Thursday, July 25, 2013

DIY: Personalized drawstring bags

Do you also have a couple of plain white bags that need some decoration? I got these drawstring bags from my favourite COS shop. All accessoiries like tights, socks, belts etc. come in these. They are perfect for toys. So I got my fabric markers out and decorated them with forest themes. The one with the Marimekko flower is made with a plastic bag I got from that same shop. I just cut out the flower and then ironed it on the bag putting a sheet of baking paper between the plastic and the iron. You need to experiment a bit with the heat. Start low and then increase slowly until the plastic is nicely stuck on the fabric.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Birthday girl

Last week was my birthday. We had a relaxed day with tiramisu cupcakes which my daughter helped to prepare. Later on we went to the Hong Kong Museum of Arts and had a look at a modern art exhibition. The boys stayed at home so I had a really nice day just with my little princess. And in the evening she told me the best thing of the day (a bedtime routine) was the art work. I was really surprised. It was a nice rainy day as you can see from the last picture. It didn't rain that much and at least it was not as hot as usually at this time of the year. At the moment it's a seven weeks summer break for the kindergarten. So I spend a lot of time with the kids. It's fun, stressful at times but I think it does a lot to bring us together as a family. Especially the kids are enjoying each other's company a lot. Instead of fighting there are a lot more hugs and smiles and giggles. And it occured to me that it's quite cool to have three kids. Well, at least sometimes...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

DIY: From placemat to toy storage

I found these placemats in my cabinet and wanted to throw them out but then I had this fine idea. Just a few seams and voila you have turned them into a box. Just close the side and the bottom and then make a seam along the corners of the bottom seam so give them the box shape. Roll half of it down and that's it. You can use them just like that or sew a few together like I did and hang them somewhere. Very quick and easy!

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