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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 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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TBC Crafters 68 : Paper Roll Graduation Scroll

Kids should be all out for Summer Vacation now. My kids have been off from school and have attended Summer camp for almost 3 weeks already. Miss Porky really likes the summer camp as there are plenty of activities other than academics. She can spend a lot of time on arts and crafts, cooking and making fun stuff. At home, she continues to craft or draw almost every night.

This week, she made a graduation scroll with a kitchen towel paper roll. It was 100% her creation this time. I did not even see her making it until she has 90% finished. Therefore, I don’t really have a detailed tutorial this week. Plus, it is very simple. Believe me, Miss Porky is still too young to make something complicated.

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TBC Crafters 65 – Handbag Upcycled from Toddler Shorts

I have saved some of my children’s old clothes, prepare to give away or donate to Salvation Army. One of the little toddler shorts caught my eyes, my daughter used to love that pair of shorts. I still remember that she wore it to Gilroy Garden and they were perfect for the hot weather. With a little bit of sewing and creative juice, I made the pants into a handbag which my daughter can use it to store stuff when she goes out. She said that it is perfect for carrying her ballet shoes. Yes, actually it fits quite a bit of stuffs.

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TBC Crafters 62 – Kid’s project: Feltie Strawberry

Recently my kids are crazy about sewing. My daughter particularly asks for learning to sew and knit. I am so wrapped at work and usually feel exhausted at night. With so many commitment and engagement, it is getting harder for me to split my time effectively on administrating forum page, blogging, writing fiction and sharing in Facebook. However, the first priority goes to my kids. I get sick of myself to keep telling them to wait for tomorrow. In fact, I want to test if my kids are ready to join the craft world. And, actually they are ready. Here is the first project of my dear girl. She shared her idea of making a strawberry and she specifically had a clear picture that how she wanted it and what materials she needed.

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Ingredients:

Felt, I used the red and green ones

Stuffing/filling material, I used handicraft beads this time

Needle and threads

Scissors and marker

And a lot of patience and love XOXOXO

Let my sweetie shows you how to do…..

1) Draft and cut out a template of a strawberry on a piece of paper and transfer it to a piece of red felt. Cut out 2 pieces of strawberry template from the piece of felt.

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2) Use needle and threads to sew the 2 pieces of strawberry together, leave a small opening for putting stuffing material in.

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3) Stuff the handicraft beads in and use needle and threads to seal the opening.

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4) Cut out the leaves from the green felt.

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5) Use needle and threads to attach the leaves on top of the strawberry.

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Done!!!!

My sweetie decided to take a picture with her first project and the lovely Hello Kitty doll.

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It is easy, isn’t it? You can make different kind of fruits or other kind of objects using felt and sewing techniques. For kids of my kids’ ages, simple patterns would be more encouraging and inviting for them to learn sewing. Next week, I would share some other projects that my kids have worked on. I would like to know more about kids’ projects. Do you have projects made by your kids to share too?

 

TBC Crafters 61 – Mid-Autumn Festival Paper Lantern

Next Monday is Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival or someone call it Moon Festival or Moon Cake Festival. It is the most important festival of Chinese culture other than Lunar New Year and Winter Solstice. Chinese traditional festival usually relates to food. It is because there are certain kinds of food we Chinese eat in a particular festive season or day. For Mid-Autumn Festival, the featured food is Moon Cake. It involves a lot of processes and preparation which should be started one and half months ago. No kidding! It is! Salted eggs and molasses require more than a month to finish. Other than moon cakes, pomelo, trapa, starfruit and whole fish in sweet & sour sauce are some of the common food for Mid-Autumn Festival. When I was a kid, Mid-Autumn Festival means long weekend and chance to go out to play at night. Every kid would carry a lantern lit by a candle at night. There were many patterns and forms of lanterns. Most of them were made of paper and colored wax paper. In Chinese culture, Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for family reunion. Members who work or study out town would come back home to spend time with the family. The celebration usually runs for 3 days, the 14th of August in Lunar Chinese calendar (called Welcome the Moon), the 15th (Mid-Autumn Festival and also called Appreciate the Moon) and the 16th (called Chasing After the Moon). The moon during this period of time is a beautiful full moon and the lanterns would be hanged up as decoration.

Okay, I am going to make a paper lantern with recycled materials and it is a simple craft that kids can definitely make it with little help from adults.

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TBC Crafters 59 – Box Guitar

Again, I would like to put my son’s craft under the spotlight this week. I am so surprised that he made it almost all by himself, I only help to make the cuts on the box for him as it involved using a cutter which I do not approve him to do yet. However, the idea is 100% his and original, I did not even see how he made him. Therefore, I can only take picture of the final product. When I asked him what it is (honestly speaking, I could not tell by looking at it), he said that it was a guitar. As a kid, I would not expect my son to make something perfect. I appreciate his imagination and creativity. This box guitar makes sound although you cannot really call it music.

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