Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stuffs the Girls Made and A New Celestial

Just want to show some stuff the girls made - some for their classmates' birthdays ...

Kristine drew the card ...
... made all the bracelets and hair clips, some for fund-raising ...
messed the whole place with Hama beads!




And I just picked up my new 1.11 carat Celestial ring from Goldheart, which DH upgraded for me from the previous 1.02 diamond!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oct ATC Session @Bishan Library

Time flew and another month has past. Oct is a month of year-end examinations here in Singapore. When it comes to exams, the pressure is not just on the children but the parents too. Only those who went through will understand. But whether this is unique to Singapore, I'm not too sure.  Anyway all the best to our students and parents!

It was a cosy monthly gathering for us for the Oct ATC session. We explored some ways to cut and transform photos and pictures, namely weaving and slice-and-stretch method.  These simple techniques can be used not only on your ATCs, but also in your journals and scrapbooks. Although simple techniques, yet lots of room for creativity.


I shared another ATC envelope template which I created, good for holding 2 ATCs. Decorate it and add ribbon make it a great holder to gift someone a pair of ATCs.

We finished the round robin swap. I got this set back.
The Halloween theme produced some of the most interesting cards, with some in tombstone-shaped rather than the usual ATC rectangle.
Swapped for the following ATCs and I managed to weave the b/w ghost card during the session, a pattern I adopted from a quilting pattern.
We will try another shape for Nov session - the house-shaped ATC!  So the theme will be "House"!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Printing, Book-Binding, Light-Up Brooch

It was fun to meet people with the same interest and doing things together during these workshops.  There are some regulars like myself whom I meet now and then.  And guess what, I actually found someone staying in the same block as me now and she turns out to be an old neighbour (I don't know her previously, though my parents do)!
I have not printed with leaves before.  I picked quite a number of leaves, but discovered fern is one of the most hardy and give interesting print compared to most others.
This was something new for us, incorporating a LED light bulb into our sewing. Remember electric circuit, + and - of a battery, closed circuit and stuff like this in your Science!?! Felt like I'm back in school! 
My third attempt at lino print.  I carved tatted rose stalks for this piece.  My carving skill still needs much improvement.  1 new element though - we did multi-colour printing rather than just mono black!

I signed up for this workshop thinking about fashion design in term of fabrics and clothes, but guess what, we did jewellery - earrings and bracelet!
Went for a 2nd round of the seal engraving workshop.  After the workshop last July, I have wanted to get my own knife and stones to try more on my own, but it didn't happened. Anyway, this time round, I did an auspicious phase rather than my name. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sep ATC Session in Bishan Library - Found Poetry

Do you always admire those who can write poems? I do.  From some international ATC swaps I did previously, I found out about haiku and found poetry. Now I'm writing my own. That aside, I'm eager to share such poetry writing with more. 

I hosted and introduced participants to found poetry in our Sep ATC session.  Initially, all focused hard on the pages from an old book, then we had scissors clipping away.  It wasn't hard and we were all so impressed with each other's creations and found poems. The children did really well too (those marker pen backgrounds which they did on the spot)! 
In between, they were tracing and cutting some ATC sleeves with a template I did.


I did my "Autumn" ATCs with a quote I like.
Swapped for Autumn ATCs by Jessica and Selina.  I did the "Artists" ATC, but not as impressive as the found poem "Canaries" done by little girl, Zi Yue, during the session - "he looked skyward and unseen canaries began chirping".  Lovely!   


The theme for Oct session is "Halloween". No real eerie or religious stuff though.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Festivals, Movie Preview and Teachers' Day

I don't go out often in the night, but you will have to go in the night for these 2 events in order to see the lights, and lots of them!
First time I decided to catch the Night Festival, but it was a bit too crowded.  Never see so many people in our museums before! 
Had 2 servings of the famous Taiwanese 臭豆腐 "smelly tofu" at the Food Street set up in the Gardens By The Bay for the Mid-Autumn (Lantern) Festival, though not everyone appreciates the dish. My father has to keep a distance from the stall and from me when I was eating!  But couldn't help noticing the queue was the longest at this stall and moving reasonably fast too.

More lanterns - Joey and classmates built this lantern with recycled materials for this year competition.
And this was done last year with 2 classmates, which won 2nd place in the Radin Mas Primary School competition.
Yesterday was Golden Village Movie Club 7th Birthday bash with preview screening of "The Maze Runner" at GV Grand. A very exciting show, just the type my boy loves to watch, and I had to grasp his arm in a number of the scenes. Since this is based on the 1st book of the young-adult post-apicalytic science fiction trilogy of the same name by James Dashner, one can expect sequels? 
We worked hard last week for the annual Teachers' Day presents. Now that the children are older, they could manage better on their own, especially my boy, he baked his own cupcakes.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Collage Works, Some New Swaps and Old

Postage stamps passport book swap - thanks to Nancy Slaby for organising this swap!  From loose pages we sent her, she bound them into a passport book with blank note pages in-between, complete with cover and a fabric passport holder.  How I wish I have actually travelled to all these countries, but never mind, it is still a sort of thrill to hold and see all the amazing collaged works.

Another Paper Traders swap - paper painted collage done in 5" x 7" size.  Here's one famous artist doing this artworks - Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson.  I did mine  from a photo of Vanda Miss Joaquim - our national flower.  How's my 1st attempt?  The 1st piece went to Pam Prosser in Australia.  Before I started on the collage, I did the lino cut and print based on the same photo, so I mounted the print on the back of the collage work!
The last swap over at ATC-ArtDolls group was in Apr 2014.  We had another dress swap - Flower, a Flower Fashion Paper Doll swap and another April fairy.  But more mishap in the mails :( 

My April fairy went to Lynette McNamara (New Zealand), but I never heard from a "Elaine" for my April fairy. Cindy sent all 3 to me, but they went MIA. And a shocking news came ... Cindy passed away late July. 


I'm one of the last person to swap with Cindy in Apr, but she wasn't as active since, though she didn't drop us any hint of trouble with her health then. I'm not sure if she received my Apr flower dress and fairy doll, though hers didn't arrived here unfortunately. Although we were not direct partners for a number of the swaps as most of the times, I sent to Cindy while someone else sent to me, there were a few direct exchanges between us. Cindy's junk mail paper doll done in Jul 2010 has been one of my favourites.  We will miss you, Cindy.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wabi Sabi? Domino Books and Rainbow Loom

First time I joined Paper Traders Speed Round ATC Swap  (#4 Wabi Sabi/Jun 2014), mine were done with weaved tea-stained background, white tatted flower and fabric scrap.  What is wabi sabi?  This is what I understand - nothing is permanent, nothing is perfect, accept imperfections and finding beauty in imperfection.
Wabi sabi ATCs received from Jo Murray(Australia) [left] and Beckie Holso (USA) [right].

I never know how to play dominos, and it never is popular in Singapore, I had a real hard time trying to find standard domino tiles.  Guess Toys"R"Us is the only place here that sells them.  I'm not learning the game still, so why am I searching high and low for them?
Before this, I didn't know people altered these tiles into books among other uses.  I cramped 7 haikus (of which I composed 5) to accompany each and every of the cancelled postage stamps. This went to Connie Holso in USA.

Did another similar book for myself.

My swap came in from Donna Authenreith (USA). 
Donna also did a mini-domino pendant for me.  I was wearing it right after receiving it!  Thanks,  Donna!!!

And since I am composing haikus these past months and planning to compile them into a chapbook, I put the 5 haikus into ATCs.

My girl got a rainbow loom for her birthday earlier, but I think those rubber bands bracelets are too childish even for her age, until I saw the owl she made.  That caught my attention. I borrowed her loom and made 1 for myself too!