Taichung: Rainbow Military Dependents’ Village (彩虹眷村)

Welcome to the Rainbow Military Dependents’ Village (彩虹眷村)! On our trip to Taichung, Taiwan, we were there on an artistic tour to view the works by Mr Huang.   
A little bit of the background, he was born in HK and he used to fight against Communists in Mainland China. After Kuo-min-tang, the ruling party of R.O.C. at that time, lost the Chinese Civil War, he retreated to Taiwan with KMT military and stayed in this village permanently. 
In 2008, he came out of an idea to paint the wall with various colors. Starting from his house, he gradually finished the whole block. He didn’t have a particular theme. Aircrafts, pandas, buffalos, birds or anything on the newspaper is his painting inspiration. 
In the demolishing and replacing program for military dependent’s village, the rainbow village was planned to be torn down years ago. However, more and more artists and tourists came here for joint creation and photography, asking the government to preserve this village.
Taichung mayor’s email box was jammed by thousands of petitions. Eventually, this village was saved and became one of the most popular attractions in Taichung.   
When entering into this village, we were totally overwhelmed with every little details of the paintings. 

       Every part of the village, the roof, the walls, the floor even the staircase is painted with happy colours!        With this little passion that the old grandpa has, he created history, a piece of art that attracts people from around the world. 

When you are in Taichung, do drop by to this colourful village, get inspired and support the passionate old grandpa! 

DIY Watermelon Pouch

first picLet’s start! First, layout the materials needed to create this fruit pouch.1

Next, download the template from You and Mie and cut out the felt needed. The shape of the inner lining should be the same as the green felt.For the seeds, pin the black dots to the red felt and sew it. To position the red felt, you can fold the pieces into half and line them up following the centre marks and sew them together!  Pin the yellow piece along the sewing lines of the red piece.   Here comes the challenging part. Let’s go slow.. Place 1 piece of the lining facing up, then the zipper facing down, and the watermelon facing down with green side up. Sew the inner lining, zipper and green felt together along the top.  When done, pull down the both pieces and do the same for the other edge of the zipper.   Bring both pieces of inner lining to one side and both pieces of the watermelon to the other side. Un-zip the zipper at least halfway so that you can turn it once it is stitched.   The zipper should be pinned towards the inner lining. Stitch along the edges of the inner lining and felt. Remember to leave an opening on the inner lining so that you can turn it to the correct side. After stitched, trim off the excess edges. The most exciting part! Turn over the pouch! Remember to pull out the unstitched inner lining, sew it and give it a nice closure. And ta-dah! You are done!  Pair it with colour popping dress and accessories and you will brighten up any place!

Paper Crepe Anemones

Mother’s Day is just round the corner and as promised, we made crepe flowers using the Ruffled Blog as inspiration.

2015/04/img_1349.jpg Major love how the anemones turned out! So, let’s get on to how we turn these from paper to flowers!

2015/04/img_1345.jpg There are templates in the Ruffled Blog and we used the largest one, though we think the smaller ones might have been cuter!

2015/04/img_1348.jpg Cut squares so you can stack them up and cut many flower petals at one go. (Lazy us!) After you have the petals, fold half and make a slit, fold half the other way and slit it again so u wan a cross slit.

2015/04/img_1329.jpg Next, use black crepe paper and use it to cover a tiny ball of cotton, the size is entirely up to you to make it relative to the petal size. Have another strip of black crepe paper and fringe cut it and then roll it around the black cotton ball

2015/04/img_1347.jpg And then insert it into the incision you made on your petals earlier, we used two petals per flower.

2015/04/img_1330.jpg We then used the thinnest wire to secure everything together followed by green taping it to a stem.

2015/04/img_1332.jpg We’re done, almost. That’s a petal template we used.

2015/04/img_1331-0.jpgEvery woman loves a bouquet and so we used kraft paper and twine to give it a rustic look. It’s now done and ready for your mommy!

Crepe Paper Flower Inspiration

Mother’s Day is round the corner and what better way than presenting mum with flowers? We thought that instead of giving real flowers which only stay colourful for a few days, we should use our crafty hands to create something instead! We have recently acquired some very colourful crepe papers which we can put to good use! 😉

It tulips season now, there are loads of tulips crepe paper tutorial, it was so hard for us to choose the one which looks the nicest and was the easiest to do!

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Lia Griffith Handcraft Your Life

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Ruffled Blog Crepe Paper Anemones

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StudioDiy Giant Paper Roses

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CraftBerryBush Crepe Paper Sunflowers

We are so excited to start making this weekend! Which tutorial should we follow? Which flower should we make? What colours should we use? Decisions, decisions. Whee~!

Pancakes Pancakes!

It’s the weekends! The day when you can wake up to the smell of pancakes wafting through the house.

Pancakes are soooo easy to make that we always feel cheated when we order it at cafés.

We used the recipe from JustOneCookBook, they have many other awesome Japanese food recipes, do check them out!

2015/04/img_1244.jpg First up, the ingredients needed can all be bought from the supermarket. For a healthier version, you can always swap out to use organic whole wheat flour. We swapped out the buttermilk with yoghurt, feel free to play around with your ingredients!

You can even make a big batch of batter, portion out in bags and freeze it. Whenever you feel like eating just put a pack into hot water to thaw the batter and then cook it as usual!

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In just minutes, viola! Top it with fresh fruits or berries, drizzle with honey or maple syrup and you have a perfect homemade breakfast, giving cafés a run for their money!

Try it and surprise your family or loved ones with a breakfast made with love. 🙂

Happy Walls

Our obsession with photographing walls, murals, floors and pretty much everything starts with Instagram. We know everyone loves seeing pretty feeds, so do we!

On our recent trip to Hong Kong and Macau how can we not photograph them?

2015/04/img_1125.jpg The Air Bnb home for the trip. We weren’t expecting this when we booked it, oh wells. At least we lived like a local. (Heh)

2015/04/img_1126.jpg Doesn’t it look like what you would see in the Hong Kong police serials?

2015/04/img_1127.jpg This greets us once we got to Old Taipa Street in Macau. The whole wall of the building was filled!

2015/04/img_1128.jpg Shows multi generation and races having fun together.

2015/04/img_1129.jpg Did you spot this painted electric box in the previous photo? So cool they even painted this!

2015/04/img_1132.jpgMajor love this happy wall! Some of you might have seen this on Ohpoppu’s Instagram feed before.

We are always in awe of these murals. Even in Singapore, there are many doodles and wall murals too! We have spotted them in shopping malls and not forgetting Haji Lane! That will be for another day!

What’s your photography obsession?

DIY leather pouch

We decided to make our own leather pouch since it’s so expensive to buy from outside don’t you agree? We upcycled the leather from a sofa.

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Laying out the tools needed.
– Pouch Template
– Leather
– Fabric Scissors or Rotary Cutter
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Pen Knife
– Sewing machine and thread
– Ball head screwback studs
– Permanent paint markers (optional)

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Now let’s start measuring and drawing out the shape and size needed.

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Putting the rotary cutter to good use.

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You can either choose to go classic or with patterns. We chose to dot ours with a silver marker.

Next, fold the leather, dots will be inside but don’t worry we will be flipping it outwards later. Sew them together leaving 1cm from the edge.
Use a fabric scissors to trim close to the stitch and also the corners.
Turn the pouch right side out. Fold down the flip and mark a spot and use scissors to make a slit.
Use the leather hole punch to make a hole and insert the stud.

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And ta-dah we are done!