Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pennies for thoughts

I get so easily distracted. And then it becomes a task to organize my thoughts into a working order.
When I started this blog I thought I wanted it to be a DIY blog, or at the very least, a fashion blog. I did my research and knew what to do to make it work... But I didn't do it. What happened? You ask.

For a while I blamed a lack of inspiration and a dip in my creativity mojo juices, but the honest truth is, I got lazy. I lost the passion and gusto that initially inspired this project. Maybe I was over eager and underestimated the amount of work and dedication that goes into a blog, but here I am finally facing the consequential reality of my failing blog.

As of the new year, if I cannot consistently keep this blog updated and interactive for at least the first three months. I will definitely shut it down and express myself via more old school means

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Dreams are the illustrations...from the book your soul is writing about you - Marsha Norman

Here I am wondering out-loud again. Wondering where true inspiration comes from. So many say they are most inspired by the people around them... But it just so happens that sometimes the people around you are killing your inspiration instead. And you find yourself wanting to inspire them...

It is not so often any more that I come across something new and I go: "Brilliant idea! How creative!" Nowadays, the reaction is more like: "Oh that looks familiar, can't people be more creative?"

So here I am, wondering whether I will ever have a moment of pure brilliance, a Eureka! moment; and feel like I have contributed something significant to the world I live in. All this DIYing and sewing often has me feeling like a perpetual copycat, so come on people.... Inspire!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lock Necklace

This is a very simple necklace to make. I especially like how it looks with a plain white tee. 
Adds a little bit of edge without doing too much.

You will need:
1.About 1 meter of a chunky chain. It needs to be chunky so that the lock can fit through the links.
2. Pliers
3. Nail polish of a colour of your choice
4. A lock, small enough to not be uncomfortable around the neck and to fit through the links on the chain.
5. 2/3 jump rings
6. A clasp

Monday, October 1, 2012

Cat-eye Sunglasses

Warning: this is an impertinent post!

I didn't know a pair of sunglasses could make all the difference. On my recent trip to Cape town, my sister and I stumbled upon a street vendor selling some not so average sunglasses and I bought myself a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. They weren't anything unique or expensive but I was pretty pleased with my purchase.

Now I live in a not-so-urban part of the country and I can barely, just barely speak the language (which is frustrating cause everyone refuses to speak English) but I get by. And yet for some reason, ever since I started sporting these new sunglasses even the usually stubborn taxi drivers automatically speak to me in English. I get a different vibe now. I could say there is an inflection of respect in their address but that would be stretching it a bit: Nothing else has changed. I still have my long old braids and my skin is as dark as ever.

Is there something special about these sunglasses?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Path of Dreams - Eugene Woodbury

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This is the first time (I think) that I'm writing about a book I've read. But something about this particular one caught my eye. It is a romantic story about a Japanese American young woman and an American man she glimpses at a train station. The story tells of how their lives become intertwined and how their love binds them together.

Even though it is centered around Mormonism, I personally feel that the concepts expressed could apply to all of Christianity. And for those who are not overly zealous believers, the storyline and the blending of the different cultures and the presentation of characters make it worth a read. 

                                                                             My longing for you
                                                                                is too strong to bind
                                                                            So do not blame me
                                                                             when I go to you at night
                                                                              on the path of dreams
                                                                                           -Ono no Komachi

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Ps. The best gift a lady can own is exclusivity.
I had a purse that was still pretty much functional but was faded and old. Here's me giving it a new lease on life.
An old purse/wallet
Old magazine that you're willing to cut up (I had two copies of this October 2011 Glamour so I decided to use one)
All purpose glue
Clear nail polish
Other nail polish optional

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Waiting on the world

I was one of those kids...the over achievers.The ones who tried everything, read all the books, got the good marks and were on everyone's good side. And this kid grew into an over ambitious power hungry young lady. I could blame it on my small stature and always feeling the need to prove myself equal to anyone else, but deep down I always felt I was destined for greatness and the rest of the world just didn't know it yet.

Well, through my past and very recent trouble with wr3ckreation, I have persevered because of this conviction. After having started and failed at a couple of things I felt like to give up once more was not an option. I had to work harder...and harder till I made something of it.

Eventually I hope I will get there.But in the meantime...I'm just waiting on the world.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lace 'n chains

Been awol recently, I know. And I dont have any excuses. I have been on holiday from school for the past 6 weeks or so and I'm wondering where all my time went. Have to start classes in a week or so....But in the meantime, I have done a couple of things for a couple of friends and here is what I made for myself this week.

Its a very simple tee style top. I attached the lace at the bottom to add to the length and fancy it up a bit. The zipper neckline and chain I just added cause I love the combination of the two. I love how it came together but I wonder if it's too plain.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Path of Dreams

I run to you
on the path of dreams
Yet no night of dreams
could ever compare
to one waking glimpse
of you
Ono no Komachi
c. 833–857
via Path of Dreams by Eugene Woodbury

Saturday, April 21, 2012

To Try list

I am officially a DIY junkie. I can’t help myself anymore. I think about it more than I should and I have a whole bagful of failed or attempted projects (that bag is right about bursting at the seams now).It has become my new best friend, my comfort. Here is the most recent flood of inspiration I’ve gotten from my daily blog reads. Maybe you can attempt something as well?
Phillip Lim Transformable Vests via A pair and Spare

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Aspiring ambition

Made this dress for a friend of mine (she altered the bottom) and she looked too good in it for me not to share

It has taken a while for me to finally feel like I have grown into myself, into the person I aspired to be. I just recently finished a big, REALLY big project (sewing 10 dresses in 2-3 weeks, not counting the two extra dresses I had to do last minute…) and I have to say, I’m reveling in this encompassing feeling of having successfully achieved something. I have achieved acknowledgement from my peers, and appreciation for the effort I put into my work.
I can’t help but have this cat-satisfied smile on my face as I bask in the congratulations and simple praises. The dresses themselves were nothing fancy, barely elevated from casual dresses by the use of colour blocking: but even I was quite skeptical when I volunteered in the beginning on whether or not I could get everything done in time. I am very glad (and proud) though, that my over-ambitiousness paid off and all I have to do now is actually try and make a monetary profit from the dresses.
A special thank you to my ever supportive siblings and friends who kept on insisting I couldn’t fail. If for nothing else, I couldn’t let all of you down. My back on the other hand, won’t be thanking you for a few weeks.

Ps: A dear friend and reader, shout-out to Marlon, suggested I blog about something I’m clueless about, like rugby. I wonder how I could ever integrate rugby into wr3ckreation. Any suggestions?  

Friday, March 23, 2012


I don’t often like to post very personal issues on the blog, but at times like these when I feel quite overwhelmed with my present situation; it is good to have some writing space. Only one sentence in and already spell check is underlining everything! Sigh. This is not going to be one of those soppy posts, no. In fact, life in general is going quite well at the moment. Maybe a bit like a first time driver in a manual car, but well nonetheless…

So I don’t completely understand where my current preoccupation with starting up drama is coming from. I have this undeniable itch to ruffle some feathers, and not just because I’m bored. I want a REACTION. I am feeling quite numb inside from trying to stifle these feelings while trying to inspire those feelings. No specifics needed, but let’s assume there are significant other(s) involved. These significant others don’t know it yet but I’ve been plotting for days (and nights), and have finally come to the conclusion that….. wait for it: That I have no idea what to do with myself. I feel lost.

Monday, March 12, 2012


I haven't been able to post in such a long time and it felt like missing an old friend. I hate it when school and life get in the way of things I love but just as I was browsing through my daily blog reads, I found this really inspirational post. It fell right into my lap at the perfect time, as I'm currently falling apart over 10 dresses that I have to design and sew before 31 March....On top of my school work load!

But here I am, all perked up and ready to give it my all. *deep breath*
Wish me luck

PS: Its good to have yet another friend join the blogging community, check out her blog

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Winds At My Feet

beauty is odd

You always know when a change is about to come. It is that instinct that has gotten our species this far. But very often I find myself wanting to go the other way. To turn my back on change. To try and maintain things the way they are. To hold onto what I know. And that time is now. I can feel the boisterous winds of change at my feet. Gnawing at my ankles like hungry dogs; and I don’t know which way to turn. The hurts of last year are still too fresh in my mind, and the infestations of doubt and denial are spreading. I feel trapped, not because I have nowhere to go, but because this is not the road I want to be on.

All I can do is hope that this road, will get me to where I need to be.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Paradise, burn!

Image from

This will be my last confession
I love you never felt like any blessing
Whispering like it's a secret
Only to condemn the one who hears it
With a heavy heart

Florence and the machines- Heavy in your arms

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Royal Purple

Dress made by me, Model-Ombili
I was recently browsing sewing blogs when I saw a tutorial (can't seem to retrace the blog) where this girl used a satin sash to create a tie neckline. I thought it would be good idea to use on a maxi dress and I went for it. I made a prototype for myself and made this second when my sister said she was interested in the dress and voila!
Here's the finished product! What do you think?
Hope you have a productive 2012!