We set up our Christmas decorations early this year cos the girl asked for it! And from tradition, we also built a fireplace this year! (Where else can we hang the Christmas stocking, right? :p)
Here’s how we did it last year (2011 DIY Cereal Fireplace, with instructions). This year, the daddy and daughter were roped in to help. In fact, the daddy said he wants to spray paint it red and draw lines to make it look more realistic!
Christmas mood is definitely in the air! And yes, a visit to the self-fix store is imminent.
And so this starts our prep towards Christmas!
I did this once with my girl at a fun-fair…
It’s creating a re-useable sticker from paint. And cos she liked it so much I decided to buy the stock for home too. *SPOTLIGHT, HERE I COME!!!*
Sat her down with her Ikea mirror…
Drew simple outlines for her to paint within…
Here’s her concentrating real hard (cos it’s actually quite tough to squeeze the paint out from the bottles). But the little one was so eager to “do something” that she kept trying regardless until I came in to help..
And at the end of it, we made a few simple small “stickers”.
Brought them out to the car during one of the rides and she kept herself entertained with sticking and removing from the windows… Until somehow she started sticking them on her mouth! Was she so chatty that the teachers in school made her “tape” up her mouth?!?
Nonetheless, after all the yucky saliva, I threw the homemade stickers away. Well, I do have all these paint left so perhaps another day…
cos the daddy wants to show off his artistic contribution towards his daughter’s Fancy Bug Ruler. :p
The lucky girl got a present from Aunty Kat… A pack of Paint Your Own Fancy Bug Ruler!!!
Though it was stated to be for 5+ years, dear Aunty Kat thought the girl would be able to do it nonetheless… So here goes!
Opened the pack of paint… And somehow the hyper girl gathered enough calm to paint *decently* well… with considerable effort to paint within the lines.
Though there are some hits and misses… I think overall it’s still a job well done! (coming from the girl who still cannot colour within the lines, somehow she does a better job with painting within the lines!)
So maybe it doesn’t look like the sample in the pamphlet… But it’s still the artwork of the little princess.
Thanks Aunty Kat for making the girl super thrilled… and giving us some much-treasured time working on something together again.
p/s… she looks grouchy not cos i made her DIY a singapore flag… but that i made her pose like 7-8 times to get a *semi-decent* shot of her AND the flag TOGETHER. in fact, she was so excited i’m thinking of doing it again tmr as we countdown to national day!
Received flowers for my birthday from the dear sister!! my only birthday present this year… if you must know.
Dear husband…. *HINT HINT*!!! :P
And while I used to love drying flowers and keeping them as decorations around the house… I kindof stopped doing that once I got a little one. The dust doesn’t seem to quite agree with her. Plus… I think gerberas don’t really do well in the drying process?
But throwing them away once their lifespan ends is such a pity… don’t you think?
So to immortalise them… I decided to do flower press… Or petal press.. Except asking my daughter to pluck out the petals and storing them away in a dictionary isn’t going to be easy cos she doesn’t see the immediate effect. And I don’t have the patience to teach her about “PATIENCE” at this point of time.
So I just got her to stick the petals onto a long thick piece of scotch tape.
I would have wanted like a A4-sized contact paper or sticky paper etc. It would have made for a nice wall-art… But since this was all I had at home… it would do. Took another piece of long sticky tape and stick over to form a long train of “petal press”…
Which now sticks prettily on our main door where the girl could see everyday we come home. And after I had to throw the bouquet away, I still have something to remember from the present my sis got for me.
Happy Birthday to Me!
Dear husband… *HINT HINT AGAIN*!!!