The DIY t-shirt challenge that took (almost) forever.

What do you do if you received a set of cute t-shirts for your family but it doesn’t come in baby sizes? You DIY and create something cute for her of course!

I received a set of t-shirts by The Animal Project from a dear old friend about *whisper* 3 months ago and he challenged me to rehash the kids’ tee into something cute for Yvie. Never done anything like this before but I was willing to try. I honestly thought it was going to be a piece of cake because it was supposed to be simple and no brainer and of course, it didn’t happen that way. I eventually got down to it recently and VOILÀ! You have got to see it! It’s so cute I could dieeeeeeeeee!

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These t-shirts are so crazy comfy the kids love them. Don’t let the little one’s face deceive you. They are available for sale here.

Here’s a shoutout to the young artist of the zebra t-shirts, Tay Jun-Yi.

Jun-Yi loves to draws myriad of animals in vicarious situations. The art reprint of his drawing “Animals in 10 minutes” has been a sell-out item in our merchandise range. Jun Yi engineers subtle nuances of social interactions among the animals he draws, although he himself rarely takes the initiative to partake in such social interactions. – Information taken from here.

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I started work 3 weeks ago but whenever I sit on the floor to open up my tool kit, the little one would kick up a HUGE fuss and start screaming her lungs out, begging to be picked up. Sigh.

I found this video and it was meant for adult size tee. Of all the t-shirt DIY projects I found, this is really the easiest and the cutest. So cute I might make one for myself just to match Yvie’s. Teeheehee! Here’s how to make it.

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This is a  size 6Y kid’s tee. Cut off the sleeves and leave them aside. You will need them later.
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Cut away the collar and cut the armholes a tad bigger/lower.
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Flip to the back and cut it almost halfway down the back in a V shape.
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Using the sleeve you had removed earlier, cut out a strip of cloth and stretch it as long as you can. Tie the back portion together with the strip of cloth. Don’t worry about the position because you can adjust it later.
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Wrap it up to make it look pretty and neat.
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The finished product. I cut the armholes a bit bigger because when I put it on her, it looked very tight so I had to snip a bit here and there for this final look.
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The front is a simpler but she seems to like it anyway.

A huge sigh of relief (and a tiny pat on my back) that the T-shirt challenge is finally complete. My first DIY recycled t-shirt project leh! Woots! Next on my To-Do List, take a family shot of us in the matching tees. Crossing fingers it won’t take me another 3 months to do it. Ha. Ha.

I highly recommend that you watch the Youtube video for clearer instructions and images if you feel you are up to the challenge. It’s really easy to follow, I no bluff you.

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What is The Animal Project?

The Animal Project (TAP) is a social enterprise started by a group of parents and friends who want to celebrate, showcase and support the abilities of persons with special needs. Their artists earn royalties from the sale of product embellished with their unique illustrations and artwork.

The Animal Project Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/theanimalprojectsg

The t-shirts and other products are available for sale from the following sites:

Naiise – http://naiise.com/collections/the-animal-project

Pathlight eMall – http://emall.pathlight.org.sg/

Saturday Social BBQ at Timbre @ Gillman

The Husband was invited to Timbre’s 1st Saturday Social BBQ last month. When he told me we were all going to Timbre for a BBQ dinner, I was like Har? Timbre? Isn’t Xan a bit young for the place? Do they even allow kids there? Did you misread the email or not?

Well, it’s true. Timbre now hosts Saturday Social BBQ every 1st Saturday of the month. The event is geared at families with children and promises good food, good music and cool activities to entertain the little munchkins while you dig into your sirloin steak. Steak? Did someone say STEAK? Pardon my excitement. This hungry pregnant woman’s current constant craving is for steak. The Husband didn’t need to tell me more, I immediately marked the date off my calendar. Steak here we come!

The menu came in the form of an iPad which you could order from directly instead of waving for the servers’ attention. So high tech eh? They had something for everyone on the menu and the list of alcohol variety wasn’t too shabby either. But then, please hor. If you drive, don’t drink. If you drink, don’t drive ah?

There were plenty of craft activities for the kids. Erm, if you want to join in also can lah. There were face painting, batik painting and mask making. For the teeny tiny tots, there were colouring activities and pots of bubbles for them to play as well.

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Other than the craft activities, the nice folks from Junior Academy of Music (JAM) brought along some percussion instruments for the kids to play with. They specialize in music classes for kids 5 to 12 years old.

Unlike many al fresco restaurants in Singapore, there is a big open field right next to the dining area which the organizers set up little tents, tunnels and other toys for the kids to play with. After barely 10 minutes, Xan was a complete sweaty mess with grass and dirt all over him. Aiyoh! But he had a lot of fun playing with his new friends. So much fun until he didn’t want his fish and chips (they were very very good by the way). See his picture below? Couldn’t even sit still. Sigh!

I do however have some concerns about the outdoor area. Being the city folks we are, the mozzies bothered me a bit. Note to all who would like to pay a visit there, bring your sprays, patches, whatever. I was a buffet spread for the mozzies. 🙁 I was also surprised to see the sides of the field not blocked off by anything. Beyond the edge of the field was a drop to nowhere and that posed a safety concern for me because we all know how kids play. When they get all excited, they will run without looking where they go. Scary. Needless to say, that day my heart stopped a few times while The Husband was playing frisbee with the kids. Maybe in future, the organizers should do something to it but in the meantime, exercise caution and please keep a close eye on your kids. When the dinner crowd picks up, the staff will be too busy to keep an eye on them for you.

My verdict? I would go back for sure. The food was really good, I no bluff you. Just bring your mozzie gear and don’t get too wasted on the beer if you intend to bring your kids along.

Here’s a sample of what was offered in October.

– Baby back ribs with mash and caramelised onions
– Spicy Italian pork sausages with tomatoes & onions relish
– Portobello mushrooms with a cheesy crust
– Grilled sirloin steak with mash potato and thyme sauce
– Charred mediterranean marinated chicken with Tzatziki
– Spiced lamb leg with mash & brown sauce
– Grilled asparagus with melted cheese and tomatoes & onions relish
– Skewer of smoked paprika squid
– Japanese sweet potatoes
– Buttered sweet Japanese white corn

The next one is tomorrow, 2 November!

More details of the bbq:

1st Saturday of every month
Time: 4pm till late
Venue: Timbre @ Gillman
9A Lock Road Singapore 108926
Website: www.timbregroup.asia/timbresg/main.asp
Social: Facebook : www.facebook.com/timbrevenue

 

 

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Let’s play with… Chalk!

I used to love playing with chalk when I was a kid. There was always some kind of chalk lying around the house back then. My mum used to sew all sorts of stuff. Clothes for my sisters when they were kids, mend her clothes, mend my clothes, make flags, etc. In her sewing kit you will always find triangular chalk meant for marking fabrics. I also made sure I had a nice supply of the white chalk my primary school teachers love to throw at us. I bought the chalks lah, not collected them from being thrown at lah. I was a good girl you know? Naturally, these all became my childhood toys much to their dismay. I drew everywhere and that was how I learnt tailor chalk on mosaic tiles is not easy to wipe off, must scrub. Hard. When my mum needs to burn incense papers during religious occasions, my job was to draw a huge circle around the incense burner or ground to indicate the area we were about to use. I loved my job. Very important to a 6 year old ok?

While catching up on my list of favourite local blogs, I came across one of The Gingerbread Mum’s post about one of her kids’ favourite activity. I never knew Singaporeans can be so yim jim (particular) and boh liao (too free and got nothing better to do). So free until someone used their lousy camera, zoomed in dunnohowmany times to take picture of a suspicious looking family who were having insanely dangerous fun with *gasp* a whole bag of CHALK! Gilah fella said they nair respect the residents and should respect Singapore laws? You angry they nair ask you to join them ah? You is the what I call “eat full nothing to do”. I was totally inspired by it and decided I was going to get us some chalk to commit some criminal acts that weekend too! *rubs hands in with evil glee* Mwahahaha!

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I sumpah (swear) that I wasn’t planning to use our friend’s baby’s full month party as the crime scene. It just happened and seemed like a good idea at the time. Initially the three of us weren’t very sure what to do. The 2 adults haven’t touched chalk in years and the little one had never even played with one before. He was wondering why mummy so giam siap (stingy) bought so few colors. “Why no red, no black Mummy?” he asked. I said “Neh! Got pink! Chalk got no red lah. Black is charcoal already, I’ll get that for you another day. Chalk only comes in these few colors lah.” The lies just keeps growing. Note to self: steer him away from art supplies shops where they have rainbow colored artist chalk for sale. No need to be forever, 10 years can already.

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I’ll be honest with you. We were very worried to kenah Stomped like that poor criminal family so I packed 2 big bottles of water along so we can wash off the evidence when we were done. Xan was only interested to get the attention of the other children to come play with him. At first it was just us 3, then 4, then 6, then a parent joined us. Boy was I glad it didn’t backfire in my face that day. It got messy real quick too. Hands, arms, pants, skirts, shoes, none of the kids stayed clean for long. A few were shocked to see their hands so dirty and got a bit worried. We had to remind them we had water and the powder can be washed off very easily. See? These kids are also concerned with cleanliness hor? After a while when they saw everyone else were just as messy, they giggled and continued with their masterpieces. While they disappeared midway to finish their lunch, rain came and washed off most of the artwork. That didn’t stop the children, they asked me if they could continue inside the multipurpose hall. The kids had a lot of fun and like Xan, some of them have never even touched chalk before that day. Amazing!

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Who would’ve thought chalk could bring so much joy to a group of kids who hardly knew each other? Why would anyone have so much problem with it is beyond my understanding. It is temporary, washable, doesn’t harm anybody’s health. Why so serious lah? I know some of the parents were concerned that their kids were sitting on the floor and getting real dirty by the second but by some strange force, none came to yank the kids away.

We had a lot of fun that day with the kids and plan to do it again soon. Would you like to do the same with your kids too? Or you think it’s too messy and random to amount to anything useful?

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Let’s play… Vegetable stamping!

I had been thinking of doing some vegetable stamping with Xan for quite a long time because we have never done it before. Usually thinking of it after the vegetables end up either in our bellies or in the trash. I only cook We love eating Shanghai Greens and the stems are perfect for the art project. I managed to save all 3 this time and even struck a deal with the Little Man to finish every grain of food and we could do some art and craft after that. I think he barely looked up from his bowl and managed to finish his food in record time. He absolute LOVES art and craft. I haven’t met any child who loves it more than he does. If he was given a choice, he will want to do crafts all day (and night) long. He’s too easy to bribe 🙂

Good to eat, great for print.

We started off with single colour stamping on a few sheets of drawing paper before progressing to multiple colours. I tried to convince him that it was ok to mix colours without mixing completely. Er. You know, put 2 or 3 colours together but not mix them into various gross shades of…brown. I hate brown. I like coffee, I like chocolate, I love suede. Just not brown. It’s so dull. Cannot stand it.

Simple pleasures.

Tried as I might, Xan ended up mixing all the colours to create a wonderful dull shade of brown. Haha! Never mind lah. There will be plenty of opportunities to do stamping again. Perhaps then I will try with a variety of vegetables or even attempt to carve shapes onto some root vegetables. *gasp!* I’ll be sure to update here if I do. At least now, I have a few sheets of his masterpieces to make into Christmas cards for our family members this year.

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