Saturday, September 5, 2015

DIY: Felt Necklace

Here’s a little tutorial for the felt necklaces we made a long while back. I hosted a little workshop for the kids at Yuara’s school to give to their moms for Mother’s Day. It’s an easy project for the little hands, no need for too much fuss and can mean a lot for whoever they make it for. Why not try?

What you need:  Thick cord string in any color you choose (mine is this braided strips of shirts I found at the local market), felt sheets in different colors, craft glue.

How to make:
1.    Cut your string in the length you want. Some kids made extra long necklaces. Note: the longer the necklace the more space you get to decorate with.
2.    Start cutting out shapes you want to place on your necklace. It can be a circle, square, rectangle, etc. Note that the shapes will be folded in two when attached to the cord string. So a circle will look half circle, a square will look rectangle and a rectangle will be more like a square.
3.    Cut a pair for each shape you choose to place symmetrical on your necklace. Actually, it doesn’t have to be balanced. Just be creative and do as you wish!
4.    Now time to glue! Fold the pieces with the cord in the middle and glue the felt together. Keep on going till you get the shapes in its places.
5.    Last, tie a knot to the end of the cord and your necklace is ready to wear!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Decorating for Dian Pelangi

It was one of those happy days when I got a call from the famous young fashion designer, Dian Pelangi, to decorate a backdrop for her studio where she likes to showcase her hijab tutorials. Knowing her work, of course I agreed and this is what I came up with – pretty pastel colored paper flowers and leaves. I also put in a couple of poppies in the arrangement.

We both loved how it looked in her studio! If you do too, you can follow my tutorial below to make and experiment with the paper flowers I made here.

What you need: Paper (I used buffalo card paper in soft pastel colors), scissors, glue gun.

How to make:
1.    Make a petal pattern of your choice. My petals shaped like an ice cream cone. Now make them in graduating sizes as many as you want. It depends how many flowers and layers you want. Now cut the petals. My tip: cut through as many pieces of paper as you can in one go to save time.
2.    Curl the top ends of the petals. I curled my petals backwards using a big marker. Then fold the bottom part of the petals upwards and slice through the center of the folded paper.
3.    Make circles from the cardboard paper to be the base of your flower. The size of the circle should be proportionate to the size of your petals.
4.    Start gluing the largest petals first by adding glue to the bottom of your paper flap and glue to the edges circle. Carry on slightly overlapping on another until the circle is covered (it usually needs 6 to 7 big petals).
5.    Continue the inner second row with the smaller petals and so on till the center of the flower is full.
6.    For the leaves: cut out leaf shapes from green paper and fold vertically in half.
7.    Now all you need is to arrange the flowers exactly how you want them!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pojok Asi at AksiASI

It is an honor for me to be a part of the #AksiASI campaign by Wahana Visi Indonesia, a humanitarian organization, about how great and important it is to breastfeed your baby. The campaign naturally supports working women who breasfeed through their talkshow “Ibu Bekerja, ASI Beraksi” which I find very positive. dreamesh {handmade} DECOR is supporting by helping to decorate the little corner photobooth called Pojok Asi.
As a working mother of two, I knew how important and precious it is to be able to breastfeed my children at the time they needed it the most. I was lucky to be able to choose to work from home and be with them the whole time span I was able to breastfeed. Therefore I salute the working mothers who have to leave their children for work but also work very hard to fulfill the needs for their babies.

You too can support this campaign by joining in on the fun and support all those breastfeeding mothers out there by coming to the event on the 3 – 9 August 2015 at Gandaria City, 2nd floor. It is actually ongoing now as we speak! All donations made by this event will help child health services in south Timor Tengah, Nusa Tenggara Timur, including every purchase of a dreamesh frame. Go on and make your support, and don’t forget to pose at my photobooth!

@wahanavisi_id ordered these paper fans as an appreciation to the mothers that breastfeed. I love the thought!

Here is an article in the newspaper about Agni Pratistha, one of the speakers at the AksiASI event on how she supports breastfeeding. Great, Agni!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

DIY: Felt Camel Hand Puppet

Hi, guys! Here’s the DIY tutorial for the felt camel workshop I held last Ramadhan in my neighborhood. It surely was an easy project that you can work any day, like at this time of season and on the holidays. Ready to rock this cute camel?

What you need:
Felt sheets, black ribbon, glue, scissors, pencil, camel template.

How to make:

1.    Fold a whole sheet of felt in two, then trace the camel pattern on it using a pencil.
2.    Cut the lines so that you get two sides of the camel.
3.    Trace the eyelashes on a black sheet of felt to stick on the camel later.
4.    Cut out saddles for the camel using felt in a different color. Make sure you make two, one for the back and front. Cut the edges of the saddle making a fringe.
5.    Glue only the edges of the camel leaving the bottom part open (for your hand, obviously).
6.    Glue on the eyelashes and saddle. Now, decorate the saddle using your own imagination. You can make little shapes or anything you chose to make it pretty. Yuara chose to make extra robot hands for his camel, and I think they suit it well!
7.    Add on the ribbon on both sides over the nose, neck and down the front part of the body.
8.    If you want to make your puppet more secure, just stitch through the edges of the camel avoiding the bottom part. But craft glue is also a solution if you don’t have time stitching.
9.    There you have it… A pretty cool camel!

 cute faces of the felt camel hand puppet crafters!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Club 2015 by Club Kembang

It was a blast! I was thrilled to be invited by Club Kembang (a weekend/holiday program of Sekolah Kembang, Kemang) and tutor the pre-teens that registered a series of my dreamesh DIY Club workshops for their Summer Club this year. The workshops went on from 3 to 5 June, and the seats were almost sold out! At first, I had my doubts. I was wondering if home d├ęcor crafts were too hard for the pre-teens I taught. But they were excited and did their works really well (in fact, some is beyond my expectation). Here’s some photos of the fun we had three days in a row at Club Kembang!

Dreamcatcher Workshop
3 July 2015 

Origami Lamp Workshop
4 July 2015

Wired Wall Art Workshop
5 July 2015 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Have you read my first trip to Japan a while back? Well, here’s the rest of my adventure if you would like to see.

On our last days in Japan, we all headed to Osaka by train (I accidentally bought the Paletas lemon ginger lolly stick, and it was a yummy mistake!).

We spent the first day visiting Kyoto to see Kyoto Tower and the beautiful golden temple in Kinkaku-Ji park.

But day two was the FUN day! Since we (still) wanted to entertain Yuara and Kutri, we ended up going to Universal Studio Japan improptu where the kids got to see and play with a bunch of favorite characters they love (aka Elmo for lil K, Spiderman for big Y, and Harry Potter for mamo – yeay!). Though it rained that day, we didn’t waste the fun. I mean, how could we, if we got to stay dry in Elmo rain jackets and umbrellas?!

We stayed at Kobe and spent the next day at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Being the curious kid he is, Yuara was over the moon to see penguins and many other sea creatures.

Oh, we did some sightseeing in Kobe too! I found this small handmade shop selling bags called Eavus  – it was really to die for! We stopped over at this Kobe Style Steak restaurant in the beautiful Kobe Harborland, and I’m telling you it was super delish! And the view... We stayed till the day was dark and enjoyed the wonderful lights!

The overall trip to Japan was so memorable I just can’t wait to plan a visit back there already!

Thanks again to Tripang for making it a wonderful trip.


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