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DIY: Label cables/wires with bread tags

My kettle wire identifier

Smart and simple! Pity I can’t remember where I read this from.



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.

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DIY Craft: No Sew Pincushion

While figuring out the bathrobe, I re-appreciated the importance of using pins to keep fabric from running all over the place.

I was garang, well actually lazy, enough to try sewing with guiding the fabric with just my bare hands for the first step. Needless to say, the next step was extra – rip out all the threads, hunt for the pins and re-sew everything again.

My Home Econs teacher (anyone remembers her name?) will be happy to know I made solid friends with the pins again.

If you use pins, you need a pincushion.

Living mainly out of a few luggages in Tianjin (most of our stuff are still stored in Beijing), I just have the basic necessities with me and a pincushion definitely is a luxury. I do have one in the warehouse, and I certainly do not want to buy another replicate. Nor do I want to sew one if I can help it.

Googled and found many pretty and girlish DIY pincushions, but require sewing. Yikes. Then I found some no-sew options on Instructables, yay! There’s a No-Sew Cupcake Pincushion, cute but too cute… and then there’s this:

 by The Spotted Fox

Very quaint! Very creative, ingenious, no need to sew, use up your cloth scraps (yay, I can use the towel scraps) and best of all, really really really idiot-proof.

Yanni's No Sew Pincushion

The ingredients: Rubber band, toy cup, cloth scraps.

Rubber band, Jingheng's toy inverted as a cup, bigger scrap of cloth to wrap up all the cloth scraps for the inside

Bundle the scraps into the middle of the bigger cloth, scrounge and tie up to look like fried wanton, invert the wanton and pop into the cup. Done!

I love shortcuts!

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DIY Refashion: Toddler Towel Bathrobe

Nothing throws ALL your worldly possessions in your face as much as house moving does. After Freecycle-ing, recycling, packing, storing and throwing away mountains of  papers, books, clothes, soft toys, souveniers, what-nots… I’m exhausted. How can I have so many things?!

Time for some artsy stuff to relieve the tension.

I’ve been searching high and low for a bathrobe for Jingheng to use for swimming. The ones you find in Singapore are too thin for the winter weather here; the ones here in the Tianjin stores or Taobao are either too ugly or too expensive.

SO! I decided to make one. From an old towel. Tada!

Jingheng's new "Hogwarts" bathrobe - refashioned from an old blue towel. Yellow trimming cut up from the kitchen apron Jingheng refused to let me wear

I have been reading too much refashion tutorials and blogs to actually dare to feel confident I can make it. The source of inspiration for the robe is from (1 hour) Summer Beach Robe Tutorial by Brandy.

It sure took more than an hour. Took me good half a day in fact, but I think I’m wonderful that it is actually completed *Pat on back*! The last time I seriously maneuvered a sewing machine was when I was 14 and sewing the absolutely-I-will-never-ever-wear-it-it’s-hideous culotte (gosh, this must be an extinct fashion word) for Home Econs.

Thankfully, my tiny sewing machine didn’t break down from punching the needle through the thick towel fabric.

My bro-in-law Aloysius said it looked like “Harry Potter robes”. I think it’s more like a priest robe. You can decide for yourself. Here’s the little boy trying it on:

Little one prancing in the both the unfinished and polished versions of the robe. The belt is too low for him now, but lazy mummy is NOT going to unsew and resew the straps. He will just have to grow into the robe.

He wasn’t really keen about it. Holding it up I asked:
你喜欢吗? 不喜欢。
可是,是mummy做给Jingheng的。*After 5 seconds of thinking* 我喜欢。

I’m not hurt. I’m still in yaya-papaya land 🙂