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Chinese New Year Eco Practices!

Chinese New Year is early this year, and it feels like it’s celebration after celebration following Christmas and New Year that just passed! As we wish for abundance for the new year, don’t forget to scale back on our waste and practise conscious consumption! Below are some tips we could heed this festive occasion: Reuse and upcycle home decorations I hope you kept last year’s decorations, because it’s time they come out of the storeroom and see the light again! Chinese New Year decorations are timeless. Red lanterns, door couplets, kamquat trees, pussy willows… There’s no need to replace them every year, for each year without fail, they serve their purpose – to create a festive and happy atmosphere. For the crafty, why not take the chance to exercise your creative muscles? There are many DIY project tutorials out there that teach you how to upcycle old ang baos into beautiful ornaments to elevate your home a little more. You can start with something simple like this paper goldfish, or create something more advanced like …

Easy 3-Step Guide to Making Beeswax Wraps

I first encountered beeswax wrap at a farmer’s market in Australia last December. The bee farmer from Dorrigo had a stand selling honey and homemade beeswax wrap, and I was immediately sold by the idea of a cling wrap that is not plastic. It seemed like a novel idea at that point in time, but beeswax wrap has since become one of the must-haves in the kitchens of the eco-conscious. Apart from the downside that they are non-microwaveable, I absolutely adore them. They smell so yummy! On top of being environmentally friendly, do you know that they have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to keep your food fresh for a longer time? It’s hard to find prints that I really like though, so when I visited Tokyo last spring, I decided to hunt for some cloth in Nippori, famous as the city’s fabric town, to make the wraps myself. It turns out that beeswax wraps are really easy to make. In fact, as easy as 1-2-3! Now, if you are not up for making beeswax wraps …

The Most Sustainable Decoration?

We’re about a week away to Christmas and if you have yet to start assembling your Christmas tree and decorating your home/office, well, you’re already late! I love decorating spaces. Whether it is my home or my office, I love adding that personal touch to make where I work and live that little bit cosier. Festive seasons excite me because there’s a theme I can play around with. Christmas? Think santa, Christmas tree, presents, snowflakes, reindeer, snowman, crackers, baubles and tinsels! Yet, precisely because it is so seasonal, I hate purchasing dedicated ornaments. Festive ornaments are hardly versatile, they can only be reused in another year’s time when the same holiday comes around. If not kept away in storage, taking up space and left to be forgotten, they go straight into the bin once the festivities are over, never seeing light again. So I didn’t want to buy any decorations for Christmas this year, because I didn’t want to store nor waste resources. I went to Pinterest to get some inspiration, and while scrolling, it …

Learning the ropes of needle punching

Going for Autumn’s punch needle workshop is some sort of a homecoming for me. For as long as my memory serves me, my mum has been dabbling with yarn. She has been knitting since I was young and now that she’s semi-retired, she’s taking her craft more seriously than ever, knitting every day and even on her vacations. Her closet bursts with her handmade collection; from tops to dresses to accessories, there’s something from every colour and yarn type. My mum’s hobby means that I was exposed to arts and crafts since I was young. I have always enjoyed making things and my mum was always supportive of my artistic endeavours, be it knitting, crocheting, beading, acting, painting, scrapbooking or writing. Despite my love for creating, I haven’t been in touch with that creative side of me for a while now. Recently, I have a renewed inspiration to be more serious with my pursuit of arts and crafts. I signed myself up for a handful of workshops and I am so happy to be more …

Art jamming at Splat Paint House

A few weekends ago, I went on a double date with Kevin and his friends, a much welcome change to my weekend routine. Splat Paint House is a pop-up splatter paint studio housed in MOX in Katong (only the most exciting co-working space around, in my favourite neighbourhood in Singapore!) The walls at Splat Paint House are covered with paint, transforming into an inviting space that’s ready for you to flex your creative muscles. I particularly loved the corner by the windows. When the afternoon light streamed in, it became an even more inspiring area to work in. Check out those adorable smiley octopus shadows from the paint on the window! It seems like the studio has moved into another space in MOX since, though, so no promises about the windows. It was my first painting since I dare say, 7 years ago. That was when Artestiq was still a novel idea. I don’t fancy painting that much to be honest, because I don’t like the mess that painting creates and the cleaning up after. …