DIY: Leather Lunch Tote

I bought a rotary punch hole last week from Cleggs in the city , not quite sure aside from using this equipment for a project which I had in mind to make for a friend who is expecting her first baby,  I could not think of any  other projects I could use this for (aside from punching extra holes in belts:))

But I found this fantastic tutorial  from Design Sponge for totes..no, not just any tote, a smart leather lunch tote which I am sure even a bloke wouldn’t mind carrying around, it can even be used to carry other items around aside from your lunch:) and owning a rotary punch will be handy if you want to attempt this DIY project.

Leather Lunch Tote: Design Sponge

See what I mean? rotary punch required to makes holes in  the leather so that side- flaps can sewn on (see picture below this)

Depending what colour leather you use, it can be rather masculine or feminine tote, the one on the tutorial in tan leather seems pretty good. Inspired? Go to the tutorial, (click  on tutorial ) I never tried working with leather before…this is one project definitely worth giving a go, more so if you have done leather work before.

Classy way of carrying your lunch.:Design Sponge

So much nicer than carrying your lunch in a plastic container and carrier bag…don’t you think?

Have a good crafty week ahead. 🙂 xo Rachel @NotaHati

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Summer heat, MSO and cork bunny

Friday!!!Thank god for Fridays because it marks the end of the work week and this desk jockey felt like she’s been on a mini-marathon, putting out mini-fires /work dramas since last week. (why are some people so  freaking difficult?). I was ready pack up and run away..to anywhere..preferably somewhere nice see mental picture below,

Me on the floor, waiting in central train station,Milan in 2010, reading Norwegian Wood 🙂

OK, that is a photo taken of me while in Milan Stazione (train station) in 2010, waiting for Mr Man.

* note: (this post was only continued on Sunday…delay due to busyness and the hot weather)*

I meant to write  a post about another topic which was supposed to have been completed on Friday but due to reasons given above, I only found some time at 9.55pm  Sunday.

Aside from trying to deal with  the heat over the weekend, which saw the mercury hit 38 C and 35 C on both days, the weekend was not too bad.  We packed a delicious  picnic on Saturday to watch the last of the  free summer concerts by the MSO (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)  and was  absolutely delighted with their  beautiful live performance under the direction of a very talented conductor Diego Matheuz.

MSO, Sydney Myer Bowl at twilight

Aside from that, I had a bit of fun creating a bunny critter out of a champagne cork which I had lying around. Imagine…this

With  some clay, felt,an old bulb vase , add some cute factor and lots of love, the humble champagne cork was transformed to this lovable cork bunny

Urban cork bunny feeling lost in the woods

I had fun creating this little critter..it is one cute cork bunny:).I will share on how to make this  when I get a new camera to replace the one I lost 😛

Here’s to hoping to a better work week. Good night.

x Rachel @Nota Hati

Natasha Fadeeva

Natasha Fadeeva’s toy animals  has caused quite a stir and interest  in the world of toy-makers, toy collectors and all who admire her dainty work, in fact she is pure genius in my opinion. I especially love her stuffed  mice, so  beautifully life-like  that I could not help but go “aww” when I came across her blog and admired her work.

I felt I was immediately being drawn into her story-book land and the woodland creatures that live in that world,all with their own little stories to tell.

How  I wish I could meet her and to learn how to make one  of these beautiful  cheeky little mice with their grains of rice.

Harvest by Natasha Fadeeva

Or what about this darling image of a mother mouse reading  to her baby in the cradle

Mother mouse by the cradle-Natasha Fadeeva

To become an instant fan of Natasha, go to her blog and check out her other amazing creations. One of my top favourite finds so far!

I hope the rest of your work week is a good one. On that note, this desk -jockey is trying to remember to tell herself like a mantra that all good things will come in its own time, just got to do my bit and keep on believing.

xo Rachel Hati@NotaHati

A Letter to Whitney Houston…

Dear Whitney,

It has been almost  6 days since I heard about your death, and the sadness is still there, we have never met but like anyone else who have loved and been touched by your music, I have been wondering how do I tell someone that I have never met how much I will miss her because she shared so many memories with me? Well…her songs have anyway…

Beautiful Whitney in 1987, the way I remember her...


It was your “Greatest Love Of All” which my girlfriends and I sang with gusto, whenever we hung out in each other’s bedrooms as teenagers after school or at weekends, our young voices giving way as we tried to emulate your powerful vocals especially the bit “learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all” (what happened Whitney…did you stop loving yourself?) This song also reminded me to be strong especially on days when I was having it tough in school, being a slightly awkward schoolgirl with braids and big glasses and had to endure teasing from some of the nastier kids in school.

I danced to your “I Want to Dance with Somebody” during school dances with my high school crush and sometimes in my bedroom in front of the mirror, pretending that I was dancing with a certain special boy and I was still dancing to this song as a 20- something in night clubs with friends, having so much fun and laughter.

But some of the most beautiful memories you shared with me was with this boy called D.

I met D when we were both 15 going 16 and there was an instant connection between us. He was one of the nicest boys I met really smart, kind and had a sparkle in his eye.

I could not believe that someone so wonderful could like me  because I was a little messed up and did not like myself very much at that age. I was an awkward kid who felt very misunderstood and uncool.

D used to ring me up every other day or I will call him when my parents were out and we would talk about life, ambition and dreams, he even encouraged me to work hard at my studies.  Had I dared to tell my parents about him back then, perhaps things would have been a little different?

One day when we were on the phone I plucked up the courage and played “How Will I Know” over the phone to let D know how I felt, and he responded with Reo Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”on a song dedication program on the radio. With that exchange of music, it was all out, our mutual feelings of young love.

He would play “Greatest Love of All” ( over the phone) to cheer me up and “Saving All My Love “to let me know he cared and he felt  all we had were stolen moments(I know …he was the sweetest).

My parents were strict and we weren’t allowed to go out on dates, more like I was not allowed to go out on dates, but D was happy to call me his girlfriend even though most of our relationship was over phone conversations and letters (that was the time before internet and emails existedJ).

In the 15 months we were “together”, I was only allowed to go out a handful of times with D, I remember when I turn 16, he visited me with a present, we were so shy around each other that we just stared at each most of the time and secretly held hands (and no, we never kissed). It felt surreal because most of our relationship was based over the phone conversations accompanied by Whitney’s music.  Sweet innocent teenage romance that I still remember to this day how D had said to me that day how he would take me out for a proper date when I turn 18.

It must have been shortly after both D and I turned 17 that I decided to break things up between us, I felt it wasn’t fair for D to be alone whenever he went for birthday parties or other school functions, and I felt he was being made fun of “for having a girlfriend who could not come out”.  .

It was a very sad day when I made the decision to let him go ,after  trying to dissuade me from making that decision, D finally agreed and the last two songs he played for me were “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” and “Didn’t We Almost Had It All?” I cried buckets and could not tell my parents why.

Sadly D and I lost touch for the next few years ,being the smart boy he is, he studied engineering overseas and it was by chance,  he contacted me and was back into my life when we were in our 20s and single (but that is a whole different story J).

So tell me, how do I say goodbye to someone whose songs became part of these memories? I simply don’t know how, except feeling a sense of loss and sadness for this beautiful talented lady who became a fallen star.

RIP Whitney, I hope you found peace at last.xo Rachel@Nota Hati

Daisy and Boot wishes you Happy Valentine

Daisy has been a busy girl at work  these last few days that she almost  forgot to take Boot for his first puppy class which is also on Valentine morning!

Recently  single after trying to make it work  on LDR (long-distance- relationship) with a certain boy  across the seas, Daisy decided  put on her red-hot dress (newly designed with a red heart)  which showed off her litttle waist ,matched with her red herring-boned  patterned boots, all from her favourite boutique in the spirit of celebrating Valentine’s day.

As she got ready to step out of her front door with Boot, there they were, a bunch of the most beautiful red-yellow tulips (unconventional…she thought)with a note “from your secret admirer” sitting on her door step. Flattered that she has an admirer out there, Daisy could not help but smile to herself…there were butterflies in her stomach, it felt a little like high school again as she tried to figure who send her the flowers.

Who could it be? (watch this space) 🙂

Happy Valentine to all the lovers out there (both old and new) and if you are not celebrating with anyone particular TODAY, that is ok..LOVE is meant to be celebrated everyday in your own way!

Enjoy February Daisy as much as I have making her. xoxo Rachel@NOtaHati

Paper Toys (have feelings too) -Dadik Triadi

I had so much fun making Nancy (Papertoy) and Sid (Papertoy) that I could not resist making up a story for both Nancy and Sid after putting them together from paper toy templates created by Dadik Triadi from Indonesia. No only  are they super cute but it brings back memories of days when I used to make my own paper dolls and tell stories with them.

Sid meets Nancy for the first time...what will he do next? (From Paper Toys, Design : Dadik Triadi)

Dadik Triadi is one of the talented paper toy designers  whose work and illustrations  featured in the book  We Are Paper Toys (by Louis Bou), I “stumbled” across the book at the Game Shop in the CBD   and was totally sold when I saw the contents of this book and all the paper toys I could make to come “alive”

I  highly recommend We Are Paper Toys for a bit of a cut, fold ,paste action  as this book  is packaged with a DVD featuring templates for the toys in this book  and step-by-step instructions on how to create the toys and make them your own. 🙂

To read more about Dadik Triadi @ Dyadik, click on this link.

Have a fantastic Friday and weekend…xx Rachel @ NotaHati

Heading down to Rochford Wineries to watch Hall& Oates and IceHouse this weekend, I simply cannot wait to hear “Because Your Kiss Is on My List” sung live…(ahhh… memories:) )

The 15-minute DIY Valentine Origami Pockets

That was how long it took me to make these 2 Valentine Origami Pockets, which involved folding the 2 origami Valentine Pockets,cut out the two illustrations ,glue andassemble the pieces, in about 15 minutes or less.  It is quite an easy project which I am quite confident even  my 8 year old niece can make in the same amount of time (or maybe add another 15 minutes more to complete both!:). These Origami Pockets stand quite well on its own on a flat surface, a nice idea if you want to surprise someone at work, school …etc

Please go to this link to retrieve both cute illustrations to stick on your origami pieces like I did and also the instructions on how to fold these Origami Pockets.

Only 4 more days to Valentine…

By the way , my apologies on the quality of my photo on this post and possible the next few ones coming as I lost my camera 2 weeks ago in a taxi (was absolutely gutted as this camera has been travelling with me to different countries in the last 4 years and I feel like I have lost my right arm.

Valentine Origami Pockets

X Rachel@ Nota Hati

At the moment I am using my phone camera to post photos on this space, which unfortunately does not always give quality photos but for now, it will have to do until I get my new camera in March.