Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bulding blocks

Playtime with my brother's 40 year old building blocks and the tween's ten year old train set.  That thing around her wrist is what's left of a toy sphygmomanometer or blood pressure meter from the tween's toy doctor kit. Now that the pump bulb has gone missing she uses it as a watch instead!

The baby doll's a gift from my parents for her 3rd birthday last May. She loves it but it took her a while to get used to the eyes opening and shutting. They creeped her out. Haha!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vintage batik

Some vintage batik I received to work on for the Batik Sarong Terengganu Project. 

I think the one above is newer than the ones below which were acquired from workshops that have ceased operation due to slow business. So sad. 

I especially like the detail on this piece.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Batik Sarong Terengganu

Some exciting news! Timitimitonga has partnered with Batik Sarong Terengganu, a research project aimed at compiling a comprehensive database on the origins and history of the Terengganu Batik. 

 Ever since I started making bags out of batik I have been wanting to know more about the makings of a batik piece and the journey it has made to becoming part of our cultural heritage. So, I was really excited when my friend Erna Dyanty who is the Assistant Researcher of this project invited me to join them. If all goes well we will be going to Terengganu to visit the makers and get an in depth understanding of the designing and printing process of the Terengganu Batik. Hopefully with a little more luck I will get to pitch in my ideas for a Batik line specially made for the limited edition Timitimitonga bags I will be making for the backers. And that could mean you!

With your contribution you will be able to help get this project off the ground and receive Batik Sarong Terengganu Project postcards, original Terengganu batik, limited edition Timitimitonga tote bags made with original batik sarong from Terengganu or a combination of all. You could also just spread the word :) Every little bit helps. Check out the links for more info. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014


It's been so long since I last painted. I think you can tell from this piece. The bottom half wasn't going quite the way I imagined it, so I grabbed the white acrylic and ... wipeooouut. Sort of. Leaving it as it is. It's done :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recipe #4 - Lemon & rosemary loaf

Lemon and Rosemary Loaf. It sounds so pretty and it tastes really good.

The first time I tried it I used regular butter and it turned out too salty. Yup. Big giveaway to how often I bake - hardly ever :) This time I used unsalted butter of course. I also added chopped up Van Houten cooking chocolate as a little treat for the kids and figured I should reduce the sugar from 1/2 cup to 1/4 + 1 tbspn. Everything else I followed to a T and it worked out perfectly.

For full original recipe go to What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today. Check out all the other mouth watering recipes while you're there.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sweet potato

The water supply is back. Happy I am. During the rationing exercise, we hardly ate at home. I meant to steam this sweet potato, mash it with some flour, roll it into balls, press into patties, fry and serve hot with brown sugar. 

 Never happened. Obviously. It began to sprout. The shoots were so pretty I let them grow into these long tendrils. It's still there on my stove.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Matic Bazaar

Our area has been part of the water rationing exercise since March. How this works is - we only get water every two days which means we don't get water the following two days after that which means no silkscreen printing for a while :(

On the bright side it has been raining almost every evening for the past couple of weeks starting with the few days before the weekend me and my regular bazaar buddies, Lynn and Luukaleather, participated in the 360 Bazaar Kuala Lumpur at Lanai Matic. The weather was wonderful - cool with overcast sky. No hot sun beating down on us. In the evening it got a bit wet but luckily it wasn't a full on downpour!

My batik bags in new colours.

My pouches.

The Tween painted the pretty display labels. She has way better colour sense than me! 

And of course, adorable handmade sock pets, foldable clutches by Lynn and leather accessories by Luukaleather.

Thanks J, L and S for helping us immeasurably with the booth!
Terima kasih also to the wonderful 5 gadis next to us for babysitting the Toddler the whole day! 

And a Special Thank You to all who came by to support handmade. May we meet again!

I guess you could say I had a great time :)