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Oven mitts are a must-have for the kitchen if you are one who uses the oven. But besides the obvious uses of oven mitts, there are other uses for them. ūüôā

Cleaning car or motorcycle
A great way to reuse old mitts! Keep one in your car boot or motorbike box. They come in handy when you just need to do abit of polishing or cleaning here or there. And if the engine is piping hot, use it to protect your hand.

Dusting and polishing
I find them really great when I want to apply oil or some varnish to my furniture, then the clean side can be use for buffing them.

Hand protection
Sometimes we need to screw some loose screws or the like but the parts could be sharp or irregularly-shaped so it is uncomfortable to hold. Having a mitt helps to protect your hands so you can get the job done comfortably!

Durian lovers!
C’mon… as much as those of us who love the fruit, the thorny fruit does get us at times. The mitt would definitely help shield our delicate fingers against its thorns. No fear!

Hah… now that I got the not-so-obvious uses of an oven mitt out of the way.

I love it that like cushion covers, oven mitts help to add ‘life’ into the kitchen. And when you tire of it, you can always make new ones to change the mood again. Before I attempted this sewing project, I had the idea that it is sooooo simple and quick to make. ¬†Err… as much as it appears to be some simple, I still spent about 3-4 hours. I’m sure I took that long because I’m doing this for the first time.

I started googling for some inspiration and tutorials. There is a plethora of online tutorials out there so just google. But to start you off, here’s one which I worked off but modified slightly. Here’s a document of how I made mine.

Material needed: Inner and outer lining fabric, Insul-Bright and Natural Cotton batting. I bought the latter two from Spotlight.

Material needed: Inner and outer lining fabric, Insul-Bright and Natural Cotton batting. I bought the latter two from Spotlight. First two patterned fabrics on picture are available from www.gooodfabrics.com

Fabric all cut into shape.

Fabric all cut into shape.

Sew along dotted lines. This helps to keep all the fabric in place. You can create any kind of sewing lines here.

Sew along dotted lines. This helps to keep all the fabric in place. You can create any kind of sewing lines here, so u can get creative.

Outer lining facing each other before I start sewing along the edge of the template.

Outer lining facing each other before I start sewing along the edge of the template.

Sewing the loop for attaching to the oven mitt so I can hang it in the kitchen.

Sewing the loop for attaching to the oven mitt so I can hang it in the kitchen.

Prepping the edge where it lines the opening of the mitt.

Prepping the edge where it lines the opening of the mitt.

Cut the edges on the rounded corners to ease the folding over and reduce bunching up of fabric.

Cut the edges on the rounded corners to ease the folding over and reduce bunching up of fabric.

FInished product!

FInished product! I wasn’t most skilled and not too happy with the sewing of the polka dot fabric. Oh well, I’ll¬†practice more! But for now, I get smiley whenever I walk past my kitchen and see the oven mitt hanging there.¬†It does add a splash of life to my otherwise really white kitchen.

I have been living without curtains in my room for 2 months now. Why? Well, I wanted to live in the space and then decide what would work best for me. So every morning, for 2 months, I’ve been waking up between the hours of 6.30-7.30am simply because I get woken up by the natural light. Yes, no alarm! Given that I am a night person and that I do not sleep til past 1230mn, but mostly after 1am, waking up this early zombifies me…

However, this is also the 2 months where I got alot done in the morning. I could be washing the toilet one morning, and brushing some cabinets on another, make coffee, read the papers, sometimes I got for a ride, all before I hit the office. So I must say that I do enjoy getting so much done before the day starts.

I also happen to insist on a clear glass window so I get maximum light, but that also meant privacy may be compromised.

So 2 months later, it was decided… day curtains. I get to keep the light in, but create a shield for privacy when I needed it. I went to IKEA and found these Ninni Trad day curtains to be quite suitable. I wanted to keep my window clean so I opted for a tencel wire ones (Dignitet), also from IKEA. I could use clips as options to hang the curtains or sew on loops instead. I decided on fabric ones so that they can be made more interesting visually. Also, I’ve been looking for an excuse to use those vintage buttons we inherited from my auntie. Here’s a perfect opportunity!

Ninni Trad day curtains from IKEA

Strips of 3x5in width fabric strips and vintage buttons. Oh, I used velcro too which isn’t in the picture.

Sewing the sides up to make 1.5in strips as loops for the wire curtain.

I shifted the sewn line to the centre so the strip will be balanced.

I made a V-shape on one side and trimmed some fabric off so it doesn’t bunch up too much when flipped over.

After I turned the fabric inside out, I made some stitches along the edges before sewing the velcro on.

Hand sewn the buttons on.

Sewing the strips onto the curtains. I double sew it for reinforcement.

My empty window.

These curtains produces a translucent effect which helps to soften a room, giving it a romantic feeling.

Closeup of the loops I sewn on

I sure hope the wire don’t start sinking in the middle!

 

I bought these potted plants about two months ago. I¬†initially¬†wanted to re-pot them into something prettier but finding what I like in the correct size prove to be in vain after 2 long months. :S So, can’t have them looking like this forever… I’ve got tons of fabrics lying around so fabric buckets make alot of sense. What’s great is I can always make new ones when I tire of these.

There are plenty of ‘fabric bucket sewing tutorials’ online, so just google and you should find lots. So, I won’t be posting a step-by-step guide here. Here’s one to start you off though.

Surely something can be done to these pots!

Looking raw…

Material needed; not much is needed really.

Pinning the trimming on the upper edge.

Checked edges done!

Pinning the pieces together.

This sewing step is the most challenging for me; had to pause to turn the fabric umpteen times!

Making slits so that they fabric is not bunched up when I flip them around.

Finished product! Yaysies… they are finally naked no more.

Closeup Р Feel free to add embellishments to make your fabric buckets more interesting. I got these buttons when I was in Sydney, been wanting to use them.

Before and after

I’m happy I finally got these done! ūüôā They are so simple and quick to make and it really makes a difference to how the pots look now. Ideally I would love to make them with laminated fabric so they are waterproof. Oh well… maybe the next ones I make.

Hope this inspires you to make something pretty for your pots. But if not for pots, fabric buckets are great for everything else;¬†toiletries, knick knacks, cloth pegs, etc. Til next time… happy sewing!

I wanted one of those French doorbells; vintagey, cute, old. But I ran out of luck bagging one when my contractor said he needs to install it that day. I settled for a good plain one from Home Fix so I can at least add my own touch.

A sweet colleague gave me a rabbit head pencil just for fun and I thought it’ll be a great idea to stick it on my doorbell when I’m done with the pencil.

I added a scarf to this fella and here it is… Like it?!

*holding my breath* I hope no one nicks it… ūüėź

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I’m ashamed… it’s been months since my last blog and one of the main reasons is because I have been busy with moving. Now that I got my own pad, it’s been weeks of organizing, packing, unpacking, and way too much cleaning for my liking, I can finally settle down a little to focus on decorating and adding some personal touches. I’m not in a hurry from this point on, I believe in planning the space when I live in it. So over the next weeks and months, I will blog more about my decorating journey.

One of my main areas of focus is the living room. With my small space, I hunted high and low for the ‘perfect’ couch. For the longest time, the smallest couch I could find on the market is still too big. So I was gonna place my order at Ikea until I decided to drop by Franc Franc just to see if there was anything appropriate as my final attempt. There it was… the perfect couch! With a width of 1600mm, it was a perfect fit. My joy was indescribable. This may sound a tad too dramatic but if you were to be as concerned as I am about space, then you will know exactly what I mean.

With the couch in place, it looks a bit cold as is. So I embarked on shopping for a throw, a simple rug and some cushions to make the couch look inviting. I also picked 16x16in cushions on purpose because the couch size is not big and 20 inches cushions will overbear the couch visually.

Here are the BEFORE and AFTER shots.

You can see how cheap and simple it is to add layers and warmth to the area. Best thing about cushions is that you can always prepare two to three sets, so that when one is in the laundry, the living space can be easily transformed into another feel when you swapped the covers. You can custom-make cushion covers at GOOOD Fabrics.

I am happy with the results of how it looks now. If I get another set of cushion covers, I will post a new photo then.

Hope this helps if you are in the midst of refreshing your living space! Have fun… Go crazy!

I received an email from a recent customer with a picture showing how she has used the fabrics she bought from GOOOD Fabrics.

It brought a big smile on my face! Sooooo pretty and what a great way to add colours and life to an otherwise plain-looking piece of furniture at home.

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This post has been long-overdue! GOOOD Fabrics was featured in September DECORATIONS, DCRS Magazine, Volume 83. I’ve been wanting to blog about it since September. ;P

DECORATIONS wanted to do a piece on using fabrics at home and approached me since the fabrics were selected for home decorating.

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I was just surfing aimlessly and found a post about reupholstering. I don’t know why but I love the idea of seeing an old piece of furniture being given a new breath of life, like a reborn.

Old Furniture By Lucy Godden

Dust settles on old furniture,
Like a veil eclipsing the past.
Every scratch a remembrance,
Each shadow we once cast.

Faded lipsticks on old coffee mugs,
Each well-read book,
Each loving look.
Are stolen now, we did what we could.

Memories of me and you,
Are stains in this old abandoned room.
They are but memories now, we never knew
As I grow into adulthood; furniture anew.

Here’s a tutorial I found on youTube on reupholstering:

Ok, so you just bought a new home, or maybe you are looking to refresh your room, give it a boost or a lift, bring new life. I have a personal interest in learning more about this topic because I am looking for a new home and have always wondered how I can give it the mix-and-match that I want and still come out looking right and more importantly, it looks like mine! My personality, my colours, my mood.

I earlier wrote a blogpost on using cushions to give it a breath of fresh air. One other easy way besides an overhaul to your space is to play with colours, for e.g, give your room a fresh coat of paint or adding blocks of colours using lampshades or a canvas or new curtains to introduce new, fresh perspective.

In this series of ‚ÄėCOLOURS‚Äô, I will tackle some fundamental questions we ask ourselves when we want to apply colours. First part of the series: What do colours mean and how they are grouped?

We live in colours. The colour you choose to wear on a day reflects your mood or an occasion or meeting you are attending that day. Each colour holds a meaning and it interacts or reflects with our state of mind. Some days you feel like wearing black and on others you go all passionate with red. Changing your wardrobe is an easy thing to do but a room colour is something you need to consider properly.

Colours are group into three major classes:

  1. Active Colours (Red, pink, yellow, orange)
    – Strong, passionate and seeks to stand out
  2. Passive Colours (Blue, green, purple)
    – Calming, soothes.
  3. Neutral Colours (White, black, gray, beige, brown)
    – Generally relaxing, and boring to some.
Colour groupings

Colour groupings

However note that less saturated shades of the above colours would make you feel different. If we compare a bright fiery red and a muted brick red, you would find yourself feeling or responding differently.

Saturated colours vs. Muted colours

Saturated colours vs. Muted colours

Learning about colours will help you find balance in your life, room, space. For e.g. unless you want to be energized all the time, you may choose not to use red, orange or yellow as the main colour in your bedroom, since it is usually used for resting and retreating from the world. Instead you may want to consider a blend of colours from the passive and neutral groups. Green or blue are generally calming and even inspiring, both physically and emotionally.

Here’s a list of what major colours mean:

Red: Action, confidence, courage, vitality
Pink: Love, beauty
Brown: Earth, order, convention
Orange: Vitality with endurance
Gold: Wealth, prosperity, wisdom
Yellow: Wisdom, joy, happiness, intellectual energy
Green: Life, nature, fertility, well being
Blue: Youth, spirituality, truth, peace
Purple: Royalty, magic, mystery
Indigo: Intuition, meditation, deep contemplation
White: Purity, Cleanliness
Black: Earth, stability
Gray: Security, maturity

In the next part of this series, we’ll chat more about how to use colours, mixing and matching them in our interior. Til then, have fun exploring with colours with the clothes you pick to wear everyday. See how it influences the way you feel!

Cushions are quickest and inexpensive way to give your living space an instant lift! It is the ‘secret weapon’ or ‘finishing touch’ that interior decorators use to give that finishing touch to a room. Here are 5 simple tips to decorating with cushions that will give your room instant style and beauty.

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Harmonious matching of living area with good use of cushions to further add on to the entire appearance Image Source

1) STYLE
A more luxurious and elegant style would require more throw pillows. This helps add lushness and extreme comfort.
For a more modern, streamlined look, just a few (maybe 3 or 5) will do. Yes do use odd numbers.
A country-styled room would usually have a few pillows on the couch, one perhaps on the arm chair/rocker and a few on the floor.

2) NUMBER
You may think that any number of cushions should do so long as you fancy. Why should the number be important? Well, using an odd number of the same design or mix up the colours/ designs creates a statement and gives the room an inviting look. A typical number is usually 3 or 5. But more is fine, just remember the golden odd number as a general guide!

3) SIZE
Make a measurement from the seating to the top of your couch or sofa. From there you can roughly gauge a good size for your couch. Standard cushion sizes are 16in x 16in. For oversized chair (armchair or rocker), you can consider wider and shorter pillow. If you are thinking of creating a grouping, lay larger pillows in the back and smaller ones in the front. For fabric groupings/matching, you can check out some of them here for some inspiration.

4) PLACEMENT
Where to place them? What is a proper way that will look good in photos or when your friends visit? Imagine an invisible line drawn vertically in the middle of your couch, what is on the right should then reflect on the left. For e.g. if you have two pillows on the left, then have another two on the right. Oh and don’t forget one right in the middle because we want to have odd number of pillows.

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5) COLOUR
Colours can be used to generate different emotions and associations when decorating a room. When you choose a colour for the cushions, make sure you pull colours that are used in the room as well.

As a general colour guide:
WHITE: Pure, truthful, modern, contemporary, refined, clean
YELLOW: Positive, sunny, warm, happy
ORANGE: Fun, cheerful, warm, exuberant, playful, vibrant
PINK: Feminine, innocent, soft, healthy, calming, secure, sweet
RED: Bold, excited, passionate, strong, vital, sexy, powerful
BLUE: Authoritative, secure, trusting, reliable, mysterious
GREEN: Tranquil, healthy, fresh, nature, cool
BROWN: Utilitarian, earthy, wood, subtly rich, dignified
GREY: Authoritative, practical, corporate, understated
BLACK: Distinctive, bold, classic, sophisticated, strong, elegant, seductive

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1) STYLE: Using more cushions to create a lushness feel 2) NUMBER: Using odd numbers 3) SIZE: Grouping the cushions 4) Creating a 'symmetrical' placement 5) Pulling colours from the room Image source

Fun patterns are another attractive way to decorate with cushions. Again, because cushions are small investment, you can let your imagination run wild when it comes to fabric. Colorful and dynamic patterned cushions add designer style. If you opt for a particularly complex pattern, make sure that surrounding fabrics are light colored and not too complex.

These cushions would go very well with a neutral, pastel colour palette, but not as matching with a couch that is black, for example. The above fabrics can be bought at gooodfabrics.com Image source

I hope the above tips give you a great start to decorating with cushions! This is a great opportunity to use interesting fabrics. What I love about decorating with cushions is that they are low investment and can always be replaced easily. Remember to use cushion covers with zippers so it can be washed easily or changed to match your emotions or style. Also, try not to use the same fabric on your cushions if you are already using that fabric somewhere else in the same room. It somehow makes the room look unnatural.

On a ‘custom-make’ note: If you love to decorate your room(s) with cushions but don’t know how to sew the cushion covers yourself. You can find custom-make cushion covers services¬†here.

Have fun!