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DIY refashion: No sew ribbed back tank

So exciting.

Read too much refashion blogs and tutorials to actually feel confident to make my own clothes. Although I’m far from successful when it comes to making clothes from scratch, refashioning with scissors is more doable.

I updated this old tank top yesterday, ripping it with my scissors while Jingheng was napping.


My very first t shirt recon! I think it’s quite nice (haha!)a although it’s not my usual style. At least it’s and I’ll wear it now rather than let it lie in the cupboard.

Note to self:

  • Cut thicker strips next time. I’m not sure if the strips can survive the normal machine wash now.

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DIY: Headband, Hairbow/Hairclips Storage

Organising accessories is a such headache. This is such a smart, easy and unobtrusive way to store hairbands/headbands neatly. By pluckymomo.

I love it when you can make it with things found readily at home.

She also a project for your hairclips/ hairbows. This is very scrap-bookish and artsy. Can you spot the hairbows?

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DIY: Orange Candle

Orange candle

A very beautiful, simple and effective DIY Orange Candle by DualPhase from Instructables. Perfect for power outage, even a romantic atmosphere.

I bet it smells amazing too!

(By the way, no longer cool to say “amazing”. It’s been thrown into the world of banish by Michigan’s Lake Superior State University in its 2011 List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. Don’t say I said the word. Thank you in advance. Oops, this too.)


DIY: Homemade Playdough/ Playdoh (Non-cook Version)

I promised to share Eve’s playdough recipe, and it’s long overdue due to procrastination from moi. Here is it from the awesome mama herself:

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My recipe is:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup hot water (this replaces the stovetop cooking)
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cream of tartar
food colouring
The process is the same: mix and then add food colouring to desired intensity. If it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour. The ‘control’ specimen in my fridge is still going strong after almost 3 weeks but that’s because it hasn’t been played with and thus the bacterial contamination is minimal. Otherwise, the playdough keeps for about a week – when it feels slimy, I throw it away. I think the non-cooking version is a lot less messy than the stovetop version – just wash one big mixing bowl and that’s it! It took me less than 10 minutes to complete my batch of playdough.
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I’m gonna try it. Qiyun, let me know if you try it too ok?
My cooked play dough is 1-month-old and still going strong. No mould yet!

Snow snow where are you? Bring me my snowman friends.