Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Inspirations from Helen Keller

This was the first book I decided to pick up & start reading after ambitiously hoarding myself with books at the 2nd hand bookshop last month. (I'm into my 4th book now)

To me, this was a serious read, requiring me to re-read a paragraph again before I truly understand what she was trying to convey, as she tends to use very deep & descriptive words to go deeper into an experience or emotion.

First of all, I'm amazed & impressed by this courageous blind & deaf lady, Helen Keller.

She lost her sight & hearing at 18 months and struggled through her early childhood days. Until she met her teacher Anne Sullivan, who in my opinion is as much a hero as the author herself.

What struck me the most while reading this book was, how Helen Keller mentioned the stuff she enjoys doing; "watching" plays, visiting art museums, "listening" to music, swimming, climbing trees, canoeing, tandem-cycling.... & many more things that we the "non-handicapped" may never attempt doing in our entire lives!

She always uses the word "sees", "hears" a lot, & it confuses me as a reader at times, wondering if she's truly blind & deaf?

She's a voracious reader & learnt (and excelled in) English, Latin, French, German (perhaps more, I cant quite remember which other languages).

Another thing I've learnt from her is the strong resolution to refuse to wallow in self-pity, nor allow the seed of bitterness or resentment to take root in her heart. That when she felt rejected, or sympathized (which she loathes), a sharp retort is always on the tip of her tongue. But, she was enabled, to swallow them (just like "un-fallen" tears ) instead of relishing the letting go of what her mind thinks at that point in time, which may lead to further eroding of her spirit & hurting the people around her.

It's truly amazing how much she has accomplished in her "limitation". And, towards the end of the biography, she mentioned that she's not sure if the "seeing" truly can see better than the blind, nor "hear" better than the deaf.

Which is true, as I feel that often times, we're bound not by the physical handicaps, but by fear based on what we see. This is as real a handicap as any other.

It's only when we knew that we are so limited, that we can truly entrust fully on the One greater than ourselves, to accomplish what's been planted in our hearts by Him.

Only then, do we allow "His strength to be perfected in our weakness" (2 Cor 12:9).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Literary Pleasures

I've had a student stay with us for almost a month in July, & listening to her talk about her school work & book interests sparked in me my old "literary passion" from my days as a teenager.

To feed on this newly revived "book-hunger", I decided to visit my old favourite 2nd hand book joints in Bras Basash Complex, as well as Sunny Bookshop in Far East Plaza (this shop has moved to Plaza Singapura in Dhoby Ghaut).

Over 2 or 3 visits, I've "amassed" (if you can call this amount an 'amass-ing') these collection of some old time children classics that I've loved as a kid, mixed with some serious reads enjoyed by the young & old, plus some Christian books as well.

PS: I'm beginning to entertain ambitious thoughts of re-collecting my childhood favourites by Enid Blyton, especially the Malory Towers, St Claire's series & other fun filled adventures by kids to magical far far away land.. (all these for the sake of my kids enjoyment of course... *ahem*)

I'm just as excited as a teenager again with all these books proudly displayed in (my kid's) book shelf & couldnt quite decide which to start with.

Some of the classic favourites such as Jane Austen's Persuasion & Pride and Prejudice were bought at a steal... $2 :D ... I intend to go back there & slowly built up the other titles written by her too... Emma, Sense & Sensibilities...

I've recently completed her 'Persuasion' & decided it's fairly entertaining after all. Contrary to my previous ideas of how old classics will bore me to tears with it's fancy old English. Granted, it took a while getting used to, hehe...

This is enough for today, though I had initially thought of writing a brief review of Helen Keller's biography, which I've decided to save for my next or future post :D

What are you reading today?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pond in Twilight

Here's featuring 2 of our recently completed custom order, made in Patricia Bravo's Pond in Twilight fabric.

3in1 Organizer Purse, with sewn on side wrist strap as requested by the customer.
The 3 main compartments, with a zippered middle section.
A close-up of the zipper end with snap button, for easy "stowing" away, so that it will not get in the way when not in use.
iPhone Case that doubles up as a Mini Purse for your cards & small change.
Every few months, I'll be ordering new fabric when my present stock runs low.

The tell-tale signs are there... fewer enquiries, & customers asking when I'll be having new fabrics.

It just happens that this return customer orders when I was just about to select my new fabrics. So, I asked her to give me a few options, & I'll buy the ones that she has in mind for her custom order.

These 2 turned out soo beautifully, that I have no regrets in getting a fabric that my customer loves :)

Do you have any fabrics in mind which is not in my present selections? Fret not ^^ ... drop me a line, & I'll keep it "in-view" for my next purchase. Deal? ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Finally, the long awaited new fabrics has arrived! Here are 14 new prints which I've never brought in before. They range from newcomer Sarah Jane's Children@Play collection, to perennial favourites Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Michael Miller & Pat Bravo's.

Pls contact me @ The Laughing House (or email: if you'd like a custom made Bible Cover or Cash Budgeting Purse with any of these new fabrics ^^

Just Stay Little (Lilac)

School Gingham in Red

Summer Gardens in Lilac

Pond in Twilight

Ornate Floral in Amber

Sparrows in Bark

Damask in Bark

Blockprint Blossom in Dandelion

Ornate Floral in Amethyst

Dumb Dot in Blossom

Dandy Damask in Bloom

Laurel Dots in Periwinkle

Laurel Dots in Cilantro

Sandlewood in Turquoise

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


One of my favourite "past-time" while browsing through Etsy is always looking at art prints. And all of a sudden I decided to do a search on art prints with Bible verses on it.
That's when, I came across Emily's shop: Hope Ink. Indeed, the pieces here are all full of hope, as they have the word of God printed on them!

Featured here are 3 of my favourites, though I have MANY other favourites from her shop :)

The above print of a tree, with Galatians 5:22 verses of Fruits of the Spirit is such a wonderful guide, for families "looking" to write or set down some family rules.

What better way to guide the family to grow together than having 'love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control'?
And, another (TRUE LOVE) is from 1 Cor 13, the LOVE chapter.

Once, I was so exasperated with my son (can't remember over what, but usually seemingly small & unimportant stuff) I felt discouraged as I ended up losing control of myself.

Then, a daily devotional I read pointed this "LOVE" chapter out to me, speaking to me as a mother.

It was at that point in time, when I (often) realized how challenging it is to be a mother, that I was reminded of (God's) "LOVE" which is vital for me to take on this God-give role well. Because, "Love is patient... love is kind... it never gives up"

Mothers, I encourage you to love your kids with this verse in mind: " a Mother is patient, a Mother is kind... a Mother never gives up"

I'm a Mother, & I need this reminder EVERY day, probably EVERY hour & minute. :)

Check out Hope Ink for more biblically inspirational art prints.

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