Today we came by bus to Melaka, a city about two hours south of Kuala Lumpur. I’ve had to squeeze in drawing and sewing between the bus journey, searching around for hotels (twice – all will be explained in my comic), Chinese meals for lunch and dinner and two walks around the city.

On a hotel hunt in Melaka

Just our luck that we’ve stumbled into a city with hundreds of hotels on a day when they’re practically all full due to a festival we knew nothing about! Anyway, it starts tomorrow and I’m sure it will be a lot of fun!

In other news, today at 4pm EST is the deadline for the Doodler’s Anonymous competition to draw ‘something you would take with you if you could only take one thing in a backpack’. Please pop over to vote for me! Here’s a reminder of my entry 🙂

My entry over at Doodler’s Anonymous
The theme of today’s ‘Every Day in May’ is ‘draw a summer joy’. Now, I have to admit, nothing suddenly sprang to mind, so I googled ‘summer joy’ and came across a photo which I felt completely summed it up – so I drew it!

pen and ink
A summer joy

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out! It reminds me of road trips, camping near to the sea and barbecues with family and friends.

A summer joy

I had a little bit of time spare this afternoon and I was itching to try out my handheld sewing machine again. I wanted a very simple project so I searched online for wallet or purse patterns. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for so I decided to design my own. It’s not finished, but here are the beginnings.

I chose a grey flowery fabric with pink for the lining.
Sewing the right sides together after having already sewn the lining.


All turned inside out, outside in – nice little pouch for coins.


I added a pocket to the flap for cards.

I started off using the sewing machine, but when I was sewing about 6 layers on the pocket seams it got too much for it so I resorted to sewing by hand.

Hand sewing the seam.

I want the flap to have rounded corners but I’m not sure how neat I’ll be able to get them! Check back soon for the finished product!

Here are some photos from our walk this evening. The river front was beautiful, with lights and boats and lots of people milling around.
Melaka riverfront
A sculpture (?) of a waterwheel
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You have been busy! Not quite sure how you fit it all in. Dare I say – sounds like you survived your curry incident!!! I tried to vote for you but I don’t think it’s open yet. Will try again later 🙂

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