Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Paper Bauble | Ornament Tutorial

I made these to decorate my Christmas Tree last year and remembered Jessica asked me for a tutorial. Here it is Jess...

All you need is Paper. I bought this pretty book from Popular and it comes with folded sheets of beautifully printed wrapping paper all binded and perforated. You need a circle puncher, mine is about 2.5" in diameter, the bigger the circle the bigger the paper ornament. Just make sure you have enough paper to punch 20 pcs of circles for one ornament. Your paper can be a combination of a theme, up to you. Ribbons or any strings, you can use a string of beads or any rope you like. And oh yes, Stick glue or any paper glue you prefer to use. I used a coloured one that dries clear.

Close Up of the 'Wrapping Paper' Book. This book can make 1 dozen baubles and you will still have leftovers. Not bad for 10 ringgit. 1 note though, the bigger the ornament, the thicker your paper should be. But thicker paper are hard to punch, so you may opt to manually cut the circles. Or use the Silhoutte machine to cut.

You need to prepare a template like the one above. I used Adobe to create a triangle to be placed in a 2.5" circle (this depends on your circle puncher). Accuracy is important here, it is afterall a geometric ornament. I have a few printed, just in case. If you need help with this, just email, I can prep a pdf file with the template for you. Punch 20 pcs of the coloured paper you want for an ornament.

Grab a helper to start folding. :)

Punch a template out for guide.

Place the template on top of the coloured paper like this.

With the triangle as a guide, Fold the 3 sides. Crease all 20 pcs. Yes, that's why you need a volunteer.

See how accurate your folds are with the template. After a while you can place a stack and fold, depending on the thickness of your paper.

My unhappy elf! Some more???
Going bonkers after a while.

Glue the folded sides outside the triangle.

You need 10 pcs for the top and 10 pcs for the bottom. Prepare the ribbon loop for the top and combine 5 pcs of the circles to make a dome. Refer to the next picture here.

See the top dome and the bottom dome. We are not done yet, some more circles to add on.

Attach 5 more circles to the top and bottom dome.

Now to connect the top and bottom dome, this can be tricky, but somehow you will notice they will come together to form this gorgeous geometric ornament.

And you keep on going until your fingers hurt and your elf says, 'Ok! That's enough already!'.
See! All done.

Now to go outdoors for a little fresh air.

Boo yah!
My Chrismas Tree all decked out in baubles and paper ornaments.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

BANGKOK Trip 2013 | The Calm Before The Storm

We were on a 5 Day trip to Bangkok last year in November, right before chaos broke free in Thailand. We flew by Air Lufthansa (Forget the inflight food! Totally Yucks!) stayed at the Arnoma Hotel (Very nice & Clean Hotel), right across the big huge mall of Central (Talk about convenience!). We love Bangkok for its culture, friendly people, wholesale shopping and most of all its spicy FOOD! Here's to Bangkok and its new revolution!

At one of the most beautiful little Cafes ever. No Starbucks for us.

I love it that the owner actually sleeps in his shop at night.

Across the street where we usually change our money. Cheaper exchange rates!

Mom and dad, snapping away.

Dad says they serve one of the best coffee! Muscovado sugar in a separate cup.
An outdoor spot. Love the interior and the exterior of this shop.

We finally visited Jim Thompson's house.

Well preserved home of this elite Ang-moh who made Thailand his home in the 60's.

Don't forget to get tickets for your private tour.

A short history before you enter.

Jim Thompson's passion for Thai silk is portrayed everywhere. Live demo of silk worm rearing and weaving and dyeing.

Spinning silk threads under the hot sun.

The greenery is just spectacular here.

Frontage of his home.

Magnificent trees.

What a beautiful day.

Waiting for our tour to begin. We walked around the front part of the museum.

These are real lotus plants! Not them plastic ones you seem to see everywhere nowadays. Had to take a close up to proof my point.

The biggest gold fishes I've ever seen.

As you enter.

Spot a few weather beaten structures but still holding up this beautiful home.

Little paths leading into his lovely tropical garden.

Outside a souvenir shop.

Old scrolls collected by his family.

Fishies everywhere in the most unexpected places.
Staircases leading to rooms and chambers.

Our beautiful guide. We were all introduced to Jim Thompson's collection of antiques, paintings, sculptures and private rooms.

This is a wooden template for cloth printing. Notice the ruler or measurement on the top row.

The back of the house where the living rooms opens to the view of a running river. A village used to be on the opposite side of the bank.

A little Nyonya influence.

A little calf that is at least a century old.

Headless buddha. This is because the head is cut off by pirates, apparently it was easier to transport the head rather than the whole statue. Damn these pirates! This statue is 600 years old!!!

Wooden carvings and nail free beams.

A weaving table.

Thousands of silk worms. Creepy in a Fear factor kind of way.

Sorting the worms. Ewwww!

Orchids everywhere.

Hidden treasures along the paths.

A visit to Chinatown is a must. This is what a Chinatown should feel.

Crowded. Oriental goods. Haggling. All kinds of smells, good and bad.

Spotted this lady selling noodles. Got to try.

Dry flat noodles with over 10 ingredients! Quite nice!

Auntie selling Mangoes and her homemade dips. A must try!

She will let you try a few bites and then you are Hooked!

Travel by train, taxi or simply walk!

Cool airport mall, featuring different countries in each floor.

Eating at unexpected places.

Good food, weird retro decor.

Fishing is a must when you have a day to spare.

Dad, enjoying the view while fishing.

Nigel and his biggest catch ever!

Everywhere you go, you will find FOOD! And delivered to you too.

Nigel at the throne! He was munching all the way and we were so worried that he will get some form of tummy ache from all the spicy street food and drinks, surprisingly he survived Bangkok and enjoyed every morsel!