Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What are you doing here?

"Why are you still here!?"

Hey you.

Did you just started following my blog less than a month ago? Stop it. 

I will no longer be posting on this blog. 

But do check out my new blog here!

Trust me, the new blog is better than this one.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Same old brand new me

Life has changed a lot since I first started this blog in 2008. Wow, 2008. That was 5 years ago.

Since then, I have grown quite a bit and the original purpose of the blog no longer seems to match what I enjoy writing about and doing now. Just look at that name - 'because she started knitting'. Sure, I still like to knit, but it really isn't what I spend most of my time on anymore.

And so, it's time to start a new blog. A new blog with a new name, a new layout and a new direction.

But hey, it's still me. 

Expect more posts related to my personal style and pursuit of vintage. And of course, there will still be sewing, knitting and DIY-ing.

So hop over here and join me in my new adventures. Till then.... xxx

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year!

I've been back in Singapore for more than a month now but I still haven't really settled in. All of my boxes have been unpacked but there are bits and pieces of things scattered around my room still. I can't wait to get my room done up so I could show everyone here what it looks like!

Meanwhile, I just celebrated Chinese New Year so I thought I should just post a couple of photos for now - lest people start forgetting that I even exist. 

I still have a few sewing projects from last year which I have not written about. Till then!

Wearing: River Island shift dress, ASOS heels, Glomesh look-alike bag, cheap folding fan

x gwen

Friday, January 11, 2013

I will be back

Wait, how long has it been since I last wrote? Damn. Time just quietly slips by all the time.

I had been busy with finishing my thesis, packing all my junk for shipping, enjoying a short break in Shanghai and making the most out of my final days in Sydney. Now, I am back in Singapore. Unfortunately, settling in is going to take a while because of various reasons. Don't be sad. I *will* be back.

This is also why I haven't been able to answer the questions that have been posted under various posts in the comments section. I am truly sorry.

Meanwhile, check out that awesome photo of the bubblegum flavoured ice-cream I had at Luna Park in Sydney - because everyone loves ice-cream. Are you happy again?


P.S.: I finally have a smartphone! Perhaps I should revive my Twitter account and start tweeting more often...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

And now look here

Greenlight Rockabilly Night at Torque Grill and Bar, Sydney
Wearing: DIY Knitted Turban, DIY necklace, jeans in Hawaiian print, plain old cardi and tank top
Holding: Tequila Sunrise

So, I know I've been pretty quiet lately. I haven't been writing a lot of posts. Well, if you must know, I have a thesis due next week. NEXT WEDNESDAY, to be exact.

And so, since I am only given 24 hours a day like everyone else and I need 10 hours of sleep every day, blogging has taken a backseat. But don't worry, my thesis is due NEXT WEDNESDAY. 

Oh, and that photo? It's just what I do when I'm not writing a thesis. Hey, life goes on right?

xx g

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Black Cat

Of course, I let down my hair and took off my jacket when I hit the dance floor
I had great plans for the Halloween. I really did. But uni work creeped in and before I knew it, Halloween was over. I never got the chance to dress up as Leela (and have a whole head of purple hair). 

Oh well.

But when another opportunity for dress-up casually passes you by, you grab it by the neck and never let go. And so, when the moon rose high in the sky last night, I transformed into... a black cat. 

The whole look took me less than an hour to get together. I made the kitty ears headband in less than 30 minutes the day before and only spent 15 minutes on the make-up. I even had some spare time to make a bracelet.

Rock and roll
Kitty ears made from black, velvet-like fabric
I dressed up as a cat for the regular Shake, Rattle and Roll dance night at Bedlam Bar in Sydney last night. Oh wait, it was Shake, Rattle and Ghoul last night. My friend and I got there a little late but I had the time to squeeze in a couple of dances before we left the joint at 12 midnight just like Cinderella. 

And so here I am, sitting at home on a Sunday night typing up a blog post. I stayed home today to work on my thesis. However, I'm not bitter about it because I got to dance last night. 

If you haven't got the hint, I LOVE Rock & Roll and Rockabilly dancing. 

x g

Saturday, October 27, 2012

DIY: Tie-dye stockings / Halloween Zombie stockings

DIY Tie-dye Zombie Stockings
A few weeks ago, my friends and I had a Crafternoon party where we fiddled with food dye and stockings. Our plan was to make ombre stockings and tie-dye stockings. The ombre stockings didn't turn out great, but the tie-dye stockings turned out AMAZING. Well, at least in my opinion. So here's the how-to! 

Nude nylon stockings
Food dyes and various colours (my advice is to get primary colours and then mix these colours to create more colours!)
A pot of boiling water
Gloves (if you don't want to end up with funky fingertips like I did)
Rubber bands

1. Twist your stockings lengthwise until you end up with a ball-like mess. Secure the ball-like mess with a rubber band. Or you could think up more interesting ways to twist your stockings for a more unique tie-dye look. 

2. Add vinegar to your pot of boiling water. This helps to ensure that your stockings remain colourfast. I didn't follow a formula for the ratio of water to vinegar. To me, this is creative craft, not a science experiment. 

3. Bring the water down to a simmer.

4. Add the desired coloured dye(s) into your pot of boiling water. (P.S.: It is highly recommended that you mix 2 different colours if you want the tie-dye effect like the one I have done. My friends and I started out with a pot of pink dye, then added blue to create purple. I popped my stockings into the pot of purple dye thinking that it would only give a purple tie-dye effect. But woah, surprise surprise! It turned out with an amazing diffused red and blue look.)

5. Leave the stockings in the pot for about 5 minutes (or longer if you want more colours to seep into the twisted bits). Sing a song while the stockings simmer in the pot. Alternatively, you can chant "Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."

6. Remove the stockings from the pot. Let it cool off for a bit, unravel it, then rinse it with water until the water runs clear.

Drying out our products
7. Lay it out to dry.

8. Wear it with pride.

Like a zombie
That's how simple it is! Honestly, I can't guarantee the same results, but do let me know how your stockings turn out if you do end up trying this.

x g