Tuesday, October 27, 2015

DIY : Yoga Mat Cleaner

Ever wondered how dirty your yoga/pilates/fitness mat gets after a workout?
Trust me, its gross! Imagine sweating on it and re-using it again and again.
So I did some research and reading and I found the best solution to clean my mats.

Here's what you need : 

Water (Filtered or Mineral)
White Vinegar
Spray Bottle (Any size)
Tea Tree Oil (Any anti-bacterial oil)

1. Fill the bottle with water, vinegar and 10 - 30 drops of Tea Tree Oil.
2. Mix and shake well.
3. Spray it on your mat and wipe clean!

I place it on the staircase rail so its easier to clean and dry.
Remember to clean both sides of the mat!

Its just that simple!
I got my spray bottle from Daiso for Rm5.30.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DIY : Mini Palette Coasters

Today, I have something cute to share with you guys.
I personally am obsessed with wood palettes or just anything wooden.
I came across this random DIY video in youtube and I decided to give it a go.
Its something very useful too.

Here's what you need to get started :

Cutting Board / Pad
Popsicle Sticks 
E6000 Glue
X-Acto Knife
Silver Marker

If you don't have the E6000 glue, hot glue gun is fine too! 

First, you will need 12 popsicle sticks to make 1 mini palette. 
Draw a line at both of the ends close to the rounded edge. 
That would be the part you will be cutting off to get that palette effect.

It will look like this.

Then, cut off the ends with an X-Acto knife or a pair of scissors.
Scissors would be the best.

It should look like this!

Its okay if the edges are a little pointy and uneven. 
You can trim it nicely with a pair of scissors if you want it to look neat.

Then, put on some glue at both ends and also the center of the popsicle stick.
Hot glue and the E6000 dries up pretty fast so make sure to be quick.

This is where the glue should be.

Once the glue is on, grab 3 popsicle sticks and stick them on vertically.
Set it aside to dry for a bit. (Picture 1) 

You can then stick the another popsicle stick horizontally at the other end of the popsicle sticks that are placed vertically to keep them stable. I used the width of from the cutting board to make sure they were straight and evenly aligned.(Picture 2) 

Once that is done, stick on the top part and set them aside to dry again. 
(Picture 3 & 4)

Once everything is dry, stick on the remaining popsicle sticks and it should look like the picture above.

For the final touches, use a silver marker to draw 2 dots on each popsicle stick
for the nail effect like the real wood palette and you're done!

I made one with a rainbow coloured popsicle stick I got from the stationary shop.
I used a clear coat spray paint to spray on the mini palettes before using them.
This is so the colour won't fade when it comes in contact with water.

I hope my tutorial was easy to follow. Trying really hard to explain it in words.
Do leave a comment below if you need more info or if you have any other questions.
I'll be back with another DIY!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DIY : State Canvas

Hey y'all!
Recently I came across this cute Pinterest inspired bedroom decor that showed a picture of a hand painted canvas with a map on it which got me thinking, "Why didn't I think of this? This is pretty easy to make!". So I did!
Went around to get some supplies and also asked my brother to bring back some other stuff that I needed from Singapore since they have everything there.

So here's what you need :

Canvas (Any size of your choice)
Acrylic Paint (Any colour of your choice)
Map Template (Any state of country of your choice)

X-Acto Knife (Scissors or Stationary Knife is fine too)

Liquitex (Or Mod Podge)

First, place the template on your canvas to check if its the correct size that you want. Mine was slightly too big so I traced inside the template to make it smaller.

After drafting out a new template, you can start cutting out the template using your X-Acto knife or any cutting material you prefer. Be sure to place a cutting board or cardboard underneath the template before cutting.

Note : Please be careful not to cut yourself. The X-Acto knife is really sharp.
Once its done, it should look like this!

Then, paint the canvas with blue to represent the sea or if you like it plain white, you can skip this step.
I chose a lilac colour for this so it looks more sweeter!

Don't forget to paint the sides of the canvas too!

Once that's done, set it aside to dry. It shouldn't take long for the acrylic paint to dry up.
Mine took roughly around 10 - 15 mins to dry.

Once everything is dry, use some Scotch tape to tape the template in place before painting it on.
If you are really good with painting or sketching, you can free hand this if you like.
Then start mixing the colours that you want and paint away!

After painting everything, leave it to dry again.
This should take about 10 - 20 mins to dry.

You can peel off the template once everything is dry and it should look like this!
Use a paintbrush to paint the the edges if there are any part that are not neat.

Then, I used Liquitex (which is similar to Mod Podge) to seal off the acrylic paint onto the canvas. If you dont have Liquitex or Mod Podge, you can use a spray sealant too!

*click for better view*

If you plan to get Liquitex or Mod Podge, look out for this info before purchasing it.
If you have that, then you're good to go!

You can pour this amount if your canvas is big but if its smaller, half of this amount would be enough.

Paint it on and again, don't forget the sides of the canvas!

Set it aside to dry and then you're done!

Love how it looks on my bedside table!

(Photos taken by Roy)

More DIYs coming soon!
Figuring out what to do next for the time being.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Project #tanahairku by Petronas at Suria Sabah, KK City

'PETRONAS' celebrates Malaysia Day with the launch of project #tanahairku - to inspire love for the nation as well as to educate the younger generation on the significance of being an independent nation.

The creation of two murals artistically done by local Sabahan artists revealed during the launch and each artwork showcasing the best of Malaysia, particularly Sabah's unique cultural heritage.

This is the third edition of #tanahairku covers three states - Sabah , Sarawak and Johor. 
A total of 22 street artists have been commisioned to paint 10 selected walls in Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Johor Bahru. 

The artists behind the murals in KK City were by Cracko Art.

Here we have the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment,
YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun launching #tanahairku by spray painting on the final words to complete the mural for the backdrop.

Bloggers group photo with the Minister!
(L-R : Meitzeu, Charlotte, Calista, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Me and Chloe)

Of course one for myself!

Flash mob

"Building a Nation"
Located at Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens.

Story : Huminodon, the daughter of the Goddess of the Earth breathes sustenance, 
transforming it into a fertile land. The toy blocks represents Malaysia's 13 states while the wind element in the background represents Sabah. Nevertheless, no matter what the elements are, our lives are intertwined as one.

Artists : Harold Reagan Eswar (Harold), Kwan Thung Seng (Kwan) 
& Anddy Romeo Dulait (Anddy) 

(Address : Wisma Sabah Management Corporation
Jalan Haji Saman, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.)

VIPs, bloggers and media went invited to go on a short tour to the visit the 2nd mural on our very own bus. Felt like a tourist in my own town.

Located at Wisma Intiutama - Lorong Dewan

Story : Set against the background of wind and clouds to strongly denote its place of origin, BAH is a colloquial word for Sabahans to express various kinds of emotions, making it a rich language. It can also be an acronym, for what it represents today. 'B' stands for bagi-bagi or share in English where we share our lives and values with one another. 'A' is for apple! Just kidding. 'A' is for arts representing the creative scenes that are much alive in our country; while 'H' represents heritage perfectly captured by diverse cultural and natural elements.

Artists : Crig Roynno Francis (Cracko), Suparno Sapar (Phey) 
& Lydiana Iliyas (Lybby).

(Address : No.28, Lorong Dewan , 
P.O.Box 12156, 88823 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.)

For more photos , click here!
Interested to know more about Cracko Art, click here!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Art Factory at CAD (Centre for Arts & Design), Kota Kinabalu

A month ago,
there was an event called "The Art Factory" that was organized at CAD and boy I was excited and hyped for 2 weeks waiting for it to finally arrive!

Its an event where all talented and gifted artists come together and showcase their works and also to sell them too. It was such a beautiful  sight when I first step foot into CAD and I seriously didn't know where to start. It might look like a small thing going on but man I spent quite a while just looking around there TRYING HARD not to spend all my money (Which I almost did).

Jacquezel Booth

They make genuine leather bags and clutches at affordable prices.
The designs are pretty simple and it can easily be matched with almost anything!

The BlackPuppeteer Booth 

I was so close to buying so many of these cute keychains and buttons!
How could you resist? Her doodles are just the cutest.

Bikin Booth

Our very own talented and gifted local jewellery maker who makes the prettiest accessories! Handmade with perfection and not forgetting her passion for doodling too!

Fabric Fanatics Booth

Ihave been a loyal follower of this blogshop for years now and I was super excited to finally meet the owner and to grab a few fabrics of my own!

It was pretty cheap and my eyes went crazy looking at all the beautiful prints and fabrics, buttons, lace and etc.. HEAVEN!

I hope these sort of events will happen more often as we have so many undiscovered talents that needs a chance to showcase their artwork and masterpieces.
I really can't wait for the next Art Factory and hope this time there will be more participants as well.

For more photos, click here!