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I havn’t post for a long time , and in these months, I tried something new in my life.
I used to hold needles to knit and crochet, but never touch with beads. At first, I browsed over the internet and found many pretty beaded purses. I told myself to find a teacher to teach me how to make one.
In Hong Kong, it is not easy to find handcraft teacher, but finally I found one introduced by my friend.
I made something like this in the following:
It was fun, but it really took some time to thread the beads! And it did hurt my hands when crocheting with beads.
So, I knew that I could not do this too frequently.
Then, I found another kind of beading craft, this time, I just use beads and thread without crochet hook.
Peyote beading is so interesting, and I found that I can make lots of jewelries with this method!
It was also my first chance to touch those Japanese delica beads! Wow, they look so delicate and I could not believe that they were made of glass!! Their prices are expensive but worth!
I bought some in HK (luckily I found a store with a good price and they even had the whole collection of it! ) , and started to bead. I first started to make a simple ring with a heart design for my daughter.
I hope I can finish this off by September!
my dad also made me a beading loom in his wood workshop, and I am still designing a pattern to make a bracelet with it! It is really “FUN” to play with beads.
Japanese Delica beads are special cylinder shape beads and they are almost identical for each one. Their prices are different with colors and made, so, we have to be really careful to choose which one you like!
I wish I can make more and sell them in my etsy store. :)
beading pattern design software free download here: http://www.beadtool.net
Jean power : http://www.jeanpower.com
check out her design and books, I bought one of her digital beading book, really good!
another helpful geometric beading site, I also bought their digital books there too. Save the trees! :)
I have put down this blog for a very long time.
I was thinking to terminate this account, but when I read the old posts, I changed my mind.
I actually regret that I stopped to write in the past few years, and Erika already grew up like a big girl!!
She is now 7.5 years old, and there are so many good memories in the past few years. I shall wrote them all down to keep them refreshing from time to time.
I also did some knitting and other crafts in these years, however, I was so lazy to post them here. Instead of using the wordpress, I use Facebook more than anything else. Probably we people are becoming lazy and lazy from time to time.
I wish I can keep this blog going…. from now on!!
This is Erika with her school uniform (in winter), she is wearing a Japanese style backpack which is good for kids’ backs. :)
Education in HK is tough: lots of homework, activities. Does Erika enjoy the school here?
I think yes, but not enjoying the homework load.
When I first looked at others’ origami tessellation projects, I told myself that I had to start at least one in the near future.
And I was glad that I could make it!!
I made three in the last few days, for the squares one, it’s pretty easy to manage.
For the second one with hexagons, it’s a bit tricky to fold them, but still manageable.
For the third one, it includes the triangular twist which looks harder, but since I had tried the origami rose folding before, so, the idea is pretty much the same (same idea as folding the center of the rose).
I will try the more advanced ones very soon!!
I can’t believe how busy I can be after moving back to Hong Kong since last June, 2012.
My daughter started her new school here with all the difficult Chinese writing. She did complain that it’s hard to remember the strokes and the forms of the Chinese characters, but after few months practices, she was feeling better and started to love Chinese writing.
I am glad that she still loves to read English books, and that will also help her to maintain a good habit (and hobby).
I didn’t knit for a long time since moving back to HK, but I started something easier and less time consuming – rubber stamp carving. It’s so much fun, and I always dream that I can make more for selling in etsy.
Here are some work that I’ve done so far.
when you are ‘addicted’ into crafts making, you will know how much time you spend on them. Knitting/Crocheting is quite time consuming, and it also draw lots of energy and training on your arm/fingers muscles too…. I had this problem in the past few months. I was pushing myself to finish a hat for my friend who was having chemo. And then after I finished it, my arms, shoulders and fingers did hurt a lot. It’s crazy. I really had to put them needles down and rest for a period of time until I have courage to to pick up the needles again.
What a pity.
BUt, knitting is a hobby, why push myself to the dead end?
That’s why I switched my ‘hobby’ to origami (paper folding), it’s also time consuming (oh well… depends what model you are making…) and buying decent paper is quite expensive too. It’s all about choices, we can always use whatever we have on hand with a good budget. :) I love origami because it will train my ‘patience’ to work on one thing at a time. (I seldom fold few things at a time, unlike knitting, I have lots of WIPs!!!) And Origami is challenging, you may not able to finish it because it can be really difficult and get stuck in the middle of the instructions. It’s really a headache when you get stuck and ask no one for help…….
I did find a origami community, but this is not as decent as Ravelry (for sure!!) , it’s so much harder to search for what you want to see ….
Other than origami, another hobby that I love is Photography. I am not an expert in this area, but I certainly love to capture beautiful things.
Here are some of them:
Keep my long story short, I just had my gall bladder removal surgery on 4th of May, and it ran really well, the pain only last for a week, and now it’s almost 99% recovered. Thanks God!!
And we (erika and I) will go back to HONG KONG to meet up my husband again. WE will go back there for good (for sure) and Erika will start her ‘tough’ education over there. Poor girl, she will know how much the school here if compare with the ones in Hong Kong. She may really find that the teachers are all monsters @ schools. :P hahaha.. Just kidding.
We will have a garage sale next Sat to sell off her toys and stuffs.
I may have some more knitting books/magazines/yarn for selling too.
Email me if you want to know more about this garage sale.