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!




I've gone soft and picked up sewing that extended beyond stitching my umbrella spokes back into place.

From this:

Felt Handphone Holder BEFORE

To this:

Felt Handphone Holder AFTER

All handstitched from scratch, which was quite an achievement for someone with my level of (im)patience. As you can see, I decided to use a button from my own collection instead. Love Purple.

I must admit, I actually enjoyed it thoroughly! It was just a small, novice project, but I needed the practice before going on to bigger things.

What I've learned from this:

1) Blanket-stitch (learned it in school about 8 years ago, and completely forgotten since then)

2) Boxing corners

More crafts to come, since I hauled back heaps of supplies yesterday, from fabric to metal to wood to paper. Talk about mixed media!

No I haven't been slacking or getting lazy. In fact, I've been crafting every night from dinner till bedtime because the possibilities are endless and I'm getting inspiration from all over.

One problem though. Some stuff I made were good enough as gifts, and if I blog about them, they will no longer be a surprise. So does that mean I'll only blog about lousy stuff unworthy of giving?

Nah... there are still many Good Things to be made not for gifting purposes, but just for learning new techniques and polishing skills.

However, this totally adorable thing below does not require much skill except handling the scissors. Simple but Nice.

Monkey Moods Doorknob Hanger

Changeable Monkey Moods Doorknob Hanger

*kiddie voice* I did it all by myself (with credits to HP) and it's MINE! :p

I've since rounded the edges, but I still badly want to laminate it. Is there any way of achieving that without involving laminating / heat-sealer machines yet not having to resort to inferior cellophane tape wrapping? Does spraying varnish or lacquer do the trick well?

Sigh.. so many questions, so little budget.

Btw, Happy April Fool's Day!!