STEP BY STEP TO DIY YOUR PERSONALISED DREAM CATCHER

I am currently in the progress of doing the nursery for my 2nd boy. I am so excited but at the same time worry that it will cost me much.

I always wanted to have add a dreamy feel to the room. But it is simply not easy, because the newborn will share the bedroom with my 3 year old toddler. Thus, I decided to play around with the wall art rather than adding more furniture to the room.

Then, I was searching online for black dream catcher, since the theme of the room is monochrome following Jared’s corner style. I really don’t keen to change a thing. I wanted to keep the aesthetic and the feel of the room itself. BUT, I couldn’t find any shop selling a “black” dreamcatcher. Most of them selling the white or cream one, I don’t know why. Which to my preference is a way too girly for a boy’s room.

And yes!! I thought to myself, let’s make your own. DIY DREAMCATCHER. For the boys room. Thanks youtube and pinterest for the ideas. I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY with the end result! And I would like to share with you the step by step. It is low cost and easy to make, it only cost me two episodes of The Good Doctor. I bought most of the materials on Spotlight.

PS: you may use other color and type/style of ribbons according to your preference.

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You will need:

  1. Metal ring
  2. Doily
  3. Faux Suede Cord
  4. Thin Cord
  5. Cotton Lace
  6. Satin Ribbon
  7. Fine Lace
  8. Pompom Ribbon
  9. Feathers
  10. Scissors
  11. A ruler or tape measure
  12. Clothespeg or paper clip (optional)

 


Steps:

  1. WRAPPING THE METAL RING

Start by tying 1 piece of faux suede cord onto the metal ring leaving 30 cm tail. Use the clothespeg or your finger to hold this knot in place. Then start wrapping the cord tightly around the metal ring leaving no gaps between each wrap. When you have covered the ring, tie the end of the cord onto the ring at the same place as your first knot. Cut the end so it is the same length as the first tail. Tie the 2 tail ends together to create a hanging loop and cut off any excess.

  1. ATTACHING THE DOILY

Measure 1 metre of the thin cord, and tie it onto the ring at the base of your hanging loop. Keep the leftover thin cord for tying on the feathers later on.

There are 12 “points” on the edge of the doily. Take your cord and weave it through a hole on one of these points. Continue to weave around the ring and through the points until you have completed the full circle. Stretch the doily as you work to make sure it is centred and covers the centre of the metal ring. Tie the cord off once you get back to the point on the metal ring where you started. Trim off any excess.

  1. MEASURING & CUTTING THE TRIM

Measure and cut 4 kinds of the trims into 20 pieces according to the table below.

PIECE # TYPE OF TRIM LENGTH OF PIECE
1 COTTON LACE 82cm
2 COTTON LACE 82cm
3 SATIN 78cm
4 SATIN 78cm
5 FINE LACE 74cm
6 FINE LACE 74cm
7 POMPOM 70cm
8 POMPOM 70cm
9 COTTON LACE 66cm
10 COTTON LACE 66cm
11 SATIN 62cm
12 SATIN 62cm
13 FINE LACE 58cm
14 FINE LACE 58cm
15 POMPOM 54cm
16 POMPOM 54cm
17 SATIN 50cm
18 SATIN 50cm
19 FINE LACE 46cm
20 FINE LACE 46cm

 

  1. TYING ON THE TRIM

Fold each piece of trim and tie onto the ring so it makes 2 hanging tails. Start with pieces #1 and 2 at the bottom centre, then add pieces #3 and 4 to the left and right to it. Carry on with piece #5 and 6 and continue to add 1 piece the left and 1 piece to the right, until you finish with piece #20.

If you measure and tie your trim correctly then your dreamcatcher will have a v-shape when you have finished. If not, just use scissors to trim the ends to form a V.

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  1. ADDING THE FEATHERS

Measure and cut the remaining piece of your thin cord into the following lengths:

PIECE # LENGTH OF PIECE
1 40cm
2 30cm
3 30cm
4 20cm
5 20cm

Tie one and of each piece of cord around the shaft of the feather.

Take piece #1 and tie it to the bottom centre of the metal ring. The feather should hang evenly with the bottom of the trim. Tie pieces #2 and 3 to the left and right of piece #1. Then tie pieces #4 and 5 to the left and right of #2 and 3. Snip off the ends of the cord.


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TADAAAA….

Your dream catcher is ready to hang.

What do you think about this? Yay or Nay? Leave your comment below. Create your own personalised dreamcatcher for your little ones is easy at low-cost.

 

Love,
Kenny

EASY RECIPE // COOKING WITH 5 INGREDIENTS ONLY

Quick and Easy. 2 BIG words I always love as a mother. #likeaboss

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I discovered that being mothers, we tend to be always on-the-go. We rarely find time to putting any make up and we even do not care if we’re still in the same pj’s piece for 2 consecutive weeks. What we do care is “get things done without killing anyone”. Thus, we consecutively end up on inventing new hacks to our routines. For example, on Saturday night I dress my son up and let him sleep wearing good pair of tee/shirt to minimize any amount of drama before we left for church on Sunday morning.

Now, let’s move on to the real business. Let’s talk about cooking. When it comes to preparing daily meal for the family. I apply this super mama hack which has saved me a lot of times and cost. I limit myself to cook a meal with 5 ingredients only. YES! you hear me! 5 ONLY!! The goal is creating something quick and easy with minimal resources you mostly have around your kitchen the bench. And the result is deliciousoooo… TRUST ME!

SUPER 5 (FIVE) INGREDIENTS MEAL

Grandma’s Shepherd Pie

Served: 3-4 pax // Prep: 10 mins // Cooking duration: 45mins

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Ingredients:

500 gr            pork/beef mince

1 cup              frozen mixed vegetables

500 gr            Dutch cream potato

1 tbsp             garlic powder

1 tbsp             Kikkoman reduced salt soy sauce

1 tbsp             vegetable oil

salt to taste

pepper to taste

 

 

How to:

  1. Boil water in a large pot and season it with salt. Peel the Dutch potatoes. Cut them up into quarter. Put them into the boiling water. Cook them until soft (use fork to check their softness)
  2. Once its cooked, drain them. Put them aside and let it cool.
  3. Pre-heat up the oven to 200°C (fan-forced)
  4. Heat up a non-sticky pan in a medium hit. Put 1 tbsp of vegetable oil.
  5. Place pork/beef mince in a heated pan for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add frozen mixed vegetables, cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add garlic powder and Kikkoman soy sauce. Stir and cook for further 5 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  8. While waiting for the mince to be cooked. Work on your mashed potatoes. Mash / beat the cooked cool potatoes with fork till soft.
  9. Spoon the stir fry mince to a baking dish. Layer them with mashed potato on top.
  10. Baked for 25-30 minutes (or until golden). Serve while its hot.

Salmon Dill Pasta

Served: 3-4 pax // Prep: 5 mins // Cooking duration: 20mins

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Ingredients:

240 gr            spaghetti (or any preferable pasta)

250 gr            salmon

1 tsp               lemon juice

6 cloves          garlic (finely chopped)

1 handful       dill (finely chopped)

4 tbsp             olive oil

salt to taste

pepper to taste

 

 

How to:

  1. Pre-heat oven 180°C (fan forced). Take off the salmon skin. Put the skin aside. Place the salmon on a aluminum foil, seasoned with salt & pepper. Add 1tsp of lemon juice and chopped dill. Wrap the salmon and bake it for 15-20 minutes, till cooked and soft.
  2. Boil water in a large pan. Season it with salt and place the pasta in. Cooked it for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Heat up a non-sticky pan, place 4 tbsp of olive oil.
  4. Wait till it’s popping hot, dip in the chopped garlic. And drain them aside.
  5. Place back the non-stick pan on the stove. Heat up some oil. Season salmon skin with grounded salt. And place them upside down till its crispy. Put it aside.
  6. Stir cooked pasta into heated garlic olive oil on tha pan for another 2 minutes.
  7. Served them with cooked salmon and top it off with the crispy salmon skin.

Stir Fry Butter Chicken with Bok-Choy

Served: 3-4 pax // Prep: 5 mins // Cooking duration: 12 mins

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Ingredients:

500 gr            chicken thighs/ chicken breast (for healthier lean option)

1                      brown onion (chopped)

2 tbsp             sweet soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp      tomato ketchup

2                      baby bok – choy

60 gr               reduced – salt butter

salt to taste

pepper taste

jasmine rice to serve

How to:

  1. Heat up a non-sticky pan on high heat, place butter on it, then chopped brown onion. Sautee them for 2 minutes or until golden soft.
  2. Diced the chicken thighs. And place them in the pan for the next 5 minutes, then turn the other side for the next 3 minutes.
  3. While waiting for the chicken to be cooked, steam the baby bok-choy, season with salt & pepper (add some garlic for more zingy taste).
  4. Stir the sweet soy sauce and tomato ketchup into the fried chicken. Cook for another 2 minutes until all chicken equally covered by the sauce.
  5. Place steamed baby bok-choy on a round plate, top it with rice on the side and stir fry butter chicken in the middle.

 

I hope you enjoy these recipes and more in love with homemade cooking as I do. I am working on some more new easy recipes. So stay tuned for more inspiration. And feel free to share some feedbacks or recipes on the comment below. I would love to try them too. X

 

Love,

Kenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EASY RECIPE // BANANA CHOCO ICED POP

Summer with kids requires many short stop at ice cream stall. Especially with my strong headed toddler, he’s tall enough to peeking on the ice cream trucks and get himself his preferred ice cream flavour. But then, I saw bold rainbow colour on his tongue and tee.  hhmm…that’s not so good, I thought. This was put my attention to any extreme artificial food colouring which may cause any damage to my son’s body. (ahhh..sorry for being so overprotective to my kid, it’s just I want everything the best for him) Any other mums who are over-thinking about almost every thing related to their kids? Who almost google every thing which about to get into their tiny mouths? Then, I FEEL YOU….

Therefore, I decided to make some homemade iced pop batch for the family every week.

Why iced pop? It is so easy easy to make, you need minimal kitchen utensils, and less time consuming than ice cream. Perfect for the season.

Why homemade? It enables me to control the daily dietary intake.

And our current house favourite is a fruit sorbet with a twist. What I truly mean is adding some natural sweetener to it. Thankfully, we were introduced to Fangks sugar free chocolate powder. Fangks is made with Natvia, and is also free from gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, GMOs and artificial colours and flavours. It is safe for Jared; who has mild nuts allergies. Great product, great flavour.

BANANA CHOCO ICED POP

  • 2 peeled banana
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of Fangks sugar free chocolate powder

Steps:

  • slice bananas and freeze them for 30 minutes
  • blend frozen bananas with vanilla yogurt, honey and chocolate powder together until smooth
  • Pour them into the iced pop container, put them back in the freezer for another 1 hour
  • Ready to cure the heat

This recipe is a total winner. Jared said it’s a finger licking good. Happy kids – Happy mumma.

Fangks chocolate powder can be served in many other ways. Sprinkle them on your french toast, add them to your chia pudding recipe, or simply mix them with any kind of milk. It’s time to take your breakfast/dessert to another level.

If you have any other exciting recipes you’ve tried using Fangks or any other chocolate mix, feel free to share yours on the comment below. Because, we would love to try them! x

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Love,

Kenny