Banana" doll ATCs!?!


I sent some thread samples to Kayenderes in our earlier exchange, and she has graciously included another 2 hot and cute mini fabric postcards for me! Thank you for such a lovely package, Kayenderes!!



I had been real busy with tatting gifts for 4 colleagues who are leaving the company this month. 3 rose bookmarks,
plus a tatted floral pendant/pin for Lee Teng as she has been such a great help on my projects, and another piece for myself. Still tatting another leaf bookmark for Benjamin even as I'm writing and posting this :(

After taken a break from the inchies mingle last month, I'm back this month with 2 sets in the Oriental theme. Made good use of all my Chinese name seals I custom-made in China. There are 3 different ones here, I should have another 1 more seal lying somewhere in 1 of the houses. That's the problem with shifting house so many times, I can remember where I kept my things in the very old house, but not the newer places, sigh.



Anyway, the coloured rubbing are done with coloured pencils over old Chinese coins, and the big Chinese characters are cut with die-cuts using silver foil paper, gold origami paper, brown cork, and black foam. The red and white backgrounds are different type of Chinese calligraphy papers.


I was out the whole of last weekend, Saturday to do some Make & Take projects at a craft shop (more about this in my next post), and Sunday to Sentosa Resorts World. We went for the "Voyage de la Vie", Singapore's 1st theatrical circus and the first resident show in Festive Grand, Sentosa RW, featuring an international cast of circus stars from 16 countries.



It was really a mix of everything - some dances with 3 ballads, some doses of magic with more aerobatic feats, all tied loosely in a simple script of a Boy who received a mysterious box which opened up to reveal the mischievous Game Master, who in turn, introduced him to the Lantern Keeper who guided him on a journey through his imagination and where he encountered many extraordinary characters. Moral of the story: It is the Journey and not the Destination which gives life its meaning.

Kristine agreed with me, we preferred "The Lion King" for the music, singing and costumes; the "Vision" for the magic performances, and the circus in Guangzhou for the circus feats, but well it's still a show worth watching especially with the Family Package deal (4 tickets for the price of 2)!



Moving on to the 8th day (15 Jun, Wed) of the China trip, we started at the East Gate of Xiaoqikong.


The first place we came to was the Xiaoqikong Ancient Bridge (小七孔古桥), 25m long, 4m wide and 4m high, built in 1836, is an important bridge linking Libo to Kuangxi. The place here gets its name from this bridge which has 7 holes beneath it. The scenary is most beautiful here.

The road to the left will lead to Kuangzi, some 10km away! Another path to the right leads to the Laya Waterfall (拉雅瀑布).



The Forest on Water (水上森林) was such a fun place to trek through, and the children love playing water gun here. The water was real cold.


Another waterfall, the clear water falling down the green forest was a great sight, especially set against the tree with full bloom.
We had come to the start of the waterfall.

That afternoon, we arrived at Kaili City and stayed at Crown Plaza Hotel.


Here we were at a night market.



I have not forgotten I mentioned a little giveaway! It will be a tatted rose bookmark like those in the photo above. You can choose a pink or blue rose. Fret not if you are not into rose for the gentlemen, I can tat a butterfly to replace the rose if you prefer that. 1 chance for leaving a comment in this post, and a 2nd chance if you leave another comment telling me you are following my blog. I will close the comments by the end of 8 Aug, and the drawing will be on our National Day on 9 August using the random number generator.

23 comments:

Leah said...

Wow! Such great photos. I particularly like all the water photos, the ones by the bridge and the start of the waterfall. The water is such a beautiful color, thanks for sharing them with us.

Michelle said...

Your rose bookmarks are lovely, please put me in your giveaway!

The waterfall pictures are gorgeous!

Eliz (tatknot) said...

What fun! Please enter me in your drawing. It is hard to choose a color for the rose as both look lovely. I choose pink.

Eliz (tatknot) said...

I do follow your blog.

Bri's Bits said...

I am leaving a comment for the rose bookmark drawing, and a comment for letting you know I have been a follower a long time :) I love your blog and always get inspiration from you, I even made my very first atc's recently, and it is because of you :)

sign me up please, I would be honored to win a beautiful rose from you :)

Bri.

Bri's Bits said...

lol, this is my second comment it you meant you wanted 2 separate comments, I do follow and love your blog :)

Bri :)

Maureen said...

It's such a treat, being able to see all the beautiful places you have been visiting - I had to stop and look for a long time when I came to the picture of that magnificent purple tree!
I'd love a rose!

Michelle said...

Here's comment #2 and I do follow your blog- have for a while and LOVE it.

Maureen said...

....oh, and I always read your blog! :)

JB said...

Beautiful pictures. Your bookmarks and your ATCs are lovely. Please enter me in your drawing.

JB said...

I also follow your blog.

Val said...

nice to see the family pics, and of course, the ATCs and inchies are very interesting!

Val said...

Certainly looking forward to more eye candy, Ellen, and have been a follower of this blog. :)

Trillian said...

You are showing so nice photos. The color of the tree is so bright.

Diana said...

These are such wonderful work you are doing. i especially love the pic of the bridge and water, and the start of the water fall. I love water falls, lakes, streams and so on. Thanks for sharing you work. Never heard of tatting outisde my quilting group. Have a geat weekend and God Bless.

tatterjil said...

I would love a little blue rose bookmark. Your execution of the ones in the photo is lovely. (as always.)

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

I'd love to have some of your lovely work...

Robert said...

Love to read your blog; you do an excellent job with tatting and the atc. Any bookmark would be appreciated. Thanks. Robert, in northern Iowa.

Suztats said...

I do enjoy 'traveling' with you, Singtatter, and seeing all the wonderful sights I would miss otherwise. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Marty said...

It's such fun to read about your travels on your blog -- that's one of the reasons I follow you blog. You go places I'll never see!

Marty said...

Oh, yes, enter me in your giveaway drawing, too. Those bookmarks are so pretty -- but blue is my favorite color!

Sherry said...

The rose bookmarks are SOOOO pretty! Please enter me in your giveaway :-)
~Tatikan/Sher

Sherry said...

Your blog was one of the first I found a few months ago when I found cyber-tatting... and if I miss a few days of getting on the computer, I make sure I go back through your posts to be sure I haven't missed any! Yes, I follow your blog and always enjoy not just the tatting but seeing wherever you visit and the joy your share with your family :-) ~Tatikan/Sher