After sewing for a long time, I finally came out of my shell and decide to do something on my own. I don’t like the idea of having to depend on others or having others to worry about me and my future.
My dad told me when I first got into the work force that if I wanted to do something, I should do something that I like doing.
Yan Mei Mei
1. Has a weakness for Shoes - especially Irregular Choice and Steve Madden Shoes.
2. Thinks that TV is the best invention.
3. Can peel off the shell of the prawns with fork and knife/spoon! No more getting hands dirty!
4. Loves vintage fashion, style and even music, especially Ella Fitzgerald (if her music can be called vintage).
What got you started crafting?
Mommy loves to make her own things - bags, book covers curtains. Watching her built up an interest in sewing, knitting and other crafting such as scrap booking and cross-stitching. Many of the cross-stitch works and quits were made by mom - including my blanket!
What is your source of inspiration?
What have you made recently?
My most recent work is a coin pouch for my dad's birthday, with a little embroidered camera charm hanging on the zip.
Mom complains that dad always uses her pouch. So for his birthday, I decided to make him one.
Since his interests are in photography, Chinese paintings, and gold, I though I'd use that to make him something.
That's where I got the Embroidered camera. But mom, my biggest critic, said it didn't look like one. Then I made a coin pouch with a chinese watter lily embroidered out of ribbons. Mom said it was too girly, and she kept it for herself.
Finally, I realised that the most important thing to my dad was us.
So I decided to keep it simple and sew him a pouch with the word 'Dad' written on it. On the inside of the pouch, I embroidered my sister and my name.
I kept the embroidered camera as a charm to hang on the zip. But to give it more of a personal touch, I pasted a picture of my sis and I when we were small, sitting on my dad's lap.
I like how this piece embodies everything my dad loves - his family and his hobby. And also how there is a picture on the back of the embroidered camera. It is simple and sincere.
What's important is that every handmade piece of work is sincere.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I'm currently trying to set up my etsy store. In the mean time, you can reach me for any purchases through my 2 blogs listed above.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
There is a sense of accomplishment when you know that the things you have come from your own two hands. Also, it is so much easier to make what you want, rather than search high and low for it.
Yan Mei Mei