It's been a long while since I posted here. Since I started working, I hardly even have time to sleep, let alone whip up little craft things. I guess I'm quite a workaholic after all..

Anyway, a colleague's birthday offered my itchy fingers a perfect excuse to dive into my craft supplies once more. That, plus the fact that I didn't manage to buy anything and his birthday was the very next day.

All out of inspiration, I finally came up with Nothing.

A Jar of Nothing, that is. Came across the idea sometime ago, and found it kinda cute.

I started this project at midnight.

Grab a little plain jar.

Prepare tags and embellishments.
(Make personalised ones from shrink plastic.)

Put it all together.

Wrap it up as elegantly as possible to disguise the Nothingness.

Maybe I'm slow, or too much of a perfectionist. I spent a whole hour just preparing the tags and embellishments, coz when they didn't turn out right in the slightest bit, I would redo them all over again.

The tag reads:
When people ask you what you wanted for your Birthday, do you ever remember
saying "Nothing"? Well, this time I listened, and made this perfect gift for

Use this idea at your own risk. Reactions and consequences may vary from individual recipients. Mine loved it. Phew!

In the midst of job-hunting and slaving, I took a lil time (cumulatively approx. 8 hours) to make these papercraft Russian Dolls.

If, like me, you haven't been to Russia or own some authentic wooden ones, you can, like me, make yours from paper.

Download pattern
Download instructions

Thank You

It's been ages since my last post. True, I've been feeling rather uninspired of late, not to mention, erm, lazy. Just look at this as an extended hiatus.
I just checked my Flickr account after like, aeons, and was so pleasantly shocked (no, not merely surprised) to find some really nice comments. See, this is why I love arts and crafts. Fellow crafters are all so supportive of each other, and not at all snobbish even if they have mad skills. Well, thanks so much!
I'll seek motivation in due time, and then... I'll be back. :)

Just so you know that I'm still alive and kicking, I'm gonna write on some older mini projects that I kept putting off posting about... and by older, I mean more than 2 weeks ago.

Wooden Magnets

Wooden Magnets

The reason why I postponed this is because it's so simple that I'm almost ashamed to call it a craft project. I mean, tell me, how crafty is it to print and cut out nice patterns, paste them onto round wooden blocks, varnish it and stick a magnet behind? Not very.

I'll do better next time around, promise..!

That said, I am all for the concept of beauty in simplicity, and adore these cheery things. No more boring, tacky plastic magnets!

Needed a quick craft fix earlier, so I made this needle matchbox shown in Cut Out + Keep, with some spur-of-the-moment modifications.

Follow all instructions shown, but before gluing the back of the styrofoam to the card, fasten a brad through it without piercing the back cover.

Cut the front flap by about half it's height, tape a loop of ribbon or string into place, and that's it. Now you just need to pop some spare needles in and there you have a handy, pretty pocket needle matchbook! 


Needle Matchbox 1Needle Matchbox 2


I don't really need this since I only sew at home, but it was still so fun to make!