All cut up and nowhere to go.

October 7, 2010 § Leave a comment


T´abas n. a cut for a dress · magtabas , tumabas, tab´asin (mag-:-um-in) v. tocut the design or according to a design or pattern, as of cloth, paper, etc. (via Tagalog Dictionary)

Speaking of cutting, I cut my pinkie finger on a can of corned beef and it hurts pretty bad so I basically can’t do much. It’s quite big and I could see the insides of me finger while I was washing it with water and trying to stop the bleeding. My daughters think it’s gruesome. I thought it was cool. This was the first cut/cooking accident I have had in years!

Since I can’t do anything much using my left hand, I  decided I would just trace and cut patterns from 1.) the Japanese book i bought a while ago; 2.) a diaper cover tutorial pattern and; 3.) Market skirt form MADE; 4.) Mary Jane shoes from and; 5.) Baby T-strap shoes from




The Market Skirt by MADE.



Baby T-strap shoes from



Diaper cover by MADE.


I’m done with cutting up fabric and ironing on the interfacing for the baby shoes, for the baby clothes, diaper covers and for the toddler skirts today so for tomorrow I’ll start sorting them out from easiest to sew to complicated. I’m also going to factor in how many steps to making each garment so I know how long it will take me to finish them all.  Maybe it will be easier if I sew them by groups (top, bottoms, bonnet, shoes, etc.) as I more often than not, get fed up making up the same thing twice. LOL! If all goes well, I might be done before next Monday, for next week there will be less to no sewing done because it’s examination week for the kids!


BWO: Blogging without commitment.

October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

I used to tell my husband how envious I am about other sewing bloggers and their beautiful and updated blogs and about how they ‘seem’ to have all the time and the finances in the world to craft and sew beautiful clothes and be able to post everyday on their personal blogs. My husband, my voice of reason, would point out that not everybody has the same circumstances in life and I should be looking at it in that point of view. I came back and looked at them again, looked at things in another light and saw that most of the blogs I visit often than not probably do have more time than I do because 1.) they don’t have kids, if they do, they don’t have tons like I do (I have four.); 2.) they are either single with a job or DINCs (double income couples, no kids) so they can afford the fabric and pattern stash; 3.) they have better time management and organizational skills than I do (BINGO!!); 4.) did I already mention they don’t have four kids??

I don’t wish I don’t have kids but I kinda wished I was back in Manila where I could afford a maid service so I can have more time to sew. Moving and living here in Singapore has taught us a lot as a family. We are here for each other now more than ever and the kids are wonderful, helping me around the house and helping with their little brother (who is by the way almost two and is a handful!). Back in Manila, they were growing up to be spoiled kids with Nannies to pick up after them, like most kids who attend their expensive Catholic school, and that wasn’t a good sign. My husband and I want them to grow up like we did when we were kids, independent and self-reliant individuals. I digress.

Anyway, that is why when I bumped into ‘Blogging Without Obligation’ (B.W.O.) I was intrigued and after reading their mission statement, I was ecstatic! No more “sorry for disappearing on you like that, sorry for not posting in a while, sorry for being a delinquent blogger, sorry etc., etc.” One of the reasons why I ‘abandoned’ my two previous blogs was because some days I don’t have time to sit on my sewing machine or cut up a pattern to fit me. If I don’t have anything to show for, I don’t have anything to blog about. Sometimes I am like a chore robot and most of the time, if not all the time, I am Mommy-playmate-boo boo kisser-official tickler, hence the silence for weeks or months at a time and that makes for a boring blog no one will want to visit.

BWO Mission statement goes as follows:

  • Because its okay to just say what you have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.
  • Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.
  • Because sometimes less is more.
  • Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps up the integrity of your blog.
  • Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link and comment numbers on your tombstone.
  • Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express yourself and connect with others. You should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. Just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything you do has to be “bloggable”.
  • Because if you blog without obligation you will naturally keep your blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore. Plus, just think you will be doing your part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time. . .

What I like most about  BWO is that it will keep everything ‘real’. Although I feel inspired to make something everyday, I don’t really have the time and who knows how long the inspiration will last. I don’t want my blogging or crafting to be a chore, or a full time job and I don’t want to resent not being able to have the time and finances to afford it because I already have a full time job that requires my attention. I’ve been there. Once something you love becomes a job and you treat it as such, it will no longer hold as much fascination as when it did when you first started.

After all I am not here to make money nor attract attention, rack up a hundred comments because I’m either controversial or super fabulous. I’m just here to enjoy what I love doing:  sewing, crafting and writing. Blogging about it is just a means to connect to other people who share the same interests as I do, no matter what demographic they come from. I want to make new friends, teach someone something useful and maybe even something new related to the craft. It’s wonderful out there on the internet and the blog world, and if you don’t know about it yet, there are a lot of wonderful people out there in the sewing blogging community who are selfless and committed to sharing their ideas and I would like a piece of that pie myself.

I commit myself to BWO and I apologize in advance if I disappear from time to time. If you’d like to get their logo and if you wanna join in, just click here and grab their HTML buttons for your own blogs, it’s free!

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