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Fairy jar lanterns

Mid-Autumn is coming. As usual, I will be looking out for lantern crafts to do around this time. Came across these pretty fairy lanterns and just had to give it a try!
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As you can see, I didn’t stick to just fairies! Actually, it’s because I couldn’t find any fairy cutouts, so I had to cut my own. I did that by googling for ‘fairy silhouettes’, printing them out, sticking them on a cardboard, and finally making the cutouts with scissors and penknife. Yes, it’s a quite a bit of work. But since I succeeded in cutting out the fairy, I thought ‘why stop there?’ and did cutouts of Kiki and Jiji on a broomstick and a unicorn too!

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My cutting skill is quite awesome right? :p

Except for the cutouts, I bought everything else from Daiso. Mason jars, colored Led lights (orange, white and blue), and the decorations. Fairy jar was done entirely by me. Well, so were the other 2 but the kids designed them. Mandy did the unicorn jar, and Barry the Kiki jar. They wanted to add so much stuff to their jars omg. I had a hard time twisting and securing everything onto the jars. Haha. So fun though!

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I came up with the idea to put 3 different colored lights in one jar. Gosh, so gorgeous!

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So you can see the decor better…

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The twines, leaves and berries look much better when the jars are not lit. They actually make very nice decorative jars just like that but I’m too lazy to take a picture. Ha.

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Like this fairy lantern project? Why not try it. The hardest part will be making the cutouts if you cannot get ready made ones. And sticking on the tissue paper. Mine tore like crazy. Oh, I used scotch tape to stick the cutouts. Glue didn’t work for me. And I didn’t put glitter.

The kids love them. They wanted to hang them on a stick and go for a walk in the park. Hmmm. Not sure I can make them happen. Haha. Have fun!

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Farm fresh

In a bid to reduce the household’s carbon footprint (I’m serious), and on a mission to eat more healthily, I sought out this neighborhood farm, Oh Chin Huat Hydroponics farm. Check out how beautiful these vegetables are! And this was taken 2 days after they were bought from the farm.

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We’ve been eating organic vegetables for many years now. Been through 2 organic vegetables delivery services but they were less than satisfactory. The organic selection at the supermarkets is also not great.

The vegetables from this farm are not certified organic because well, I think there is only certification for soil-grown produce. I talked to the owners and toured the farm a bit and was more or less satisfied that their produce are at least not harmful. What’s more, they are super fresh and mostly cheaper than in the marts.

Not everything there are grown in their farm. They get supplies from elsewhere too. Some greens that are grown there are the butterhead lettuce (pictured below), basil and mint (pictured above), round spinach, chye sim, and if I’m not wrong, kang kong. If in doubt, just ask the lovely aunties there. They are very happy to advise and recommend!

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I love love love their basil. You just cannot find such plump and fresh (and cheap ones) from the marts. That week, we had so many basil dishes. The Thai-style basil minced meat has to be our favorite though. It’s absolutely delicious!

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I also cooked basil fried rice, with grilled portobello.

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I must mention that I will never buy portobello from anywhere else again.

Since the farm is not far from our place, we bought the kids there one Saturday morning. After putting on our thick jackets, we had a great time shopping at the walk-in fridge. There are 2 there. If you cannot find what you want, ask the ladies.

The kids enjoyed it so much they want to go every week. Haha. Next time we’re there, I’ll ask for a short farm tour. :p

Company of Cats

My girl first asked me to bring her to a cat cafe a couple of years ago. At that time, the boy was still very young and had absolutely no interest in spending a quiet hour with the furry creatures. I myself wasn’t too keen either. Well, not a kitty fan here.

But you know how your kids influence you. Like how they somehow made me like brinjals and ladies’ fingers. Weird.  So now yeah, I must admit that cats are…. sigh… cute. Ya, they are cute. Kind of. And Barry has somehow acquired a liking for them too. He gushes (yes gushes) over Neko Atsume, I kid you not. So, last friday, I brought them to The Company of Cats.

Look at the pretty cats! I went a bit shutter crazy. Can’t blame me. The cats are very photogenic, the most photogenic being this one here, called Meringue. (Love all their names, by the way)
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She slept half the time and we didn’t really think much of her there. But she looks gorgeous in all her pictures.

Lily (the one facing the camera) and her son, Harry.

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Belle is the fluffiest kitty ever. She’s very chill too which means we could stroke her all we wanted. And oh man, she is such a pleasure to stroke. Such soft soft fur.

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Sasha was the most active. She has quite a fiery temper too. She’s beautiful though.

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Elliot is a sweetheart! He is all of our favorite! He looks much much better in real life.

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Meringue sleeping.

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Kitty themed decor. Spot my favorite Totoro!

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Belle preening. You can see that her fur is silky soft.

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Boy playing with Harry. Lily was taking a long nap.

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Mags. She (or he?) looks like the normal street cat variety but she’s gorgeous. Now we know how important grooming is.

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Playing with Coco.

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Mags and Elliot pining for the outside.

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Meringue went to a different place to sleep. I guess we were disturbing her. Haha.

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Meringue came out and promptly fell asleep again. So adorable.

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Elliot finally left the door.

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Interacting with Harry.

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Coco came out of her hiding place too.

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More cats came out of their cat rest room. We didn’t get to play with them much though since it was almost time for us to leave.

This is Skippy.

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Lulu.

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Daisy the cutiepie.

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Meringue finally awake! I am not sure why I took so many pictures of her.

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Kids were very reluctant to leave. They stood for a while, outside the cat room to wave goodbye to the cats. Girl loves the cafe very much. Boy admitted he was kind of bored but he seemed to have enjoyed himself too. We were the only customers there on a weekday afternoon. Although not all the cats were out in the cat room, there were enough for us to gush over. It’s a nice experience.

Finally bade goodbye. I brought the kids to a nearby soya sauce chicken place for dinner. It’s where hubby and I used to eat at. The kids LOVED it! Especially the girl. I’m very heartened to see her enjoying the food so much.

Then, we had a short tour inside Chinatown Point. It’s the kids’ first time there and they were fascinated by the spiral design of the mall.

You can imagine how exhausted we were by the time we reached home. Well, we had lots of fun! Had to spend Saturday resting at home though. Haha.

 

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