Friday, May 29, 2015

Plastic Bottle Shark

Plastic bottle shark

Give a boy a plastic bottle and pictures from Pinterest and what do you get? "Mummy!  I want to make a shark!"  So there you go, a shark it is then.  What would boring Mummy's do without Pinterest?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ducky Operation

Do you recall playing with toys that can make some sound or even talk if you give it a squeeze or a hug?  There were 2 problems with such toys:
  1. They can't be washed as there's some electronics inside
  2. They stop talking/making noise when the battery runs out
So what can you do about that?  Upon request, I was told to "operate" on such a toy.  First, i unpicked some stitches to get the electronics out.  Next, I used some scrap cloth to sew a little pocket to the opening I created:

Toy with added "pocket"

Now, stuff the little pocket of cloth back into the toy, and you can insert the electronics back in:

Hidden pocket for electronics

Ta-daa! With this little pocket, you can remove the electronics when you need to wash the toy or when a change of batteries are needed.  Isn't that easier and cleaner too?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Paper Flower

After news of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's death was released on 23 Mar 2015, many tribute sites sprouted all over Singapore for people who wished to pay their respects but were unable to do so at the Parliament House.  We brought Big One and Small One down to one of the tribute sites to offer a simple flower made from paper cupcake cups and some recycled material:

Paper Flower

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Making Good

This blog post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy.  The carriage leading up to mine is A.B.S.O.L.U.T.E by The Accidental Mom Blogger.  Adeline is a Stay-at-home-mum and also a jewelry artisan, so check our her creations!

We've been lucky that when our kids were born, there were lots of hand-me-downs and we hardly had to buy any clothes other than the occasional splurge.  But when it came to Little One's turn, most of the items were already 4th hand.  Being 4th hand meant that the home clothes were nicely seasoned and softened until there were very comfortable, which is great for little ones!  But when it came to footwear, they were all in various sad states.  Fake leather on some cute mini shoes started flaking off. Other shoes had the entire sole fall off!  This particular pair of sandals started coming apart:

Sandals falling apart

The strange thing about this pair of sandals was that the Hubs actually asked me to repair it when I was ready to chuck it in the bin!  Why is that strange?  Because the Hubs is usually the "thrower" in the family.  Maybe he realised that the part that was still holding on (see ugly glue bits in the top photo) was actually the part where I used the glue gun on.  Anyway, I set about fixing this using my trusty glue gun:

Glue gun to the rescue!

After lots of glue, glue and more glue, the sandal is back in one proper piece again!  Yes I know, there's hot glue peaking out everywhere.... but my goal was to make it wearable, not to make it look brand new :p  Now, this pair of sandals will be reserved for wading in water when the Little One goes fishing in the river.  Hopefully all that water wouldn't make it disintegrate again.  If it does, I suppose a little drying and gluing will get it ready for the next fishing session.  I'd rather Little One keep his other newer, nicer shoes away from the water.

All fixed!

Now that I'm done with my repair, let's see who's in the next carriage - Yaney from Adopt an Ami!!  She is a multi-talented crafter who dabbles in various mediums.  Other than her cute amigurumis, what caught my eye were the Harry Porter series items - kawaii!!!

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on "Making Good".  What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have?  Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives.  Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft.  The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the "Making Good" blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with.  Have you mended anything today?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Paper Plate Fish

Continuing with using paper plates to paint, we went a little further with Big One this time.  I showed him a few pictures of how others made fish out of paper plates, and he was off!  Here's his cute little red fish:

Paper Plate Fish