Friday, April 18, 2014

Last Minute Easter Egg Basket


It's half past midnight now and I'm counting 1, 2, 3, 3 days to Easter!
If you are like me, a last minute warrior, here's a quick craft that might fit nicely into the long weekend ahead. No need to purchase any special materials, all you need is old magazine pages, stapler, scissor and tape.

This must be the easiest tutorial I've done. Because, technically, I was learning from Shanice. Shanice learned to make little paper square holders from my mum. It's a great way to reuse waste paper. Typically, these little square holders are used to contain fishbones, orange peels and other waste during meals. For this Easter however, these trusty little square holders have a bigger mission - we have modified and turned it into an Easter Egg Basket.

Here's how it's done. It's really easy, just follow the photo steps below:













If you are still following this post, Shanice and I thank you! Now let's move on to make the handles for the basket. 






Congratulations! You've got yourself a pretty little Easter Egg Basket!!!

If you have a little more time and some colour paper, you might want to make a fancier version of the basket. Here's our Easter Bunny Egg Baskets. Ain't they adorable? :)



Here's wishing you and your little and big loved ones, a blessed and happy Easter Holiday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

'Sakulah' Bloom in our Garden City, Singapore

It's blooming in pink here, there, and there and there and everywhere! 





What are Sakulahs?

Sakura + lah = Singapore Sakura 

According to NParks, it's an informal name given to the beautiful blooms in Singapore recently.

We took these pictures at Honglim Park near the Speakers' Corner. It was a small patch of land with a few Sakulah Trees.

If you are keen to catch the Sakulahs while they last, here is a list of 15 locations by thesmartlocal.com, http://www.thesmartlocal.com/read/singapore-sakura

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Sitting on the Windowsill - A food review


I have looked out of the window, many time, very often. This time, however, a friend got me to look into a window and I was captivated every moment after...

Have you been to Windowsill In The Woods? It's a cafe along Horne Road. It's cosy and lovely and they serve kick-ass pies.

I am a visual person, so the first time that caught my attention was the furnishing.
Whimsical little decorations hanging down from the ceiling.  
Who would say 'No' to such a cute signage?
The view from inside
Check out their SMEG fridge! I want it in my living room!!
Now, I think I hear you say "Can we look at the food already?"
And yes, this is still a food post :)

Here are their kick-as pies:

From left to right: Grasshopper, Banana Almond Brittle and Strawberry Lemon
Grasshopper is basically chocolate and mint. As for the others, their names are pretty self-explanatory.

Also from left to right: Coconut Lime Vodka and S’mores

If you are a Vodka fan, Coconut Lime Vodka is one pie you cannot miss. I was never a big fan of Vodka until I was deprived of anything alcoholic since my first pregnancy in 2007. I had my 2 other children in the following 2 and 4 years. I breast-fed my children for a total of 45 months in 3 installments - so yes, I was very deprived, and YES, I cherish every taste of Vodka and Gin (and wine and cocktails, but not beer) I get to enjoy, now that I am over with breastfeeding and childbearing.

Now, back to the pie, it has generous dose of vodka in every slice, I love it! A friend of mine however commented that it gets a little too 'over' after the first bite, so be warned, especially if you have a low threshold for intense and consistent taste.

I was very glad to catch-up with 3 old friends in this cosy cafe. Thank you Man, for the recommendation and treat :)

Where are the kids? Erm, I, erm, left them at home with the husband and went out on my own. :)
This super big bear remains me of my kids. *guilty* So bringing them for some pies soon.
Want more pies? Check out their selection of pies here:
http://windowsillpies.sg/pies/

Address:
78 Horne Road
Singapore 209078

Opening hours:
Tue-Thur: 11am – 9.30pm
Friday: 11am – 10.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9.30pm
Closed on Mondays

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cereal-iously Fun-Packed Coin Purse


What to do with empty cereal boxes?
Here's a pretty fun idea to upcycle them into fancy little purse for your little ones.

You will need:
1 empty fun-pack cereal box
Some felts (2 matching colours)
3M Picture Hanging Strip
Double-sided tape and craft glue
Stapler and Scissors

 Step 1: Measure 4cm from the first fold from the top and draw a line

Step 2: Cut off the top flaps

Step 3: Cut along the line on 3 sides, leave one of the wider side uncut

Step 4: Make a depress fold on both sides, then cut away 3 sides of the buttom flaps, leave 1 of the wider flap uncut


Step 5: Tuck in the remaining bottom flap and fold down the top flap

Step 6: Gather strips of felts at the sides of the purse and tape them down with double-sided tape.

Step 7: Wrap the purse with felt

Step 8: Cut a small strip of 3M picture hanging strip and stick them onto the purse with craft glue


You may want to further secure the bottom picture hanging strip with stapler. 

 And we are done!

Mix and match the colours of your choice to create pretty looking purses

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