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V.18 Promo

A few weeks ago, I was approached, along with my good friend Maria of Babettopolis, with whom I have collaborated in the past, to appear in a video for the Valletta 2018 foundation which is taking care of the candidacy of Valletta for the title of European Capital of Culture 2018. The video aimed, as director Rebecca Cremona informed us, to showcase various aspects of Maltese culture in order to promote Maltese cultural resources as part of the V.18 bid. My decision to participate was a no-brainer.

Filming took place at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta, with Maria and myself setting up a makeshift studio in one of the dressing rooms where our scenes would be shot. A speedy makeup session, some virtuoso embroidery and a broken needle later we were done, eagerly anticipating the results. The video, if you haven’t seen it already, was released yesterday, and here it is:

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For more information about the exciting initiative that is V.18, go here: http://www.valletta2018.org.

And now for some ‘behind the scenes’ fun:

Our ‘studio’
Me, breakfasting & Maria, pinning
I kept being mistaken for a ballerina, so…

Testing out the new baking book

I know, I know – from nothing for a while to three posts in three days, but I’ve just decided to roll with it πŸ™‚ Today was the first chance I got to make use of part of my Christmas present from T – this book, which covers all manner of baking, sweet and savoury:

Seeing as I normally bake sweets (and very well, might I add :p), I decided to go for savoury this time round, and see if my amateur baking skills would stretch. I first started out with relatively simple crumpets for brunch. After a couple of casualties which stuck to the pan, I switched frying pan and viola! Behold delicious crumpets, which were eaten drizzled with butter (in my case) and smothered in rasperry jam (in fruit-loving Teo’s case).

Next came lunch, for which I opted to make Scottish Forfar Bridies. Despite slight overstuffing, these turned out to be delicious – from the homemade dough (might aswell go the whole hog, right?) to the meaty stuffing… they were consumed with gusto. So far, so good, new baking book!

-S

Of Love and Loss


happier times

I intially intended (as specified in my last post) to write a post about crafty ventures that have been undertaken of late, but after certain events that have taken place over the last couple of days, I find my usual cheery crafty spirit somewhat diminished.

I’d just like to post a little tribute to our recently passed dog, Joey. We found out a few days ago that he had contracted a sort of virus resulting from a parasite in his blood, and despite his generally strong countenance, various trips to the vet for treatment and round-the-clock care, his brave fight came to an end yesterday at around 6:30am. We love and miss you little one, RIP.

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween little creatures and creaturettes! Here’s a photo of some skull biscuits I made to celebrate πŸ™‚

The boy and I visited the jumble sale at Marsascala today, bringing back quite the successful haul. It had been a while since we visited the market (particularly this one – which is one of my favourites) so we were very pleased when the sun rose to reveal a bright and sunny day!

My haul consisted of an adorable little ceramic babushka charm, two skirts (one floral and one belted navy number for work), a rose print scarf, black pumps (I had been looking for a decent pair for ages) as well as some sewing supplies and a tattered copy of D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers. The pretty little plate in the top picture was also a product of today’s junk trawl πŸ™‚

In general I’m not really a morning person, but when I have the jumble sales to look forward to, I wake up with as much energy as a kid on Christmas morning! Among the gems we came across were an entire rack of children’s costumes (it is halloween after all…), duck-shaped clothes hangers, military paraphernelia (‘dik minn ta zmien King George ta!‘) and a heap of delightful but infuriatingly too-big shoes.

As for crafty goings-on in the Sasseh household, I’ll post later in the week – promise!

Patches September Edition

“Happiness, oh happiness,
waiting to burst forth from me,
happiness. “

As most of you know by now, I’ll be taking part in Patches street market at the end of the month – Saturday 25th September to be precise, as part of the Notte Bianca celebrations. We’ll be there all day (from 9:30am!) so come and have a look-see should you find yourself wandering aimlessly with nowhere to go πŸ˜‰

With a little over a week left to go, work is piling up at the rosey household, and there’s still more to be done! Happily, the weekend is finally upon us – one in which I intend on finishing (and starting, but shh! don’t tell anyone!) a good number of projects. The boy is hard at work on his MA dissertation, so we’ll both be heads down working at our respective babies!

You can see some of the things I’ll be selling on Patches’ website, here specifically: http://www.patchesmarket.com/?p=859

Hope to see your shining faces on the 25th! πŸ™‚

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My Workspace Today


Work is well underway for the September edition of Patches Special Market! Despite working during the week, weekends and evenings are generally my sweet crafting haven, and I try to cram as many things into the time I have as possible! Today I woke up inordinately early in the hopes of ploughing through a very ambitious ‘To Do List’. Luckily, willpower makes all the difference in such situations and luckily again, it has never been something in short supply in Sasseh World πŸ™‚

So here I bring you, (although I can’t give away too much – I’m big on the element of surprise!) my workspace today, with a few highlights into what I’ve been up to! Hey, it’s also an excuse to show off the work of my brand new SLR camera… everything looks so much tastier through it’s lens!

β€œIt is difficult for sorrow to intrude on a busy life.”


As promised on my last post, here’s a photo of the ‘thing’ I was working on for a friend – a sketchbook with embroidered front panel!

This commission came at quite a busy time (I was writing my last MA assignment for the year) so took me a little while to complete, but I think the finished product is rather worth it! I love how the style is reminiscent of an old religious text or bible… I love the colour combination.
I’ve since been working on loads of stuff – from bookmarks and notebooks to some newer ideas and experiments. I’m hoping to apply for the next Patches artisan market which will take place at the end of this month, but I have sooo much to do till then! Still, I never have been one to enjoy idleness!

Bit of a sneak peak at some new stuff…

Through the Looking Glass


Drum roll pleaaase!! Here are the fashion shoot photos for the August issue of Vida, the magazine I work for. Styling by me and my beautiful fellow editorial assistant Claire Camilleri, Photos by Jacob Sammut. Model is Christine Mifsud.


Please excuse the low res nature of the photos, but I’m just so excited about this shoot and simply *had* to post them up here now that the magazine is finally out! Well done to the amazing team of people who were involved! I’m equally excited about tomorrow’s shoot – hope it’s just as great!:)

The Secret of Kells


Upon watching the (there’s no other word for it) gorgeous The Secret of Kells animated movie a couple of days ago, I simply had to follow up with a raving post on my end. The stylized illustration had me struck dumb with awe throughout, and that’s not to mention the incredibly up-my-street subject matter!

The movie tells of how the (real-life) Book of Kells – an illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks – came to be; although the real focus is on artistic imagination and perseverance. The awe-inducing illustration was also accompanied with an incredibly fitting soundtrack, resulting in an unbelievably rich mythological atmosphere. And that’s not even mentioning the faerie/wolf spirit, Aisling.

On to real life on the creative front, I’ve been keeping busy fulfilling orders placed at Patches market a couple of weeks ago, but have found the time to work on something new… I haven’t decided where she’s going to go yet, but I love her πŸ™‚

Patches Special Market

I’d like to thank everone that came along and made yesterday such a successful and special event. I’m so chuffed at the positive response and would like to thank everyone who just came by to have a look see as well as the ones that bought or ordered my work!

I’m posting a few photos of the handmade items I had on my stall yesterday, if you would like to order anything you see on the photos, please feel free to comment on this post or send me an email on sarah.micallef@live.co.uk. I also do custom orders with your name or well, whatever it is you want to add on there, so don’t be shy πŸ˜‰

You can see more of my work here: http://www.patchesmarket.com/?p=80
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