Wednesday, 19 October 2016

My Girl is a Shoe Designer

My artistic BFF and I once took part in a Shoe Art Competition at church and designed two pairs of shoes exactly the same (one for her and one for me).

The pair of shoes we entered for the competition.
We didn't win but I still have the shoes because I love it =)

Since then, I've always liked painting shoes and told myself that when my girl was older, I was going to buy a pair of white kids shoes and get her to design and paint it herself.

I got a pair of white shoes from one of those heartland shops in Toa Payoh for just S$10 and also bought fabric paint from my favourite art store Art Friend.

Different brands of fabric paint

Next, I drew the design on the shoes based on what my girl wanted (she finds it difficult to draw it herself because the surface was not flat; if your child has no issues with that, you can let them draw on it as well).

Once that was done, it was time for my girl to paint them!

Diligently painting her shoes
Making sure that the paint does not go over the lines
Close up of her work
Very pleased with her what she has done so far

It took her about 2 hours (with breaks in between) but she managed to finish painting them. I did some touch-ups for her after (you know, correct mistakes and all) and viola!

The finished pair of shoes

Truth be told, if I had my way, I would probably not have designed her shoes this way. But she was quite clear what she wanted so this design was all her. I'm glad I gave her free reign to be creative and do whatever she liked with it =)

Her very own shoes that she designed herself!

She was so proud of her shoes that she wears them to school everyday to show off to all her friends and teachers!

Try it with your kids and let me know what you think in the comments =)


This post is part of my Mad-Made Art series that documents our artistic creations!

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Our First Home (4): Dining Room & Balcony

Our dining room and balcony are at the centre of the house and it's often the first thing that our visitors see when they walk into our house. Hence, we wanted to make sure that it is pretty =)



The ceiling and walls had old school colonial style accents which we didn't like so we had to get rid of them.

How the dining room looked when the previous owner still lived in it

I have always wanted to install boxes onto the wall to create a feature wall where I can store stuff (if you are observant, everything in my house serves a storage function =P).

Empty wall before renovation

I got wall box shelves from IKEA during their IKEA family sale and drew a simple sketch of what I wanted for our ID to install.

My simple sketch of what I wanted

My ID said that it was a headache installing this and I have to say, they did an awesome job!

Work in progress
(photo sent to me from my ID)


We loved the final outcome! =)

The decorations were mostly bought from overseas and our table and 4 chairs were from Nova while our bench was from Star Living. By luck we managed to find a bench that matches our chairs perfectly =)

Simple dining room with small feature wall

Part of our feature wall houses the hubby's mini bar: i.e. wine chiller, alcohol, glasses and various tools for making alcoholic drinks.

His wine chiller (left) and his cocktail-making ingredients and tools (right)

The husband has always been crazy about alcohol so having his own collection of red wine, white wine, volka, gin, beer, etc in our house has been his dream. If we lived in countries with land such as Australia or New Zealand, we would definitely have a wine cellar in our house. But since we don't, this will have to suffice for now.

We serve so many drinks in our house that we had to come up with a menu so that we don't have to repeat it to guests each time we host them!

Left: The actual printed menu (I will be making changes to how it looks so that it's easier to add/ make changes);
Right: Lee's House Special Cocktail created by the hubby

The dining room to me is a place where people gather to fellowship over food and drinks. Hence, it must look welcoming and be comfortable for people to sit and relax for a longer period of time. Hopefully we managed to achieve this =)



The hubby has always wanted a fully functioning balcony where he can chill, sip his wine and listen to the sound of waterfalls. It was one of the reasons why we chose to buy a 5-room flat.

The balcony and dining room before renovation
Completely open concept, with sliding doors and no windows
(the plants in the balcony was even home to some birds!)

The previous owner did not make any changes to the balcony and left it open with sliding doors to close off the balcony when needed.


We wanted the dining room to flow nicely into the balcony so we decided to remove the sliding doors and install full windows and grills. Due to the amount of work needed to make the balcony the way we liked it, it was the second biggest transformation of our house after the kitchen.

In the progress of renovation, with all the tiles and grills stripped bare
Left: After laying of the floor tile and installation of panels for the bottom grills;
Right: Installed this right cute light to give a more outdoor feel (even though it is going to be indoors)

As mentioned, the grills at the bottom near the floor cannot be removed due to HDB regulations hence, we had to install panels to close and hide it. You can choose to install sliding windows that can open but we thought it didn't make sense as we won't ever use it.

Close up of the bottom panels and floor tiles

The floor tiles are ceramic but made to look like wood, which was good because this FTWM will not have time to maintain things like "vulnerable" flooring.

You might be wondering why the windows and grills were not installed together with the panels and why the hand railing was not removed (even though HDB allows the removal of the hand railing). Well, it turns out that our ID forgot to apply for the license to remove the hand railing so by the time he did, it was almost 3-4 weeks before our windows and grills could finally be installed in our balcony. This meant that our house was open to birds and rain for the first half of our renovation period (which was 4 months long) since there were no windows to prevent them from entering. It irked me a lot but well, at least I didn't find birds nesting in our cabinets (>_<).

You can imagine how happy I was when our windows and grills were finally installed in the balcony.

The hubby and I have always wanted a mini urban garden in our home so making a trip to Far East Flora to get some plants for our balcony was a must for us.

Bought a bamboo plant shelf from Qoo10 to house our growing garden as well as raise the plants closer to the window for more sunlight

And if this was not enough, we also bought a 4-level shelf from IKEA. And with that, our urban garden was complete.

The final look of our balcony

With the water fountain running at side, it is a really nice and relaxing place to chill and read a book. Definitely a good corner for praying as well =)

Our home is finally coming together the way we want it =)

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This post is part of my series on Our First Home where I'll share our renovation and home decoration ideas and review our renovation company and various vendors.

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Day Out at the National Gallery Singapore

Ever since its opening last year, I've been meaning to bring my kids to check out the new National Gallery Singapore, which was previously the Supreme Court.

National Gallery Singapore

We headed for the Keppel Centre for Art Education on the first floor as its the place just for kids. Entry is free =)

We started with the Art Corridor, an interactive art wall for kids to learn about colours and shapes.

My boy loves the Art Corridor and would have stayed there all day if not for my insistence (and curiosity) to explore the rest of the gallery.

We went to the Art Playscape next, and it was exactly like walking into a storybook (the artist wanted you to feel like you walked into art). Really cool and the kids had a blast running around here =)

Art Playscape
Going up the structure, with the staff watching keenly
Left: The stairs going down the "treehouse";
Right: Posing with a real-life cartoon tree.
Like a pop-up cartoon card. Very cool!
Crawling under the tree for a peek
(Only kids, it's peril for adults. You might break your back *laughs*)
Kids with the mum-in-law
Picture of me with the kids. Must take more pictures of me with the kids before they grow too big for me!

We spent about close to an hour here before heading to another attraction close by called Who's in the Woods. It's an interactive display where kids can colour an animal of their choice and it will be displayed on a screen. Both my kids loved it!

Who's in the Woods
The large screen projecting a jungle and the animals walking up and down
The screens for the kids to choose the animal and colour it. It was so easy that my boy could do it too =)
My girl designing her deer very seriously
My girl's finished product!
My girl with her finished deer projected on the screen =)

The kids wanted to do a few more but I didn't allow them because we wanted to allow other kids a chance to play as well.

We proceeded to the "adult" section the gallery, which requires entry fee if you are not a Singaporean or PR (if you are, it's free).

Internal design of the building has been preserved for memory

There was a photo booth for visitors to take pictures with their biggest painting (the actual painting is below). It's in line with the gallery's move to make their displays more interactive.

Inside the "painting", photo taken by the security staff
With the actual painting in the gallery.
One of the biggest paintings I've ever seen so far in Singapore.
Preservation of the interior design of the old supreme court
A bridge that connected the two buildings
Girl looking at some old photograph

As we explored the rest of the gallery on Levels 3-5, the staff kept giving us questioning looks and asking us if we knew that there was a kids museum at Level 1. I think they were afraid that my kids will destroy the art installations. Feeling a bit unwelcomed, we decided to head back to the "kids" part of the gallery where we were more welcomed (besides, it was more fun).

We stopped by Project Gallery where the kids could do some colouring. Unfortunately, they couldn't work on the special activity sets as they were not available. It was too bad =(

Display of the special activity kits that the kids could have done if they were available
Kids doing colouring instead
Even my boy joined in, although he's still learning how to do it well
Colouring to the best of her ability

Eventually my boy got bored and we had to move to the Children's Museum located next door. It was fun as the kids can have as much fun as they liked playing with shapes and colour.

Clockwise from left: Sticking magnetic shapes to create unique art pieces on the wall;
A place to colour or write postcards to send to your friends;
The small room with various activities and things to do for the kids.
Playing with colourful magnetic panels on a lighted table
The kids had a blast making their structures and using their creativity
Girl and her competed structure!

We actually liked these magnetic plastic pieces and went to hunt for them to buy for our home. The mum-in-law found the original, which was too expensive so she bought the cheaper replica of the real thing. It's not as sturdy but the kids still love it =)

Do consider bringing your kids to the National Gallery Singapore for a day of fun. It's free so why not =)


This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
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