Sew Happy : bag charms

A quick one on the crafts I did the past few months.

School bag charm for my daughter…
I would like to think this is a red squirrel, but my girl said this is a fox. Oh well…
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Totoro for my son…
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In memory of Taffy Day, the cairn terrier which I occasionally took care of when my friends were in vacation, I made this for my dear friend, M.
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A purple monkey for M as well.
(Her daughter’s zodiac animal and favorite color.)
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A forever friends bear for one of my BFF, J. πŸ™‚
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That’s all for today. πŸ™‚

Kids’ craft : River Otters Diorama

River Otters Diorama

This was actually the 4th grader’s school project a few months ago. We had so much fun researching and learning about River otters and making the shoebox diorama together. First she drew the otters’ habitat on paper, and then started building the diorama on a shoebox bit by bit by herself, using mostly recycled materials that we have around the house.

(I actually wanted to show you her impressive habitat draft, but I couldn’t find the photo in my photo album now. Argh! πŸ™ Hopefully she still has the original drawing so that I can show u later.)

Here’s my contribution to her project…these polymer clay river otters models. It was our first time playing with polymer clay. My original intention was for her to create her own models. But becos I was too curious, and couldn’t wait for her to be back from school, I went ahead to create these otters first. πŸ˜› And when she saw my models after school, she loved them so much that she decided to use them instead. Oh well… at least she did color these models herself! :p

River Otters polymer
(Idea from this pin on Pinterest.)

The polymer clay that we used is from Scupley, in translucent color. After the models were oven-baked, we painted them using Acrylic paints and seal it with all purpose acrylic sealant.

The background and river were painted using tempera paint.
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The tree trunks were made of branches from our yard and she used recycled green crepe ribbons as the tree canopy. The otters den was made using twigs and she used hays (it was boy’s brilliant idea!) that she collected during our trip to a local farm last Autumn as wetlands plants such as cattails/ bullrushes.

River otters diorama

Lily pads were created using recycled craft paper, pipe cleaners and gift tissues. Again, the floating tree log was from our yard. Notice the red crab on the log and fish in the river? Here’s another one…
river otters project

Ain’t they cute?!

Sew Happy : Insulated Lunchbox warmer bag

At least 3 times a week, I would pack hot lunch for the girl to bring to school. The previous lunchbox warmer that we used is just a double layers insulated cloth sheet. Though it does serve the purpose of retaining the warmth of the lunch, but I thought it isn’t as convenient since I have to wrap the bento box with the cloth manually. So, I made this warmer bag instead, using home deco fabric (thicker), thermal bubble sheet (from Daiso) and assorted color felts for the ninja pattern.

Sew Happy : Lunchbox warmer bag

If you are keen to make one yourself and need a tutorial to guide you, here’s one I found on pinterest that is closest to how I made mine.

Chinese New Year craft 2013 – Snakessssssssssssssssss!

2013 is the year of the snake, so here’s the snake crafts that my children made.
Very easy and fun to make, just cut and decorate! The preschooler had no problem making this all by himself. πŸ™‚

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The snake template can be downloaded here.

Other related posts:
Chinese New Year crafts See our other Chinese New Year craft here!

Albert Einstein craft

The girl was doing a biography unit at school a few weeks ago. As part of her biography study, she had to make an oatmeal can people that she was researching on, i.e. Albert Einstein. She wanted to base her craft on this famous Einstein stick out tongue picture…

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and so, we created the oatmeal can Einstein like this. πŸ˜‰

Einstein Craft

Not bad, right? πŸ˜‰

Materials used:
Oatmeal container
Recycled T-shirt yarn (for hair)
Googly eyes
Felt (Black, Red and White)
Hot glue gun

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Besides making the oatmeal can Einstein, the girl also had to do some writing about the things she learned from the biography reference books. Here’s one of her works that she wrote. πŸ™‚

Albert Einstein
In biography lessons I am reading about Albert Einstein one of the smartest people. When Albert was a boy he asked a lot of questions. Albert was born in the year 1879. Albert was kicked out of school when he was ten because he asked too many questions the teacher couldn’t answer. Some of the teachers said he was daydreaming all of the class and not focusing. Albert got low marks when he was a boy. Albert had a sister, Maja. When Maja was born the first question Albert asked was “Where are its wheels?” Albert asked that question because he thought Maja was a toy. Albert liked to play his violin. Whenever Albert traveled he would bring a suitcase and his violin. When Albert was older he moved to Sweden. The schools in Sweden were much better than the schools in Germany. Albert was supposed to ask a lot of questions. He was very happy.

I never know biography study can be this fun, maybe we should find some time doing biography study on Chinese famous people too! LOL!

Homemade Valentines – Heart-y friends!

Easy, Simple & Super Cute Valentines made by my girl!
*Proud mama alert! :P*

Homemade Valentines - Heart-y Friends

Ain’t they lovely? πŸ™‚

Valentine’s Day craft: Homemade Thumb print animals VD cards

It’s that time of the year again! This year we made animals thumbprints Valentine’s Day cards for the boy’s classmates. I got my ideas from here. These cards are really easy to create, and what I love most about this craft is that it is almost mess-free and most importantly, takes very little time to make. It only took both the boy and I less than 45mins to make all 22 cards.

The boy’s contributions are the thumb printing and name writing, while I did the rest of the stuff, i.e. cutting the paper to size, writing the greetings and adding details to the animals. I would say, it was rather fun creating these cards! So fun that I may offer my service to help the girl create her VD cards tomorrow too! LOL *:^)

Materials used
Construction papers (or any heavy paper) for the card
Ink pads (any colors)
Markers

Here are some of our creations…
Homemade Valentine's Day card (Thumb print animals)

I really love how the froggy one turned out. Both frogs look so cute and happy. So, I went ahead to create more froggy ones!
Homemade Valentine's Day card (Thumb print animals)

Ain’t they cute? πŸ˜‰

Super bowl craft: Go Patriots!!

Cute footballer craft that the girl did at school for today’s Super Bowl XLVI game. πŸ™‚
Superbowl craft: GO Patriots!!

As you can see, she has chosen her team to support!

GO PATRIOTS!!!!

Chinese New Year – Dragon Craft (2012)

I meant to make some new crafts with the kids for this year’s Chinese New Year, but I had to return back to Singapore in a very short notice and only to return home on CNY eve; hence I could only recycled last year’s dragon craft ideas and created these different versions of the dragon puppets with the kids and their friends.

Last year’s handprints dragon craft:
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This year’s finger prints dragon puppet…
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Another version, done by the girl…
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I just have to share this picture…
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This week I was invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with the boy’s class. It is such a joy to see that the kids had so much fun making this craft and doing the dragon dance parade in the class. πŸ™‚

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!!

Christmas Origami Crafts links

HO! HO! HO!

Here’s some cute Christmas Origami crafts that I hope to make with the kids this weekend! πŸ˜‰

1. Santa origami from a Japanese nursery teacher (Link)
Santa Origami

2. Simpler Santa from Marcel’s Kids craft (Link
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3. 8-pointed star from Origami Instructions(Link)

8 pointed star

4. Christmas tree from Origami Make (Link)
Xmas Tree origami

5. Christmas stocking from Connecting It (Link)

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6. Christmas hat from Art Platter (Link)
Christmas Hat