Monday, March 2, 2015

Dip Dye Chair Legs

If you have been following me on Instagram, you'd have known that I'd picked up this awesome stool from the trash area underneath my void deck.

I can't believe someone would toss it out. Mainly because I've been thinking about getting one just like this.
Of course though, I can see why someone would. The legs have started to rot.

I didn't think it was that big a deal and thought it'll be a relatively easy fixer-upper. Already I knew in mind what I could do with it  dip dye its legs.
I've decided to document the process and make a simple DIY tutorial.

First things first. Materials you'll need aside from your beat up stool:
Masking tape, or painter's tape + spray paint colour of your choice.

Tape off areas where you don't want the paint to go on. Make sure you get nice straight lines where the legs are. This ensures you get a neat finish.
Everywhere else doesn't really matter so long as you've sealed it off proper.

On hindsight, we should have sanded down the areas where we'd wanted spray painted too. This would have allowed our paint to grip on the wood better.

Take your spraying outdoors. You don't want to be breathing in any fumes. 
Set up your spraying area with some tarp (or newspapers) to prevent the ruining of any walls or floors.

This was what we did. We'd created a setup at our corridor.

Not necessary, but we'd placed a board down from the stool's legs as a further surety we don't get paint on any bits we didn't want either.

Follow your can's instructions and paint as many coats needed. 
Leave your stool to dry and peel off the tape after.


Yay, you've just given your furniture new life! This stool is going into the corner of our studio as a plant stand. I think it looks super cute, like it has socks on. 

All we need to do now is to decide on a plant.

My New Pets

I've got Loki, my betta, a filtered tank the other day. I have had him for exactly 1 year now.
I thought to shower him with some good lovin'. Previously, he lived in a bowl.

I was finding it too tedious anyways to give it a good cleaning every week as the algae builds up quite quickly in there.
More so now that I'm 7 months pregnant, I really am not feeling like taking on this chore anymore.

Naturally, with a huge 36 cm tank for only one critter, I thought he might need some companions aside from Merry & Pippin  my jolly cute marimos.

So, I got him some shrimp friends! I have named them Tiny Colony.
Aside from being overly eager about meeting his new pals (he chowed down on some shimplets), Loki seems to like having folks around.

I've got 8 of them. They are so much fun to watch! They are constantly busy.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

What My Hands Have Found To Do

Hand embroidering portraits feel very intimate; as if I know the couples that I've done, except I don't.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Latest Embroidered Portrait

I can't describe it. Every time I make one of these portraits, I feel as if I were born to do them. Like it's my calling or something.
I make it a point to also challenge myself with each new portrait I create by adding more details than I had with my previous ones.

This particular one was delivered in time for Valentine's. It was such a privilege to embroider 1 John 4:19 on it too because here lies the root of love.

The rest are portraits I've done but never posted on here before.
Apparently too, I had been silly and haven't been documenting them on my camera, so all these were shot with my iPhone.


We're looking at filling a corner of our new studio with an indoor plant.
These are our top 5 picks. Which do you think we should adopt?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fit ladies

Headed to the botanic gardens this morning while waiting for some blood work results, and there were these bunch of ladies in a class working out on the field.
They were the most interesting subjects to draw, so draw them I did.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cat Cushion Workshop

Last Saturday, I'd spent a really nice afternoon at Within teaching a bunch of ladies how to whip up some cat cushions for themselves.
It was such a gorgeous space and I'd especially loved the courtyard. Too bad I'd only taken one photo of it - and with my phone too. Silly.

Thanks for inviting me over and an even bigger thank you to all my participants! I hope yous have enjoyed yourselves and learnt some new tips and tricks at hand sewing :)