Friday, December 31, 2010

New Textile Teddies and Doggies to Come in the NEW YEAR!

The Textile Teddies and Doggies we featured on our website and on this blog have largely been sold out. THANKS TO ALL WHO 'ADOPTED' THEM.

What can we look forward to in the NEW YEAR - 2011? Come end-January 2011, we will have new Textile Teddies and Doggies in the following fabric patterns:

These fabric prints would be just nice for Lunar New Year around the corner. We've also included some checked prints as alternatives to floral prints. You should be able to see them at our next PaTH Market on 29-30 January 2011 (Sat&Sun) at VivoCity, Level 1, West Court (around Lobby A and C area - the side nearer the sea and Harbourfront).

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Meet Our MaXX Bears and Bunnies

We love our MaXX Bears and Bunnies and what better ways to help you appreciate them than to showcase a selection of them here. Whether smart or rugged looking, bruised or bleeding, you can see that every MaXX Bear and Bunny is unique and different. Being UNTYPICAL is the defining characteristic of our MaXX Bears and Bunnies.

To order our MaXX Bears and Bunnies, please contact for pictures of the most current collection.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

MaXX Bears and Bunnies ~ Live Life to the MAX!

Every pair of jeans that's been worn for a long time has a characteristics of its own. It would have the DNA of the wearer's unique life experiences in this rough and tumble world.

That's why our MaXX Bears and Bunnies ~ made from RECYCLED jeans ~ are so unusual and intriguing. Every one of them has a personality of its own. Whatever the appearance ~ smart and tough, worn and faded or torn and tattered ~ there's clearly an indomitable spirit in each MaXX Bear and Bunny.

For this unique "CREATIVE RECYCLING" project, we work with indie designer Max who studied communications design and developed his own bear-making techniques. An amazingly creative and nice guy, Max lives a simple life and sends money home regularly to his aged parents who are in their 60s but continue to eke out a living as rice farmers in Chiang Rai.

Our amazingly talented friend Max in his sparsely furnished rented room
where he lives and creates his bears and bunnies from recycled jeans.
The plyers on his lap and the super-long needles in front of him show
what brute strength goes into making our MaXX Bears and Bunnies.

Email us for the catalogue of our MaXX Bears and Bunnies if you would like to order. Or follow us on or

MaXX Bears and Bunnies in three sizes (from left): Regular MaXX Bear and
Bunny, Big MaXX Bunny and Jumbo MaXX Bear.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Creation of Sunshine Bear

We like to get involved in the creation of our products ~ from tweaking existing designs to developing completely new designs, and from knowing what goes into making them to actually learning how to make them.

For our new series of bears which we'll be introducing in time for Christmas, we decided to pick up the needle and thread and sew one ourselves under the guidance of multi-talented Sunisa, our new-found bear maker who's a graduate in fine art, a florist and an entrepreneur. (Wow!!!)

The reason we chose to learn how to make this bear was because this particular bear is COMPLETELY HAND-STITCHED FROM HEAD TO TOE.

Since this bear is Sun-isa's creation and it has a bright and cheerful look with a sense of curiosity and wonderment, we're calling it our SUNSHINE BEAR.

With the bear making skills that we now have, we'll be sending Sunshine Bear out on some new social missions we have in mind.

The Story of 'Creation': Sunisa's three wise bears waiting for
a miracle about to happen.

Lo and behold! A new bear is taking shape.
New bear is now able to sit with its head, arms and legs
finally attached to its body. In the background is Sunisa.
With ears, eyes, nose and a smile and ribbon added, new
Sunshine bear finally comes to life.
New Sunshine bear is the centre of attraction as everyone wants
to know the story of his creation.

For Other Bear Stories:
See also our blog postings in October on new Textile Teddies and Doggies in Floral, Corduroy and Denim materials.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Creative Recycling ~ Leather Journals Made From Leather Scraps

One of our social enterprise initiatives is to promote CREATIVE RECYCLING in support of the "3 R" effort to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to help our environment. Our Leather Journals are part of that effort. They are made from leather scraps in various textures and tones combined in creative ways to give the journals the naturally raw and rugged look. We work with Ret, a hardworking young man who studied Agriculture thinking he would pursue a career in that field in his largely farming community but instead ended up helping his parents in their small leather business. We're glad to be able to generate business for this humble and friendly family.

Below is a selection available online. They come in four sizes, Size 1 to 4, ranging in price from $13.90 to $28.90 (online prices). Please email us at for the catalogue with the full selection and details.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Ring-Bound JOURNALS Wrapped in FABulous Fabrics

We've always liked hardcover books that are thread-sewn and fabric-wrapped. But for journals or notebooks, where we need to replace used pages, it's not practical to have the pages bound and glued. We decided, therefore, to design our own fabric-wrapped journals using ring-binder which would allow pages to be added and removed easily.

The result is FABULOUS! So we're calling them our FABric JOURNALS ~ journals wrapped in FABulous fabrics featuring beautiful floral prints, lovely country prints and also masculine checked prints for the men.

For this project, we tapped on the excellent book-binding skills of two young career ladies, Supawan and Noi, who are only free after their work and during the weekends to make them. Noi's aunt, who is a full-time housewife, is the wonderful sewing talent behind the journals. It's our latest successful social enterprise project that harness the skills and talents of the 'ordinary' people.

We have two sizes ~ Large with A5-size contents ($20.90 each) and Small with 14cm height x 13cm width contents ($18.90). Do email us at for the full catalogue.

New Textile Teddies and Doggies ~ Complete Series

Finally, here's our full series of Textile Teddies and Doggies in fabulous floral and country prints. After our rediscovery of the Botanic Gardens, and with Christmas around the corner, we thought it'd be nice to have our teddies and doggies in bright and cheerful colours.

These are our small teddies and doggies with keychain. Online price is $8 each (usual retail price $8.90). Buy any mix of four teddies and doggies at only $30+FREE local delivery (ie, $7.50 each).  We also have them in Big and Jumbo sizes for some of these patterns. Online prices are Big ~ $16+$3 delivery (retail $19.90) and $29+$1 for delivery (retail $29.90). For order under $30, delivery charge applies ($3 home delivery or SingPost rate). Please email us at for the catalogues to make your selection.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Textile Teddies and Doggies in Lovely Floral and Country Prints

This photo is a preview of our new series of Textile Teddies and Doggies in bright colourful floral prints and lovely country prints. We've developed this floral and country series specially with the Singapore Botanic Gardens in mind as our teddies and doggies have recently found a home in The Garden Shop, a cosy place located at the Visitor Centre.

Walking around the gardens brought back memories of my childhood where the gardens were the vast natural playground for me and my brothers when we were kids. I remember feeding the swans and fishes in the huge lake and watching the monkeys coming out of the forest for bananas and peanuts thrown to them by visitors.

We also had our adventures there: One day, while leaning down to feed the fishes, my little brother fell forward into the lake. He would have surely drowned if not for the quick action of a passing burly caucasian man who rushed forward instantly and hauled him out of the water and who also sacrificed his picnic towel to wipe my brother dry and keep him warm. At another time, we stole pins from our mother's sewing kit and bent them into fishing hooks to fish for small fishes in a secluded part of the swan lake. We caught quite a few fishes but were ourselves caught by the officers there. Luckily for us, we were just given a warning and made to release the fishes back into the lake.

If you've not been to the Botanic Gardens for a while, make time for it. It's a wonderful place to revisit and enjoy a relaxing time with loved ones, surrounded by nature and breathing clean fresh air. It's also a place to find inspirations in nature, just as how we have been inspired to design this new series of floral and country Textile Teddies and Doggies.

We'll have the complete series comprising some 20 different fabric patterns for viewing on this blog soon.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Corduroy Textile Teddies ~ Complete Series

Meet our new CORDUROY TEXTILE TEDDIES in different types of corduroy material. Because corduroy is slightly more stretchable, our Corduroy Textile Teddies are also slightly more chubby.

For this series, we only have them in Jumbo ($29) and Big ($16) sizes. As with our Denim teddies, we only made one Jumbo and three Big teddies for each type of corduroy material.

Our laptop recently crashed (sigh!) and we lost all our email contacts (sob sob). Please email us again for those who contacted us recently.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Denim Textile Teddies & Doggies ~ Complete Series

Meet our complete family of Denim Textile Teddies and Doggies. For the teddies, we have them in three sizes ~ Jumbo ($29), Big ($16) and Small with keychain ($8). Prices indicated are online prices. The red ears and feet are in corduroy material. Only one Jumbo, three Big and a few Small teddies were made for each fabric pattern for this collection.

Meet our Denim Textile Doggies below. For this series, we only have them in Jumbo size ($29) and Big size ($16). As with the teddies, only one Jumbo and three Big were made for each fabric pattern.

Contact us for our PDF catalogue with product codes if you would like to order any of this series of Denim Textile Teddies and Doggies.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New Textile Teddies and Doggies in CORDUROY and DENIM

For our latest series of TEXTILE TEDDIES and DOGGIES, we decided to use CORDUROY and DENIM, and we are quite pleased with the results. Corduroy and Denim are two fabrics we consider to have the most character because of their unique textures and the fashion statements they are associated with. "If denim is the fabric of the working man, corduroy is that of the thinking man." Corduroy and Denim are also two of the most durable fabrics around.

Corduroy Textile Teddies
For this batch of Corduroy Textile Teddies, we only have them in Jumbo and Big sizes, but not in Small size and also no doggies because we miscalculated the amount of fabric to get. We'll make sure we have both teddies and doggies in all the sizes the next time we use corduroy, but it'll have to wait another few months.

Our Corduroy Textile Teddies are available in these 10 different corduroy fabrics:

Denim Textile Teddies & Doggies
Here are how our Denim Textile Teddies look like (available in Jumbo, Big and Small sizes). We also have Denim Textile Doggies (in Jumbo and Big sizes only).

Our Denim Textile Teddies & Doggies are made in these 10 different denim patterns:

Contact us if you'd like to order any of our CORDUROY Textile Teddies or DENIM Textile Teddies and Doggies. We'll send you pictures of the complete selection for you to choose. As usual, only a few pieces are made with each fabric type.

Read more . . .  For some interesting trivia on Corduroy, visit the Corduroy Appreciation Club or watch the video below. For a quick history of Denim, read this great article at Designboom.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mandarin Oranges for Our Elderly from Appreciative Customers

Handmade 'mandarin oranges' from appreciative customers,
Mimi and Tony, for Mdm Ong.
Early this month, we were deeply touched when we received these 'mandarin oranges' from a middle-aged couple, Mimi and Tony, which Mimi had specially made for Mdm Ong, one of our elderly who make the patchwork blankets that we sell. They had bought a patchwork blanket from us before and were full of praise for Mdm Ong's effort.

You can see from the pictures that much care and love had gone into making these items. Such a warm-hearted and loving couple they were.

This is not the only time we've been pleasantly surprised by an appreciative customer. Every now and then, someone would say some words of encouragement to us for our social enterprise or offer to give us fabric remnants for our patchwork or tell us to convey a message of thanks or praise for our elderly and so on.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Our First Company Cheque

We recently signed up for DBS Bank's special corporate account package for social enterprises because of its many attractive features meant to help the social enterprise start-up. With it comes a cheque book bearing our company name. How appropriate therefore that as a social enterprise, our first company cheque should be a donation to MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore. Check out

It's the third year in a row that we have made a contribution to MINDS through our involvement with the NTU Welfare Services Club's public awareness event. The Club never failed to impress us with their tremendous efforts which included an exhibition and a string of performances by members of MINDS and talented undergraduates. It's therefore not a surprise to find that the Club has won a number of prestigious awards, including the President's Award, for their voluntary welfare work. (Read more at

Our first year with NTU Welfare Services Club's public event for MINDS ~ Project-IDentity held at Junction 8 in 2008. This annual day-long event is always well-organised with an exhibition, entertaining performances by MINDS members and talented undergraduates, and a mini-bazaar featuring socially meaningful products of which we have been a part of in the last three years. For such a well-organised event, it is a pity that not more members of the public are aware of it.

We've also been fortunate to be able to contribute in other small ways. Our Beanie Bears, hand-crocheted by a mother-and-daughter team and other crafters, are our flag bearers for our "Beanie Bear Fund" in which part of the sales proceeds are put aside to help the elderly poor.

In one year, we bought quarker oats for some 30 elderly people staying in the Chin Swee area. In another year, we sponsored some 400 fashion rings as free gifts for an elderly event.

Our Love Bear, hand-crocheted by coconut plantation workers, is another bear with a big heart. Part of the sales money is put aside for our "Love Gift Fund" to help individuals in need.

Every now and then, there'll be student groups coming to us for our socially meaningful products for their school projects. We know that it's not easy for them to get companies to supply products for their projects since there's very little monetary returns to attract the profit-driven companies. Hence, we've always agreed to help in the spirit of social enterprise.

And we're happy that so far the students have done well with our products. Last July, CHIJ Katong Convent won the silver medal for the "Most Attractive Display Award" at the National Youth Business Challenge 2010 involving many schools nationwide.

We hope this is not sounding like we're blowing our own trumpets. We like nothing more than to be doing our things quietly and away from the spotlight as we're in this not for fame or fortune but because we find meaning and enjoyment in what we do.

Many people do their part in their own ways without ever telling people about them. But as we carry the label of social enterprise publicly, and customers do support us partly because of the social factor, we owe it to them to let them know what we do on the social front. We should add that whatever contributions we make to charity, the money comes from our own sales revenue and is never solicited from customers. Our products are never marked up for charity purpose. In fact they are marked down to make them more affordable.