Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spreading Good Cheer Giveaway: Where it all Began.

Time to spread some good cheer and love all round again! xx

In this post, I would like to take some time to recap and reminisce about how and why I picked up crafting.

Way back in time, when dinosaurs roamed the land, a group of friends and I decided to start our little 'fairy' store called Mustardseed, creating whimsical organza pouches and cushion covers, inspired by Shakespeare's fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Our collaboration lasted but a mere few months, during which we set up shop at flea markets or whatever fairs we could land a booth at. We had a steady stream of orders, but it was a pity we were all so young and new to life. We were at a transitional stage, waiting to get into college, waiting to start a new phase, waiting for exciting things to happen.

And so we went on our individual ways.

I never forgot the joys of camaraderie, of designing and sewing into the wee hours of the night, of rushing orders, preparing for fairs, of selling our items. We were so thrilled when we did an interview for the local paper about our little venture.

But I also remember one of the hardest pill to swallow was pricing. How to price our items so they could be agreeable not only to our customers but also our pride. So many times we had lost customers because we refused to mark our prices down. I think we were pretty naive, and not too market-savvy. One thing though, we believed ourselves to be true artists.

The next Christmas, I handmade my first gifts for my new college friends. I still remember the vaguely square shaped zippered cushion cover, saved only by the awesome print and colors. The tiny pink coin pouches, flimsy little things, without any lining (*gasp*), and horribly aligned zippers.

But I felt an immense pride.

Then I crafted on and off, letting the bustle of life distract me mostly. About four years ago, I lugged my sewing machine with me when I moved to China, where I rediscovered the joys of gifting my handmade items. Ten years on, I am still crafting, sewing basic shapes and simple stuff, but with more pizzazz. I am picking up neat tricks here, new skills there, and even made some crafting friends! Most recently, I started an Etsy store, just because I've always wanted to, and maybe (subconsciously) in tribute to Mustardseed.

So in honor of Mustardseed and my first crafting buddies, i am doing a giveaway. I just made a purse organizer for a friend's birthday. As usual, I made one more for the Etsy shop and one for this giveaway!


This Faux Patchwork Pouch / Purse Organizer is up for grabs! It measures 8.5" x 4.5", has a zipper closure and is padded with polyester batting and fully lined. Oh and it also comes with the cute button charm (or whatever you call it).

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below by 4th of July, 11:59PM EDT. (Thought I'd make it a 4th of July celebration tie-in too!) I'm going to ship internationally too, so join in the fun everyone! I'll be selecting a comment at random. You don't have to, but following my blog will be really nice, give me an extra dose of encouragement, and not to mention reap good online karma.


Good luck!

If you have any when-it-all-began crafting stories too, i hope you'll share them with me. I'm a sucker for sappy/ happy stories. Post a link to your blog entry together with your comment below. I WILL read it i promise!


  1. I'm the first! And can't be the worst!
    Chewy loves elephants! And I do too!
    But she can sew, whilst I use glue!
    She crafts fabrics and buttons with loving care
    And does giveaways to nicely share!
    She can transform a dress to a top,
    You definitely should check out her etsy shop!
    Look at all the pretty things that chewy makes!
    I better win this organiser for goodness sakes!

  2. This is a great story :) Thanks for sharing. It's always so nice to hear how people began their crafty adventures. I love the bright and colorful organizer. I can certainly use some organization in my life:)

  3. I only have one story that sticks out in my mind, so I won't be blogging about it. (My little blog is about books and writing, anyway. :3 ) I knitted a scarf for a boyfriend I was with at the time and I didn't know how to block, so when the scarf was thrown into the came out all misshapen! So sad, it was good wool yarn, too. Lesson learned well from that project, though!

  4. This was a really lovely post.
    I started to sew in the early 80s. My BFF and I designed on paper a number of outfits for Barbie and then they were translated into fabric. We sent the illustrations and samples to Mattel. They said they were not accepting new designs at the moment, but sent us back necklaces for our initiative. We then moved on to clothes (figuring out how to taper our pants) and then making things from commercial patterns. The love affair never ended.

  5. Aww, what a great story! I love hearing about how people started.
    I love how you mentioned those coin purses you made (flimsy little things, without any lining (*gasp*), and horribly aligned zippers)...because that's totally where I would be ^^ I tend to shy away from crafts that involve lots of sewing, and especially zippers! :o

  6. After I left school, I learnt to draft and sew clothes at a "sewing institute". But I didn't have the talent for designing clothes. So I ended up sewing bedsheets, pillow cases and the occasional outfit for my family. Many years later, I had kids and I made many patchwork blankets for them. When my girl started liking Barbie, I made outfits and accessories for all them. I discovered that I really liked making the bags most. So I went on a journey to learn how to make bags look as good on the inside as they are on the outside. And I'm still on that journey.

  7. i remember the fairy shop! :) they were the cutest and prettiest fabric though!! :) i think i still have my exclusive fairy shop pillow case tucked somewhere at home! :)

  8. this giveaway is now closed! thank you!

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