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2013 review on my "firsts" that made me happy

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2013 is coming to an end very soon and the arrival of 2014 is just hours away. Even though my kids occupied my time the most, I still managed to have some "firsts" in my crafting.

A recap of what I did.

1. Project Life

An important keepsake for my children in years to come. Although I tried to keep up to date, it is still challenging for me. I have thousands of photographs to pick and edit. Not forgetting cutting and pasting. Hmm..

Right now, I did up to August. I am four months behind. Nevertheless, it is better than nothing. I can see more of my emblishments, stickers and papers are used up. The irony is I also bought a lot to replenish the space. Ha.


2. Felt doll

Oh well, all thanks to Big E. She wanted me to make her a Akindon-chan. Reason being she is in PINK. Her favorite colour for now.

I am not in the favour to do hand sewing as my skills sucks. But after making this felt doll, I realised I can make more, not just dolls. This will definately not the last doll I will …

December ATC - Group Reveal and 2013 wrap up

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Here are the artistic trading cards that I have received for December. Theme - Festive Cheers.

This wrapped up the 2013 series of cards. I will continue to pursue more cards in the coming 2014.

In summary, these were the cards I made according to the months.












Which are your favorites?

December ATC Reveal - Last ATC for 2013

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2013 is about to end in a few days time. And this is the last ATC that I have made in 2013.

It was a very simple card as I did not have sufficient time on my hands to make. The theme was Festive Cheers hosted by Jie Ying.

I love Deco Rush Tapes and I used them in the cards.

I used the Hero Arts Midtone inks over here and looks cool to me.

So how was your Christmas celebration? We had parties in my house attended by our close friends. The kids had lots of fun, not forgetting the presents they received.

Valentine's Day Swap - sameliasmum.com

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This is the Valentine's Day Swap that I spoke about in my previous post.
Hurry! The deadline is tomorrow. (Opps, I am very late to post this.)

You can sign up here - http://www.sameliasmum.com/2013/12/valentines-day-swap-sign-up.html



Schnitzel and Boo's Mini Quilt Swap - Received my Swap

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After waiting for almost two weeks, I received a happy mail from USA. Yes, from my swap partner Lexiloo.


Is it beautiful? It certainly is. Now, best of all, she also enclosed some goodies in the envelope.

Now, I am really tempted to learn more about quilting. Can't wait to use the mini charms for my hexagons quilts.

Are you interested in participating in a swap? I just signed up for one again. Details to be furnished in the next post.

Learning a new skill - Preparing Puree for Her Little Sister

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Preparing food for my Small E can be fun. In fact, I am not a good cook myself. I rather spend my time scrapbooking or sewing. But never cooking or baking. Maybe one day, the kids were to be bored, I can pick up some baking skills so that we can have fun at home. We never know.

For instance, if you heard me mentioned that I will not do any quilt, well, I did one last month. ;p

That day, I decided to blend an apple for her to eat. As usual, Big E's curiousity came. She asked me what I was doing and if she could help too.

I asked her - "You want to try operating the hand blender and make some puree for your sister?"
She replied - "YES!"


She held the blender carefully and pressed the button for it to work. She had fun. It was great to teach her how to use it and give her a sense of responsibility.

Our Small E opened her mouth wide to taste the apple puree made by her sister.

PS. This was done under my supervision. Please do not let your kid operate any appliances t…

November ATC Group Reveal

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Blue is still one of my favorite colour after all these years. Yellow is still my most favorite thou.
Look at all the artistic trading cards I received from the host.

What do you think of them?

November ATC - Reveal

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Oh mine! I am so late to post my november card in my blog. :(

As I said, November and December are the busiest months for us. Lots of children activities I had to organise to keep mine occupied.

Here u are, my "blue" card.

Used some eyelets and dollies.


December ATC Sneak

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The last artistic trading card theme for the year is festive cheers, organised by Jie Ying. I did them fairly quickly. It is a simple design and I like the outcome.

Here is a sneak of the inks that I used.

Red and green are festive colours. I am so into the Christmas mood.

Creativity 521: Kid's Birthday Goodie Boxes

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November is a celebration month of my kid who is turning a year older. This year, we will also be celebrating her birthday in her school.

She picked the cake design at the cake shop. We gave her options - Princesses, Minnie Mouse, Dora or Tinkerbell. Surprisingly, she picked Tinkerbell from Polar Puffs.

My hubby told me that she wanted to give her friends some goodies in a box and tied with a ribbon. Hmm... he knew that I can fulfilled such tasks as I am good in crafts and ideas.

Well, I put on my thinking cap. I wanted to buy a gift box tool that I can DIY the boxes. However it is OOS and I had to scrap the idea.

Then I discovered I had this Ultimate Tool from Crafts Companion that I bought a few years ago. I read the instructions and so glad that this tool allows me to DIY a goodie box.

Big E selected yellow art paper for the cover and purple colour for the base. I scored the papers using a scoring tool.

I wanted her to be involved in making the boxes,  so I bought a Dora sticker bo…

November ATC Sneak

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This is the last second ATC that I will be doing for 2013. November is a peak period for crafts for me. Big E's birthday goodies, Christmas goodies, etc. How about you?

Here is a sneak. The theme for this month is BLUE.


Yes. I am using my deco rush tape for this ATC.

October ATC Group Reveal

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I was the hostess for the October Artistic Trading Card with theme - Ribbon. Here are the other members' creations. They are so lovely and beautifully done.

I have signed up for the November and December teams. My creative juice is quite busy these days. I am also going to start making some Christmas presents for friends and cousins.

Are you making Christmas presents soon?

Toy Sewing Machine

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One fine day, when I was at my parents' house, I saw this toy sewing machine on the table. My father told me this was my sister's toy. He changed the batteries and I tested. It can sew!!

I brought back to my house and guess what? Big E was soo happy!!

There is a pedal which she pressed with her hand. I gave her an unwanted cloth. She was such a pro. I guess she must have been looking at me while I sewed.

Now we can sew together. Thankful to my sister who kept it well.


Schnitzel and Boo's Mini Quilt Swap - My Mini Quilt Completed!

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Do you still remember reading my post that I participated in a mini quilt swap, organised by Schnitzel and Boo in September? (Recap here)

I have just completed my maiden mini quilt piece. I am so happy especially they are made of hexagons. All hand-sewn, using the English Piecing Paper method.

I used the jelly roll fabric that I bought and cut the hexagons using the Clover template. After sorting up the pattern, I sewed up my first hexagons.

After that, I added the basting and the base cloth.

Subsequently, I cut the "extras" on each side and added the bias tape.


I will be posting this in the next few days to my partner in USA. Hope she likes it.

This will definately not be the first and last quilt piece I will be making. Love love the hexagons. You can also view the other participants' beautiful pieces here.

Enjoy!

5 places where the stickers will be after I gave to my kid

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I am not sure when I started to buy stickers for my Big E. Maybe after she started schooling last year. Of course, I was not prepared for the little "mess" or creativity which she has done to our house. (Yeah, I can hear some daddys and mummies nodding their heads.)

Some spots made me laugh, some angried me. But I admired her creativity to be able to pick the right ones for the right places.

Here are the 5 spots that she has invaded.

1. On the door.

This was her first invasion on my craft room door. This lazy mum should be able to remove one of these days.

 2. On the shoe cabinet

Her latest invasion. At first, it was the TV frame. I suggested her to move to here as there were far too many stickers. She will have more to decorate than on the TV frame.


3. On the wall

That is the most common area for her to paste when she got hold of any.



4. On the table

Well, she has not been sticking any after I covered up with a table cloth. Ha ha.



5. On her legs

This one made me laugh out l…