Showing posts from August, 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.

The group's.

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.

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.

The cards coloured by us.

Which is your favorite?

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.

I was surprised that she …

Fun for Free SG: Sembawang Shopping Centre Playground and Splash Area

There are a few shopping malls that we often go without going to Orchard or town. They are Causeway Point, Sembawang Shopping Centre and Northpoint. They have similar shops which are able to fulfil our needs. It is also important for us to select a mall with a playground or splash area for the kids to play and enjoy themselves after mealtime. Best of the deal is they are FREE to use!

We love to go Sembawang Shopping Centre on weekends as the free shuttle bus stop is just a few blocks away from us. There are also some shops which attracted me to go there often. Yes! My favourite is still DAISO. There are also GIANT, ASTON, Just Acia, Popular Bookshop just to name a few.

While I am busy shopping, the kids will not be restless at all. My hubby will bring them to Level 3 to play at the playground and splash area.

Here is the dry area which caters to kids.
And here is the splash area if your kids love getting wet! There is a shower area for the kids to change and shower without enteri…

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 6 - Ribbon

This was done without much difficulties as there was no applique sewing at all. I did all in one night. The only difficulty I had so far was choosing the fabric to use from the huge stack of fabrics that I have. (I have lots of scrapbook cardstock and patterned papers too. ;p)

Again, I picked green and orange for this block. Someday, I would like to purchase purple, yellow, blue and brown with small prints. The ones I have in my cupboard were mostly large prints. Any collections to recommend?

Hope you like the block I made. You can download the template from ZakkaArt via here.

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 5 - Basket

I am a little late for this post as I just finished the sewing last night. It was difficult and challenging for me as it was my first applique. I never sewed an applique before. Long heard about using freezer paper or starch but never try before till this block 5 surfaced at ZakkaArt's sew-a-long.

There were lots of measuring and cutting for this particular block called Basket. You can download the template via her page. The handle was the applique that I was talking about. Her instructions were very clear and helpful and I am so glad I managed to sew it, though it was not perfect. I used the Gutermann quilting thread that I bought last week. Quite soft to use but the thread tangled once as compared to the Daiso handsewing thread I bought which is more stiff but never tangled so far.

The next block is the Ribbon. Can't wait to try out tonight as it is fairly easy for beginner. I realised I do not have purple floral fabric. Maybe it is time for me to buy?

My thought about this?…

Behind the scene of Joeycraftworkz - Writing Process Blog Hop

Time flies really fast! It was just not too long ago that I started blogging about my craft works and tutorials since 2010. I began with sewing and selling my handmades on my blog before proceeding to sell them at my online shop. I sewed a lot for my #1 kid and love sharing crafting on my blog. I also shared about scrapbooking, artistic trading cards, kids' crafts, homelearning and parenting recently.

1. What am I working on?

I am working on a few things right now.

a) handsew patchwork sew-a-long from ZakkaArt where I challenged myself and you (if possible) to try out on it. Take a look at my block designs over here. So far it has been fun and therapy for me as a beginner.
b) kids' play places where I shared my own insights on the pros and cons of kids' hangout.
- Both indoor and outdoor.
c) kids' crafts where I shared the crafts that my kids play and how-to.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I knew lots of great mummy bloggers via Singapore Mom B…