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Neighbourhood playgrounds - They are free!

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I was a lazy mother who dislike to bring my kids to the outdoor playgrounds to play in the day because I did not like to perspire under the hot sun - especially during 10 or 11 plus. I could not brought them there earlier cos either one of them woke up late or I was held back by something - a tantrum, housework, errand, sickness, weather... could be anything.

Besides, Small E could not walk then. Bringing her there was meaningless. Indeed, Big E was deprived of her play during weekdays.

There are 3 neighbourhood playgrounds that are very near to us. I just don't understand why Big E likes to play there over and over again. Maybe she just wanted to PLAY and be out of the house.

After reading one of my mummy blogger - Stayathomemumof3 's posts, I was inspired to bring my kids out all by myself in the morning. We ventured to new playgrounds which are slightly further than the 3 playgrounds, but still within the 2 km vicnity - we don't need to take bus there. What did it resu…

June Artistic Trading Cards

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It was not an easy theme for me to design and make the ATC for June. The theme was "Camera, Lights and Action". It was supposed to be somewhat a movie-themed. Then I realised I have not seen movies in a cinema for a long long time. My hubby watched the blockbusters with his colleague. But not me.

I don't have the luxury to sit in a cinema ever since I was pregnant till now. No eating of popcorn inside the theatre, but I still can share popcorns with Big E during staycation or when we feel like eating one.

My mind was blank for a long long time and just could not begin doing it till the deadline was closed. Here is my design though it was not movie related.

These were from the group. Some of them were really good I must say. I could not really know one of them till an hour later. (The top left corner... do you know which movie?)

July ATC was much easier. I did them straight after I finished June's. :)

Happy crafting!

Kids' Outdoor Playground - Jacob Ballas Children's Garden

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I have always wanted to bring Big E to this place before Small E was borned. I never did. However, we just did last week and there were mixed feeling about this place. :)

It was an impulsive decision to take a public bus from Clementi Central after we finished shopping for face paints at artfriend. I checked my watch and it was still early to go home in the afternoon. I checked throught my list of places to go for the June holidays and selected this place without second thought as it was quite near Clementi.

We went there totally unprepared and I regretted immediately upon reaching the venue.

The weather was super hot and sunny. We never brought enough water to drink.It was Small E's nap time. We had to take turns to carry her as we never brought any stroller or carrier.Big E was not excited to go to a unfamiliar park. We hardly brought them to parks, I must confessed. We never brought any insect repellent, except for 2 mosquito patches that was in my bag. I was attacked by mosquit…

Yarnbombing Singapore - Singapore Mini Maker Faire - 13 July 2014

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Last Sunday, we went for the last second session of the yarn bombing held at Senja-Cashew Community Centre, which was organised by Singapore Mini Maker Faire. I missed the previous session held at the Singapore Science Centre and determined not to miss this session again.

I brought my whole family down so that my hubby can look after the kids while I hang around. I was not expecting many crafters but glad the turnout was great!

We were making a long scarf for the cardboard T-Rex which was made by a renowed local artist - Bart.

After many hours of hardwork, we managed to decorate the T-Rex with the scarf we made. Beautiful, wasn't it?

The final session of this yarn bombing will be held on 13 July 2014, 10am till 1pm at the Senja-Cashew Community Centre.

I am already making some granny squares - 4 x 4 inch. Due to the limited amount of time at the venue, it is advisable if you can make some and bring over for connecting with the rest of the granny squares.



Hope to see you there! #ya…

Kids' indoor playground - Cool de sac - Great for SAHM playdate

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We went for a SAHM playdate a few days ago with some of my mummy friends at Cool de sac. It is quite a newly kids' indoor playground that is located at Suntec City Shopping Mall.


We hardly ventured a location that is in town. In fact, I felt like a tourist myself when I saw so many new shops along the citylink passageway from the City Hall MRT station till Suntec City. I guess I have not been there for 2 years. Shopping on a weekday was quite good as there was hardly any crowd and I could enjoy my time shopping a while before heading home after the playdate.

Once we entered the playground, Big E was super excited as it was her first visit there. But I told her that she has to finish her lunch before she could play.

The menu looked good to us.



We ordered chicken, fish and spagetti. They tasted good I must say.

After lunch, Big E went straight to the "dress me up" area to try on some costumes. Unfortunately, most of the costumes were too small for her to put on. It will be…

Yarnbombing Singapore - Senja-Cashew Community Centre 22Jun14

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Singapore Mini Maker Faire and renowned #cardboard artist, Bart, are letting us #yarnbomb the cardboard t-rex! Join us this Sunday at Senja-Cashew CC at 9.45am (lobby) this coming Sunday. #yarnbombingsg

Here are my granny squares (4inch x 4inch) contributions.


Come join us for this yarn bombing session. We welcome beginners. Please bring along a crochet needle and yarn. If you do not have any, you can borrow from us.

For more information, you can email yarnbombingsg@yahoo.com.sg or join the facebook page - YarnbombingSG fanpage.

See you there.

May Artistic Trading Card

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Just received my May artistic trading card from the hostess Stacy. :)  Here is my card for the exchange.

There were some material requirements that I selected - typewriter, washi tape and words. I quite liked this sweet design, though it was not my usual style.

The cards from the team was pretty.

Don't you think so? :)

Kid's Craft: Scalloped edge scissors

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Frankly, I was quite scared for Big E to handle a pair of scissors to cut papers. Surprisingly, she told me that her teacher has taught her how to hold and cut paper with a kid's scissors.

Ohh... I was given impression that I should not be introducing scissors to her yet. I was wrong?

Well, I bought a kid's scissors from Popular the other day. Then she should me how she cut the paper. I was quite impressed with her. But found a bit weird to cut the way her teacher taught her.

After much practice and assurance, I gave her a craft scissors with scalloped edges pattern.

She got bored after a while. But loved to do it again when she has the mood again.

Wonder when I will give her a real pair of scissors to use. Say next year?

Your thoughts?

Scrapbooking Storage Tip 5: Unused stickers in the kit

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It has been a long while since I shared some quick tips on how I store my scrapbooking materials. There is no hard and fast rule on storage, just need to find one that suits your budget and space in the house. :)

I have a lot of 12 x 12 stickers sheets from paper kits and also stand alone copies. I used them mostly to decorate project life cards as they are flat and will not take up too much thickness in the album. My problem was that I could not used up every single piece of sticker in a short timeframe and always left bits and pieces like this as shown below.

I could not remembered what I have from my stack and always used new sticker sheets. (bad bad) I tried as much to use the old ones but sometimes, it was difficult to match or too big size to use on the 3 x 4 journal card.

So what did I do?

I cut out the unused stickers. Simple.

I mixed them with other stickers in some clear boxes. You can sort by type, theme, or size. This way, I freed up my stack space and also can randomly p…

June Holidays Kid Activity 1: Card Making for sick children

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June holidays started with a sick bang on both of my children. I can't bring them out at all. The weather was super hot and unbearable too. Even I myself would rather stay at home under the ceiling fan and will not leave my house unnecessarily.

Besides allowing Big E to watch her DVDs and cartoons on the television, I brought her assessments to do too. (So boring!)

Other than that, I decided we should make more cards for the sick children again! This time, my target was 100. We managed to finish in 3 days! We were so proud of our achievement! (My arm power was quite good with rolling of the die cut machine and trimmer. But the wrist ached after all the cutting of the animals.)


All the cards were designed by her. I only supported her with the cards, cutting of the animals and flowers. Here are some of the designs she did.





Aren't they nice? Hope the children will like these cards made by her. These will definately not going to be the last. We will be making more in the next h…

Motivational Monday - Tracking my expenses

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I am getting out of hands. Not in terms of my housechores, looking after my kids or crafting.

I spent too much $$ for the past half a year. Especially on these items.

1. Scrapbooking
I can't resist beautiful papers, stickers, stamps and dies.
Paper brands like Echo Park, Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Prima, Kaisercraft
Stamps - Lawn Fawn, Technique Tuesday, wooden stamps, Prima
Dies - Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things
Stickers - Heidi Swapp, Echo Park, Doodlebug, MAMBI

..etc.

Ever since I roped in my Big E to help in my Project Life, Smashing and making cards for the children, the expenditure just went up. I could not resist watching YouTube videos to be updated on those brands I love and wanted to get a hold of the items. Would love to do my mini albums and layout soon.

2. Books and assessments
I love to buy these for Big E when I saw some nice ones and recommended ones from blogs. Thankfully, she loves what I bought and eagerly did some assessments.

3. Stationery
I love pens, glues …