Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kusarungkan Kasih Untukmu; A Pillowcase Project

GMJ Pillowcase Charity Project 
In Facebook, I belong to a group of crafters and just before fasting month, we got together in the virtual world and decided to run a charity program. We did one before this late last year, towards the beginning of this year's school session where we made and donated pencil cases to orphans.

This time around, we are doing a pillowcase project for Hospital Kuala Lumpur Paediatric Ward in conjunction with Children's Day this coming November. It is similar to the Conkerr Cancer Pillowcase Program in the United States where people donate cute pillowcases to cancer patients. You can read about it here.

I supposed this project took a back seat to many of us what with the festive season and the rush to make and sew clothes for raya and what have you. However, there were some that have already made and send the pillowcases to our collection centres or members. I've made four pillowcases for this project:

Along with that, there's also a request for chemo-caps for the cancer patients. I made a request to my knitter group and pledged 20 knitted/crocheted chemo-caps. Here's one modelled by Arwen:


The generous members of my knitting club came forward and chemo-caps of beautiful colours and sizes were sent to me through out the fasting month. At the point of typing this post, I have 17 chemo-caps, I'm sure there's more to come. 

We have a page on Facebook: Kusarungkan Kasih. Please support our cause by liking the page. We have pictures of the pillowcases by other members of the group, chemo-caps, links to tutorials on how to construct pillowcases and information on how to contribute or participate in the project. We accept all kind of contribution, be it in cash or in kind. Please contact the admin at the Fan Page. 

I'll be filling in more on this project from time to time. 


Friday, August 24, 2012

Magazine clips

I was going through my blog thinking of what to write in my next post and realised that I've not made any entry on works being published in the magazines. I did make a few (subjective really) shout outs of my magazine clips on my facebook wall and Made by Rozi Rahman fanpage

I'm honoured and grateful that my work has been chosen to grace the pages of 2 digital camera magazines and 1 women magazine. Hang on a minute! So, what has photography got to do with my needlework? Well, my needlework has led me to blogging and blogging has led me to wanting to take better pictures for my posts and that has led me to take up photography. Not so much of turning into a professional photographer (duh! it ain't easy you know!) but just being able to take nice pictures.

Anyway, back to the topic, my first appearance was the May 2012 issue of Digital Camera magazine. My hot air balloons trio came out in the HotSHOTS column, at #10. It was my maiden attempt to submit my photography work to a publication. The shot was taken in March during Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon festival. I first submitted it to and it got the #10 best of the day award (10 seems to be the lucky number here), top 10% of the week award and subsequently top 10% of the month award (for the month of March 2012). 

Oh! I recalled my entry about my excitement getting my first pixoto award here

May was the month that I received an email from Malaysian Women's Weekly magazine asking for HiRes picture of my chalk banner. I was in Hong Kong when I received the email. The deadline given was a day before I was due back to homeground. I thought I missed out on a good exposure stunt. I came back home and forgot about it only to get a reminder the following week repeating the request. Opportunities do knock twice! So, I jumped on it and the did a short write up on my blog and products in May 2012 issue. Thank you, thank you, thank you Malaysian Women's Weekly for singling me out of hundreds if not thousands of local craft blogs out there. 

I did my chicken dance, and felt on top of the world! My heart swelled with pride to see my name in bold prints along with the names of other websites that I used to browse in my early years of blogging. How cool is that? The feeling is just indescribable. 

My third magazine appearance was in August 2012 issue of Aperture; another digital camera magazine.  WooHoo!!!!! Another chicken dance moment. 

This shot was shared on my wall by a fellow picture taker in a photography group I belong to. I didn't realized about this until he mentioned it to me. Even then, I thought he was pulling my leg; hence, the need for proof. (Don't mind the picture quality)

The next day, I made a quick dash to my local bookshop after sending Arwen to her playgroup session and get me a copy of the magazine.

Typo on the shutter speed

The prize
This will mark the first time I've ever won anything from my photography hobby. While my sewing and crafting hobby is now a self financing and income generating hobby, (They even pay for my camera and lens and what have you) I still have a long way to go with photography. Yet, it's not really the monetary rewards that I'm after. Money, after all is not an end itself but serve as a means to an end. These recognitions serve as pleasant highlights in my journey in the world of sewing, crafting and photography. With that, I'm signing off and wishing you a great weekend ahead. 

Monday, August 6, 2012


I sent Danial to his Da Vinci Art class yesterday morning and was reminded by him of my promise to make him an apron. It's already his 8th class. After sending him to his class, I wondered at IOI Mall and made my way to Daiso. I was so tempted to get him the ready-made kid's apron as it's only RM5.00 and with my lost mojo, I don't know when I'll get around to make him one. At the rate I'm going, there's a big possiblity that we'll be buying our baju raya this year. I picked it up, and put it back. I just couldn't bring myself to buy what I can easily make. What more, now is the time my kids want to wear stuff that I make for them. There will come a day when they no longer want to.

So yesterday afternoon, I made these two aprons. I made Danial's first and I know Arwen would be asking for hers and to save her breath nagging me to make her one, I made another. I used some leftover IKEA laminated fabric and finish the edges with bias tape that I made earlier (Thank goodness for that, otherwise, I'd ditch this project too). The kids love it. Arwen wore it the entire evening even when we went out to McDonald's. That is just priceless don't you think, when your little ones simply adore the things you make for them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A long silence and a new interest

Whoa! this would be the longest time for me to not post any entry on my blog. The last post was 6 July 2012. Almost a whole month of silence. What happened?! I was ill a few weeks back, suffered from viral fever. In fact, the whole household was infected. After that, I just seem to lost my mojo. After Supplies Surprise Bazaar, I've not cleared my room at all. It's extra messy as I just pushed everything on the table down onto the floor and took the table to the bazaar. If it hadn't been for Azrai putting it back in the room, it would still be lying infront of the door.

A friend who is also a doctor said it's probably a post viral fever recovery symptoms. I hope so but it's stretching a bit long even to my liking. I'm just avoiding the sewing room. One BIG reason is the loathing of clearing up. If I can't clear up, I can't sew. Fortunately, I've posted on my facebook page that I'm taking a break from accepting orders.


OK moving on... While gathering courage to tackle my sewing room, I've started something new. I ordered a pair of jumbo hooks over the internet and started using them with some tarn (t'shirt yarn I have lying around). Picture below was taken with my iphone and the small basket is the first project with these hooks.


My 2nd project was a rag rug. I followed this video on preparing some old bedsheets and turning them into yarn for my rag rugs.

And this video on making a simple oval shaped ragrug. Some good tips on how to add yarn when you reached the end of your working yarn, what to do if there's too much or too little stitches. I just love her rugs. They are so rustic 'ala Little House On The Prairie' like.

This is my first rag rug:


The one on top now is laid nicely outside the bathroom downstairs. I quickly made a second one which goes to Danial's room, just outside the adjoining bathroom.


These projects are super fast! I can make a small bath rug with one single fitted sheet in a couple of hours. I'm really hooked on this and got Azrai to ask for some old bedsheets from my mom inlaw and I asked my mom when I went to break fast at her house last Sunday.

Here's one rug made with MIL's old bedsheets:


And I made this from my mom's retro bedsheets. I used to see them since forever. They're probably and most likely older than I am. I love the retro batik prints and decided to combine 2 colours. Love how they turned out, don't you?

I caught the interest of some of my craft buddies and they asked me to organize a group buy. So, here's my poster for the group buy. If you're interested to jump on to the bandwagon, drop me an email at 

While typing this post, I found out that I've maxed out my Picasa pictures storage for the blog. The whole 1GB of it. Now my pictures are stored in Flickr (Thank God for Pro Account). 

Having said that, I think it's not too late to wish all Muslims wherever you are a blessed Ramadhan. 

Signing off for now. Time to pick Danial up from school.