Sunday, September 21, 2014

Creativity 521: Arm Painting with Snazaroo

It has been a long while since I blogged about a craft that I did with Big E. My mojo was really bad these days and I had to divert to easier crafts like crochet and project life.

Big E liked the arm painting that she had at Cool De Sac the last time and had been bugging me to draw on her face or arm many times. I had no choice but to buy this face paint - Snazaroo from Artfriend to satisfy her desire. It was my scrapper friend who recommended me to buy the palette type.

I dare not try painting on her face yet as I am not that confident because my drawing sucks big time. These were what I did on her arms so far on two occasions.

On National Day

On one of the afternoon
As you can see, these were very simple drawings that I guess she can draw better than me. Oh, she remarked that she will draw for me the next time round. It should be fun.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Kids' Outdoor Playground - Causeway Point Playground and Splash Area

Finally, I have the time to blog and share another Fun for Free Kids' outdoor playground and splash area which is at the Northern part of Singapore. Best of all, it is inside a shopping mall that is next to Woodlands MRT station - i.e. Causeway Point.

My children love to play at the outdoor playground that is on Level 2 of the shopping mall. It can be quite crowded on weekday after school and weekends. It is non air-con and if it rained, the playground will be closed for safety reasons.

Taken inside the mall
2 slides - Curvy and straight

Front part
If your kids like to get themselves wet, you can bring them to the Splash Area that is on Level 7, next to Bagus Halal foodcourt.

Opened from 10.30am to 7pm
On the right side

I like this

Playing the water gun
Open changing area on the right side
One thing I don't like about this splash area is that the kids' changing area is opened and no privacy even though there are showers for you to rinse your kids' bodies. If you need to change your kids' clothes, you need to go to the nearest restrooms outside on the right side of the splash area (near the lifts).

If you need nursing room, there are a lot scattered in the mall which is next to the each restroom on every level.

How to get there?

By train
- Alight at Woodlands MRT station on the North-South line

By bus
- Alight at Woodlands Bus Interchange

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 7 - Shakuyaku Flower

It has been a long while since I did my handsewpatchwork sew-a-long. I was so busy with fulfilling  orders for teachers' day and other misc stuff. I was also afraid to start this block 7 - Shakuyaku flower as it looked quite complicated and lots of blocks of fabrics to cut. Plus there were appliques to sew too. I was scared!

Today, I managed to cut the template out from Zakka Art which you can download a copy for this sew-a-long. I looked through my orange and green stashes and found some lovely designs to play with.

To my surprise, I managed to cut out the fabrics fairly fast. How did it looked?

I spent the whole evening to sew this. Frankly, I was stucked for a while as I have not been handsewing for weeks. It took me awhile to start my engine proper.

I was glad that I was not afraid sewing the applique as compared to my previous Basket block. In fact, I quite enjoyed the process.

Lots of needles
And here is my block.

Block 7 - Shakuyaku Flower

Can't wait to start Block 8 which will be much easier than this. No applique. :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kids' Outdoor Playground - Singapore Sports Hub Playground

Have you been to the new Singapore Sports Hub or Kallang Wave Mall yet? If you have not, then you should visit and bring your kids and family to enjoy a relaxation time. We were there last month and we enjoyed a lot. Even my parents like it, and of course my children too. There is DAISO outlet which we spent an hour or so. The children love "shopping" there. We also shopped at the NTUC Xtra.

We chanced upon an open aired FREE playground and exercise area on top of the Sports Hub Library building. It is on Level 3. If you take the Circle Line to Stadium station, the building is on the left side of the station's Exit A. It is opened from 7am to 10pm daily.

Slides and climbing for the kids
See-saw and a springy seat
An area for the older kids
There is a exercise area by the side which my parents tried on.

Exercise area
The girls had fun and even had a great time. They even had the playground all by themselves on most part of the weekday.

Role playing
The kids' splash area on the other building is not ready to play yet. My elder one was a bit disappointed. We will bring them there once it is up and running.

How to get there?

In my opinion, the best method will be alighting at the Circle Line, Stadium station as it is the nearest to the playground and Kallang Wave Mall.

Otherwise, you can take Bus 11 and alight along Stadium Crescent, which is directly outside Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Artistic Trading Cards

August is ending soon and September will be next. School holidays will be approaching and I have yet planned for anything for the kids. I guess it will be more home based activities rather than outdoor ones. Hopefully I can share more on my blog with more kids' craft and activities.

Just received my August group ATCs and the theme was motivation quotes, hosted by Hilda. Here is my version of the card. I like the vintage kind of look. The card was from Simple Stories, one of the old collection.

August ATC
The group's.

August Group ATCs
I have already submitted my September ATCs to the hostess with theme - Happy Birthday. I had fun and used blue as my background which I hardly used for ATCs.

Hope you had a great weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kid's Craft - Artistic Trading Card

I love to make artistic trading cards and still participated in the monthly Singapore swap group. In fact, I do accept international swap request occasionally, depending on my schedule.

Big E was as eager to do something as it has been a long time since I had given her any crafts to work on. I had been very busy fulfilling orders for teachers' day and no time to plan anything for her.

I was making the ATCs for a private UK swap on theme - Flowers and used one of my Sizzix embossing folder. I love this folder because of the cute deer. Big E saw and wanted to colour with my copic markers too. I made an extra and gave her to colour.

Colouring with a happy mood
The cards coloured by us.

Our ATCs
Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Offline Game - Rush Hour Traffic Jam Puzzle

Big E used to love watching youtube videos on certain cartoons, toys and educational types. We resorted to giving her our handphones to watch during mealtime, in the train or sometimes in our living room so that I can do my chores undisturbed. It used to be difficult to feed her as she couldn't sit long enough on the high chair. I even switched on tv or let her played toys.  Did not work. Yes , I agreed to certain extend that we shouldn't let her watch in the first place. I guessed we failed as she just refused to eat her food properly.

Those days were long gone as she outgrew it and I am so happy. At least she has more offline games to play and read more books. Or it could be because she has a sibling to play with. Or maybe I kept her occupied.

Just hope Small E won't followed her footsteps of watching youtube so early.

The other day, I was packing my storeroom and found this game - Rush Hour Traffic Jam puzzle. I showed  her and she was excited.

It was my Christmas present ages ago.

Inside view

I was surprised that she can solved the stage one puzzles by herself after I taught her the elementary steps. I kept encouraging her to try when she was stuck. I like this game because I can also try on the difficult ones myself and it's a great bonding game. Why not?

Just yesterday, I was offline myself for 8 hours in the day as my handphone was charging and I was not at home. I never felt weird and in fact, amazed that I could "survive" without sacrificing the time I spent with them. I used to check my handphone every hour and spent 5-10mins browsing till it got into me.

Playing and spending time with my kids did indeed break me away from the online world and I did not missed it.

You should try it yourself one day.