Table Fan Makeover

Did this project a few months back, and I took these footage as an experimental project to learn more about video editing. Recently, I revisited these clips on my desktop and decided to try and put these footage together on iMovie, which ended as a tutorial video :) Knowing the basics now and limitations to the programme, I think it's time for Premiere Pro! 

This was an experimental video using spray paints, and I love it! This project definitely gave me a whole list of items I would love to try and work on someday. Have fun!

Rose Apple Pastry

Recently, I wanted to make some desserts to bring along my trip and I came across this recipe, which looked fairly easy and it needed just a few ingredients. And of course, they looked really cute and I thought it would be an interesting take of an apple pie.

Here's my attempt on the Rose Apple Pastry recipe.

Ingredients:
Red apples
Ready-made puff pastry
Brown sugar
Cinnamon
Butter
1 Egg yolk
Icing sugar (optional)
Flour (dusting while rolling)

I bought these dark red apples, that were pretty small in size. I've seen people using larger red apples and they give a really nice rose petal effect too. 

I bought these dark red apples, that were pretty small in size. I've seen people using larger red apples and they give a really nice rose petal effect too. 

Remove the core from the apples.

Remove the core from the apples.

The key is to slice them nice and thin. The thinner it is, the nicer the petals are going to look and it will be easier to soften them later. 

The key is to slice them nice and thin. The thinner it is, the nicer the petals are going to look and it will be easier to soften them later. 

Soak them in salt water or lemon juice to prevent apples from oxidising. 

Soak them in salt water or lemon juice to prevent apples from oxidising. 

Place the apple slices into a bowl and put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until soft. If you have alot of apples, you can work in batches.

Place the apple slices into a bowl and put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until soft. If you have alot of apples, you can work in batches.

Make sure they are soft and bendable, as such. These will ensure the petals will turn out really nice! 

Make sure they are soft and bendable, as such. These will ensure the petals will turn out really nice! 

Lightly butter your tin cans (Lightly... too much fats at the bottom will make them soggy, so go easy on the butter)

Lightly butter your tin cans (Lightly... too much fats at the bottom will make them soggy, so go easy on the butter)

Now onto the puff pastry. I bought this 1kg puff pastry from Bake With Yen (RM11++) and it yielded me about 36 pieces. Make sure you keep it in the fridge until you are ready to work with it. With our humid temperature,  you have to work fast before it starts getting sticky. Use flour to keep your rolling pin from sticking to your pastry. Cut out strips from your pastry sheets and roll it out once.

Now onto the puff pastry. I bought this 1kg puff pastry from Bake With Yen (RM11++) and it yielded me about 36 pieces. Make sure you keep it in the fridge until you are ready to work with it. With our humid temperature,  you have to work fast before it starts getting sticky. Use flour to keep your rolling pin from sticking to your pastry. Cut out strips from your pastry sheets and roll it out once.

Lightly butter one side of the pastry. In a separate bowl, mix one (1) portion of cinnamon to two (2) portions of brown sugar. If you would like it sweeter, add more sugar into this mixture. 

Lightly butter one side of the pastry. In a separate bowl, mix one (1) portion of cinnamon to two (2) portions of brown sugar. If you would like it sweeter, add more sugar into this mixture. 

Sprinkle a generous amount of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture you've just made.

Sprinkle a generous amount of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture you've just made.

Now, here comes the fun part! Arrange your slices from left to right, making sure your apples are slightly above your pastry. Make sure all the slices are soft and bendable. If they are crunchy, and hard to bend, put them back in the microwave for a few more seconds :)

Now, here comes the fun part! Arrange your slices from left to right, making sure your apples are slightly above your pastry. Make sure all the slices are soft and bendable. If they are crunchy, and hard to bend, put them back in the microwave for a few more seconds :)

Fold your pastry.

Fold your pastry.

Sprinkle another generous round of brown sugar and cinnamon mixture 

Sprinkle another generous round of brown sugar and cinnamon mixture 

Starting from the left or right, roll it tight till the end

Starting from the left or right, roll it tight till the end

With 1 egg yolk in a bowl, add some milk/water to dilute the mixture, and make sure the top and sides of the pastry is covered. This step will ensure that your pastry turns golden brown.

With 1 egg yolk in a bowl, add some milk/water to dilute the mixture, and make sure the top and sides of the pastry is covered. This step will ensure that your pastry turns golden brown.

Leave it in the oven about 220C for about 40-45mins or until golden brown.

Leave it in the oven about 220C for about 40-45mins or until golden brown.

I would really like to try this another time, using lighter coloured apples to see the results of these pastry, but they should turn out golden brown like these :)

I would really like to try this another time, using lighter coloured apples to see the results of these pastry, but they should turn out golden brown like these :)

Dust some extra icing sugar for decoration, or eat them with ice cream, or just by themselves. They make great snacks! 

Dust some extra icing sugar for decoration, or eat them with ice cream, or just by themselves. They make great snacks! 

Makeup Brush Drying Rack

I've never fuss much about my makeup brushes in the past. I'll wash my brushes and lay them on a piece of towel to dry overnight. But recently I came across the lovely Benjabelle Brush Tree while surfing on youtube and thought it was a great way to dry the brushes. These quality beauties range from $19.95-$39.95. So, I thought I would try and design one with some familiar materials. If you would like to know how this was constructed, read on :)

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There were many DIY projects that people have done; in fact, many done in half the cost, time and they work just as well. Google/ Youtube 'DIY Brush Rack' and there are many tutorials out there. But I was still very attracted to the Benjabelle's Brush Tree and wanted something closer to that. (There's a pic of it below)

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Project inspired by the Benjabelle Brush Tree Materials used: A rack, 2 circle templates, Magnets, Anti-slip mat Tools used: Hot Glue Gun/ Superglue, 1/4" double sided tape, Blade, Ruler, Artline250 marker.

(Scroll down for more information about each material used)

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1. Circle Template | Art Friend - RM11/pc (member price) The thicker it is, the better. If you have more thinner brushes, you would want to find one that has smaller circles.

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2. Foldable Rack | Daiso - RM5 Ideally, get something that has the same base dimension of your circle template. Thankfully, this rack fits the circle template I bought beautifully. Daiso has all kinds of things under one roof, so you can definitely try this place!

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It was a great bonus that this was a foldable rack and also a magnetic one. This allows the pieces to be detached and stored away when not in use.

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3. VARIERA Drawer Mat | IKEA - RM19.90(roll) Alternative: Any bendable material like a foam sheet/ similar material will work well. You will only need a small piece from this entire roll :)

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4. 1cm Round Magnet | Art Friend - RM5 (member price) You will only need 4 pieces.

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Step 1 Turn the rack upside down; we will be using the bottom as the top.

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Step 2 Place one of your circle template onto your mat (on the smoother side). That's the exact amount you will only need.

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Step 3 Using a marker (I used a black Artline 250 Permanent Marker), trace out each of the circles and also the sides of the circle template.

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Step 4 For each circle, you will divide them into 8, like cutting a cake.

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Step 5 Now we will remove all the ink marks. I used some makeup remover on a cotton pad and rubbed it over the entire surface.

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Step 6 Tape each of the sides and inbetweens with 1/4" double sided tape.  You would then tape this to the mat, and tape the other circle template on top of that. You would end up with a sandwich (circle template - rubber- circle template). Make sure you press the sides till they are fasten tightly together. We will now call this the 'top'

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Step 7 Place the 'top' on the rack to determine where the magnets should be placed to be fasten. Attach the magnets to the bottom of the 'top' with a hot glue gun / superglue and leave it awhile for it to set. Once dry, go ahead and plop it up on the rack. The magnets allows you to remove the top and fold up the rack if you want to store them away.

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This rack has 34 holes (2 are way too small to fit any brushes), but they managed to hold up to 40+ brushes- ranging from large handles to thin ones - all these below.

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If you notice after hanging all of them on it to dry, it can get rather heavy in the middle. Thus I used a bookend to hoist it up. Other than that, it held each of the brushes very well, it's easy to use and now all my brushes dries the same time! *I use brush guards to keep the shape of my brushes while drying. Found a cheaper alternative to buying loose pieces of makeup brush guard covers is to buy a roll of it and cut it into your desired sizes. (I got mine for RM5 and one roll is enough for about 14 brushes) You can get some here.

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What's helpful is that some larger holes can fit a few thin brushes as well.

And that's my take on making a drying rack for my makeup brushes :)


S+S: Thank You Cards

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This project was for a lovely couple who wanted to thank a group of important people who helped them with their wedding preparation. A total of 32 pieces of 15x15 cm cards were handmade and thankfully able to be completed in a small window of time.(phew!) The nights spent putting these together was a joy as I worked on it stage by stage, and seeing it slowly takes its form. If you would like to find out how these were made, read on :)

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A close up on the front and back on the card. Thought I would also share how these elements were made and hope these images will help demonstrate the steps better to show you how easy it is to create these with the right tools at home. I'll start by breaking down the components of the card and explain the 4-part individually.

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PART A: The Card
1. Write/ Type the words– I wanted it to be hand drawn so I sketched 'Thank You' with a black felt tip marker on a piece of paper.

2. Scan it into the computer and turned it into vector using the expand feature in Adobe Illustrator. In Ai, you would have to tweak to make the edges curve nicely and to adjust it to the desired size on your page. A big advantage in sketching it in is having full control on how you want the word to look exactly. *Alternatively, you can get a ready handwritten font from Dafont!

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3. Print it and fix any imperfections. *You can see the little white bits when I printed them on textured paper. To cover that up, I used a gel ink black pen to colour over the white bits and it did the trick perfectly.

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Before (left) and after (right)4. To save on cost, they were design to fit two pieces on an A3 size paper, and later chopped down to its exact 30cm x 15cm size each. 5. I wanted these white cards to have a reversed black cover. To do that, I attached black colour paper (70gms) to the back of each white page using a spray mount. Spray mount works the fastest and best compared to using glue as it gives an even adhesive coverage to the entire page and is easy to apply. 6. After that, trim to its exact size. 7. Create round edges by using a corner rounded punch and punch the top and bottom right of each page and your done for Part A. PART B: The Flowers A brief of how the daisies were constructed in 4 steps (left - right). 1. Using any large flower punch (I'm using CARL, Carla Craft in CP-2, DAISY) and punch multiple flowers on both white and black 160gms paper. Set aside. 2.Using the tip of a quilling tool / something with a sharp tip like a bamboo stew (satay stick), lay that on top of each petal and press both sides of the edges inwards. Repeat this step on all the petals and it should looked like the pile of flowers on the right. 3. Using a normal hole puncher, create many many many MANY black dots. Set aside. (These will be the centre of your flowers) 4. Now, this is the fun part to assemble these. Remember the black and white flowers? First, glue a black dot onto a white flower. Then, glue the white flower on top on a black flower. That makes ONE SET. Make a few double sets, which are two 1-set of flowers glued onto one another. PART C: The Butterflies

This was my first try on quilling and I must say it has grown on me as I started it. If you have a paper shredder, you will want to use that to create 3mm-5mm strips of paper. I did not have one, so I manually cut them.

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*Tip for manual cutting: Staple 3-4 sheets of 80gms A4 paper together and tape the top and bottom down onto your placemat. This will help you cut multiple sheets easily and accurately without worrying about your papers moving. Cut away the bits that has tape on when you finish. 1. Each strip is the length of an A4 size paper and for this, I used the entire length to create a tear dropped quilling shape, which you will see what it is as you read on. 2. There are many tutorial videos on Youtube that will show you how these are done. One that I found really helpful was the basic shapes you can make with paper quilling by Claire Choi. Basically, you need to create a tear dropped shape and wrap that with a black strip. Use PVA glue to secure the end of each bits. For each butterfly ,will need 4 of these. 3. For the head and body, I cut each coloured strip in half (half of an A4 paper)– one half into a tight coil for the head, and the other half for the body which is a similar quilled technique as the tear drop shape. Instead, you will press both ends instead of one. *you may refer to the above tutorial for this as well. 

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4. Lay out all the parts and using a small paint brush, I drop small dots of PVA glue on the areas that I want them to stick. Leave it for a few hours/ overnight. These are what they would look like :)

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PART C: Putting them Together
This was my favourite part, seeing each little bits get put together. PVA glue is the way to go in keeping them stuck really well. Use a paint brush, apply just a small bit of glue and attach it onto your card. Leave it for awhile and it will stick onto it well :) Give quilling a go :) It's a very beautiful way to create elements for your crafting bits - and no matter how difficult it may look, you may find yourself having a new hobby after your first try!


Food Swap at Food Foundry

Last month, my sister and I participated in Klang Valley's first ever Food Swap event organized by Food Bites. When a colleague shared with me the idea of a food swap, itwas something really new to me and I immediately googled (hah!) and discovered how people have been doing this in many different countries. It was a simple but brilliant idea to connect people of the same passion, share ideas, which also at the same time bring and build the community together. The Malay Mail wrote an articleon the event and Farez Khan did an amazing job in putting together a video which showcases what the event was all about.

We were glad to secure the final place for the event and with only 2 days away, we came together to plan. Through her love for baking, my sister has cultivated my love in trying out recipes throughout the past few years. For this Food Swap, she decided that we would prepare 3 things: Mushroom Chicken Quiche, Parmesan Shortbread & Rich Choc Chip Cookies! While she baked in the day, I came and help during the night and handmade the packaging for these treasure goodies! Do visit her fb page called It's Baked! to find out what she has been baking :)

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The picture below was what we brought to the table that day. After setting up, we went around the room to see what everyone else brought from home. Every single participant were so talented and brought something unique and different. Among my favourite were Mariam's Rendang, Hankerie'sPesto Sauce, PlateCulture'sLithuanian Lazy Pie and Fariz & Aneesha's Sun-dried Tomato Hummus. We filled out the 'Food Swap Slips'and after 30minutes of scouting, we swapped our items with one another. These were what we exchanged at the end of the day and it was so much more than we came with! Both my sister and I had an amazing experience from this one-day event. We met some who are starting their business, stay-home moms who loves to bake and working adults who squeeze time to cook and bake during the weekends!

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BEHIND THE SCENES
Thought I would also share with you how these packaging were put together :) My sister and I love simple packaging and for her current branding, we printed her logo, designed by the talented Hsulynn, with her contact details on stickers which could be used in any single piece of stationery that she needs.

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For business cards, I cut a stack of 5.5cm X 9cm cards out of A4 sheets and pasted the logo on each one of them. It is a simple, fast and economical way to having business cards in small/ large quantity. Alternatively, you can also punch a hole on that and use them as tags as well. Two-in-one! As the cookies cooled down, they were quickly packaged into clear plastic bags and sealed with a heat sealer. These envelopes were made out of brown paper with double sided tape to secure the side flaps. For each envelope, a circle is cut ONLY on the front and for its branding, each had a sticker in the corner. Once that was done, the cookies were slipped into each envelope individually. Yes, the circles were indeed cut so that it reveals what's inside :) Without securing the top flap of the envelope, use a rope twine which you can easily get from ACE Hardware or Daiso and tie to secure it! And you are done :)

We had alot of fun figuring out what to do and in the midst of creating something from scratch in the kitchen, we got to meet so many people and be inspired by what they do, share our treats and be a part of a community like this :)

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If you are interested in joining the next Food Swap organized by Food Bites, you can send in your details to info@asianageholdings.com and they will update you the next time it comes around!