Posts tagged ‘craft’

9 January 2011

Finished Beanie and Lemon Meringue Tart

With many free hours at home, I’ve been watching Lost Season 1 and 2, and knitting at the same time.

So, now my beanie has been finished really quickly (just yesterday).

It’s a bit tight for my liking and I currently can’t wear it over my ears. Hopefully it’ll stretch out a bit with use. Using Lincraft’s Big Wool was interesting. Essentially, the wool is a blend of the colours (see picture) and it varies from very thin strand to big, fluffy strands. This creates a rather “uneven” look, rather than uniform stitches. As you can see in the photo, there’s some really tightly knit parts and some more fluffy, larger stitches.

I’m proud of my beanie though – the first I’ve ever knitted.

I’ve also learnt what stocking stitch and purl mean.

On Thursday, a friend from uni came over and we baked a lemon meringue tart. This was actually my 2nd attempt at this recipe.

In the 1st attempt with another friend, we had made a few mistakes – we whipped the egg whites too early and the meringue deflated, we didn’t add the cornflour to the lemon curd fast enough and ended up with many lumps, we baked the lemon curd instead of refridgerating it, we burnt the meringue top.

In this 2nd attempt, I solved all those above problems, but still encountered others – the lemon curd was runny because it was heated by the grill, the meringue is a bit over burnt.

This recipe seems to require a 3rd attempt and I anticipate we may experiments with:

  • Refridgerating the lemon curd in the tart BEFORE adding the meringue top
  • Using a blow torch to do the meringues rather than the grill – to avoid heating the lemon curd
4 January 2011

Origamic Architecture

I recently became interested in origamic architecture after seeing some amazing work being sold as cards at The Rocks markets. So like most things I admire, I went online and tried to find out how to do it.

I started off with these basic exercises, then went on to some actual architecture on New Year Monday:

This is the one that I made – a kind of villa. It actually didn’t take much time to do! I was watching Friends with SM and the time flew by.

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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!

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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