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DIY: Makeup Remover

Occasions to wear make up are far fewer these days since I’m no longer working in the office and meeting clients. When my commercial makeup remover expired after sitting there and collecting dust, I searched for cheaper homemade alternatives and the trusty Pinterest offered some interesting suggestions.
Mixing ideas from different bloggers (see here and here), I ended up with this recipe since the ingredients were simplest and available at home, and most sustainable to concoct in long run.


Give it a good shake to mix all ingredients.
Shake well before each use.

Verdict: great! Does all the cleaning magic on makeup, even waterproof eyeliner. Best of all, all natural stuff, no chemicals. I like the layered-look of the liquid mixture too.


    Discard after a few months, or when you notice it smells funny. Afterall, there’s no preservatives added.
    Make a smaller bottle if you don’t use it often.
    Can try adding a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Plan to try soon.

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DIY: Toy camera

Crafted a little something yesterday to celebrate the last day of my confinement.

A simple version of a play camera for the boy-who’s-craving-for-lots-of-attention. Made from a vitamin cardboard box, sticky tape spool and spare ribbon. Inspired by this wonderful post,
insta-camera cardboard.


Say cheese!

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DIY: Moleskine-inspired notebook

I once told a friend that sadness fuels the pen. Found out yesterday that anger fuels DIY.

Had a rough afternoon during nap time, “battling” with little boy, cold-war style. I was fuming over the situation (why why why is it so hard for you to go to bed????), and need to vent the anger away. Somehow Marc’s moleskine notebook came to mind (probably coz I met him earlier at lunch) and thought, I’m gonna make myself one like that – I always wanted a notebook that could open up really flat.

My very own creation - a moleskine-inspired notebook πŸ˜€

So I googled in bed on the sly, keeping quiet to bore little boy to sleep. Michael Shannon and arte.sano from instructables had great ideas and tutorials. Setting to work after the big grass finally dozed off, and pretty much completed my notebook that night.

Materials: Papers, dental floss (excellent idea fr arte.sano), white craft glue (I prefer this because it works for paper, dries fast and dries clear), needle, cereal box, elastic band and whatever stuff you want to prettify the notebook with.

Dental floss makes my pages smell minty!

Punching my holes with the trusty needle and blue tack underneath so I wouldn't poke the bed/ tables - great idea I learnt from Mister Maker. Kids art programme are useful for adults too haha

Good old Chinese dictionary as a book press

Rescued Jacob's biscuit box from the bin for my cover

Dressing up the cover, magazine-fashionista style

Ready to combine spine and pages

Took it out from under the dictionary while waiting for the glue. Didn't really like the girl on my cover (she was meant to be covered by other pictures). But laziness overtook, and so she stayed πŸ™‚

Opening my notebook... It can go real flat!

Attaching an envelope on the back page. Picture of cows grazing intended for son, when potential distraction needed

Adding the black elastic band... A stylish touch that's also practical.

My best upcycling DIY to date, and truly from scrap to a polished product.
Materials are easily found at home; few raw materials needed; effective use of rough paper; process is pretty idiot proof with the excellent tutorials (waiting for glue to dry was the toughest for impatient me); cost is pretty much zero; time taken – only one night; and best of all, it looks damn good! What’s not to like haha.

A very sustainable green project – I can imagine doing this every time my notebook runs out. And I won’t feel guilty throwing it all away, since I rescued them from the bin once!

What a good way to nullify bad emotions. All poof!

Notes to self:

  • Wrap cover with fabric for different look
  • Elastic band should be 2x height of notebook
  • Endpaper for pasting over the elastic band should be just slightly smaller than the size of cover so that elastic band would be more secure and taut


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.)