Last Christmas, I gave you my heart and out of the box X-mas trees! Yup, I was so happy to create the ultimate Christmas trees for the seasons’ display for Justice, L’OCCITANE, and Mothercare. The only tip I have for a project like this: think out of the box and let your ideas run wild!
Christmas Ornaments Tree for Justice.
Stacked Crate Boxes Tress and Lady with Pom-Pom Skirt for L'OCCITANE.
Traditional Christmas Tree with Handmade Wool Ball Ornaments and Embroidered Hoops.
Making piñatas is easy! Here’s how I made a castle piñata for Sofia The First themed birthday party last week.
First of all, make a concept of how you want your castle to look like. For mine, I used a rectangle shaped box for the castle body and 5 long sides of boxes for the towers. I also needed heavy duty tape, glue, scissors, crepe paper, and silver cardboard.
1. For the corner towers, roll 4 sides of cardboard boxes into a same-sized cylinder shape and secure with tape. I made the center tower slightly wider but shorter since it will be sitting on top of the box.
2. Secure the cylinders to the corners of the rectangle box with tape. It doesn’t matter which way the box is facing because I glued windows and doors for both sides of the piñata. Oh, don’t forget to leave a flap open to fill the piñata with candy. Lastly, stick the wider cylinder to the center of the box.
3. Make a hole on the right and left side of the castle to tie some string for you to hang the piñata later.
4. Now to decorate, cut strips of crepe paper in your choice of color into fringes and stick all around the box and towers with glue.
5. For the top of the tower, I cut silver cardboard in half of circle shape, curved into a cone shape, and glued it in place. Tape them on top of the towers when done.
6. For the finishing touch, I cut out windows and large doors using silver cardboard and glued them where I think they’re best seen. Et voila, it’s done!
photo courtesy of Club Kembang
What’s more fun than making piñatas (and smashing them)? Announcing the winner of EMBUN KIDS giveaway, of course! Congratulations Safina Hakim (picked randomly by me!). I will wait two days for Safina to claim the prize, otherwise am picking another winner. And for those of you who didn’t win, no worries... There’s another giveaway coming soon next month!
Being the mother of two means I have conditioned a room for my kids twice, to fit both their (and my) needs.
While we are usually excited about the themed nursery and want it to be as cool as can be, don’t forget those safety needs we should put first. Here are my tips on decorating a baby and kids room:
1. Seal safety corner guards to all sharp corners on tables and cupboards. 2. Cover up all electricity sockets and make sure electricity cords are taped up and safe. 3. Keep all furniture away from the windows, especially when your kid starts to stand up and climb onto things. 4. Place a nonslip sheet beneath the rug to avoid slipping. 5. Hang only light weight decoration near the side of your crib and make sure they are tightly secured. 6. Store toys in boxes or baskets without lids. Lids can danger little fingers and even trap your toddler inside a box if he or she climbs in. 7. If you want to paint your nursery, use water-based paint that is less toxic and air the room for at least 3 days before decorating.
For inspiration, here are some photos of when I decorated a nursery room for Mothercare talkshow a while back. Pssst, Mothercare definitely provides room necessities that are baby safe and baby friendly!
If you asked Yuara what Valentine’s Day means to him, he would certainly refers to Valentine Buddies – the thing they do at Yuara’s school. Every Valentine, two or three kids are picked to be Valentine Buddies and they should wear something similar to school. This year, i went on with my idea of making these paper origami bow ties for Yuara and his two buddies. It is super easy!
Here’s how to make it:
1. Use any kind of cardboard (cereal or milk box) with a measurement of approximately 20x15cm, then stick washi tape on the cardboard until the whole surface is covered. Do the same to a piece of cardboard as big as 3,5x10cm for the center part of the bow tie.
2. Simply fold the 20x15cm cardboard into an accordion. Then, tie the middle part of the accordion using a rubber band or string.
3. Gently take the center piece and cover it over the rubber band or string you used for the center part of the bow. Secure the ring with double tape and add a safety pin so that the bow tie can be easily attached to your kids’ shirt.
Put it on your favorit guy and enjoy your V-day. Hope you have a happy one!
it’s always fun to seek for the cutest clothing for our kids to wear. am sure am not that only kind of parent here. am a fan of traditional fabric, naturally, and I always find it adorable paired well in good quality kids wear.
Yuara and Kutri wearing Embun Kids Balinese batik
that’s why I adore the designs at Embun Kids. have you ever heard of it? i was lucky to help style the products for their photoshoot which made me fall more for their simple and chic clothing. the designs combine high quality cotton modern fabric with a touch of Indonesia through the combination of traditional fabric such as tenun ikat, tenun and silk from Makassar, Dobi batik, Balinese batik, Garutan and Solo print batik. Cute? You bet! Comfortable to the kiddos? For sure!
moreover, I totally support their vision in introducing our nations diverse culture to children as young as possible, and be confident about it! Embun Kids encourages kids to be proud of what they wear, parallel to their tagline “Be dressed to proud”. if you want to get a closer look at the designs, check out their instagram, fanpage, or website.
now, here comes the exciting part! Embun Kids is giving away one Green Cenning Top for a lucky reader! all you need to do is answer this question: “How do you like to dress your kid? In dresses or two-pieces (for girls) and shirts with shorts or pants (for boys)?” Go answer in the comment below and become a follower so i can easily deliver the good news (if you already are, thank YOU!). i will pick a winner randomly by 20th. As always, the giveaway is for indonesian residents only. good luck!
Book your calendar, because on February 15th 2015 at Club Kembang (behind Aksara Kemang), we are making ombre dyed kimonos with linoleum block printing for only IDR300! Here’s a sneak peek of what will be going on…
All workshop participants will be handed out a kimono and shopping bag that will then be dyed into a bucket filled with fabric paint to create an ombre look. Next, participants will be asked to carve their linoleum block into a design and then print it on their dried kimono and shopping bag. No worries, every step will always be accompanied by the Workshop In A Box team. Even if you don’t know what to design, we will be ready with designs that are up and ready to use! You also don’t need to freak out in making a mistake since you can try your print out on paper or cardboard provided.
Come join the fun in creating your own fun design to print on your fabric (be it kimono or shopping bag). For registration, email me here, or email@example.com See you there!