COLOUR YOUR LIFE

I'm currently selling some cards/notebooks designed from Nat's doodles. They're available here at COLOUR ME. The cards hope to inspire you to colour and doodle. All proceeds go to charity :) 

 “Art washes away from the soul the dusts of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso

Where do I find the time to colour and doodle? I'm not a professional artist and I'm not seeking to be one. My doodles are simple and in that short 30 minutes it does wonders - the process gives me rest that refreshes and it gives me joy that uplifts. 

Here is one of the cards Nat designed, which I coloured and doodled on. I call it "Be true to your heart". Simply because there are so many voices out there, so much information to digest and so many choices available. That's my life motto now.

Have you tried colouring and doodling? Perhaps it's time to slow down a little, to discover something new about yourself or just to ventilate something that's bugging you for a long time :)

Reference: http://illustrationfriday.com/2015/03/3-reasons-why-making-art-is-good-for-you/

DIY MAGNETIC & CHALKBOARD WALL

We had enough of constantly buying blue tack and having the paint on the walls getting peeled off resulting in many holes. So we bought tubs of magnetic paint and chalkboard paint from a really obscure shop called Eco-Green Paint tucked away in Ubi industrial estate.

The first thing that came to my mind when we decided to paint 2 walls on our own is - we must be crazy. For each coat of paint, it takes 4 hours to dry and either paint need about 3 coats. Also, we were totally noobs. We didn't listen to the instructions clearly and ended up using more paint than we needed and burning a hole in our pockets, these paint didn't come cheap. After putting the magnetic paint, we should have primed the wall once and then put the chalkboard paint on but I guess we were too 'excited' and 'anxious' and of course totally 'blur', because we made the mistake TWICE - on 2 WALLS! No wonder people hire the professionals but then again the professionals would've cost a bomb.

After which we wrote some family values we will like to uphold and part of our Chinese names down on scrabble tiles (because the Chinese characters use up less tiles). I was very happy that Nat was old enough to help with painting the backgound colour of some of the tiles.

diy magnetic & chalkboard wall

And we created a visual schedule of daily responsibilities for the family. I try not to call it a 'Chore chart' - sounds like such a torture so I tell Nat and Noe that we love the home, we care for the home together :) Nat loved using the polaroid to take the photos, we had such a blast!

diy magnetic & chalkboard wall

At the end of this whole project, I told the hubby that I wouldn't want to move house for another 5 years! Haaa.


Credits to the wonderful bloggers out there for the DIY scrabble tiles and visual schedule:

How to make Giant Scrabble Tile Table Numbers

Using Visual Schedules With Children


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COLOUR YOUR SELF

At about the age of 2, Nat started doodling instead of random scribbling. I doodled a lot throughout my youth, especially on the sides of my textbooks and lecture notes, that was how I kept awake during class but somehow when I started working, I stopped.

And then when I saw Nat's doodles, I was so inspired by them, not that I thought he was talented in art or anything along those lines but they brought joy to him and myself. As Henry Miller once said:

"For me, the painting of children belong side by side with the works of the masters... The work of a child never fails to make appeal, to claim us, because it is always honest and sincere, always imbued with the magic, certitude born of the direct, spontaneous, approach."

It was Nat's doodles that sparked off the creativity in me.  So after some time of thinking through about what this inspiration should transpire into, I decided to make some of his doodles into cards/notebooks and will be selling them to inspire others to doodle and colour. They are simple cards for a quiet time of joy and rest. Cards which you can give to a friend. It has been a long time we have 'made' a card for someone, haven't we? And if you've always been wanting to doodle regularly, you can start off with a small notebook. To find out more about the cards/notebook and how to purchase them, you can click COLOUR ME.

This is a one of the cards that I coloured in and doodled a little on. It's a depiction of myself. I call it "The Blue Frankenstein", haha. How about you? How do you see yourself or another person in your life?

PS. This little project of mine is just to spark off some art inspiration in our lives and is not for profit. All proceeds will go to charity :)

PLAYDOUGH FUN

In my childhood, I played with playdough in a very simple way: just sculpting stuff or using my playdough maker to make food. Now, there are so many different ways the kids can play with them! Here are 4 activities that Nat has played with playdough. Ahem, Noe is still not accustomed to it, she dislikes the gooey mushy texture at the moment, perhaps one day she will be ready :)

PLAYDOUGH AND COOKIE CUTTERS

Managing with cookie cutters are probably more suitable for older children like kindergarten. Any younger, you end up doing all the work. I started Nat off with a big round aluminum pie tin for him to make and design a cake. Interestingly, towards the end, he started making little tiny cakes on lids! They look so yummy!

playdough fun

PLAYDOUGH AND STRAWS AND STICKS

Here's an activity that's suitable for toddlers, place sticks into the playdough and then thread the pieces of straws through the sticks. It was probably too easy for Nat, so he got to cut the straws on his own and he could practise his cutting skills. I reused the pie tin from the cookie cutter activity and he requested to mould it into a shape of a star!

playdough fun

PLAYDOUGH AND MATH

I had an expired bag of pop corn kernals and I used them for a sensory bin activity. He loved the kernals so much, I thought we could use them with the playdough for math. First he had to match the number of kernals to the number and stick them into the playdough. Then he had to add up the numbers. I never expected that picking up the tiny kernals and getting them out would train his fine motor skills too.

playdough fun

PLAYDOUGH AND CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES

This was the winning playdough activity! 45 minutes of uninterrupted independent play! It was fun seeing how he explored using the playdough as props, sculptures or 'cement'. But I really was trying very hard to hold back because I was thinking of all the toys I had the wash! All the playdough was like stuck in the grooves! I soaked them into a big pail and we washed them together during bath time. Thank God for water play during bath!

playdough fun


And here are some links to other mommy blogs which have inspired these activities:

COUNTING AND ADDITION ACTIVITY TRAY

PLAYDOUGH CONSTRUCTION SITE

PLAYDOUGH WITH STRAWS AND TOOTHPICKS

IN OUR THIRTIES AND THRIVING

It was just another gathering of friends for a celebration of birthdays but this time we didn't just hit the 30s, we were considered well into our 30s. Nostalgia, reflection... or perhaps more of a positive brooding was inevitable and it resulted in this list during our conversation:

8 things we we commonly do now that we are in our 30s:

1. WE WOULD LIKE TO REST AT HOME DURING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Partying or going on an adventure is not to be arranged unless it's of a special significance. Even arranging to meet friends is on a case-by-case basis.

2. WE WOULD LIKE TO HANG OUT IN OUR OWN VICINITY

By that we mean no traveling from Jurong West to Pasir Ris and anything which involves two opposite ends of Singapore. Somewhere preferably within our GRC (town). 

3. WE WOULD LIKE TO MEET AT ULU (NOT CROWDED) PLACES

Crowded places are on our official boycott list. We try to avoid crowds at all times. Best situation is when someone offers to open up their house. We love cosy housewarmings.

4. WE'VE A SELF-IMPOSED CURFEW OF 2130HRS

Because we really cannot stay focus any later than that. Gone are the days we can talk into the wee hours of the morning. If we do, the recovery process takes at least 2 days.

5. WE EXPERIENCE FOOD COMA VERY FREQUENTLY

We don't really eat a lot or rather we try not to eat a lot, and say we are not very hungry but somehow still end up over stuffing ourselves and our brains go to our stomachs.

6. WE LOVE TO 'STONE' AKA STARE INTO SPACE AFTER SOME TIME

From the start, we talk fast, loud, concurrent conversations happening at the same time and then there is that moment where we pause for a while, for some time, hopefully not too long.

7. WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE PAST AS IF THE PAST WAS LONG LONG AGO

We talk about stuff in our youth as if it was in our history books. Seriously if this goes on, are we going to be a broken record for the next like 50 years of our life!

8. WE NOW ADD AN 'O' TO OUR KOPI (COFFEE) ORDER

Our coffee orders are switching from "Kopi" to "Kopi-O" and maybe even "Kopi-O Kosong". And let's throw in the double negatives as well, 'Kopi Siew Siew Dai".

Dedicated to all my friends in their thirties: Here's to the thirties and more prosperous years ahead! Yum Seng (Cheers)!

(Photo taken by valerie)

(Photo taken by valerie)