It's a Shopkins Tea Party - Ariel is 5!

Posted by ~Summer~ on January 19, 2018
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When I asked the girls what birthday themes they would like for their parties, they didn't take too long to decide. The big sister wanted a Sylvanian themed one (read all about her Sylvanian themed tea party here) while the little sister would like a Shopkins themed one. 

Shopkins? Yup, the one word that was foreign to me not too long ago. Thanks to her classmates, Netflix, colouring/story books and a huge display of Shopkins in every Kiddy Palace we passed by, I soon got acquainted with it. It seemed to me that anything and everything can be a Shopkin so I was pretty thankful because that meant it wouldn't be hard for me to come up with the party decorations and games. 

In this post, I'm sharing all about Ariel's 5th birthday and how she had a blast at her fun-filled Shopkins Tea Party! Woohoo, yes, another birthday post to share!


The Preparation

In wanting to keep the party cosy and intimate, we decided to invite just five of her good friends from school. Since it was her birthday, I gave her the freedom in deciding who to invite and it wasn't long before we did up a simple invitation and passed to them. To our joy, all of them RSVP-ed saying that they would love to come! I was worried that they would be busy or go away on holiday since it was in mid-December so it was really a relief knowing that things could go as planned.



I had to deal with something important from the start and that was to help the big sister determine her role in this party. Initially, she was adamant on wanting to join in all the games as a participant because in her words "Meimei could play all the games during my birthday with my friends, I also want to play with hers." Fair enough, right? So, it was a little tough trying to explain that some of the games were more suited for the younger kids and since she was three years older, I suggested that she could become the game master instead - and she eventually took on that role with glee.

In fact, she helped me to come up with a list of activities and was in charge of writing them down so we couldn't forget. It was really nice to see that she was able to see the big picture and be willing to be my most able assistant on the day itself.



As for our wall decor, I kept it simple and adapted the template I used for the Sylvanian party. All I did was to search for images of Shopkins and superimpose them onto the letters that I wanted to print out for the bunting.


Ariel wanted to have a drawing game too so I did up game cards and printed them out myself - these include everyday items in the house (which might possibly be a Shopkin, haha). I also printed out some colouring pages because these are always handy to keep the early birds occupied while waiting for everyone to arrive.


One of the highlights of our decorations had to be this table centerpiece, which was a Shopkins house we made by ourselves using a cardboard box, wrapping paper, foam, straws, empty containers, felt etc. It took us quite some time to make it two-tiered but we did it eventually! Ariel even designed and drew things like a painting, a clock, a TV screen for the house. We also borrowed some furniture pieces from our Sylvanian sets and of course, chose some of our favourite Shopkins to 'stay' in this cute little house.



Lastly, I know how much my girl would love to play the pinata on her special day so I did a simple one of Popsi Cool using an empty cereal box, crepe paper, felt, cardboard and old socks. I will share more in a Creativity 521 post when I can, stay tuned for more pictures if you are keen to see how it was done.

The Setup

The night before the party, I laid out the Shopkins themed tablecloth and disposable tableware that I bought online (can't seem to find any of them in the party shops here). We put up the lightbox - it's such a great way to teach the kids to spell - and I also printed out round labels to stick onto the party hats.



As for the goodie bags, these have to be the most awesome, generous ones we've given away. See below? Each pack comes with a Shopkins Cutie Car, a Shopkins Kinstructions with buildable figures and over 100 pieces to put together, a sticker book, a chocolate egg and candy.



I was happy to see that the guests were thrilled with these party favours and one parent even asked his daughter when he saw the building set "Are you sure this is for you to take home or not?" and was surprised when we said "Of course!" That is the good thing about having a small party, you get to do more, give more and play more!



Just like the sister, Ariel did a kind deed on her birthday and that was to ask for donations to SPCA and help her animal friends instead of getting gifts. She was very thrilled whenever her friends or their parents gave her the cash and would happily put into the donation box. I'm going to share more about our trip down to SPCA, which we did on her actual birthday, and how we gave her a present she has always wanted to reward her for being such a sweet, sensible girl.



As for the party dresses, we didn't get new ones for the girls but instead ask them to pick what they would like to wear from their wardrobes. Ariel picked out this pretty, purple, princessy dress which fitted her to a tee and I love how happy she looked in it!

 Food

The good thing about organising a tea party is that we don't need to cater or cook up a storm. Instead, we asked the birthday girl what kind of food she would like and just topped up from there. For Ariel's party, we had a variety of treats including donuts, eclairs, cream puffs, croissants, gingerbread cookies, cupcakes, macaroons, cocktail sausages, french fries, nuggets and fresh fruits. Haha yup, definitely an overkill but hey, better to have more than less, right? Our guests were pleasantly surprised that there was so much food and so many choices to pick from and some even commented that the food looked too pretty to eat!






The Party

Now, it's time for the party to begin! First of all, check out this sweet message the big sister wrote for the birthday girl. Yup, so glad I took a picture of it before it got erased as we needed the easel stand and whiteboard for one of the activities.



Activities

Now, let me tell you all about what we did during the party and how we kept our guests entertained!

-> Colouring 

First of all, the kids who arrived first were just to happy to receive a Shopkins wristband and then they proceeded to the colouring station. I know I still love colouring as an adult and I hope my kids will always find the joy in this simple but timeless activity too. I printed out as many different Shopkins colouring pages as I could find and the girls were happy to pick their favourites!



 -> Feed Me

The second activity was to toss the balls into our hungry laundry basket who was dressed up as a Shopkin. Haha, you just need to add eyes and a mouth, right?


All you need to do is throw 20 balls within a time limit and the number of balls you get into the basket will determine your score. The big girl, a.k.a. the game master, was a little nervous but nonetheless very excited to explain the rules to the participants and she was also the time and score keeper too.


I swear it wasn't rigged but Ariel turned out to be the champion of the game with 17 points! Hooray for my girl! Anyway, all of them received this Shopkins bouncy ball to reward them for their efforts, no matter the score.


-> Shopkins Treasure Hunt

This third activity was devised by the game master herself. She thought of hiding Shopkins figurines all around the house and asking the participants to go around and hunt for them one by one. I helped her to improvise it and we decided to split the people into two teams and each team had to locate five specific Shopkins - I took photographs and printed them out as cards for them to refer to. This was a good way to teach them about teamwork and learn to work together cohesively.


So, the game master hid all the 10 Shopkins in different corners of our house and the girls had to go around using their eye power to spot them one by one. You have to have an eye for detail to spot some of them! Can you see one of the Shopkins hidden below?



This game was well-received by the girls who never played anything like it before and they were jumping for joy every time they found one of their Shopkins. The tricky part was when you find a Shopkin that belonged to the other group, should you keep mum or do you give them a clue?


 -> Guess what am I?

For the next activity, it's something that Ariel enjoys and that is... drawing! The girls took turns to draw and the rest would have to guess. The answers would be things that you can find in the house and these can vary from necklaces and shoes to ovens and refrigerators. I find it a good way to help build up confidence too because the kids are usually very afraid and skeptical when they start to draw but display more confidence as they keep trying till their friends guess the correct answer.



The Pinata

Last but not least, this was the one activity many of them looked forward to - smashing up Popsi Cool. Haha, yes, that was literally what they did. The hubby and I managed to tie the pinata onto our laundry rack with twine and adjusted till it was more or less the right height.


I can't believe that I still managed to find the blindfold I did for Angel's Rapunzel Party three years ago! That saved me the hassle of having to make a new one but we couldn't find the wooden sticks we used previously so the hubby and I had to improvise and we decided to use our mop sticks and wrapped them up with Christmas-y paper to jazz them up a little. Haha.


Honestly, I didn't expect Popsi Cool to be able to endure a beating but it managed to stay intact and let each of the girls get a good three turns (each turn involves three hits) at smashing it. Even the big sister and the baby brother got to try it out too and everyone had so much fun!


It's never so much about the treats, right? I mean, we did put lots of stationery, stickers, candies and biscuits inside but I think the fun part was actually in trying to break the pinata and sharing the laughter with your friends.


Cake cutting ceremony

The activities, though simple, took up close to two hours and once we were done, it was time to cut the cake as some of the guests had to reluctantly leave already. Of course, we had to take some group pictures first before saying goodbye!


Here's a close up of the log cake we got from Prima Deli for her special day. We topped it up with a DIY cake topper I printed, as well as some of her Shopkins which she picked out herself. These came with holes in the bottom so all I needed to do was to insert short pieces of straw and poke the other end into the cake.


Ta-dah! Happy turning FIVE, our darling Ariel! We hope you enjoyed your Shopkins Tea Party to the max and will remember these fond moments for a long time to come. Here's a big Thank You to all the friends who attended the party and helped to make this day such a memorable one for our girl.




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More celebrations!

Oh yeah, this blessed birthday girl didn't just get one cake for her birthday, in fact, she had several because we celebrated in school with her teachers and classmates, as well as at home with our closest family members too. Here are some pictures for keepsake.

This was taken in her school and I was so thankful that the hubby could squeeze in some time in the morning to accompany us. It makes a whole lot of a difference with him around and Ariel was over the moon to dress up as a princess to school that day, be surrounded by her family and celebrate her big day with her friends.





Since her birthday is only two days apart from the baby brother's, I wanted them to share a special moment together so I made a no-bake Oreo Cheesecake and let them sing the birthday song and blow the candles together. Awww, my babies are growing up just too fast!


As for our family celebration, it was on the same day that we celebrated Christmas and invited the grandparents, brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as the nieces and nephews to join us at our humble house. It was an evening of good food, of bonding, of joy and laughter, of love and family bliss.



While all the kids were very eager to open up their Christmas gifts, we first had a cake cutting ceremony for Ariel - the last of it all. This was a beautiful carousel design cake from Prima Deli and we really loved how beautiful it looked! It felt so heartwarming to have the whole family come together and give her their blessings, and for everyone to exchange gifts afterwards and feel the love and happiness that was in the air.



Yup, that pretty much marks the end of all my babies' birthday celebrations for 2017. I am so thankful everything went so smoothly and according to, at times even better than, what I had planned. It will be some time before we need to talk about birthdays again and for now, I just wanna cherish each of them before they all turn a year older. Again.


I love you, dearest baby girl Ariel! May you never lose that sparkle in your eyes, that infectious laughter and the ability to brighten up anyone's day. Stay healthy, stay happy and remember you said you will love to hug and kiss Mama even when you are all grown up, okay? We love you much, always and forever!


A new school, A new start

Posted by ~Summer~ on January 16, 2018
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We made a huge decision last year when we decided to let Angel transfer to a new school once she starts her Primary 3 journey in 2018. It wasn't something I had planned on doing if you were to ask me a couple of years ago; but it is something I felt like I had to do now - for the betterment of everyone.

PROXIMITY MATTERS

I have to give you the background information before I let you know why we made this choice. Nearing the end of her Primary 1 year, we already knew we were going to move and so I had put her on a waitlist in a school which will be within a walking distance from our new house. As you know, I'm all about proximity and it is my top criteria when it comes to choosing a primary school (read more of my tips here).

However, things came to a halt there as there were no vacancies and then, P2 year started for her in her previous school and she joined dance as an CCA, had swimming classes for a term, was nominated to become a student leader, aced all her quizzes and exams, and basically settled down so well with her classmates and teachers that she was absolutely loving every day of school. In fact, she had perfect attendance the entire year, other than the one day where we asked for permission to let her skip school to attend a navy family event. This school, despite being a neighbourhood school that did not require balloting and was only 10 years of age, impressed us in more ways than one and I was happy to send all my kids to this school. Why not? It was only a 10-minute walk from where we stayed previously and it was a breeze sending her to and fro school.

That was.... until we reached the minimum occupation period, the baby boy became a toddler who needed more space, the girls were cramped in their bedroom which also functioned as a storeroom, and we realised we needed to move on and were on the hunt for the ideal home which would suit our family needs best.

Within a few months, we were so lucky as to have found this home which seemed like our best bet so far. Things moved on quickly from there - the signing of papers, the appointments with HDB, the renovation, the making of our happy home (go on a house tour here and read all about the making of), the changing of pre-school for the little sister - and we moved into our new house in Jan 2017.

With so many changes in our lives and a hubby who just got promoted and was working into midnight nearly every day, I tried my best to keep up with our routine and thus, Angel remained in her school and a part of me had assumed that maybe this would be it, we would just adapt and get used to travelling to and fro as such.

THE TEDIOUS TRAVELLING

Okay, what travelling?

Let's see. In the morning, she would have to leave home by 7am so that she can reach school by 7:40am. On most days, the hubby would drive her to school and when he couldn't, we had no choice but to get my father-in-law to help (fyi I never like to depend on others for anything in life which explains my strong will in surviving as a SAHM of three without a helper) because I still had to fetch the sister to her preschool by 8am.

As for coming home, even though we opted for the big girl to take the school bus back home, the way it works for her previous school was that there would be NO school bus service every time the child had to stay back - be it for CCA, enrichment classes or any other school activity. Now, her dance practice took place twice a week and she had swimming classes with the school on some days too. That meant.... I had to pick her up myself AT LEAST twice a week. For the whole year.

How long does it take us to travel there by public transport? We have to walk to the train station, switch trains, then walk again to her school - which took us around 40 minutes. One way. If I were to Grab, it would take me just 10-15 minutes but I'd much prefer to go via public transport and not waste money on cabs if I had the choice. Her dismissal timing would be at either 4pm or 4:30pm on CCA days, which means I HAD to wake the younger siblings right smack in the middle of their afternoon naps - that was the most regretful part - and then travel down to her school to pick her. Yes, I can't possibly leave them at home and I wasn't ready to let my P2 girl travel home on trains by herself yet. We would get home at 5-ish and I would need to rush to make dinner. Sometimes I would opt to dine outside on our way back and yes, I am quite the expert already at dining out with three young kids (read my 15 tips here) because having to solo parent on most weekdays, I don't really get a choice.

It was hard, but we survived that for a whole year. A whole year of spending so much time to commute and disrupting naps and wasting money on school buses and having to wake up earlier than if the school was as near to us as it used to be. Still, seeing how much she enjoyed school and had a passion for learning was my greatest motivation to keep going.

THE OFFER

Then, we got a call from her new school to say that there would be vacancies at Primary 3 and she was offered one of the slots. It was a surprise to me because I had assumed that after a year of being in the waitlist, chances would be very slim. The hubby and I had a talk about it and while we both supported the idea of transferring (you have no idea how much he dreads the traffic jams when sending the girl to school because it makes him late for work), we wanted to respect her choice and her preferences. I didn't take up the offer immediately but told them to give us some time to think as I wanted to consult the girl first and not disregard her voice in this matter. Of course, her first reaction was NOPE, I don't want to change. But this girl, I tell ya, she is amazing in more ways than one and she often displays maturity which is beyond her age.

Throughout the course of a week, we had a few discussions and we listed the pros and cons for her. She started to be more open to the idea and in fact gave me this reply one night "Mummy, let me go and think about it." Every time she asked us what WE wanted for her, I assured her that what we wanted was not as important as what she wanted and I made sure that I listened to all her concerns. A friend of ours, who is a vice-principal, told me that he thought we were kind and patient because if it were him, he would have just taken up the transfer offer and told his daughter straightforwardly that she IS going to change to another school. He also assured me that kids of this age are very adaptable and since we were going to a new school of similar age and similar philosophies, she would settle down very quickly.

When our mature firstborn gave us the green light and said she was ready to accept the changes and move to a new school, things progressed swiftly from there. I broke the news to her classmates and teachers, held a farewell party for her, printed out autograph book pages for her friends to fill up so that she could have a form of closure. I also did all the paperwork, ran to and fro the schools to settle all the documents transfer and the end of last year, she was officially transferred and I did all the usual preparation - get the school uniforms, buy the books and stationery, wrap the books, iron the name tags and so on. How exciting, right? A new school, a new start for all of us.

All excited to go back to school again, though we love the school holidays a lot since we get to spend 24/7 together.

For those of you who might be looking at transferring your child too, here's a quick overview of the procedure.

APPLYING FOR A SCHOOL TRANSFER

If you have shifted and would like to transfer your child to a school nearer to your new residence, you can do so online via STEPS-IS here. However, you might not be guaranteed a place in your first choice of school so I would recommend that you do it the manual way, like what we did, instead.

1) Visit the school you would like to transfer your child to and fill up the necessary form for request of student transfer. You will be put on a wait list until further notice.

2) When there is a vacancy and the new school calls you up (in our case, it took over a year), you will need to confirm if you wish to take up the slot. Once you decide to, go down to the new school to obtain the acceptance form which has been endorsed by their principal.

3) Take the acceptance form back to your current school and break the news at the General Office that you are transferring your child to another school. It is best to withdraw only when you have confirmed a place in the new school. The principal, or head of admin, will have to endorse accordingly and you are required to get back all the necessary documents (those that were done at P1 registration) and your child's report book - which might take slightly longer if exams are just over.

4) Submit the form, report book and all the documents to the new school and you are more or less done! What's left to do is to buy the new books for the new year, get the new school uniforms, orientate your child and help him/her settle down in the new environment when school starts.

On the last day of the first week of school, it was raining when we made our way back home after picking up the big girl. Which was also the last time we did that.

OUR NEW ROUTINE

Two weeks into the new school year, she has settled down well and is showing her usual bubbly self who loves to read, loves school, loves making new friends and loves to learn. Yippee! What I love most is all the good things that come with our new routine, namely:

- The girls wake at around 6:45am, the elder sister usually sets her own alarm and wakes on her own, which is something she has done since she was in P2. I wake the little sister and one of the best things that can happen when you wake up in the morning is to have breakfast with your sibling, which was something they could never do previously because the elder sister had to rush to travel to her school.

- We all get ready to head out by 7:25am (actually we can leave at 7:30am and we will still be in time) and I bring ALL three kids with me. Yes, just me because the hubby needs to go to work. We walk the eldest to school, then send the middle, and finally I bring the youngest with me to breakfast and grocery shopping. All we need to do is.... walk! No more needing to take the bus, travel by train or depend on the public transport, woohoo!

- I get to spend a couple of hours at home with the boy and I make lunch too, then at 11:30am we head out again to fetch the little sister from her preschool. Yes, she only goes for 3.5 hours of school even at K2 level. We have lunch at home, or sometimes at the food court if I don't cook, the two younger ones play together for a while and then I make them go take their naps.

- At around 2pm, the big sister comes home and she does it all by HERSELF! By the way, she got into the same excellence CCA as she was in previously, which I think is very important in helping her to look forward to the new school too. This girl ah, I intended to pick her from school the whole of the first week before letting her try coming home herself and on the second day, she already voiced out that she could do it and it was okay if I stayed home with the younger ones. What??! Yes, that's my independent, wise and sensible child who reminds me so much of myself (I started walking home at Primary 1 and crossing road junctions on my own, so says my mum). Anyway, we still picked her from school the first week and the younger siblings were happy to get to scoot to her school on sunny days and carry umbrellas on rainy ones. Their nap times got delayed with all the going in and out of the house but I really wanted to at least be a good mum for a week? Haha.

- Now, the big girl brings her own umbrella so that she can come home herself, be it rain or shine. She did so for the whole of second week and I think in such matters, practice makes perfect and she will only get more confident as time passes. Yes, I've reminded her umpteen times to be careful on the road (she has to cross a small road, a crossroad junction with traffic lights and two zebra crossings to get home) and so far, I know this girl is really cautious so it's time to let go and give her the opportunity to try. After all, when she took the school bus back last year at Primary 2, I also let her walk to the carpark and come up the elevator on her own already.

- She gets to eat a hot lunch at home because I will get it ready on the dining table for her. When she finishes, she even manages to take a quick nap. Yes, no more time wasted on travelling means more time to rest, more time to eat, more time to spend with her siblings and more time to be with me. That is why I will always prefer to go to a school nearby, it truly makes a huge difference!

 A new ergonomic school bag from MoonRocks, thanks for giving the girl a great start

As for me, I feel thankful that we are getting into the swing of things, the new routine seems to be serving us well and that will be the way it goes for the next 10 years of my life. Yup, I have two more kids who have yet to go to primary school but boy am I glad they are all in good hands, thanks to the eldest sister who made the leap, and we will all be able to walk to school from now on. At least, till they reach secondary school which is too far for me to think about right now.

Thank you, my dear Angel, for being my brave, sensible one and for being so mature in handling this matter. Mummy is so proud of you and glad to see that you are loving your new school too! I hope you will be happy every day and never for a moment feel that you have expectations to live up to, but instead be able to shine in your own ways, forge strong friendships and bonds, embrace every opportunity to learn and find joy in everything you do.


Creativity 521 #117: When fashion meets art {Review and Giveaway of Squiggle Doddle}

Posted by ~Summer~ on January 11, 2018
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It's been a while since the kids and I sat down to do something creative and I'm glad we took time over the weekend to do it. They have been looking forward to this for some time, it's just that we were so busy during the year end and they just had to patiently wait. Now, imagine how much fun it would be if you were allowed to design your own shoes, shirts and bags? I'm not sure about you but I know we were very excited to try creating our first wearable fabric art pieces!

In this issue of Creativity 521, I'll be introducing you to Squiggle Doodle and sharing with you more about their fabric art products - which make for a great party activity, gift set or art session with your little ones to let their imagination flow and build up their confidence at the same time. There will also be a giveaway so do read till the end to join.

Let's see what happens when fashion meets art and why my kids enjoyed this activity so much!

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All our items were neatly packed and arranged in these cardboard boxes when they arrived. There were also hard copy instructions and drawing tips provided so that first-timers would know how to go about doing fabric art.




If you take a look at Squiggle Doodle's website, you will realise that they offer a small range of products, including doodle tees, bags, pencil cases, shoes, rompers and so on. These are being sold at fairly affordable pricing so while the quality of the fabric is mediocre, the fabric markers - which they manufacture themselves - are of good quality and come in very vibrant colours. The paint and markers are both non-toxic so they are safe enough for kids, even toddlers, to use.


We were most excited about the shoes because this was something very new to us so even though the girls noticed some faint yellow spots on their white canvas shoes, we knew they could be covered up later on so it didn't bother us.




I'll be sharing about the three products we tried out, namely the Doodle Case, Doodle Tees and Doodle Shoes.

Doodle Case 

When I was planning for Angel's Sylvanian party (read all about it here), I wanted to include an art activity which was simple to do, didn't take up too much time yet one which was fun-filled and allowed the kids to be creative. 


I figured out the Doodle Case would be a great addition to the party and went on to order more sets from Squiggle Doodle so that each of the party guests could have one and bring it home after the party. Each Doodle Case set comes with a zip canvas pencil case and a set of seven permanent fabric markers. The pencil case is not too big and measures 20 cm x 10 cm, so while we don't use it for school, they are great for containing stationery when we go out (my kids love to draw and do colouring).



The kids took around 15-20 minutes to finish designing and colouring their pencil cases. Even though it is recommended that you use a pencil to sketch your design lightly first, most of them chose to draw their own creations immediately and then proceeded to colour. Well, I think whatever works best for your child will do. The most important thing is to give them the freedom to come up with whatever designs they like, no matter what we adults think of them.



Here's how their pencil cases look like in the end.


Doodle Tees

If you could design your own t-shirt, what print would you want on it? Not too easy to come up with an answer, right? The kids took a while to brainstorm on this and while Angel was resolute in having a "Happy Family" theme, Ariel wanted a Shopkins one since that was the theme of her birthday party this year (I'll write about it very soon!).

To help her move along and come up with a picture that truly resembles a Shopkin, I printed out some images for her to choose from. If you print a picture large enough, you can put it under the front layer of the tee and trace over it. If not, you can just do freehand drawing like what we did. Alternatively, you can also make use of drawing stencils too. While I drew the outline for her, she added in the colours on her own and this time, we chose to paint instead since the area to be covered was huge.


One good thing about using paint is that you can mix the colours and blend, shade, or add in highlights, shadows etc. For our Apple Blossom (the name of the Shopkin she chose), we used a mixture of dark green, light green and yellow to create a layering effect.



To make the tee more personalised, she added in her name at the top and this was done using the fabric markers which came in the set too. To make the lines more prominent, you have to use repeated strokes and this must be done carefully, so it really helps to build up the child's patience.


As for the big girl, she amazed me with her determination in wanting to draw a picture of our entire family and not only that, she displayed such patience when she took over 2.5 hours to finish her tee. Yes, it took her that long because she made effort stroke by stroke and every bit of her tee was done on her own. Zero help from me!



She even took a satay stick when she wanted to paint the facial features because the paintbrushes that came in the set were too thick for the job. Yes, this girl has always been so meticulous and is such a perfectionist that she reminds me of myself. She drew a picture of the five of us standing outside a house by the lake, we were holding slices of bread to feed the turtles and fishes. So cute, right?


As for the baby brother's tee, all of us chipped in (including the Daddy) to draw some of his favourite things - a train, a bird, a ball and so on.



Here's a close look at their final tee designs. What do you think of them?







Doodle Shoes

The girls were most thrilled about this because it isn't often that you get a chance to wear out shoes and tell others that you designed them yourself, right?




While they did use the fabric markers to write their names and draw in some designs like flowers, stars and heart shapes, they were most excited about the... GEMS! These decorations come in very beautiful and yummy designs like lollipops, macaroons, cakes, biscuits, donuts, chocolate and marshmallows. I really love all of them! Depending on the size of the shoes, you can choose the Big or Small gems, or in our case, the girls wanted to mix and then choose their favourites.

The Big shoes come in sizes 27 to 40 while the Small ones are from sizes 22 to 26. I have to say that Squiggle Doodle are very generous with the gems because after covering the front parts of the shoes (the sides are not recommended), we still have plenty of gems to spare and the kids have decided to add them to their Sylvanian collection. Just nice, right?


We used hot glue to stick the gems in place but UHU glue will do the trick too. Do be careful to guide or supervise your child when using the glue gun as it's easy for the heat to burn their little fingers and hands.



Ta-dah! Here's a look at their completed shoes, which they can't wait to wear out and show their friends!





Here are more shots of the kids after their happy art session! While they might not be the most fashionable, I must say these fabric art pieces are truly one of a kind and it's really awesome to don something that is unique, personalised and in this case, self-designed!




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GIVEAWAY

For those of you who are keen to let your child try out these fun products by Squiggle Doodle, I am giving away a Doodle Complete Shoes Set to one of you!


To participate, leave a comment in this blog post with your name and email address, and tell me what you love about fabric art. Indicate that you have done so and to increase your chances of winning, you can choose to carry out the rest of the options. Best of luck!

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To find out more about Squiggle Doodle, visit their website, Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: We received complimentary products from Squiggle Doodle for review purposes. All photos and opinions are our own.


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