TBC Crafter 75 – Handmade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner

Two three years ago, I was addicted to making fruit enzyme. I made a new jar almost every week. The process was actually pretty interesting, observing the bubbles increased, loosening the cap, hearing the gas released, taking pictures to record the daily difference, testing with different kinds of fruits… all those were adventurous and rewarding. At that time, I had a lot of lemon peels and/or orange peels left and most of them ended up in the composite bin. Sometimes, I might use the orange peels to make confection and my daughter loved so much.

Making fruit enzyme requires a lot of work and it is not cheap. The quality of the fruits is important. I wished to have a lemon tree in my backyard so badly. My hubby always said,”Why don’t you just eat fruits everyday? Easy and convenient.” Later, I became so busy and did not have much time to spend on making fruit enzyme. After I finished the last jar, I used all the storage jars to keep kitchen ingredients and started making more plum wine.

One of my friends told me that she used scraps of vegetables and fruit peels to make enzyme cleaner. Her 2 daughters have bad eczema. All cleaners, detergents and soaps that contain fragrance and/or chemicals can cause outburst. She is a pharmacist and started to make her own soap, chapstick and cleaner 2 years ago. She introduced the idea to me but soap-making needs space for processing and drying. I cannot have space for making a work room hence, I am hesitating to start. Instead, making enzyme cleaner seems to be much easier and feasible for me, except it takes 3 months to be ready to use!

In last month, my whole family was sick. Hubby made everyone in the house eating oranges everyday. All a sudden, I need to peel off a few oranges at one time and a good pile of orange peels left in the kitchen. An idea flashed on top of my mind and I started making my very first citrus enzyme cleaner.

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TBC Crafters 74 – Miniature Camera & Camcorder

This is originated from Miss Porky. She made a camera and camcorder for her dolls. She showed to me. They are so detailed, the viewfinder and the menu buttons are based on the parts and look of my previous camera. The only difference is the color. I do not have a camera in white. The camcorder is pretty interesting looking. I have no idea where she came up with the design. My son DD said to his sister, “The camcorder looks weird, mommy’s does not look like that.” He even grabbed my camcorder and showed it to Miss Porky.

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TBC Crafters 73 – Pipe Cleaner Dolls

Well, my Little Porky has taken over my blog. She has a list with almost 20 different craft ideas that she would like to share with all the other kids who love making crafts like her. Although not every idea on the list is good enough and worth for me to spend time to take pictures and write a post, there are quite a bit of nice and creative ones. I am going to help her to develop some ideas into feasible craft projects. Here is one of them, pipe cleaner dolls. In fact, she has made one 2 months ago but just forget where she put it. I found it in one of her “treasure boxes” and she made a “pairing friend” for her today.

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TBC Crafters 72 – Tea Set for Dollies

Little Miss Porky falls in love with making stuff for her dolls. She used a few of her supplies to make tea cups and sugar bowl for her little ones. I remember when I was a little girl, I enjoyed role-playing game. I and my sister pretended to be princesses having afternoon teas and discussing fashion ideas for our paper-dolls. We used the miniature tea sets and pretended to eat and drink. Miss Porky does not have a sister. Her brother is approaching the age that he starts to find role-playing is sometimes boring. So, most of the time, Miss Porky plays with her dolls. She loves her dolls and each of them has a name. She plays with them, sleeps with them and even would bring them to the bathroom when she takes a shower. Her dolls wait for her inside the bathroom.

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Ingredients: 

1 x Craft Bead (used for making necklace/bracelet)

1 x Perler Bead (used for melty bead craft)

1 x button (the same size of the craft bead would be perfect)

Glue Stick

Scissors

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How to make the craft?

(1) Cut the Perler Bead opened, then cut it in half. We just need half to make one cup.

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Miss Porky said that it did not have to be perfect, the cup is tiny anyway, not really see too much details.

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(2) Use the glue stick to attach the half perler bead (cup handle) to the craft bead (cup).

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(3)  Use the glue stick to attach a button to the bottom of the craft bead as the bottom of the cup. Set it aside to dry.

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(4) Use a bigger button as the saucer of the cup. Cut a small piece of wooden toothpick as the teaspoon.

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(5) Attach 2 handles to the craft bead to make it a sugar bowl. Insert a small bead inside the “sugar bowl” and a small piece of wooden toothpick as the teaspoon.

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TBC Crafters 71 – Make Up Set for Dolly

My daughter Miss Porky really falls into making stuffs for her dolls these days. During the summer vacation when she has no summer camp, she discovered some channels in Youtube and watched how these Youtubers made things for their Barbie or Bythe or High School Monster dolls. I am kind of concerned and not concerned – she is mature/well-behaved enough to watch videos in Youtube. We have mutual understanding what can be watched and what cannot. I also monitor what they have watched by checking the watch history. Both of my children understand and know that their privileges would be taken away if they violate the rules.

What I concerned is that Miss Little Porky has made a whole bunch of crafts that I just cannot stand for her making the home a mess. She has paper scraps, cut pipe cleaners, beads, ribbon strips everywhere and glue stick on my computer table (which is also used as our craft table). Every night after I get off from work and open the front door, Miss Porky jumped out and has 2 sparkling eyes on her face, all excited and eager to show me what she has made. I am really happy that Miss Little Porky finds something that she likes, possibly she would be just like me – love crafting for the whole entire life!

Let me show you one piece of the dolly “project” that she has made a few weeks ago. (I know, I have been lazy and this should be posted earlier…) It contains 2 items- the eye-shadow palette and the nail polish bottles.

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TBC Crafters 70 : Alien Pencils Family

 

Miss Porky time again this week! She actually has completed this piece last week and I saved it for this week’s TBC Crafters post. Miss Porky is attending summer camp just like other children all over United States. Her summer camp emphasizes on arts and crafts. The children would work on arts and crafts, cooking, tinkering… everything that involves children’s participation in the afternoon. Miss Porky particularly likes the afternoon session and looks for it everyday.

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According to Miss Porky, she learnt how to make Alien Pencil in the summer camp. However, the idea of making a family was her originality. This week, Miss Porky demonstrated the steps and I took pictures. Unfortunately, my camera was damaged (stupid me dropped it into a bucket of waste oil and I could see the disguising oil appeared on the LED screen when I turned the camera on) and I would be using my cellphone before I can find a good camera in an affordable price. Continue reading

TBC Crafters 69 : Eraserhead Dolls

Little Miss Porky cannot wait to share her creative ideas these days. Ever since I showed her this blog and her little brain started to loop. She would excitedly show me some cute little things and then share how she do it. In fact, she has already made a few craft projects and has asked me to write posts to show everybody, particularly kids who like arts and crafts as much as she does.

This eraserhead dolls idea is purely 100% her creation. I only managed to do the final touch-up to heat seal the ribbons. Of course, Miss Porky is too young to use a lighter or a glue gun. I would be the quality control and gate-keeper of her works.

I have once thought of making a sub-page for Miss Porky, maybe naming it Miss Porky’s Creation. But, she disliked the idea and she said that “Girly Creation” is perfect as the ideas/projects shared here are for girls. She would like to stick to my blog and it is a small piece of mother-and-daughter space, just for two of us.

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