Archive for December, 2010

31 December 2010

No Sew T-shirt Refitting

Another post from the past (Dec 2009) – I was inspired by this tutorial last-last year.


  • Large t-shirt
  • Scissors

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29 December 2010

DIY Mini Christmas Gifts Part 2

Over the past 3 days, I’ve been making another set of handmade Christmas gifts.

Recycled Envelopes

Inspired by this Craftster post, I created sets of recycled envelopes.

What you need:

  • An envelope
  • Calendars, fashion magazines etc – big enough to fit the net of the envelope
  • Glue + scissors
  • Black marker
  • Card stock for the notecards

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28 December 2010

DIY Mini Christmas Gifts Part 1

I’m not sure about other people, but I spent my Christmas and Boxing Day doing a lot of crafting!

My parents had a group of friends over on Monday, so I decided to make little gifts for each couple.

The little personalised magnets were made using the same method as my custom fridge magnets.

The only difference is that the images (ie. the little present or cracker image) are cut out from an old Christmas card and then stuck on over the contact. I just stuck it on using sticky tape rolled over.

The denim notebooks and notepads I did not make. They were charity merchandise which I decided to add the custom magnets too. Otherwise the custom magnets would have seemed too small by themselves.

More craftiness coming soon!

25 December 2010

Merry Christmas with DIY cards!

Ok, so these photos aren’t from this Christmas, but from 2007. I can’t believe that these photos are from so long ago! They seem like 2009… but shocker – 2007.

I took some scraps from wrapping paper and crackers…

And created Christmas cards which I used the following year!

Basically I found some white cardboard (of the right size) and arranged the scraps in a ‘creative’ way. Then I went about gluing and taping (the larger items) onto the cover.

This year (2010) I’ll be working on DIY cards with the bf, SM. So we’ll see what we come up with. All I can say at this point is that it involves… lino!

23 December 2010

Gift wrapping, pamphlet deliveries, GreenPower and biking

Pamphlet deliveries

Pamphlet deliveries

It’s amazing how much we can all accomplish in one day. I’m not talking about earning $X in one day. Rather the number of DIFFERENT things we can all do – even if they’re very little, have no material benefit, or seem mundane.

Why can’t we make the mundane fun?

In the remaining month’s freedom before I start full-time work as a government graduate, I’m taking the opportunity to do silly, inefficient things. Because I’m worried. I’m worried that next year, 9-5pm (well, less, because it’s government) 5 days a week will kill my enthusiasm for doing, for experimentation. By then, I will be worried about work, exams (yes, this job has exams) and money. Then I will worry about houses and loans.

But in the meantime, I will worry about volunteer gift wrapping, pamphlets, GreenPower and riding my bike around the neighbourhood.

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22 December 2010

Make Your Own Pesto from Scratch

In moving all my DIY etc posts over to this blog, I’m revisiting some of my photos. Today, we’ll be looking at making your own home-made pesto, using this recipe:


1/4 cup pine nuts – into the blender they go!

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21 December 2010

New baking and new plants

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do some baking. Usually, I find a recipe that works and then I make that same recipe for a month. Thus, my month of apple pies, then my month of lemon tarts.

So, rather than doing the same lemon tart again, I decided to try a new recipe: a Chocolate Victoria Sandwich.

I’ve been eager to try a recipe which involves using coffee, because I do like the taste of coffee in cakes (tiramisu!) even though I don’t drink coffee.

Chocolate Victoria Sandwich

Chocolate Victoria Sandwich

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19 December 2010

Easy Personalised Pop Up Cards

I can’t find the original site which inspired me now, but it used a very simple pop up method with a cupcake image.

Here is an alternative site which basically demonstrates the same method:

Materials I used:

  • Card stock paper – I used paper from my drawing book (white) and folder dividers (maroon and green colour)
  • Silver or gold pen – to show up against the dark maroon and green colour.
  • Black ink pen – to outline the drawing
  • Colour pencils

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16 December 2010

Christmas Paper Clips

In December 2008, I madeĀ  a series of Christmas paper clips as mini-gifts.


  • Metal wire
  • Wire clippers and pliers

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16 December 2010

Custom Calendar Magnets

In December 2009, I created a custom set of calendar magnets to help my mum keep track of where I was or had to be.

Can you guess what each one is supposed to be?*

Here is what you need to create your own set:


  • Flat, thin magnets (I used the yearly calendar magnets sent by real estate agents)
  • Paper (to draw on)
  • Colour pencils
  • Black ink pen
  • Wide sticky tape

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