Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween craft with young kids

Ah, I love October. I love the color of the pumpkins and all the festivities associated with fall. I wish I could enjoy the changing of the leaves, too. But maybe there'll be some colors left when we visit NYC at the end of the month.

This year my kids wanted to decorate for Halloween. In the past I have saved all of my "holiday crafts" energy for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I guess my kids are getting bigger and noticing all the fun decorations around the neighborhoods and shops. So they have requested that we, too, do something about Halloween (other than dressing up for it).

I bought some decorations from Party City and Target, including the pumpkin lights that you have seen in my earlier post. For a Halloween craft we decided to make a fun banner. I cut out shapes and let the kids stick Halloween foam stickers (purchased from Target) on them. Then we strung them and hung them in the living room.

And oila!

That easy :-)

Monday, October 11, 2010

more flowers

A while ago I made flowers and I loved them so, I said I would make more.
Well, I did a few with a polyester fabric that is bright and wild. They turned out even better than my first ones. and they adorned a few of my bottles in the kitchen. But slowly they have been leaving as I let my kids give them away for a friend's recital and such. These last 2 have gone to our teachers' Birthdays.

Time to make more :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Time flies

Oops, has it really been this long since I posted last?
I have been creating, I really have ... but most of it is half done. So I promised myself, no more unfinished projects. This week it's going to be all about completing what I have already started!

Last night I finished my Grandmothers 100 day bookmarks. October 7 marks 100 days since my Grandmother has passed away. In my family we have special prayers at 7 days, 40 days, 100 days, 1 year, 2 year and 3 year anniversaries. Most often, and in my Grandmother's case, close family and friends will be invited. My Grandmother lived and passed away in Indonesia. I won't be there for this event. So I thought it would be nice to take part in this little event anyway by creating a little souvenir for those who do come.

I created little bookmarks. On the front is my grandmother's photo with a quote printed with the Gocco; on the back is a quote by Helen Keller with a bird cut with the Cricut. I used different kinds of paper, merely for my own entertainment.

Today I finished up one of my assignments from my e-course. I sandwiched sequins, lace and decorative paper between two pieces of tissue papers. Then I cut the edges with different punches. I've been wanting to draw something on top of it for days ... actually more than a week. But nothing came to me. Plus I started to love my little pink creation and didn't want to mess it up.

Today I thought: now or never. I took a chocolate colored sharpie ... I still couldn't get myself to draw anything, but while I was looking for quotes for my grandmother's bookmark, I came upon a quote by Marcel Proust. So I wrote that, doodled a little to define my writing space and oila:

In real life it doesn't look whitish on the top. I think it's the Mod Podge reflecting the natural light. I didn't have time to play in Photoshop too much, so this will do.

I still have so many more projects and assignments to finish ... and then .... well, it's Halloween, Thanksgiving, my son's Birthday and Christmas time! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Just something else I have started: knitting!

This is going to be Alex's scarf. And when all goes well, I'll be knitting a matching scarf for Fluffy - a Build-A-Bear puppy who usually sports a Buzz Lightyear outfit.

I was going to knit an interesting pattern ... but lo and behold, I can't find my one and only knitting book. I'm not too worried though. The yarn has a beautiful texture and looks lovely all by itself.

By the way, does this scarf look a bit girly? Sometimes when I look at it I think I need to reconsider who this should go to. But then, Alex keeps putting it around his neck to check if it's long enough yet, and I don't have the heart to tell him that I will make him another one ...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blog obsession - boy hats

My obsession with blogs has taken me to IamMommaHearMeRoar's blog recently. On that particular day Cheri was showing how to upcycle old T-Shirts into boy hats. Her samples (and her boys) are super cute and the tutorial is real easy to follow.

Since I have been crocheting a scarf for Jasmine, Alex has been constantly asking: Are you making one for me? Which I suppose I will. I just had to try and make one of these hats first!

I upcycled some of Alex's baby clothes and a couple of hubby's T-Shirts. And oila ....

It's still too big ... but gosh, how cute is that?!!
And it was so easy, I'm ready to make another one :)
Thank you Cheri!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Labor Day weekend

What did I do over the weekend? Our family drove to Bear Valley - a 3 hour trip - to spend the weekend with great friends who have a cabin up there. I love Bear Valley. I love our friends! And I love my hubby's and kids' enthusiasm every time we go to Bear Valley.

The 3 hour trip up though ... not so much. It's actually not bad. But the first time we went up there, I was driving, and it was snowing and it was dark early just when the road started to wind a lot. I guess that first impression is always there somewhere in my subconscious. So whenever we go, I drag my feet a bit.

This time I decided I will do something productive (besides reading and entertaining my kids). I packed up my crocheting needle, a book and lots of yarn. The last time I crocheted was 5 years ago. I was never really good at it. I never finished anything big. All I did was crochet a few flowers for my baby's socks.

Well, after a weekend of crocheting, I must say ... I love crochet. It's very relaxing. I still don't like to make big pieces, because my stitches are not very even, so nothing ever stays straight. My favorite to crochet: borders!

The borders will be worked into some kind of scarf eventually. Not sure what or for whom yet.

But this scarf I made for my 5-year old - who desperately tried to learn to crochet. 

A couple more borders and then it will be done :-)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


In the past week I have been working on this: my children's silhouettes. I photographed their profiles, printed and cut them out, then transferred them onto black card board. I stuck the silhouettes onto some pretty paper and decorated them with flowery stickers, borders and descriptive words.

I hung the silhouettes in my dining room together with my hibiscus series of photos. The photos were taken 8-10 years ago and is a collection that was taken in various locations ... Orlando, Grand Cayman, St John. Ahhh, memories!

PS. Thank you to the link parties on the right, for letting me share what I make!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Barbie and Friends

Ah, here they are: some doll clothes I made.

Now I must admit that I'm a "sew as you go" person. I don't use patterns and I don't plan or design much of what I make up front. I start with a piece of fabric (new or upcycled from our closet), decide roughly what I want to make (long dress? short dress? blanket?), cut a rough shape (I always cut big, because I prefer not to bother with zippers or buttons), then start sewing.

Sometimes I have been inspired by a blog and use whatever technique I have read about, like shirring or ruffling. So I do what I have to do ... shir or sew ends together. If I don't shir, I gather the fabric in such a way so that the clothes fit nicely.

Last but not least, I like to decorate the clothes a bit. Add a few beads, sequins ... a bit of stitching, whatever comes to mind at the time.

So here is what I have come up with:
(Oh and pardon all the messy hair.  A certain someone loves to twirl and rub their hair for comfort.)

Barbie's smocked dress.
Material: new cotton, flower, beads.
Inspired by this shirring tutorial.

Barbie's couture skirt (the shirt was bought).
Material: new  polyester, sequins, beads.

Moxie's button dress.
Material: upcycled T-Shirt, beads, sequins.
Inspired by all the ruffles in Tea Rose Home.

Strawberry Shortcake's pink dress.
Material: upcycled T-Shirt.

Strawberry Shortcake's smocked halter dress
Material: new polyester

Blanket and pillow.
(... because Barbie only has 1 bed, but so many friends who sleep over!)
Material: felted wool sweater & cotton

Oh and I made a pair of tights from Jasmine's old tights. They turned out surprisingly well fitting. But I haven't made anything else to wear with it ... so I'll save it for later.

I enjoyed making these things and Jasmine loved them. She wants more, more, more. Well ... maybe for Christmas?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


It's teacher's appreciation week at Jasmine's school. Today kids were supposed to bring a flower for each of their teachers. So I thought it would be nice to make the flowers.

Earlier this year I saw several tutorials on making fabric flowers, where you cut circles out of synthetic fabrics and hold it several inches over an open flame and then stitch them together. I have been wanting to make them ever since I saw them.

Now I had an incentive to actually make them.

Here they are:

I have been collecting beautiful wine bottles which so far have served no purpose at all .  I think I shall make more for my bottle collection :-)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Shoe Rack

My hallway situation has changed from this:

to this:

What a relief.  It has been a problem area for years!

The shoe rack is from Ikea. (I love Ikea!)
So why post it here? Well, our foot board (I think that is what you call it) is quite high, so I had to give the shoe rack some feet. I got the feet from Home Depot and painted them.

Silver crackle paint + black highlights

It turned out pretty well, I think. 
I painted them this color because the handles were silverish black. A bit darker than the feet.

Now the problem (there is always a problem in my mind ;) is that the mirror above it is black with gold highlights. I am tempted to change the handles to match the mirror and then repaint the feet. But gosh, do I really want to? 

What do you think?