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Art at home: Kandinsky concentric circles

This girl is very into art. She actually loves various things but art and craft is her favourite of all. And I love her for her enthusiasm and her persistence in every activities. Every morning as I shower her before school, she always asks “mama, what are we going to do this afternoon after school?” So, I have to come up with ideas everyday as per her request. Well there are times that she’s just tired and wants to have some times of her own and I’ll just let her because that means rest for mama, too. Haha! But that one afternoon, I offered her the idea to make this Kandinsky concentric circles. To my surprise, she really enjoyed this. I let her decide the colours and everything and she came up with rainbow colours (she’s always about rainbows and unicorns). I helped her make the straight lines and divide the paper into nine sections. She made the rest: draw the circles and paint them in colours.

Doing art with kids is really fun. It’s good for their soul and to stimulate their brain. She is very persistent and she knows what she wants to do. Sometimes I have to guide her but most of the times she wants to do things by herself. We did this while Benaya is taking a nap and it was a good mommy-daughter time. Sometimes she talks a looottt while doing this (about school, friends, or some random things) but some other times she needs concentration and I need to keep my mouth sealed as she said “quiet mama, I need to focus”. haha. She doesn’t want to be disturbed and I respect her decision. It’s really very important to give children exposure to many different things since early age, as long as they do it without pressure. The long-term goal is that she finds her passion and be really good at it.

So here’s the result:

P.S: the paints are Crayola washable paints.

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DIY Tiny Doll House

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You know, I’m all about anything in miniature size and I had dreamt of making a doll house for my daughter one day and yeayy I nailed it! So, a few weeks ago I heard that Living Loving was going to hold a “tiny doll house making” workshop and I quickly registered myself to get a seat because I just had to with this class! Last Saturday was the day and I enjoyed it that much. It was supposed to be a 3-hour-class but everybody was so into it and totally forgot the time. As a result it turned out to be a 6 hour class and nobody seemed to fuss about it. The class was led by Living Loving and Puri of Ideku Handmade.  A complete story of the day was posted here.

So, Abigail was so surprised when she saw this doll house for the first time. She was so excited! And it melted my heart. She couldn’t get her hands and eyes off of it all day and night. However, her curiosity reached the highest level that she decided to pull everything, all the furnitures and wallpaper. Long story short, it was destroyed. Haha. Well, kids. So, pictures above are the second version because I remade everything after she destroyed the previous one. The one that I made during the workshop was this one here. But I took it seriously with this second one. My husband helped me with some advice on colours and layout. I’m happy with how this turned out. Fingers crossed this one will last much longer. I probably need to keep my eyes on her while she was playing and put everything back afterwards. Haha.

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DIY Geometric Necklace with painted wooden beads

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On our previous trip to Singapore we visited a few independent stores and I stumbled upon colourful-abstract necklaces almost in all stores. They were made from wooden beads and ceramics with various quirky patterns and surprising colours which I really loveee. Also, very pricey! Then some times later we went to Spotlight, a store selling craft supplies (this place is huge and heaven to me!), and found that they actually sold rough wooden beads and the idea to make similar wooden necklaces hit me hard. I like experimenting with colours, I guess you know already. Well, this is actually very easy and I like the result a lot!

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So here are the supplies needed: acrylic paints, cotton/leather cord, wooden beads, masking tape, paint brushes, scissors.

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Step 1: Create a pattern on each wooden bead. Use masking tapes to cover the part you wish to remain in wood colour.
Step 2: Now paint the area outside the masking tape. Wait a few minutes until the paint dries and you may unseal the masking tape.
Step 3: Start beading the wooden beads into the cord.
Step 4: Finally do sliding knot technique for necklace closure. I follow the tutorial from this video.

And you’re done! It will look more or less like this:
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I hope this tutorial is useful and you enjoy making it as much as I did!

p.s. On another exciting news… my friend and I are going to work together creating a blog together for DIY tutorials, ideas and all that stuff. We’re crazy about craft and DIYs and really excited about this project. More on that, soon.

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Favourite Yarn: Drops Paris

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I’m actually quite adventurous when it comes to trying out new yarns. And from the many I’ve tried, Drops Paris is my most favourite so far! It is 100% cotton, Aran weight. I love it especially because of the wide range of colours in which all of them are pretty! Very suitable for someone who likes experimenting with pairing-colours like me. This yarn is best used for home decor and interior projects. I get them from Wool Warehouse and so far it’s the best online store selling crochet supplies.

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DIY Drawstring Goodie Bag

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Abigail is a big fan of Miffy so it wasn’t difficult to decide what her birthday theme would be. It just had to be Miffy! I ordered Miffy birthday cake and cookies, and print some coloring pages To put inside. Her 2nd birthday was nothing fancy, in fact, we just celebrated with her small group of friends. Therefore I decided to make the goodie bags myself. I ended up making drawstring bag because it’s actually useful and easy to make! It was made of canvas material with Miffy’s character screen-printed on top of it. Here are the step-by-step instructions. This is my first tutorial post so I hope you understand :)

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Supplies needed: fabrics, 40 cm cording tubes, sewing machine, pins, scissors, iron.

  1. Cut your two 30×40 cm pieces of fabric.
  2. Work on the wrong side: Fold 1 cm around the three sides of your fabric, leaving the top side unfolded. Repeat with the back piece.
  3. Sew those three sides down. Repeat with the back piece.
  4. On the top side, fold 1 cm and fold again another 1.5 cm (so it’s  total of 2.5 from the very top). Repeat with the back piece.
  5. Sew around the edge. Repeat with the back piece. You just created loops for your cording tube.
  6. Join the two pieces of fabric. Sew the edge of three sides (leave the top sides) with right sides facing each other.
  7. Turn the fabrics inside out and press.
  8. Now thread the cording tube. Work on the loops at the top side  just created. Start from the right side of the front piece, thread the cording towards the left until the it comes out of the hole at the left. Continue to thread it towards the back piece until the cording comes out the right hole of the back piece. Tie the two cording tubes together at the end.
  9. Work in counter current direction. Thread the cording from the left side of the front piece to the right side, continue to thread it from the right side of the back piece towards the left side. Tie the two cording at the end.
  10. Pull the cords on each side to cinch and voila! Drawstring bag is finished!

I hope you find this tutorial useful! Good luck trying :)