Thursday, January 23, 2014

Finally, My Computer Is Back!

My computer has been down for so long, and just get it up and running.  So much to catch up...

After the dress form swap in Aug, the ATC-ArtDolls group had dress swaps going. Sep Dress Swap was "Back to School". I did the uniform of Nanyang Primary School, where my girl is, for Barb Glasier (USA).  A plain but neat uniform, just what school uniforms in Singapore are like.

And Cindy Whiddon (USA) sent me a blue dress (with red, white & blue) for Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation’s service.

(The pair of flip-flops is actually a card - so cute!)

I read that the association of red with Memorial Day goes beyond just being part of the red, white and blue of the American flag.  The color red and the poppy symbolize “remembrance of those that died in war”.  This association came out of one of the most memorable poems ever written about war.  It is a poem called “In Flanders Fields” written by Lt. Col. John McCrae.  The poppies referred to in the poem grew in profusion in Flanders in the disturbed earth of the battlefields and cemeteries where war casualties were buried.

Oct Dress Swap was "Halloween". I did a "skeleton" dress and felt quite please with it! One went to Cindy Whiddon (USA), together with my ghost for the Oct Paper Doll swap.

I have enough papers to make another 2 smaller ghosts for myself!

Cindy Whiddon did a witch for me ...

and Barbara Glasier (USA) sent me a fall dress.

Dec Paper Doll swap was Santa and Reindeer doll. And Christmas dress. Both went to  Laureta Linett (USA). 

A 2nd set I made to keep.

A gorgeous Christmas Holiday Button Fairy from Kim Miles (USA), but still waiting for the fairy from Lisa Alff.

I did these 2 fairy girls - the blue wing one went for Lisa and the other one on the right for Kim.

I'm left with 2 more for keep.
Diane from the NEEDLESnCRAFTS group hosted a thimble holder swap in Nov. I have never attempt a tatted thimble holder and couldn't understand the pattern I have.  Attempted a few tries before I could tat up something decent and with a snap fastener.  Starched it too to hold a metal Singapore thimble.

In exchange, Usha (Malaysia) sent me crocheted thimble pouch, in fact 2 pouches with 1 in a heart shape!

Just before I went for holidays in New York, I had a basic shuttle tatting class in Hwa Chong Institution for their sabbatical programme. 10 girls and a boy who was almost too shy to stay for the class. Ok, I convinced him and they were sure creative, these 17-years old, turning mistakes into creative doodles!

More to come, and so many photos from my holidays too!!!