Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wordful Wednesday: Felt Mascots

My kids are always my motivation in my attitude towards sewing and crafting. The other day, Big E wanted me to get her the Anpanman soft toy - Aikindon-chan, simply because the character is pink in colour. As it is not available in Singapore and I do not want to spend so much $$ to buy from online, I decided to get the Anpanman felt mascot book from Kinokuniya to hand-sew the Aikindon-chan felt doll for her.

It has been a long time that I hand-sew cos usually I will machine sew instead. First of all, I bought the felt clothes from Daiso. I almost bought all the colours available as I knew Big E will requested for other characters from the Anpanman series.

Main Anpanman series characters

I traced out the parts using tracing paper and cut them out.

Parts on the tracing paper

Then, I traced the parts on the felts according to the colours and cut out.

Parts
I sewed them out using 1 strand of thread. Some parts, I used handicraft glue to stick together. After that, I inserted the polyester fillings to give a 3-D effect.

Here is the Aikindon-chan that I sewed using blanket stitches.

Front
Back
I finished this doll fairly fast due to the constant nagging from Big E.

Holding her doll
Now, she wants me to sew her the Aikindon-chan backpack. Oh well, her requests are never ending. :)

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October ATC - Sneak

It is another month of artistic trading card submission! I am the host for October. I looked at the materials I have in my room and decided to set the theme, Ribbon for the members.

Ribbons
I have received the majority of the cards. They were done beautifully. I can't wait to receive the rest.

I love flowers and like to make them. I added 7mm half pearl on top to give a 3 dimensional.

Flowers
What craftwork have you been doing last week?

Monday, October 14, 2013

September ATC Group Reveal

What a cool morning. Love it to the max! Plus tomorrow will be a public holiday. Feeling rejuvenate!
(Am I just kidding myself? There is no end in the things I have to do at home with two kids.)

Whatever! But at least, my husband can help around in the house.

Btw, here are the September ATC from the group I received. They are so nice.

September ATC - Group
I will be hosting the October ATC swap. Sneak will be revealed soon.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

September ATC - Reveal

It has been a busy month so far. Before I realised, it is going to be mid-month. I received my September ATC from hostess Jie Ying and I love the cards I received.

The theme was cartoon characters and I used my new Decorno stamp from Disney this time.

Decorno Disney Stamp
Added some washi
Used the thin wafer die from KCK for the frame. My daughter helped me to remove the "extras".

From KCK
Stick them up on the cardstock.

With frame
 Here is my September ATC. The I LOVE stamp is from Technique Tuesday stamp.

September ATC

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Creativity 521: Kid's Craft - Painting Eggs

Today, I want to share with you what I found and did with my daughter last week. We chanced upon a bag of plastic eggs in one of the shop at Chinatown. Spontaneously, the painting of eggs came into my mind. Well, it is not Easter Day. But nevertheless, she never painted on eggs before. She was so excited and carried the eggs all the way home.

Eggs

We used the water colour paints bought from Popular bookshop.

Chose her favorite paint. At one time, she wanted PINK. But later changed her mind.

Painting like an artist

The good thing about drawing on the plastic eggs is that if she made a mistake, I can wash away, clean with water and wipe with cloth. Sounds good!

Then, we use the leftover threads and felt from the Finger Puppets craft that we did. I love to recycle leftovers or things that I can find at home. I cut the felt and/or thread to make the hair.

Felt from Daiso
Threads from Daiso
Diligently removing the double sided tape

Finally, the eggs are ready. Aren't they cute?

Eggs with face and hair

One thing I realise I can't dictate when and how my daughter wants to paint or do things. If her interest died down due to delay, she will not want to do that "thing" till she wants to.

So no matter how busy I am, I will have to paint with her when she requested. Anyway, it will only be 10 mins and she will be interested in other stuffs. 10 mins is all I have to give.

What have you been doing with your kids with 10 mins?

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Life of Mum: Creativity Never Stops Functioning in My Daydreaming

I am an avid reader of GingerbreadMum and chanced upon a new mummy linky that she has created for one whole year, starting today. As a great fan of hers, I decided to support her on the first day of launch.

For a start, I am not going to tell a long story of my typical day, which you might get bored with. The waking up, the rushing for school, meals, naptimes (screaming and constant nagging), bathtimes, reading, housechore (laundry is a MUST for everyday, but folding of clothes is not until the mountain is formed), blah blah. I dont have the pictures to share the above yet. So, let's skip first. :p

[PS, Big E is running high on the linky icon while I typed this. She kept pointing and say out "Mama" lots of times.]

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I applaud myself and mamas out there, especially those I saw in the Homelearning group who are so creative in developing kid's craft and even homelearning tools and materials for their children. I am thankfully that I can learn from them and hopefully I can contribute in the near future.

For me, even though my time is now very limited with No 2 occupying most of my time, I do daydream more than any time now. Thinking of what I can do to occupy and amuse my No 1 so that she will not feel the negligence. So, jotting down the ideas for later use helps. But of course, sometimes it is spontaneous. {Mummies will know better.}

Ideas can popped out from any where, any time and any place, with anything! In fact, we chanced upon some plastic eggs at Chinatown last saturday and immediately, I thought we can do some face painting, which No 1 loves so much! (Will be sharing this later.)

Even watching children programmes on the TV can spark ideas like this finger puppets.


And also, visiting our favorite DAISO store can also spark ideas. I bought these for her pretend play at her kitchen.

All from DAISO
I thank my parents for passing down their creativity gene to me. I hope my children will get some too and pass on to their next generation.


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