Christmas decoration with felt for cookie jar

I had some felts kept aside for a very long time and I thought to do something with it. While Christmas is coming, let’s do some cookie jar decoration as gifts! You can either buy some cookies or bake them yourself. As for the jar, you can use any type of jar. I bought mine from Ikea.

Here are some of the colours that I have. The few Christmas colours to have are green, red, white, and orange.

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You can use any kind of thread depending on how thick you want the outline to be. I choose the normal threads because I prefer to have thinner outlines. If you are not sure what colours to get, you can buy the sewing box which gives you a mixture of colours to use.

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Before starting on what deco to do, you can first measure and cut out a round-shape cloth as the top cover of the cookie jar. The size of the circle would depend on how much you want the cloth to cover the jar and where to tie the ribbon. If still unsure, cut a bigger round and snip it smaller when you tie it on the jar.

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I got my inspiration randomly from Google and came out with these for my 3 cookie jars. You can see that I did not sew all the borders of the mini cloth to the main cloth and use the threads as part of the decoration like the yellow lines on the Christmas tree. I think it is ok to do that if it is not for heavy usage. Otherwise, the sides will be folded or curve up after a few use.

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This is how it looks on the cookie jar. You can buy any patterned ribbon to tie it on.

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Enjoy!

High UV protection Buff – The original multifunctional headwear

Few months back, it was the first time I was introduced with this headwear which just look like a normal cloth. It is interesting how useful it is, easy to wash (machine washable) and easy to carry around.

“High UV Protection BUFF® is a seamless, multifunctional tubular accessory ideal for many warm and hot weather activities. Made with Coolmax® Extreme, High UV Protection BUFF® will wick moisture (sweat) away from your skin faster than any other fabric, making it perfect for every outdoor activity under the sun.” (buffwear.com)

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This is how small it can be folded. Note: My hand is a little smaller than average.

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Buff comes in many types but the most common ones are the ones with UV and non-UV. It is an average of 95% UV protection. Not only that, it comes with polygiene that permanently controls odor. How good can it be, right?

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Product name: Emin
Product code: 100088

There are various ways to wear it. You can refer them to the cardboard that comes with the buff. Here they are…

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For more information, you can see behind the cardboard (like below) or visit their website at www.buff.eu.

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I bought it in Singapore at Outdoor Life, that has 2 outlets. For non UV buff, it’s $30 and for UV, it’s $45.

Outdoor Life Novena
238 Thomson Road #02-60/67 Singapore 307683
Tel: +65 6255 4814

Outdoor Life Wheelock Place
501 Orchard Road #02-18 Singapore 238880
Tel: +65 6235 5928

Outdoor Life sells lots of stuffs for outdoor activities from cycling, hiking, running, etc. You can visit their website at www.outdoorlife.com.sg.

Enjoy!

 

 

Giddens Ko 九把刀 in Singapore

Incidentally came across a talk event by Giddens Ko 九把刀 at Popular Bookfest at Suntec Singapore on 14 December 2013.

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A little of his past work from books to movies was introduced. The movie, You Are the Apple of My Eye, made him more well-known than he already is with his books in Taiwan. This talk focuses on his latest project, a documentary titled “Twelve Nights” 十二夜 which touched me.

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This is a documentary on dogs’ life  in one of a shelter home in Taiwan. The dogs’ life has a 12 days limit from the day they were captured to the day they are euthanised if no one were to adopt them. This is how the documentary title comes about. I am looking forward to watch it.

Here’s a preview…

 

Christchurch

Reaching Christchurch, we first visted one of the famous attraction.

International Antartic Centre

Location:
38 Orchard Road  Christchurch Airport 8053, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 353 7798

Website:
http://www.iceberg.co.nz/

Hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:30

Admission: From NZD25 to 65, depending of the attractions you choose to visit

There these much to do
Storm room: Temperature that goes down to -18 degree celcius
Hagglund ride
Penguin viewing and feeding (10:30 and 15:30 only)
4D movie (prepare some tissues)

The town

Seeing the after effects of Christchurch town is really sad. It was once a lively place but now it looks rather desserted.

The Cathedral

A icon in the centre of the town was once beautiful.
 

Picture source: Google image

But now, it’s sad… and this is the nearest we can be.

The affected areas shaded in red.

Re:Start

Re:Start is an effort rebuild the town supported by Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and it starts here at City Mall with a shopping place made out of containers.

 

 Casino

The casino is still proudly standing and was not affected by the earthquake.

Location:
Victoria Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013  New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 365 9999

Website:
http://chchcasino.co.nz/

Food in Christchurch

With the town in rebuilding, there is not much to eat in town. There are restaurants scattered around. If rented a car, take a drive to Riccarton Road. The street has many restaurants from Asian to Western and supermarket.

Accomodation: City Centre Motel

Picture source: City Centre Motel

Location:
876 Colombo Street  Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 372 9294

Website:
http://www.citycentremotel.co.nz/

Price range: ~NZD60 per person (includes free limited internet usage)

Lake Tekapo

This lake is the 2nd largest lake in South island. It is a beautiful place to view stars but we weren’t take lucky that day. It was a very cloudy day!

Check out more activities here http://www.tekapotourism.co.nz/

This lake is a turquoise-coloured lake where the water are from glaciers of the Southern Alps.

Church of the Good Shepherd

This an iconic place at Lake Tekapo. It was built in 1935 as a place of worship for the pioneer families of Mackenzie country.

Location:
One you reach Lake Tekapo town, it’s very apparent by the lake.

Hours:
Summer (October – April) 09:00 – 17:00
Winter (May – September) 10:00 – 16:00

Collie Sheep Dog

This statue is dedicated to the working collie dog of the Mackenzie and was commissioned on 7th March 1968.

 

Accomodation: Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort

Location:
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo

Tel: +64 3 680 6808

Website:
http://www.laketekapo.com/

Price range: ~NZD65 per person (include free limited internet usage)